Optimal Lodging on the Rio Simpson
Situated directly on the banks of the Rio Simpson on the outskirts of the historic city of Coyhaique, Cinco Rios Lodge offers one of the most premier locations for anglers looking for overall diversity in water types and landscapes. Anglers are transported daily by four-wheel-drive vehicles to rivers and streams on trips that range from 30 minutes to slightly over an hour. The Lodge fishes numerous public waters including the Simpson, La Paloma, Mañihuales, Aysen, Megote, Guillermo and De Leon, as well as a number of private rivers and streams that are fished exclusively by Cinco Rios clients.
Cinco Rios features a large, Main Lodge with six private and spacious rooms. All of the rooms feature two beds, a large private bathroom, climate control system, and an outdoor deck area with an amazing view of the Simpson River canyon and nearby mountains. There are outdoor locker and closet areas for each guest, where you can hang waders and secure rods, boots and other gear after each day on the water. The large common areas of the Lodge include a comfortable living room area with a large fireplace, a dining room and bar area, an upstairs television and lounge area, a downstairs tackle and gift shop, and a meeting and conference area. The Lodge is located on the edge of the Patagonian city of Coyhaique, the capital city of the Aysén Region. Coyhaique is similar in many ways to Bozeman, Montana.
Food and Beverages
The kitchen at Cinco Rios Lodge prides itself on using the best ingredients from throughout the region, including range-fed beef, wild morels (from Estancia del Zorro), fresh herbs from the Lodge’s own gardens, and fresh fish from the nearby Chilean fjords. The menu includes such dishes as Chilean lamb with Morels Risotto, yellow hot pepper chicken sauce over gnocchi, teriyaki steak saute, meat and cheese filled peppers and a wide variety of quiches and fish. Cinco Rios also works with a number of boutique wineries that provide the best Chilean Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petit Berdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Tempranillo.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard package at Cinco Rios Lodge is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days (Saturday through Saturday), although trips of any length can be accommodated.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Peaceful and secluded, the Rio Simpson area is a birdwatcher’s paradise for Andean condors, Chilean Southern-ringed kingfishers, eagles, ibis, torrent ducks, and parakeets. Explore the nearby city of Coyhaique, with its woolen goods, shopping, and historic places of interest. There is an outdoor craft market in the middle of Coyhaique that is definitely worth visiting. The Lodge will also be happy to arrange tours and side trips for non-anglers.
Internet / Communications
The resort does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work in the area depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
Overnight flights from the United States to and from Santiago, Chile (SCL) are available on American Airlines, Delta or Lan Chile. From there you fly by Lan Chile 737 jet to the Balmaceda Airport (BBA), three hours south from Santiago. When you arrive, a representative from the Lodge will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you the 45 minutes to Cinco Rios.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most guests take an overnight flight to Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL), arriving early in the morning. After processing through customs and immigration, you can easily catch a late morning or early afternoon flight that same day to Balmaceda (BBA). This domestic flight usually makes a quick stop in Puerto Montt. This three-hour flight is incredibly scenic, traveling along the incredible Chilean Andes. Once you arrive in Balmaceda, you will be met by the Lodge representative and transferred to Coyhaique.
You will need a valid passport to enter the country of Chile. Citizens of the United States, Canada, and the UK do not need a visa unless they plan on staying for more than three months.
Yellow Dog can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance, and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
Anglers are transported daily by truck to area rivers and streams (some of them in nearby Argentina) on trips that range from 30 minutes to an hour over mostly dirt roads. Several of the Lodge’s private rivers and streams are fished exclusively by Cinco Rios guides and clients. The Lodge also fishes the area’s best public waters, including the Rio La Paloma, the upper, middle, and lower sections of the Rio Simpson, the Mañihuales and Aysen Rivers, and the lagos and bocas of the Azul, Desierto, Elizalde, Frio, Castor, and Pollux. Some of the excellent small, freestone streams in the area include the Megote, Guillermo, De Leon, and a handful of unnamed streams. Lodge anglers can typically expect to do two jet-boat fishing days on the Paloma and Azul, two raft-float days on the Simpson or Mañihuales, and two wading days on small freestone streams. Each of the Lodge’s Chilean guides has years of experience fishing and exploring these waters.
Boats and Equipment
Lodge equipment includes jet boats, rubber rafts with high-back seats, drift boats and 4×4 vehicles with trailers. The Lodge does have rods and reels available for clients to use, as well a small, well-stocked fly shop. Anglers should bring as much of their own gear and equipment as possible, including waders, boots, rods, and reels.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,495 per person
- All transfers to and from Balmaceda Airport (BBA) or Coyhaique, Chile (GXQ) to the Lodge
- All accommodations Saturday through Saturday
- All meals at the lodge
- Beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol
- Daily guided fishing based on two anglers sharing one guide
- Fishing license
- All taxes
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Use of rods and reels if needed
- Use of waders and boots if needed
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare to Santiago, Chile (SCL)
- Domestic airfare to Balmaceda, Chile (BBA)
- Tips and gratuities for Lodge staff and guides