An Exquisite 360,000-Acre Private Ranch
Estancia de Los Rios is located north of Coyhaique tucked away on a massive 360,000-acre working ranch in the heart of central Chilean Patagonia with vast uninhabited valleys surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Andes mountains. With access to more than 60 miles of rivers, spring creeks, and numerous lakes on this private ranch, Estancia de los Rios offers world-class dry fly fishing for wild brown trout with unparalleled seclusion. With so much private water available guests are assured to fish well-rested water each day without fishing the same water twice or seeing another soul. Combined with well-appointed accommodations, excellent meals, and welcoming Chilean hospitality Estancia de Los Rios is a must-fish destination for dry fly fishing enthusiasts seeking solitude in the vast and beautiful Patagonian wilderness.
The Estancia de los Rios lodge is a comfortable timber lodge tucked away on a massive 360,000-acre private ranch close to the Argentine-Chile border with beautiful views of the surrounding valley. The lodge consists of six double occupancy rooms each with private bathroom, ample and comfortable mudroom, dining room, lounge area, and fly tying room.
Food and Beverages
The lodge staff prepares local Chilean cuisine consisting of locally sourced meats and produce paired with regional wines and beer. Basic continental breakfasts are served before heading out to fish for the day. During the fishing day, hot and cold lunches are prepared and served by your guide. After fishing, appetizers and traditional Pisco Sours are served at cocktail hour followed by hearty multi-course dinners.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard length packages are 7 Nights/6 Days (Saturday-Saturday).
For the non-angler, or those simply wanting to take a rest from fishing, there are numerous activities available including a variety of walks and hikes from the lodge, horseback rides to remote corners of the ranch as well as bird watching and photo tours.
Text limited WiFi and spotty cell service, which works with most US carriers. Check with your mobile service provider for coverage areas and special fees.
How to Get There
Typically, travelers depart from their local home airport and connect with an overnight flight from one of several major US cities (commonly New York, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston, or Los Angeles) and arrive in Santiago, Chile by mid-morning the following day. Guests will need to clear customs and connect on the first available flight to Coyhaique/Balmaceda (BBA) airport. Upon arrival to the Balmaceda airport, guests will be met by a member of the Estancia De Los Rios team and be transferred approximately 4.5 hours to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Estancia del los Rios’ arrival and departure times are based around available flight schedules to/from Balmaceda. There are several daily flights between Santiago and Balmaceda to choose from. Ideally, guests should arrange flights arriving in Balmaceda on the earliest flight possible and departing from Balmaceda in the afternoon.
Typical Travel Itinerary
Friday: Depart your home airport and connect with an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Saturday: Arrive in Santiago, Chile in the morning. Take the earliest available connecting flight from Santiago to Balmaceda. Upon arrival to the Balmaceda airport, guests will be met by a member of the Estancia De Los Rios team and transfer approximately 4.5 hours to the lodge. Depending on arrival time to the lodge, you will enjoy a half day fishing in waters closer to the lodge.
Sunday – Friday: Six (6) full days of guided fishing.
Saturday: Depart the lodge and transfer to the Balmaceda airport for your return flight to Santiago and connect with your return overnight flight to the US.
Sunday: Arrive in the US, clear customs, and connect with a flight to your home airport.
Valid passport. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days.
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.
The fishing program at Estancia de los Rios focuses on wading and floating the 60 miles of rivers, spring creeks, and numerous lakes spread across the private ranch’s 360,000 acres for wild brown trout. Because the ranch limits its capacity to 12 anglers per week, fish experience limited pressure and anglers can fish miles of this diverse fishery without seeing a soul. The majority of waters are clear, low-gradient, and gravel-bottomed making for easy and inviting wade fishing opportunities.
Most fish are in the 15 to 20-inch range, with many exceeding 23 inches. Fish size and numbers vary depending on the waters fished with some waters that produce numbers, some that produce size, and some that produce both. Guests fish two anglers per guide and employ a variety of fly fishing techniques depending on water and fishing conditions. While anglers can find success on streamers and nymphs, dry fly fishing is the go-to method throughout the season.
Boats and Equipment
The Estancia de los Rios program uses rafts outfitted with fly fishing frames for float trips and 4×4 trucks, ATV’s, and horseback to access wade fisheries. Guests should arrive fully prepared with their own fishing gear including waders and boots, rods and reels, leaders, tippet, and flies. The lodge has a selection of rental rod and reel outfits available as well as a small selection of productive flies for sale.
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 Days (Saturday – Saturday) = $6,230.00
Add $1,700.00 for Single Occupancy
- All meals and accommodations at the lodge
- Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
- Transfers to/from Balmaceda airport and the lodge
- Fully guided fishing
- Fishing license
- Flies and other tackle
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, hotels, and meals in Santiago
- Rods and reels
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Laundry service