Fly Fishing in the Land of Fire
Estancia Maria Behety is one of the most well-known and established sea-run brown trout destinations on Tierra del Fuego’s famed Rio Grande. The lodge sits on a high bluff overlooking the heart of the river and shares full access to over 32 miles of river and over 100 named pools with anglers staying at its sister lodge, La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety. The spacious purpose-built lodge hosts twelve (12) anglers per week in six (6) double occupancy rooms with comfortable amenities that suit a wide range of guest needs. With world-class fishing, easy river access, exceptional service, and cuisine coupled with an experienced guide staff Estancia Maria Behety is a solid option for first-timers to the most seasoned and discriminating sea trout angler.
Estancia Maria Behety sits on a high bluff overlooking the Rio Grande and consists of a spacious common area with large central fireplace, comfortable couches, and chairs and full bar, dining room, wader room to store and dry gear and six (6) well-appointed double occupancy guest rooms, each with private bath.
Food and Beverages
All meals are served in the main lodge and prepared by talented Argentine chefs using fresh ingredients from the greenhouse along with meats raised and produced on the estancia. Meal times revolve around a split-day fishing schedule with an early breakfast served before the morning fishing session, a large sit-down meal served mid-day, and a lighter dinner served late following the evening fishing session. Lunch and dinner courses are paired with a variety of regional Argentine wines and delicious desserts.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard length packages are 7 Nights/6 Days (Saturday-Saturday).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Estancia Maria Behety is a fishing-focused operation with few non-angling activities available. Guests who want to take a break from fishing can relax at the lodge, enjoy the wonderful landscapes, explore the vast estancia, or depending on the time of season view the sheep shearing process.
Internet / Communications
The lodge has Wi-Fi reliable internet access. Cell phones do not work in this area.
How To Get There
Getting to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina is not as difficult as it is time-consuming. Travelers typically take an overnight flight from one of several major cities in the U.S. and arrive in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport – EZE) in the morning. Guests typically need to overnight in Buenos Aires before taking a connecting flight to Tierra Del Fuego. From the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport – AEP) there are two options to get to the lodge. Based on your travel needs and available flights guests can choose to fly to Rio Grande and transfer 45 minutes to the lodge or fly to Ushuaia and transfer 3 hours to the lodge. Transfers to/from Rio Grande and the lodge are included in the standard package rate. However, there is an additional cost for transfers to/from Ushuaia and the lodge, please contact Yellow Dog for rates.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Flight schedules and availability between Buenos Aires and Tierra Del Fuego airport hubs (Rio Grande or Ushuaia) change year to year. Typically, guests book flights to either Rio Grande or Ushuaia arriving in the afternoon and arrange return flights departing mid-day. Please consult with Yellow Dog for most current travel details.
Typical Travel Itinerary
Thursday: Depart your home airport and connect with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Friday: Arrive to the Buenos Aires international airport (Ezieza – EZE) in the morning. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Buenos Aires and overnight.
Saturday: Transfer from your hotel to the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Aeroparque – AEP) for your flight to the Rio Grande (RGA) airport. Upon arrival, a representative of Estancia Maria Behety will meet you at the airport and transfer you the lodge.
Sunday – Friday: Six (6) full days of guided fishing on the Rio Grande.
Saturday: Depart the lodge and transfer to the Rio Grande (RGA) for your return flight to the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Aeroparque – AEP). Transfer from the domestic airport to the international airport (Ezieza – EZE) to catch your return overnight flight to the US.
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.
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Estancia Maria Behety shares 32 miles of access with over 100 named pools on the Rio Grande with guests staying at La Villa de Maria Behety. Every pair of anglers will be assigned a morning beat and an afternoon beat, allowing all anglers equal opportunity to fish different water each day. Typically, anglers fish the morning session from 8 am to 1 pm, return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta, then return to the river to fish the afternoon session from 4:30 pm to dark.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers access the various beats by vehicle equip with rod racks and wade select pools. The river is very comfortable and easy to wade with pea-sized gravel, very few large rocks, gradual banks, and relatively slow currents.
2020 Season Rates
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
7 Nights/6 Days (Saturday-Saturday)
High Season (Jan 4 – Mar 14) = $6,900.00
Late Season (Mar 14 – Apr 4) = $5,250.00
Add $500 for single room upgrade, based on availability
- Accommodations and meals at the lodge
- Beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol
- Fully guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- Transfer to/from the Rio Grande airport and the lodge
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, hotels, and meals in Buenos Aires
- Fishing License (Estimated $300 USD)
- Fishing equipment
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Laundry service
- Transfers to/from Ushuaia