Striking Gold On The Parana River
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser is a brand-new mothership program offered by our good friends at Estancia Laguna Verde. This is something that’s completely new to the golden dorado scene in Northern Argentina and a complete game changer when it comes to fishing the Parana River and the Entre Rios delta system – the second largest river in South America. The mothership travels up and down the Parana River system following the migration and mass numbers of dorado throughout the season. Guests staying on the mothership will have access to most remote waters and therefore unpressured dorado, something that really makes a difference when fishing for golden dorado. Not only do these waters offer strong numbers of golden dorado, but there’s also pira pita, pacú and wolfish which have become increasingly popular for fly rod anglers. Guests are picked up and driven from Buenos Aires to the mothership making for relatively easy access to some of the world’s finest dorado fishing.
The simple yet elegant mothership provides all the amenities for a great fishing trip. Enjoy Argentinean cuisines prepared by a gourmet chef. Dinners will be served with a fine selection of renowned Argentinean wines. After dinner, reflect on the day of fishing in the mothership’s living and dining room. Furthermore, the boat has a great solarium on the upper deck where guests can enjoy a nice wine, cocktail, or cold beer. Guests stay in the 4 double occupancy rooms – each has air conditioning, TV, private bathroom, and comfortable beds.
Food and Beverages
Argentine cuisine is known for its phenomenal meats with incredible flavors and quality. Aside from the meat, Argentina produces cheeses, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables that pair marvelously with Argentina’s fine wines, beers, brandies, and regional liquors. On the mothership, breakfast consists of coffee, tea, fruit juices, yogurts, milk, regional cheese, eggs, ham, toasts, freshly baked bread, butter, local marmalades, honey, cereals, as well as dried and fresh fruits. Lunches will be served either at the mother ship or on the water. Appetizers include cow, goat, and sheep cheese from Cordoba, several cold cuts of ham, dried fillet steak, pork, deer, and wild boar, as well as sausages, salamis, olives, and pickles.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical lodge package on The Golden Dorado River Cruiser is seven (7) nights / with six (6) days of fishing. However, shorter stays are available.
Non-angling activities and Options
This is primarily a fishing-focused destination with few options for non-angling activities.
The Internet is available on the boat to all guests.
How To Get There
Several major U.S. cities have overnight flights to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Once you touch down in Buenos Aires a transfer agent will pick you up at either your hotel or airport. The staff member will take you on the 2.5-hour ground transfer and then to a subsequent 1-hour boat transfer to the mothership.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
We suggest booking your flight to arrive in Buenos Aires as early as possible. This way you have ample time to take advantage of the fishing on arrival day. When departing, it’s suggested to book flights out of Buenos Aires for a time later than 5 PM to provide time for the transfer.
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. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in an ‘arrival card.’ You will then be given a tourist visa stamp for stays of thirty, sixty or ninety days. Staple the duplicate of the arrival card into your passport as you will need it to leave the country. If you lose it, it’s rarely a serious problem, but you’ll have to fill out a new form at border control. Upon entering the country, you will also be given a customs declaration form. Duty is not charged on use personal effects, books and other articles for non-commercial purposes, up to a value of US$300. Make sure you declare any valuable electronic items such as laptop computers, as customs officers can be suspicious that you may be bringing them into the country to sell.
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.
Golden Dorado is the main target for the river cruiser. The gigantic system that makes up the Paraná River is comprised of estuaries, tributaries, marshlands, lagoons, and side channels. The ample amount of bait fish swimming through these waters provide the perfect food source for hungry dorado. Anglers can move with the dorado depending where they are in the river from the comfort of the river cruiser. Besides Golden Dorado, the river also holds pacú, pira, pita, tararira, surubi, and chafalote.
Boats and Equipment Required
Anglers fish from new flat skiffs. Each boat has a casting deck on the bow and transom allowing for (2) anglers to fish at the same time.
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.
Add 50% to above rates for single supplement fee.
- Round trip ground transfers from your location in Buenos Aires to the mothership
- Guided fishing on the Parana River and its tributaries (2 anglers per guide)
- Accommodations on The Golden Dorado River Cruiser (double rooms each with a private bathroom)
- All meals while on the mothership
- All drinks, such as great Argentinean wine, beer, soft drinks, and cocktails (open bar policy)
- Wireless Internet access
- Fishing rods and reels if needed
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to Buenos Aires
- Hotels, tours, and purchases in Buenos Aires
- Guide and staff gratuities
- Use of satellite telephone
- Flies (available for purchase on the mothership)
- Wire tippet and leaders