Luxury Fishing Lodge With Quick Access to the Lower Rio Grande
La Villa de Maria Behety is a beautifully restored historic mansion with old-world Patagonian charm offering elegant accommodations and quick access to productive beats on the lower Rio Grande. Although the lodge is situated on the lower river its guests share full access to over 32 miles of river and over 100 named pools with anglers staying at Estancia Maria Behety. La Villa hosts up to six anglers per week in well-appointed single occupancy rooms and prides themselves on providing elegant amenities and sophisticated service. La Villa de Maria Behety is an excellent choice for anglers seeking luxury accommodations and fine dining paired with world-class sea-run brown trout fishing on the Rio Grande.
La Villa de Maria Behety was designed with anglers in mind and is reputed as one of South America’s most luxurious fishing lodges. The lodge consists of six well-appointed single occupancy guest rooms with comfortable beds, private baths and walk-in showers, a jacuzzi, billiard room, full-service bar, and a wine cellar boasting more than 9,000 bottles of Argentine varietals.
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 seven (7) nights and six (6) days (Saturday-Saturday).
La Villa de 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.
The lodge has reliable Wi-Fi 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 the most current travel details.
Typical Travel Itinerary
Thursday: Depart your home airport and connect with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Friday: Arrive at 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 La Villa de Maria Behety will meet you at the airport and transfer you to 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.
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La Villa de Maria Behety shares 32 miles of access with over 100 named pools on the Rio Grande with guests staying at Estancia Maria Behety lodge. 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 till dark.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers access the various beats by vehicles equipped 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.
Rates and Terms
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.
2023 Season Rates
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days (Saturday-Saturday)
*Prices are person, based on single occupancy
Dec. 31 – Jan. 21 = Shoulder season rates vary. Please contact Yellow Dog for more.
Jan. 22 – March 11 = $9,500 during Peak Season
March 12 – Apr. 8 = Shoulder season rates vary. Please contact Yellow Dog for more.
- Single 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
- Wi-Fi access at lodge
- Laundry service on a limited basis
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
- Transfers to/from Ushuaia
La Villa de Maria Behety (Rio Grande, Argentina)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for covering costs associated with alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals or any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance all Argentina packages.
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