High adventure fishing in remote Rio Pico
Tucked in the remote Rio Pico, Las Pampas Lodge provides a diverse collection of wade and float fisheries to explore. Friendly staff and an intimate lodge atmosphere welcome guests as part of the family. Knowledgeable local guides lead anglers to rainbow, brown and brook trout swimming in spring creeks and small to mid-sized freestone rivers.
The beautiful craftsman-built main lodge is focused around a central lounge and dining area, with comfortable seating around a fireplace that invites guests to share fishing stories at the end of each day. Four spacious, comfortable double occupancy rooms feature private baths and large windows to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views.
Menus are based on local and organic ingredients inspired by a blend of classic and contemporary Argentine and international courses paired with local wines. Lunch is served away from the lodge and is comprised of local cold dishes, salads, desserts, and drinks. A simple continental breakfast is served each morning.
Typical Length of Stay
Seven to 11 nights with 6 to 10 days of fishing.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Las Pampas is a fishing-focused destination, but activities like horseback riding and hiking can be organized with advance notice.
Slow, yet reliable Wi-Fi is available for guests. Cell phone service is not available.
How To Get There
Flights to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires are typically overnight from major U.S. cities. Guests spend their first night in Buenos Aires, and fly from the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport (AEP) the following midday to the town of Esquel where a representative from Las Pampas Lodge escorts guests on a scenic three-hour drive to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The 2.5-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Esquel operates once per day (except Wednesday).
Citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.K., and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to 90 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 30, 60, or 90 days. Staple the duplicate of your 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 used 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.
Minors Traveling Without Both Parents
All children 18 years of age or younger accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to travel. Single parents need NOTARIZED documentation of divorce, or a spousal death certificate. Unaccompanied Minors require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents.
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.
Las Pampas Lodge provides access to reed-lined trophy stillwaters, freestone rivers and spring creeks that can be floated, waded, or both. Trout range from 16 to 22 inches or larger. Species, size, and quantities vary greatly depending on conditions and waters fished.
The core focus of the Las Pampas Lodge fishing program is for anglers to experience a different piece of water every day in the most productive waters of both private and public fishing areas. The fishing day begins shortly after breakfast each day, with a 1:1 guide to guest ratio to ensure the best-personalized guiding. Casting dry flies is the preferred technique, but dry / dropper rigs, nymphs, and streamers are also used in certain conditions.
Boats and Equipment
Las Pampas Lodge uses NRS self-bailing rafts outfitted with casting frames and swivel seats to access rivers and lakes. The lodge has an ample supply of quality waders and boots as well as complete rod and reel outfits for guests to borrow at no charge if needed. One of the many special things about Las Pampas is that all terminals including leaders, tippet, and flies are included in the package.
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.
2020/2021 Package Rates
Double Occupancy Rates
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,600.00 per person
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days (Expeditions add-on) = $7,000.00 per person
Single Occupancy Rates
*Based on availability
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,750.00
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days (Expeditions add-on) = $8,150.00
Rates for Single Room/ Shared Guide
*Based on availability
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,200.00
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days (Expeditions add-on) = $7,800.00
- Accommodations and meals at the lodge
- Beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol
- Fully guided fishing
- Transfers to/from Esquel airport and the lodge
- Fishing license
- All terminal tackle (including leaders, tippets, and flies)
- Fishing equipment (including rods, reels, lines, waders, and boots)
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, hotels, and meals in Buenos Aires
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
Las Pampas Lodge (Rio Pico, 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.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.