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 works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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.
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 and based on double occupancy.
7 Nights / 6 Days (Saturday to Saturday) = $5,250.00
Add $1,250.00 for Single Supplement, based on availability
10 Nights / 9 Days (Saturday to Tuesday) = $7,875.00
Add $1,800.00 for Single Supplement, based on availability
11 Nights / 10 Days (Tuesday to Saturday) = $8,750.00
Add $2,000.00 for Single Supplement, based on availability
- 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