Northern Argentina Golden Dorado Experience
Ricardo Pinti’s Dorado Lodge is located in northern Argentina on the dense, jungly banks of the Upper Parana River, the natural boundary dividing Argentina and Paraguay. This large, clear-water river holds healthy numbers of golden dorado, pacu and pira pita. Over the years, the Yellow Dog team has fished and explored most of Argentina’s dorado fisheries, and the Upper Parana ranks as the most consistent of all, boasting prolific fish numbers, opportunities for large dorado and other exotic species on the fly. Not only will anglers sight cast to golden dorado, but the dry fly fishing for pira pita and pacu can be phenomenal. Pinti is recognized by locals as a pioneer for fly fishing the Upper Parana River, which has allowed him to select an elite team of guides and strategically locate the lodge on the most productive section of the river.
Pinti’s Dorado on the Fly Lodge is located on a high jungle bank overlooking the Parana River near the small fishing village of Ita Ibate in the Corrientes Province of Argentina.
The property features two simply constructed lodging buildings, each with 4 bedrooms. The 8 individual bedrooms provide comfortable accommodations, private full baths and are decorated with local art. Each angler will enjoy single occupancy accommodations unless otherwise requested.
The main lodge has spectacular views of the Rio Parana and features a spacious common area with a pool table and full bar. Branching off the pool table/bar room is another common living space, nicely decorated and furnished with full couches and comfortable chairs, where anglers can relax with drinks and appetizers while enjoying the incredibly scenic views of the Rio Parana. There is also a separate TV, lounging and fly tying room in the main building which is available for use.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the large dining room table in the main lodge, and meals are often hosted by Pinti or one of the exceptional head guides.
Food and Beverages
Pinti’s Dorado Lodge offers classic Argentine cuisine, including a weekly “asado” (Argentine BBQ), in addition to an array of international dishes. All meals are served with fine wines from Mendoza and other wine producing regions of Argentina. Lunches are prepared and served daily back at the lodge with your guide. The dining experience at the lodge is a satisfying blend of fresh ingredients, delicious flavors, and beautiful presentation. The lodge offers an open bar policy with all domestic liquors, Argentine wines and beers during your stay.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical lodge package at Pinti’s Dorado Lodge is seven (7) nights / six (6) days of fishing. Most packages run Saturday through Saturday, though shorter stays are also welcome. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Pinti’s Dorado’s on the Fly is not a great option for non-anglers. Though the lodge is very comfortable, with beautiful scenery, full wifi and television, Pinti’s lodge does not offer guided non-angling activities.
Internet / Communications
The lodge offers guests unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access. Cell phones do work depending on individual carriers and data-plans.
How To Get There
Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) from one of several major cities in the U.S. You will arrive at the International Airport in Buenos Aires and from there, you will need to transfer to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (AEP), which is located across the city, in order to catch your flight to Corrientes. The fastest way to get to the town of Ita Ibate and Pinti’s Lodge is with a 1.5-hour domestic flight to Corrientes on Aerolineas Argentinas. Pinti’s Lodge is only a 1 hour and 30-minute drive from the Corrientes Airport. Currently, there is only one morning flight from Buenos Aires to Corrientes. If your travel schedule does not allow for the morning flight to Corrientes, you can still reach Pinti’s from Buenos Aires by flying into Resistencia as there are two-afternoon flights. Resistencia airport is a 2-hour drive to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Anglers will be met at either the Corrientes Airport or the Resistencia Airport upon arrival. We recommend arriving on the morning flight to Corrientes and departing on the afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires.
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, 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 a landing card on arrival and you will be given a stamp for stays of thirty, sixty or ninety days. Staple your duplicate of the landing card into your passport, next to your entrance stamp, as you’ll need it to leave the country. If you do lose it, it’s rarely a serious problem, but you’ll have to fill in a new form at the border control. On 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 the value of $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.
A typical day of fishing on the Rio Parana is broken into two fishing sessions: the morning (from 7:30 am to 12 noon) and again in the afternoon (from 3:45 pm until 9 – 10 pm). Guests will return to the cool and air-conditioned lodge for lunch each day, followed by a well-deserved siesta–the obligatory Argentine afternoon time of rest. Fishing for Dorado on this river is most productive early and late in the day, though overcast days fish well all day long. As the sun gets high, it allows for anglers to stake out over white sand flats to sight-fish for cruising dorado much like you would for tarpon in Caribbean waters. The high sun also allows for anglers to hunt and sight fish for pira-pita and pacu that are often laid up under overhanging trees and bushes seeking shade and food. These fish are often taken with large dry fly patterns.
Sight fishing is the most enjoyable way to fish for golden dorado, pira pita and pacu. The Rio Parana certainly offers this style of fishing as it’s typically gin clear throughout the fishing season. However, searching the drop-offs and fishing to structure with streamers can be an excellent way to find big fish, and this river definitely holds them – fish within the 20-30 pound range are possible. The Parana is a huge body of water with an endless number of channels, flats, and structured banks to provide anglers with various options and locations to fish throughout the week without fishing the same location twice.
Anglers will fish predominately with floating lines and lightly weighted streamer patterns, something that isn’t necessarily the case for a majority of dorado waters, as many destinations require heavy sink tips and heavily weighted flies. An eight weight is the choice rod for dorado on the Parana with a floating tropical line. The pira pita feed on large foam style dry flies along the banks and a six weight with a floating tropical line is preferred. Pacu (known as the Argentine permit) are fruit eaters and are often pursued with a floating fruit fly along the banks and under the overhanging trees. Pacu are extremely selective and spooky, but Pinti’s guide team has the most effective techniques completely dialed in.
Dorado in the area average six to eight pounds and anglers have legitimate opportunities at fish in the 20 lb. range, with a few rare fish in the 30 lb class. In a week of fishing, proficient anglers can expect to find lots of action on all three species and have great chances of fish in the double-digit range.
Boats and Equipment
Pinti’s Dorado on the Fly guides use 20 ft. panga-style boats that are very clean and set up perfectly for fly anglers. They fish 2 anglers at the same time while drifting the banks, sand bars, and seam lines. The guides use trolling motors to control the drift while keeping anglers in position. Please contact Yellow Dog to arrange for rental gear if you don’t want to travel with your own.
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 fishing with single accommodations, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,740.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,425.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,110.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,980.00
Single Anglers: $965/night
- Accommodations at Pinti’s Lodge
- All meals and local alcoholic beverages while at the lodge
- Round-trip ground transportation from the Corrientes or Resistencia Airport to the lodge
- Professional daily guided fishing
- Argentine fishing license
- Laundry Service
- Wifi Access
What’s Not Included:
- Transfers, hotel, and meals in Buenos Aires
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Personal shopping and dining in Buenos Aires
- Flies, leaders, and tippet
- Rods, reels and tackle is not included (rental gear is available)