Fly Fishing at World's End
Villa Maria Lodge is located on the world-famous Rio Grande in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina. The lower river is famous for producing big chrome sea-run brown trout that are just starting their journey up the river from the salt. Villa Maria is positioned perfectly to take advantage of this terrific part of the river where you can still smell the salt in the air from the nearby ocean. With gravel bars, deep tanks, runs, and pools, catching big trout is the norm and fish of a lifetime come out of these waters weekly. After a long day of fishing, enjoy sitting in the lodge overlooking the Rio Grande with a cocktail or beverage in hand. Anglers will return each day from the river to a warm fire, delicious food, and comfortable rooms to ensure you’re ready for the next day of fishing.
Villa Maria Lodge is steeped in history and dates back to 1894 when it was a bustling sheep ranch. The 120,000-acre ranch still hosts 40,000 sheep and has all the accents of a historical riverfront ranch. The lodge has 6 comfortable double and single rooms that will quickly make anglers feel like they’re at home. The fact that 80% of the lodge’s clients are repeat guests speaks volumes to the high caliber of accommodations and fishing program. In addition to a spacious and comfortable main lodge, Villa Maria boasts a day lodge that has three rooms perfect for midday siestas.
Food and Beverages
Villa Maria Lodge boasts excellent cuisine made with traditional Argentine fare. A great team of experienced national and international chefs trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques, prepare all the dishes. In addition to guests will indulge in a traditional Argentine asado where lamb and beef are grilled over an open fire. With the lodge’s proximity to the ocean, sea foods like King crab are regularly served. Each dish pairs great with one of Argentina’s famous wines that hold a special place in Argentine culture and the lodge is more than proud to serve them. After dinner wonderful desserts including homemade ice cream, sweets and pastries are prepared by the chef.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of a trip at Villa Maria is seven (7) nights with six (6) days of fishing.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a fishing-focused destination with limited non-angling activities.
How to Get There
With flights to Buenos Aires from any major U.S. airport traveling to Argentina is easy. Guests fly to Buenos Aires where we suggest spending one night to see the city. The following day, take a flight from Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) to Rio Grande (RGA) where a lodge representative will meet you and transfer you the 30 minutes to the lodge.
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 of stays of thirty, sixty, or ninety days. Staple your duplicate of the landing page 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’ll 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.
Unlike Salmon, sea-run trout can return to a river to spawn more than just once in their lifetimes. Brown trout born in the Rio Grande will swim to the sea where they can reach sizes of 20 pounds. Once they are of spawning age the trout will return to the Rio Grande to continue the cycle of life. The fishing program at Villa Maria starts at 9 in the morning till around 1 in the afternoon. Anglers will then have lunch, maybe a siesta, and then will return to the river late afternoon for the second session. Fishing until dark is not uncommon so don’t forget a headlamp! The Rio Grande has countless pools, runs, riffles, and features that trout love.
Boats and Equipment
All fishing at Villa Maria is by wading. Anglers will want to bring either two-handed or single handed rods. Although anglers can use single-handed rods, two-handers are suggested because of the longer casting ranges. Rods are available for use but a deposit is required along with a daily fee.
Seven (7) nights / Six (6) days = $7,950 – $10,950 per person
- All accommodations (single occupancy) and meals at the lodge
- Fully guided daily fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- All beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol
- Transfers to/from the Rio Grande airport and the lodge
- Rods and reels (if needed)
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, meals, and hotels in Buenos Aires
- Transfer to/from Ushuaia and the lodge
- Waders, boots, and flies
- Laundry services
- Fishing license (additional $495)
- Gratuities for guides and staff