Carrileufu Valley Lodge - Gateway to Argentina's Los Alerces National Park
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The Carrileufu Valley Lodge offers wonderfuly
accommodations the specactulary Carrileufu
Valley in Choilila. This is Orvis endorsed lodge
provides the nicest lodging and closest
proximity for fishing the spectacular Los
Alerces National Park. The park borders
similar protected areas across the Chilean
border and is home to spectacular glacieted
mountains, lush forests and crystalline lakes
and rivers. The fishing in and around Los
Alerces is on the vast network of lake and river
systems. Large trout move in and out of the
lakes into the rivers that connect each lake in
The Lodge provides beautiful views of the
pastoral valley. The post and beam
construction and giant stone fireplace provide
a warm and welcoming respite after a day of
fishing. Rooms are clean and comfortable and
each opens to a long covered patio with
seating to enjoy the views. The food at CVL is
outstanding and a multi course dinner is
served each evening. The lodge has a well
stocked wine cellar and full bar. Lunches on
the river when fishing out of the lodge are also
an elaborate affair with terrific Argentine
malbecs, home made empanadas, garden
fresh salads and other surprises. The guides
out of CVL are extremely experienced
Your days at the lodge include all meals, starting with breakfast, consisting of different kinds of eggs, bacon, jam, toast,
fruits, juice, tea and coffee. Lunch is normally along the river. It typically consists of homemade bread, cheese, salami,
prosciuto, smoked trout, fresh salads and other appetizers, different cuts of meat, or chicken as a main dish, plus dessert. All
this is served with wine, sodas, water and coffee or tea. Dinner consists of a well presented appetizer or soup, salad, local
side dishes, traditional lamb and beef entres followed by a delicious dessert. Excellent Argentine wines from the Mendoza
province accompany all meals and there is a full bar for other spirits.
You could be in Montana, Wyoming, Redwood country or enjoying a remote Adirondack pond. But you're not. Patagonia is
remeniscent of the America West 75 or 100 years ago! There are only a few small towns in this region and most of the locals
are not fisherman so the rivers are very lightly pressured. CVL is located on the edge of the spectacular Los Alerces National
Park and their guides are permitted to fish the legendary waters within. Rivers such as the Rio Rividavia are considered to be
some of the most beautiful in the world. Many of the rivers in this region drain large glacial lakes that filter out all sediments
producing some of the clearest trout rivers on earth. Floating over a 15 foot deep pool and seeing huge trout at the bottom can
get you excited in a hurry. A typically week at the lodge might include a day on the Rividavia, a day on the Carrileufu, a three
day deluxe camping trip on the the Rio Chubut followed by a trip on one of the lakes or nearby spring creeks.
Most travellers will arrive in Buenos Aires from their international trip and spend the first night in this wonderful city often
described as the Paris of South America. From Buenos Aires, you have two options. One is a 2-hour flight to Bariloche. From
Bariloche, Cholila is 2 1/2 to 3 hours driving. It's a beautiful drive to start getting the atmosphere of Patagonia.
A second way is to fly from Buenos Aires to Esquel via Aerolineas Argentina, a 2 hrs and 10 minutes flight. The driving
distance from there to the lodge is much shorter, about 1 hr and 30 minutes, through the Alerces National Park. There is one
big difference between these flights: to Bariloche there are 8 to 10 flights every day on 2 different airlines, and to Esquel you
only have 4 flights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays on Aerolineas Argentinas.
In both cases, someone will be waiting to take you to the Carrileufu Valley Lodge.
$650 per person per night (season is November-April)
*Based on double occupancy and shared guide.
Lodging, meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits at the lodge. Professional fishing guide services. Laundry service.
Transfer from Esquel or Bariloche, Gratuities for guides and house staff, Airfares,
*A deposit of 50% confirms a reservation. Deposits are non-refundable, unless client replacement is found. Final payment is
due 60 days prior to departure. At this point, participants are responsible for total land costs and no refunds will be made for
unused land transportation, accommodations, or included meals.
*Non-fisher rates: 40% off depending on availability
The Carriluefu Valley Lodge at Cholila includes five bedrooms, generally sleeping two
fisherman each, with private bathrooms and great views. The lodge structure is very cozy and
comfortable with large timber construction and rustic decor. The specious great living room is
the perfect place to relax after a long fishing day, It provides a great location to relax and enjoy
the open bar and great wine cellar and spectacular mountain views.
WI-FI internet access is available (but slow) and limited cell phone signal. A satellite phone is
also available for emergencies when on Chubut overnight float trips.
There is also a cabin nearby the main lodge with two bedrooms with private bathrooms, a great
living room with fire place and a TV with Direct TV for those who like to see the news or some
There is also another structure with a large asado (barbeque) pit for big parties or to use at
lunch time, when conditions permit you may fish one section of a river in the morning and then
come back for lunch, take a little siesta and go back for the afternoon fishing session.