Carrileufu River Lodge

The Carrileufu River Lodge offers great fishing and wonderful accommodations in the specactulary Carrileufu Valley. This is Orvis endorsed lodge provides elegant lodging with close proximity to the spectacular Los Alerces National Park. The park borders similar protected areas across the Chilean border and is home to spectacular glaciated 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 chain. 

Fishing options from the lodge are rich and diverse and include site casting on aquarium clear rivers, stalking trout in spring creeks and hunting trophy trout in large lakes. The opportunity for huge fish and great dry fly fishing are available. The food at CRL 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.

Rates

Rates
$4950 per week (season is November-April)

*inquire for rates on shorter duration trips
*Based on double occupancy and shared guide.

Included:
Lodging, meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits at the lodge. Professional fishing guide services. Laundry service.

Not included:
Transfer from Esquel or Bariloche, Gratuities for guides and house staff, Airfares, 

Payment Terms:
*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

Fishing

Fishing Program
You could be in Montana, Wyoming, Redwood country or enjoying a remote Adirondack pond. But you're not. Patagonia is reminiscent 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. CRL 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. 

Accommodations

Accommodations
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 live sports.

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.

Dining
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.

Location
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.