Patagonia Baker Lodge

The Orvis endorsed Patagonia Baker Lodge quite simply has the best fishing location in Southern Chile.  The lodge is perched over the incredible Baker River.  The Baker is Chile's largest river and is a natural tailwater as the outlet river for the largest lake in Patagonia (Lago General Carrara).  The Baker flows clear year round but always has a hint of glacial flower producing a magical azur color that has to be seen first hand to truly believe.  This is truly one of the world's most beautiful trout rivers.  The surrounding scenery is equally dramatic with rugged mountains dripping with glaciers in nearly every direction.  Although the Baker is the crown jewel of the lodge program there are several other nearby fisheries to add variety to a week at the lodge including the outlet of Lago Carrara, Lago Bertran, Rio Maiten, and the amazing Cochrane river.  The lodge delivers a rustic yet elegant setting right on the banks of the river with picture windows overlooking the Baker and massive glaciers.  The food is outstanding and incorporates both international and local Chilean specialties.  There are no other lodges for hours and the fishing is predictably lightly pressured.  Dry flies and streamers rule the day and very large trout are a real possibility when fishing both the Baker, the Cochrane and the lake outlets.

January 2015 Trip Report

Rates

Rates:
$5390 7 nights 6 days
$3420 4 nights 3 days

Included:
Deluxe accommodations with private bathroom. Local transportation. Guided fishing (fly fishing only, catch and release). Ground transfers between Balmaceda airport and lodge. Breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Meals include selected Chilean house wines, domestic beer, or soda. One excursion for accompanying non anglers per stay. Fishing license (issued directly at PBL). Satellite TV at Club House, Internet and Email (unlimited Wi-Fi usage time on your own portable).

Not included:
Optional air charter transportation between Balmaceda airport and lodge (price can be quoted), trip insurance, fishing equipment, flies, phone calls, laundry, extra activities, extra meal or beverages and gratuities.

Accommodations

The lodge is located on the banks of the Baker River, Chile's largest.  Massive picture windows and a large wrap around deck allow guests to soak in the blue waters of the Baker River backed by rugged mountains and hanging glaciers.  The lodge has 6 double queen rooms with a maximum occupancy of 12.  The cuisine is exceptional with an emphasis on local Chilean dishes.

Location

Patagonia Baker Lodge is located 170 miles south of the Balmaceda airport (BBA) which is serviced by both LAN and SKY airlines which offer multiple flights each day from Santiago.  The nearest larger town is Coyhaique which is 15 minutes from the airport.  The lodge staff will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the lodge which is about a 3.5 hour spectacular drive across the Patagonian countryside.  Along the drive you will travel through multiple climate zones.