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Argentina

January 3-10, 2026

Your Patagonia fishing trip will begin at El Encuentro lodge on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu (also referred to as the Rio Grande) situated at the base of the Andes and across the river from a beautiful national park. Anglers will have their choice to float the big waters of the Futaleufu that hold healthy rainbow and brown trout, or they may walk wade the Rio Corinto, Rio Percey the Rio Nanty Fall, or the Rio Techa. Trophy lake fishing is available at Lago Futalaufquen, and Laguna Larga. Their guides know all the various side channels and locations of deep pools that hold fish; they know where to encourage guests to wade fish and how to best reach large browns under hidden banks. Private waters are also available; the team will assure you find what you are looking for in an Argentine experience.  

The El Encuentro lodge has been owned and operated by the Beale family and their bi-lingual team for more than 30 years. We’ll experience Argentine culture with local wines offered daily at lunch and dinner, lamb and beef from local family markets, organic vegetables from their gardens and eggs from their own chickens. We’ll savor the authentic flavors of a traditional ‘Asado’ (Argentine BBQ) on the banks of the lovely Rio Futaleufu and a Tango demonstration and lesson will also be shared one evening after dinner. 

We will then fish our way north to Los Alceres National Park and have another fine reception and dinner at Valle Del Carrileufu lodge. Fishing here includes several options to choose from! If you prefer float trips you can fish the Rio Carrileufu, the Rio Rivadavia, the Rio Arrayanes or the Rio Chubut. Wade fishing on the Rivadavia (spring creek) is also a great option. You can hunt large rainbows and browns at Lago Cholila, Rivadavia, Verde or Laguna Eduardo.  These are prime summer dates so you will fish big dry fly patterns or utilize your nymph and streamer expertise.  

Carrileufu Valley Lodge will give you the opportunity to see a significant portion of western of the Chubut province with some breathtaking views and places. Carrileufu is located in the northern entrance to Los Alerces National Park, an area protected by the UNESCO organization and a World Heritage Site. Like our Redwoods and Sequoias, the Alerce tree (the second longest living tree species in the world) is protected and only grows in this area. Some of these trees are over 2000 years old. Majestic mountains with glaciers formed these valleys resulting in crystal clear water -making every lake and river a perfect spot for sight fishing  You’ll watch the healthy and abundant trout cruising the rivers, pools and lake shores. 

Great habitat to many bird species and other wildlife, and right in the transition between the Patagonian Steps and Valdivian Forest, you have chances to see an even greater variety of flora and fauna. This trip will give you a spectacular peek into the Patagonian forests, fishing and breath taking Andes mountains. Trip extensions are available. 

 

 

Travel

Fly into Buenos Aires on January 2nd. On January 3rd we will fly to Esquel (EQS) in the heart of Patagonia. The El Encuentro team will pick us up at the Esquel airport and drive us to El Encuentro's beautiful lodge on the Rio Futaleufu. 

After a spectacular week in Patagonia, they will return us to the Esquel airport for travel back to Buenos Aires on January 10th. Flights home from Buenoes Aires can be booked that evening. 

Flights are not included but we will assist with the booking of flights inside Argentina. You will be responsible to book your flights betweeb home and Buenos Aires.
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Accommodations

The El Encuentro Lodge

We’ll fly into Esquel and be transferred to the Beale Family’s main lodge; located on the shores of the Rio Grande, just 15 miles from the border with Chile. The Beale family has owned and operated theirlodges for two generations along with a bilingual staff. You will feelextremely welcome and at home in this truly scenic location.  It is one of the original fishing lodges in the Esquel region, and offers easy access to some incredible fishing while allowing for a casual at-home atmosphere in a wonderful setting. Meals are prepared by their private chef and are sourced from their organic garden, eggs from their chickens, lamb and beef from local family markets. (Food allergies and requests are easily accommodated.) Fine Argentine wines as well as a full bar are always available to help you unwind after a long day on the water.  Comfortable, cozy and stylish rooms put you fast asleep and ready for more the next day.

 

The Valle Del Carrileufu Lodge in
Los Alerces National Park

Situated just north of Los Alerces National Park, in one of
Patagonia’s most picturesque valleys, Valle del Carrileufu Lodge is ideally located to give you a taste of the forests that sit in the Andes reaching into both Chile and Argentina. One of the first national parks in Argentina, it is also a World Heritage Site.

Like our Redwoods, the Alerce tree (the second longest living tree species in the world) is protected and only grows in this area. Some of these trees are over 2000 years old. This Patagonian forest is home to flora and fauna not seen in other areas of South America.

Majestic mountains with glaciers formed these valleys and now it results in crystal clear waters throughout the park. Every lake and river are perfect spot for clear sight fishing; you’ll watch the healthy and abundant trout cruising the rivers, pools and lake shores. 

 

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What's Included

  • 7 nights lodging, 6 days guided fishing.
  • Double occupancy accommodation with private baths.
  • Their private chef will prepare all meals which include an open bar and fine Argentine Wines. Lunches are streamside and do include fine wines and full meals.
  • Laundry service.
  • Rods, reels and terminal tackle.
  • Airport transfers from the Esquel airport to the lodge.
  • All private water access fees and non-fishing activities.
  • WIFI
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What's Not Included

  • Staff and guide gratuities.
  • Airfares and hotels, transfers and time in Buenos Aires.
  • Fishing licenses.
  • Travel Insurance. (Optional but highly recommended.)
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation policy. (Required)
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Price

Double Occupancy $6,699

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