When just one river is not enough to satisfy an anglers thirst for variety, head to Northern Patagonia Lodge. Anglers stay in first-class comfort as well as having the option to fish numerous rivers and lakes, all with very high-quality fishing. For something a little different try going 'unplugged' for a couple of days, overnighting in a luxury tent camp.

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General Info


Northern Patagonia lodge is located on the banks of the Chimehuin River, near the famous “Boca” or mouth of the river where it drains from Lake Huechulafquen.  “Chimehuin” means “land of the Chime” (pronounced “Cheeme”), who according to legend are spirits or creatures who protect the river and the region. Formerly named Chime Lodge, Northern Patagonia has embraced this spirit in its vision for conservation in Patagonia.  In addition to floating and wade-fishing our namesake river, there is fabulous trout fishing on the nearby Collon Cura and Alumine rivers, as well as on trophy lakes such as Huechulafquen, Paimún, Tromen, and Curruhe.

Off the water, relax in style—enjoying ultimate service, excellent cuisine, and a full selection of Argentina’s renowned wines back at the lodge. Or take advantage of the two-night deluxe tent camp options for a truly one-of- a-kind 'unplugged' Patagonia experience.

 

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The Fishing


Overlooking the Chimehuin River, Northern Patagonia Lodge boasts front-door access to the greatest diversity of trout water in northern Patagonia. Brown, rainbow, brook trout, and landlocked salmon all thrive here. You’ll wade, float, and fish untouched beats by horseback or vehicle access, depending on your daily preferences.

The picturesque Chimehuin River is a wade and raft-friendly river that flows for 25 miles until it meets the Collon Cura River—another Patagonia fly-fishing mainstay. Also nearby, you’ll find small, technical streams offering dry-fly, streamer, and nymphing opportunities depending on the season.

In addition to sprawling rivers and intimate small streams, this is also a variety of lakes. Trophy stillwaters include the Tromen, Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Verde, and Curruhe—to name a few. Each has its own special nuances and all are known for sizeable trout. In total, the area is home to more than 20 trout-rich lakes.

 

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Guiding at the Lodge


The guiding services at Northern Patagonia Lodge are provided by Patagonia River Guides (PRG). The PRG squad has developed a reputation for being the best in the area.  Pairs of anglers are allocated individual guides and they will tailor your daily outings depending on your preferences whilst ensuring variety and within the framework of a loose rotation.  When staying at the lodge you can incorporate within your week an 'unplugged camping trip".

 

 

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The Lodge & Food


The Northern Patagonia Lodge was constructed in 2008 and is located on the upper Chimehuin River. The beautifully- appointed lodge can accommodate 10 guests in five large bedrooms, each with private bathroom. Each bedroom sleeps two anglers comfortably in single beds. The lodge also features two common living rooms, a reading/internet room, open kitchen, and a large dining area where our guests enjoy delicious meals. Laundry service is available. Lodge.

Part of the Nervous Waters chain of lodges, you can expert both food and wines of the highest standard throughout your stay.  A top-notch team of experienced national and international chefs, trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques, execute our food. With an artisan’s touch, chefs prepare every dish by scratch to be served at a minute’s notice. In addition, our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s—and the world’s—best wines; Bodega Catena Zapata.

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Unplugged Camping Trips


The Patagonia River Guides 'camping' expertise has opened up an altogether different experience, that can be incorporated within your time at the lodge or as an additional activity.  This is luxury camping, but at the same time an incredible opportunity to really 'unplug' and enjoy the amazing wilderness and nature, as well as the fishing.  For many these camping trips are the highlight of the entire trip, and for those who like to fish a few more hours or skip the “chit chat” at the lodges, the Unplugged program offers the perfect opportunity.

 

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The Camping Experience


The tent camps are deluxe and include a high level of service and amenities. Guests enjoy spacious eight-man tents outfitted with two comfortable beds, one for each angler in double occupancy. Beds are furnished with fine cotton linen, warm comforters, and down pillows, allowing guests to spend a wonderful and cozy night under the stars. Camps are fully catered and come with a professional chef to prepare both regional and gourmet meals – cooked over the riverside fire!

State-of-the-art pressurized water system offers an endless supply of hot water for the private, enclosed shower. In addition, all camps come with two private bathroom facilities and a unique 12-volt lighting system for the tents, common areas, and trails making it easy to navigate the camp at any time in the night. The camp includes a fully stocked bar with ice, mixers, delicious wines and snacks to enjoy in nature or in the spacious walled tent for dining indoors if necessary. The amenities for the anglers include fresh towels, bathrobes, soap, shampoo, and headlamps. Guests choosing Unplugged program do not need to pack anything extra or special for the trip.

 

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Daily Camping routine


Each morning, guests enjoy a healthy breakfast consisting of fresh fruits, cereals, and eggs made to order before grabbing rods and making the first cast right from camp. The Camp staff and assistants pack up and reassemble the camp in a new location approximately ten to twelve miles downstream. Exceptional fishing is the norm with anglers commonly landing browns and rainbows over twenty inches. Everything is made ready for our anglers arrival at dusk including hot showers, a crackling fire, an impressive table of appetizers and a full bar. Dinner is nothing short of amazing often followed by memorable stories and drinks around the fire.

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Why Choose Northern Patagonia Lodge


-Fully customizable fishing itineraries, with new rivers and lakes ready to be explored daily.

-Trophy brown and rainbow trout waters, as well as seasonal shots at brookies and landlocked salmon.

-Mostly floating, via fly-fishing equipped rafts, but wading is also an option.

-Sight-fishing for large trout in pristine environments, with a team of professional guides who know these waters inside and out.

-Friendly staff focused on making your stay great.

-Fly casting instruction for anglers learning the basics or in need of a tune-up.

-Comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, with matchless views of the famous Lanín volcano.

-Best in class service is our specialty, and guarantee

-Top fishing gear, from NRS rafts to the loaner SAGE rods and reels available at no extra cost.

-Superb logistics—45-minute drive from San Martin de los Andes airport and perfect hub to access the best waters in the region.

-Chime Lodge is located on the banks of the upper Chimehuin River and close to other top Patagonia rivers and lakes in the region.

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Hot to get there


Guests fly to Buenos Aires International Airport.  In most circumstances, we would recommend overnighting in Buenos Aires prior to your onward journey.   Normally from BA City airport, a short drive from the city centre, guests take a domestic flight to Chapelco Airport in San Martin de los Andes (CPC), located 28 miles from Northern Patagonia Lodge.  Alternatively, fly to Bariloche Airport (BRC), located 140 miles from Northern Patagonia Lodge.  From the airport you will be picked up and transferred by a lodge representative to Northern Patagonia Lodge.

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Typical Itinerary

Day 1

-Fly to Buenos Aires
-Overnight Buenos Aires

Day 2

-Fly from Buenos Aires to Chapelco
-Collected from the airport
-Transfer toNorthern Patagonia Lodge

Day 3-8

-6 full days fishing
-Daily schedule would be to depart after breakfast around 8 am, enjoy a bankside lunch and return to the lodge in the evening

Day 9

-Depart Lodge
-Fly to BA
-Overnight BA or flight home

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Package & Rates 2019

Season:

December-April

Lodge Rates

7 Nights/6 days fishing-$5,775 USD/person
6 Nights/5 days fishing-$4,950 USD
5 Nights/4 days fishing-$4,250 USD
4 Nights/3 days fishing-$3,580 USD

Rates based on shared room and guide

Float Trip & Camping Rates:

3 Days and 2 nights -$2,250 USD/person

Rates based on shared tent and guide. Please note if you want to incorporate the camping within your stay at the lodge, as opposed to after it, there would be an extra $750/charge.

Extras:

-Single boat and guide-50% surcharge
-Non-fisher rates $450/night
-Fishing License $150/person
-Full day fishing on arr/dep days: $750 per boat.
-Half day fishing on arr/dep days: $550 per boat.

Included:

Lodging, meals, all wine, beer, and local spirits. Professional guide services, transfer from San Martín de los Andes airport & loaner fishing equipment (Rods, reels and Lines).

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