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Description: Resident trout fishing in this part of Patagonia was first made famous by Joe Brooks years and years ago, in this region where the clocks just stopped during a simpler time. Brooks fished the "Boca" of the Chimehuin— minutes from the door of Chime Lodge.
Overlooking the tumbling Chimehuin River, the lodge is ideally located to access to the greatest diversity of trout water in Northern Patagonia. From the doorstep you will access the trophy trout of the Chimehuin River and we are never more than 45 minutes from the fabled trout waters, such as The Malleo, Collon Cura and Alumine rivers, which put Patagonia on the fly fishing map of the World.
Brown, rainbow, brook trout and landlocked salmon all thrive here. You'll wade, float and fish by vehicle or horseback, depending on the fishing you'd like to enjoy.
Accommodations: The lodge operates out of a 390 m2 building newly constructed in 2008 which is situated directly on the banks of the upper Chimehuin River and boasts such amenities as air conditioning, 24-hour power, broadband wireless Internet, Internet phone, emergency satellite phone and a fly tying desk. The beautifully-appointed lodge can accommodate 10 guests in five large bedrooms, each with an private full bathroom with hot-water shower. The lodge also features two common living rooms, a reading/internet room, open kitchen and a large dining room with a common table for up to 12 guests
Transportation/Getting there: Your international flight typically will arrive in Buenos Aires between 6 and 10 am. All international flights arrive in Buenos Aires at Ezeiza International Airport (the airport's official name is "Ministro Pistarini", code EZE), which is about 40 minutes driving time from downtown. (Note that there is another airport in Buenos Aires for domestic travel: Aeroparque Airport (code: AEP). Flights to Patagonia and back to Buenos Aires originate at Aeroparque as described further below.)
Upon landing at Ezeiza on your initial arrival into Argentina you will go through immigration. The process is easy − just have your passport and immigration document (which you will fill out on the airplane before you land) ready for the official as you approach the counter. Because several flights from the United States can arrive at the same time, there may be some delay going through immigration.
The next step is to retrieve your luggage from the carousels. There will be rental carts nearby and the machines accept dollar bills and credit cards. Once you have your bags you will go through customs. We've never been stopped or had our bags searched but it's possible that this could happen to you. Chances are that they will just wave you through. Just outside customs you will enter a small area where you can make arrangements for transportation to the downtown and hotels if you have not done so already.
Most of our guests spend their first afternoon and evening getting to know Buenos Aires, and then fly to Patagonia the following day, departing from Aeroparque Airport. Buenos Aires is a beautiful, European-style city, with wonderful attractions. It is famous for Tango dancing and an exciting nightlife.
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Rates: Call for current rates
Dates: December through April
Included: Lodging, meals, all wine, beer, and local spirits. Professional guide services, transfer from San Marpn de los Andes airport.
Not Included: Transfer from Bariloche, gratuities for guides and house staff, airfares, laundry service, fishing licenses ($80 pp)
Approximate license cost: $80 per person