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Golden Dorado | Pira Argentina

Description:  Isolated in the center of a Natural Reserve over twice the size of the Florida Everglades, Pira lodge resides in the marshlands of Corrientes Province, far North in Argentina. The Ibera Marshaland is a vast system of crystal clear flowing rivers, shallows and lakes. Here Dorado is KING!

For many years , one of Latin America’s most exciting game fish was kept a secret in its heartland. In the last few years, the golden DORADO, or “river tiger” as it is affectionately called in Argentina due to its impressive fighting spirit and jumping characteristics, has rocketed to the top of the hot fish list. 

The freshwater Dorado is a hard fighting and acrobatic fish, well known for strong runs and relentless jumps. Throughout much of its range, the Dorado is caught in colored or murky waters and generally with heavy spinning tackle.

The establishment of Pirá lodge in the Iberá marshland has generated a new alternative, allowing for clear water fishing on light spinning tackle and on fly rods, with plenty of opportunity for sight casting. 7and 8 wt 9 foot rods are recommended, as well as floating and sinking heads. Traditional saltwater streamers and deceivers in black, purple chartreuse and white complete the required gear.

Fishing schedule: Fishing times vary depending on month and weather. A typical spring fishing day will start in the morning from 8:00 to 12:30, lunch at the lodge, and then afternoon fishing from 3:30 to 7:30.

Transport is provided from the lodge’s private dock to the fisheries in Hells Bay flat skiffs, fitted with VHF radios. Other activities available are bird watching, horseback riding and snorkeling. Pirá is a strictly CATCH AND RELEASE fishery.

Accommodations:  Built with exquisite Corrientes style and pride, Pira Lodge enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the vast wetlands. It accommodates up to 10 guests in five deluxe rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, and ceiling fans and air conditioning.


A separate building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining room areas—each with tall doors that open to the wide veranda.


Pira Lodge was designed by award-winning architects to respect traditional regional elegance—offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. Relax and enjoy a cocktail at any hour, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool after a rewarding day of fishing.

Transportation/Getting there:  Guests fly into Buenos Aires and typically overnight there having spent a day touring this wonderful city. The lodge can be accessed from Buenos Aires by:

-An overnight 1st class sleeper bus from Buenos Aires to Mercedes, arriving at 7am. Once at Mercedes, a lodge representative will meet you and drive you 1.5hrs to the lodge in a four-wheel drive. This is a comfortable option that also makes the best use of you time. Day rooms in a hotel, an evening meal and transport to the terminal can all be arranged on request. 

-Charter plane from Buenos Aires to Mercedes airport or to the lodge's landing strip (weather permitting). The drive from Mercedes to the lodge takes 1 hour and 15 min by four-wheel drive.

Call for suggested gear lists.

Rates:  Call for current rates

Dates:  October through April

Included:  Lodging, Fishing license, Meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits at the Lodge, Professional guide services. 

Not Included:  Transfer from Mercedes to the lodge, gratuities for guides and house staff, airfare and private charters, in- house laundry service.

Approximate license cost:  included in your package price

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