Tipiliuke Lodge is located on the Estancia Cerro de los Pinos (over 50,000 acres) owned by the Larminat family. This five-star lodge is recognized as being one of the finest in the world. It is distinguished for it’s all around service, accommodation, and food as well as having over nine-miles of the Chimehuín River. In addition to the Chimehuín, there is also a large stretch of the Quilquihue River running through the ranch. Tipiliuke is one of the best choices for wading and the longest drive to the river from the lodge is less than ten minutes. This lodge takes sixteen guests but only twelve rods are allowed at any time. Tipiliuke is well located for non-fishermen being only a twenty-five minute drive away from the town of San Martín de los Andes, making a visit into town a very pleasant morning or afternoon trip. Tipiliuke is one of the best options for the non-fishing guest offering horseback riding, trekking, bird watching and other activities as well as a sauna and masseuse. Its close proximity to the Chapelco Golf Resort makes golfing at one of the best Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses in South America possible as well.
Estancia Mamuil Malal is located at the base of the Lanin Volcano on the south bank of the Malleo River.The owners, Bertil and Dolores Grahn, offer their home as a casual, original and genuine homestead. Mamuil Malal takes a maximum of eight anglers in four double rooms with private baths. The lodge consists of a ground floor with a classic English-style country living room, bar and dining area.Guest rooms are distributed throughout the second level and the owners occupy the third floor.The Grahns serve home cooked meals and take pride in local and traditional dishes that are both hearty and delicious.Wonderful snacks are provided at cocktail hour around the large fireplace or at the quaint bar traditionally stocked with local wine, spirits and beer.
The estancia offers private access to the best stretches of the upper Malleo River and is what really defines this as one of the most exclusive venues in Patagonia. The owners have also recently improved a spring creek providing a secondary stream for those who enjoy wading small spring creeks.From Mamuil Malal, guests can also easily fish the unforgettable Tromen Lake, which offers exceptional dry fly fishing or venture off property and float one of several sections of the Alumine River.
Staying at Estancia Mamuil Malal is a unique experience providing an unparalleled opportunity to fish the best of the Malleo River with a short five to ten minute drive. Some guests believe the lodge is too casual; others make Mamuil Malal part of their annual routine and return each year to fish the Malleo and enjoy Bertil and Dolores’ hospitality. The estancia and the Grahns are true treasures of the ranching world in Patagonia.
Guests typically stay at Mamuil Malal for up to four nights then combine with a second estancia such as: Estancia Quemquemtreu, Tres Lagos Lodge, Tres Rios Lodge or Arroyo Verde.
Huechahue offers guests of PRG North the best central location in the San Martin de los Andes area. Huechahue is truly what a Patagonia lodge should represent. It is set in the middle of a classic Argentine working estancia of approximately 20,000 acres, allowing guests to enjoy an authentic cultural as well as unique estancia experience. From Huechahue, PRG North has the opportunity to fish a different river daily with choices such as the Chimehuín, Malleo, Collón Cura, Quilquihue, Catán lil, Filo Hua Huam, Tromen Lake, and Aluminé. The lodge consists of a spacious main house where breakfast, cocktails and delicious dinners are served. Accommodations are spread out in two separate cabins or outbuildings as well as in the main lodge. Each of Huechahue’s eight rooms has a private bath and all the amenities guests desire at top lodges. Single occupancy is always given to PRG’s guests when available – at no extra cost!
Guests will also enjoy a sauna, jacuzzi, and an incredible “quincho” where the famous “asados” take place around an enormous and elaborate fire pit. Estancia Huechahue is known as one of the finest estancias for horseback riding in all of Patagonia and fabulous rides can easily be arranged from one day to the next. Other non-fishing activities such as: visiting the town of San Martín de los Andes, bird watching, day hikes on site, art tours, golf, and other cultural tours are easily put together making the non-fishers’ stay at Huechahue as fun and exciting as the fishers’. Trips as short as 4 days can easily be arranged at Huechahue, and diverse extended stays can also be added on, including deluxe overnight camping trips and stays at other area estancias. Guests can also combine with PRG’s exclusive Lodge at Trevelin to make their trip the ultimate in variety and scenery.
Estancia Quemquemtreu is one of the largest ranches in the area encompassing close to 200,000 acres. Quemquemtreu is one of the most beautiful and interesting working ranches in Patagonia. The estancia has over 3000 mother cows and a total of more than 5000 head of Hereford cattle. Your hosts, Paula and Martín Zimmermann, make you feel at home the moment you arrive and their incredible service and laid-back attitudes provide for a very casual and satisfying experience. Their lodge has five spacious and very comfortable double rooms located in a wing off of the dining room and in a separate building, only 100 feet away, another 3 rooms are being added to give the guests more possibilities for single rooming if desired – without going over their 12 rod capacity. The lodge also features a cozy sitting room centered around a rock fireplace. The bar is located in another separate building (there are over 30 buildings at the estancia headquarters) where you will enjoy a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres, wine, or the drink of your choice before heading for dinner.
From Quemquemtreu, PRG North can fish more than twenty miles of the Collón Cura River, one of the most productive fishing rivers in Argentina. Floating is the preferred method to fish this river because of its size, and covering large portions of water is the norm. Lodging at this ranch also gives exclusive access to the Quemquemtreu Creek, an intimate walk wading stream, which fishes best in the months of November, December, early January, and also during the month of May. Quemquemtreu is going through some landscaping projects and for those who have already visited the lodge at Estancia Quemquemtreu, you will see immense improvements on the lodge grounds.
The San Huberto Lodge is the best lodging choice when fishing the legendary Malleo River. This beautiful lodge was completely renovated in 1999 and has room for up to sixteen guests, but only a maximum of twelve anglers at a time. The service is superb as are the meals. The lodge includes an in-house bar, hot tub, masseuse, a “quincho” for the Sunday “asados” and all the amenities of a five-star fishing lodge. San Huberto is a household name when speaking of fly fishing in Patagonia and space is limited so booking in advance is a must. Guests have access to over twenty miles of incredible wade fishing and private access to some of the best sections of the Malleo River and Huaca Mamuil Creek, famous for its dry-fly fishing and only accessible if staying at the lodge.
Estancia Arroyo Verde sits on one of the most magical valleys in the Argentina and alongside the gin-clear Trafúl. The main house accommodates up to ten guests, while a separate cabin overlooking Lake Trafúl provides guests with a unique private experience. The service here is truly deluxe and the lodging elegant. This location is very popular with guests traveling with non-fishing spouses offering additional activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching. The only way to fish the Trafúl River is to stay on this ranch containing just over ten miles of river starting at Trafúl Lake. Charles Gaines, writer for Forbes magazine probably summed the lodge up best saying, “Since childhood I have visited a truly shocking number of fishing lodges and not one of them was ever as good as Arroyo Verde.” As great as the lodge is, the river is just as challenging. Trophy fish can be landed on the Trafúl but the river will hand out just as many “skunks” as trophies. It is not for everyone but is everything a fishing lodge and river should be for others. Let us help you decide.
ESTANCIA TRES LAGOS
Estancia Tres Lagos is a privately owned cattle ranch located forty miles southwest of San Martín de los Andes in the Lanín National Park. The Fernandez Beschtedt family has been in the area for many generations and you can immediately feel this as you enter the main house. The estancia offers some of the most spectacular scenery in northern Patagonia, while extending over eighty thousand acres of land. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are first class and are enjoyed at the main house. Three beautiful cabins, which were built about ten years ago, surround the home and overlook the Filo Hua Hum Lake. Waking up in the morning and looking out the window provides an unforgettable moment. Three lakes surround the estancia: Lago Falkner, Lago Nuevo and Lago Filo Hua Hum. The Filo Hua Hum River flows from the Lago Nuevo to Lago Filo Hua Hum Lake for about eight miles though the property and holds trophy brown trout (some resident and some that migrate between lakes). As great as it sounds, this is a location best suited for expert wade fishermen who enjoy sight fishing.
PRG UNPLUGGED (OVERNIGHT AND MULTIDAY CAMPING FLOAT TRIPS)
PRG Unplugged offers those wanting to get away from it all overnight float trips on area rivers such as the Chimehuín, Limay Medio, Aluminé and Chubut. Guests enjoy a completely catered multi-day camping trip offering long days and incredible fishing without any drive time. Guests will normally cover between ten and twelve miles daily and always float into a new campsite daily. Our camps are “deluxe” and have been designed for our guests’ comfort and enjoyment.
In addition to oversize cots and tents, our camps come with a professional chef to prepare delicious meals, hot pressurized water for showers, private bathroom facilities, unique 12-volt lighting system, spacious wall tent for dining, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness. Camping is often the highlight of the whole trip, and for those who like to fish a few more hours or skip the chit chat at the lodges, this is the perfect opportunity to fish until dark. Each day, our assistants pack up, move, and reassemble the camp in a new location. Everything is ready for clients’ arrival including a crackling fire, snacks, and a full bar. Fruit, cereals, and eggs to order are ready for breakfast before guests grab their rods and throw their first casts from our custom drift boats.
PRG Unplugged programs are easily combined with other PRG programs. Please contact us for more information and to set up a custom trip for a small group. A minimum of 4 anglers is required to share a private camp and a maximum of 8 is allowed on our exclusive trips.