Fly fish for trout on the Yelcho River in Chile.

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Chimalfe Patagonia Lodge


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Dates:

January 15-21, 2023
January 22-28, 2023

Length of Trip:

6 nights, 6 days guided fishing

Pricing:

From $5,450 per angler for 6 nights, 6 days

Highlights:

  • Opportunities for big trout in freestone rivers and lakes
  • Easy access from the local airport: only 1 hour to the lodge
  • Sight fishing for rainbow and brown trout along with opportunities for big brown trout on streamers
  • Top notch accommodation that will make you feel at home
  • Experience the freshness of local Patagonian cuisine and fine Chilean wines while having one of the best views in all of Patagonia
  • Local transfers included in trip package

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The Story

Luxury accommodations, fine Chilean cuisine, spectacular views, fantastic fishing experiences for large brown and rainbow trout—all best describe Chimalfe Patagonia Lodge. This modern lodge is nestled on a hill with a unique and stunning view of the headwaters of the Yelcho River in the Lake District of southern Chile. This location allows access to both the lake as well as fly fishing for trout on the Palena, Yelcho, and Futaleufú Rivers. Together, these three rivers offer endless miles of world-class streamer and dry-fly fishing to large, aggressive brown and rainbow trout. Following each fishing day, picture yourself relaxing on the lodge’s deck, taking in views of glaciers and the Andes Mountains, while enjoying a pisco sour or a glass of Chilean red wine planning the next day’s adventures.

Accommodations:

The lodge was newly constructed lodge and build with anglers in mind. Comfortable bedrooms are uniquely set up to accommodate couples, singles, or double occupancy in separate beds. The lodge can accommodate 8 guests and each bedroom has a private bathroom. Fine linen sheets, top-quality duvets, and handcrafted furniture all add to the remarkable views from each room. Each room is equipped with luggage storage, heated towel rails, bath robes and closet space. A large deck with comfortable outdoor couches and wood fire hot tubs are also available to guests. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge, but there is little cell phone service. In the field, each guide will have a satellite phone in case of an emergency.


Food & Drink:

Chimalfe Patagonia prides itself on offering the best possible fine dining experience. Their executive chef has an extensive and eclectic collection of recipes that we assure that will be a delightful for your taste.

Meals are served in the main dining room and are the fitting conclusion to a day of exploring the waters of the Yelcho Lake. The lodges chef’s are professionally trained and will cook delightful cuisine that reflects an international flavor made with the freshest ingredients. All the meals are served with complimentary Chilean wines. Should you have any special dietary needs, they are more than happy to develop a special menu for you.

Six Full Days of Guided Fishing:

Each day starts at 8:30 AM with a top-flight breakfast. When anglers are ready, they will be taken to the dock, 200 meters from the lodge or off in the vehicles to other rivers in the region. Riverside barbecue lunches are served around 1:30 PM with Chilean wine or beer. After lunch, you will continue to test your flies on Patagonian trout until you decide you are ready to head back to the lodge for the evening. Dinners are relaxed and are usually served between the hours of 8:30 – 9:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres served beforehand. The lodge offers local, traditional Chilean dishes paired with top shelf wines. During or after dinner you will make a plan for the next day with your guide. There are a variety of rivers and fishing situations that you will be able to choose from and adjustments can be made to offer activities tailor-made for each guest.

Yelcho Lake is located in the Lake District, southern Chile in the Palena Province. The lake is fed by the Futaleufú River and is one of the deepest lakes in Chile. It is a popular location for fly fishing enthusiasts who are rewarded with brown and rainbow trout that can be taken on dry flies, streamers and nymphs. To fish the different rivers properly (Palena, Yelcho, Futaleufú, and a few secret spots), you will need to carry a few rods rigged with specific flies and be ready to switch at a moment’s notice. If you get the opportunity to smack your foam dragonfly into the rings left by a feeding monster, it will be a take that sends shivers down your spine. Most of the fish in this region of Chile are extremely healthy and strong. The quality of the fishing can be beyond imagination.

Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and King Salmon.

Dates:

January 15-21, 2023
January 22-28, 2023


Length of Trip:

6 nights, 6 days guided fishing


Pricing:

$5,450 per angler, shared room / shared guide


What's Included:

  • 6 nights’ accommodations
  • 6 days of guided fly fishing (flies included)
  • All meals and beverages, including house wine and beer
  • Transportation between your hotel in Puerto Varas and La Paloma Airfield
  • Roundtrip flights from La Paloma Airfield to and from Chaitén and transfers to and from the lodge
  • local fishing license

What's not Included:

  • International Airfare or special transfers other than what is listed
  • Hotel or meals in Puerto Varas
  • Fishing license
  • Travel Insurance

How many people are on this trip?

8 maximum.


What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels are welcome.


How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

Children are permitted. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.


What additional activities are available?

Chimalfe Patagonia Lodge also offers horseback riding, kayaking, bird watching and trekking throughout the incomparable landscapes of this stunning region of Chile.


What is the typical weather?

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 18 to March 16, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest month of the year in Chaitén is January, with an average high of 67°F and low of 53°F. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


Additional Activities:

We can organize the following activities with local operators:

  • Horseback riding
  • Ocean kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Hot tubs: We have two wooden hot tubs to be used whenever you like.
  • Massage is available.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

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Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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