An Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Argentina

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Dorados on the Fly


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The Story

Pinti’s Dorado Lodge is located in northern Argentina on the dense, jungle banks of the Upper Paraná River, the natural boundary dividing Argentina and Paraguay. This large, clear-water river holds healthy numbers of golden Dorado, Pacu, and Pirá pitá. The upper Paraná has some of the most prolific fish numbers, and opportunities for large dorado, and other exotic species on the fly. Not only will anglers sight cast to golden dorado, but the dry fly fishing for Pirá pitá and Pacú can be phenomenal. Pinti is recognized by locals as a pioneer of fly fishing the upper Paraná River, which has allowed him to select an elite team of guides and strategically locate the lodge on the most productive section of the river.

Lodging:

Dorado on the Fly Lodge is located on a high jungle bank overlooking the Paraná River at the small fishing village of Ita Ibate in the Corrientes Province of Argentina.

The property features two simply constructed lodging buildings with 7 rooms. The individual bedrooms provide comfortable accommodations, private full baths, and are decorated with local art. Each angler will enjoy single occupancy accommodations unless otherwise requested.

The main lodge has spectacular views of the Rio Paraná and features a spacious common area with a pool table and a full bar. Branching off the pool table/bar room is another common living space, nicely decorated and furnished with full couches and comfortable chairs, where anglers can relax with drinks and appetizers while enjoying the incredibly scenic views of the Rio Paraná.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the large dining room table in the main lodge, and meals are often hosted by Pinti or one of the exceptional head guides.

Pinti’s lodge is not a great option for non-anglers. Though the lodge is very comfortable, with beautiful scenery, full Wi-Fi, and television, the lodge does not offer guided non-angling activities. But it does have a beautiful swimming pool in the backyard that anyone can enjoy!

The lodge offers guests unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access. Cell phones do work depending on individual carriers and data plans.


Food and Beverages:

Pinti’s Lodge offers classic Argentine cuisine, including a weekly “asado” (Argentine BBQ), in addition to an array of international dishes. All meals are served with fine wines from Mendoza and other wine producing regions of Argentina. Lunches are prepared and served daily back at the lodge with your guide. The dining experience at the lodge is a satisfying blend of fresh ingredients, delicious flavors, and beautiful presentation. The lodge offers an open bar policy with all domestic liquors, Argentine wines, and beers during your stay.

Boats and Equipment:

Pinti’s team use 20 ft. panga-style boats that are very clean and set up perfectly for fly anglers. They fish 2 anglers at the same time while drifting the banks, sand bars, and seam lines. The guides use trolling motors and Push-pole platforms to control the drift while keeping anglers in position.


How To Get There:

Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires’s International Airport (EZE) from one of several major cities in the U.S. You will arrive at the International Airport in Buenos Aires and from there, you will need to transfer to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (AEP), which is located across the city, in order to catch your flight to Corrientes. The fastest way to get to the town of Ita Ibate and Pinti’s Lodge is with a 1.5-hour domestic flight to Corrientes on Aerolineas Argentinas. Pinti’s Lodge is only a 1 hour and 40-minute drive from the Corrientes Airport. Currently, there are more than one flight from Buenos Aires to Corrientes or Resistencia. If your travel schedule does not allow for the morning flight to Corrientes, you can still reach Pinti’s from Buenos Aires by flying into Resistencia as there are two-afternoon flights. Resistencia Airport is a 2-hour drive to the lodge.

Anglers will be met at either the Corrientes Airport or the Resistencia Airport upon arrival. Pinti recommends arriving on the morning flight to Corrientes and departing on the afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires.


Documents Required:

Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in a landing card on arrival and you will be given a stamp for stays of thirty, sixty, or ninety days. Staple your duplicate of the landing card into your passport, next to your entrance stamp, as you’ll need it to leave the country. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Orvis Adventures for details and custom package pricing.

Fishing:

A typical day of fishing on the Rio Paraná is broken into two fishing sessions: the morning (from 07:00 am to 12:00 noon) and again in the afternoon (from 3:15 pm until 7:30 – 8:00 pm). Guests will return to the air-conditioned lodge for lunch, followed by a nap time for rest. Fishing for dorado on this river is most productive early and late in the day, though overcast days fish well all day long. As the sun gets high, it allows for anglers to stake out over white sand flats to sight-fish for cruising dorado much like you would for tarpon in Caribbean waters.

The Icing on the cake, is when the high sun also allows for anglers to hunt and sight fish for Pirá pitá and Pacú that are often laid up under overhanging trees and bushes seeking shade and food. These fish are often targeted with large dry fly patterns, making for exciting takes.

Sight fishing is the most enjoyable way to fish for golden dorado, Pirá pitá, and Pacú with the water typically crystal-clear in the Rio Paraná. However, searching the loggy areas and fishing to different structure with streamers can be an excellent way to find big fish, and this river definitely holds them – fish within the 20–30-pound range are possible. The Paraná is a huge body of water with an endless number of channels, flats, and structured banks to provide anglers with various options and locations to fish throughout the week without fishing the same location twice.

Anglers will fish mainly with floating lines and lightly weighted streamer patterns. An 8-9 weight is the choice rod for dorado on the Paraná with a floating tropical line. The Pirá pitá feed on large foam-style dry flies along the banks and a 6-7 weight with a floating tropical line is preferred. Pacú (known as the Argentine permit) are fruit eaters and are often pursued with a floating fruit fly along the banks and under the overhanging trees. Pacú are extremely selective and spooky, but Pinti’s guide team has the most effective techniques completely dialed in.

Dorado in the area average six to eight pounds and anglers have legitimate opportunities at fish in the 20 lb. range or larger, with a few rare fish in the 40 lb. class. In a week of fishing, proficient anglers can expect to find lots of action on all three species and have great chances of fish in the double-digit range.

2023/24 Package Rates:

Double Occupancy
Single Room and shared boat
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,300.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,400.00 per person
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,300.00 per person
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,200.00 per person

Single Occupancy
*Single room and single guide
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,950.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,550.00 per person
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $7,950.00 per person
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $8,260.00 per person


Included:

  • Accommodations at Pinti’s Lodge
  • All meals and local alcoholic beverages while at the lodge
  • Round-trip ground transportation from the Corrientes Airport to the lodge
  • Professional daily guided fishing
  • Argentine fishing license
  • Laundry Service
  • Wi-Fi Access

Not Included:

  • Transfers, hotel, and meals in Buenos Aires
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Personal shopping and dining in Buenos Aires
  • Flies, leaders, and tippet
  • Rods, reels, and tackle are not included (rental gear 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.

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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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