Magic Waters Patagonia, Chile
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Magic Waters is located at 35 miles northwest of Balmaceda airport and about 20 miles from the city of Coyhaique. The lodge is located at the end of a gravel road situated at the outlet of Barroso Lake in a small mountain valley, overlooking 2 small “lagunas”. Built in recent years by the Barreuto family using local wood and stones, it was created to give a relaxed atmosphere so that all guests will feel at home. From the great room, you will be able to take in the beautiful Patagonian panorama while a fire is burning in the fireplace made from local stones. The lodge has a fly tying area, room for drying waders and fishing gear as well. They also offer laundry service, telephone and an internet connection (please do not rely on this connection for daily e-mail or VOIP calls as it is very slow and often does not work).
Your hosts for your stay are Eduardo Barrueto and his wife Consuelo Balboa. Both are avid cooks, excel in guest service and have a good taste for wine and Chilean cusine. Food and meals are a very important part of the experience at Magic Waters. The lodge chef is Sandra, Eduardo's mother. She prepares and cooks favorite recipes coined in her family for generations. She has been the chef in various lodges and restaurants in the area, and has developed a fusion cuisine between typical Chilean and Patagonian cuisine, bringing an identity to each meal. The family grows all of their own vegetables, purchases lamb and cattle from local ranchers and buys fresh seafood from family friends in the area. All of the food at the lodge is locally sourced and organic.
Off the Vine:
Chile is famous for good wines and Magic Waters is proud to have a large selection of great red and white wines from the best vineyards in Chile and Argentina. Every night, excellent wine will be paired to match your evening cuisine.
7-night, 6 full days of fishing
*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Fishing locations and schedules are arranged by the lodge in accordance to weather, water levels, and guest fishing preferences.
Day 1 | Arrival
Arrival at Balmaceda Airport, a lodge staff member will pick you up and drive you to the lodge. It’s a scenic hour drive through the Simpson River Valley. You will be welcomed at the lodge with a traditional Chilean Pisco Sour cocktail, after introductions to the Lodge staff.
After settling in, lunch or dinner will be served. If you feel like you can´t refuse the opportunity to fish, the lodge will arrange to take you to one of their “lagunas”. Before you retire to your room to rest for your first day of fishing, you discuss your fishing plans with the guide or lodge manager. You will have many choices of fishing and depending on fishing reports, weather and water levels, your guide will give you your options. All of the rivers are accessed by vehicle and you can expect to drive a minimum of 30 minutes, and up to 1 ½ hours, depending on what you would like to do. There are a multitude of fishing options and Magic Waters employs some of the region’s best and most experienced guides. Each guide is bilingual and will help customize your fishing trip to assure that you have a great experience.
Day 2 - 7
Each morning starts with hot coffee ready in the kitchen at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am with homemade bread, fruit, yogurt, cereal, cheese, sausage, ham, marmalade and pancakes. Departure is generally at 8:30 am. You will drive to your fishing destination and return anytime between 6:30– 8:30 pm. When you arrive back you will be greeted with a cocktail and appetizers before dinner and discuss the following days plans with your guide. The guides and staff are very flexible, so if you want to leave earlier or later to match your fishing expectations, they will.
Day 8 | Departure
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am. Depending on departing times, you can have lunch at the lodge or depart to the airport right away in the morning. The lodge is more than willing to take you into Coyhaique to see the Patagonian City and then drive to the airport if you have an afternoon departure.
The main watersheds are the Simpson and Paloma Rivers, both famous for the finest dry fly fishing in Chile. Wild brown and rainbow trout are the main species targeted in these rivers, as well as a short, but decent run of King and Coho salmon during the summer months. The salmon are not easily caught on fly, but the runs are significant enough to give the occasional “shot” at one or two on a trip if they are in the river system.
Fishing season in Coyhaique starts in early October, ending the first week of May. Early season can provide anglers the opportunity to fish for big migratory, lake run rainbows. This is very good time to swing big streamers and look for big aggressive trophy fish looking for some action after winter. The dry fly fishing and hatches historically start during late November early December. With longer and warmer days, the hatches become more intense and the fish start to look up. Between the hundreds of species of beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, the dry fly fishing is pretty steady until April. In the Patagonian fall, the weather gets cooler, days are shorter, but the migratory brown trout start to move. There is always a chance to get hooked into one these fish if the weather and water levels cooperate.
Eduardo and his guides will do whatever they can to help fulfill your fishing expectations. Magic Waters has private access to rarely fished spring creeks if you enjoy wade fishing. The lodge is also within an hour drive of some temperate rainforest waters where you can sight fish for rising fish or target the aggressive fish with streamers. Anglers can also float the freestones and navigate the rapids of the Simpson casting to fish with dries or streamers. This region of Chile also has some of the best dry fly, lake fishing in the world for wild browns. The lodge has a couple small “lagunas” that you can fish after dinner to catch the evening hatch.
A Day at Magic Waters:
Although daily schedules are prepared according to the angler's preferences, the following is a typical day at Magic Waters:
- 7:00 a.m. wake up call
- 8:00 a.m. breakfast in the dining room.
- 8:30 a.m. depart in one of the lodge's vehicles to begin your day.
- 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. fishing with gourmet streamside lunch.
- 2:00 p.m. – 6:00/8:00 p.m. afternoon fish and return to the lodge.
- 9:00 p.m. cocktails and dinner. Plan your next day's fishing.
Non-fishing Activities:A number of recreational activities can be coordinated for the enjoyment of accompanying non-anglers. Examples include activities such as; horseback riding, trekking to glaciers, rafting, kayaking, sightseeing, thermal spas, shopping tours and cooking classes. These can be unforgettable half-day or full-day experiences that include transportation and lunch. The costs of some of these excursions/activities are not included in the cost of the stay. Non-fishing activities are subject to advance planning and weather conditions.
2022 - 2023 Season & Rates:
October 1st 2022 through May 1st 2023:
7 nights/6 days fishing package:
- $5,990 per angler, shared room/shared guide
- $5,000 per non-angler, sharing a room
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- Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA) and on all fishing trips
- All meals, accommodations and beverages, including alcohol (domestic beer, selected Chilean house wines, soda and Pisco Sours)
- Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- Laundry service
- International and domestic airfare
- Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
- Fishing equipment.
- Trip insurance
- Extra activities
- Tips to guide and lodge staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
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