Magic Waters Patagonia is perfectly nestled in the mountain valleys of the Aysén region

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DATES: February 5 - 12, 2022

LENGTH OF TRIP: 7 nights, 6 days guided fishing

PRICING: From $6,000 per angler

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The Story

Enjoy the pleasure of staying at Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge. Enjoy the lodge life , our amenities and the surrounding waters and discover why Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge has being the most famous and awarded Lodge in Patagonia in the last years and featured by some of the best publications in the planet as the New York Times, American Angler, Grey´s Sporting Journal, Trout & Salmon magazine among others.

Magic Waters Patagonia is perfectly nestled in the mountain valleys of the Aysén region in Southern Chile. The lodge's close proximity to the costal rainforests and Eastern Patagonian Steppe provide each angler with a multitude of opportunity to experience the region's best fishing while enjoying some of the world's most impressive, natural scenery. Whether you like to wade spring creeks, float on freestone rivers, or cast large dries at cruising fish in a turquoise blue lake, Magic Waters is a place you will fall in love with. Lodge manager and owner, Eduardo Barrueto, grew up outside of the city of Coyhaique and enjoys sharing the excellent Patagonian fishing with each and every guest.

The small city of Coyhaique is the mecca of dry fly fishing in Chilean Patagonia. It is often compared to the American West 100 years ago with less people and non-educated, larger than average sized trout. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, it has more fishable waters that you can imagine. The landscape of the Aysén region is incredibly diverse; you can travel from the dry, arid pampas (Patagonian Steppe) to the temperate rainforest (Paloma River) in just over an hour. One day you can fish a meandering “Montana type spring creek” while spending the next day in a gin clear river system of “Pacific Northwest style” in a temperate rainforest.

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. Between the hundreds of species of beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, the dry fly fishing is pretty steady until April. 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.

DATES: February 5 - 12, 2022

LENGTH OF TRIP: 7 nights, 6 days guided fishing

PRICING: From $6,000 per angler, double occupancy
$5,000 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler

• Expert advice and support from your Orvis Trip Leader
• 7 nights lodging at Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge
• 6 full days of guided fishing (2 anglers per guide is standard)
• All meals and beverages, including domestic beer, Chilean house wines and Pisco Sours
• Roundtrip transportation to/from Balmaceda Airport (BBA)
• Laundry Service
• Detailed trip planning materials from Orvis
• Orvis VIP Customer Discount Card

Not included:
• International and domestic airfare
• Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
• Lodge and guide gratuities
• Lodge and guide gratuities
• Fishing equipment
• Travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Optional activities including horseback riding, kayaking, and guided tours

Day 1: Arrive at Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge

Fly into the Balmaceda Airport, where a lodge staff member will pick you up for a 1-hour scenic drive to the lodge through the Simpson River Valley. Enjoy a Chilean Pisco Sour before lunch or dinner, or you may opt to head to one of the small lakes near the lodge to wet your line. Your Orvis Trip Leader will introduce you to your guide or the lodge manager to discuss your fishing plans for the week.

Days 2 - 7: Guided Fishing

After a homemade breakfast, head out with your guide for a full day on the water. Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge has some of the region's most experienced guides, all of whom are bilingual. Your guide will discuss your options for each day depending upon fishing reports, weather and water levels, and work with you to customize your fishing trip to ensure that you have a great experience. There is a multitude of fishing options available with drive times ranging from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.

Meals are an important part of the experience at Magic Waters and dinner is no exception. You'll dine on a fusion of Chilean and Patagonian cuisine, lovingly prepared by the owner’s mother using locally sourced, organic ingredients from the family's garden and local ranches. Local wine pairings round out each meal for a truly magical experience that you’ll wish would never end.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, return to the airport for flights home or extend your trip to another Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge in Patagonia. If you have an afternoon departure, you may choose to enjoy a leisurely lunch at the lodge or head into the local town of Coyhaique before returning to the airport.

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Magic Waters is located 35 miles northwest of Balmaceda airport and about 20 miles from the city of Coyhaique. The lodge is 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 the recent years by the Barreuto family using local wood and stones, it was created to give a relaxed atmosphere so that all visitors 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. They 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).

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, purchase 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. South America is famous for great wines and Magic Waters is proud to have a large selection of red and white wines from the best vineyards of Chile and Argentina. Every night, excellent wine will be paired to match your evening cuisine.

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.

Orvis Travel Terms and Conditions

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

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from better & better My wife and I first went to Magic Waters in 2017. We were a little concerned about being safe in South America. When we got there we were very pleased. The scenic beauty alone put us at ease. The hospitality of Edurdo, Consuala, and the staff was almost overwhelming, but genuine. They really love what they do. The atmosphere was always comfortable and welcoming, and the food good with interesting conversation around the table. In the 6 days of fishing, the guides were always attentive, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. The fish were plentiful, and of good size, but a little challenging to catch ( as the should be). The variety of fishing is superior. There were two days of floating, a couple of days of wading on some productive streams, and lake fishing on the most beautiful waters I have seen anywhere. So, the question is. Would I go back. Well, we just returned from our second trip in 2019, with the same wonderful experience. Only better the second time. And, yes I am planning to return next year!!
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic Waters Patagonia Review - Kevin Morgan What a great time! Each day was a different fly fishing experience with a different great guide. Thanks Consuelo and Eduardo Guarda for being such great hosts! They really worked with our individual and personal fly fishing skills and needs. What a great, beautiful family.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic waters Magic waters is amazing!! Eduardo and his family will treat you like gold and show you some of the best fishing you have ever seen!!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review for spouses who don’t fish (much) My husband and I have had on our bucket list for years to visit Chile and we knew that when we went we could not miss Patagonia and fishing. After much research we settled on a lodge recommended by Orvis in Patagonia called Magic Waters Patagonia near Coyhaique. I have gone on several fishing vacations with my husband in the past and had developed my own criteria of what I was looking for, and the visit to Magic Waters far exceeded my expectations. So non-fishing spouses, my criteria, in rank order of importance were: 1. A climate that was not too hot and where I would not get sunburned or overheated (like you get when you are in the Bahamas, Mexico or Florida) 2. A place of great adventure that I did not have to worry about getting eaten by bears or otherwise attacked 3. Natural beauty and the ability to experience nature 4. Great accommodations, food and hospitality 5. A support structure that would allow me to gain basic competency at fly fishing so that I could enjoy it and not be stressed out about it (like I would be if learning golf) 6. A place where I could get some exercise (after going to Alaska and Canada to fish I realized that not all lodges met this need) 7. Good fishing – so that hubby was happy! All 7 of my objectives were met. Let me review at a summary level: 1. Climate : we went in the spring (beginning of November). The weather is unpredictable at this time of year – it can be sunny and relatively warm, or it can be raining and windy. We fished for 4 days and we had light rain for 2 1/2 days, and winds for two days in the morning. However, we were not cold nor uncomfortable because we were properly layered and could adjust as the day warmed up. If you want to have sunny and warm days go in the summer. I happen to like the colder weather because you could only see my hands and part of my face and I did not have to worry about sun damage. 2. Great Adventure: this is the # 1 reason I loved the trip. I loved seeing new places each day – and they all looked different. I loved trudging through the streams and crawling around fences. I liked getting almost knocked down by the fast running river waters and having to fight the winds at times. The great thing about Patagonia is the worse predator is a skunk – and I only saw one the whole time I was there. I did not worry about bears, alligators, sharks, spiders or snakes biting me like other vacations I have been on. The people are great and it is a safe country. 3. Natural beauty and nature: It far exceeded my expectations because it went on and on. I have been to 4 different fjords around the world, and this was as majestic as the others and it was massive! I only saw a small part of Patagonia (the middle part) and I was blown away with how it had different vistas and terrain as you moved around. 4. Accommodations, food and hospitality: The lodge is really beautiful and comfortable. The lodge owner, Eduardo, built it himself with help from friends. He and his mom had previously owned a very successful catering business, and Eduardo was trained as a chef. So, the rooms were great, the showers hot and powerful, great fireplaces, and really wonderful food prepared by his mom. We are a gluten free family, and I have some odd food requests (such as soup for breakfast) and they accommodated these very nicely. The food is healthy, interesting and well prepared. The wines were great. The guides (Andy, Jose, and Eduardo) were all great. They went out of their way to make it a great experience. We even got to meet and spend time with his family who were just delightful. On our last evening, they surprised us by having some friends come in from town to play music for us because they knew my husband was a musician. They all jammed for a couple hours – they didn’t speak a common language other than music but they figured it out! 5. Support structure for fishing: Our guides were great as mentioned in point 4. Attentive, entertaining, serious and very helpful. One of the guides had to ask my husband to quit trying to give me advice on casting since it was his job to do this. He did it in a humorous way and actually got my husband to do his own thing! The support structure was great, and I exceeded my expectations on my abilities, although the guides would probably roll their eyes at my assessment of my skills. 6. Exercise: if you like to walk or hike, there are great places to do so- and plenty of them. If you want to horseback ride, they can arrange that too. The walking for fly fishing took effort too. 7. Good fishing: We caught fish every day, but did not catch a large number of fish. Some of this was because we were new to fly fishing, some of it was time of year and the weather. However, we caught some trout up to 4 or 5 pounds, and we know that fish were not always biting. On my second day, I decided to venture off on my own to practice casting, and hauled in a 4 pound brown trout that was patiently waiting for me to catch him. I don’t know who was more surprised, the trout, the guide, my husband or me. That was the highlight of my fishing experience because I saw the trout, cast my line, watched him take a bite, set the hook and I pulled him in. So, non-fishing spouses. If you like adventure with comfort, and are willing to learn how to fly fish in order to enjoy nature, this is a great lodge to stay at. If you want warmer weather, go in the summer. If that is not important to you then you should go in the spring when it is not as crowded. Overall, the experience was great, and the effort put into making it so by Eduardo and his team is to be commended.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once in a lifetime experience! I recently returned from the Magic Waters Lodge in Chile with Orvis Travel. Everything about the trip was top shelf from the pre-trip coordination, The travel arrangements, lodging accomodations, food, guides and of course the fishing. Magic Waters lodge is located in the Coyhaique region of Patagonia Chile and is surrounded by Rivers and Lakes providing a tremendous variety of fishing from large rivers, streams and lakes all holding large trout. Each day was a different experience from horsebacking to a high country river, jet boating up river to fish prime locations, to whitewater rafting and fishing areas that few humans have ever seen et alone fished. The two things that standout to me where the beauty of Coyhaique region of Patagonia with gin clear water, mountains an wilderness, and the hospitality of Eduardo and his family, the staff and the guides. It was an experience of a lifetime and I will return to Magic Waters Lodge.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orvis week at Magic waters Patagonia I cant say enough about this whole experience ! I could not have imaged such a great experience and beautiful trip. I would and have been telling everyone I can about Magic Waters Patagonia. From the moment you are picked up at the airport and throughout the trip you are made to feel like family. The entire staff from guides to staff at the lodge are amazing. The fishing is awesome ! The lodge is very comfortable and the rooms are very nice. Eduardo and his Family make you feel like you are part of there family. I will definitely go back there in the future.
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Magic in Patagonia I expected to love it and it exceeded my expectations - the fishing, the food and the accommodations. Eduardo picked me up at the airport. When we arrived at the beautiful lodge, I met his wife Consuelo, his two children and his mother, Sandra. I, immediately, felt right at home. Sandra's cooking is fabulous. Eduardo put no pressure on me and we worked out a great plan for exploring some of the endless fishing opportunities that are accesible within an hours drive of the lodge. Accommodations are extremely comfortable, clean, and did I say, comfortable. The boat and trucks were clean and in great working order. Eduardo is prepared. The fish were hitting dries and Monti and Andy were excellent guides. The trip from Santiago to Balmaceda was easy. I cannot wait to go back again. Magic Waters is truly magical.
Date published: 2015-12-11
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