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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trip Length: 7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing
$5,500 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$6,900 per angler, single occupancy room, shared guide* (limited availability of 1)
$4,500 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler*
*Single anglers will not be charged the private guide supplement so long as they are willing to share a guide with another angler. Offer only valid on this Orvis Adventures special group departure.
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• 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
• International and domestic airfare
• Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
• Lodge and guide gratuities
• Fishing equipment
• Travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Optional activities including horseback riding, kayaking, and guided tours