Access to exclusive fisheries in Chilean Patagonia is yours for a week: Join us on a group fly-fishing trip at River of Dreams Base Camp.

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Access to exclusive fisheries in Chilean Patagonia is yours for a week: Join us on a group fly-fishing trip at River of Dreams Base Camp.

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Orvis Week at the River of Dreams Base Camp

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Enjoy unforgettable fly fishing with us when you travel to Patagonia for Orvis Week at the River of Dreams Base Camp. At one of the most exclusive fisheries, you will have a chance at some of the biggest, most aggressive, wild brown trout in the region. Thirty miles of the most untouched river on the planet include a fantastic, two-mile spring creek only 100 meters from the camp. Expect to cast big foam beetles, mouse patterns, and big streamers in the main river and smaller dry flies in the spring creeks. Though located in a remote valley, accommodations include comfortable, wood-framed tents with heating and electricity. Gourmet food and service top off this truly exceptional experience.

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The camp is only for the adventurous angler. Getting to the River of Dreams is a full adventure itself. From Magic Waters Lodge you will drive about two hours through Simpson River National Park along snowcapped peaks, beautiful rivers, and glaciers. At the end of the road, you will meet Jorge Martel, the gaucho who will guide you into the Blanco River valley. He will be waiting for you with his horses ready to start the remarkable trip into the valley. The horseback trip to get to the middle section of the valley is an incredibly scenic adventure that should take about two hours. Once in the valley, your fishing guides will be waiting with jet boats for the final approach to camp. You will travel up the Blanco River for 45 minutes, surrounded by beautiful wild forest, thick jungle, spectacular waterfalls, snowcapped mountain peaks and of course VERY fishy water. When you arrive at camp the camp staff and chef will welcome you with drinks and a well-earned meal. Although you will be in one of the most remote parts of Patagonia, you will enjoy food and drink on par with the best lodges in the world. You will enjoy fresh beef, lamb, and vegetables from ranches within the valley, as well as fish and homemade breads to keep you fueled throughout the week. Each evening you will have outstanding Chilean wines and pisco sours, the national cocktail of Chile, to complement three course meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the main cabin, or at the outside table when weather permits. Each wood frame cabin has two beds, insulation, heat, electricity, and a wood floor to keep you comfortable. There are two bathrooms and two showers with ample hot water at camp.

Arrival: Travel to the River of Dreams
Your trip begins by driving through River Simpson National Park to meet the horses and gaucho that will take you to the River of Dreams. After you pack your horses, you’ll head into the Blanco River Valley. Once you arrive at camp you will start fishing the Blanco River, spring creek, or other tributaries of the Blanco River. After fishing you’ll settle into Camp, your home for the week.

Fishing Days: Fishing at The River of Dreams
After breakfast each day, you, your fellow anglers, and guides will head out to fish within the 30-mile long Blanco River Valley. You’ll have opportunities to fish streamers and dry flies along the Blanco River as well as it’s tributaries. Your week will be a mix of wade and float fishing depending on your preference and the conditions.

Departure: Leaving Camp
After breakfast you can fish the Blanco as you make your way downstream to meet up with the gaucho and horses to begin your trip out of the Blanco Valley. There are many opportunities to extend your stay in Patagonia at Magic Waters Lodge or one of Orvis’ many great partners throughout Chilean Patagonia.

The fishing on the Blanco River and its tributaries is likely unlike any fishing you have ever done. The remote location and limited access grants just a few dozen anglers a year the opportunity to fish there. The Blanco River runs for 30 miles through a remote valley and is home to brown and rainbow trout that rarely see a fly. These aggressive trout will hunt down streamers and take dry flies without hesitation. The guides estimate about 90% of the fish are brown trout, with big numbers of trout in the 14"- 18" range, with lots of big fish between 18"-24" range and some monster brown trout up to 27" and bigger. Early February is prime time to fish streamers and big dry flies in the main river. The Cantaria beetles grow up to 2” long and can be a staple of the trouts’ diets in February. The trout love to eat large foam imitations. The Fat Albert is a favorite of the guides. On the spring creek and tributaries, you sight fish while casting smaller dry flies like Parachute Adams and caddis to cruising fish looking for an easy meal.

What is Included?

  • 7 night’s accommodations
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
  • All meals and beverages, including alcohol (domestic beer, selected Chilean house wines, soda and Pisco Sours)
  • Round trip transportation from Balmaceda Airport – BBA

What is Not Included?

  • International and domestic flights to and from Balmaceda, Chile (BBA)
  • Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Trip insurance
  • Tips to guide and lodge staff

How Many People are on this Trip?

6 maximum.

What Skill Level is recommended?

All experience levels are welcome.

How Strenuous are the Activities?

Getting to the camp requires a 2-hour horseback ride.

What Gear Do You Recommend?

Orvis Adventures will provide a detailed packing list.

What is the Typical Weather?

Late summer air temperatures can range from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit on most days. Rain is common in Chilean Patagonia. The climate is very similar to the Pacific Northwest.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the trip proposal and materials (trip planner and confirmation email). In some cases, deposits are non-refundable, this depends on the destination and will be clearly noted in the trip proposal and materials as well. 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 (stated in the trip proposal and materials), 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.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

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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