Patagonia Baker Lodge, Chile

This Chile fly fishing trip to the Patagonia's Coyhaique region will stay with you for a lifetime.

Patagonia Baker Lodge, Chile

Overview

This Chile fly fishing trip to Patagonia Baker Lodge offers lucky anglers the opportunity to experience outstanding fishing while enjoying some of the world's most impressive natural scenery. The Rio Baker begins its journey to the Pacific Ocean 170 miles south of Balmaceda. From its headwaters in Lake General Carrera, the Baker flows through a spectacular mountainous countryside. It is flanked on the North and South by the great Patagonian ice fields and its banks are enshrouded by endemic forests, home to some of the most unique fauna in the world. The Baker, although turquoise-green from a distance, reveals crystalline waters on closer inspection. The lodge itself is right in the middle of the splendor, overlooking the river.

Itinerary

Sample Chile Vacation Package Itinerary

7-night program

Day 1

Arrival at Balmaceda Airport, a lodge staff member will pick you up and drive you to the lodge. It’s a scenic five hour drive through some of the most breathtaking mountains in Chilean Patagonia. Although you may choose to take a charter flight, the drive is spectacular and we recommend it to all visitors. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you.

A brief stopover will be scheduled about halfway through the trip so you can get a hot coffee, soft drinks or a snack. You will be welcomed at the lodge with a traditional Chilean Pisco Sour cocktail. If you feel like fishing right away, you will only need to walk a few steps.

If you choose to charter an airplane to get to the lodge earlier, the lodge’s guides will be ready to take you out in a zodiac for your first encounter with the Rio Baker’s trout. The sun sets between 8 and 10 pm, with great hatches at dusk.

Days 2 -7

During these full fishing days you will have the chance to fish many of the Baker’s most productive spots. You will also spend time on the Rio Cochrane, whose upper stretch resembles a large spring creek. As the river gets closer to the Pacific Ocean it starts to look more like a typical Pampas river.

Several other smaller rivers and streams will be visited, depending on the time of the year and fishing conditions: the Maqui River, Maiten River, Bertrand Lake, and Cochrane Lake, are some of the options that this unique part of the world has to offer anglers lucky enough to visit.

Day 8

Departure day. After breakfast one of the lodge’s vehicles will return your group to the airport in Balmaceda. This is another chance to see the magnificent mountain ranges, lakes and forests from a different perspective. Don’t put your camera away just yet. If you are flying out, you will have enough time for some morning wade fishing near the lodge.

Angler's Sample Daily Routine

Although daily schedules are prepared according to the angler's preferences, the following is a typical routine:

  • 7:00 am | Wake up call.
  • 7:30 am | Breakfast in the dining room.
  • 8:00 am | Fishing gear and equipment preparation.
  • 8:30 am | Depart in one of the lodge's vehicles or boats to begin your day.
  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm | Morning fishing.
  • 9:00 am – (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) | Fishing with gourmet streamside lunch.
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Return to the lodge.
  • 9:00 pm | Cocktails and dinner; plan your next day's fishing.

Activities

The Fly Fishing

This is a remote and pristine fly fishing paradise. Patagonia Baker Lodge was built by fly fishers, for fly fishers. It offers all the comfort and amenities that any angler may need and then some. All of the guides are professional, properly trained, English speaking guides with several years of experience in the region. This experience, combined with first rate vehicles and boats, will ensure safe access to even the most remote fishing spots.

Patagonia Baker guides have access to a wide variety of watercraft, including four different zodiacs, a McKenzie style drift boat and a cataraft. The lodge and its staff are dedicated to ensuring a diverse and rewarding fishing experience. The fishing program includes 12 km of the Baker River, the Cochrane River (about a 50 minute drive from the lodge), other smaller rivers, streams and some lake fishing. Bertrand, Carrera and Cochrane Lakes all produce incredible fly fishing for still water anglers. However, the focus at Patagonia Baker Lodge is primarily on fishing the area’s numerous rivers and streams. Although boats are used for fishing as well as transportation, most of the rivers are wadeable, providing opportunities to get out and stalk wild trout. The rivers around Patagonia Baker Lodge support one of Patagonia's most abundant and interesting populations of wild rainbows and resident browns. Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of acrobatic rainbows and colorful browns averaging 2-8 pounds. Virtually every season really big fish, up to 18 pounds, have been landed by skilled anglers. And just in case you just can’t get enough, there is a very active dry fly pool only a few yards away from the lodge.

Non-Fishing Activities

A number of recreational activities can be coordinated for the enjoyment of accompanying non-anglers. Examples include things like horseback riding, bird watching, rafting, kayaking, trekking, sightseeing, motorboat tours in Lakes General Carrera, Bertrand and Cochrane. These are unforgettable half-day or full-day experiences that include transportation and lunch. Non-fishing activities are subject to advance planning and weather conditions.

Lodging

The Fly Fishing Lodge

The lodge is located 170 miles south of the airport in Balmaceda, about 2 miles from the small and picturesque town of Puerto Bertrand. The lodge has ample room so guests can relax in comfort and take advantage of the well thought out floor plan. Built specifically for fly fishermen, Patagonia Baker Lodge features six deluxe double rooms with electric heat, a fireplace and private bathrooms.

Each room has a view of the turquoise green waters of the Rio Baker just outside the window. The Club House has two great rooms with fireplaces, full sized bar, dining room, and a fly-tying and leisure area. If you need to stay in touch with the rest of the world during your vacation, Patagonia Baker Lodge has all of the modern conveniences including telephone, fax, email, Internet, and satellite TV. This is all topped off with superb gourmet dining that anglers will enjoy after a long day on the river. Read our Chile fly fishing trip reviews to learn more about this Patagonia lodge.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Patagonia Baker Lodge

2017-2018 Season & Rates: mid October through mid April

Duration Angler Non-Angler Angler
  double occupancy accompanying an angler traveling alone
7 nights, 6 days of fishing $5390 $3750 $5980
4 nights, 3 days of fishing $3420 $2390 $3690

Included:

Deluxe accommodations with private bathroom. Local transportation. Guided fishing (fly fishing only, catch and release). Ground transfers between Balmaceda airport and lodge. Breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Meals include selected Chilean house wines, domestic beer, or soda. One excursion for accompanying non anglers per stay. Fishing license (issued directly at PBL). Satellite TV at Club House, Internet and Email (unlimited Wi-Fi usage time on your own portable).

Not included:

Air charter transportation between Balmaceda airport and lodge (optional charter flight, approximately $1,600 each way for up to 7 guests), trip insurance, fishing equipment, flies, phone calls, laundry, extra activities, extra meal or beverages and gratuities.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Patagonia Baker Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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