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A Warm Welcome in the Heart of Central Patagonia
El Encuentro was the first outfitter to provide fly fishing trips in Central Patagonia. For over 30 years, El Encuentro Lodge and the Beale family have been welcoming anglers from all over the world, most of whom return year after year to enjoy more extraordinary fishing experiences. Staying at El Encuentro Lodge lets you experience Argentine hospitality at its most authentic – warm, genuine and familial.
The lodge has an exquisite setting right on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu.
Hosted by the Beale family, guests of El Encuentro are made to feel right at home in the comfortable lodge. It’s an ideal setting for a small group of friends who want to enjoy the privacy of the small, intimate setting. With four rooms in the main house and two rooms in an adjacent cottage, El Encuentro can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. WiFi is available at the lodge.
At El Encuentro, the Beales proudly grow most of the organic vegetables in a one-acre kitchen garden and serve eggs from their own chickens. Lamb, beef and other products are all locally sourced from family and local markets. Breads are baked daily at the lodge. Not to be forgotten, superb Argentine wines are served at lunch and dinner, even when you have lunch on the riverside. Guests are treated to a traditional Patagonian “asado” (barbecue) with the family and all the guides—a most memorable culinary experience!
If you have a passion for fly fishing, Argentina has always been on your list of 'must-see' destinations.
Its unique combination of outstanding wild trout fishing, jaw-dropping scenery, and a dynamic culture is unmatched. But with so many options, where does one start in planning the ideal trip?
El Encuentro Fly Fishing has been hosting travelers for decades, having spent countless hours and miles in search of the best fishing opportunities, best lodges and accommodations, and most appealing experiences for our guests.
The lodge’s location on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu opens that river to both full and half day floats including being able to go out late in the day right from the lodge to enjoy the evening hatch! With side channels, deep pools, gravel bars and hidden banks, the Rio Futaleufu is renowned for trophy sized rainbow and brown trout. It fishes well all season.
There is such a variety of waters in the Esquel-Trevelin area, that El Encuentro can design fishing experiences to meet any angler’s interests. El Encuentro guides have access to private lakes and small streams and spring creeks; in addition, they can take anglers to the Rio Frey and lower Rio Corcovado for float fishing. El Encuentro offers a desirable base from which to fish in any season, without requiring too much driving (and in some cases, no driving at all).
It's our goal to craft each trip based on your individual needs and priorities.
And to best accommodate those needs, our unique approach offers the option for multiple destinations as part of your trip.
Whether it's staying at our own El Encuentro Lodge, or one of our network of hand-selected lodges and estancias in the region, we're able to 'build' each trip based
on your fishing preferences, time of year, budget, preferred non-fishing activities, and just about any other variable that is important to you.
El Encuentro Fly Fishing has spent over 30 years building relationships with only the top fishing destinations in central Patagonia and northern Argentina.
The region in which we work encompasses dozens of superb fisheries for both trout and golden dorado, with a mix of public and private waters. We know when each fishes best, which lodges and estancias are the right choice for you, and will custom plan your itinerary to match your priorities and expectations so your trip is just as memorable as you imagined.
We are partnered with following destinations in Central Patagonia and Northern Argentina - we organize your stay there in any combination you wish:
Whether for trout or golden dorado, there are literally dozens of fishing experiences available — not to mention cultural and non-fishing destinations worth exploring — so we recommend contacting us to help you plan the ideal itinerary for you and your group, based on your target species, amount of time you have in Argentina, time of year, and style of fishing you prefer.
Option 1: Regarding our Dorado fishing program, we run it from September to November and from February to May. Our partnership with Golden Dorado River Cruiser allows an extension to our normal week trout fishing program. Due to the proximity of Golden Dorado River Cruiser to Buenos Aires we have many of our guests that extend their stay for four nights/ three days of fishing for Dorados before or after fishing for trout with us in Patagonia. We suggest a stay for no less than three or four nights / three days of Dorado fishing.
Option 2: We also have a great option for those clients spending some time in Buenos Aires and would like to try Dorado fishing. We can arrange with our friend and partner, Urban Dorado, a great fishing day in the Rio de La Plata Delta, less than 45 minutes away from down town Buenos Aires.
Weekly program (7 nights/ 6 1/2 days fishing): USD 5.950 in double base occupancy
Single angler supplement: USD 110
Price per week single angler (your own room and guide): USD 6.720
Daily rate per non-fishing guest (includes various activities): USD 650
Additional Option-1 - Golden Dorado River Cruiser:
Starts at 3 nights / 2 1/2 days fishing: USD 2.450 in double base occupancy
For 4 nights / 3 1/2 days fishing: USD 3.150 in double base occupancy
For 5 nights / 4 1/2 days fishing: USD 3.750 in double base occupancy
For 6 nights / 5 1/2 days fishing: USD 4.400 in double base occupancy
Additional Option-2 - with our Partner Urban Dorado - starting from downtown Buenes Aires:
Price per angler per day: USD 950 per boat, per day (1 or 2 anglers).
10 % discount
Gear for Rent: El Encuentro offers fishing gear for rent at USD 150 per person for the duration of your trip. This includes Simms waders, Simms boots, Simms rain jacket, two rods, two reels, waders, extra spool, floating and sinking lines, leaders, tippets and all the necessary gear to ensure a great day of fishing.
Fishing Licenses: they are not included in the price of your trip. The price for non-residents in 2018/2019 is USD 160 per week or USD 180 for the season. If you don’t want to worry about your license, we can get it for you in advance and include the price in your final bill.
All of our great fishing programs are located in the province of Chubut, in Patagonia, Argentina. The main city which provides services to this area is Esquel (EQS). Aerolineas Argentinas is the only airline which maintains a daily flight to Esquel airport from Buenos Aires. Another option is to fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche depending on the day and time of your arrival and departure. Bariloche has up to 5 flights per day from Buenos Aires every day of the week. The transfer time to Esquel from Bariloche is about 4 hours. There is an additional cost for us to meet you at the Bariloche airport (USD 350 per vehicle which seats 3 passengers).
FLYING TO ARGENTINA
From the US
United, American, Delta, Aerolíneas Argentinas, and LAN have non- stop service to Buenos Aires from Miami, New York, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. Your flights should be booked from your city of origin to Buenos Aires.
From England / Europe
British Airways and other european Airlines has direct flights to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires has two airports - Ezeiza (EZE, international) and Aeroparque (AEP, domestic). Almost all international flights arrive into Ezeiza and most domestic flights in Argentina depart from Aeroparque. It is necessary to transfer by taxi or shuttle from the international airport to the domestic airport for your flight to Patagonia.
Depending on the time your international flight lands, you might be able to travel directly to Patagonia on the same day. Please keep in mind that you should plan to land in Ezeiza at least 3 hours before your domestic flight. This gives you at least one hour to clear immigrations and customs, one hour to transfer between airports, and one hour ahead of your flight time to check in for your domestic flight to Patagonia. We recommend staying a night in Buenos Aires on your way down so that you arrive into Patagonia well rested and ready to start the week of fishing the following day.
In either Esquel or Bariloche, one of our staff will be present to meet you for your transfer by car to the lodge.
On your return, please keep in mind that the flight from Esquel lands in Aeroparque at around 6.30, so you need to plan for half an hour to claim luggage and an hour to an hour and a half to transfer to Ezeiza international airport. For flights out of Ezeiza, you need to arrive 2 to 3 hours before departure time. So you shouldn’t book a flight before 10 pm. We recommend you stay a night in Buenos Aires to keep your travel back home more relaxed, and we can help arrange activities in the city for you to enjoy before your departure.
If you decide to stay in Buenos Aires for a night (or more), and we do recommend it, El Encuentro Fly Fishing can help you organize your stay there. We have a good network of people who can help you enjoy your time there safely. We are happy to help with any domestic flights, hotel recommendations or reservations, transfers, city guides and tours, tango shows, restaurants, etc. Buenos Aires is quite an incredible city with remarkable culture, architecture, entertainment, dining, polo matches, and is of course the birthplace of Tango music and dancing. It is recommended that you overnight either on the way to Patagonia or from Patagonia (or both) to enjoy a day or two in the city. You'll need to make reservations for hotels.
If you'd like, we can recommend either a local or an Argentina-specialized US travel agent to make all the reservations you need, and to ensure first class service and a seamless transition with El Encuentro Fly Fishing. Our agents will save you time searching and thinking about travel and also ensure that you get the absolute best prices and service. They are also easily contacted and available to help you with any travel issues you might encounter during your vacation.
At El Encuentro Fly Fishing, one of the things we're most proud of is the number of guests who return each year. Perhaps that's because of our variety of fishing opportunities, or our friendly guides, or the amazing scenery — or maybe it's all of those combined. We love to say welcome to you in Central Patagonia.
El Encuentro Fly Fishing
Phone: 0294 154534155 (within ARGENTINA)
Phone: +54-9-294-45 34 155 (outside ARGENTINA)