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Discover the heart of Chile, and leave with this extraordinary country lodged in your own heart forever. Chile is generous enough to have many hearts-in its welcoming people, its historic cities, its vast wilderness regions, and its rivers and lakes plugged with fat trout. You embrace them all on this unforgettable custom journey.
Lots of people go to Chile, but very few make it to the remote and stunning Parque Patagonia, the largest private conservation project on earth (and soon to be a national park). The park’s rugged mountains, rolling grasslands, blue lakes, and fast-flowing rivers host 140 of the world’s remaining 2,000 huemul deer, as well as guanacos, pink flamingos, and Andean condors. Explore with a private naturalist guide during your two days here, which are based at the park’s fabulous lodge.
Then settle in for five days of world-class guided fly fishing in the Coyhaique area, with six lovely nights at a delightful fishing lodge. Cast to surface-feeding lunkers on spring creeks, wade sandy-bottomed rivers to work the riffles and pools, and float pristine rivers and lakes-pinching yourself the whole time. Meanwhile, your non-angling companions can go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, birdwatching, or take cooking or weaving classes.
The trip wraps up with private excursions through Chile’s Maipo and Casablanca wine regions and to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valparaiso. When it’s time to leave, you’ll go home with a full heart and a sense of genuine connection to this beautiful country.