Parque Patagonia and Fabled Fly Fishing

Historic Conservation, Fly Fishing, Wine

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Fly fishing: Revel in five days of pure fly fishing nirvana, walking, wading, and floating a variety of pristine waters with top-shelf guides. Toast the end of each wonderful day on the expansive deck of your contemporary riverside lodge.
  • Parque Patagonia: It's awe-inspiring-this stunning, wild landscape of unclimbed peaks, pristine glacier-fed rivers, and herds of guanacos galloping across the steppe. Even more remarkable, the once over-grazed former ranch now protects many vulnerable species through one of the largest grassland restoration projects in the world.
  • Wine country: Two full privately guided days in the Maipo and Casablanca Valley wine regions take you to some of Chile's most famous vineyards.
  • Chilean history and culture: Chile's capital city Santiago and the seaport town of Valparaiso are hubs of Chilean society, with fabulous architecture, artist studios, markets, and museums.

Parque Patagonia and Fabled Fly Fishing

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: South America

Region: Patagonia

Trip Price: $10,750

Duration: 16 days/15 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Santiago, Chile / Santiago, Chile

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

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Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or kiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Parque Patagonia and Fabled Fly Fishing

Parque Patagonia and Fabled Fly Fishing - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago, Chile

Welcome to South America! A driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your boutique hotel in a bohemian neighborhood in the heart of Santiago. Freshen up, then set out with a private guide for a bicycle ride through neighborhoods, parks, and greenspaces that help you begin to build a sense of Santiago’s art, architecture, and cultural energy. The 3.5-hour ride is very safe and mostly downhill.

Days 2-4: Parque Patagonia

A driver takes you to the airport for the 2.5-hour flight to Balmaceda, where another driver picks you up for the stunning 6.5-hour drive to Parque Patagonia through the remote and off the beaten path Aysen region. Your base is a ten-room lodge built of local stone and recycled wood, focused equally on energy efficiency, conservation, and comfort. With two full naturalist-guided days in the park, you’ll have a chance to dig into what makes this place so incredible, and see why it’s such a critical environment to protect. Your guide will tailor the days to your interests and preferences, and your choices include easy-to-advanced hikes, spectacular drives, and fantastic bird- and wildlife-watching. Rewards might include a flamingo-filled lake, clay-red peaks covered in glacial ice, alpine lakes, wandering guanacos, and soaring Andean condors. Whatever you do, and wherever you go, you are guaranteed to encounter spectacular scenery, so don't forget the camera! 

Days 5-10: Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile

This is heaven—five full, uninterrupted days of guided fly fishing on a variety of delectable waters, from the world-famous Rio Simpson, to small meandering streams, to a high-country lagoon with monster browns. If this is only heaven for you, no worries. Your traveling companions can follow their own blisses with horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, condor-watching, biking, hiking, or cooking or weaving classes. The bright, casually elegant eight-room lodge is set on the banks of the Coyhaique River, so after a day of fishing or adventuring you can sit on the deck and watch the river flow peacefully by, with rolling mountains as the backdrop.

Days 11-15: Santiago, wine country, and Valparaiso

Return to Santiago, and from your familiar and comfortable base, venture out on privately guided day trips to experience Chile’s famous wine country. First up, an excursion in the Maipo Valley, famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carménère. Considered the birthplace of Chile’s wine production, which began in 1840, the valley is still pristine and beautiful, with small villages clinging to the mountainsides above the Maipo River. The next day you’re off to explore the beautiful Casablanca Valley and iconic port city of Valparaiso. Enjoy a visit to Kingston winery with a deliciously paired lunch, and a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city Valparaiso, with its historical architecture, central plazas, historic sites, and art galleries. 

Day 16: Departure home in the evening

Your flight departs in the evening, so you have the day to relax and regroup before you need to be at the airport. There will be plenty to reflect on and appreciate after such a rich journey! 

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