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The Rio Gallegos River
It is nearly 300kms in length and has its origin in the Southern Andes with two pristine and very beautiful streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens. Winding its way through the wild Patagonian landscape.It emerges into the surprisingly mountainous area that encompasses the unique Las Buitreras beats, some 40kms from the river mouth. The flood plain that lies between these outcrops teems with birdlife, alongside large numbers of rheas, silver foxes, horses, hares, flamingos and guanacos.
A trip to Rio Gallegos River offers the adventorous angler the opportunity to pit his skills against the explosive searunningtrouts of Patagonia.
These fish can reach sizes of 25lbs and over and will reward the angler with arm wrenching takes and blistering runs, interspersed with regular acrobatic displays.
Loop Las Buitreras lodge is home to the most prolific beats on the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40kms of both sides private water comprising over 50 named pools.
The fishing is exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, obviating the need for fast sinking lines and creating an exciting and challenging fishing environment.
It is this variety, in combination with the visually inspiring mountainous outcrops, that makes this part of the Rio Gallegos quite simply one of the most spectacular stretches of fly fishing water in Patagonia. Sometimes explosive, always challenging, fishing for sea trout requires a level of skill, watercraft and understanding that can frustrate the average salmon angler.However, armed with the correct knowledge to unlock these secrets, the fishing on the Rio Gallegos can be immensely rewarding.
To help you we pride ourselves on having who we consider to be some of the best guides available, now with 4 seasons experience of the beats. Very knowledgeable and talented fishermen, that today also belongs to some of the best casters and instructors we have seen, they are the epotime of what guided fishing is all about. Friendly, able to speak good English and usually with a secret flybox tucked away with unsightly but deadly creations they will ensure that you get the very most out of your trip.
As with 2007, the season 2008 saw an increase in average weight and we could also see more fish in the river, although not always easy to catch. Our work in the estuary is clearly paying off and we look very optimistic at the future in Rio Gallegos.
Seatrout fishing in Argentine Patagonia is a rewarding experience, not only in terms of the number and size of the fish, but also in terms of the fantastic wildlife and the rich regional culture. Here are a few hints to help you get the most of your time down south.
Your booking is not confirmed until a 50% non-refundable deposit is received. The remainder of the deposit falls due 90 days prior to travel. All guests are reminded to take out appropriate travel and cancellation insurance. Please fill out the booking form and send to Loop Adventures.
There is no advance visa application requirement for travel to Argentina for citizens of most European countries and the USA. You will automatically be issued a tourist visa upon arrival at the first point of entry. We will advise on receipt of your passport details if the Argentinean authorities require additional information relative to your nationality.
These are not included in the price of your fishing holiday and it is the responsibility of individuals to make suitable arrangements.
Our Argentinean operations team, (Gabriel Tournour), can however make these arrangements for you. If you require this service please indicate on the booking form and he will contact you with the necessary information andoptions that are available.
Domestic flight / Travel Service Package
If you choose to make use of our service package we will arrange your flights to and from Buenos Aires and Gallegos / or Calafate, book your hotel whilst you are in Buenos Aires and arrange all your travel in Buenos Aires between the airports and your hotel.
You will be met on arrival in Buenos Aires, once you have cleared customs, by a representative with a Loop sign. Normally all international
flights arrive early in the morning and if you elect not to spend a night in Buenos Aires the connecting flight is from Jorge Newberry domestic airport in the afternoon around 2-3 pm.
The transport between airports takes approximately 1 hour. We will transport you to the domestic airport for your connection and assist you with retrieving the e-ticket and with check-in at the domestic airport. If you choose to overnight in Buenos Aires, before travelling to Gallegos, you will be transported to your hotel and taken to the domestic airport the following day. On your way home you will again be picked up and all your movements taken care of between the hotel and/or the International airport as required.
To assure places on the flight to Gallegos or Calafate we must have your travel arrangements to and from Buenos Aires a minimum of six weeks prior to travel as this flight is normally fully booked. To order this package and to get prices: please contact our partner in Rio Gallegos email@example.com
If you have booked the travel package with us and for some reason you do not connect with the representative at the airport, please arrange a taxi to take you to either your hotel or direct to the domestic airport if it is on Saturday morning. At the domestic airport you will receive your e-ticket by showing your passport at the Aerolineas Argentinas check in. Please save the receipt and the cost will be deducted from the service package price.
Individual Travel Arrangements to Rio Gallegos
You will require to book the internal flight from Buenos Aires domestic airport to Rio Gallegos city flying with Aerolineas Argentinas. (Please note that it takes approx 50 min to transfer between the international and domestic airports in BuenosAires.)
The outbound flight departs on Saturday at 15.20 hrs and depart Rio Gallegos airport at 11.25 hrs. The flight timeis normally 3 hours however occasionally the flight diverts over Ushuaia, the worlds most southern city, which takes an additional 2 hours. It is therefore strongly advised that your international flight is booked on Sunday, thereby allowing forany complications which might arise.
On arrival at Rio Gallegos you will be met by Las Buitreras staff and transported by 4×4 or mini bus to the lodge.
The journey takes approximately 50 minutes.
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
The price of your hotel room is not included in the travel service package however we will book you into our preferred hotel, Hotel NH Florida on San Martin Av, unless you inform us otherwise. This hotel is situated in the centre of Buenos Aires provides all the facilities that you would expect from an international hotel.
Buenos Aires City
Buenos Aires is a beautiful and vibrant city with a fantastic atmosphere and a wide variety of eating and entertainment possibilities at a very reasonable price. Travellers in Buenos Aires are advised to apply the usual security precautions prevailing in any large city in the world. Be careful of personal possessions particularly expensive watches and cameras and remain alert to your surroundings. Good restaurant – Las Lilas, book table at reception!
Important phone numbers
If you experience any problems in Buenos Aires please contact our Argentinean Operations office in Rio Gallegos on phone +54 296 6 429 483 or our 24hr emergency contact on +44 7834 543842. From Argentina Gabriel cell phone 029 661 556 7536.
Christer Sjöberg, Sweden +46-70 666 86 32
Las Buitreras Lodge, new, please ask
Please ensure your baggage carries the contact details of our Argentinean Operations officer:
San Martin 923
Rio Gallegos, Argentina
Ph: +54-2966 420 368
This will ensure that lost baggage can be redirected to us.
Pack light, warm and windproof clothing. Most of the fishing occurs in the Argentine summer, but at parallel 53 souths, the days can be chilly, particularly when the wind blows! Those visiting us in the late season can count on cold mornings and evenings. Windbloc and Windstopper fleece products are very good and when combined with breathable waders and jacket, offer superior protection that will keep you warm and comfortable all day. Prepare to dress in layers. The sun is intense because the ozone layer is thin in this part of the world and you may encounter very warm weather as well. Tropical “flats clothing” in neutral colors can be worn to advantage under warmer outer layers. Remember your sunscreen and polarized sunglasses!