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Villa Maria Lodge is located in Tierra Del Fuego “Land of Fires” Argentina. This is about as far south as you can go by land in the Americas. This lodge is a sister lodge to Toon Ken another Nervous Waters property. Villa Maria is on the lower Rio Grande River, on the south bank closer to the ocean where the water is broader and shallower. You can even smell the salt in the air.
Villa Maria Lodge is a newer lodge with a crisp yet friendly and cozy feel. There are four very nice bedrooms, each beautifully appointed. The comfortable and inviting dining room will be calling your name at meal times and living area will beckon to you after a great day on the water. There is a bar, well stocked with local spirits that will welcome you after every fishing session. The lodge has a tackle shop with a good selection of Sage rods, good quality reels, flies, lines, and clothing specially selected to suit your needs. In addition, anglers have the full use of the lodge’s fly tying table and equipment, and 4 wading rooms. A new cabin will be a respit for lunch and a nice siesta before the afternoon session. Start your day with a full cooked breakfast plus fresh fruit, yogurts, home baked breads and jams and a selection of cereals. At the main Lodge, Villa Maria presents an A la Carte Menu with scrumptious offerings based on local meats, fresh vegetables and delicious deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay, and you can sample different cuts of meat and wonderful salads. Villa Maria’s cellars feature an amazing selection of fine wines from the Luigi Bosca Bodega, which will accompany lunch and dinner.
This lodge accommodates only four anglers per week and is available on a limited basis
You’ll become acquainted with sparkling copper sea-run German browns in the pools. Access to the fishing on this part of the river is strictly controlled by the ranch; it is patrolled to ensure adequate angling waters. The Lower Rio Grande is especially interesting to the confident veteran casters, if you are familiar with the two-handed rod you should excel. Similar to the water farther upriver, the Rio Grande here is easy to wade, though deeper in some places, and the big sea-run trout respond well to a variety of techniques and fly presentations. Depending on water conditions, sinking lines may be called for or floating lines or dry flies. Fishing the lower Rio Grande is usually an all-day affair; after breakfast you'll leave the ranch and spend the day on the water.
After an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, you will connect to an Aerolineas Argentinas flight to Rio Grande (4 hours approx.) Then travel by land to the Lodge.
Other than fishing and photography or just relaxing, there are not a lot of things to do, due to the remote location, and the small town of Rio Grande offers little in the way of shopping or attractions.