It’s Time To Lose Yourself In The Chilean Patagonia
By Chile Deluxe
Photo Credit Jeremy Koreski
The doors of this fly-fishing paradise are open from November to April.
Melimoyu Lodge is located at Kilometer 37 on the road to Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda coming from La Junta, among the rainforests that surround the Melimoyu Volcano and the Queulat snowdrift. This lovely place invites you to relax and experience unforgettable adventures in one of the Chilean Patagonia’s most pristine areas.
Without a doubt, it is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts thanks to the crystal-clear rivers that run through it. This area is mainly home to brown and rainbow trout, but there are also Chinook salmon that swim upstream to spawn where they were born.
The Lodge is warm, cozy and well designed, built with mostly native wood. There are only 4 guest rooms -all with views of the Melimoyu Volcano- that combine comfort and relaxation to guarantee profound rest. Among the facilities is a “quincho” or barbeque pit so that guests can enjoy sharing their stories with other fishermen and talk about fishing the next day.
Although fly fishing is the star of the show here at the Lodge, there are also other options for excursions such as birdwatching, kayak, walks along trails that are almost unexplored as well as bike riding or rides in the buggy, horseback riding, thermal springs in the untouched landscapes of the Patagonia and the new hot tub where you can relax and recharge energy after an exciting day of activity.
Melimoyu Lodge features a heliport in order to meet the specific needs of guests that prefer to arrive more comfortably in helicopter. Additionally, there is a new fishing activity: Helifishing. Here, guests have the ability to reach lakes and rivers with tons of fish which are almost inaccessible to other fishermen.
The area where Melimoyu is located teems with biodiversity all its own. Made up of rivers, volcanoes, glaciers, and snowdrifts, you can spot foxes, Darwin frogs, pygmy Andean deer and native birds rarely seen by others, such as the churrín del Sur, chucao and peuquito.
When it comes to cuisine at the Lodge, the chefs really know how to fully express the flavors of ingredients, with flavorful and local cuisine, offering a menu that includes a variety of red meats, fish and foul, fresh salads and a variety of desserts, cakes, pies, and tarts. Not only that, there is a delicious and juicy spit-roasted lamb to delight guests.
The Lodge offers an All-included package starting at 2 nights, that in addition to expeditions with bilingual guides, offers an open bar and all meals by chefs from the area that really know how to cook with local Patagonian ingredients. Transport to and from the Balmaceda airport and Chaitén Aerodrome are also included. For those not looking for all-inclusive, the Lodge also offers a “Half-Board” for travelers wanting to spend the night and then continue their journey along the wonderful Carretera Austral in their own vehicle.
Without a doubt, it is an unforgettable experience in which the landscape, service, wildlife, and people will make your stay a dream come true.