Overnight stay in Puerto Varas

To make the start of your Patagonia Holiday and the onwards connection to our lodge smooth and pleasant, a day early arrival in Puerto Montt is required. As part of the package we arrange for your transfers, hotel accommodation and flights to and from Puerto Montt.

Upon arrival at the modern airport Tepual of Puerto Montt you will be met by your guide and driver holding a sign “The Patagonian BaseCamp” (look for the dragon-fly logo). It takes approximately 30 minutes for the drive from the airport to the lakeside village of Puerto Varas – your Patagonia Holiday has started. Puerto Varas is a quaint little village nestled on the shores of “Lago Llanquihue”. Over the past years the town developed in a thriving tourist destination for both Chileans and foreign travelers, with an outstanding variety of excursions, activities and natural attractions in the surrounding area.

Your driver will take you to the 4-star hotel “Bellavista”, where a welcome cocktail is awaiting you. The hotel is built on the shore of the same lake and all the rooms offer stunning views of the water with the snowcapped volcano “Osorno” dominating the panoramic views. Just in front of the hotel is a lovely beach where you can sunbathe, take a dip in the cold water or a stroll along the shore. The main square is just a few minutes walk away. The hotel offers very comfortable rooms with free wi-fi internet, a good restaurant and bar and a very complete American-style breakfast.

Puerto Varas is a lakeside resort town and boast one of Chile´s few casinos. The center of town consists of about nine square blocks centered on the main square (Plaza de Armas), with hills rising directly above to the north and west. In the streets around the square you will find some fantastic restaurants, interesting local art galleries and souvenir shops. There are even two very well equipped fly-fish tackle shops for last-minute purchases. Summer attractions such as festivals, games, exhibits music, and the like abound, making the whole center of town a fun place to hang out and to ferret-out some Chilean culture.

Since its beginnings in the mid-19th century, Puerto Varasproximity to the city of Puerto Montt has made it the largest settlement on the lake, with a growing population of about 28,000 people. Still today the town preserves a host of German and Central-Europe style mansions, most dating back to arrival of the railroad in 1912. The architecture and lay-out of the town gives it a distinctive Middle European ambience, thanks in part to imposing landmarks like the cathedral, the Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon.

The following day, after breakfast, your driver will meet you at the hotel and provide transportation to the small airport of “La Paloma” for your charter flight into the wilderness of Patagonia and a fabulous week of fly fishing at The Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge. Depending on the weather conditions you will fly either to La Junta or Chaitén.

After your stay with us, on your day of departure from the lodge, we will drive you to either the airstrip of La Junta or Chaitén for your charter flight back to Puerto Montt. You will fly straight into the main airport of Tepual (PMC), where you will connect to your flight to Santiago. Please make sure that that flight does not leave before 4:00PM, to allow some time for weather delays.

Contact numbers:
Driver Puerto Montt – Gonzalo Pincheira: +56-9-73364469
Hotel Puerto Varas – Hotel Bellavista: +56-65-2232011 – www.hotelbellavista.cl

What to bring to Chile

At the airports of Santiago and Puerto Montt, Chilean Pesos can be withdrawn from ATMs (Red banc). Most accepted cards are Cirrus, Visa and MasterCard. US Dollars and Euros are accepted at certain places only and generally at poor rates. In the lodge, however, US Dollars, Pound Sterling and Euros, as well as US bankers cheques are readily accepted, though credit cards are not.

As your final transfer to the lodge will by small charter plane with limited capacity, we strongly request you to limit your baggage weight to a maximum of 60 lbs (27 kilo) and not to use hard shell suitcases, but soft travel bags only.

We offer free laundry service, allowing you to limit the number of clothes you bring. Back-up fishing gear in case of breakage or loss of equipment (rods, waders, shoes, etc.) is available, so no need to bring spares. In the lodge we have a small shop with items like flies, lines, reels, rods, leaders, etc., for sale. All the rooms are equipped with hairdryers, towels, bathrobes, flip flops, shampoo, body gel, cotton pats, tissues, electric plug converters, etc.

General items:

  • 4 sets of clothes change (3 sets packed) – don’t forget lodges free laundry service
  • 1 pair of daily shoes. Sturdy boots for light hiking/horse riding are supplied by the
    lodge
  • Breathable rain coat and rain pants (for use on white water where we don’t allow
    waders, or during hiking/horse riding)
  • Fleece sweater
  • Bathing suit (for use in sauna and hot tub)
  • Polarized sunglasses, hat or cap/jockey, high factor sunscreen SPF40+ and lip balm
  • Head light / flashlight (for stay in overnight camp)
  • Digital camera with battery charger, spare battery and memory card
  • Personal hygienic items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, etc.) and
    medicines
  • Travel alarm clock or watch with alarm
  • Cash US$ or bankers cheques, Pound Sterling or Euros for purchases at the lodge and tips (suggested is 10-15% of your
    total travel sum)
  • If you want to bring a mobile phone, make sure that your provider recognizes the
    Entel mobile network
    Fishing items:
  • 4-piece fly rods in solid tubes. One #6 weight with reel and floating line and one fast
    #6 weight, #7 or #8 weight with reel and sink-tip (200/250 grain) and floating line
  • 9 ft. leaders (3 of each – 0X, 2X and 3X) and fluorocarbon tippet material (1X, 2X, 3X,
    4X, 5X)
  • Lightweight stocking foot waders with wading belt and boots, thermal underwear for
    use in waders, fast-drying wading pants, neoprene socks (to use in wading boots when
    wet-wading), rain pants (for use in white water and the camps)
  • Dry bag (for use on float trips) and waterproof camera case/bag
  • Fly floatant, clippers, haemostats, strike indicators and weight for nipping
  • Wading staff, sun gloves

Flies:

  • Dry flies: Gypsy King (size 4); Fat Albert, tan and black (size 6, 8, 10); Ninja Cicada
    (size 8, 10); Chubby Chernobyl (size 6); Parachute Chernobyl Ant, red and black (size 6, 8); Parachute Madame X (PMX), yellow, orange, olive (size 6, 8, 10); Turk´s Tarantula (size 8, 10); Humpy, red, yellow (size 12, 14, 16); Parachute Ant (size 16, 18); Black foam beetle (size 16, 18); Parachute Adams (size 14, 16)
  • Streamers: Home Invader, tan white; Sparkle Minnow (size 2); King Smolt (size 2), Sculpzilla, tan, white (size 4); Silvey´s Sculpin, olive, tan, black (size 4); Chilean Rubber Bugger (size 4); Autumn Splendour (size 4); Beldar´s Rubberleg, black/red, olive/brown (size 4), Black Cone head Zuddler, (size 8,10);
  • Nymphs: Pheasant Tail bead head (size 14, 16); Pat´s rubberlegs (size 8, 10, 12) Prince Nymph (size 12, 14, 16); Copper John, green, black, red (size 14, 16, 18); Mercer´s Poxyback Golden Stone (size 10, 12); Bitch Creek, orange (size 8, 10)

General travel- and background information:

  • For holders of an E.U., U.K. or U.S.A. passport, at this moment, no visa is needed for a stay of up to 3 months in Chile. A passport with a validity of at least 6 months from the final date of departure from Chile together with a return ticket is sufficient. First time U.S.A. visitors to Chile pay a reciprocity tax when entering the country.
  • Chile´s language is Spanish. Outside the capital of Santiago English is hardly spoken. The lodge management, however, speaks Dutch, German, Spanish and English.
  • In season, time differences are: Central Europe -4, UK -3, USA EC +2, USA WC +5 hours.
  • Chileans are extremely friendly and helpful people. Outside the big cities crime is almost non-existent. However, like anywhere, using common sense will avoid a lot of problems.
  • A stay in Chile means different people with different customs, a different culture and food. This is one of the attractions of Chile, but at the same time an aspect to be considered in your expectations
  • During your stay in The Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge all meals will be provided at high standards. Should you have special wishes or preferences (e.g. allergies or vegetarian diet) and report these before arrival, we will do our utmost to accommodate them.