Estancia Arroyo Verde and the Rio Traful
Verde is located in the spectacular valley of the Rio Traful, just
an hour drive from San Carlos de Bariloche. This valley of
sculpted rock formations and towering mountains clothed in native
cypress is reminiscent of a “mini” Yosemite.
The estancia is
10,500 acres with over 10 miles of private access to the Traful
River. This river is known in the angling world for its crystal
clear waters that harbor trophy sized rainbows and browns and a
healthy population of land locked salmon.
The Rio Traful is one of
only five rivers in the world renowned for land locked salmon and
it is the original home of these fish in Argentina. They were
first introduced into the country from Lake Sebago in Maine in the
early 1900’s. The Traful offers fishing for some truly big
fish. The fishing action is less for numbers of small fish, but
the prospect of catching a ‘memorable’ fish anywhere from 3-12
lbs. is a good possibility.
owners and hosts of Arroyo Verde are Meme Lariviere and her daughters.
This estancia has been in their family for many years and their
home offers elegant lodging. Forbes Magazine referred to Arroyo
Verde as “the finest fishing lodge in the world.”
Set in the wild
landscape of the valley, the immediate grounds of English styled
manicured gardens give it an old world feel. There is a sense of
history here, and
through the years Meme has hosted renowned anglers
and sportsmen including President Eisenhower, Henry Kissinger, the
Belgium King Baudoin, and our known angling countrymen, Ernie
Schwiebert and Ann Hamner. Ted Turner owns the other side of the
valley and on occasion he visits Arroyo Verde (in hopes of
The spacious main house overlooks the Valley of
the Traful and has four bedrooms with private baths, all
tastefully decorated. A log cabin overlooks Lago Traful and it can
sleep 2-4 guests and has one bedroom. It is a perfect honeymoon
beautiful estancia offers great horseback excursions and trekking.
There are hidden lakes and Indian cave paintings to visit. It is a
unique area for bird watchers. It is not uncommon to hear and see
Magellanic Woodpeckers in the beech forests along the lake, a
possible Aplomado Falcon in the steppe habitat, or soaring black-chested
eagles (Aquila Mora), and the magnificent Andean condor. The many
habitats within this huge estancia contain a variety of bird
species and wildlife. It is an ideal place for the non-angler to
enjoy a special part of Patagonia and the best of Argentine
Rates: $700 per day based on double occupancy.
All inclusive, excepting gratuities to guides and
staff. A suggested itinerary for this zone is to combine
a stay at Arroyo Verde with a couple other locations or lodges
to make a stay of one week or more. Non-angler cost per day
available upon request.