retrieve your luggage, and clear Customs. The entire arrival process in Buenos Aires should take between 1 and 1 ½ half hours.
After clearing immigrations and customs, you will either transfer to your hotel in the city, or continue onto Corrientes, Resistencia or Posadas, depending on your schedule. If you are continuing directly onto Corrientes, Resistencia or Posadas you need to collect your luggage and transfer across town to the Aeroparque (domestic airport) Jorge Newbery. We suggest you prearrange with a transfer company (Lopez & Associates) to do this for you - they'll be waiting for you as you come out of Customs, and direct you to their waiting vehicle. After the cross-town commute, they'll walk you to the correct gate, and get you on the plane to the town of Corrientes or Resistencia, about an hour and a half flight.
NOTE: Pinti prefers that you schedule an afternoon arrival flight into Resistencia on your day of arrival and a morning departure out of Corrientes on your day of departure.
Arriving at the Lodge:
A lodge representative will be awaiting your arrival at the Corrientes, Resistencia or Posadas airport, and will accompany you on the ground transfer to the lodge - this drive is normally one hour in length. Round trip ground transfers to and from the lodge are included in your package.
The commercial airline tickets (Buenos Aires – Corrientes, Resistencia or Posadas via Aerolineas Argentinas) will run approx. $560 round trip, and needs to be booked well ahead of the trip by you to insure a seat (we suggest our travel agent, Alicia Rodriguez, to make this booking for you - she can be reached at 800-446-1111).
If you are spending a day and night in Buenos Aires prior to leaving for the lodge, let your chosen transfer agent know where you'll be staying, so they can arrange a pickup and transfer from the hotel the following morning.
Many anglers prefer to spend a day in the city to acclimate and adjust to the time changes. There are a number of superb hotels in Buenos Aires, and the shopping and dining are the finest in South America. Our city hosts are thoroughly professional at coordinating travel arrangements and arranging transfers, tours and hotels. Information on Buenos Aires highlights will be included with your deposit receipt.
The fishing day is split into a morning and evening session, with lunch at the lodge and a siesta. You will be fishing the side channels (100 km!!) of the Itabate, Yahape and Repeski areas, locations now famous for their concentration of fish. Breakfast, in the summer time, is served at about 7:00 a.m. which allows you to be on the river at first light. Around noon you will break for lunch and a siesta, and then return to the river at roughly 3:30 PM for fishing until dark. This maximizes the most productive bite time, while also avoiding the hottest part of the day. Dinner is served with a nice wine around 9:00 pm after a shower and short period to gather for drinks around the pool table or on the deck.
Most of the fishing is done from boats, though when the dam releases a lot of water, it is sometimes possible to wade the small side channels, much like you would a trout stream. Because it is a tail-water, it is not susceptible to low water. The Parana is a huge river, several miles wide in some places, and you will mostly be fishing side channels that are 50 to 150 yards wide. The boats are designed so two fishermen can be casting at the same time. Your guide will keep you in position with an electric trolling motor while you drift downstream parallel to the bank, trying to hit the most productive looking lies along the way. You will be at the same time taking in the verdant ecosystem of the Parana, which is a jungle environment. There are monkeys in the trees, toucans, caiman and an array of other birds and animals.
The nature of the river and its fish rewards competent casters, so it is advisable that you practice your accuracy with big, wind resistant flies. The reason is that much of the fishing is centered on trying to hit specific targets near tree stumps, behind rocks, under overhangs and along cut banks. Accurate casts are paramount to success.
Two guests fish with a professional guide from custom designed skiffs and cover the most productive beats of the river. Even though the river is a giant, guests are always fishing to structure on the bank. The guide controls the skiff with a trolling motor and puts guest in and around rocks, downed trees, and other productive beats. The river is filled with many species of fish, most importantly, the golden dorado. There are many "doraditos" from the 2 to 6 pound range and several shots at fish up to and exceeding 15 pounds are a daily norm.
Departing the Lodge:
Typically, on departure from the lodge, you'll reverse the same procedure used to get you there. If you plan on departing the same day back to the States, please allow at least 2 hours once arriving in Buenos Aires, (better, 3 hours) for domestic airport to international airport transfer, luggage check-in and international check-in.