I’ve been trying, since our fishing adventure in New Zealand several years ago, to schedule a trip to Chile for trout fishing. In February of 2013 it happens and our tickets are already in hand.
One of my readers Tom E. has been sending me photos of his trips and has on several occasions invited me along. We made it happen and to my surprise Katybug is going along to spend a few days in the river.
We will start with an award ticket from Savannah to Santiago, Chile on American Airlines. 50K each one way in business class through Dallas. With two days in Santiago and/or Valpariso before the fishing begins we’ll do a little exploring. If we end up in Valpariso it will be at the Sheraton Miramar Resort. If it is Santiago (no availability in Valpariso as of now) it will be the Hyatt in an upscale neighborhood.
We’ll meet up with Tom on the day before flying to Puerto Mont and our drive to the fishing club Los Ulmos for four days on the river. Tom has been to Chile 8 times and the family that owns the resort is like his second family. From what has been explained to me there are several fishing options including a float trip, horseback riding (nope allergic) and a normal day is 5-10 fish per day in the 2-5 pound class on fly rods. February is also salmon spawning time but I’d rather hook up with some big brown trout as I’ve caught lots of salmon before.
After four days fishing Katy and I are going to go lakes cruising through the Andes. A two day trip starts in Puerto Varas and ends up in Bariloche, Argentina on the other side of the Andes. It looks very similar to the Norway in a Nutshell tour we took from Bergen. The scenery should be fantastic. We may opt for the one day version and spend an extra day in Bariloche which has been described to me as the Lake Tahoe of Argentina.
On our last day we will fly from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, take a private car from the domestic airport AEP to the international airport EZE for our American Airlines award flights home. This one was booked in first at 62.5 K each.
Free hotels and free flights make this dream come true. I’ll be paying the cost of the lodging and guides at Los Ulmos, the lakes crossing and the hotels in Bariloche as I can’t find a Hilton, Sheraton, or Marriott there , but what the heck, it is a bucket list trip and a dream of a lifetime.
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