History of the Alto Puelo Lodge and Surrounding Area
Patagonia Adventures started exploring the Puelo River (Rio
Puelo) system in 1988 and found the remote lakes, rivers
and streams an excellent location for fly fishing. At first,
a well arranged camp was constructed for anglers, who wanted
pioneer experience into these virgin waters and catch trout
that had never seen the imitation fly before. Later, from
the camp situation a lodge was built. Thus, the Alto Puelo
Fishing Lodge was born. It was built at the headwaters of
the Rio Puelo and a few short steps to the river in order
to provide a more pleasant and comfortable accommodation.
Building a fishing lodge or
any type of building, in a mountainous terrain where no
roads exist, is a painstaking and patient endeavor. Many
of our clients ask us how we got all the building materials
here. A combination of ox cart, airplane and boat has been
the bulk of the transportation of not only the materials
for this lodge, but also for our clients.
The Alto Puelo Lodge is constructed of local cipres (cypress)
logs, cut and hand fashioned into an attractive structure.
It over looks the Rio Puelo and the Andes
Mountains, giving you a view of the many kinds
of birds and wildlife as well as trophy trout jumping out
of the water.
The Puelo area was first populated many years ago by pioneers
who developed small farms. The farms are nestled on the
side of mountainous terrain hidden among tall Coihue trees.
The common tool was the axe and the main mode of transportation
was oxen and cart. The ox carts today, are still made by
Because of the need to travel for supplies, horse trails
were carved into the virgin soil and thus isolated valleys
began to be linked. Farmers with their horses and ox cartstraveled
from the small village of Segundo Corral, Chile to El Bolson,
Argentina for flour, oil and other basic needs. The pass
came to be known as "Paso El Bolson", and is used
by vaqueros even today. The grandsons of those pioneers
now live on the farms. Not much has changed from early days
as they still carry on the traditional life style with their
horses and ox carts.
At the rivers edge is our 150-acre farm. The Alto Puelo
Lodge (Patagonia Adventures) provides garden fresh vegetables,
herbs and local fruits for our clients and guests. During
the growing season, the farm's produce are used daily by
the chef for your meals.
at Alto Puelo
The reddish brown colored lodge has private baths for each
room upstairs with the main room a commanding view of the
river and mountains.
You are always invited into the kitchen where the old wood
stove warms the morning coffee and converse with the chef
on what is on the menu for lunch and dinner of which maybe
your prospective caught trout could be the subject.
Daily activities can be enjoyed besides
relaxing. Fishing is just outside your door and if you like
hiking and exploring the many wonderful trails.
Some of the trails will lead you to farms where you will
meet pleasant folks (either traveling by horse or ox cart)
who will welcome you with the cordial "buenos dias"
. Other trails will bring you to rarely visited lakes or
streams. Your official tour guide (Jack, the black friendly
Labrador) will usually accommodate your hikes.
E-mail Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information about the fly fishing and other activities
available at the Alto Puelo Lodge.