The Alto Puelo Lodge is nestled in an isolated valley located
in the in the Andes Mountains of Patagonia. It is 6 miles
from the Argentina/Chile border and is situated on the Chilean
side of the border. The Puelo River (Rio Puelo) runs through
this remote valley and this is where the Alto Puelo Lodge
sits, a few short steps to the river.
Lakes and Rivers of the Puelo
Before the waters reach Alto Puelo Lodge´s location,
the water circulates and filters through two lakes called
Lago Puelo (Lake Puelo) and Lago Puelo Inferior. Lago Puelo
is situated in the national park Lago Puelo of Argentina.
Lago Puelo Inferior is situated in Chile. The two lakes
are connected by a small stretch of river with moderate
rapids. This small stretch acts as a separation or borderline
of the two countries. No roads go in or out of this pristine
The Puelo River and its joining valleys create a natural
water route from the Argentine Patagonia to the Chilean
Pacific coast. It's low altitude is the reason that a valdivian
forest flourishes and thus the Argentine National Park called
Lago Puelo was created to conserve this rare natural resource.
Trout and Salmon
These bodies of water and all tributaries
that flow into the Rio Puelo have abundant aquatic life
supporting its fish population. Rainbow
trout are the most abundant with various native fish. Since
the 1990´s and more frequently in recent years both
Pacific (Chinook/king salmon) and Atlantic
(salmo salar) wild salmon now spawn with success in all
parts of the Puelo River system.
The Puelo River drains from the Andes
to the Pacific and is a fly fishing paradise. The River
System features rapids, whirl pools, feeder streams, waterfalls
and crystal-clear turquoise colored water.
If you would like more information on fishing this pristine
area of Patagonia please contact Eric Schoenauer of Patagonia
Adventures at 011 54 2944 492513 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.