Aguas Arriba Lodge is a sanctuary in the pure Patagonian wilderness at Lago del Desierto, 37 km from the Mt. Fitz Roy gateway of El Chaltén. Accessible only by boat or a 3 hour hike, ensuring an exclusive and serene journey for nature and mountains lovers who want to immerse in the natural splendor of the Argentine Andes Range. Hand built from stone and natural woods, the lodge features five generous suites, framing the turquoise Lago del Desierto, hanging glaciers, and Mt. Fitz Roy. Activities such as trekking and fly fishing are complemented by unique regional cuisine and wines
Explore a sanctuary in the pure Patagonian wilderness, offering an exclusive and serene journey for nature and mountain lovers who want to immerse in the natural splendour of the Argentine Andes Range
Go on an adventure discovering trails, rivers, glaciers, forest and lakes that haven´t been explored
A dream place for the fly fisherman who wants to be left on an isolated shore ready for the challenging trout
Relax by the fireplace is the exquisite large main room, hand built from stone and natural woods, with windows framing the turquoise Lago del Desierto, hanging glaciers, old growth forest and Mt. Fitz Roy
Itinerary in Brief
Tailor made itineraries can be discussed, made and adjusted to suit weather conditions and your preferences before and during your stay.
For those who are in shape, the first proposal would be to reach de Lodge following a trail from the southern point of the Lago del Desierto, with one of our guides (3 hr trek), while your luggage would be taken by boat. Several options of treks may be considered: basically those than can take a couple of hours to treks that can be as long as one desires, that’s up to you.
Every evening before dinner we get together to plan the following day activities, which can combine either treks or boat trips.The idea is to explore trails of incredible beauty, with the advantage of being far from all but close to the Lodge.
The Glaciar Huemul, the northern point of the lake where the endarmería Base is located, the border with Chile, and a little further the Lago San Martín, spending a night in tent, and why not, this could be the start of your experience in Chile from Villa O’Higgins onwards.
All these small valleys, creeks, glaciers and waterfalls are added to the special and incredible activities offered from El Chaltén. Now that the Aguas Arriba Lodge has opened, your adventure options have expanded and your exploration quest has a limit that only your imagination can define.
A dream place for the fly fisherman who wants to be left on an isolated shore ready for the challenging trout.
Lago Del Desierto
The lake, it is 12 km long, surrounded by natural forest all the way to the edge of the water. It offers a variety of beaches and wide bays for long and short casting. It is surprising the amount of springs that flow into the lake. Along the whole way you will have the view of the Mt. Fitz Roy and Vespiganani Glacier. The options of different bays permits to choose the right spot depending on the wind conditions. It is recommended to use fishing pole of 4/5, floating lines, long tappered leader of 9' for better results.
We use dry flies and nymphs, the ones that will work the best are the “prince”, “zug bug”, the “green machine” and to have fun the “chernobill”. You can catch the rainbow trout or the brown trout of 1 to 2 kg average. Big cliffs can be found in the lake shore, offering deepwater, a perfect spot to use sinking line that might give you a nice surprise. After a great fishing day you will have a cozy and comfortable place with good wine, delicious meals and great company waiting for you.
Las Vueltas River
The road goes 35 km along the river. You can find rainbow trouts. From the beginning of the river in the Lago del Desierto to the confluence with the Toro river must catch and release and only one hook without barb must be used. From Toro river till the river mouth in the Lago Viedma please check on the current regulation in the Lodge.
It's a 5 km from the North point of the lake, there are rainbow trouts, and is accessible by foot.
The River mouth in the North point of the Lake is accessible by boat, 7 km.
Departs - Daily (October through April)
Aguas Arriba Lodge offers five bedrooms in Suite. All bathrooms are comfortable and spacious, some have front-lake views, and all are supplied with amenities made of organic products. Visitors are encouraged to avoid the use of chemical products to help reduce their impact on this rich environment. Heat radiators may be adjusted, guaranteeing a warm and cosy environment, with a 24hr power source that is fed upon renewable energy. The lodge’s full capacity is 13 beds.
Fitz Roy – (20 to 27m²)
Two corner Premium Suites southwest oriented, with spectacular views of Mt. Fitz Roy towards the north, and the Vespignani glacier and Lago del Desierto towards the west. One room is located on the upper floor, the other one on the main floor, next to the living room.
Glacier – (17 to 24m²)
Three front-lake view Premium suites located on the first floor of the lodge, west oriented, with stunning views of the Lago del Desierto and Vespignani Glacier.
All bedrooms can be double or twin. One of the Fitz Roy Suites and two of the Glacier Suites may be set as triple rooms.
Hotel Information: Aguas Arriba Lodge
With nature in mind, the Lodge has an
eco-friendly architecture where many precautions to protect and preserve
the natural environment have been taken.
The Lodge is a mountain cabin with a rustic style, made entirely of
wood, using mostly recycled logs from a burn forest from northern
Patagonia. This rustic style, is expressed in the walls and beams where you can see
the grain and the imperfections of the wood, and how it respectfully
blends with the essence of the environment.
Within this style, every room was designed to offer a warm, comfortable, cozy and quiet place to enjoy. Wide open views let the scenery into the house. Enjoy the sound of water cuddling the shore, the wind passing through the tree leafs leaves its tracks on the lake surface.
Accommodation with private facilities
All meals during the stay
Boat navigation to/from Lago del Desierto - South Point
Daily activities programmed by Agua Arriba Lodge
What’s not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Travel protection plan
Additional optional activities
Fishing equipment and guide hire
Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
- Fishing Permit - $360 Argentinean Pesos (subject to change)