Estancia Maria Behety, La Villa

Fly Fishing in Argentina

La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety was once regarded as among the most beautiful ranch mansions in all of South America. After painstaking restoration by local craftsmen and the addition of every modern convenience, the Menendez Family Home is once again welcoming angling guests and is still one of the prettiest places in South America.




Access to the prime fishing on the lower Rio Grande

The Rio Grande is arguably the finest fishing destination in the world in terms of reliability and the remarkable average size of fish. Each two anglers are assigned a guide and vehicle. No more than six anglers will fish the premier pools of the lower Rio Grande from the Villa Maria Behety.

These pools fill with silver, sea-lice covered sea trout with each high tide. These pools are absolutely perfect for anglers that enjoy fishing double handed rods with the best of the fishing usually in the morning, late afternoon and evening until dusk. There are three guides on the river, all of whom are superb and have excellent grasp of English. Anglers at Villa Maria Behety rotate through the premier pools of the lower beats of the river, which have historically been the most prolific. These are all found within the massive border of the estancia just a stone’s throw away from the lodge.

“A truly relaxing week. Shame about the high water, but good fishing was had. The guides and the staff could not have done more to make our week more enjoyable.” K. Francis, Leeds

A warm and inviting lodge

Guests at La Villa will enjoy a very meticulously built and finished single level lodge that is comfortable, warm, inviting and efficient; designed exclusively with anglers in mind. The architectural style inside and out at La Villa is turn of the century Patagonian with the addition of every modern convenience available.

All the rooms at La Villa are private, single occupancy rooms; elegantly decorated featuring a spacious private bathroom with a glass walk in shower, Jacuzzi tub and large vanity and sink area. Other amenities at La Villa include radiant floor heat, 24 hour internet service, wader/equipment room, designated fly tying areas and gift and tackle shop.

At La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety you will enjoy luxurious accommodation, excellent meals, the finest Argentine wines and one of the best fly fishing experiences in the world. There are six rooms for the six rods, all rooms are en suite and there is a professional manager to help with everything in the lodge as well a top class chef.

In addition to all of that, at La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety there is a magnificent sitting and dining room with roaring log fire, as well as a billiard room and a wine cellar that holds 20,000 bottles of wine.

Enjoy the island of Tierra del Fuego

Guests share more than 102 pools with Estancia Maria Behety Lodge and enjoy old world charm in the beautifully restored, historic mansion. This historic ranch once encompassed the majority of the entire island of Tierra del Fuego and its fences still surround hundreds of thousands of acres.With one of the most comfortable fishing lodges yet built, La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety should be a fishery at the top of every fisherman’s wish list.

Destination Overview

Location: Estancia Maria Behety, La Villa, Argentina

Water Type: Freshwater

Capacity: 6

Season: Late December to Mid April

Price: US$6,320 - US$7,900 including fishing licence cost

Species: Sea Trout

Activities & Amenities

Travel Tips

Argentina is 3 hours behind GMT (4 in the summer) and flying time from London is approximately 13 hours plus transfer time. British Airways have a direct flight from London Heathrow, 7 days a week.

Internal flights to Rio Grande take approximately 3 hours followed by a 20 minute transfer to Villa Maria Lodge.

A night in Buenos Aires is required both before and after the trip.

Visa’s are not required for British passport holders.

23rd December – 6th January: US$7,110
6th January – 17th March: US$7,900
17th March – 7th April: US$6,320
Non-Angler rate: US$3,850

All weeks will run on a Saturday-Saturday basis and include fishing licences as standard. Single rooms are as standard at La Villa Maria Behety at no extra cost.

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