La Villa 2023 Prime Availability

Prime space at La Villa on the Rio Grande is extremely rare as the lodge has world class reputation for being one of the best on the Rio Grande and takes only six rods.

4 – 11 March, 1 rod

Cost: US$9,500

The pricing and availability is for a 7 night, 6 day stay and on an all-inclusive basis (including local alcohol).

Prices do not include international or domestic flights, hotels in Buenos Aires or fishing licences which cost: US$300.

Focus on La Villa

La Villa is the entrance to the 275,000-acre Estancia Maria Behety owned by the Menendez family. It remains one of the most historic and comfortable lodges on the river and is ideally suited to smaller parties taking just six rods. All the rooms at La Villa are private, single occupancy rooms, elegantly decorated and with spacious private bathrooms. The lodge has the feel of a large and comfortable country house, although very much in an Argentine way. 

Anglers at La Villa rotate through the premier pools of the lower and middle beats of the river, which have historically been the most prolific. With access to more than 102 pools, the lodge can focus on the best water according to the current conditions. The huge variety of water that La Villa offers also means that rods get a wide-ranging experience of what the Rio Grande can offer. One day you could be fishing the upstream with single-handed rods and small flies and the next downstream with a larger two-handed rod. 

Estancia Maria Behety, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod

One of the most experienced guide teams

Over the years, La Villa has developed one of the most experienced guide teams on the river. The guide team know all the pools intimately and have an excellent grasp of all the techniques needed to target these sometimes finicky fish. All of the guides at the lodge are local Argentine guides who have grown up in Patagonia, targeting trout and sea trout since they were young. They are all charming and speak very good English.

For the combination of great fishing and an incredibly comfortable lodge, La Villa offers one of the best options on the Rio Grande, and is one reason that many rods return year after year making prime space very hard to come by. This is a testament to the fact that the lodge does everything very well, from the great fishing and guide team to the food and hospitality.

The Lodge

Located downstream from Estancia Maria Behety La Villa is part of the same estancia owned by the Menedez family. It is the smaller of the two lodges with six single occupancy rooms. Guests at La Villa will enjoy a meticulously built and finished single level lodge that is comfortable, warm, inviting and efficient; designed exclusively with anglers in mind.

In addition to all of that, at La Villa 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. The wonderfully comfortable sitting area provide the perfect place to relive the fishing of the day and relax with delicious appetizers and a cocktail. A full bar is well stocked with all the proper libations, including the finest Argentine wines and plenty of cold beer.

Estancia Maria Behety, Sea Trout, Rio Grande, Aardvark McLeod

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For more information please contact Olly Thompson or Peter McLeod or phone 01980 847 389