Recommended Gear for Patagonian Base Camp, Chile

Patagonian Base Camp was established by Marcel and Carolina Sijnesael to provide a “home away from home” for the international fisherman. Marcel spent much of his adult life fishing all over the world and once he discovered the fishing and spectacular scenery in the Northern Aysen Region of Chilean Patagonia he knew that it was the place where he was going to build his dream lodge.

The lodge is centrally located and sits on the banks of the Rio Palena and living in the large variety of waters that are fished by the lodge’s guests, are fat and sturdy Rainbows and Browns that range from 12 to 20 inches. Catching a 20 incher or larger fish is a common occurrence. The lodge is the central hub of several locations and camps that are fished in the area, hence it actually is a “Base Camp”

The location of the Base Camp Lodge was selected not only because of the proximity of the fishing but the vast beauty of the area. Every day you will be amazed at the beauty of the snow capped peaks that appear through the windows of the lodge. Each evening when you return to the lodge you will enjoy the warm hospitality of the professional staff, and be made to feel like family for the duration of your stay.

The Patagonian Base Camp is a small lodge that has some of the most diverse fish habitats one can find in Patagonia. One of the most well known fishing lodges in the world, the lodge provides the highest level of comfort that you could ever want, that includes hot tub, sauna, and massage service. The lodge has a cellar that holds one of the finest Chilean wine selections there is.

For those who want to see Patagonia from a different angle, The Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge has an extensive “non-fly fishing” program, including horse riding, bird and porpoise watching, river floating and rafting, hiking, visiting thermal baths, etc. However, for a relaxing non-fishing day in the wilderness, you do not have to leave the premises – the wood-heated hot tub and sauna on the river bank will give you that feeling of being completely away.