GOLDEN DORADO: Argentina - Esquina
Fly Fishing Patagonia has what just might be the easiest Golden Dorado fishing destination to get to in all of Argentina. The best and fastest way to get here is to fly to Goya on MacAir Jet Airlines. There are 2 convenient flights a week with an afternoon departures from Buenos Aires making it possible to arrive at the lodge the same day you arrive in Argentina.
MacAir Jet Airlines Flight Schedule (subject to change)
Buenos Aires- Goya Goya-Buenos Aires
Mon: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Tue: 8:00am-9:30am
Fri: 3:00pm – 5:00pm Fri: 5:30pm-7:00pm
If your travel schedule can not include one of the above flights, you can still reach us from Buenos Aires by flying into the Corrientes, Resistencia or Santa Fe Airports. These airports are located 3-4 hours from our ranches and transfers to and from these airports cost $125 each way for 1-3 people and $225 each way for 4-8 people. Guests can also charter a plane from Buenos Aires to our ranch or to a small airstrip 10 minutes outside of Esquina. The Fly Fishing Patagonia staff will pick you up from the Goya Airport and drive you 40-50 minutes to either of our two lodges.
Booking Domestic Flights
All domestic flights originate from Buenos Aires. Flights in and out of Goya on Mac Air Airlines will be booked by us and the cost will be added to your total. If you book flights into Corrientes, Resistencia or Santa Fe you may book these flights online or with a travel agent. Although we monitor your flight times, we ask that you contact us immediately with any flight changes. Confirm and reconfirm ALL flights 7 days and 24 hours before flying. Fly Fishing Patagonia and Wing Shooting Argentina are not responsible for costs incurred due to flight delays, changes or cancellations, nor are we responsible for lose of planned activities due to late arrivals. All travelers should be covered with a general travel and health insurance policy before they fly. Please read the section on insurance below.
Buenos Aires International and Domestic Airport Transfers
Our guests fly into Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina via a direct overnight flight. Most domestic flights originate from the Jorge Newberry Domestic Airport (AEP) located 45 minutes from the international airport. Although unnecessary, you may arrange a private transfer with our bilingual representative between these two airports or to your downtown hotel. We recommend using our representative if you have a tight connection, are bringing in guns or if you have never been to Argentina.
If you’d like to set up a private airport transfer in Buenos Aires with our representatives, their 2012-13 rates are about $75 per person each way, with a lesser charge with large groups. Our representatives are independent and must be prepaid with a check sent to a US bank. The airport transfers can also be made by hiring a remise (private taxi) in both airport lobbies. Although not as personal, getting a remise is cheaper. Allow 4 hours between international arrivals and domestic departures.
IMPORTANT! American, Canadian and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina are required to prepay the $160 reciprocity fee online. A similar fee may apply to other nationalities. Register and make your payment here. Print off your receipt and show it upon entry into Argentina. Failure to do so will result in denial of entry.
We highly recommend travel insurance for all who are visiting South America. Please inquire about our specialized travel insurance policies. Be aware that although Argentina is a safe country and we take every precaution necessary to ensure your well being, unexpected events may happen. Most people use travel insurance to cover travel upsets such as delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage and medical emergencies. You can be further prepared by buying complete travel insurance that includes medical evacuations. Get your quote and purchase your policy here.
Many guests extend their Dorado fishing and or high volume dove hunting trip to fish with us in other parts of Argentina. Ask us about our trout fishing trips in Patagonia or even our wine tours in Mendoza.
Photography and Referencing
During your visit, we may photograph your image and/or quote your comments which could later be used in our promotional material. Please notify us if you do not wish to be photographed or quoted.
Health and Safety
No inoculations are required to enter Argentina. First class medical care is available in Buenos Aires. Your fishing destination has either a small clinic or mediocre hospital. If you have a health condition, please make sure to bring ALL the medication you need. Using our questionnaire, please notify us of any health conditions or concerns we should be aware. All travelers should purchase a general health and travel insurance policy 15 days after their first deposit. Mosquitoes and bugs are not a problem in Patagonia and rarely an annoyance in Corrientes. All lodges serve drinkable well water and bottled water. Travelers who fall ill usually contract something during a flight. You can further protect yourself by washing your hands before meals, not indulging in food and drink for the first 2 days, drink water when not thirsty and get plenty of sleep.
No visas are required to visit Argentina, just a current passport. Travelers from the United States must pay a $141 entry fee at the Buenos Aires International Airport. A similar fee may apply to other nationalities.
Communication and Phone Calls
Both of our lodges have Wi Fi internet access. A cell phone with international capabilities will work in Argentina. Local rates will apply if you purchase an Argentina prepaid SIM card at the airport or online before you depart. Cell phones work in towns, but reception is spotty in rural areas. Telephone calls can also be easily made in any town at telephone kiosks called, locotorios. Ask if you need assistance.
The current is 220v and the sockets are for two round prongs. Have converters for your appliances.
The Argentine money is the peso. Personal purchases can be made with cash pesos, dollars or credit cards. Currency exchange houses and banks will exchange your dollars. Some merchants offer discounts for cash. Personal or travelers checks should not be used. Also ATMs are sometimes out of cash, so we recommend carrying a back up stash of $350.
The food served will be of the finest quality and prepared by chefs. Lunch and dinner will be served with wines from Mendoza and Patagonia.
All guides are Argentine, licensed and insured professionals. Some are bilingual.
Feel free to dress as you please at the lodge.
Customary tips in Corrientes are; guides $40 per day with one or two hunters, bird boys $10-$15 per day with one or two hunters and lodge staff $5 per room, per day. We believe tips are voluntary and depend on your satisfaction.
Argentina Standard Time is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3). Their Daylight Savings Time is Dec 30 – Mar 16, during which the time is 2 hours behind GMT.