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The aptly named Kau Tapen (the ‘house of fishing’) is a comfortable lodge set on the Rio Grande in the isolated Tierra del Fuego region.
In this windswept zone full of sheep farming estancias, wild guanacos and condors, the Kau Tapen is a warm and welcoming retreat run by Nervous Water, specialists in alternative fly fishing destinations. Accommodating only 12 guests in five en suite doubles and four single rooms, the lodge is intimate and communal. The large lounge has an open fireplace, as does the outdoor deck area, and enjoys panoramic views across the Menendez valley.
Kau Tapen provides three meals per day for guests, including a hearty cooked breakfast with continental options and freshly baked bread. Lunches and dinners tend to focus on local meats and fresh vegetables, washed down with fine Argentinean wines from the cellar and followed by tasty desserts. The lodge's bar is also fully stocked with spirits, wines and beers.
The main attraction of Kau Tapen is of course the fishing. Sea-run brown trout were first introduced to the Rio Grande from Chile in 1935, and have flourished in these prime natural conditions with strict catch and release rules. The trout season runs from December to mid-April, and despite trout numbers fluctuating with changing environmental conditions guests can expect to land multiple fish on the morning and dusk sessions daily. The experienced, English-speaking local and international guides are knowledgeable and happy to teach guests about fly fishing on the Rio Grande, and deliver guests to the nearby pools in 4WD vehicles. At the lodge is a fully stocked shop for equipment and some loan rods, two wade gear rooms, and a Finnish steam bath, sauna and massage room to help guests wind down at the end of a long days fishing.
Why we love it
Guests at the Kau Tapen Lodge can experience a traditional Asado (barbeque) during their stay, sampling different cuts of meat and fresh salads.
Will, Original Traveller