It doesn’t get any more traditional than this, Quemquemtreu has been a working ranch for over 100 years. It was originally over 1 million hectares in size!
Today this is one of the largest cattle ranches in the area with close to 200,00 acres of land and more than 20 miles of river, they also bread Polo Pony and they do this very well.
The hosts Paula and Martin Zimmermann, along with her daughter Luisa will make sure every little detail is taken care of. They will be there to greet you when you come in and will oversee everything during your stay.
From this lodge we have access to the lower reaches of the Collón Cura River, a low gradient river offering several scenic day-long float trips in modern boats with the opportunity of stopping in different riffles and spots for wading.
Lodging at this ranch also gives access to the Quemquemtreu creek, an incredible stream for wading
Breakfast is normally served at the dining room between 8:30-9:00 a.m.
It normally includes homemade marmalades, bread and cooked to order eggs and bacon. Tea, coffee and mate are always available.
Upon request fruits and yoghurt can be added.
Lunch Lunch is usually served as a riverside picnic. If you prefer to go back to the lodge this could also be arranged. Lunches normally consist of some appetizer with ham or salami, different salads, Quemquemtreu’s famous pickled beets and some beef or pasta. Cake or small dessert afterwards.
Tea or coffee is normally included.
Dinner is normally served after drinks and cocktails, usually around 9:00-10:00p.m. Earlier dinner times can be arranged. Dinners normally consists on a buffet style meal, with a variety of salads and vegetables, home-made pasta, beef and chicken. Outside Asados, will normally be held once during your trip.
Soft drinks, beers, flavored water and mineral water are at your disposal at all times. Hot drinks like tea, chocolate or coffee can be requested as well.
Cocktail time at the bar is normally around 8:30 pm., you will find a regular selection of local wine, gin, whisky, vodka and other spirits.
The Collon Cura river is one of the big boys of the area. Two of the biggest rivers around (the Aluminé and the Chimehuin) are its main tributaries. Wider than any other river on the area, it’s filled with riffles and runs.
The riverbed is composed of small boulders and a mixture of sand. By mid-season big islands appear enclosing “pools” of water sometimes housing big trophies. Floating this river is necessary otherwise the distance between spots or access to various places along the way is very difficult.
As you float along, the river branches out and forms several side channels that can have amazing wade fishing. The Collón Curá can have some monster fish anytime during the season, but during the minnow hatch or late in the season migrating fish will come up the river ready for spawning.
Joyful and adventurous Patagonian journeys are something to remember