Our home is located in the Solér Valley on Lago Plomo, a glacial lake at the edge of the Northern Ice Field in the Aysén region of Patagonia, Chile.
The waters of Lago Plomo are the furthest most western extension of South America's second largest lake, Lago General Carrera. From the regional Balmaceda (BBA) airport, it is a six-hour car or bus ride on paved gravel roads to the picturesque hamlet of Puerto Bertrand. Puerto Bertrand marks the headwaters of Chile's largest river and world-renowned fly fishing destination, the Rio Baker. From the village dock, it is a ten-mile boat ride to our dock and main ranch house. The main ranch house is at the end of Lago Plomo and is only accessible by boat or horseback journey.
Our homestead is 2,800+ acres situated at 600 feet above sea level and surrounded by peaks of 4,000 to 6,000 feet with mountains of 11,000 to 14,000 feet located just a few miles away. It is the western sentinel to over 400 square miles of navigable lake waters and the private gateway to a vast mountain wilderness encompassing the national parks of the Northern Patagonia Icefield and various adjacent ranges. This splendid isolation guarantees our exclusive privacy and unique wilderness access.
Even though we are remote, we are close by Patagonia National Park in Valle Chacabuco. The new national park combines two large National Reserves with an expanse of privately acquired land that was donated to the Chilean National Park System. The park provides an excellent location for game viewing of guanaco, condors, foxes, rheas, and other wildlife. Our nature conservancy ranches are contiguous with Chile's new "Ruta de los Parques" (Route of Parks), a chain of 17 national parks stretching over 1,500 miles.
Weather: Our activities, throughout the year will be shaped by the conditions. We are next to the mountains and the Northern Patagonia Icefield, therefore may experience both sun and rain, and varying degrees in temperature. Being so low and close to the lake, which doesn't freeze in winter, there tends to be moderate temperature fluctuations in the weather. Regardless, we may get extreme wind, torrential rain, and brilliant sunshine all in the same day. Our philosophy is to hope for the best and come prepared so we can enjoy whatever comes our way. Seasonally, there are biting gnats and flies. Tabanos (horseflies) are a bother in December and January. Due to the fact that we own much of the land we operate on we're quite flexible in terms of logistics and are therefore able to mix and match things to best suit the conditions.
Patagonia Frontiers @ Lago Plomo, Aysen Region, Chile
Aysen Region, Chile
Overview of the ranch property