Golden Dorado – Pacu – Pira Pita
SEASON: All Year
DURATION: 3-7 Night Options
Suinda Lodge (Itatí, Argentina), on the clear upper sections of the Parana River, is famous for its large Golden Dorado.
Golden Dorado exist only in South America and can be found terrorizing baitfish in large river systems, small streams, freestones & tailwaters, jungle marshes, and deltas.
Being one of the main arteries of an intricate basin is the reason for producing such fantastic numbers of large fish.
In addition to Golden Dorado, this region of the Upper Paraná also boasts two other great freshwater game species: Pirá Pita and Pacú.
Fishing at Suinda Lodge (Itatí, Argentina)
Suinda Lodge (Itatí, Argentina) is on the most pristine section of the legendary Paraná River—the main artery in the basin where double-digit Golden Dorado are a daily possibility all season long. Suindá lodge also boasts the most productive sections for Pacú and hard-hitting Pira Pítá on the Paraná. These three superstar species make up the Suindá lodge freshwater grand slam. Come take the challenge.
Tackle: We recommend single-hand 7- to 9-weight set-ups for Golden Dorado and Pacú; and 5- to 6-weight rigs for Pira Pitá. All with tropical floating fly lines.
Flies: Big streamers tied on 2/0 to 4/0 hooks work well for Golden Dorado, and we suggest including a mouse imitation or two for fun; bulky floating attractors tied in 1/0 hooks and some weighted deer hair fruit imitations tied on 1/0 work fantastic well for Pira Pitá and tied in 2/0 for Pacú.
Fly lines: (Bonefish – Tarpon or RedFish Tapers all work well). At Suindá Lodge, you will mostly fish floating lines for Golden Dorado – Bonefish, Tarpon & Redfish tapers will work perfectly.
During specific water level conditions, you could switch to a sinking line (250 to 350 grain) to fish some of the rocks that hold big fish. Pira Pitá & Pacu offer great fun on the dry fly, so again, floating tropical lines are a must to cast flies in warm conditions.
Reels: A quality reel is essential. And a strong, smooth drag is a must, as many fish will take long, fast runs. Reels (and spare spools) should have a capacity for the fly line and 100 yards of 20-pound backing.
Accommodation at Suinda Lodge (Itatí, Argentina)
Suindá Lodge offers guests stilted living quarters perched 9 feet off the ground on a high bluff overlooking the sprawling river and natural surroundings. The eco-property includes three spacious, two-bedroom “cabañas” with private bathrooms. Wooden footbridges connect each room to the main dining hall. From there, it’s a short walk to the water, where you’ll spend your days exploring the Paraná’s most productive, structure-rich sections for monster Golden Dorado.
The river marks the border between Argentina and Paraguay.
A top-notch team of experienced chefs trained in classic and avant-garde culinary techniques prepares each meal from scratch. The food is spectacular. In addition, each lunch & dinner menu is paired with some of Argentina’s best wines; Bodega Catena Zapata.
The culinary experienced is predominantly Northern Argentinan & offers paired prime cuts of local meats with fresh fruits and vegetables. Beyond traditional asados, salads, and sides, you will enjoy exotic appetizers such as yacaré meat, savory cheeses, and homemade bread such as our classic chipá rolls.
Getting to Suinda Lodge (Itatí, Argentina)
Daily flights are available from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Domestic Airport (AEP) to Corrientes (CNQ) or Resistencia (RES). Flying time is 1 hour to both airports.
Transfer to the Suindá Lodge is 45 minutes from Corrientes (CNQ) & a 1-hour and 25 minutes drive from Resistencia (RES).
The daily fishing schedule includes two fishing sessions per day. An early start, returning to Suindá Lodge for lunch and a siesta. Followed by an afternoon session, fishing until dusk.
Fishing times do vary depending on the season, conditions, and climate.
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 6,950
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 6,350
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 5,390
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 4,325
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $ 3,350
Prices are in USD
- Rates are per person based on single occupancy and a shared guide.
- Single Boat: 60% surcharge.
- Non-fisher rates: $ 650 per night subject to availability.
Weekly Rates Include
Lodging, meals, all wine, beer, and local spirits at the Lodge. Professional guide services & loaner fishing equipment (Rods, Reels & Lines).
Weekly Rates Exclude
Transfer from Corrientes (CNQ) or Resistencia (RES) to the Lodge, fishing license ($50 per person), gratuities for guides and house staff, airfare and private charters, and in-house laundry service.
Fishing license: $50 per person for your stay
Passports and Visa Requirements
Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, and other Western European nations do not require a visa for tourist trips of up to 90 days to Argentina. However, they must travel with a valid passport from their country of residence. Those carrying passports from other nations should check with their local consulates for specific regulations.
You will complete a two-part landing card and be issued a stamp for stays of 30, 60, or 90 days. Staple the duplicate of the landing card into your passport, next to your entrance stamp, as you’ll need it to leave the country.