Argentina | Patagonia | Wilderness | Quillen | Riding

Rio Quillén


Follow the unpaved road north from San Martin de Los Andes to arrive at Rio Quillén, one of the great estancias of Argentine Patagonia.

Split between the main lodge and a comfortable basecamp, Rio Quillén offers horse riding, fishing, fire-cooking and some of the most remarkable scenery in Patagonia.

Rio Quillen

What we love about Rio Quillén

  • Owned and run by the Lagos-Marmol family – Isabel runs the lodge and her husband, Santiago, guides the daily adventures
  • With only 6 en-suite bedrooms, Rio Quillén Lodge is exclusively for families or small groups of friends
  • The vast, unspoilt private estate has valleys, canyons, mountains, creeks, rivers, pampas and lakes
  • Head Chef Erika prepares typical Patagonian meals
  • Private fishing access in the Quillén and Malalco rivers, some of the most exclusive fly-fishing rivers in Patagonia
  • The Quillen basecamp, which sits in the horseshoe of a river.
  • They tailor programmes depending on your group’s preferences and abilities
  • Activities include riding, fishing, trekking, lake trips, 4×4 expeditions, polo and farm work with the gauchos
  • We recommend combining 2-3 nights at the camp with 3-4 nights at the main lodge
What to do at Rio Quillen

Set in some of some of the most dramatic country in Patagonia, you’ll spend your days exploring, eating, enjoying a siesta or taking in the views from the main lodge.

Roam the high Andean plains on horseback, trek through the valleys and forests, and wade through rivers casting your fishing rods. Pause for hearty picnic lunches and indulgent siestas, then spend the afternoon at the lake.

Back at the lodge, recharge with hot baths, afternoon teas and slow evenings enjoying the solitude and peace from the wrap around veranda. After extravagant gourmet dinners, gather by the fire to play games or head outside to stargaze with a nightcap.


Lying alongside the Quillen River in the Neuquén Province of Argentina, Rio Quillen Lodge and Glampsite is set in the most secluded and spectacular area of the Patagonia Lake District.

Accessible by car, Rio Quillen is a 2.5 hours drive from San Martin de los Andes, 2 hours from the Chile-Argentina Border Crossing and 4 hours from both Neuquen and Bariloche. Self-drive is easy and common in these parts of Patagonia, but it’s also possible to arrange a transfer.

Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Argentina run daily direct flights to San Martin de los Andes, Neuquen and Bariloche from Buenos Aires.

Argentina | Patagonia | Wilderness | Quillen | Riding

When to Travel

Rio Quillén is open year round.

Every month, the scenery surrounding the estancia offers a different reason to visit! In Autumn, the Patagonian landscapes glow orange and there are no bugs. During winter, the snow makes it enchanting. The waterfalls overflow during Spring and in summer wildflowers colour the meadows.

The Rural country show is a highlight of the Patagonian social calendar and takes place every January, offering a real insight into the gaucho way of life and Patagonian traditions.



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