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Follow the unpaved road north from San Martin de Los Andes to arrive at Rio Quillen, one of the great estancias of Argentine Patagonia. Split between the main lodge and a glamping site, Rio Quillen offers wilderness-seeking guests horse-riding, fishing, fire-cooking and ultra-dark night skies.
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With vast expanses of Patagonian wilderness surrounding you, you’ll spend your days at Rio Quillen outside exploring. 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.
Rio Quillen 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.