I have already booked my trip. What do I do next?
Congratulations, your fishing adventure is booked! We’re excited to have you with us, and will do everything we can to make sure your trip is a memorable one. What’s next? Taking your trip from booking to take-off requires some input from you. Please carefully read through each section below, and don’t hesitate to call, mail, or online chat with us if you have questions prior to departure. We look forward to seeing you soon! Please follow the steps below:
✓ Online Payment – Settle your account via our secure online payment portal, or pay by check or wire.
✓ Pre-trip Questionnaire – Complete this online, and send it with a click. It takes less than ten minutes and tells us a little about you and your preferences.
How can I pay for the trip?
Once dates are confirmed Nervous Waters will create an electronic invoice. To confirm your reservation a 50% deposit is needed within the next 2 weeks. The trip should be paid in full 60 days prior to your arrival date. We accept wire transfers, checks and credit cards.
Do I need a Visa?
Bahamas – No Visa is required for US citizens, Canadian and UK passengers. You will need a valid Passport, 2 blank pages and a copy of your return ticket to enter the Bahamas. If you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever, the government of The Bahamas requires proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Argentina & Chile – No Visa is required for US Citizens, Canadians or European Union passengers for Argentina, just a valid passport.
How do I get there?
Argentina – To get to any of the Lodges in Argentina you will first need to travel to the main hub which is Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport – EZE, Ministro Pistarini Airport). There are direct flights from Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York in the United States and many of the main cities in Europe also have direct flights (Madrid, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome, etc.) Once you arrive to Ezeiza we recommend staying one night in Buenos Aires to get to know the city and to be able to catch your local flight to the Lodge you are going to. To get to the Lodges your flight will most likely depart from the Local Airport (Aeroparque – AEP, Jorge Newberry Airport). Please contact your trip coordinator so that they can recommend best flights to take. Local airline in Argentina is Aerolíneas Argentinas.
Chile (Futa Lodge) – Most of our clients fly-in through Buenos Aires, Argentina first and then fly into Esquel Airport (EQS) and cross the border by land. The land transfer from Esquel Airport to Futa Lodge is approximately 2 hours. You will go through migration and customs by land and then continue your drive to the Lodge. You can also fly in through Santiago de Chile (Santiago de Chile International Airport – SCL, Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport), from there you will have to take a flight to Puerto Montt (Puerto Montt Airport, PMC) and from there another short flight to Chaitén (Chaiten Airport, WCH). The land transfer from Chaitén to Futa Lodge is 2 hours approximately. If you are thinking of taking the second option get in touch with your coordinator so that they can recommend operators and flights.
Bahamas – Bair’s Lodge is located in the South Andros Island in the Bahamas. Main airport is Congo Town, South Andros. Airport code is TZN. The lodge is an easy 25-minute drive from the main airport.
Guests can reach Congo Town, in South Andros on commercial Western Air flights from Nassau or on MakersAir out of Fort Lauderdale. Private charters are also available from Florida to Congo Town. We recommend Air Flights Charters.
Do I need a Fishing License?
All of our destinations require a fishing license. We will ask you for the necessary information so that we can get the Fishing License prior to your arrival.
I am a novice fisherman; can you teach me how to fly fish? Can I use a spin rod?
All our guides are certified instructors so they can assist you with any instruction you might need and help you better your technique. Don’t hesitate to ask any of them for help. Río Grande (sea-trout) and Patagonian Lodges (trout) are 100% fly-fishing destinations. Golden Dorado and Bone-fishing lodges are both fly and spinning fishing lodges.
Can I get a Single Room/Boat?
Argentina & Chile – Some of our locations (Kau Tapen Lodge and Villa María Lodges) provide single rooms (with shared guide) by default. The rest are all based on double occupancy and shared guide. Single room and boat is subject to availability and might have an additional charge. Please contact your travel coordinator for further information.
Bahamas – Bair’s lodge has 6 beautiful double rooms. You will be accommodated in a room based on double occupancy by default. Single room and boat is subject to availability and might have an additional charge. Please contact your travel coordinator for further information.
What should I pack?
Prior to your arrival we will be sending you information on the fishing program including a recommended packing list.
Do you provide loaner fishing equipment?
There are quality fly rods, reels and fly lines available at the Lodges for you to use if needed. Please advise us of your need for a rod/reel prior to arrival to ensure availability. A charge of $125 will be billed to you in the event a rental rod is broken (this covers the cost of shipping and repair). Flies and leaders are also available for purchase at the lodges.
What information do you need from me before arriving?
We will reach out to you a month prior to your arrival with an online form which works as our “registration form” requesting all the information needed from you. We want to learn a little bit about your preferences, dietary restrictions, medical conditions or any special request you may have. Flight info should also be included here.
How do I book my flights? Can you help me with that?
Your trip coordinator will assist you with flights that you need to book. You can book them yourself or we offer a concierge service for your disposal. PRANA tourism is our sister travel agency specialized in booking flights, hotels, etc.. they take care of your entire experience, from start to finish. Let us know if you’d like to take advantage of Prana services.
Do I need to exchange money to local currency? How do I pay for extras at the Lodge?
Argentina – The Argentinian Peso varies a lot in terms of exchange rate and there are several rates. If you are planning on staying in Buenos Aires a few days prior or after your stay with us, you can exchange money to have cash in hand. Ask us or the concierge at your hotel about the current rate and a safe place to exchange dollars. Restaurants, hotels and big stores will take credit cards as payment, but taxis, smaller stores and street vendors (in street fairs) take only cash, they might take dollars but might not give you the best exchange rate. At our Lodges you can pay extras and tips with a credit card or cash (US dollars).
Chile – Similar to Argentina, if you will be staying in Santiago de Chile for a few days prior or after your trip you can exchange money to have some local currency, but many of the places you will visit will accept credit cards for payment. At the Lodge you can pay extras and tips with a credit card or cash (US dollars).
Bahamas – The Bahamian dollar is at par with the US dollar and can be used interchangeably. Purchases from the Bair’s Lodge tackle shop can be made with cash or credit card: MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Cash is appreciated for tipping.
Who will meet me at the airport?
For all our locations a lodge representative will meet you upon your arrival to the local airport holding a sign with the Lodge name so that you can identify them easily. If you are delayed or miss your flight, please let us know.
Can I combine trips?
If you are joining us at our Argentina or Chile lodges, you can easily add to your sporting adventure by combining your trip with either more fishing adding other species, or with a stay at one of our fine bird hunting lodges for the best Cast & Blast experience in South America. If you are interested in adding variety to your sporting life, look no further than David Denies Bird Hunting and Red Stag Patagonia. All three brands are owned and operated by the same company, The Kautapen Group, and each operation is dedicated to making your outdoor experience fun, memorable, and productive.