Have you ever had a fishing vacation as a backpacker? Latin America has a lot of amazing bodies of water covering extensive sections of lakes and rivers. While most of the waters of Northern America are in danger of overfishing, South American lakes and rivers remain fairly unharmed.
Fly fishing activities are present in South America but are quite moderate compared to the U.S. In the rivers and lagoons of the region, there are not only a lot of fish to be caught but also other fantastic surrounding wildlife. Its prices for tours are also relatively cheaper compared to the rest of the world.
If you’re interested in having a fishing vacation in South America, here are some of the best spots that you may want to visit.
Northern Patagonia, Chile
If you fancy fly fishing, Northern Patagonia is the place to be. It is one of the best spots for fishing, and former presidents and celebrities often come here to unwind. It’s relaxing and peaceful thanks to the Northern Patagonia hideouts that are installed near mountain streams and sheltered bays that provide soothing fly fishing opportunities.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques is relatively easy to reach from the East Coast. Anglers here usually leave for the island very early, in time for a full day of fishing. The place is rich in bonefish and eel so if you want to catch them fresh, this is a great place to cast out. The place is blessed with consistent weather and water temperatures so if you fancy a vacation with a pleasant atmosphere, definitely try Los Roques.
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The southernmost tip of the continent, also known as the Land of Fire, is where huge trout come from the high Andes and make their way to a number of streams and rivers. Tierra del Fuego is known for its subpolar oceanic climate with short, cool summers and long wet mild winters. It’s an ideal fishing spot for those who like the chilly weather. Apart from the different kinds of fishes that can be caught here, Tierra del Fuego is also home to guanacos, condors, king penguins, and austral parakeets.
Fishing is without doubt one of the most calming activities that can be done with nature by our side. According to the statistics portal Statista, recreational fishing is the most popular activity next to running and biking.
Being one of the most accepted past times in the world, its presence became mainstream thanks to extensive coverage in the media. Today, there are numerous shows on fishing including Fishing Adventurer, Top Hooker, and Discovery Channel’s very own Deadliest Catch. In terms of games, fishing also inspired a number of titles. There’s the Rapala Pro Bass Fishing video game that sold thousands of copies around the world. Additionally, there’s also the Reel Spinner online game, which the older generation seems to be fond of playing.
Over the years, fishing has become deeply embedded in various cultures across the globe, and every culture has customs and habits of its own. That’s why visiting South American on a fishing trip could broaden even the most experienced fisher.