Category: Argentina Hunting Travel Information

Nearly every lodge in Argentina is quite suitable for wives that do not hunt, as the service, meals, food and wines that are offered appeal to most women. Additionally all of the lodges that our company represents are in very safe areas. So from a lodge standpoint we have no problems in recommending that hunters bring their spouses.

For those that are considering bringing their wives with them it’s important to keep in mind that most lodges are located in areas that are conducive to excellent hunting which by default means that activities outside of hunting are very limited. Simply put you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural lands, and likely 90 more minutes from the closest city of any size.

In general lodges will offer nature trails, horseback riding, cooking classes, wine tasting and massages. Some lodges will charge for these activities, while others may include them in their daily rates.

A popular activity for most wives is shopping, and many of our non-shooters find pleasure in shopping in the center of the small towns. These towns tend not to be touristy and often there are arts and crafts that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Keep in mind though these shops support the local population which can be as few as 500, so having a very broad selection of items that appeal to the shopper isn’t likely, however finding that very special and unique souvenir is quite possible.

Depending on the area you may want to take on a site seeing tour and include shopping as part of the excursion. If hunting dove in Cordoba, the city of Cordoba is generally less than 2 hours from the lodge so it’s pretty easy to put together a day trip that includes shopping, lunch and site seeing. In Salta the same applies as the city of Salta is 2 hours from the lodge. If hunting ducks in the east there are many lodges that range between 2 and 5 hours from the city of Buenos Aires. Because of the size of the city, the things to do there and the travel time required we do not recommend day trips to Buenos Aires, however we do recommend spending at least a day in the city learning about the Argentine culture and simply experiencing one of the largest cities in the world. (see our blog titled “things to do in Buenos Aires”)

So to summarize things to do for non-shooting spouses, see below. Make sure to check with your outfitter to determine which are available at the specific lodge you will be visiting.

Nature walks, horseback riding, polo lesson, golf, Spanish lessons, cooking class, bird watching, site seeing, shopping, relaxing by the pool, wine tasting, and joining your spouse in the field and sharing his wing shooting experience!

First it’s important to understand the areas and the options. The largest city with the most flights to and from the US is Buenos Aires. Flights into Buenos Aires are the most cost effective, however not all hunting is done within driving distance of the capital city. Areas like Cordoba, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Salta and many others require a flight into Buenos Aires international airport (Ministro Pistarini or EZE) and then a require a van transfer or taxi to the domestic airport (Jorge Newbery or AEP). The travel times with traffic are about an hour, then of course an additional flight to your final destination.

There are two international airports in Argentina, which are EZE in Buenos Aires and COR in Cordoba. Cordoba has daily flights that come in from Santiago Chile, Panama, Peru and Brazil, while EZE has daily arrivals and departures from nearly every country and major city across the world.

Flights into Buenos Aires from Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles range from $1100-$1600 depending on the time of year, fuel prices, and all the other things that affect airfare costs. If you are hunting in the eastern part of Argentina this is your only airfare cost, however if you are hunting in areas like Salta, Santa Fe, San Luis, Santiago del Estero or Cordoba an additional flight is required. These domestic flights range from $300-$600 again depending on the time of year, fuel costs etc. When booking your flight itinerary its more cost effective if you book the entire itinerary at once as opposed to two separate tickets.

Cordoba Argentina is the most popular dove hunting destination in Argentina, and there are two flight options that are more appealing than going through Buenos Aires. The most popular option is the flight that connects in Santiago Chile. There are 3-4 flights daily into Cordoba with the first morning flight being the most attractive. The layover is 2 hours and your arrival time into Cordoba leaves you plenty of time to hunt on your day of arrival. The second option connects in Lima Peru. This flight arrives into Cordoba early AM and is quickly becoming the more popular path to Cordoba. This flight has you arriving most lodges in Cordoba well before lunchtime.

So to summarize the flight costs, ballpark pricing is below.

US to Buenos Aires                                                                                   $1100-$1600

Buenos Aires to other destination in Argentina                                    $300-600

US to Cordoba via Chile or Lima                                                                        $1300-$1700

Each province within Argentina requires hunters to have a hunting license. Licenses known as “permiso o licencia de caza” and are paid to the Argentina Wildlife Resource Office, known as Argentina Ambiente or Fauna Departmento. Often you will hear the word permit used which is a more popular translation of license in Argentina.

Prior to your trip you outfitter will ask for passport information. This information is used for your hunting license and is supplied to the province in Argentina you will be hunting in.

The cost of the hunting license varies from province to province. For example in Cordoba Argentina the license is $65 per day which is at the high end of the scale. Many hunters that shoot doves in Cordoba hunt the afternoon of arrival and the morning of departure, and even though these 2 half days are considered 1 full day from a lodge perspective, for hunting licenses you will be required to pay the license fee for each day you hunt regardless of the length of your hunt. Entre Rios and Santiago del Estero provinces charges $150 for the entire hunt regardless of the number of days.

We often hear about hunters that are confused about the license fees. Since each province has different regulations and requirements it is the responsibility of your outfitter to keep track of this information, make sure clients are informed of the fees and pay the Departmento Ambiente.

Some hunters have asked to see the license or to even take the license home with them as a memento from their trip. Unlike in the US there is not a small license you put in your wallet, it’s a legal form that contains multiple hunters on one form. For those that have hunting in Argentina before you have probably noticed a large envelope on the dashboard or map pocket in the van you are transported to and from the fields in. In this envelope are the licenses for your group. It’s rare that you will be stopped by an oficial ambiente, but in the event your group is checked your host or driver will have the licenses with them in this envelope.

Finally with regards to licenses, it is the responsibility of the outfitter at the end of your trip to report to Departmento Ambiente the types of birds you shot, the number of each you shot, and the number of shells you shot. All reputable lodges are well aware of the policies and procedures and everything related to the licenses is transparent to the hunter other than the fees paid as part of their hunting excursion.

Many hunters chose to bring their own shotguns with them on their Duck or Dove hunting excursions to Argentina or other locations across the globe. It’s actually quite easy to bring your own shotgun, but something that is often overlooked by clients and even outfitters is the US Customs requirement demonstrating that the firearm was not purchased abroad. There are many reasons for this, certainly some related to duties, others related to obtaining the firearm illegally, and probably most importantly can the individual legally possess a firearm in the US.

The US Department of Homeland Security along with US Customs and Border protection require that for re-entry of a firearm into the United States that US Customs Form CPB 4457 accompanies each firearm. These forms are simple to obtain and there is no charge. Simply visit your local US Customs Office with your firearm and ask for form CPB 4457. You will complete part of the form, the officer will verify the serial number, sign, date and stamp the form. The form does not expire and with this you are free to enter and exit the US as often as you like.

In theory US Customs can seize your firearm without this form, or possibly force you to pay duty, and at a minimum you will be hassled at the airport when you return. Southern Outfitting strongly suggests that anyone traveling abroad with a firearm to go through the simple process of obtaining your Customs Form before your departure!

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