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Our stay at El Raigon was one of the great experiences of our lives. My adult son and I did 4 days of mixed bag hunting (perdiz, pigeons, dove, and ducks) and 4 nights at the lodge. From the hunting to the amenities to each and every member of El Raigon’s staff, this was my favorite hunting trip I have taken in 30+ years of coming to Argentina.

 It is an intimate and idyllic alternative to the larger hunting lodges and outfitters in Santa Fe and Cordoba. The hunting itself is what first drew us to El Raigon, and all four feathers were nothing short of spectacular. Most people come to Argentina for high-volume dove shooting, and El Raigon’s holds up to any lodge I’ve visited previously. My son and I were each able to enjoy those oft-desired 200+ dove afternoons, but it was the pigeon shooting that we most fell in love with. The opportunity to shoot all four feathers over 3-4 days kept us fresh, excited, and without boredom. Agustin, our guide, had such excitement and passion for hunting that was a pervading force the entire trip. He, Colo, and Ramiro take great pride in their ability to scout for birds, and they consistently put us in the best position to do our best shooting. Their positivity, humor, and kindness each day were greatly appreciated. As well, our bird boys José and Sergio were consummate professionals who never took a moment off from their jobs; my son and I had such a good time with them that we exchanged hugs upon our departure. The lodge is a breathtaking red estancia with such personal details that make you forget you’re on a commercial hunting trip. Comfortable, homey furniture, a warm, roaring fireplace, and generous hors d’oeuvres greet you each time you return for the night. Ana, the host, was incredibly warm, kind, and accommodating, and she constantly went out of her way to make us feel at home. As well, the girls Karina, Nataly, Mira, and Poppy wore constant smiles as they kept our rooms clean, our laundry washed, and our cups and hearts full. Tunchi made sure there was fire in the fireplace at all hours during the cold winter months we visited. The beds were extremely comfortable and gave us a great night’s sleep before early morning perdiz and duck shoots. Every lunch and dinner is three courses — an appetizer (the size of an entree), an entree, and a dessert — prepared by Chef Leo, and all of the ~24 plates we had over four days were memorable and delicious. Leo could open a restaurant in Buenos Aires if he wanted to, and it would only be a matter of time before it earned a Michelin star. He is that talented at cooking. If you didn’t shoot a single bird, the food would still render the entire trip worth it. As a whole, this was a full-service, five star experience for my son and I. We made memories for a lifetime, and it is only a matter of time before we return. I suggest you run, not walk, to book here if you have the privilege to do so.

May 2024

Hunting and fishing guides were top notch

Hunting and fishing guides were top notch. Food and wine choices were excellent, lodge staff were friendly. Lodge manager was professional and helpful. Reservations manager also very helpful and a great communicator. 

Jeff Light
Feb 2023

Great shooting and fishing

Great shooting and fishing, great staff, great food, great wine.  Plan to come back!

Greg and Loren Hill
March 2023

many great memories

I’ve wanted to take this trip and my son for 15 years, and finally was able to this year. It was a hunt of a life-time, and many great memories were made. From Paul, the guides, the house staff and facilities were the best. The hunting was everything I’d heard about, and more. Would and have already recommended this place and hunt to numerous people, as have my son (Patrick) and future son-in-law (Alan). Thank you again for making this a special hunt, no to be forgotten.

James Rippy
Jun 2023

Wonderful experience

Wonderful experience.  Great facilities and accommodations.  Food was excellent.  Fantastic guides and plethora of birds.  Looking forward to returning in the future.  Trip of a lifetime to be sure.

Drew Everett
Jun 2023

Everyone and everything is great

Everyone and everything is great.  Really enjoyed the lunch in the field, excellent.  Last year the deserts were spectacular in presentation.  This year good, but not so spectacular.  Only improvement would be asking for more input from the perdiz guide..his dog was great.  Obviously we are enjoying as we just booked for next year…everyone in the lodge does their job so well, you have obviously spent time training.

John Kallina
Aug 2023

The hunting was amazing

My dad and I went on this bucket list trip for my birthday and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The hunting was amazing and the fishing was nearly as good! The lodge was beautiful and the meals were delicious. 

Megan Dempewolf
Sep 2023

The services provided went above my wildest expectations

My experience was unforgettable and I would encourage anyone to visit. The services provided by each staff member went above and beyond my wildest expectations. Thank you so much for a fantastic memory.

Paul Connell
Feb 2023