Antonia brings a lot of great energy and charm to the Valle Bonito. Practically born into the fishing lodge business in Argentina, she has managed the successful El Encuentro Lodge on the Rio Grande for many years as well as working at the famous Arroyo Verde Lodge on the Traful. Her qualifications are unmatched. Fluent in both Spanish and English she is the consummate lodge manager and will work hard to make your trip at the Valle Bonito special in every way. A gourmet cook, detailed organizer, avid gardener and entertaining hostess, her knowledge and talents assure that everything at the Lodge runs smoothly for all of our clients. Almost all of our meals at the Valle Bonito contain a bounty of vegetables that Antonia grows with care in our organic garden and greenhouse. She is usually available to help out with guiding and accompanying hiking, horseback trips, mountain biking and other activities.
With her she brings Vicente, her seven year old son whose good nature and sense of humor are sure to put a big smile on your face. No matter what you do at the Valle Bonito, your time spent with Antonia and Vicente will surely stand out as one of the highlights of your stay.
Lu Warner has been fly fishing and tying flies since the age of 8. His childhood years were spent on the small streams of New England and Quebec chasing the elusive native brookies, bullheads and Largemouth Bass. Pursuing his passion for the fish and the beautiful country that they inhabit, he has spent a large part of his life fly fishing for Trout, Steelhead and Salmon in Alaska, New Zealand, British Columbia, Quebec, Argentina, Chile, and the Rocky Mountain West. Since 1985, he has worked as a fly fishing guide in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, Argentina and Southern Chile. From May through October he works as head guide for Wilder on the Taylor near Crested Butte, Colorado.
In 1989 Lu started Western Spirit Cycling, a mountain bike touring company based in Moab, Utah. For 8 years Lu took people from around the world on multi-day mountain bike adventures in Utah, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, and Idaho. This highly regarded and successful company has been written up in Bicycling, Mountain Biking, Outside, Newsweek, the New York Times and several other mainstream publications.
In 1996 he sold the business to pursue his dreams of fly fishing, riding his bike, hiking and exploring the world. For three years he worked as a consultant for the business exploring new mountain bike routes internationally and in the U.S as well. While traveling through Southern Chile with mountain bike and fly rod in 1995 and again in 1996, he was struck by the incredible natural beauty, great fishing and hiking as well as the hospitality and warmth of the Chilean people. In 1997 he returned to Chile with a few fly fishing clients and since then he has extensively traveled, fished and explored much of Patagonia. In 2006 he realized a life long dream and purchased the Valle Bonito Lodge. From this ideal setting, one has easy access to the rivers, lakes, mountains and vibrant Chilean culture that add up to create a perfect playground for the adventure traveler and fly fisherman. Additionally, from the Valle Bonito he can offer excellent hiking and fishing trips with a variety of interesting itineraries and destinations. With a host of excellent connections throughout both Southern Chile and Argentina, Lu’s expertise will help you decide the best options for your Patagonia adventure. His specialty for many years has been the private trips that he puts together for specific groups. If you are interested in visiting Patagonia and want some options, give Lu a call and he’ll be happy to discuss various trip possibilities and activities.
After eighteen years of guiding the myriad of waters in Patagonia, Lu’s experience and knowledge can lead you to some of the best fly fishing in Chile. His passion is contagious and a week of fishing with Lu will not only make you a better angler and caster, you will return with a smile on your face and great memories of Chile.
Lu believes very strongly in creating a responsible tourist business, buying locally and helping to support the local economy. At the Valle Bonito, all attempts are made to employ local guides, cooks, and staff. Our neighbors, the Poleto family, are an integral part of our life and provide us with meat from their animals, milk from their cows, and produce from their 500 acre homestead across the river. Their wisdom, kindness and generosity enriches not only our lives but the experiences of our guests as well. The Chilean people are the heart and soul of the country and the many friendly and professional relationships that Lu has developed in Chile over years of traveling there are sure to enhance your Patagonian experience as it has his.
Lu’s years of backcountry and guiding experience assure you a safe stay at the Valle Bonito. As a Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Technician, his first concern is always the safety of his guests. Over the years he has learned that preventing accidents before they happen is the best medicine for wilderness travel and he will urge a you to keep a “wilderness mentality” and not take unnecessary risks during your stay.
With strong organizational skills and a passionate attention to detail, Lu and his dedicated staff will work tirelessly and happily to make your stay enjoyable and fun.
Come and visit, you’ll have a blast!