'Best mixed bag in South America, combining a premier lodge and first-class hospitality'
Since 2004 La Paz lodge has played host to ducks, perdiz and dove hunters from around the world, and stakes a claim as the starting point for wing-shooting in Uruguay.
'There are few places in the world where one can hunt high volume doves at a huge roost, eager decoying ducks in dry comfortable blinds, and world-class perdiz hunting with a variety of great dogs in beautiful settings all while enjoying one lodge with supreme accommodations. Black River Outfitters has such a place, It is called La Paz!!'
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This lodge is one of the finest remote and peaceful bed and breakfast Estancias in western Uruguay. Secured long before wing-shooting in Uruguay became famous, La Paz is the Portela Brothers' first and longest lasting partnership, and continues to offer wonderful accommodations and service for guest of Black River Outfitters.
Just a short drive down the road and minutes from the relaxing accommodations, are any number of Black River's famous dove roosts. Its location in the heart of western Uruguay's agriculture belt provides some of the greatest wing-shooting opportunities found anywhere in South America. More specifically, Estancia La Paz is located in Colonia La Paz, province of Paysandu, just 60 kmts from the town of Young where the Portela Brothers born and raised. Their relationship with the local farmers and landowners gives them a great advantage in securing the most productive shooting fields, and most exclusive lodges. La Paz is one of two lodges secured by the Portela Brothers in Western Uruguay, and is primarily reserved for large ducks, perdiz and dove hunting groups.
The other lodge, Estancia Cangue, is just minutes down the road, and creates great flexibility in accommodating even the most demanding wing-shooters. Being located just minutes from our mixed bag lodge (Estancia Cangue) helps us accommodate even the largest dove hunting groups without sacrificing comfort or service.
Large parties or corporate groups are given the opportunity to share the hunt together, enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner together, while also being able to reside to their fully staffed estancia and private rooms. This provides unsurpassed quality, service, and camaraderie for oversized wing-shooting parties.
In addition, it has a direct link with Argentina across 'Gral. Artigas' International bridge. This bridge connects Paysandú with the famous wing-shooting province of Entre Rios, Argentina just 1 hour and a half driving from Santo Domingo lodge where the paradise of ducks really exist. So guest flying into Buenos Aires can be easily accommodated y Santo Domingo lodge , hunt 2 days of high volume ducks and 2 or 3 days of mix bag at La Paz lodge in Uruguay, this program gives you the oportunity to hunt high volume ducks in argentina and the best perdiz & doves in the wolrd in Uruguay whit no more than 1.5 hours driving between transfers. Your time have a big value for us, we make hunting programs where you spend time hunting and relaxing, no in a van or plane.
A full staff is always on hand for guest of Black River Outfitters at La Paz lodge, and the dove hunting is spectacular during every month of the year.
La Paz Lodge offers three different shooting options from the same lodge along with Dorado fishing available upon request. All options are 10-45 minutes from the estancia.
Each morning you will hunt wild perdiz in short grass pastures over pointing English setters / Brittany spaniels / German braco or ducks in lagoons and ponds nearby. Every day you will return to the lodge for lunch or stay for BBQ in the field to enjoy the traditional 'asado'.
Afternoons include a high volume dove shoot at a vast roost 35 minutes from the estancia or hunting on the property itself.
- Perdiz - May 01 - July 31
- Ducks - May 01 - September 15
- Dove - Year round
- Dorado fishing - Year round
SPECIES Uruguay's La Paz Lodge is not your average wingshooting estancia. La Paz is one of South Americans few TRUE 3-feather mixed-bag hunting destinations + golden dorado fishing.
La Paz offers incredible duck, dove and perdiz hunting...all from one luxurious lodge. Hunters also have the option of adding Golden Dorado fishing to the bird hunting.
How is it all possible? La Paz is ideally situated in the midst of over 100,000 acres of agriculture fields, sorghum fields, soybean fields, cattle pastures, ponds and riverfront - making it a virtual sportsman's paradise with game so abundant you'd have to see to believe.
Duck Hunting (May 01 - Sept 15)
The duck hunting in Uruguay has always been good, particularly in the upper western part of the country. But minimal local and commercial hunting over the years has limited the hunting pressure. The limited pressure, coupled with the area's huge food supply and numerous ponds, make for ideal duck hunting conditions. From late fall through the winter, this part of Uruguay is home to a variety of exotic duck species including the Rosy-Billed Pochard, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Brazilian Teal, Brown Pintail, Speckled Teal, Ringed Teal, Southern Widgeon, Cinnamon Teal and Silver Teal. La Paz guides work hard to ensure Uruguay duck hunting at its best. Restrictions on the hunting of some species may apply, accordingly whit the government regulations.
Perdiz Hunting (May 01 - July 31)
There is nothing like the thrill of hunting perdiz behind well-trained dogs. In Uruguay perdiz hunting is an obsession and it shows. La Paz employs some of the best dog handlers in all of Uruguay - locals that have been training dogs and hunting perdiz their entire lives. This vast experience pays off in the field, with La Paz offering some of Uruguay's most consistent perdiz hunting. In addition to the great guides, the area's perfect habitat and abundant food make for thriving perdiz populations.
Dove Hunting (Year-Round)
Western Uruguay's greatest secret.
Simply the most undiscovered wing-shooting opportunity in South America, the dove hunting in the western provinces of Uruguay offers the same popular high-volume dove hunts that made Argentina famous all those years ago. Just to the east of Cordoba, Argentina, and split by the Uruguay River, lie the wing-shooting provinces of western Uruguay. More specifically, the regions of Paysandú and Rio Negro are home to many of the countries largest dove roosts.
The terrain across Uruguay not only supports the enormous dove population, but also offers beautiful shooting opportunities in its endless rolling hills, blooming agriculture fields, and countless tributaries. For centuries, the doves in Uruguay have shown natural tendencies to roost near the Uruguay River system as it provides a reliable water source for the local populations. As the largest producers of sunflower, wheat, corn, and grapes, it is easy to see why Uruguay is swarming with doves.
Aside from the number of birds in the region, the fact that they fly constantly throughout the day is a dove hunters dream. Much of Uruguay's appeal comes from shooting doves over different terrain, in different situations, and in new locations. The doves will fly continuously from sun up to sun down, so it is easy to relax , pick your shots, and enjoy the day. In Uruguay, the choice is yours, spend the morning hidden amongst acres of sunflowers, soybeans, or sorghum as the doves swarm the fields, or situate near one of the hundreds of small tributaries off of the Uruguay River as flock after flock bombard these popular water holes, or even spend the evening on the roosts edge and shoot to your hearts desire as millions of doves return to roost before sunset.
The species that provides this opportunity in Uruguay is the Eared Dove, which are almost identical to the U.S. morning dove. The species breeds nearly year round, and they roost together by the millions in Eucalyptus stands throughout the popular provinces. The overwhelming populations create a nuisance for the farmers and their crops, and they truly enjoy and appreciate the hunter's attempt at controlling their growth.
The bird populations in South America remain one of the great wonders of the world for sportsmen and women who have experienced it. Uruguay truly is the new frontier for high-volume wing-shooting, and any of our roosts will amaze even the most well traveled shooters.
The lodge's unique exterior can be deceiving; it functions beautifully as a hunting lodge.
With 7 double bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, the lodge can accommodate up to 12 hunters at a time.
There is a grand living room and lounge, a separate dining area, a gun and tackle room and a popular outdoor fire pit with sitting area and open bar.
Guests of La Paz can expect traditional Uruguayan cuisine prepared by a professional chef, accompanied by fine regional wines.
Internet access is fully available at the lodge, as is phone service and direct TV as well as A/C in all rooms.
Capacity: 7 double rooms with 6 bathrooms - single rooms are not surcharged (subject to availability).
- Dining room, living room, sitting room and gun room
- Swimming pool
- Spa, Jacuzzi, and Sauna, massage upon request
- Wi-Fi, Direct TV and telephone
- Wines and spirits
- Maid service
- Laundry service
- Gift shop
- Gun rental - 20 Gauge (Beretta and Benelli Semi-Auto) #8
- Professional hunting guides
- Bird boys
La Paz Lodge is located in the in the northwest region of Uruguay in the state of Paysand� near the river town of Paysand�. The lodge is approximately 225 miles from Montevideo, the capital of this small country.
HOW TO GET THERE
Most commonly, shooters traveling on international flights to Montevideo will be met by a La Paz Lodge representative who will assist with gun clearance, if necessary, and who will transport the group to La Paz Lodge. The drive is approximately 4 hours through scenic rural Uruguay via paved highway.
Other options which may be considered are:
Privet Charter from Montevideo: guests arriving into Montevideo may charter to the Paysandu airport (40-minute flight), approximately 30 minutes from the lodge.
Privet Charter from Buenos Aires: charters are also available directly to Uruguay from Buenos Aires Argentina Capital.
Charters may go directly to Paysandu Airport which is an international airport and offers customs on-site.
Important: all charters need to be arranged time in advanced and cost may vary according to the size group and fuel cost.
Van transfers from Buenos Aires, Argentina and even Carmelo, Uruguay: guests of Blackriver outfitters may transfer by van from Buenos Aires wich is approximately 4.5 hours on paved highway or Carmelo 1.5 hour from the Estancia after 2 hours hydrofoil from El Tigre Argentina.