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Pigeon Shooting | Montaraz Lodge | Cordoba | Argentina  

Overview

Tour code: ARG113  

Decoyed Pigeons are the speciality at Monteraz Lodge and Cordoba is considered one of the best pigeon shooting regions in South America. The 50 square mile area (80 km) around the lodge is annually inhabited by over 5 million pigeons. The lodge enjoys 60 shooting fields all within a scenic drive through the region. This decoyed pigeon hunt is a mere one hour from Pico Zuro and La Dormida lodges so a combination of dove and pigeon is easily arranged.  This is a great way to add a wonderful compliment for those shooters interested in some quality decoyed pigeon.

Location
Montaraz lodge is located in the province of Córdoba, in central Argentina, 95 miles Northwest of the Cordoba City international airport which is approximately 2 hours travel time. The lodge sits on the “Sierras Chicas” and the “Sierras Grandes”.

Shooting
The program generally starts at 8:00am with a hearty breakfast and a short drive to the shoot. In the field, you will be assigned a blind or hide, and you’ll be attended by a bird-boy, who will provide you with shells and refreshments at your shooting stand. Throughout the shooting session, you’ll be under the watchful eye of your guide, who will be available to assist you with any need.

Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot till noon when you will be treated to a traditional barbecue lunch at the lodge, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and the exclusive wine. Afternoon’s sessions begin at around 2:00pm or 3:00pm, and they continue until 5:00pm or 6:00pm before your return to the lodge for cocktails in the wine cellar and a delicious dinner.

Wild pigeons are both large and fast, which make calculating their speed and lead bit deceptive. Pigeons are also wary birds, and there is an element of hunting involved that makes the shooting closer to decoying ducks than shooting doves. Staying hidden and still in a good blind, is the key to success.

Additional Activities
There is a swimming pool, tennis court and riding stables available at the lodge as well as City and Estancia tours, San Telmo Market, Tango shows, Colón Theatre and shopping trips.

Accommodation
Montaraz Lodge

Montaraz is the most exclusive pigeon shooting lodge in all of Argentina. This classic estancia is an architectural jewel that was built in the second half of the 17th century. Completely renovated in 2007, it provides luxury and comfort from which to enjoy great shooting and experience the charm and hospitality, that has become the trademark of the David Denies shooting brand.

The elegantly restored estancia is tastefully decorated in a colonial style and is surrounded by sweeping verandas overlooking lush gardens, orchards and topped off with a fantastic lake view. It offers 8 en-suite bedrooms to accommodate our shooting guests, a comfortable living room, spacious, fully stocked wine-cellar and complimentary bar as well as a clay tennis court. It boasts a large dining room for great entertaining and leisure. The estancia is complete with its own private vineyard and guests will enjoy premium house wines harvested from the property.

Montaraz has 8 single rooms and 1 double room. All rooms have private (ensuite) baths. In addition, Montaraz Lodge offers a large dining room with a spectacular dining table, a sitting room and bar. There are a number of amenities at Montaraz including a swimming pool, tennis court, riding stables plus a masseuse is on call.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & single rooms
Telephone: Chargeable
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 220 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: Lodge dinning room
Alcohol: Included
Equipment Hire: Gun rental available
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Quarry Information
Pigeons
Season: May 1st to September 30th
Peak: July to August

Itinerary

There is no set itinerary and the below is only for a guide purpose, you can have as many or as little number of days shooting as you wish. We also have daily flights departing from the UK with British Airways, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Buenos Aires, or add on some fantastic fishing, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available).

Day 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aries International Airport.

After you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, a Sportquest Holidays representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Overnight Accommodation: Montaraz Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 3: Shooting Day

In the morning our team will transport you to the domestic airport for your connection to Cordoba.

On arrival at Cordoba, our staff and transport will be waiting to transfer you to the shooting fields for lunch. After lunch, you will start shooting.

Check-in and welcome drinks at the lodge will follow from the afternoon shooting session.

Overnight Accommodation: Montaraz Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 4 to 7: Shooting Days

The program generally starts at 8:00 AM with a hearty breakfast and a short drive to the shoot. In the field, you will be assigned a blind or hide, and you’ll be attended by a bird-boy, who will provide you with shooting shells and refreshments at your shooting stand. Throughout the shooting session, you’ll be under the watchful eye of your guide, who will be available to assist you with any need. Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot until noon when you will be treated to a traditional barbeque lunch at the lodge, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and the exclusive wine. Afternoons sessions begin at around 2 or 3 PM, and they continue until 5 or 6 PM. After, you will return to the lodge for cocktails in the wine cellar followed by dinner.

Overnight Accommodation: Montaraz Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 8:

In the morning our staff will transport you to the domestic airport for your return connection flight to Buenos Aires.

On arrival at Buenos Aires, our staff and transport will be waiting to transfer you to the International Airport.

Depart Buenos Aires International Airport

Day 9:

Arrive UK.

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Shooting Gun Bag size Availability Notes
01/05/2019 15/09/2019 9 8 4.5 £4,914   Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2020 15/09/2020 9 8 4.5 £5,375   Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, shooting and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All flights
  • All transfers
  • 1 night Buenos Aires B/B
  • 5 nights Montaraz Lodge F/B
  • 4.5 Days guided Pigeon shooting
  • All drinks while staying at Montaraz Lodge

What's Excluded

  • Personal insurance
  • Meals in Buenos Aires
  • Gun Licence
  • Gun Hire
  • Shells

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional shooting days

  • Additional nights in BA

  • Add on Sea Trout or Golden Dorado Fishing

Price Supplements

  • Gun Licence (approx $65 pp per day)

  • Gun Hire (approx $80 pp per day)
  • Shells (approx $16.50 per box)

  • Non-Hunter $450 per night

  • Additional transfers will be charged at $85 per person per way.

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Argentina

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Buenos Aires (approx 14hrs) Buenos Aires – Cordoba (approx 1 hr)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Cordoba – Montaraz Lodge (approx 2 hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Montaraz lodge is located in the province of Córdoba, in central Argentina, 95 miles Northwest of the Cordoba City international airport which is approximately 2 hours travel time. The lodge sits on the “Sierras Chicas” and the “Sierras Grandes”.

Where do they shoot?

The hunting fields are a very short drive away including on the lodges very own olive groves.

What quarry will I shoot?

You will be shooting White spotted wing and Pica Zuro Pigeons.

What will the bag be?

The bag will be approximately 150 Pigeons per hunter, or 14 boxes of shells.

How does the day work?

The program generally starts at 8:00am with a hearty breakfast and a short drive to the shoot. In the field, you will be assigned a blind or hide, and you’ll be attended by a bird-boy, who will provide you with shells and refreshments at your shooting stand. Throughout the shooting session, you’ll be under the watchful eye of your guide, who will be available to assist you with any need.

Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot till noon when you will be treated to a traditional barbecue lunch at the lodge, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and the exclusive wine. Afternoon’s sessions begin at around 2:00pm or 3:00pm, and they continue until 5:00pm or 6:00pm before your return to the lodge for cocktails in the wine cellar and a delicious dinner.

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

A keen and well-seasoned wing shooter would appreciate this destination due to the opportunity for a selection of challenging birds. However, at the same time it would be an ideal place for the beginner and intermediate gun to try his hand at plentiful well-presented birds whilst being well looked after.

What skill level is required?

Experienced wing shooters can fully appreciate the delights of this trip. With the high and testing birds to the countless opportunities to the improve their skill on the copious amounts of dodging quarry.

How physically demanding is this trip?

This is a fairly low key affair with regards to the amount of walking and lugging equipment about. However, be prepared to be shooting an incredibly hefty amount of shells through your gun during the days sport as this can in itself be very punishing on the shoulder by the end of the day. A decent shoulder pad and/or a shooting vest should help with this.

When is the best time to go?

Depending on Bird volumes the season ranges from End of April to the end of September/early October.

How will I get there?

Depart UK on route to Buenos Aires Airport and from there you will stay the night in Buenos Aires before taking a connecting flight to Cordoba where you will be greeted and transferred to the lodge.

What is the accommodation like?

Montaraz lodge is a 17th Century Jesuit Estancia with its own olive oil factory and winery where 7,000 head of cattle graze freely alongside Peruvian horses. At only 2 hours travel time to the airport its a quick and stress free journey to the lodge. It has 8 beautifully decorated single rooms and 1 double plus an À la carte menu with a bar. Not only does it have the best accommodation but a swimming pool and a tennis court for a touch of relaxation.

What is the food like?

The food at the Montaraz Lodge is a la Carte. The kitchens come to life through the use of regionally represented meats and fresh produce in which the experienced chefs work wonders with. There will be beautiful salads, breads and the finest wine to accompany the delicious meats. For breakfast there will be a variety of homemade breads, jam, meadow honey, fresh fruit, natural yoghurts and eggs to have any which way you desire.

Does the lodge provide hunting/shooting equipment?

The lodge provides Guns only.

What method of payment is accepted at the Lodge?

Cash (US Dollars) Credit and Debit Cards

Are there other activities available?

Additional trips can be arranged for historical tours, sight seeing and shopping trips.

How much does it cost?

Sportquest Holidays offers you a complete package including all flights and transfers to view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and shooting for you.

Reviews

James

Excellent! The lodge far exceeded our expectations.

The shooting was consistently good

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for you kind review very much appreciated

Mandy

We were extremely impressed by the Estancia Montaraz.

The room was beautiful & we had a fire waiting in the fireplace when we arrived.
The house is very accommodating.
Our expectations were exceeded by far

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mandy very nice words thank you very much.

Warm regards

Todd

Very enjoyable and relaxing.

Amazing amount of birds.

Very accommodating staff

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Todd

Thanks for your review glad you enjoyed the number of birds.

Anthony

The entire experience was a pleasure and beautifully handled by all staff

Michael

This is a top Lodge and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate for dove shooting

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for the recommendation and taking the time to review the destination.

Peter

Exceeded our expectations (my wife´s & I). We were so impressed with Montaraz that we canceled a night in Mendoza to stay another night here. World class Lodge an at-home atmosphere. The decoying pigeons are something every wing shooter should experience at least once in their life time

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter we are so glad you both loved the holiday.

Thank you for the review as its a help to others considering to travel.

Gregory

My stay was excellent in all ways!. The staff was outstanding, very warm people, and a pleasure to be with.

The Lodge is very pretty and well.

The shooting was magnificent and overall, the total experience could not have been better.

Many thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Such a nice review thank you so much, we will pass on your kind words to all the staff.

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