Day 1: Overnight Travel
Depart USA on overnight flight to Cordoba Argentina most likely connecting in Santiago Chile.
For those that would like to look at the direct / non-stop flight from Miami to Cordoba, Trek Safaris will be happy to discuss this option and how to adjust the schedule accordingly.
Day 2: Villa de Merlo
Upon arriving into Cordoba, you'll clear customs and afterwards be met by one of our representatives to escort you to the private charter plane. The flight is around 45 minutes, and upon landing you'll transfer to the hotel to check in, have lunch and refresh.
Following lunch, the group will take a shuttle to the fields, a drive of 15-30 minutes. Your afternoon will consist of a half day of dove hunting. Upon returning to the lodge, you'll be met with appetizers and cocktail hour prior to enjoining dinner.
Days 3 - 5: Villa de Merlo
These are three full days of dove hunting. A typical day begins with a wake-up call at 7:00 a.m. and a full breakfast is served. You will depart for the shoot around 8:00 a.m. Wake-up calls and departure times may vary a little, depending on the time of year and where you will be hunting that day. Most drives to the dove fields are 20-45 minutes from the lodge.
Once the group arrives at the selected field, each hunter will be issued a pick-up boy and a case of shells. You will also have a dove stool stocked with cokes, beer and water to keep you refreshed. Most mornings will be very steady shooting over a harvested field or pass shooting.
Where the group goes for lunch depends on how far the drive is to the field, weather conditions, and how much everyone wants to shoot. Obviously, the more time spent in the field, the more doves can be shot. Many days, you will enjoy lunch in the field. A nearby shady area is set up for an Argentinean-style barbecue, and past visitors know that one thing the Argentineans can do is have a cookout. You will enjoy grilled steaks, sausage, pork, fresh salads, bread and desserts. Water, soft drinks, and excellent local beers and wines round out the meal. If the group stays in the field, there are hammocks where hunters can lay down for a nap. On some days, you will return to the lodge for lunch and there will be time for a nap afterwards.
Depending on how the birds are flying, your afternoon shoot will be in the same field. However, if the birds are not coming in to feed, it is possible that the group will change locations. Some afternoons, you will shoot the doves going back to the roost. Again, shooting should be very good, with the birds coming in flocks. Shooting lasts until late in the afternoon, generally between 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. After the shoot, the group will drive back to the lodge where there will be time for a drink and a hot shower before dinner.
Day 6: Overnight Travel
This morning you will again enjoy breakfast followed by a morning hunt. The group will shoot all morning and return to the lodge for lunch. Shortly after finishing lunch and settling your shell bills, you will catch the charter flight back to Cordoba and check-in for your flight home.
Day 7: End of Itinerary
Arrive back in the USA today and connect with your flight home.