This historical lodge facility was originally constructed as a Jesuit mission in 1669, and it has been occupied continuously for over three hundred years. The lodge buildings are an architectural treasure, and within the courtyard walls are a productive vineyard. Of course, the living accommodation has been completely refurbished with the discerning shooting guest in mind.
The lodge can accommodate up to ten hunters in a total of eight single rooms, and one double bedroom, each with private bathroom. There are a number of amenities at Montaraz including a swimming pool, tennis court, riding stables and horses, and a masseuse is on call.
Our guests say that it is difficult for them to describe our shooting to others–because you can’t put the shooting into words, and a still photo doesn’t do it justice. The quality of the shooting and of the decoyed pigeon is of such a high level. We feel the same way about the dining we provide for our shooting clients–just telling you about it doesn’t scratch the surface. You have to come and shoot with us, and smell the fresh, hot, empanadas steaming in a wicker basket, smell the baby goat or lamb grilling over orange coals, taste the earth in carrots grown in the lodge garden, or the flavour of plums and cinnamon in one of our fine Malbec wines. At Montaraz, we take your dining experience seriously, and we strive to make every meal as wonderful as every trip to the field.
The big difference at Montaraz is that you have choices, and it is both a privilege and an innovation to offer ala carte dining to our shooting guests. No other lodge in the shooting world offers such choices. For breakfast choose eggs prepared any one of six ways. Or perhaps you’d like waffles, porridge, or French toast? Coming right up!
Our field lunches are legendary, and are served al’ fresco in the shooting area each day. Lunch will feature a variety of meats and salads, grilled pigeon breasts, a fillet of our tender beef, several varieties of our famous sausages, short ribs, plus lamb, grilled chicken or other meats. To the meats we add several salads, bread we make in our own kitchen, plus beverages and a nice desert. Not surprisingly we also bring hammocks to lunch in case you need a little siesta.
The evening meal is a celebration of fine dining, yet in a casual setting, and it is a chance for our in house chefs to really shine. Again, options are ala carte, so if you are enjoying our famous beef and wish to enjoy a steak each evening, we’ll happily grill one to order, but if you’d dare be a bit more adventurous and would wish to try Risotto with calamari ink, or grilled trout with tomato puree, then we’d encourage you to join us with our special daily dishes. Finally, there are the deserts. Each day brings new a creation, from flan to our local delight, dulce de leche, plus fruits, homemade ice creams and pies.
A special note about our wines. Great wines are part of the Argentine culture, and part of our daily lives. Here in Cordoba, you can buy wines in a convenience store or a gas station. The problem is, many outfitters buy them there, on a shelf next to the wiper blades. That just doesn’t fit. We have partnered with several unique and very special vineyards, and they provide use with wines that join the foods we serve, in harmony. Our cellars are extensive, and we are happy to introduce you to our Malbec wines, which are known throughout the world as an Argentine treasure. Other spirits are also available, but of course we ask you to enjoy in moderation.
Montaraz Lodge is located in the province of Córdoba, in central Argentina, 95 miles (150 Kms) northwest of the Cordoba City International Airport. The driving time from the airport to the lodge is 2:00hs approximately.
To get to Montaraz Lodge there are daily direct flights from many U.S. cities to Santiago, Chile with connecting flights to Cordoba city. That will allow you to make the most of your trip as you will be dove shooting the day of your arrival.
Hunters may also fly into Buenos Aires (Ezeiza Intl. Airport), transfer to the domestic airport and take a 1 hr flight to Cordoba.
Decoyed Pigeons are the specialty at Montaraz, 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.
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 shot 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 barbeque lunch at the lodge, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and the exclusive wine.
Afternoons sessions begin at around 2 or 3pm, and they continue until 5 or 6. Return to the lodge for cocktails in the wine cellar followed by dinner.
Wild pigeons are both large and fast, which make calculating their speed and lead bit deceptive. Pigeons are also a wary birs, 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.
Our field staff is familiar with the ways of the wild pigeon, and they’ll build fresh blinds and deploy decoys in the correct fashion to suit the situation.
Spot-Winged & Picazuro
Berettas over & under. Models: Silver pigeon 28 inch barrel; single trigger and non automatic safety; 686 and 687 26 inch barrel.
Two types of wild pigeons can be found in Argentina and Uruguay, the Spot-Winged and the Picazuro. These are not the domestic pigeons found in rural barns and on city statues, but fly and decoy more akin to a wild duck. Wild pigeons are tough, and their large wing surface areas make them fast and agile fliers