Pulling Out the Stops in Patagonia

March 9, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

Time magazine writer Claire Smith covers the story of former Chilean banker Andres Ergas’s “Nomads of the Seas” operation in Chilean Patagonia, a unique enterprise that takes fly fishers on an ecosavvy tour of coastal fisheries. The price — $15,000 per week — is perhaps partly explained by the crew that mans Ergas’s $20 million ship: “The staff of 33 read like a Who’s Who of Chilean military and academia: the captain once commanded the Chilean Navy SEALs, the expedition leader was in command of Augusto Pinochet’s bodyguards, and Gian Paolo Sanino, the scientist who leads the ecotours, wrote Chile’s new law on whale and dolphin watching.”