Location: Argentina - San Luis province - Merlo
Season: Dove and pigeon year round, perdiz from May through July
Capacity: 12 guests
Southwest of Cordoba, the town of Merlo sits in the beautiful shadows of 5,000-ft peaks where the Conlara Valley plays host to a wingshooter's perfect triangle: at one point, a dove resource that rivals any in Argentina or elsewhere - its literally jaw dropping; at the second, decoyed pigeon shooting like you've only dreamed of; and at the final point, exciting perdiz over pointers in lush agricultural valleys. You can shoot doves all day in Merlo or mix morning dove shooting with afternoon pigeons or seasonal perdiz.
As Buenos Aires has become known as the "Paris of South America," we promise the Merlo region will quickly become known as the "Palm Desert of Argentina's Heartland." An average of over 320 sunny days a year, little rain, and majestic surroundings add to its appeal. Drives to the field are short, often only five or ten miles from lodge to field.
The center of Villa de Merlo is nestled at 890 meters of height and it features ancient constructions from the early XVIII century, such as Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel or the Main Square, with a layout from the same epoch. Other important buildings are the Town Hall, the Post Office, the Police Department and the Poet’s House, all of them faithful testimonies of the colonial period.
Adventure travel is one of the great protagonists. All sports and the most diverse activities become natural at this place: paragliding, hang-gliding, hiking, mountain biking and 4WD tours. The topography of this village and its nearby areas is perfect for these thrilling practices. The town itself offers a large number of artisan shops that specialize in the arts, leather crafts and silver. Merlo also has its own casino for those interested.