"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward for there you have been and there you long to return" -LEONARD DA VINCI
Aero Alerce is a local charter company based in Puerto Montt that specializes in custom flight charters, both over land and water.
Aero Alerce is owned and operated by pilot Rodrigo Noriega who began his flying career over 20 years ago with renowned conservationists Douglas and Kris Tompkins. With over 10,000 flying hours, most of it in the backcountry of rugged southern Chile from Puerto Montt all the way to Cape Horn, Rodrigo’s flying skills are unmatched in one of the world’s most challenging regions, the extreme wilderness of Patagonia that he calls his backyard.
Flying a Cessna 206 (on floats or off), Aero Alerce can carry up to 4 passengers with 20lbs luggage each. Customized charters range from remote fly-fishing in secluded and inaccessible lakes in Chilean Patagonia to aerial photography over the Patagonian Ice Cap, there is no airstrip or body of water unknown to Rodrigo.
He has spent hundreds of hours with world-renowned photographers, and his ability in manoeuvring and positioning the plane has allowed them to capture and prolifically publish stunning aerial images of the raw beauty of Patagonia.
"Chilean Patagonia has been our backyard of for the last 20 years and it never ceases to captivate and inspire us. We are thrilled to share this extraordinary experience with you. We are highly experienced aviators, passionate about flying in the wilderness, and we take pride in our customer service. We take flight safety very seriously and have an excellent track record; our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards. All our pilots are seasoned aviators with vast experience in southern Chile.”