Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Bolivia - a few hour flight or boat ride from the local airstrip

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Angling Frontiers


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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Highlights:

  • Golden dorado, silver dorado, yatorana, pacu, surubí catfish
  • Join our expeditions into one of the most remote and uncharted waters in the world, nestled in the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains
  • Our camps are settled in an eco-friendly manner to protect the integrity of these pristine places and create minimal impact
  • Rates start from $5,950 per week
  • In-season June–October

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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The Story

This exclusive fishery is nothing short of spectacular. Climb in to one of our dugout canoes and prepare yourself for an angling adventure like no other. Both our expeditions give you a good taste of jungle fishing. We only fish 4-6 anglers per week, and we take in a limited number of anglers per season to better manage fishing pressure. You can expect to cast at small and large water, blind and sight casting, and aside from dorado, also chase species like surubí catfish, yatorana, and tabarana. Our goal will always be to get you on fish as much as possible, regardless of the kind of day we are dealt. Our professional guides and our Tsimané guides will be making sure our guests have all they need to go through a safe and memorable day of fishing. At the end of the day, we always have fun! Exploring and fishing all over remote areas of Bolivia over the years has formed a camaraderie that has allowed us to achieve great things together. Having spent our younger years fishing all over Bolivia in search of only the best fisheries for exotic Amazon game species, we have developed our knowledge and skill through firsthand experience. Our team is comprised of a tough, adventure hungry, up-for-anything group of guys who have explored a few places that no man has been to before.

FLY-FISHING EXPEDITIONS BOLIVIA
Visiting anglers will have the privilege to fish one of the world’s most exclusive golden dorado fisheries. We take only four to six anglers per week and combine it with proper fishing rotations.


EXPEDITION CASARE
8 total days, 7 fishing days. This expedition takes you through the Casare River, exploring the diverse jungle fishing scenarios for golden dorado and the variety of species present. Enjoying the comforts of Casare Camp, our guests will have a go at fishing key spots on the Casare River and its tributaries, concentrating on the numerous runs and structure throughout. Guests have an option for one night spent out in a fly camp, to fish further upriver and have an overnight experience in the jungle.

  • One professional -English speaking- fly fishing guide for every 2-3 anglers.
  • Safari tents with beds, fully functioning bathrooms and showers, charging stations/lighting, and fine dining courtesy of our camp chef


THE JUNGLE EXPERIENCE

Eight total days, seven fishing days. We take our more adventurous guests to even more remote areas of the headwaters. This is the epitome of adventure angling, not for the faint of heart. This is not just a fishing trip; it is a jungle adventure. Fly camps are used to keep us on the move in these remote areas; large dome tents, cots, dining meshed tent, bathroom tent/outhouse-style toilet, solar bag showers, generator. Our chef will prepare a mix of local and international foods, a big breakfast and dinner, as well as a packable lunch for us to enjoy on the go. We will travel far up our waters to take you into the most pristine reaches of the river system. You will experience what it felt like for explorers back in the golden age of exploration! It is more than just a fishing trip, it is a journey through the jungle wilderness with an expedition team lead by native Tsimanés, in which our only mission together is to move our team into the most remote corners of this river system in search for bigger and meaner jungle gold!

  • One professional English-speaking fly-fishing guide for every two anglers.
  • An entire expedition team comprised of more than a dozen local Tsimané guides, a half-dozen local guides, chef/chef helper, and 2-3 professional English-speaking fly-fishing guides.
  • All camping gear is included except sleeping bag and travel pillow. We provide sleeping pads and cots for our spacious dome tents.
  • Double occupancy.

This system is considered an oligotrophic, highly oxygenated, piedmont river. The usual low nutrient levels found in its waters gives way to less bacterial life, and therefore reduced oxygen consumption. The high levels of oxygen accumulate due to the fast, white water. The dominant substrate in the lower sectors is sand and clay in the form of clay banks, sandy flats/beaches, and sand/pebble bottom. As you reach the headwaters, the dominant substrate becomes pebbles, rocks, and boulders. The rocky substrate is of course, more conducive to crystal-clear waters, and is just the case once you reach this sector. Especially fascinating is the manner in which the area visibly changes before your eyes as we make our way upriver, allowing you to witness this gradual change. Aside from clear water and freestone, waterfalls become more common coming down from the jungle to feed the river. Eventually, our journey takes us to the source of the river itself in the core of a remote mountain range covered by perpetual primary-growth rainforest. This journey will show you the entire headwaters sector, leaving you with a first-hand explorer's point of view of a remote, pristine Amazonian river!

THE JUNGLE EXPERIENCE - 8 total days, 7 fishing days
$6,250 per person + $600 indigenous fee (paid upon arrival)

EXPEDITION CASARE - 8 total days, 7 fishing days
$5,950 per person + $600 indigenous fee (paid upon arrival)

For more information, please visit http://www.anglingfrontiers.com/trip-info/season-availability/

 

What do we do when arriving at Viru Viru International Airport?

An Angling Frontiers representative will be at the airport on your arrival to accompany you to your hotel. This representative will also take care of all your transfer needs in the city. You will have a contact number and be in touch with our team to make sure you have everything set up for your adventure in the jungle.


How long is the flight to the jungle airstrip?

The flight is a total of 2 hours and 25 minutes, sometimes a bit less or a bit more due to winds.


Is there a weight restriction on the charter plane?

Yes, for safety reasons, we require all our guests not to exceed 50lbs of cargo. This includes all your gear: clothes, boots, fishing gear. Please bring soft-shell luggage or duffle bags. Please note that no hard-shell suitcases will be allowed on the charter plane because of space.


Will there be any laundry service?

Yes, we have laundry service available. There will be a dirty laundry basket outside your tent, where dirty clothes will be picked up from every day. They will be returned to your tent as soon as they are dry. Keep in mind this may take a few hours or a couple of days, depending on weather conditions.


How long before we are at the lodge?

Once we arrive at the jungle airstrip in Cuchisama, our team will load the cargo on the boats while our guests head upriver, 1 hour and 15 minutes to the lodge.


Do I need to bring all my own fishing gear?

Yes, we have some backups, but we are in the jungle the whole season and the fish are hard on gear. We do not have time to repair or even send for repairs if we break rods, reels, fly lines, etc. You will receive a packing list and please bring what you can. Flies are not provided, but we will have a list for you and will have some for sale at camp that are hand tied by guides.


What do fishing days look like?

Upon arrival at Casare Camp, we will have our welcome lunch, introductions, and a guest briefing. The afternoon will be spent setting up rods and reels for some fishing around the vicinity of the lodge and preparing for the next day, our first full day of fishing. Breakfast is usually served at 7:30am, a packed lunch is provided for you every day on the river and dinner is served at 7:30 pm.


Will we be able to communicate with the outside world?

Yes, we have installed a satellite dish antenna for satellite Wi-Fi connection. We have a satellite Wi-Fi connection available for $150 for the entire week. Our connection is not amazing, but it allows for sending some pictures and short videos, video calls via WhatsApp or other applications, email, and even uploading some small media files like photos. It will suffice to maintain contact with family, friends, and keeping up with work.


How will our sleeping arrangements be?

At the lodge, we have safari tents setups raised on a wooden platform with a palm thatching roof. Inside are a couple of beds, nightstand, two armoires with drawers and clothes hangers for organizing clothes and belongings, carpet, and fan. There is lighting inside and outside the tent, as well as a power strip in each tent that allows for plugging in phones and camera batteries for charging. Two people sleep in each tent.


What is the food like?

We have a professional chef and a sous chef, both from Argentina, trained in preparing pastas, meats, asados, empanadas, international gourmet, and local cuisine, among an eclectic variety of other dishes. We have four large freezers and two refrigerators that are used to store all perishable food products. Our kitchen team makes their own bread, salsa, preserved meats, jelly, tortillas, etc. We make sure fresh protein and specialty ingredients get flown in every week to replenish stock, so you have fresh ingredients. You will be impressed by the caliber of meals you will feast upon in the middle of the jungle!


Do I need trip insurance and medical evacuation insurance?

Yes, this is required for this trip. Trip insurance is a must since weather can sometimes complicate the tentative itinerary, as well as the remoteness of the camp. We recommend the medical evacuation insurance from Global Rescue or something comparable.


How much money should I take in cash?

To buy souvenirs, pay for extras, and have money for tips, you should at least take with you $1,500 in cash. You can always come back with the extra cash, but if you decide to buy bows and arrows, plus indigenous hand sewn satchels, necklaces, and other arts and crafts, you will want to make sure you have enough cash left to leave the entire team a lump sum tip of a recommended 15-20% of the package price.


Do I need a visa to enter Bolivia?

Yes, all US citizens require a visa to enter Bolivia. Visa is valid for five years and allows you to enter Bolivia three times in a year for a cumulative stay of not more than ninety days. You can apply for visas in advance, or you can apply directly at the airport upon arrival and pay a one-time fee of $165.

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