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GOLDEN DORADO –  AGUA NEGRA – BOLIVIA

Tsimane opens the possibility to fly-fish for huge Dorado in small mountain rivers with super clear waters surrounded by a virgin rainforest where the dorado population remains completely untouched.  It’s not uncommon at certain times to see big shoals of dorado busting the surface on endless hunts. One has to be prepared for more technical situations in which Dorado appear more selective. Sight fishing in clear shallow waters takes an accurate cast and a silent approach. Surface fly-fishing during these hunts requires good speed and reflex as it can all be over in a split second.

We fish with quite large flies which most of our guests are not accustomed to, therefore it is essential to pay attention to the recommendations of the pro guide at all times. The fishing will take place during the dry season, from May up to and including October, a period in which the most astonishing migration of Sabalos and Dorados in South America takes place. These fish arrive in their millions every year seeking a breeding spot, where they spawn, from December to January.

In addition to Dorados, large Pacus and Yatoranas can be caught  and also occasionally striped Surubis.

90% of the fishing at Tsimane is done by wet wading in the river or fishing from the banks. The river structure varies tremendously from river section to section:  from sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rock, the  shoals are transitioning through all kinds of freestones and boulders.    Wading is not difficult or dangerous; however, there is a lot of it.   We recommend guests to at least do some walking/running the weeks prior to their visit.

The accommodation

The Agua Negra lodge is a lodge built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. The lodge features 3 tent cabins for up to 4 anglers, with each cabin having its own private bathroom.  They also have the comforts of home with sprung mattress beds.  Each cabin has hot water and electricity.    All meals are included as well as soft and alcoholic drinks.

Your guides

There are 2 pro guides as well as 2 local which will accompany you all the way.

 Getting to the fishing grounds

Each day you will pair up and leave the comfort of the lodge and head out to the fishing grounds. You will wade and sight cast to huge fish on your journey through the river.  Departure from the lodge is around 5.30 and you’ll also get the  opportunity of  camping out in the headwaters and go further up river to sight fish for big fish – this is back-packing style.   Only a few have ever fished that far up. This is something that everyone should try, after all its what you have travelled for.

Target species

The main target specie for the trip is the mighty golden dorado.   However there are other species which can targeted on the fly such as Yatorane, Pacu and Surubi.

Fishing Season

May to October.    This is the dry season.

ITINERARY 

The below itinerary is only as a guide, as there are flights that depart daily from various UK airports.

Although the fishing has set weeks, there are  daily flights departing from the UK, should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Bolivia –  the itinerary can be tailored to suit you.

 

DAY 1

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

HEATHROW/.MIAMI              1640/2100

MIAMI/SANTA CRUZ             2250/0541+1

Day 2

You will be met and transferred to a 5* hotel  in Santa Cruz – room only, twin room

DAY 3

After breakfast, depart the hotel at approx. 0930 on a transfer back to the airport where you will take a 90 min. charter flight into the  Oromomo Indian Community.    There you will be taken up stream via a dugout canoe to the Agua Negra Lodge which  again will take approx. 90 min,  depending of the water level of the river.  Accommodation is luxury twin tents.    Unpack, wind down and get ready for the first days fishing in the morning.

Day 4

After breakfast you will be split up and assigned to a guide before heading off for  a full day guided fishing which is between 8 and 9 hours. You have the choice to take an option of a one or two night  back-packing style trip higher up in the headwaters,  deep into the jungle for an unforgettable experience or return to the lodge.

Day 5  Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge

Day 6   Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge    

Day 7  Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge

Day 8  Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge

Day 9  Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge

Day 10 Depart the lodge and Oromono Village (same way you came in – dugout canoe and charter flight) for your return journey back to Santa Cruz.    Overnight in a 5* hotel – room only.

Day 11.

Transfer to the airport

SANTA CRUZ/MIAMI             0830/1531

MIAMI/HEATHROW               1915/0900+1

 

Cost:

From:  £6,156.00 (incl taxes) PER PERSON – subject to availability and & exchange rates

 Cost includes:

  • Flights – economy class
  • Ground transfers in Santa Cruz
  • 2 nights room only accommodation in Santa Cruz – 5* hotel
  • 7 nights all-inclusive twin room accommodation at the Agua Negra lodge (All meals, beverages and spirits at the lodge – desalinated water and soft drinks as well as alcoholic)
  • 6 full days guided  fly fishing
  • Pick up to and from hotel in Santa Cruz
  • Charter fight to and from Agua Negra.
  • 1 pro guide plus 1 local guide per 2 anglers.
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Cost excludes:
  • Travel insurance (mandatory) – including repatriation
  • Meals and drinks at the Santa Cruz 5* hotel
  • All fly-fishing tackle
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other extras/items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any increase in fuel/surcharges prior to ticketing
  • Indian Communities Fees and National Park’s Fees

        

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