Tsimane is located within a Bolivian National Park, where the Amazon jungle meets the Andes Mountains. This indigenous Indian Territory offers not just incredibly wild and remote landscape but serpentine rivers, with gin-clear headwaters, that thread their way amidst the mountains and through the dense jungle. Anglers have the opportunity to fish within this incredible wilderness for two different species of Dorado as well as the Pirapitinga Amazon Pacu and the Yatorana, both formidable game-fish in their own right.
Tsimane blends, like few other sport fishing destinations on Earth, the greatest aspects of fly fishing: sight casting, freestone wading, light-tackle, floating lines; majestic sceneries, mountain rivers with clear, virgin waters; and four extremely exotic species of game-fish of significant size and fighting capabilities.
This is Tsimane in nutshell - a combination of unique environments in an ancient jungle setting with wild exotic fish, making for an overwhelmingly unique and exciting wilderness fishing adventure.
Millions of butterflies of impossible colours flutter in the warm breeze, the rumour of hundreds of hidden birds and animals resound from the depths of the jungle. Jaguars prowl amongst the undergrowth. This jungle environment remains in an absolute virgin state and offers as close an insight into a 'Pandorian' world from the film Avatar!
Tsimane is located deep in the Bolivian jungle. This is a truly wild, untamed environment where there could be a surprise around every corner. Caiman bask on the sides of the river-bank, slipping deftly into the water as you pass, insects, birds and animals deep within the jungle. The native Indians, complete with spears, bows and arrows complete the feeling that you really are entering a scene from Jurassic Park!
Tsimane's operational area is about 125 miles (200km) from the Capital City La Paz and 270 miles (470 km) from Santa Cruz de la sierra, Tsimane’s base point and the most important city in the Country.
The magnificent fishing at Tsimane has been developed with the experience gained from the widest portfolio of experiences available; ranging from the Russian tundra, the pristine clarity of Icelandic salmon rivers, remote atolls of the Seychelles and the wind-swept lands of Tierra del Fuego. Tsimane draws from all of these whilst at the same time offering a totally unique experience. The corner-stone experience of Tsimane is fly-fishing for huge Dorado, in small, clear-water freestone rivers. Dorado are known for their incredible acrobatic skills when hooked, voracious appetites and aggressive nature. Regardless of these traits fishing in these rivers is as exciting as it is challenging. Every pool and run needs to be assessed, a strategy with the guide concocted and relativly precise delivery of casts delivered to maximize your opportunities. Despite the challenges, anglers can fish light with floating lines a wallet of leaders and a few flies. You are stalking the fish not plumbing the depths!
The Tsimane Pluma Lodge experience is based on one very comfortable jungle lodge, built entirely from sustainable wood, cut from the nearby jungle. There are also two smaller headwater out-camp options, on the upper Pluma River and on the upper Itirizama River, one of the main tributaries to the Pluma. The main Pluma Lodge features four log cabins and sleeps up to eight anglers. Tsimane Secure & Agua Negro Lodges The Tsimane Secure & Agua Negra Lodge’s experience is based out of two very comfortable jungle lodges. The Secure Lodge also has a remote out-camp option in its headwaters to maximize the time on the river. Agua Negra also operates a new out-camp located in an unspoiled virgin area on its headwaters. Both the Secure & Agua Negra lodges and their out-camps are suited for no more than 4 anglers at one time in a split rotation program.
All of the lodges are equipped to the highest standard that the environment can allow. Comfortable beds with sprung mattresses, private bathrooms with hot water, electricity from a generator and even satellite Wi-Fi and phone service. Every evening guest will be treated to delicious International cuisine paired with great Argentinean wines in a well-fashioned living and dining room.
The fishing operation at Tsimane operates in direct conjunction with the local community at both a social and environmental level. The model of the project is based on the sustainable development of tourism programs specialized in fly-fishing with compulsory catch & return. Not only is the surrounding impact on nature minimal but it also delivers both great economic benefits to community life as well as valuable education and assistance in helping develop their community life in a sustainable way. Inclusive to the trip cost is a payment of $670 to the Indian Association and National Park Entrance Fee.
Anglers fly to Viru Viru, International airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There are several different travel options to arrive to Santa Cruz’s Viru Viru International Airport with daily flights from Miami and Europe. For the best routes and rates, whether via business or economy please request travel assistance from WhereWiseMenFish travel Partner - Uniglobe Carter
Fly into Viru Viru international airport, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Overnight at Tajibos 5 star hotel.
Transfer to the local airport with groups split into 4 anglers each to travel to either Secure or Agua Negra.
Day 2 & 3
Secure Lodge- Split into pairs to fish the upper and lower sections.
Early morning depart lodge on a full day float trip to Agua Negro Lodge.
Day 5,6 & 7
Agua Negra Lodge – Split into pairs with fishing based on the 5 different beats rotated every day to minimize over-fishing.
Pack up kit for return to the Indian community followed by charter flight back to Santa Cruz. Overnight at Los Tajibos Hotel.
Transfer to international airport.
The season runs from May until October
- $7,600 USD
- Additional cost of $670 on arrival (Indian fee $550 & National Park Entrance Fee $120)
- Seven (x7) nights at fishing lodge - Two (x2) nights at 5 Star hotel in Santa Cruz
- Six (x6) and a half days guided fishing
- Price includes full board accommodation on a double room basis
- All meals and drinks including wines and beers
- Domestic return charter flight from Santa Cruz
Price does not include gratuities or meals in Santa Cruz. Lodge capacity is 4-8 guests
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It was our 4th day fishing at Tsimane. Marcus and I had already seen and caught some incredible fish. The fishing and environment of Tsimane had delivered not just what it said on the label but a whole lot more. Each day brought about a completely different and unique experience with too many tales to tell. However to draw on ...