The legend of El Dorado triggered the golden age of exploration.
Explorers from Europe risked it all for gold, adventure and glory, now you can, in a small way relive their adventure on this amazing Bolivian fishing excursion for Golden Dorado in the jungles of Bolivia.
These jungles are one of the only places on this Earth of ours that are still completely wild, where the fish that you encounter will probably have never been seen by a man, let alone caught. You will be fishing the Casare’ River, which is located in an indigenous territory at the point where the Bolivian Amazon and the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains meet. This is one of the most isolated and remote places in the world. Golden Dorado are the primary target, but you will also encounter Muturo (a.k.a. Jau); Pacu or Pirapitinga; Sabalo; Surubi or Striped Catfish; Tabarana- The Silver Dorado; and Yatorana.
Prices for 2018 season:
Casare Expedition – Group of four anglers- $4,995 + $550
(Indigenous Territory fee) Total $5,545
Pachene Expedition – Groups of four anglers- $4,995 + $550
(Indigenous Territory fee) Total $ 5,545
Muturo (a.k.a. Jau)
Surubi or Striped Catfish
Tabarana- The Silver Dorado
The structure of the river allows for it to be fished by wading or drifting, and even offer opportunities to sight cast at fish. The most unique characteristic of this fishery is the ability to catch trophy Golden Dorado (and an array of other species) on the fly, in a small mountain-stream-type river like that of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, you are surrounded by jungle that is alive with an incredible collection of plants and wildlife. The landscape here is simply surreal in beauty, with its lush jungle covering the hills and mountains that choke the banks of this clear water river. The isolation and remoteness of this area has kept it pristine, holding healthy populations of fish in quantities seldom seen in any river these days.
Having spent their younger years fishing all over Bolivia in search of only the best fisheries, this team is comprised of a tough, adventure-hungry, up-for-anything group of guys who have explored places that no man has been to before. It’s their passion for fishing that has naturally led them to want to share their experiences with those looking for a fishing adventure only few will ever experience.
Food and Lodging
The main camp comes fully equipped and acts as the base camp for the expedition. The camp consists of large safari tents with comfortable beds and meshed in dining areas to help clients feel right at home in the jungle. Clients will have the use of camp showers, simple flushable toilets, and electricity for lighting and to power electronics.
Expedition camps are set up on the spot, but are well equipped and comfortable. These camps are needed in the most remote of areas, during extensive explorations that take us far enough away from or in between our main camps. These have a slightly more rustic construction, but still have solar showers and an outhouse style toilet. In these camps, more of the outdoors experience can be had with bathing in the river, sleeping closer to the jungle, and hear more sounds all around your tent. Animal tracks can and will be seen all around the campsites and monkeys and other fauna will come check you out as they probably haven’t ever seen a human before!
The cooks prepare three meals per day which include local dishes, fusion cuisine, and grilling. Lunch will usually be a packable meal to increase time on the water. Lunch includes a meal, bottled water, soft drinks, and limited local beer and liquor/wines (bring your own specialty liquor or tobacco). Breakfast will typically consist of pancakes, eggs and bacon, toast and fruit. Dinner will be buffet style, which includes local dishes, several choices of protein, sides, and salads.
For your trip, you will fly to Viru Viru (VVI) Airport where you will meet your outfitter. You will stay in Hotel Buganvillas Suites and Spa and rest up for an early morning departure to camp. You will then catch an early chartered flight to the Jungle Airstrip. This Estimated flight time is 2:35 hours. Upon arrival at jungle airstrip, you will begin transfer to your first camp via dugout boat.
This fishing adventure takes a lot of planning due to it’s remote nature, so please make your reservations as early as possible.
Hey, I’m Denis Isbister
I did this Bolivian trip a few years back and it was amazing! Here is my advice: book this trip, and then when you get there, hand your guide your rod and say “show me.”
If you have an adventurous spirit, you’re going to LOVE this fishing trip.
The Culture, Nature, and People are Amazing
At Angling Frontiers one of our main objectives is protecting the environment, the cultural integrity, and way of life of the Tsimane people. To make this happen Angling Frontiers has formed an alliance with the indigenous communities. They have joined forces in protecting the flora, fauna, and culture. Angling Frontiers aims to show the world the Tsimane people’s unique home and their fascinating life but to also educate people about the factors that threaten the existence of this unique land and people. Among these, are ecological degradation, loss of biodiversity and loss of cultural identity. Working together, we will be able to stop the illegal logging and other illegal resource extractions that have plagued the area in the past, and help to rekindle the value placed on the Tsimane traditions.
We want to show the Tsimane people that they can make a better living through tourism, while still protecting their home and securing a future for their children. With this conservation project, and through catch-and-release sport fishing, we aim to contribute to their communities with not only funding but also through job opportunities, education, alternative project development and with an all-around improvement in their standard of living.