In 2013, Tsimane expanded its overall fishing operations and offerings with the introduction of several new lodge locations – a move that expanded access to their already incredible Golden Dorado fisheries. For the 2018 season, Agua Negra will now operate as it's own location, where up to four anglers can book the lodge for a full week. With the newly-restructured program, guests can now fish out of the same comfortable lodges with the same amount of diversity of fishing for less than the cost of a standard week at Pluma Lodge.
LOCATION: Santa Cruz Region of Bolivia
SEASON: April through October
CAPACITY: Maximum of 4 anglers per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI)
TARGET SPECIES: Golden Dorado, Yatorana and Pacu
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport and a Bolivian Tourist Visa (available on arrival)
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The Agua Negra Lodge will feature comfortable safari-style wall tents that have been erected on raised wooden platforms. Wall tents accommodate two anglers with comfortable single beds (including all linens and bedding), generator-supplied electricity, and a private shower and bath. Even in these remote locations, guests will have full electric power via generators. The large dining and common area tent is spacious, well-lit and very comfortable. This is definitely “deluxe” camping with many of the same comforts and amenities found in the fixed base Tsimane lodges.
Food and Beverages
Each night guests will enjoy delicious international cuisine, fresh meats and vegetables, and great Argentine wines. Breakfast is cooked to order each morning, and lunches are packed for each day on the water and served streamside each afternoon. All beer, wine and liquor is included in your lodge package. Overall, the food at the lodge is delicious, and the lodge staff will be happy to accommodate any special requests and dietary requirements.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package for the Tsimane program is 7 nights and 6.5 days of fishing with one night on each end typically spent in Santa Cruz (included in the package). Contact Yellow Dog for specific trip dates and availability.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Tsimane operates in a remote, fishing-focused destination. It is not the ideal location for non-anglers and is best-suited to those who are there to fish. That said, the wildlife, birds and butterflies are amazing, and sure to impress even the most hard-core angler.
Internet / Communications
Satellite Wi-Fi is available at both of Tsimane’s lodge locations. There is also a satellite phone on site for emergency use.
The Secure River offers crystal clear waters wedged between lush jungle mountains. This section of the river is accessed using handmade wooden dugout canoes (coambas) outfitted with push poles and small engines. The middle sector of the Secure River runs from Asunta Lodge to the confluence of the Agua Negra River. It is typical to fish this section by wading downstream and using the dugout canoes to move from run to run. This middle stretch is shallow and open, filled with subsurface structure that provides perfect ambush points for large numbers of trophy Dorado. The Agua Negra River is an important tributary of the Secure River and is the newest addition to the Tsimane fishery. This river is roughly half the size of the Secure and is home to some seriously large Dorado and good numbers of Pacu. There is also the option to do an overnight camp at the intimate headwaters of the Agua Negra river, which allows you to pursue fish that don't get fished to as often.
Boats and Equipment
In order to move around and fish the shallow area waters, Tsimane has designed fishing boats based on the simple and proven designs of the area canoes favored by the natives. Outfitted with small outboard engines, these wooden, canoe-style, 28’ boats are comfortable and extremely practical for fishing the local waters. Typically, two boatmen will pole the craft up and downriver, utilizing a small motor for running in deeper sections. There are two seats in the canoes for guests and plenty of room for gear and equipment. Although some fishing can be done from the boats in slower, deeper waters, most fishing is done while wading in the river or fishing from the banks and gravel bars. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own equipment to the lodge, including back-up rods and fly lines, and felt-soled wading boots outfitted with carbide-tipped studs. Flies are available for sale in limited quantities in most camps.
How To Get There
Guests will fly into the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz (VVI) on an international flight. Upon arrival in Santa Cruz, guests will be met by a member of the Tsimane team at the airport and then transferred to a 5-Star hotel for their first night in country. There, guests will settle into their room and enjoy the amenities of the one of the best hotels in Bolivia. The Tsimane team member will further explain the details of the trip, and the following morning guests will take a charter flight to the Ormoromo Community landing strip – a flight of approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival at the lodge’s jungle airstrip, anglers will be met by the guides and transferred by boat to the camp.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
You will want to arrive into Santa Cruz (VVI) the day or evening before your flight into camp. You will always want to overnight that first night in the city, and depart for the lodge the following morning.
Passports valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Bolivia are required to enter and depart Bolivia. U.S. Citizens planning to enter Bolivia as tourists must also have an entry visa. Bolivian tourist visas can be applied for ahead of time by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S. You can also secure your visa upon arrival in Santa Cruz at the airport and it costs $60. Lastly, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate will be required for entry into Bolivia.
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in U.S. dollars. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
7 nights / 6 fishing days = $5,380 per angler (double occupancy)
- In-country air transfers between the Santa Cruz Airport and the lodge/camp locations
- Ground transfers in Santa Cruz
- Lodging in a double occupancy room in Santa Cruz for one night at arrival and one night at departure date in 5-star hotel
- All meals in camp
- Argentine wines, soft drinks and all alcoholic beverages in camp
- All guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
- Laundry services in camp
- All relevant taxes and GST’s
What's Not Included
- International flights to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Meals and bar tab while overnighting in Santa Cruz
- Bolivian Visa fees and departure taxes
- Equipment, flies and terminal tackle
- Gratuities for guides and camp staff
- $570.00 Indian Community Tax (To be paid in cash, direct upon arrival to the Indian Community)
Health and Medical Information
All visitors to Bolivia should have all standard shots as well as Yellow Fever Vaccination up-to-date and current. You will want to travel with your vaccination card that proves this. We also ask that you notify us if you have any special medical conditions that the lodge needs to be aware of. Please remember to bring all your personal medications with you and be sure that they are well-labeled in their original bottles. Eastern Bolivia is considered a Malarial, Leishmaniasis and Dengue Fever endemic area. The risk for infection is most prevalent in the lowland areas during the rainy season, from December to April. Although this is neither of the camps’ location, nor their standard fishing season, cases have been reported in nearby Santa Cruz city. Precautions to be taken against these diseases include wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants at all times, as well as using insect repellent while staying in the city. Be sure to cover up and take precautions at all times! On a final note, this is a trip that is best-suited for anglers that are in good shape and able to walk, wade and move.
Guests should be aware that even though Bolivia is a safe country, you will be in very remote areas for the duration of your trip. Guests are required to be in good health and sound medical condition prior to and during their trip. The Tsimane operation must be made aware of every guest's personal, special, medical or dietary requirements prior to and throughout the trip. Guests are also required to purchase BOTH general trip insurance and Global Rescue coverage for all Tsimane trips booked through Yellow Dog.
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