The Ultimate Exotic Amazon Fishing Experience
Fishing the waters of the Amazon basin is one of the most exciting and interesting angling experiences available today, with trophy peacock bass, payara, piranha, pacu, aruana and numerous other exotic species found throughout the region. While both of the Brazilian operations that we work with and represent offer excellent accommodations and amenities in beautiful areas that are both isolated and protected, River Plate takes things to an entirely different level when it comes to a “remote” location. Utilizing a system of shallow-draft floating cabins, this operation allows anglers to access fishing areas that are completely unreachable by all other operations. If you’re looking for true adventure in the Amazon, then this is the operation to consider.
River Plate’s “Fly-In Floating Cabins” is the ultimate solution for optimizing shallow drafting mobility, comfort, and luxury in the most remote areas of the Amazon. Upon arrival from the U.S., you will travel about one to two hours via an eight-passenger Cessna Caravan turbo-prop floatplane and then take a one to two-hour boat ride to one of six different Floating Cabin Camps. These mobile cabin camps cruise the headwaters of small tributaries and countless fish-filled, secluded lagoons, which are normally too long of a run for standard bass boats in the areas where most of the competing houseboats and lodges are operating. The River Plate mobile cabins move daily to fresh, unfished river segments. Each night you are then overnighting along new and different white-sand Amazonian beaches. Also, this feature allows you to walk-in at any time to comfort from the nearby secluded, prehistoric-looking lagoons to your 10×15-foot private cabin that is outfitted with air conditioning and a full bathroom. These cabins are tastefully decorated and every detail has been carefully considered.
Food and Beverages
Each floating cabin “chain” of boats features a main dining cabin. Breakfast is served each morning by 6:00 AM and your guide will be ready to leave by 6:30 AM. At mid-day, you may return for lunch in the dining room and a “siesta” in your air-conditioned cabin or you may take a packed lunch in the boat with you. Appetizers and dinner are served each evening in the main dining area after all guests return.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard package is eight (8) nights / seven (7) fishing days (Friday to Friday), leaving from and returning to Manaus, Brazil (MAO).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities with River Plate are limited, as this is primarily a trip that focuses on fishing. There are a number of non-angling sights and tours available in Mabaus.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at all hotels in Manaus, but not on the river. There is a satellite phone on the boat that can be used by guests for a charge of $5.00 per minute.
How To Get There
Depart from Miami International (MIA) on a Friday on TAM Airlines to Manaus, Brazil (MAO), arriving in Manaus in the evening. After you pass through customs in Manaus, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Agua Boa Amazon Lodge for a transfer to the hotel of your choice in Manaus, where you will spend the night. The following morning you will board a private air charter to meet up with the floating cabins. The flight is 90 minutes over some of the Amazon’s most pristine rainforest. On your departure day, you will arrive back in Manaus in the afternoon. You can catch a direct flight back to the U.S. that evening, or choose to overnight once again in Manaus and depart for the U.S. and your return flight to Miami the following day.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most flights into Manaus, Brazil (MAO) from the U.S. arrive late at night. Since you will be overnighting in Manaus on your first night, you can arrive at any time the day before your trip actually begins. On departure day, most flights depart very late at night, allowing you to arrive back in Manaus, and then catch an international flight later that night.
U.S. citizens will need to carry a valid U.S. passport. In June of 2019, Brazil waived tourist visas for US citizens! You no longer need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.
If you’d like assistance with airline tickets, hotel reservations, transfers, and all travel logistics, Yellow Dog recommends working with our preferred South American travel specialist, Alicia Regueiro of Holdy Tours. Email: [email protected] or call: (925)-927-6617
River Plate’s guides are some of the very best in all of Brazil – carefully trained, hardcore fishermen intimately familiar with the complexities of Amazon angling. Many have guided for River Plate for over 15 years. With thousands of fish boated for clients, they know how to get anglers onto large numbers of fish – as well as some very large fish.
The majority of Amazonian gamefish belong to three main groups (families): the catfish, characins (freshwater dorado, for example), and cichlids (peacock bass). In addition to these three groups are several oddball families like the osteoglossidaoe (which includes the immense pirarucú), and groups with saltwater origins such as the sardinata/apapá (a shad/herring/tarpon-like fish) and the corvina, which is essentially a freshwater drum. The list of Amazonian freshwater gamefish is as extensive and exotic as the land itself. Depending upon the region, there are as many as twenty different species that will take a fly or lure – all with fantastic names to match their peculiar appearances.
Of all the incredible gamefish in the Amazon basin, the one that has received the most attention is the peacock bass. Their remarkably explosive topwater strikes, combined with an astonishing ability to break heavy leaders and straighten even stout saltwater hooks, makes them one of the most sought-after species in the Amazon basin. Peacock bass is not a true “bass” such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass found in North American waters, but instead, comprise a genus within the family Cichlidae (the cichlid). Although there are countless color variations throughout their range, there are only four currently recognized species of peacock bass: C. temensis, C. ocellaris, C. monoculus and C. nigrolineatus (there is a raging debate among ichthyologists and anglers on this topic). All species are commonly called tucunaré in Brazil and Peru, while other Spanish- speaking countries in South America use the term “pavón.”
Boats and Equipment Required
The fishing boats utilized by River Plate are 20-feet long with 40 horsepower outboard motors and all standard bass boat features (trolling motor, high swivel seats, etc.). The best thing about these area-specific boats is that they are sufficiently light, which allows them to navigate past the shallow sandbars and other obstacles found throughout the Amazon. With regards to rods, reels, flies, and all terminal tackle, anglers will want to bring all of their own equipment.
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 US dollars. Prices below are based upon an eight (8) nights / six and a half (6.5) fishing days package (Friday to Saturday).
Rates for all River Plate mobile cabin options:
8 angler cabins = $4,990.00 per person
12 angler cabins = $3,990.00 per person
Short week option = $3,390.00 per person
Floatplane = $580.00 per person
**Float planes are required for the following River Plate destinations: Kabori (fly fishing only), upper Xeurini, upper Shufaris, upper Tapera, Marmelos and the upper Matupiri rivers
- All charter flights in country except for float plane destinations
- All necessary ground transfers
- One overnight at Tropical Hotel in Manaus on arrival (Friday)
- Guide-operated 21 foot fully equipped shallow drafting bass boat per two anglers
- Brazilian fishing licenses
- All meals at fishing destination
- All wine and beer
- Daily laundry and maid service at fishing destinations
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare from original destination to Manaus, Brazil (MAO)
- Brazilian visa
- Gratuities and tips to camp staff and fishing guides
- Overweight luggage charges (weight limit: 36 lbs. per person is allowed on the float plane)
- Food and beverages in Manaus
- Private city tours, special transfers, and hotel reservations when not arriving/ departing with the party
- Airport departure tax
- Satellite phone calls ($5.00/minute)
- Rods, flies, and all terminal tackle