BOLIVIA - TSIMANE LODGE

Location

Tsimane Lodge is situated in the heart of Boivia 270 miles from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the country's major city. It is part of the Vilcabamba-Amboró conservation corridor, a sub-Andean strip of tropical Andes between Peru and Bolivia that hosts the National Park and Indian Reservation Isiboro Secure.

The Fishing

Flyfishing for huge golden dorado in small clear water, freestone rivers has to be experienced to truly put it into context. Though fish are plentiful, so are the challenges. The dorado is voracious hunter and savvy. Easily spooked, stealth and accurate casts are a premium in order to experience the sudden attack of your large fly. Once hooked, you'll feel like you're holding onto a rope lassoed around a raging bull.

The guides at Tsimane Lodge have been exploring, fishing and guiding these rivers long enough to know the place, the time and the fly like the backs of their hands. Specially designed boats, based on the natives' canoes, help them navigate you upstream and downstream in search of your next fish, providing you the opportunity of an angling lifetime.


Trip Information

Documents Required

Passports valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Bolivia are required to enter and depart Bolivia. Therefore, make sure your is current and not about to expire before you leave home. U.S. Citizens planning to enter Bolivia as tourists must have an entry visa. Bolivian tourist visas can be applied for by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry such as at Bolivia's international airports and at land border crossings. The cost of the tourist visa is $100 U.S. dollars.

If U.S. tourists want to wait and simply purchase an entry visa upon arrival in Bolivia, they will be required to pay $130 in cash to immigration authorities. In addition to this fee, the applicant must present (along with their visa application form) a 4 x 4 centimeters color photograph and their valid passport with an expiration date of not less than 6 months from date of entry or departure. Visitors from most European countries do not require a visa to enter Bolivia. For more information, please visit the Bolivian embassy's web site at http://www.bolivia-usa.org. Bolivian consulates in the United States are located in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Boats and Equipment

Custom-made aluminum canoes has double platforms that allow two guides to pole the craft upriver, and a small motor for running in deeper sections. There are two seats with the corresponding casting platforms for guests. Although some fishing can be done from the boats, for safety reasons only one angler will cast at a time.

Vaccinations

All visitors to Bolivia should have an up-to-date Yellow Fever vaccine certification. We ask you to let us know if you have any special medical condition(s). Please remember to bring all your personal medications with you.

Eastern Bolivia is considered a Malaria and Dengue Fever endemic area. The risk of infection is most prevalent in the low land areas during the rainy season, from December to April. Although this is neither Tsimane's camp location nor fishing season, several cases have been reported in Santa Cruz city. Precautions to be taken against these diseases include wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants at all times as well as insect repellent while staying in the city. As for malaria, medical prophylaxis is recommended.

Species

golden dorado, yatorana and piropitingo

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

6 anglers

Accommodations

Even in one of the most remote places in the world, guests at Tsimane will enjoy each night in comfort and style. The week-long Tsimane experience is based on two separate lodges with double cabins. Each lodge set-up has two double cabins for guests, each constructed with local hardwoods. All of the cabins have comfortable beds, private bathrooms with hot water, and electric lights. Each night guests will enjoy delicious international cuisine and great Argentine wines. And even in the middle of no where, there is satellite internet and a satellite phone available for guests. Generators provide full electric power each night at the lodges, and each cabin has 220-volt plugs to charge batteries and use small electric appliances if necessary.

One aspect of this program is that the more adventurous guests, if willing, may get to the most remote areas of the park and fish untouched waters by spending one night in an extra-remote out-camp. This will depend on the time of the year and local water and weather conditions.

Getting There

Guests will fly internationally to La Paz, Bolivia, before transferring on a Bolivian domestic flight to the city of Santa Cruz, where guests will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to a hotel. There, guests will settle into their room and then head out to a welcome dinner, where a member of the Tsimane team will further explain the details of the trip (included in package). The following morning guests will take a charter flight to Tsimane's Asunta Lodge. At the lodge all anglers will be met by the guides, shown to the lodge, and will then be able to fish the home pool that afternoon.

What's included

  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Santa Cruz
  • Travel insurance and evacuation services - highly recommended
  • Fishing tackle
  • Gratuities
  • Tourist visa fees

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