Casaré River - Angling Frontiers

The Casaré River is nestled in the meeting point between the Bolivian Amazon and the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. This indigenous territory boasts an unbroken expanse of jungle and incredible biodiversity and is one of the most isolated and remote places in the world.


Fly Fishing the Casaré River

Casaré Fly Fishing

Dr. Meng Syn with Casaré golden dorado.

Casaré Lodge hosts only six anglers per week at this remote fly-fishing-only camp. You'll fly fish the lower woody structure of the Casaré River to the remote boulder-riddled clear waters of the upper sector. The Casaré River offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to experience jungle fishing for golden dorado at its finest. Target dorado, yatorana, catfish, and other species on the fly. Anglers also can try baitfishing for giant and armored catfish.
Anglers split into two groups and rotate through the program's designated beats.
The terrain in this region of the Bolivian Amazon is not easy to traverse. You'll mostly be wade fishing. Rocks and boulders can be slippery, and oftentimes there are steep banks or fast-moving water. Medical Evacuation coverage such as Global Rescue is required for this adventure.
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Expedition Casaré

Expedition Casaré Golden Dorado

Fishing Facts:

Golden Dorado Fishing

Season:  The Camp is open June through October.
Group size:  Angling Frontiers, the outfitter, takes only six anglers per week. Fishing beats are rotated. As a result, there is limited fishing pressure, and every group gets to experience fresh pools and runs.
Guides:  English-speaking professional guides and local, bilingual guides are experts on these waters and have great knowledge of the culture within this jungle terrain. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Boats:  Motor-powered dugout canoes are used.
For the Casaré River, guests have the option of spending one night in an expedition fly camp, which allows you to fish deeper in the jungle.
Equipment:  Heavy spinning and baitcasting equipment is available for anglers wanting to target giant catfish. Extra tackle is available for purchase at the main camp. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Permission to fish is included in the package.
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Casaré River Camp:

Casaré River Camp

The Casaré Camp is a semi-permanent camp that is quite comfortable, fully equipped, and serves as the headquarters. The use of large, safari-style tents with comfortable beds and meshed-in dining areas help anglers feel at home in the jungle. Camp showers and simple flushable toilets. Generated electricity is available for lighting and to charge electronics. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
The cooks prepare local dishes and some fusion cuisine, as well as traditional international dishes.
Local liquor, beer, and wine are served in the evenings.
Expedition Fly Camps are made on the spot but are well equipped and comfortable. In these fly camps, more of the outdoors experience is enjoyed: bathing in the river, sleeping closer to the jungle, and hearing more sounds all around your tent. Animal tracks can be seen all around the campsites and monkeys, and other wildlife will come check you out. In the Fly Camp, you'll still have a comfortable camp to eat, sleep and rest in. Solar-powered showers and an outhouse-style toilet.
2019 Special Save $1,000.00
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Jungle Fishing Adventure

which takes anglers up to the headwaters. You must be in good physical condition. This adventure is not for the faint of heart.

Getting Here:

You'll fly to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will drive you to the Hotel Buganvillas Suites and Spa. The next morning, he'll meet you at 6:00 a.m. to transfer you to the airport. You'll take a 2.5-hour charter flight to the jungle airstrip. They’ll transfer you by dugout canoe upriver to the main Casaré Camp, a three-hour ride. You’ll settle into your tent and gear up. After lunch, the guides provide an orientation. You’ll then split into teams and fish the home beats around camp until dark. (The hotel night in Santa Cruz and roundtrip charter flight are both included in the package. A 50-pound baggage limit is enforced for the charter flight.)


Power and Communications:

Voltage and Power: They have solar-powered batteries (Goal Zero) for charging electronics at the fly camps and generators at the main camp. The generators are available for a limited time during the evening (approx. 4-hours per night). They recommend bringing a travel charger with you as it will usually have different options for plugs that work with all smartphones and cameras.

Communications:
Satellite internet in Casaré's main camp is now set up and available. Most guests don't care for having internet out in the jungle, but for our guests who do, the fee is $100.00 per person for the whole week. Internet in the middle of the jungle wilderness is very hard to get, and even then, very expensive to have, even a decent connection. It will not be amazing internet, but you will be able to message home and even video chat and send some pictures, sometimes it can be good enough to make a post on social media, but it isn’t guaranteed. Emails sometimes don't fully download. Be advised that it will not be city-quality internet.

2019 USD Rates:

June through October
Six anglers per week at camp
9-nights and 6½-days guided fishing
$5,250 + $550 Native Comm. Fee =
$5,800.00 per person
Casare River Camp - Limited to six anglers per week 9-nights and 6½-days guided fishing
Reg. $5,250 + $550 Native Comm. Fee = $5,800.00 p.p.
2019 Special Save $1,000.00
now $4,250 + $550 Native Comm. Fee = $4,800.00 per person
Valid for the 2019 weeks of:
• June 29 - July 6 - 4 rods
• July 13 - July 20 - 4 rods
• July 20 - July 27 - 4 rods
(Availability as of 3/20/2019)

Packages include:

airport meet and greet in Santa Cruz, first and last night’s stay at Los Tajibos Hotel and Convention Center in Santa Cruz, ground transfers between the airport and hotel, round-trip private charter flight between Santa Cruz and Camp, professional fly fishing guides and local indigenous guides, use of guide operated boats, camp accommodations, all meals at Camp, soft drinks, local beer, wine, and local liquor. Heavy spinning and bait-casting equipment are available.

Packages do not include:

international airfare, domestic airfare, visa, airport taxes and fees, extra hotel nights, any meals outside of the fishing areas, indigenous territory fees, gratuities to fishing guides and camp staff, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), limited Wi-Fi at the main Casaré Camp ($100.00 p.p. per week and optional), any imported or specialty alcoholic beverages, excess baggage charges, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional or side trips, fly-fishing gear, tackle, or flies (a limited amount of flies are for sale at camp for $8.00-$12.00 each), required medical evacuation insurance, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Required Deposit:

A deposit of 50% is required to reserve your space. You’ll have until 90-days before the date of your expedition to pay the remaining balance. Failure to pay by this time will result in an automatic cancellation.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made more than 90-days before the trip begins, you’ll receive a refund of 90% of your deposit. You also have the option to hold your payment for a reschedule. 90% of your deposit will be transferred to your new rescheduled date. From 90 to 60-days’ notice prior to your trip, you’ll get a 50% refund. Less than 60-days’ notice, the deposit is forfeited. If you cancel your trip, your refund will occur in no less than six months after your cancellation date. If you decide to reschedule, the percentage described here will represent your deposit for your new rescheduled date. After your first attempt to reschedule, you will lose your deposit if you decide to cancel your trip entirely. We highly recommend Trip Cancellation insurance which is included in the Signature Travel Insurance package. Click here for our
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Required Documents:

1.) A Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Bolivia. Bolivian tourist visas are valid for five years from the date of issuance and allow the bearer to enter the country three times in a year for a cumulative stay of not more than 90-days.
2.) All visitors to Bolivia need a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification as Santa Cruz is considered a Dengue affected area. A yellow fever vaccination card is REQUIRED for this adventure. (We also advise our guests to be current with hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations.)
3.) Proof of insurance and medical evacuation coverage from Global Rescue is REQUIRED for all of our guests.
4.) And, all guests are required to sign the Angling Frontiers disclaimer forms prior to participating in any activities.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Casaré River Information Packet  

Casaré River photos


Jim Schmid with golden dorado.

Casaré River Golden Dorado

Casaré River is a pristine mountain stream

Casaré River Fishing

Pacu or Pirapitinga fishing

Casaré River Pacu

Surubi or Striped Catfish

Casaré River Catfish

Yatorana fishing, too.

Casaré River Yatorana

Local culture

Casaré Culture

Casaré Main camp lodging

Casaré River

Casaré dinner buffet

Casaré Buffet Dining