Casaré River - Angling Frontiers - Bolivia
Golden Dorado - Fly-Fishing-Only
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. For the Casaré Expedition, guests have the option of spending one night in an expedition ﬂy camp, which allows you to fish deeper in the jungle.
Fly Fishing the Casaré River
Dr. Meng Syn with Casaré golden dorado.
Two Options: As of 2019, Angling Frontiers offers two packages—the Casaré Main Camp and the Casaré Jungle Fishing Adventure. With both options, you’ll fly fish for golden dorado and other jungle species, target catfish up to 100-pounds with heavy spin gear and explore the headwaters sector of this remote and pristine Amazonian river.
The Casaré River Camp on the Pachene River is close to its confluence with the Casaré River. The remote Camp is limited to six anglers per trip and provides easier wading opportunities than the Jungle Fishing Adventure. You'll fly fish the lower woody structure of the Casaré River to the remote boulder-riddled clear waters of the upper sector. Anglers split into two groups and rotate through the program's designated beats.
Species: Target golden dorado, yatorana, catfish, and other species on the fly. Anglers also can try baitfishing for giant and armored catfish.
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 Golden Dorado
Season: The Camps are 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.
Equipment: Heavy spinning and baitcasting equipment are 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.
Casaré Jungle Fishing Adventure: This option is for physically fit anglers who want to explore deep into the Tsimane Jungle. And, is not for the faint of heart. The staff erects what they call Fly Camps for remote overnight trips. With the Fly Camps, you’ll have more of jungle experience—you can bathe in the river, sleep closer to the jungle, and hear jungle sounds all around your tent.
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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.
Meals: The cooks prepare local dishes and some fusion cuisine, as well as traditional international dishes.
Alcohol: Local liquor, beer, and wine are served in the evenings.
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.
Casaré River photos
Getting to the Camp:
You'll fly to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will drive you to the Los Tajibos Hotel. The next morning, he'll meet you at 6:00 a.m. to drive you to the airport. You'll take a 2.5-hour charter flight to the new airstrip in the jungle. They’ll transfer you by dugout canoe upriver to the main Casaré Camp, a two-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.)
2020 USD Rates:
The Camps are open June through October
Casaré River Expedition
Limited to four anglers per week.
9-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,250 + $550 Native Comm. Fee =$5,800.00 p.p.
Jungle Fishing Adventure
Limited to four anglers per week.
$5,950.00 + $550.00 Native Comm Fee = $6,500.00 p.p.
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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 for you to use.
Packages do not include:
Airport meet and greet in Santa Cruz, first and if needed, the 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, guided fishing by both professional 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 for you to use.
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.
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.
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Travel Insurance page.
1.) 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.)
2.) Proof of insurance and medical evacuation coverage from Global Rescue is REQUIRED for all of our guests.
3.) And, all guests are required to sign the Angling Frontiers disclaimer forms prior to participating in any activities.