Headwaters Adventure - Angling Frontiers
The Casaré River is nestled in the meeting point between the Bolivian Amazon and the eastern slopes of the Andes
Mountains. For the Jungle Fishing Adventure, the team's mission is to move anglers into the most remote corners of this river system for bigger and meaner jungle gold.
See 2019 Special below.
Fly Fishing the Tsimané Jungle
Not for the faint of heart. You'll travel far up the jungle headwaters of the Casaré and/or Pachene River, depending on the water levels, for the most pristine reaches of the river system.
The Tsimané guide team leads the way—digging or moving rocks and cutting fallen timber to make way for the canoes, doing whatever necessary to push further upstream.
Along the way and as they’ve done for centuries, the local guides gather food and a variety of jungle supplies for their families. As they lead the canoe into the deep green jungle,
you’ll have a front row seat to their skills, strength and jungle ingenuity. The Pachene jungle adventure provides a rare glimpse into their ancient culture.
Canoes and anglers will take turns (leapfrog fishing) their way upriver, stopping to fish at choice spots to maximize fishing and efficient use of daylight. You'll cover various pools, rocky, and woody structure, runs and riffles, back-eddies and more, while navigating the river.
The terrain in this region of the Bolivian Amazon is not easy to traverse. This program is for anglers who are physically fit. In the upper stretches of the rivers, big boulders and rocks make wading tougher. 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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Season: The Camp is open June through October.
Group size: Four anglers per adventure.
Expectations: There is enough water and fishing opportunities for each angler in the expedition to get at least 2 to 5 chances at a nice-sized golden dorado each day, and of course, some days will be double that or more.
Team: The entire expedition team includes more than a dozen local Tsimané guides, six local guides, a chef and chef helper, and 2 to 3 professional English-speaking fly fishing guides.
Guides: English-speaking professional fly fishing guides - two anglers per canoe and guide, plus one local, Tsimané boatmen who expertly navigates the canoe through treacherous water. Local indigenous guides are experts on the local culture and its jungle home. From bow-fishing to singing and constant displays of extraordinary strength, these people have no shortage of ways to impress.
Boats: Motor-powered dugout canoes are used.
Equipment: Heavy spinning and baitcasting equipment are available for anglers wanting to target giant catfish. Additional tackle and golden dorado flies are available for purchase at the main camp. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
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Jungle Fly Camps:
Camp Accommodations: The adventure takes you through the Casaré Camp with its Safari-style tents and all its comforts, but you’ll spend more time in the rustic fly camps as you head up the pristine waters of the Pachene River.
As you head up the Pachene, the guides will set up fly camps along the river. You MUST bring a lightweight sleeping bag and travel pillow.
The fly camps include spacious two-person dome tents with sleeping pads and cots, meshed-in dining tents for meals, solar showers, generator,
and outhouses with toilet seats. Although these tents are set up on the fly, you’ll find them clean, comfortable, and relaxing after a long, but golden day of dorado hunting.
Meals include a big breakfast, packed lunches are enjoyed on the river, and dinners back at camp include grilled meat and fish and other local dishes. Beverages: Soft drinks and limited local beer and local liquor/wines are included. (You'll need to bring your own specialty liquor and/or tobacco.)
You'll fly to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will drive you to the five-star Los Tajibos Hotel. (The first and last night hotel are included in the package.) The next morning at 6:00 a.m., the lodge representative will drive you to the local airport. You'll take a 2.5-hour charter flight to the jungle airstrip. (This roundtrip charter flight is included in the package. A 50-pound baggage limit is strictly enforced.) Then, you'll take a three-hour canoe ride upriver to the Casaré Camp. After lunch, you'll fish around the home beats. The next morning, you'll travel further upstream.
Power at Camps:
Voltage and Power: They have solar-powered batteries (Goal Zero) for charging electronics at the fly camps and generators at the main Casaré camp. The generators are available for a limited time during the evening (approx. four 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.
2019 USD Rates:
June through October
Four anglers per week
9-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,950 + $550 Native Comm. Fee =
$6,500.00 per person
2019 Special save $1,000.00
now $4,950 + $550 Native Comm. Fee = $5,500.00 per person
Valid for these 2019 weeks:
June 22 - June 29
July 6 - July 13
July 13 - July 20
Subject to availability. Call 1-800-205-3474.
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 catfishing.
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.
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.) 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.