Kendjam Lodge - Brazil
Iriri River Tent Camp - Fly-Fishing-Only - Brazil
Kendjam, 550 miles southeast of Manaus, is a remote and small indigenous community located in the epicenter of the Kayapó Indigenous Nation — the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory, over 12 million acres of pure, virgin Amazon forest. The Camp hosts eight anglers per week.
The Iriri River - Untamed Angling
Target over ten different species in crystal clear fast waters. The Iriri River system runs over a huge granite base, which facilitates wet wading and many sightcasting opportunities.
This is an exclusive fly-fishing-only fishery – pacu, peacock bass, wolf fish, payara, and more.
Kendjam is home to the very first multi-species fly-fishing-only destination where an angler can target several different species in the crystal-clear, fast Amazon waters. Kendjam is a hidden treasure protected for centuries by the last guardians of the Amazon jungle: the Kayapó warriors.
The Iriri River is almost entirely located inside the Mekragnoti Indian Territory and an Ecological Reserve. This untouched environment has over 800 miles of rivers and three major tributaries. The Iriri River has never been fished before by any anglers other than the indigenous population. Allowed by the Brazilian Government, the Kendjam Project has been in development for the past two years.
View Kendjam - Kayapo Legacy Video
As of 2018, The CDC now recommends a
Yellow Fever Vaccination for most of Brazil,
including ALL Peacock Bass Fishing Areas.
Click here for CDC link.
The aggressive wolffish - pictured above.
Fishing Season: July thru mid-September are the best months of the season when waters are at their lowest levels and are clear. The dry season is the most pleasant time of year characterized by hot and windy days, cool nights, and the absence of mosquitoes.
Boats: 25-30’ aluminum canoes with long-tailed outboards. Two anglers per boat and guides. Both anglers can fish in the boat at the same time. These boats are stable to cast from.
Guides: For every two anglers, there is a professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and a Kayapo-local native guide.
Fishing License: is included in your package.
Fishing Equipment: is not included in the package. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Group Size: Maximum of six anglers per week.
Out Camps: There are two new outcamps, one on an upper beat of the Iriri River and one at the lower end. This allows anglers access to an amazing area rarely fished before and increases your fishing time each day. Each outcamp accommodates two anglers.
Fishing Program: The Iriri River is divided into a number of beats that anglers rotate between. All of the beats have plenty of both wade fishing and boat fishing opportunities. For those intent on sight fishing, time spent on foot exploring coves and braids proves particularly productive.
Kendjam Lodge - Deluxe Tent Camp
The camp is located about 28 miles downstream from the Kendjam community, on a sandy beach area overlooking a gorgeous pool on the Iriri River. Accommodations are four,
double-occupancy cabin-style safari tents each with box-spring beds, a private bathroom, hot water, and electric lights. Solar panels provide full electric power every night,
and each tent has 110-volt plugs. You may charge batteries and use an electric shaver.
Meals: A dedicated chef prepares American meals and regional favorites. Dinners feature a mix of pasta dishes, chicken, steak, or pork. Bottled water, coffee, and juices are provided. Complimentary wine and beer are available at the Lodge with appetizers and dinner.
Communication: There is a satellite phone available for you to use. You'll be charged $5.00 per minute. Wi-Fi is also available, though with limited bandwidth, and is included in the package. There is no cell phone service.
Outcamp: For the more adventurous, the Lodge offers a two-night outcamp location which allows anglers to reach the most remote and wild areas of the Iriri River.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to Manaus, Brazil. An English-speaking lodge representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to a fancy boutique hotel in Manaus for
your overnight stay. The next morning, the host will pick up the group and head to the local airport to board the private charter—a 9-person
Cessna Caravan plane, to Kendjam. After a three-hour flight, you'll arrive at the Kendjam Indian Community landing strip where you'll be greeted by the Lodge staff.
Depending on when you arrive, you may then head downstream to Kendjam Lodge or camp at the Indian community overnight. A simple lunch of sandwiches will be provided on the 3 to 4-hour boat trip downstream to the Camp.
(The ground transfers in Manaus, the first hotel night, and roundtrip charter flight Manaus to Kendjam are included in the package.)
2021 USD Rates:
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
(1-night in Manaus and 7-nights at camp)
July through mid-September:
Two anglers per boat and tent:
$6,250 + $530 Native Comm. Fee = $6,780.00 per person
One angler per room and boat:
$9,375 + $530 Native Comm. Fee =$9,905.00 per person
(based upon availability)
Non-angler sharing room:
$3,200 + $530 Native Comm. Fee =$3,730.00 per person
One overnight at boutique hotel in Manaus upon arrival, necessary ground transfers in Brazil, roundtrip charter flight Manaus to Kendjam, necessary boat transfers in Brazil, guided fishing,
fishing licenses, all meals at the Lodge, wine and beer with dinner, daily laundry service, and upon request, our 65-page eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry Schoenborn.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare, Native Community fee to be paid in cash upon arrival to Brazil ($530.00 per person payable in cash in Brazil), tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides, tackle, flies - $10.00 each at camp, food and beverages in Manaus (and during any private city tours), satellite phone calls at $5.00 per minute, extra hotel overnights, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
• As of June 17, 2019, Brazil no longer requires a Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens.
• Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate:
A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians. All anglers must bring within their travel documents their vaccine certificates.
A Typical Kendjam Day:
5:30 a.m. - Coffee is hot.
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast time.
8:00 a.m. - You'll head out fishing.
Noon - You'll have a picnic lunch on the river.
1:00 p.m. - You'll return to fishing.
5:30 - You'll head back to camp.
6:30 p.m. - Enjoy cocktails and appetizers.
7:30 p.m. - Dinner is served.