Kendjam Lodge - Brazil
Iriri River Tent Camp - Fly Fish for Many Species
Kendjam, 550 miles southeast of Manaus, is a remote and small indigenous community located in the epicenter of the Kayapo Indigenous Nation — the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory, over 12 million acres of pristine, virgin Amazon forest. Kendjam is a hidden treasure protected for centuries by the last guardians of the Amazon jungle: the Kayapo warriors. Kendjam Lodge is a fly-fishing-only destination.
The Iriri River
The Iriri River is almost entirely located inside the Mekragnoti Indian Territory and is 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 over the past few years. The Iriri River system runs over a huge granite base, perfect for wet wading and many sightcasting opportunities.
Species: Fly fish for over ten different species in crystal clear, fast-moving waters. Target pacu, peacock bass, wolf fish, payara, and more. Strict catch and release.
Downstream from the Kendjam community, the river divides into many parallel branches, creating smaller, fast-moving, clear water streams.
Fishing Program: The Iriri River is divided into several 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.
The Lodge Season: The Lodge is open mid-June through late September, when waters are at their lowest levels and most transparent. 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 to 30 ft. aluminum canoes with long-tailed outboards and coolers stocked with soft drinks, Gatorade, and water. Two anglers per boat and guides. Both anglers can fish in the boat at the same time. These boats are stable for casting.
Guides: For every two anglers, there is a professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and one Kayapo native guide.
Fishing Equipment: Fly fishing outfits are available upon request, with a $150.00 breakage fee (Thomas & Thomas rods, Nautilus Reels, and Scientific Anglers Lines). Flies are available at camp for $5 to $10 each. Bring felt-soled boots and, if possible, a walking staff or hiking stick. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
A Fishing License: is included in your package.
Group Size: Maximum of eight anglers per week.
A Typical Fishing 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.
Kendjam Lodge - Deluxe Tent Camp
Kendjam's wood jungle lodge sits on a sandy beach overlooking a gorgeous pool on the Iriri River, about 28 miles downstream from the Kendjam community. The Lodge has five double-occupancy comfortable wooden cabins with decks overlooking the remote beach. Cabins have box spring beds, a private bathroom, hot water, and electric lights. Free daily laundry service is provided.
Meals: The chef prepares American meals and regional favorites. Dinners feature a mix of pasta dishes, chicken, steak, or pork. Coffee and juices are provided. With advance notice, the Lodge can cater to special diets.
Water: The Lodge has partnered with YETI coolers to reduce the use of plastic bottles to a bare minimum. They built last-generation filters to provide pure potable water. The Lodge has a complete water filtration system. The water quality is checked routinely by a laboratory in Manaus.
Alcohol: Complimentary wine, beer, and local spirits are available at the Lodge with appetizers and dinner. No alcohol is permitted while fishing.
Electricity: Solar panels provide power each night, and each cabin has 110-volt plugs. You may charge batteries and use an electric shaver. If you’re a U.S. resident, you’ll need a power plug adapter and a voltage converter.
Communications: Complimentary Starlink high-speed Wi-Fi internet. There is no cell phone service. A satellite phone is available for guests to use at $5.00 per minute.
Two New Outcamps: For the more adventurous, the Lodge offers two new outcamps (one or two nights in the wild). One outcamp is on an upper beat of the Iriri River, and one at the lower end. This allows access to amazing and rarely-fished areas and increases your fishing time each day.
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 boutique hotel in Manaus (arranged by the outfitter) 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 (28 miles) downstream to the Camp.
(The ground transfers in Manaus, the first hotel night, and the roundtrip charter flight from Manaus to Kendjam are included in the package.)
2024 USD Rates:
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
(7-nights at camp and 1-night in Manaus)
Mid-June through late September 2024:
Two anglers per boat and tent:
$6,990 + $600 Native Comm. Fee = $7,590.00 per person
One angler per boat and tent:
$11,533 + $600 Native Comm. Fee = $12,133.00 per person
(based upon availability)
Non-angler sharing room:
$3,675 + $367 Native Comm. Fee = $4,042.00 per person
The Packages Include:
• A double-occupancy hotel room in Manaus upon arrival
• Roundtrip charter flight between Manaus and Kendjam
• All necessary boat and ground transfers in Brazil
• 6-days guided fishing
• A fishing license
• Fly outfits are available upon request
• Soft drinks, Gatorade, water on the boat
• 7-nights at the Lodge
• All meals at the Lodge
• Wine, beer, and local spirits with dinner
• Daily laundry service
• Upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass
by Larry and Guy Schoenborn
The Packages Do Not Include:• International airfare to Manaus, Brazil, and return
• Native Community Fee
• City tours in Manaus
• Food and beverages in Manaus (and during city tours)
• Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
• Fishing tackle
• Flies - $5.00 to $10.00 each
• Satellite phone calls, $5.00 per minute
• Extra hotel overnights
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• A Brazilian eVisa is required as of 04/01/2024.
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.