Tsimane Lodges - Bolivia

Fly Fishing for Golden Dorado

Fly fishing for Golden Dorado - Tsimane (pronounced Chi-mon-ee) is situated in the heart of Bolivia, within the National Park and Indian Reservation Isiboro Secure (TIPNIS). Home to some of the most amazing, untouched rivers of the world, Tsimane’s operating area is about 125 miles from the capital city of La Paz and 270 miles from Santa Cruz. Click here for Tsimane's new Heli-Fishing program.

Tsimane Lodge Fishing

Brad Staples with Tsimane Golden Dorado

Brad Staples and Guide Fabi at Tsimane, 2022.

Tsimane’s (chee-mon-ee) three lodges—Pluma, Secure, and Agua Negra—offer miles of pristine rivers located exclusively inside the Isiboro Secure National Park. Tsimane is probably the best fly rod fishery for golden dorado in the world. Sightcast freestone mountain rivers for two dorado species, plus pirapitinga and pacú.
Two anglers and one guide will fish one beat/location each day. The fishing manager rotates the anglers and beats on a schedule; no angler will fish the same beat twice. Fishing is performed in different ways - walking upstream and sightfishing in low waters or prospecting fish in runs and deep pools. Water types vary from deep pools to rugged, terraced pocket water.
You must be physically fit as there is a lot of wade fishing.
Enjoy our client Dr. Meng's Recaps:
Dr. Meng's blog - Golden Dorado of Bolivia

Dr. Meng's Vimeo Videos

Dr. Meng's Tsimane Flicker post

Tsimane's Fishing Facts:

Tsimane Lodge

Guy Schoenborn with Tsimane Golden Dorado

Peak Fishing Months: are during the dry season--the month of June and late August to mid-October. During peak months, the weather is warmer, and clear water conditions give anglers stunning sightfishing opportunities.
Species:  Two different species of dorado are available, plus other Amazon basin fish such as pacus and yatorana. Strict catch-and-release.
Boats:  Dugout canoes with small outboard motors are used for transport. Guides often pole the boat. In slow deep sections of the river, you'll occasionally fish from the boat. Two anglers and two guides per boat.
Guides:  There is one professional English-speaking guide per boat and a native boatman.
Wade Fishing:  99% of the fishing is done wading or fishing from the bank. The river structures vary in every section of the river--from sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rocks passing through all kinds of freestones. Wading is not difficult or risky, but there is a lot of it.
Fishing Equipment:  Equipment is not included in the package; you will need to bring your own. Pluma Lodge has a complete fly shop. Secure Lodge has a well-stocked gift shop with a wide selection of flies. Tomas and Tomas rods and reels are available to rent for about $300.00 per person per week. A detailed gear and tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Due to the Community Fees, fishing licenses are not required.

Tsimane's Three Lodges

Tsimane Lodges

Tsimane's Three Lodges:  Pluma, Secure, and Agua Negra.
All three main lodges were built with local hardwoods and have log or tent cabins with box-spring beds, hot water showers, and electric lights. International cuisine and great Argentinean wines, beer, and spirits. Free Wi-Fi is available at all lodges. The use of a satellite phone is $5.00 per minute.

Pluma Lodge is Tsimane's most deluxe lodge and is located on the Pluma River, near the confluence of the upper Pluma and the Itirizama. Wooden cabins with spacious ensuite bathrooms. With the new Heli-Fishing program, Pluma Lodge will now have a Heli-pad, a spa room, five single-occupancy rooms and more for the 2023 season.

Secure Lodge takes advantage of all Secure River waters, blending the finest aspects of angling techniques with majestic scenery, clear mountain rivers, and exotic species of gamefish of significant size and fighting capabilities. Permanent camp with cabin-style tents. You’ll dine, enjoy cocktails, and socialize at the main lodge, which was built from local hardwoods. The Camps, though rustic, provide all the necessary facilities for a pleasant night sleep deep in the Amazon jungle.

Agua Negra Lodge accommodates four anglers and fishes all waters of the Agua Negra, the Secure medium sector, and the tiny and prolific Chimoro jungle creek on the fly. Agua Negra is one of Tsimane’s jewels due to its excellent number of dorado, pirapitingas, and the largest number of surubí (South American striped catfish). Fly fish the main and Upper Pluma River, the Itirizama, and the lower sections of the Secure River from Pluma Lodge, with a max of eight anglers per trip. Agua Negra features three tent cabins for up to four anglers plus one host.

Free Wi-Fi at all Tsimane's Lodges

Vaulted Great Room of Tsimane Lodge

Bedroom at Pluma Lodge (most deluxe)

Bedroom at Pluma Lodge

International Cuisine

Bedroom at Pluma Lodge

Getting to Pluma Lodge:

You’ll fly to the Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. You’ll be greeted by a member of the Tsimane team and driven to the Los Tajibos Hotel, a 20-minute drive. (This hotel night is arranged by the outfitter and included in the package.) A Lodge representative will meet you in the morning and drive you to the local airport. The following is an example for Pluma Lodge. (Getting to each Lodge is different.) You'll take a 90-minute charter flight to the Oromomo Community landing strip. Guides will transfer guests by boat, a 20-minute ride upstream, to Secure Coruya Dock. From here, guests are transported by 4x4 vehicles – a 45 to 60-minute drive on a gorgeous road in the middle of the jungle to Pluma Lodge. Request an information packet for complete details.

2023 USD Rates:

All packages listed are for 9-nights and 6-days guided fishing (2-hotel nights in Santa Cruz and 7-nights at the Lodge)
The single-angler rates include one-angler per room in Santa Cruz and at the Lodge and one angler per boat and guide.

Pluma Lodge:
8-anglers per week
Two anglers per boat and guide:
$7,600 + $670 Native Community fee = $8,270.00 per person
One angler per boat and guide:
$12,540 + $670 Native Community Fee = $13,210.00 per person
Non-angler companion:
$5,000 + $670 Native Community fee = $5,670.00 per person

Secure Lodge
6-anglers per week
Two anglers per boat and guide:
$6,950 + $670 Native Community fee = $7,520.00 per person
One angler per boat and guide:
$11,500 + $570 Native Community fee = $12,070.00 per person
Non-angler companion:
$5,000 + $570 Native Community fee= $5,570.00 per person

Agua Negra Lodge
4-anglers per week
Two anglers per boat and guide:
$6,950 + $570 Native Community fee = $7,520.00 per person
One angler per boat and guide:
$11,500 + $570 Native Community fee = $12,070.00 per person
Non-angler companion:
$5,000 + $570 Native Community fee = $5,570.00 per person

Packages Include:

• Airport reception in Santa Cruz, and return
• Two nights (first and last night’s stay) at Los Tajibos Hotel
  or a 5-star equivalent in Santa Cruz
• Ground transfers in Santa Cruz per itinerary
• All charter flights inside Bolivia
• 6-days guided fishing
• All meals
• All beverages (including beer, wine, and spirits)
  at the Lodges or Camps.

Packages Do Not Include:

• International airfare to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
• Bolivian visa, approx. $165.00
• Native Community Tax of $570.00
• National Park Fee—payable in Bolivia
• Meals and beverages in Santa Cruz
• Gratuities paid in US dollars
• $25.00 departure tax
• Fishing tackle and flies
• Excess baggage charges
• Transportation not included in the itinerary
• Optional side trips
• Phone calls, items, or accommodations not explicitly listed
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Yellow Fever:  A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into Bolivia.

Tsimane Lodge

Golden dorado are aggressive fighters.

Air borne golden dorado

Marcus Braun with Tsimane golden dorado.

Marcus Braun holding Golden Dorado

Pacú fishing - Tsimane

Fly angler holding large Tsimane pacú

Tsimane golden dorado

Fly Angler holding large golden dorado rocky area of river

Boats vary per lodge - dugout canoes and more.

Tsimane Canoe with guides

View of River from Lodge

From the Lodge overlooking the River

Agua Negra Tent Cabins

Thatched Roof Tent Camps on Raised Platforms

Interior of Agua Negra Tent Cabin

Double Beds, Ceiling Fan, Open Closet

Fly Fishing for Tsimane's Golden Dorado

Angler Kneeling with Bright Tsimané Golden Dorado

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com