Tsimane Lodges

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.

Tsimane Lodge Fishing

Tsimane Lodge

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. This is probably the best fly rod fishery for golden dorado in the world. Sightcast freestone mountain rivers for two dorado species, pirapitinga, and pacú.
Each day, two anglers and one guide will fish one beat/location. 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. You must be physically fit as there is a lot of wade fishing. Strict catch-and-release. Water types vary from deep pools to rugged, terraced pocket water.
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Tsimane's Peak Fishing Months

Tsimane Lodge

The peak months for Tsimane dorado are May to early June and late August to mid-October. This is when the weather gets warmer and clear water conditions give anglers stunning sightfishing opportunities. Two different species of dorado are available plus other Amazon basin fish such as pirapitinga (pacues) and yatorana.
Two guests and two guides per custom-made aluminum canoe. 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 kind of freestones. Wading is not difficult or risky, but there is a lot of it. Only eight anglers can fish this section of the national park each week.
Optional overnights at the Upper Pluma or Itirizama headwater camps—a maximum of two anglers at each camp. An area downstream from the Oromomo Indian Community offers a magnificent dorado fishery with log structure in the runs and side channels.

Tsimane's Three Lodges

Tsimane Lodges

Pluma, Secure, and Agua Negra Lodges
Each lodge operates separately.
Pluma Lodge accommodates six anglers.
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.
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 atigrado (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.

Getting to Pluma Lodge:

After staying a night at a five-star hotel in Santa Cruz, a lodge representative will meet you in the morning, and transfer you to the local airport. The group of eight anglers will take a 90-minute charter flight to Oromomo Community landing strip. Guides will transfer guests by boat (a 20-minute ride upstream) to Secure Coruya Dock. From here, guests will be transported on 4x4 vehicles – a 45 to 60-minute drive on a gorgeous road in the middle of the jungle to Pluma Lodge. This is an example for Pluma. Getting to each Lodge is different. Request an information packet for Tsimane Lodge of your choice.

About Tsimane Lodges

The three lodges were built with local hardwoods and have log cabins with box-spring beds, hot water showers, and electric lights. Free Wi-Fi is available at all lodges. Use of a satellite phone is $5.00 per minute. International cuisine and great Argentinean wines, beer and spirits.

2017 Rates:
May through October
USD - price per person

The tax = Native community tax and park entrance fee.

Pluma Lodge and Itirizama Camp:
9-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per guide:
$7,600 + $670 tax = $8,270.00 p.p.
Single occ. - one angler per guide:
$12,160 + $670 tax = $12,830.00
Non-angler companion:
$3,800 + $670 tax = $4,470.00
Agua Negra Lodge:
9-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per guide:
$5,380 + tax = $5,950.00 p.p.
Single occ. - one angler per guide:
$8,608.00 + $570 tax = $9,178.00
Non-angler companion:
$2,690 + $570 tax = $3,260.00
Secure Lodge:
9-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per guide:
$5,380 + $570 tax = $5,950.00 p.p. Single occ. - one per guide:
$8,608 + $570 tax = $9,178.00 Non-angler companion:
$2,690 + $570 tax = $3,260.00

Packages include:

Airport reception in Santa Cruz, two nights (first and last night’s stay) at a hotel in Santa Cruz, ground transfers in Santa Cruz, all roundtrip charters flights inside Bolivia, 6-days guided fishing in lodge areas, 7-nights at lodge (with the possibility of staying overnight at headwater camps), all meals and beverages (including beer, wine and spirits) at lodges. Winston Fly Fishing Rods are available for guests to use.

Packages do not include:

Passport, Bolivian visa, international airfare, Native Community Tax and National Park Tax—payable in Bolivia, meals in Santa Cruz, gratuities, $25.00 departure (exit) tax, fly fishing leaders, wire, flies, excess baggage charges, accident or baggage insurance, accidents during the trip and subsequent emergency removal procedures, trip cancellation or interruption by the customer, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional or side trips, phone calls, items or accommodations not specifically listed as included, mini-bar or any other consumption not included in the hotel daily rate, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Tsimane Lodge photos

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Marcus Braun with Tsimane golden dorado.

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Tsimane Pluma Lodge bedroom

Tsimane Lodge bedroom