Pirarucú Lodge is a new Brazilian destination whose primary focus is to fish over and catch an unprecedented number of arapaima - the often illusive, prehistoric and tarpon-like game fish that many consider the ultimate jungle trophy. Here anglers will fish in the Mamirauá Reserve, Brazil's first Sustainable Development Reserve which totals more than 1 million hectares and was created first and foremost to preserve aprapaima and their habitat. In addition to the hard fighting, aerial arapaima, the reserve offers great fishing for timbaqui, a large pacu like fish, the exotic arowana and yellow peacock bass. The region is characterized by long chains of lakes and interconnected channels. During the wet season, it is a world renowned destination for birders. When the water drops in the fall, the angling opportunities reach their peak. Guests will stay at a simple, floating, solar-powered, eco-tourism lodge built from native hardwoods. The lodge features ten floating cabins. The lodge is also very suitable for guests keen on a range of general eco-tourism activities.
Location: Pirarucú is located within the Mamirauá Reserve, about 600 km west of Manaus, a complex of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and Japura River.
Fishing Program: Anglers will fish from well equipped flats boats complete with Yamaha outboards, electric trolling motors and push poling platforms. The region is dominated by narrow lakes and interconnecting channel where the arapaima congregate in periods of low water. The fishing season runs from mid September to November 30th. Fishing will be done exclusively from the boat and due to high concentrations of large caimans, photos of fish will be taken on the deck of the boat or on shore. These are extremely durable air breathing fish that can easily handle a few minutes out of the water, after which time all fish will be released unharmed.
Accommodations & Meals: The lodge is simple but very comfortable and beautiful. It is a floating lodge, constructed of local woods. It is utilized during other times of year as an ecotourism lodge for bird watching and wildlife viewing and is one of the top five bird watching areas in the Amazon. It is also a perfect destination for guests interested in eco-tourism activities such as bird safaris, jungle tracks (with professional guides) and visiting the local communities. The lodge has ten floating cabins, each with two en-suite rooms with ceiling fans. The main lodge building features a dining room, living room and kitchen. Everything is on the water, connected by wood platforms. The lodge is located in the heart of the reserve, with very short run times to the fishing. In fact, most days guests will return to the lodge for a well-prepared lunch before returning for an afternoon fishing session. Satellite phone and internet are available. Hearty meals will be served in the main lodge.
Day 1: Arrive in Manaus, Brazil. A representative of the lodge will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel a representative of the lodge will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Tefe. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the marina for the 1-hour boat ride to the lodge. Arrive at the lodge for lunch. Fish the afternoon session.
Day 3-8: Six days of guided fishing for Arapaima and other jungle species.
Day 9: After breakfast you will take the 1-hour boat ride back to Tefe for your return flight to Manaus.
2020 Rate: $4,995 plus $490 native fee per person for a 5 night/4 ½ day package. Stays of varying length available.
Included: One overnight at 4-star Hotel in Manaus, ground transfers in Manaus, ground and boat transfer from Tefe airport to the lodge, accommodations and meals at the lodge, beer/wine/alcohol, guided fishing (2 per guide), optional guided eco-tours, fishing licenses and daily laundry at the lodge.
Not Included: International flights, $600 Native Community Fee (cash required), flight from Manaus to Tefe (approximately USD $150), meals and beverages at the Hotel in Manaus, gratuities to staff and guides, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5/minute), city tours in Manaus, extra hotel overnights, fishing equipment and flies (available at lodge for $10/each).
Season: September to November
Species: Arapaima, timbaqui, pacu, arowana, yellow peacock bass.
Lodge Capacity: 6 anglers
Time: GMT/UTC - 04:00 hour. Daylight Saving Time not in use.
Map: Tefe, Brazil