The Agua Negra Camp is a remote yet luxurious tent camp/lodge perched on a bluff overlooking the Secure River. Roughly 100 yards away is the small native village of Agua Negra, which makes this camp by far the most culturally rich of the Tsimane experiences. Here anglers will enjoy very comfortable double occupancy safari tents with attached baths as well as the comfort of the main lodge building where drinks and meals are served. The fishing will be done on the main Secure as well as on the Agua Negra River. The Agua Negra is smaller and offers not only big dorado but the region’s most forgiving terrain as well as the greatest diversity of species including large pacu, pira pita and the elusive striped catfish known as surubi.
Fishing Program: Each week the four anglers participating in the Agua Negra program will fish two main river systems, the Secure and the Agua Negra. The Secure is larger and often carries a good amount of color. Typically this river will be fished from a motorized super-dugout but at times anglers will get out to wade fish. The Secure has lots of water and fishes well both above and beneath the camp. Additionally, anglers will hike 15-20 minutes overland from to camp to the Agua Negra River. Once there, they will get into traditional pole powered dugouts and work their way either up or downstream. It is common to get out of the boat in shallow regions or to walk around fast water sections as a way to assist the native boatmen in making upstream progress. For the most part the walking and wading is relatively easy with sandy beaches and pools with lots of woody debris and structure. In addition to your native boatmen, there will be one professional fly fishing guide for every two anglers. These guides will have strong angling and English skills. While this trip is not physically demanding, a fair amount of walking is required, making it best suited for active anglers.
Accommodations and Meals: The Agua Negra Camp has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and material shipped up the river. The lodge is in a spectacular setting and is best described as both rustic and elegant. The main lodge is where anglers enjoy meals and cocktails, while the camp offers guests spacious double occupancy safari-style tents with comfortable beds, full linens and private bathrooms with showers. The lodge is also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water and wireless internet service. The lodge has a dedicated chef who serves a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.
Day 1 (Thursday): Depart Home.
Day 2 (Friday): Arrive Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In Bolivia you will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 (Saturday): Charter flight to Tsimane’s Secure Camp landing strip. At landing strip you will be met by your guides who will transfer you to Agua Negra Camp. At the camp you will be shown to your tents and get ready for the next week of fishing.
Days 4 - 9 (Sunday - Friday): Six days of guided fishing
Day 10 (Saturday): In the morning, guest will pack up and transfer to air strip where you will meet your charter flight back to Santa Cruz. In Santa Cruz you will be met by a member of the Tsimane staff who will take you to your hotel (included in package).
Day 11 (Sunday): Depart for Home.
2019 Rate: $5,800 plus $570 native fee per person for a 9 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at Tsimane Lodge, arrival night and departure night lodging in Santa Cruz, guided fishing, charter flights, native fees
Not Included: Round trip airfare, fishing tackle and flies, guide gratuities, departure taxes
Species: Golden dorado, Amazon pacu
Season: June – October
Capacity: 4 anglers
Map: Santa Cruz, Bolivia