Tsimane, Pluma Lodge Bolivia

Pluma Lodge overlooks the Pluma river and has four handsome double occupancy hardwood cabins as well as a handsome main lodge building where meals and cocktails are served. Additionally Pluma is very strategically located beneath the confluence of two world class systems, the Upper Pluma and the Itirizama. Downstream of the lodge there are miles of clear water on the main stem Pluma. Beneath that anglers can access more than 30 km of the larger main stem Secure by motorized boat. These lower beats are the biggest water in the Tsimane program and reminiscent in some ways of classic steelhead fishing. For hearty anglers Pluma offers one or three night trips to primitive out-camps on both the Upper Pluma and Itrizama. These camps represent the ultimate jungle adventure and offer unparalleled sight fishing for large dorado and pacu. Any and all of the many beats available through Pluma can offer the best fishing imaginable.

Fishing Program:
Anglers staying at Pluma Lodge have access to four separate river systems and more than 60 km of incredible fly water. The operation caters to eight anglers per week. Each day pairs of angers will head out with a skilled Argentine guide and a native assistant. Anglers fishing the main Pluma, the Upper Pluma and the Itirizama will depart the lodge by dugout while anglers headed to the lower Secure will drive 45 minutes through the jungle via four-person ATV where they will meet their boatman. The lower Secure tends to be colored, making classic steelhead style blind fishing the norm. It has incredible numbers of bait fish and can deliver some of the highest catch rates in all of Tsimane. The other systems fished out of Pluma lend themselves to both blind fishing and sight casting with the fishing getting more visual the further upstream one travels. Anglers interested in fishing the uppermost reaches of the Pluma or Itrizama will need to spend either one or three nights camping out with very few amenities. These trips are the most physically demanding of all the options with lots of hiking, boulder hopping and river crossings. Food and shelter will be very simple but for the right anglers it is an incredible experience with some of the most pristine wilderness fishing imaginable. While dugouts are used often at Pluma, anglers will spend lots of their time out of the boat fishing and walking. Due to the overall distances that need to be covered and the hot weather, this trip is best suited for reasonably fit anglers who are comfortable with multiple stream crossings and rocky terrain.

Accommodations and Meals:
Pluma Lodge has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and materials shipped up the river. The lodge overlooks the river and has a huge porch that connects to all of the cabins. The handsome main lodge is complemented by four hardwood double occupancy guest cabins all with private bathrooms and showers. The lodge is also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water and wireless internet service. The kitchen will be headed by an Argentina chef who will serve a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart Home.
Day 2: Arrive Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In Bolivia you will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to your hotel. 
Day 3: Charter flight to Tsimane’s Pluma Lodge. At the lodge you will be met by your guides, shown to your rooms and get ready for the next week of fishing.
Days 4 - 9: Six days of guided fishing at Pluma Lodge 
Day 10: In the morning, guest will pack up and transfer to the Oromomo Indian Community 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: Depart for Home.

Rates and Details

2019 Rate: $7,600 plus $670 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: Airfare, fishing tackle and flies, guide gratuities, departure taxes


Species: Golden dorado, Amazon pacu

Season: June – October

Capacity: 8 anglers

Map: Santa Cruz, Bolivia