Exploratory Trip - Yuracare Camp, Bolivia with Brian Gies
February 23, 2021
You are invited to join Fly Water Travel’s Brian Gies in Bolivia to experience a new golden dorado and pacu destination. Located within the Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory on the Ichoa River, Yuracaré Lodge finds its home where the Amazon jungle meets the foothills of the Andes Mountains, approximately 125 miles from La Paz and 270 miles from Santa Cruz.
For the adventurous angler, Yuracaré should prove to hold the some of the greatest aspects of fly fishing: wet wading freestone rivers surrounded by majestic unspoiled landscapes, a variety of fishing conditions including sight fishing, and fishing beautiful structure to big, exotic fish.
Yuracaré rivers hold two species of dorado as well as pacu, yatorana, and maturo (a giant catfish that can reach 200 pounds). Anglers fish on foot 90% of the time and have access to three river systems using dugout canoes for transportation up and down the rivers. The rivers are: The Ichoa, Namajti River, and Slotosama. This broad variety of water will allow groups of four anglers to fish new water every day, and rarely repeat the same fishing beat.
Ichoa River: The Ichoa River is a freestone river that is shallow and open. Rapids and huge rocks create perfect ambush points for dorado and very large pacu. The upper section of the Ichoa River runs from the confluence of the Namajti and Slotosama Rivers to El Carmen village. The fishing here is all downstream wading.
Namajti River: The Namajti River is an major tributary of the Ichoa River. This is a stream of clear, shallow water that runs from east to west and offers great wading opportunities. The upper section of the Namajti is a true angling treasure due to the section’s large populations of dorado and pacu, most of which are visible in its crystal clear waters. This is an ideal place for those anglers wanting to sight fish their way upstream. To be successful on these waters anglers must use a quiet approach, floating lines, long leaders, and delicate presentations.
Slotosama River: The Slotosama is a long river that comes down from the same mountain range but runs through more than 20 kilometers of valley before meeting with the Namajti and the Ichoa. The Slotosama offers opportunities for longer out-camps and exploration up to the headwaters of the river. It has a mix of fast and slow waters that provide great conditions for pacu and yatorana.
The camp is limited to four anglers and is basic but comfortable especially considering the remote nature of the trip. Each guest has a private, safari-style tent set on a platform and the camp features a dining tent, electricity, hot showers, and wi-fi. Each trip also has the option of spending one or multiple nights at basic out-camps.
- August 12th – 22nd
Rate: $5,000 + $550 (indigenous fee) + $120 (native park fee) = $5,670 per person based on single room and shared guiding.
Included: Accommodations and meals at Yuracaré Lodge, arrival night and departure night lodging in Santa Cruz, hotel in Villa Tunari, guided fishing, charter flights, native fees
Not Included: International airfare, fishing tackle and flies, guide gratuities, meals in Santa Cruz, meals in Villa Tunari, departure taxes
August 12: Arrive in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
In Santa Cruz guests are met by a member of the Untamed team who will transfer them to the Hotel Los Tajibos (included in package).
August 13: Transfer to Yuracaré Lodge
After breakfast guests will transfer to the airport to meet their charter flight to the Chimoré airport (40 minutes). At Chimore guests will then transfer by truck (approx. 4 hours) to the Lower Ichoa River and El Carmen Village. From the village guests will take boats upstream (approx 3 hours) to the camp. Once at the camp guests will meet the rest of the team, settle into their tent and get ready for the week of fishing ahead.
August 14 – August 18: Fishing the Ichoa, Namajti and Slotosama Rivers
Five days of guided fishing.
August 19: Depart Yuracaré Lodge
Early this morning guests will depart the camp and fish their way downstream to El Carmen village, arriving at approximately 5PM. At El Carmon guests will be met by their driver who will transfer them (approx. 4 hours) to Los Tucanes Hotel (included in package) in Villa Tunari.
August 20, 2021: Depart Villa Tunari
After breakfast guests will be transferred to Chimoré for their charter flight back to Santa Cruz. In Santa Cruz guests will be transferred to the Los Tajibos Hotel (included in package if necessary) or the airport for their return flight home.
August 21,2021: Depart Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Guests that did not depart the prior evening will depart today.