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Agua Negra Camp | Golden Dorado Fly Fishing | Bolivia

Overview

Tour code: BOL002

Tsimane Agua Negra Camp is designed for just 4 people who will fish two main river systems, the Secure and the Agua Negra. Each season hundreds of thousands of baitfish migrate up the greater Secure system and with them come thousands of large, aggressively feeding Dorado. Here it is common to see packs of fierce Dorado herding baitfish into the shallows and mercilessly ripping through them, which makes some of the most exciting fly fishing to be found. The Secure is larger and often carries a good amount of colour.

Location

Agua Negra holds the best waters for sight casting in Tsimane, with big dorados in shallow waters. Also the medium section of the Sécure river is plenty of sh on the structure, and the Chimoro stream is perfect for Yatorana and medium size dorados on light weight tackle.. In addition, below the confluence of the Agua Negra River and  you also have an additional 30 km of the larger Secure River. This additional section offers the biggest water in the whole of the Tsimane program and fishing these sections is not too dissimilar to classic Salmon & Steelhead fishing.

Fishing

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.  For the real adventuresome anglers Agua Negra also offers one or two night backpacking-style trips to the upper reaches of the system. These upper waters are the easiest to reach of Tsimane’s camping options. Food and shelter will be very simple but if this is what you like you are in for an incredible experience with some of the most pristine wilderness sight fishing imaginable. Combine all this amazing fly fishing with Tsimane’s 1st class guiding and luxury tented camp in the middle of nowhere and you are in for a real fishing adventure and one that will stick with you for a very long time.

Guides

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.

For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, can request a free brochure

 

 

Accommodation
Agua Negra Camp

Agua Negra Camp sits on a high bluff overlooking the middle reach of the Secure River. The Camp has great views and often a refreshing breeze and it adjoins a small Yuracaré community of roughly 60 people who still live very simple lives based on hunting, gathering and fishing.

The camp has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and material shipped up the river. The camp is in a spectacular setting and is best described as both rustic and elegant. The main handsome hardwood central building is where you will enjoy meals and cocktails in an open bar and delicious meals served with excellent Argentine wines. The lodge chef serves a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with wonderful flair, you would never guess you were in the middle of the jungle.

Sleeping accommodation is 2 spacious double occupancy safari-style tents with comfortable beds, full linens and private bathrooms with hot showers. The lodge is also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water, and free wireless internet service.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin bedded tents
Internet: Free Wi Fi
Power: Generater 220 Volts
Air Conditioning: No but ceiling fans
Meals: In main building
Alcohol: Local wine, beer & spirits
Shop: Selection of flies, hats and shirts
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Golden Dorado
Season: May to October
Peak: June
Weight: 8lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Pacu
Season: May to October
Peak: June
Weight: 1lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 8.5lb

Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Bolivia the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Madrid
Depart Madrid

DAY 2: (Friday)

On arrival in Bolivia, you will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 5 Star Hotel (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 3: (Saturday)

In the morning a member of our team will pick you up at around 9:30 am to take you to the local airport. You will depart Santa Cruz and arrive in Oromomo Indian Community.

On arrival, the guides will welcome the group upon landing, and transfer everyone to the Agua Negra Camp. This transfer will take between 2 and 3 hours.

At the camp, you will be met by your guides, shown to your rooms and get ready for the next week of fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Agua Negra Camp Luxury Twin Tents (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 4 to 9: Fishing Days (Sunday to Friday)

You will spend the next 6 days fishing based on two anglers to one guide.

You will have the option to join a one or two-night backpacking-style trips on both the Upper Pluma and Itirizama.

Overnight accommodation: Agua Negra Camp Luxury Twin Tents (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 10: (Saturday)

In the morning you will be transferred back to the Oromomo Village via a 70 min motorised dugout canoe ride for your return flight to Santa Cruz.

Depart Oromono Village
Arrive in Santa Cruz.

On arrival, you will be transferred to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 5 Star Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 11 (Sunday)

In the morning you will then be transferred back to the international airport for your return flight.

Depart Santa Cruz Bolivia

DAY 12: (Monday)

Arrive Madrid
Depart Madrid
Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2020 12/10/2020 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Sold Out N/A
08/10/2020 19/10/2020 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Sold Out N/A
15/10/2020 26/10/2020 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/10/2020 02/11/2020 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Sold Out N/A
03/06/2021 14/06/2021 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/06/2021 21/06/2021 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/06/2021 28/06/2021 12 11 6 £6,440 On Request Sold Out N/A
24/06/2021 05/07/2021 12 11 6 £6,440 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 12/07/2021 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/07/2021 19/07/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Sold Out N/A
15/07/2021 26/07/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/07/2021 02/08/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/07/2021 09/08/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
05/08/2021 16/08/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
12/08/2021 23/08/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/08/2021 30/08/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
26/08/2021 06/09/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
02/09/2021 13/09/2021 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
09/09/2021 20/09/2021 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/09/2021 27/09/2021 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/09/2021 04/10/2021 12 11 6 £6,440 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/09/2021 11/10/2021 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/10/2021 18/10/2021 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/10/2021 25/10/2021 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
02/06/2022 13/06/2022 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
09/06/2022 20/06/2022 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/06/2022 27/06/2022 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/06/2022 04/07/2022 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/06/2022 11/07/2022 12 11 6 £6,440 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/07/2022 18/07/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/07/2022 25/07/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/07/2022 01/08/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/07/2022 08/08/2022 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
04/08/2022 15/08/2022 12 11 6 £6,540 On Request Enquire Now N/A
11/08/2022 22/08/2022 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/08/2022 29/08/2022 12 11 6 £6,490 On Request Enquire Now N/A
25/08/2022 05/09/2022 12 11 6 £6,440 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2022 12/09/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/09/2022 19/09/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/09/2022 26/09/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/09/2022 03/10/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/09/2022 10/10/2022 12 11 6 £6,390 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in twin rooms at Agua Negra Camp (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight to Oromomo Village
  • Transfers in Santa Cruz
  • Boat transfer from Oromomo Village to Agua Negra Camp
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals and drinks at Agua Negra Camp
  • 6 days full guided fishing

What's Excluded

  • Fishing Tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals and drinks Santa Cruz 5 star hotel
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Airport Taxes
  • Visas
  • Indigenous and National Park Fees $570 US Dollars to be paid before departure

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Bolivia

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

All visitors to Bolivia should carry a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification. (Please see your GP)

A valid passport is mandatory for entry into Bolvia. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of proposed entry into Bolivia is required to enter and depart Bolivia.

For most European citizens no visa is required. For U.S. citizens seeking to enter Bolivia as tourists must have an entry

visa. Bolivian tourist visas can be applied for by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia’s international airports and at land border crossings. Bolivian tourist visas are valid for one or five years from the date of issuance. The cost of the tourist visa per one year is $60 and per five years is $140 U.S. dollars. These fees can be paid in cash, by deposit to the Bolivian Consulate’s bank account or by money order.

Medical Requirements

We strongly recommend you visit your doctor or county health department before departing for Bolivia. They should be able to help you with health care maters and securing your Yellow Fever Vaccination and Certification.

All visitors to Bolivia should carry a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

For UK Nationals there is no additional airport arrival or departure tax to be paid, other nationals should check with the embassy.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Madrid (approx 9 hrs) Madrid – Santa Cruz Bolivia (approx 12 hrs) Santa Cruz Bolivia – Oromomo Village (approx 1.5 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in Economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

On the private charter flight to and from Oromomo Village the baggage allowance is 1 bag 25 kilos, please be mindful of this limit as if to many people are overweight some bags may not travel.  Please restrain bringing unnecessary weight to the jungle lodges. Luggage weight Limit is 25 kilos. We use small planes for transfers and we are really strict in all safety measures and baggage weight limits are strictly adhered to. You will be able to leave items not needed at camp with the Hotel in Santa Cruz concierge if you are returning to the hotel at the end of the week. We recommend this for travelling clothes, etc.

Transfer Time

From Oromomo Village to Agua Negra Camp 2 to 3 hrs by boat.

Questions & Answers

WHERE IS THE DESTINATION?

Pluma Lodge is located in a remote indigenous territory of Bolivia where the Andes meet the upper Amazon, the Freestone Rivers.

WHERE WILL I FISH?

Agua Negra holds the best waters for sight casting in Tsimane, with big dorados in shallow waters. Also the medium section of the Sécure river is plenty of sh on the structure, and the Chimoro stream is perfect for Yatorana and medium size dorados on light weight tackle.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

Below the confluence of the Pluma River and Secure River you have an additional 30 km of the larger Secure River. This additional section offers the biggest water in the whole of the Tsimane program and fishing these sections is not too dissimilar to classic Salmon & Steelhead fishing.

WHAT FISH WILL I CATCH?

Agua Negra lodge offers unparalleled sight fishing for large Golden Dorado and Pacu.

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH?

This is subject to weather and river conditions and anglers ability.

HOW WILL I FISH?

You will be fishing using fly tackle to target the magnificent Golden Dorado, this is normally done by sight fishing for certain fish.

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

Yes the guides all speak perfect English.

WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS DESTINATION?

Fly anglers with a good level of fitness are best suited to this destination.

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

You really do need to have a basic knowledge of fly fishing

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

These trips are physically demanding with several hours of aggressive hiking and multiple river crossings that are needed to reach these prime waters, making this the most arduous of the Tsimane offerings.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The Agua Negra River is best fished between the months of May to October with some of the best fishing in August – September.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

You will depart the UK and arrive in Miami where you will the depart from and head to the airport of Santa Cruz in Bolivia.  You will then overnight in Santa Cruz before being flown the next morning into the Bolivian rainforest where you will land at the Oromomo Village and then be transferred to the camp which is approximately 2-3 hours.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

Agua Negra Camp sits on a high bluff overlooking the middle reach of the Secure River. The Camp has great views and often a refreshing breeze and it adjoins a small Yuracaré community of roughly 60 people who still live very simple lives based on hunting, gathering and fishing. The camp has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and material shipped up the river. The camp is in a spectacular setting and is best described as both rustic and elegant. The main handsome hardwood central building is where you will enjoy meals and cocktails in an open bar and delicious meals served with excellent Argentine wines. The lodge chef serves a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with wonderful flair, you would never guess you were in the middle of the jungle.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

The kitchen will be headed by an Argentina chef who will serve a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.

DOES THE LODGE PROVIDE FISHING TACKLE?

No fishing tackle is provided at the Agua Negra Lodge.

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

Free wi-fi is available at the hotel but phone signal is extremely limited.

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

This camp is in the middle of the Bolivian rainforest so other activities are very limited.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab above.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.

Reviews

Simon

Peter, just want to add my comments to Marks, we were both on the same week at Agua Negra and what an amazing place. Good to see that Sportquest is adding the Tsimane operations to your list of operations. We have used you guys twice so far and if you had the Agua Negra on your books we can honestly say we would have booked through you.

So far you have never let us down and we just love how you take good care of everything, makes life easy. we can concentrate on making money while you look after us like kings.

A big thanks from all the guys, and we look forward in chatting again soon.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Simon, yes I remember looking after all of you. It was a great Sea Trout fishing trip that we had you all on and before a Salmon fishing trip in Canada.

Thank you so much for the kind remarks, we try very hard to make things as easy as possible for you all.

Give me a call sometime when you are free as it will be good to chat about what you all want to do next.

Tight Lines Peter

Mark

Hi just to say we love your site, we are from the USA and last year we had the pleasure in fishing and staying at Tsimane's Agua Negra Camp.

The fishing on both rivers was first class, fishing the Secure which tends to be more coloured was good fun for lots of action and sheer numbers of fish, we landed 83 for our week. Personally I enjoyed fishing the smaller Agua Negra River, as there was more sight fishing to be done.

Keep ups the good work

Mark

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Mark

So glad that we are keeping you guy's happy even across the pond in the mighty USA. Its always a pleasure looking after customers and it never stops amazing us how far the Sportquest service reputation has travelled around the world.

I look forward in talking to you all again soon.

Peter

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