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Pluma Lodge | Golden Dorado Fly Fishing | Bolivia

Overview

Tour code: BOL001

Pluma Lodge in Tsimane is unarguably the best Golden Dorado fishery on the planet and also in the opinion of most of the experts- one of the top 10 fly-fishing destinations worldwide. Located in a remote indigenous territory of Bolivia where the Andes meet the upper Amazon, the Freestone Rivers each season sees hundreds of thousands of baitfish migrate up the river system and with them come thousands of large, aggressively feeding Golden Dorado. Tsimane has three distinct operations, Pluma Lodge, Agua Negra Camp and Secure Camp, all located within a 25-mile radius in the headwaters of Bolivia’s watershed Pluma Lodge, which overlooks the Pluma River is considered the most deluxe and diverse of the Tsimane lodges. Strategically located in the middle of the Pluma River below the confluence of two world-class systems, the upper Pluma and the Itirizama.

Location

This lodge caters to eight anglers per week with fishing mainly based on both up and downstream of the lodge. In addition, 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.

Fishing

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 customers headed to the lower larger Secure River will drive 45 minutes through the jungle via four-man ATV where you will meet your boatman. For customers looking for that ultimate experience, Pluma also offers optional one or two night backpacking-style trips on both the Upper Pluma and Itirizama. These overnights offer unparalleled sight fishing for large Golden Dorado and Pacu. 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. 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. Please note: while dugouts are used often at Pluma, customers will spend lots of their time out of the boat both 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. But please do not let this put you off in any way as any of the many beats available through Pluma Lodge can offer the best fly fishing available. This is a true fly fishing adventure of a lifetime, so it is no surprise that returning customers say this is one of the best fly fishing experiences they have ever had in their life.

Guides

You will be fully guided throughout your time at Pluma Lodge and the guides at this camp all speak perfect English.

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
Pluma Lodge

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.  The lodge has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and materials shipped up the river.

Overlooking the river it 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.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin bedded wooden cabins
Internet: Free Wifi
Power: Generator supply
Meals: In main lodge
Alcohol: Local spirits and beers
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

Arrive Santa Cruz Bolivia

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

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

DAY 3: Saturday

In the morning our staff will pick up the group of 8 anglers around 9:30 am to head to the local airport. The group will then board the charter flight to the Oromomo Indian Community (90-minute flight).

Depart Santa Cruz
Arrive Oromomo Village

On arrival, the guides will welcome the group upon landing, and transfer everyone to the Pluma Lodge. This transfer is a boat ride for 1h (Depending of the water level ) to the 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.

Overnight accommodation: Pluma Lodge Wooden Cabin (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 4 to 9: Sunday to Friday

Spend the next 6 days fishing based on 2 anglers to 1 guide.

You can also if you wish, take an option of one or two-night backpacking-style trips on both the Upper Pluma and Itirizama.

Overnight accommodation: Pluma Lodge Wooden Cabin (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, 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 £7,742 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/10/2020 19/10/2020 12 11 6 £7,742 On Request Sold Out N/A
15/10/2020 26/10/2020 12 11 6 £7,742 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/10/2020 02/11/2020 12 11 6 £7,742 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/06/2021 14/06/2021 12 11 6 £7,742 On Request Sold Out N/A
10/06/2021 21/06/2021 12 11 6 £7,742 On Request Sold Out N/A
17/06/2021 28/06/2021 12 11 6 £7,792 On Request Enquire Now N/A
24/06/2021 05/07/2021 12 11 6 £7,792 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 12/07/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/07/2021 19/07/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/07/2021 26/07/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/07/2021 02/08/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/07/2021 09/08/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Sold Out N/A
05/08/2021 16/08/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Sold Out N/A
12/08/2021 23/08/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/08/2021 30/08/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
26/08/2021 06/09/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
02/09/2021 13/09/2021 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
09/09/2021 20/09/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/09/2021 27/09/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/09/2021 04/10/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/09/2021 11/10/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/10/2021 18/10/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/10/2021 25/10/2021 12 11 6 £7,842 On Request Enquire Now N/A
02/06/2022 13/06/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
09/06/2022 20/06/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/06/2022 27/06/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/06/2022 04/07/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/06/2022 11/07/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/07/2022 18/07/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/07/2022 25/07/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/07/2022 01/08/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/07/2022 08/08/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
04/08/2022 15/08/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
11/08/2022 22/08/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/08/2022 29/08/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
25/08/2022 05/09/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2022 12/09/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/09/2022 19/09/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/09/2022 26/09/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/09/2022 03/10/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/09/2022 10/10/2022 12 11 6 £7,892 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in twin rooms at Pluma Lodge (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 Pluma Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals and drinks at Pluma Lodge
  • 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 $670 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 visit your GP to arrange)

A valid passport is mandatory for entry into Bolvia. You 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 matters 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 too 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 Pluma Lodge 70 mins 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?

Anglers fishing the main Pluma, the Upper Pluma and the Itirizama will depart the lodge by dugout while customers headed to the lower larger Secure River will drive 45 minutes through the jungle via four-man ATV where you will meet your boatman.

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?

Pluma 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 Pluma 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 1 hour.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

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.  The lodge has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and materials shipped up the river. Overlooking the river it 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.

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 Pluma 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

Peter

Peter just to let you know I had a great time, the lodge and staff made the trip. I caught lots of Golden Dorado and on my best i even managed 5 fish in 1 hour all in the same pool.

We found the best fishing where the dirty water joined the clear streams as it made perfect ambush points.

I have sent you a few pictures to share

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter it was great talking to you and you have made me even more excited for next year now.

Thanks fir the pictures it certainly looks like you had a great time. I hope I can be of a assistance in the future and one-day even have you on one of my hosted trips.

Thanks again for your customRegards Peter

Tom

Glad to see that you have added these programs to your website. We have been here a few times and can only say good things. Great fishing, great guides perfection.

We have used Sportquest also a few times and happy to see that they are expanding to cover more destinations with their 1st class service.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tom

Thank you so much for your comments, I did not know you guys had been there. Will catch up on the phone soon.

Again thanks for the comments people will think I am paying you.

Love to see some of your pictures from the trips buddy.

Regards Peter

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