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Secure Lodge | Golden Dorado Fly Fishing | Bolivia

Overview

Tour code: BOL003

Tsimane is located within the National Park Isiboro Secure and an Indigenous Territory, where the Amazon jungle meets the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The location is an Indigenous Territory and a National Park where the catch and release fly fishing activity is solely allowed for Tsimane projects. The landscape is incredibly wild and remote, the rivers where we fish are the headwaters of some Amazon tributaries, and its gin-clear currents run through jungle and mountains. This is one of the most pristine environments of the world.

Location

Based on the comforts of the main Secure Lodge and the chance of doing headwater out-camps, you will have access to three different sectors: Río Sécure-high sector, Secure River-medium sector and the streams called Maniquicito and Ashahana. This broad variety of waters and pools allow groups to fish in fresh water every day, and rarely if ever, repeat the same fishing beat. Madeira River and the Amazon itself is one with the widest biodiversity in the world. This river is born in the confluence of the Nutusama and Cascarrillas streams. Along with its first sectors, this river goes from north to south; moreover, between the Mosetenes Range and the Eva Eva Mountain Range; it is wedged among peaks that range from 900 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The river length is 497 km until it reaches the Isiboro River. Higher Sécure river: This is the sector of the Secure River that is found upstream from the Secure Lodge. The river here is extremely beautiful with crystal clear water, wedged among mountains and allows anglers an extremely close and exciting contact with the jungle. The means of transportation are handmade Chiman wood dugout canoes powered by pushing poles or engines.

Fishing

Fishing is during the dry season, from May to October; a time of the year where South America’s most impressive migration of freshwater Sabalos and Dorados takes place. Millions of these fish arrive every year in order to spawn between December and January. Besides Dorado, you can catch big Pacus and Yatoranas, and occasionally Surubi and a smaller variety of Dorado which are only found in the Amazon. After a few hours navigating upstream, one can encounter two small tributaries (the Ashahana and the Maniquisito). On the higher Secure we find Dorados of over 30lb, many of them residents. There are also a lot of Pacus, Moturos, Surubis and Yatoranas, which are excellent species for practising different fishing techniques. Upstream of Ashahana, a small creek, the Secure River becomes even smaller and very rugged. A huge amount of Pacus can be found eating fruit or leaves in shallow and deep waters. These amazing trophies can be caught using, fruit imitations, small crankbaits. Tricking such species is not easy and once you hook them, their fight on light tackle is amazing. This area offers the chance of an outcamp for customers that want to spend one night up here and experience the highest headwaters and most unspoiled waters of the Secure River. The middle sector of the Secure River runs from Secure Lodge to the Ushwea Village. The fishing here is carried out by fishing downstream and the means of transportation is with dugout canoes, poled or engine powered. The middle section of the Secure River is shallow and open, similar to the rivers further down on the in plain regions. Its clear waters gradually become coloured due to tributaries that sweep sediments from the high plateau. More and more logs and fallen trees are found in the typical stone structure of the Secure River. The logs, sunken trees and subsurface structure are the perfect ambush points for a large number of Dorados. The beats in this sector are more accessible. The river features a large variety of fishing situations. There are long runs, “flats” with sandy riverbanks, and fords with ditches and deep pools. Dorados are undoubtedly the kings in this sector of the river; however, very large Pacues can be caught in the deep pools, where food brought by the current gets jammed. Combine all this amazing fly fishing with Tsimane’s 1st class guiding and a 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

The guides at this camp all speak very good English.

If you have any questions on any of the Golden Dorado fishing trips contact us in the office, our team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

You can find all of our Golden Dorado fishing destinations here.

 

 

Accommodation
Secure Lodge

Tsimane is located within the National Park Isiboro Secure and an Indigenous Territory, where the Amazon jungle meets the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The location is an Indigenous Territory and a National Park where the catch and release fly fishing activity is solely allowed for Tsimane projects.

The landscape is incredibly wild and remote, the rivers where we fish are the headwaters of some Amazon tributaries, and its gin-clear currents run through jungle and mountains. This is one of the most pristine environments in the world.

Secure Lodge Fishing Camps

The six-person Secure Camp is the furthest upstream of the three camps and focuses on the uppermost reaches of the Secure River. It is accessed from an airstrip in the little village of Asunta, where it is common for many members of the community to come out and have a look at the new arrivals, their clean quick-dry clothing and their big bags of gear and tackle. From there it is about a 10-minute boat ride upstream to the deluxe six-person tent camp.

Key Features

  • Board – Full Board
  • Power – Generator 220V
  • Alcohol – Local wine, beer and spirits
  • Rooms – Twin bedded tents
  • Air Conditioning – Ceiling fans only
  • Shop – Selection of flies, hats and shirts
  • Internet – Free WiFi
  • Meals – In the main building
  • Cash Accepted – US Dollars

Accommodation

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 camp features a handsome hardwood lodge with an open bar, Wi-Fi and delicious meals paired with excellent Argentine wines.

Sleeping accommodation is 3 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.

Inside Secure Lodge in Bolivia
Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin bedded tents
Internet: Free Wi Fi
Power: Generator 220 Volts
Air Conditioning: Ceiling fans only
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: (Wednesday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Madrid
Depart Madrid

DAY 2: (Thursday)

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: (Friday)

In the morning our staff will pick up the group of 6 anglers around 9:30 am to head to the local airport. The group will then board the charter flight to the Asunta Indian Community (90 minute flight).

Depart Santa Cruz
Arrive Asunta Indian Community.

On arrival the guides will welcome the group upon landing, and transfer everyone to the Secure Lodge. This transfer is a boat ride for 10 mins (Depending of the water level ) to the Secure Lodge.

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: Secure Lodge Twin Tents / Cabins (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 4 to 9: (Saturday to Thursday)

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 the upper systems.

Overnight accommodation: Secure Lodge Twin Tents / Cabins (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 10: (Friday)

In the morning you will be transferred back to the Asunta Indian Community via a 10 mins motorised dugout canoe ride, for your return flight to Santa Cruz.

Depart Asunta Indian Community
Arrive Santa Cruz.

On arrival you will be transferred to your overnight hotel

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

DAY 11: (Saturday)

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

Depart Santa Cruz Bolivia.

DAY 12: (Sunday)

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

Depart Santa Cruz Bolivia

DAY 13: (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
07/10/2020 19/10/2020 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Sold Out N/A
14/10/2020 26/10/2020 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/10/2020 02/11/2020 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Sold Out N/A
02/06/2021 13/06/2021 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
09/06/2021 20/06/2021 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/06/2021 27/06/2021 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/06/2021 04/07/2021 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/06/2021 11/07/2021 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Sold Out N/A
07/07/2021 18/07/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Sold Out N/A
14/07/2021 25/07/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Sold Out N/A
21/07/2021 01/08/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Sold Out N/A
28/07/2021 08/08/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/08/2021 29/08/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
25/08/2021 05/09/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 12/09/2021 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/09/2021 19/09/2021 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/09/2021 26/09/2021 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/09/2021 03/10/2021 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/09/2021 10/10/2021 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/10/2021 17/10/2021 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/10/2021 25/10/2021 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 12/06/2022 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/06/2022 19/06/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/06/2022 26/06/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/06/2022 03/07/2022 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/06/2022 10/07/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/07/2022 17/07/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
13/07/2022 24/07/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
20/07/2022 31/07/2022 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
27/07/2022 07/08/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/08/2022 14/08/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/08/2022 21/08/2022 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/08/2022 28/08/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
24/08/2022 04/09/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
31/08/2022 11/09/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/09/2022 18/09/2022 13 11 6 £6,528 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/09/2022 25/09/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/09/2022 02/10/2022 13 11 6 £6,478 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/09/2022 09/10/2022 13 11 6 £6,428 On Request Enquire Now N/A
05/10/2022 16/10/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A
12/10/2022 23/10/2022 13 11 6 £6,378 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in twin rooms at Secure 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 Secure Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals and drinks at Secure 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 $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 Secure Lodge 10 mins by boat.

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Sécure lodge is situated in the Sécure River headwaters, which is the perfect location to run our Golden Dorado fishing trips.

Where do they fish?

On our Golden Dorado fishing trips we fish the productive waters of the Secure River above and below the camp. The water upstream of camp is rugged and incredibly scenic with mossy cliffs and deep green pools and is known to have the region’s best Pacu fishing in addition to great Golden Dorado fishing. This upper beat is accessed by traditional pole-pushed dugouts. The water downstream is broader with more woody debris. It offers good wade fishing and good boat fishing for large Golden Dorado and is accessed by motorised dugouts. Like the other two camps, Secure also offers backpacking-style trips to the upper reaches of the system.

Customers will fish the upper reaches of the Secure system as well as optional tributaries accessing more than 25 km of pristine water out of the main camp. Secure anglers will fish two anglers per motorised dugout with an Argentine fly fishing guide as well as one or two native boatmen. They will fish beats both up and downstream of the Camp.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

From the camp, you can be fishing within minutes or if you are venturing further up or down the river you can travel for more than an hour to the fishing grounds. Having said that, the fishing is well worth the wait and travel time.

What fish will I catch?

Our Golden Dorado fishing trips are based on targeting Golden Dorado, having said that you will never pass up on the opportunities to catch all the other species like Amazon Pacu, Catfish.

How many fish will I catch?

The amount of fish you will catch on will depend on a few factors. One is angling experience, the other is the water conditions. We try to plan these fishing trips at the peak times of the year so if the rivers are in perfect condition a competent angler can expect to catch 3 to 4 fish per day.

How do they fish?

You will fish using both sight casting and blind casting in deeper pools or coloured water areas. It involves casting large baitfish pattern flies across the river at a slightly downstream angle and then stripping the fly back. The takes and explosion from the Golden Dorado is something to be experienced.

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides speak English to varying degrees, many of the guides are Argentinian. The local boatmen will only speak basic English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This is a great trip for any fly anglers wanting to target and catch Golden Dorado and be completely surrounded by stunning scenery.

What skill level is required?

Although beginner fly anglers are welcome at the lodge and on our hosted Golden Dorado fishing trips, everyone would achieve better results if they can cast to a basic level. Casting big flies quickly and safely will allow you to gain much more from your holiday. Often it does not require long casts which helps.

How physically demanding is this trip?

There is a fair amount of walking, hiking and wading on this hosted Golden Dorado fishing trip, plus we are fishing in the jungle so expect heat and high humidity. Customers need to have a reasonable amount of fitness for the weeks trip.

When is the best time to go?

We run our hosted Golden Dorado fishing trips in one of the peak periods the month of August which is the month that the Tsimane videos where filmed.

How to get there?

To get to our hosted Golden Dorado fishing we fly to Santa Cruz and from there we fly to an airstrip in the little village of Asunta, where it is common for many members of the community to come out and have a look at the new arrivals. From there it is about a 15-minute boat ride upstream to the deluxe six-person tent camp.

What is the accommodation like?

The Camp has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and material shipped up the river and is best described as both rustic and elegant. The camp features a handsome hardwood Camp with an open bar, Wi-Fi and delicious meals paired with excellent Argentine wines. Customers stay in spacious double occupancy safari-style tents with comfortable beds, full linens and private bathrooms with showers. The camp is also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water and wireless internet service.

What is the food like?

The Camp has a main building where anglers enjoy meals and cocktails The chefs at Secure Camp are from Argentina and serve a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Dorado

Is Internet and phone signal available?

There is free WiFi but do not expect to share photos or videos over the internet as the strength is not good enough. It is good enough to send and receive just text e-mails.

Are there other activities available?

The fishing camp does cater for anglers, however if you so wished to take a day off from the fishing, our local guides for a tip will only be more than happy to show you around their wonderful jungle with is amazing wildlife.

How much does it cost?

Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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