Bolivia: Tsimane River Lodge

Bolivia

Tsimane River Lodge

Located in a remote, indigenous territory of Bolivia where the Andes meet the upper Amazon, the rivers of the region are both familiar and foreign. Technically jungle freestones, these rivers are similar to the smaller winter steelhead systems of the Pacific Northwest or the hearty trout systems on the west side of New Zealand’s South Island, but the fierce migratory golden dorado that inhabit these rivers mandate more tarpon-like techniques. In Bolivia, anglers wading wet with eight weight rods cast five inch flies on wire leaders through endless water types with consistent catches of pugnacious, aerial dorado in the 8 – 35 pound class. Without exception, all of the anglers we sent to Tsimane in 2009 rate the trip among the top three angling experiences in their extensive careers.

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The lodge

Tsimane is actually a two lodge program and the newly built lodges, Asunta and Pluma, have been carved out of the jungle using a combination of site milled hardwood and plank material shipped up the river. The lodges are in spectacular settings and are best described as being rustically elegant. Each has a main lodge and three ample cabins that are joined by decks overlooking the rivers. All cabins have private bathrooms with showers. The lodges are also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water, and wireless internet service. Both lodges have young, energetic chefs from Argentina who serve a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.

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11 days itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Day 2 Charter flight to Tsimane’s Asunta Lodge
Day 3-5 3 days of guided fishing at Asunta
Day 6 Tsimane’s Pluma Lodge
Day 7-9 Fishing (one of three beats in the Pluma area)
Day 10 Oromomo Indian Community
Day 11 Departure
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11 days itienrary

Day 1: Arrive Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In Bolivia you will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to your hotel. There you will settle into your room then go to a welcome dinner where a member of the team will further explain the details of the trip (included in package).

Day 2: Charter flight to Tsimane’s Asunta Lodge. At the lodge you will be met by your guides, shown to your tents and then get set up to fish the home pool.

Day 3-5: 3 days of guided fishing at Asunta.

Day 6: In the morning the charter plane will arrive to transfer you to Tsimane’s Pluma Lodge. To get to the lodge, the plane will land on the Oromomo Indian Communities air strip. Then guides will transfer you 2 – 4 hours up river to the lodge. Depending on timing it may be possible to fish around the Pluma Lodge home pool this evening. Overnight at the Pluma Lodge.

Day 7-9: Each day teams fish one of three beats in the Pluma area and overnight at the 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: Departure