Depending on your destination, you will fly to a main international airport nearest to your fishing destination and perhaps even another domestic flight to the next town or city. Charter flights or road transportation are then organised to take you to your final destination.
How do I get there?
Most Latin American folk are fun and lively with a great sense of humour. They like it when we ‘gringos’ can get involved with them from the start and most guides will bend over backwards to help and make sure you have a trip of a lifetime.
What are the people like?
Many Latin American countries demand a Yellow Fever document to travel with you at all times and some countries will not allow you entry without one. It is also advisable to have inoculations for Hepatitis and Tetanus. Most areas are totally Malaria-free, although it is always advisable to take Malarone or Mefloquine as a precaution in any Malaria area (we can advise you which areas are within this range).
What health precautions do I need to know about, vaccinations and medication etc. ?
We are not in the business of taking you to dangerous places. All our destinations have been chosen for our clients to feel safe and looked after in every way. All our camps, boats and lodges are operated by expert and experienced staff and clients are safely secured in any of our destinations.
Is it dangerous?
We have chosen our destinations to coincide with the best possible weather, although tropical storms can occur at any time. Depending on the areas to be fished, most are hot and sunny throughout the day and sultry during the evenings. Most camps, lodges and boats have air conditioning or fans.
What will the weather conditions be like during my stay?
Difficult one to answer, but in the Amazon, we choose our dates with care to coincide with the dry season. As it can be raining in the South watersheds and dry in the Northern watersheds, we have different destinations for different times of the year.
What is the best season?
Depending on the time of year chosen and the destinations, we can advise you on fish species and countries to be visited. In the Amazon, for Peacock Bass it must be the Negro watershed, while for Giant Dorado, La Zona in Argentina wins hands-down. You want giant Catfish? Come on one of our Exploratory Trips. We have a destination for every type of fishing you want to do.
Where is the best destination and where can I have a chance at catching the biggest fish?
To be honest, some of our destinations are hard-core and not suitable for some women or children, i.e. our Exploratory Trips, with little in the way of mod cons. But our luxury motherboats and lodges have it all: comfort, nice rooms, top-notch food, the lot. Many places are ideal for kids too, especially in the Brazilian Amazon. Kids can handle these trips well and many have come back time and time again with Dad.
Can I bring my wife and is our destination suitable for kids?
The Amazon and many of our other Latin American destinations have the most unbelievable and abundant amount of wildlife and wonderful scenery. They are ideal for photographers and nature lovers as well as anglers.
What about non-fishermen?
Normally there is a satellite phone or radio aboard the motherboat or at the lodge and camps. If Steve is with you, he always has a sat. phone to use which is turned on every evening. Sat. messages can be sent by anyone to this phone in emergencies too.
Can I be contacted in case of emergency?
Once a deposit has been made, we will send you a pre-trip preparation, complete with packing and suggested gear list to take with you.
Can you help me with pre-trip preparation? What clothes should I take? What tackle should I bring?
We have fish species for everyone, from the Giant Tarpon in Costa Rica, the mighty Peacock Bass and Payara of the Amazon, to the little baitfish caught for Catfish bait. Depending on the destination chosen, we can advise on all tackle requirements for each species.
What species will I expect to catch on my trip?
We advise you to take out travel, health and personal insurance for any possible event.
What about insurance?
Most countries in Latin America require US guests to get a Visa, while members of the EEC, British, French etc require none. Our US representatives can help in arranging US visas for you.
What about Visas?
Always bring a copy of your passport as you may lose your original. Take your Yellow Fever book with you to each country.
What documentation will I need?
Our associate travel agent will arrange the lot, from all flights, any hotel stays required and even travel insurance. We advise booking flexible flights.
What about my airline tickets?
Depending where you would like to fish and which species, we can supply you with dates and costs for every trip. Please check each destination and species pages.
What are the availabilities of each trip and the capacity of each group?
Most of our Amazon destinations are in Brazil and Portuguese is the language here. In all other Latin American destinations, Spanish is spoken. On most of our trips there will be an English-speaking manager and most guides speak limited English, but mostly for the important fishing phrases!
What language is spoken at our destination and how will I communicate with my guide(s).
Most of the cities near our destinations are all fascinating with their own deep-grown history. All have many great sights and locations to visit. We can arrange these for you. Remember, you are in charge of your flights although you need to arrive at specific times at the start of your trip.
Can I stay more time for a city tour or other activities?
Most of our destinations are for double occupancy but special rates can be arranged for single supplements i.e. single rooms, one angler per boat etc.
How much will it cost me extra for a single supplement and single room?
Average tips are $20-25 for each day fished for guides and camp staff per angler. Of course if you feel you have been especially taken care of, or you have caught that all important huge fish, and feel you would like to tip anyone with more, please do so. You will make a friend for life!
How much are tips generally to guides and camp/boat staff?
You can stay for as long as you like, although we recommend two weeks as a maximum stay on the river. Many of our clients get to the end of the week and wish they could stay for longer, while others are tired and want to go home. Special deals can be arranged for any clients who would like an extended trip.
Can I extend my fishing trip by another week?
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