Arapaima Paradise Lodge

Arapaima Paradise Lodge Fishing Trip to Bolivia

Trip Summary

Destination Arapaima Paradise Lodge
Country Bolivia
Season June to November
Trip Type Giant Arapaima and Catfish Adventure Trip
Species Arapaima ~ Pacu ~ Corvinata ~ loads of Cats including Amarillo/Jau ~ Paleta/Firewood Surubim ~ Tiger/Shovelnosed Surubim ~ Granulated ~ Flatwhiskered ~ Jundia and Redtail Cats ~ Payara/Vampire Fish and much, much more ......
Description Beautiful lodge built on the top of the hill, within the property of a Brazil-nut harvesting farm/Hacienda deep in the Bolivian jungle.
Cost $4750 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
Duration 6 days fishing and 7 nights at our lodge

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Trip Introduction

Chase Amazon Giants: An Angler's Expedition

This exclusive fishing adventure is designed for anglers seeking legendary encounters with the Amazon's most magnificent fish.

Our base camp: a beautiful lodge nestled within a working Brazil Nut farm, offering a unique blend of comfort and adventure.

Target Trophy Fish:

The Mighty Arapaima: Hook into prehistoric giants, the legendary Arapaima, reaching colossal sizes.

Bruiser Catfish: Battle a variety of colossal catfish species, from world record breaking Jau Catfish, hard-fighting Redtail Cat to the whiskered wonders, Granulated Catfish (we hold the world record for this species),Flat-Whiskered Cat and much more.

Ferocious Fighters: Depending on water levels and clarity, test your skills against the lightning-fast Payara (Vampire Fish) and the powerful Pacu.

Species Galore: Reel in a diverse range of other Amazonian inhabitants, each offering a unique fight.

Beyond the Water: Experience the charm of staying within a working Brazil nut farm, offering a glimpse into the local way of life. Unwind in the tranquil setting of our lodge, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Amazon Rainforest.

This is more than a fishing trip; it's an Amazonian expedition. Join us and create unforgettable memories as you chase the legendary giants of the rainforest!

The Fishing

Taming the Amazon Giants: Arapaima & Catfish Encounters

The Amazon beckons with legendary fish, and none are more coveted than the mighty Arapaima. This prehistoric leviathan, an air breather reaching over 15 feet and 500lbs, lurks in the many lagoons and lakes scattered throughout the system.

The massive Arapaima:

  • Catch & Release Sanctuary: Our commitment to conservation ensures Arapaima are unharmed. Witness their impressive surface “rolls” for air, cast to them and fight them hard, then carefully revive and release them to fight another day.
  • Multiple Taming Methods: Target these giants with various tactics: streamer flies for the ultimate fly-fishing experience, medium-sized lures to trigger explosive strikes, or heavy tackle with braided line with live/dead baits for epic battles.

Catfish Extravaganza:

The Amazon’s depths harbor a variety of colossal catfish, each offering a unique challenge:

  • Surubim (Shovel-nosed Tiger Cats): We have three species of these sleek, hieroglyphically-marked predators that all fight hard and can reach over 50lbs. Some, like the “Paleta” (Firewood Shovel-nose), offer a quirky appearance. While generally using live/dead baits, lures can sometimes tempt these whiskered warriors.
  • Flat-whiskered Cat: This dynamite fish packs a punch for its size, averaging 15lbs and renowned for its delicious flesh.
  • Granulated Cat: We hold the world record for this species and they are plentiful in most of the main river system.
  • Redtail Cat: Prepare for a screaming reel! These hard-fighting champions, reaching 80lbs, will take you on a wild ride through the river.
  • Jau Cat: Nicknamed the “Rottweilers” of the river, these massive catfish (up to 180lbs) reside in fast-moving waters and rocky areas. Landing one requires a combination of finesse and brute force. We have caught many huge Jaus well over the world record here.


The Accommodation

Your Amazon Oasis Awaits:

Unwind after epic fishing adventures in our comfortable lodge, designed to accommodate 8 anglers. Relax in one of our four air-conditioned twin rooms, each conveniently located within two private chalets. Both chalets boast  their own bathroom with hot and cold shower facilities, ensuring your privacy and comfort.

Gather with fellow anglers in our inviting bar and eating area. Share stories of the day’s catches over delicious meals, featuring a delectable blend of local favorites and American-style classics. Our fully-stocked kitchen prepares top-notch churrascos (grilled meats) and main courses, fueling you for your next adventure on the water.

Imagine this: Kicking back in the spacious lounge area, reliving the day’s excitement with your fellow anglers, or simply soaking in the beauty of the Amazon surroundings from your own balcony. Our lodge is your home base for an unforgettable fishing experience.

Travel Plan

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS – Arrive from Santa Cruz to Riberalta latest this day in the morning. Charter flight to the Lodge and overnight for next 7 nights (all included).

DAY 2-7: Six full days guided fishing

DAY 8: Return to Riberalta early afternoon – TOUR ENDS. Flights are in the mid-late afternoon back to Santa Cruz.

What Does it Cost?

DURATION 6 days fishing and 7 nights at our lodge
COST $4750 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
OCCUPANCY Single anglers, partners, families (with children 9yrs and above), small groups all welcome. Rooms are based on double occupancy.
INCLUDED Return charter flights Riberalta /Lodge/Riberalta, seven nights at lodge with six full days guided Arapaima and Cat fishing, daily laundry, local transfers, all meals while at lodge and all drinks with water, coffee, soft drinks, beer (except liquor which will be charged for).
NOT INCLUDED International or in-country airfares except as mentioned above, tipping (suggested USD $250 per person to be divided between guides and lodge staff), meals and drinks other than in lodge or when fishing, wine, liquor or other drinks other than above, costs associated with medical advice and medications for your trip, lures, fishing tackle etc., visas.
  • Prices are stated as a guide and may be subject to currency and seasonal variations. Please inquire for exact prices for the dates you are interested in.
  • International and in-country flights are not included other than private charter flights, but we can help you arrange them.
  • Terms and conditions of payments: 50% as deposit on reservation, 50% due 90 days before arrival in Riberalta.
  • Please check with your country of residence if visas are required:
  • A full tackle guide and gear list will be provided once a deposit payment has been received for reservation of trip.
  • Tips – we suggest $250 per person to be divided between guides and lodge staff.
  • Through our travel agent partners we are able to secure excellent rates for all your international and domestic flights and travel insurance that are not included in our packages. Please ask for Details.
  • Please check that you have had a Yellow Fever Vaccination and bring your Vaccination Certificate with you in case you are required to show it (Yellow Fever Vaccinations are now valid for life). Also inquire with your doctor for any other medications or vaccines needed.


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