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Bolivian Adventures' Caño Negro Lodge and mobile "Floating Lodge" offer every possible combination of angling adventure in remote, previously unfished areas of north eastern Bolivia. Choose between lagoon or river fishing, spin casting, bait casting, fly-fishing or just relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings and abundant wildlife. You will see macaws, parrots, storks, geese, ducks and unique animal species such as caiman and capybara in a lush, sub-tropical setting. Bolivia is also the world's new mecca for high-volume dove hunting. Fifteen to twenty million eared doves (Zenaida Auriculata) migrate from Brazil each April to feed on the literally millions of acres of sorghum, sunflowers and soybeans. They stay until November, offering bird hunting that can only be described as "astonishing." The "high volume fishing" spectacular for peacock bass, payara, pacu and other hard-fighting jungle species can be combined with "high volume shooting" to make for a fantastic "Cast and Blast" trip if desired.

A two-hour air charter from Las Palomas Hunting Lodge or Santa Cruz lands you at the Rio Negro/Rio San Simon fishing area and Caño Negro Lodge. Here, the mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America, offers the thrilling, tackle-busting fishing experience of a lifetime. Hailed as "tarpon on steroids", these payara range from five to twenty-five pounds and can exceed 50 pounds! Ten to fifteen hookups a day is the norm on big payara.

In addition to payara, these river and lagoon systems have the highest concentrations of peacock bass found anywhere on earth. The peacocks here range from around three to twelve pounds and the daily catch numbers are amazing—it's common for one angler to land fifty to one hundred explosive-hitting peacocks a day! Other excellent gamefish include brawny pacu up to thirty pounds, brilliant yatoranas, muturos and surubi (giant catfish). Peacocks here range from two to twelve pounds.

Caño Negro Lodge is clean and comfortable, with spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms with private baths, a well-appointed dining room and an adjacent lounge and bar with a scenic view of the vast, live lagoons fed by springs and the Rio Negro.

Bolivian Adventures' new "Floating Lodge" near the Bolivia-Brazil border (also a two hour charter flight), is another fantastic option for untouched, front door fishing for large payara and peacock bass, along with the many other species native to the Amazon basin.

The Floating Lodge offers double-occupancy sleeping accommodations with air conditioning and nice bath facilities. Dining and lounge/bar are located on separate floating lodges.

The food and service at both camps is the same high-standard found at Molina's Las Palomas Lodge. Guides are knowledgeable of the river systems and attentive with a myriad of boats and new outboards suited to the various rivers and conditions.

For sheer numbers of fish and variety of species, no other location in the world offers better fishing than the Bolivian Amazonas region.


Santa Cruz, a surprisingly international city with a population of 1.2 million is the center of commerce in this agricultural boom region. Its low crime rate, thriving economy and extensive oil and gas production has attracted many American, European and Japanese businessmen. Travel to Santa Cruz is easy. American Airlines has daily 6.5 hour overnight flights from Miami which arrive early in the morning. Aerosur (Bolivia’s air carrier) has non-stop flights several days a week. Flights back to Miami usually operate mid-morning. A departure tax of approximately $25.00 is assessed upon departing Santa Cruz.

For all of the trips—fishing, shooting or combos—guests will be met upon arrival in Santa Cruz, and transferred directly to the charter aircraft terminal for their flight either to the shooting area or fishing area, depending on their arrangements and weather conditions on the arrival day. Guests on a shooting/fishing combo will have an afternoon activity, the scheduled number of full days, then a morning activity followed by lunch and the air charter transfer to the other lodge. Upon arrival there, guests will have an afternoon activity, followed by the scheduled number of full days, then another activity on their departure morning. After a late lunch, guests will transfer via air charter back to Santa Cruz for dinner and overnight at the Los Tajibos Hotel,(guestroom included in price).

$2800 pp - 3 days fishing
$3600 pp - 4 days fishing
$4600 pp - 7 days fishing
(air charters included in the price).
3 day minimum, double occupancy

One night hotel room in Santa Cruz is included in all prices (double occupancy).

All meals in the shooting/fishing areas, single or double accommodations, airport transfers, soft drinks, local liquors, beer and wine, laundry, guides, boats, all local permits and hotel in Santa Cruz if applicable.

Commercial air travel, airport taxes, $135 visa fee, gratuities to lodge staff or fishing guides and fishing camp staff, lures and tackle, and items of a personal nature such as phone calls,and meals in Santa Cruz.

Prime Season
July - November

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