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From $4,250
per person, double occupancy

10 days/9 nights
6 days fishing

plus airfare

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Prehistoric Pirarucu
Here’s your chance to fish for the legendary Pirarucu, considered by many to be the world's largest freshwater fish, along with many other exotic species. Our remote fishing camp will allow you the opportunity to fish these secluded jungle waters and experience the Amazon in a way you never thought possible.

Ultimate Amazon Adventure


Your target will be the pirarucu, or arapaima, a monstrous fish species dating back nearly 200 million years to the Jurassic period. Pirarucu are one of the only fish that surface about every 15 minutes for air. They can survive up to 24 hours outside the water but can die within minutes if they are not able to come up for a breath. Another great sportfish, the aruana, nicknamed “water monkey,” has tremendous leaping ability to nip insects above the surface, and to occasionally even jump into boats. Peacock bass, pacu, oscars and a variety of catfish are also found here.

A typical fishing day runs from 6:30 AM. until 6:00 PM. Anglers are paired two to a boat with an experienced Brazilian guide. Usually, you will be fishing from narrow-hulled 18-foot V-hull aluminum skiff or 14-foot Jon-boats with a casting platform. All boats have 25-HP outboards, trolling motors, swivel seats and coolers to store drinks and lunches.

For sport anglers, the pirarucú is a strong and brave fighter, which makes long runs and spectacular jumps. It will strike on live and cut bait, spinners, topwater and subsurface lures, as well as streamers and other big flies.

Although the possibility of hooking a 200-pound pirarucú is real, you’ll be more likely catching fish up to 100 pounds. We recommend not to oversize your tackle and use 25-45 lb. rods with 65-80 lb. test line. Fly tackle for the pirarucú should be at least 8-weight. If you’re going after the big catfish, heavy saltwater equipment is required.

10 days/9 nights
6 days fishing

(2008 Rates)
10 days/9 nights/6 days fishing
$4250 per person (double occupancy) plus international airfare to Manaus

$1500 per person. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.

Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: Airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.


  • Airport transfers in Manaus
  • Round-trip commercial flights between Manaus and Tefe
  • Boat transportation between Tefe and Camp
  • Camp accommodations
  • Meals & beverages at camp
  • Guided fishing for Pirarucu (two anglers per boat)
  • Beer & soft drinks while fishing

International airfare and airport departure taxes, visa fees, fishing tackle, tips, gifts or items of a personal nature.

August through October.

Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates

You'll depart Thursday evening from Miami on an evening flight to Manaus, Brazil. Upon arrival, transfer to your commercial flight to an outlying airport, where you will be met by an English-speaking staff member who will take you to the camp location. (The boat trip takes 4-6 hours.) You might even be able to spot wildlife, such as pink river dolphins, in the Solimões river.

8 anglers per week.

Two anglers share roomy safari-style floating cabins. These units are actually constructed on small floating barges, which can be easily towed to new fishing areas and securely beached in scenic jungle settings. Each floating cabin offers two comfortable beds, air-conditioning unit, fluorescent overhead lighting, chairs and tables. Each unit has its own bathroom facility, with sink, toilet and solar shower. Each camp typically accommodates up to 8 anglers. There is no need to overpack as laundry service is available.

Breakfasts are hearty. You'll typically take a one hour midday break to enjoy a lunch that you prepare early that morning from a variety of deli meats. Dinner is served at the camp around 7:00 PM and features a tasty array of chicken, steak or fish.

(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)

Thursday to Saturday schedule
Day 1: Depart Miami in evening
Day 2: Late night/Early morning arrival in Manaus. Commercial flight and boat transfer to fishing area. Orientation. Overnight at camp.
Days 3-7: Full fishing days. Overnight at camp.
Day 8: Return to Manaus and overnight in local hotel.
Day 9. Transfer to airport for your international departure. flight.

A valid passport with at least six months validity is required for U.S. citizens, as well as a valid Brazilian tourist visa. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports and visas. Visa application forms may be available through Quest! or the country's consulate.

Malaria tablets recommended. Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Drink plenty of bottled water to keep yourself hydrated. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.

The official language in Brazil is Portuguese. The camp host speaks English. Some of the guides have a very basic working knowledge of English with respect to fishing. Many Spanish words are similar enough to Portuguese that rudimentary communication in Spanish may be possible. Learning a few key words in the host country's language may prove beneficial and your efforts to communicate will be appreciated.

Daytime temperatures typically range from 80-100 degrees during the day, but typically cool down to the 70s in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours can occur even during the "dry season" so be sure to pack a rainsuit. Humidity in the tropics can play havoc with cameras or other electronic devices.

We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.

Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.

Information in Trip Details is subject to change without notice. FishQuest is not responsible for any unintentional omissions, or erroneous information which may be provided by the local operator. See our general Terms and Conditions statement. Information contained within this website is copyrighted by FishQuest and unauthorized use of photographs, graphics or text is prohibited by law.

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