per person, double occupancy
7 days/6 nights
3-1/2 days fishing
Sink Your Teeth into Wild Payara Fishing
The El Dorado of payara fishing is Uraima Lodge in eastern Venezuela. It is the most challenging payara fishery in the world. The lodge claims the IGFA’s all-tackle payara record, currently 39 pounds, as well as most line-class marks. You can also fish for aymara, another powerful species inhabiting the Paragua River. Anglers fish in fast water beneath the falls or through the quick currents of the Payara River.
Uraima Falls Lodge
Fishing takes place within five minutes of launching your 30-foot dugout canoe into the river from your very comfortable Indian camp environment. All of the local guides understand the ways of this crafty fish, as well as the currents of the river and falls. The first pattern when fishing Uraima Falls is to stand up on the rocks above the falls and casts plugs to the river below. Let the current sweep your plug downstream and then start the retrieve. This requires some balance and agility on behalf of the angler. The footing can be tricky, so bring good tennis shoes. The second pattern is to drift along with the current while bouncing heavy jigs or spoons off the bottom. The third, and most productive, pattern is trolling Rapala X Raps and deep diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows in the river below the falls. Wire leader is a must for tackling these fierce predators. The camp uses 35' sturdy, dug-out canoes which work well lin the rapids and fast moving water. There is a two man crew on each canoe with two anglers fishing per boat.
7 days/6 nights
3-1/2 days fishing
(Call us for 2017 Season Rates)
2015 rates listed below
9 days/8 nights/5 1/2 days fishing
$5795 per person (3-8 anglers)
(double occupancy) plus international airfare.
*Call FishQuest for price on a party of one or two anglers.
For anglers not needing Caracas hotel and transfers deduct $400 off trip price.
$2000 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.
- Caracas Airport meet and greet and transfers
- Roundtrip flight Caracas to Puerto Ordaz
- First and last nights in Caracas hotel
- Five night lodge accommodations
- All meals & beverages at lodge
- Four days guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)
- Beer & soft drinks while fishing
Domestic airport departure tax ($36) and International departure tax ($70), fishing tackle, tips, gifts or items of a personal nature.
Mid January to mid May. The fishing season for payara at Uraima Lodge coincides with that of the dry season. The season normally runs from December through mid-May, depending on local conditions. River levels in this watershed can change quickly and affect fishing conditions, regardless of the season or historical patterns. Navigation of boats may also be affected. While we make every attempt to monitor such conditions, anglers assume the risk of these natural forces beyond our control.
Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates
Anglers fly into Caracas, Venezuela, and are met at the airport and transferred to Marriot Hotel for overnight. The next morning, anglers are met in the hotel lobby and transfered to the domestic airport for their flight to Puerto Ordaz (45 minutes.) From there, they will take a 3 hour ground transfer to La Paragua. A Uraima Falls boat will meet them at the dock and take them to the camp (3 hours by boat.)
8 anglers per week
Overlooking a breathtaking waterfall, Uraima’s thatched-roof cabins accommodate eight anglers in three churuatas (cabins) with two twin bedrooms in each and one bathroom. (There is no hot water at the camp.) The main churuatas serves all three meals to the anglers.There are also two open churuatas for anglers to siesta underneath.
There is a delightful dining area situated under a very large churuata, equipped with an adjoining open bar. Three meals are served daily and consist of fish, beef and chicken are accompanied by an assortment of rice, beans, bread and mixed vegetables.
A hot breakfast is served about 6:00 AM, lunch is family style and dinner is served about 7:00 PM.
SAMPLE OUTLINE ITINERARY
(Subject to revision, per transportation schedules. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrive in Caracas. Airport reception and transfer to the Marriot Hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Morning flight to Puerto Ordaz. Ground trasnfer to La Paragua. Boat ride to lodge. Afternoon guided fishing. Overnight.
Days 3-5: Full fishing days. Overnight at camp.
Day 6: Baot ride back to la Paragua. Ground trasnfer back to Puerto Ordaz. Flight back to Caracas. Overnight in Marriot Hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to international airport for your departure flight.
A valid passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens as well as travel insurance. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports. A photocopy of your passport’s photo page is required to apply for fishing permits.
While not required to enter Venezuela, anti-malaria precautions may be advised. Be sure to take sunscreen and insect repellent. Pepto-Bismol or Immodium may help incidental traveller's diarrhea. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.
Spanish. Camp host speaks English. Guides speak limited "fishing English."
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.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY FOR U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO VENEZUELA. Your trip cancellation insurance will 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.
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