per person, double occupancy
8 days/7 nights
4+ days fishing
South America's Most Challenging Fish
One of the largest and most important tributaries on the majestic Orinoco, the Caura River is located in southern Venezuela's picturesque Bolivar State. Its surroundings comprise of dense rainforest filled with an array of colorful birds, exotic wildlife and delightful scenery. Stretching 220 miles in length, the Caura's clear-flowing waters hold hundreds of different fish species. Payara, sardinata and peacock bass make up the "most wanted" list of highly rated gamefish. Morocoto, piranha, cachama, curvinata and guavina add to your angling experience. Your host is Carlos Aristeguieta, the IGFA's international representative in Venezuela.
Comfortable 14 and 16-foot aluminum boats are fully equipped with 30-40 hp outboards, electric trolling motors and elevated casting platforms with swivel seats. Native guides from the Caura's surrounding villages know the river, its tributaries and fish species intimately. The great variety and quantity of some of the most renowned South American freshwater fishes magically converge in these baitfish-rich waters to provide a fascinating angling experience. The payara is a sleek prehistoric-looking predator that provides heart-stopping strikes, spectacular acrobating and line stretching runs. The dynamic sardinata possesses the aerial tenacity of a tarpon. Peacock bass offer unparalleled topwater action in some of the Caura's tributaries and adjacent lagoons. In addition there are at least three species of giant catfish running up to 200 pounds.
8 days/7 nights
4+ days fishing
(2006-2007 SEASON RATES)
8 days/7 nights/4+ days fishing
$2995 per person (double occupancy), plus international airfare to Caracas.
$1000 per person. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.
Typically $400-$500 from Miami or other gateway cities to Caracas. 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 Caracas
- First night hotel accommodations in Caracas
- Round trip charter flight to Caurama Lodge
- 5 nights lodge accommodations
- Meals and local beverages on boat
- 4-1/2 days guided fishing for peacock bass, payara, sardinata and other species
- Beer, soft drinks, and bottled water while fishing
- Fishing license
Airfare to Caracas, gratuities, fishing tackle, meals in Caracas, personal items
Depending on time of year and space availability, you may be able to combine this trip with one of our other fishing trips in Venezuela.
September to January. Despite the best efforts to schedule anglers for trophy fishing, occasionally water levels rise from unexpected "dry season" rains. River levels in this watershed can change quickly and affect fishing conditions, regardless of the season or historical patterns. 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
Fly to Caracas, Venezuela. After spending your first night in a Caracas hotel, you'll fly charter aircraft to Caurama Lodge to begin your fishing adventure.
10 anglers per week
The lodge is located only 20 minutes from the Caura's riverside within the confines of a private ranch. Facilities include double rooms, each with ceiling fans, private bathrooms and continuous 110-V electricity. Other amenities include a pleasant "churuata" bar and refreshing swimming pool.
Breakfasts are hearty. You'll typically take a one hour midday break to enjoy a box lunch. Dinner is served at the camp around 7:00 PM. and features a tasty array of chicken, steak or fish.
SAMPLE OUTLINE ITINERARY
(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrive in Caracas. Airport reception and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Charter flight to Caurama Lodge. Rest of day fishing. Overnight at lodge.
Days 3-6: Full fishing days. Overnight at camp.
Day 7: Return to Caracas. Overnight.
Day 8: Departure flight back to United States.
A valid passport with at least six months validity is required for U.S. citizens. Tourist cards are provided on your international flight to Venezuela. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports.
Malaria tablets and other inoculations are not required but may be advised by your doctor or local health clinic. 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.
Spanish. Boat host speaks English. Guides speak "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.
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.
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