Guyana Fishing Tour
We encourage you to be part of a remarkable and unique sport fishing experience deep into the Essequibo River - an area unexplored and uninhabited, with wildlife and natural beauty. Indigenous Guides, drawn from nearby Amerindian Villages, provides all the requisite skills and knowledge to ensure an unforgettable experience.
The Essequibo, Guyana’s largest and one of South America's longest River, is perhaps the least visited of its kind. This remote and pristine corner of the eastern Amazon basin is home to lots of fresh water fish species.
Arapaima -also known as the Paiche or the Pirarucu, is an air-breathing fish that plies the Rainforest Rivers of South America's Amazon Basin and nearby lakes and swamps. The world's largest scaled freshwater fish, these giants can reach 9 feet (2.75 meters) long and weigh up to 440 pounds (200 kilograms). The season for Arapaima here is September to April. During low-water months (February to April) Arapaimas construct bottom nests and females lay eggs. Young begin to hatch as rising water levels provide them with flood conditions in which to flourish. Unlike other parts of the world, Arapaima’s population in Guyana is healthy, due largely to an aggressive Protective Management Plan.
Other Species: - hard-fighting Yellow Butterfly Peacock Bass to over 15lbs and Himara/Wolf Fish to over 40lbs, Payara/Vampire Fish, Arrawana to over 18lbs, Black Piranhas over 8lbs and the Silver Drum Pescada/Corvina to over 12 lbs, Tiger Cats to over 30 lbs, Jandia Cats to over 20lbs, Red Tails to over 100 lbs, Jau Cats to over 100 lbs, Giant Freshwater Shark/Lau Lau close to 300lbs!
Nut and fruit eating Pacu can be caught on spinners, soft baits, fruit, nuts and even weeds.
Day 1: arrive CBJ International Airport - Guyana, pick up and transfer to Georgetown. Overnight at the Sleep Inn Hotel in Georgetown or Equivalent.
Day 2: After breakfast, you will be transferred by a 15 minute drive to EF Correia International Airport, for a one hour flight to the Iwokrama Airstrip, where Guides will take you by boat to the fishing lodge; Overnight Piraiba Lau lau)Lodge
Days 3-8: Six (6) full days fishing; Overnight Piraiba Lodge with an Option to Experience one of their Outdoor Camps
Day 9: After breakfast, depart by boat for Iwokrama Airstrip for return flight to EF Correia International Airport, where you will be met and taken to your Hotel in Georgetown for vernight
Day 10: Transfer to Airport for onward International travels.
2022 Rate per person in US$ : $2875 per person, double occupancy, minimum of 4 people. Or $3795 per person, double occupancy with a minimum of 2 people.
all transfers on arrival and when leaving, overnight at hotel in Georgetown for two nights, domestic flights, transport to river, all food and beverages, inclusive of one 750 ml Bottle of Gold Medal Rum-The El Dorado (additional alcohol can be pre-ordered) while in camp and while fishing, daily laundry and 6+ days guided fishing, based on double occupancy.
any meals (except for breakfast) and drinks while in Georgetown, any tips, lures, jigs, tackle etc. They can however, provide certain tackle upon request at a nominal cost.
*** Each person will be allowed a maximum of 23 Kg (50 lbs) weight, which should be made available the evening before departure to Fishing Lodge (Arrival in Georgetown) to allow for transfer by vehicle, plus a small hand piece not exceeding 7 kgs (15 lbs) to take on the Aircraft.
Lead sinkers (various sizes) are available for sale at the lodge at a nominal cost, hence no need to bring same.
**** Whilst every effort would be made to assist, entry requirements (Visitors Visas) are the sole responsibility of Clients.
*****Terms and conditions of payments: 50% as deposit on reservation, 50% due 30 days before arrival in Georgetown.
Day 1: Friday
Take a 15 minute drive to EF Correia International Airport, Ogle for a one hour flight to the Iwokrama Airstrip, Essequibo River where our Indigenous Guides will take you by motorized boat to our Fishing Camp; Overnight in our Piraiba (Lau lau) Lodge.
Day 2 & 3: Saturday & Sunday
Two Full days fishing, birding & wildlife Viewing-Overnight Piraiba Lodge.
Day 4: Monday
After breakfast, depart our Lodge by boat for Iwokrama Airstrip for return flight to EF Correia International Airport, Ogle & Transfer to Georgetown.
2023 Rate per person in US$ : $1250 per person, double occupancy, minimum of 4 people. Or $2235 per person, double occupancy with a minimum of 2 people.
*****Terms and conditions of payments: 75% as deposit on reservation, 25% due 30 days before arrival in Georgetown.
Payment for a tour is taken as acknowledgement and acceptance of all of the above terms and conditions.
Piraiba Lodge is a simple lodge with six (6) self-contained rooms, 24 hrs electricity, powered by a photovoltaic (Solar) system equipped with the necessary amenities. The Lodge is situated on the eastern bank of the Essequibo River, surrounded by pristine jungle full of wildlife. Additionally, Coleman Weather Proof Tents- 11 ft x17 ft, and Sleeping Cots, set on the banks of this delightful river, under the tree canopy, are available for the Hard-Core Anglers who may want to fish off the river bank during the night. There is also four (4) additional rooms and a separate toilet and bath facility, located outside of the Lodge. For extended trips, they can move Camp to other parts of the river in search of better fishing grounds. This can be negotiated prior to the trip. A satellite phone is available at all times for use at a nominal cost.
CONDITION RESTRAINTS : You have selected a tour that is, in part, in remote areas. This adds to the adventure and opportunity to enjoy a true nature experience. However, due to the nature of the terrain, weather, road conditions, and other elements beyond our control, some elements of tours may have to be altered. Times of some activities may need to be changed or even cancelled due to the conditions. If an activity is cancelled it will be replaced with an alternative activity that is more appropriate for the conditions. Advance notice will be given for any changes where possible, although at times changes may be made whilst the tour is in progress.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
AUTHORITY ON TOUR
At all times the decision of the company or its representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety, well-being and enjoyment of the tour. Clients must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited. Should the client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on tour or, if in the company’s opinion, the client's behavior causes or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others we may terminate that client’s travel arrangements without any liability on the company’s part.
The Client must be in possession of a valid passport (valid 6 months past the return date), visa (where necessary), permits and certificates including vaccinations certificates, insurance policies required for the journey – the client accepts responsibility of obtaining these. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, clothing, special equipment, baggage, climate, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
You have selected a tour that is, in part, in remote areas. This adds to the adventure and opportunity to enjoy a true nature experience. However, due to the nature of the terrain, weather, road conditions, and other elements beyond our control, some elements of tours may have to be altered. Times of some activities may need to be changed or even cancelled due to the conditions. If an activity is cancelled it will be replaced with an alternative activity that is more appropriate for the conditions. Advance notice will be given for any changes where possible, although at times changes may be made whilst the tour is in progress.
With any trip involving wildlife it is impossible to guarantee a sighting, but each trip is designed around known habitats. Operator will make every effort to ensure a sighting, but cannot be held responsible if no sighting is made due to the wildlife itself, weather, or any other elements beyond their control. This river is a professional and amateur photographer’s dream. Otters, Peccaries, Tapirs, Agoutis, Monkeys and many other mammals can be seen, with the elusive Jaguar sometimes along the river banks, feasting on River Turtles etc. Birds of every shape, color and size can be seen everywhere throughout these watersheds and many species of Parrots are heard all day long fighting over space and territory. Toucans call to each other from the treetops like yapping puppies and Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Terns and Ospreys frequent the river banks in search of fish.
ACCEPTANCE OF RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Nature and adventure travel is by character, an activity that requires travelling in areas that are often remote and the terrain difficult. Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure the comfort and safety of our customers, these trips do have elements of risk. By taking part in this tour you acknowledge that there are inherent risks and that you are fully aware of the conditions of travel, accommodation and activities offered. You accept that Wilderness Explorers, its staff and sub-contractors cannot be held liable for any accident, illness or similar occurrence. You hereby accept all such risk and release the company from all claims and causes of action arising from any injuries or damages resulting from these inherent risks.
The company will do its best to minimise the effects of matters outside its control but cannot accept liability of these matters which include political disputes, industrial action, refusal of visas, border closures, unforeseeable climate, delayed or cancelled flights etc.
It is the client’s responsibility to obtain adequate personal travel insurance. This insurance should, as a minimum, cover personal accident, medical expenses and repatriation expenses. It is recommended that the coverage extends to include loss of effects, curtailment, cancellation and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client.
All services are organised by operator. Notice is hereby given that all arrangements made on behalf of customers are made by the organisers on the sole condition that the organisers shall not be held responsible for any injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage or irregularity which may be occasioned through acts of any company and /or persons engaged in carrying out the arrangements and operator acts as an agent for transport companies, hotels and other contractors and shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur, including, but not limited to, any defect in a vehicle or any other form of conveying travellers, acts of God, detention, delays or expenses arising from quarantine, strike, riots, theft, force majeure, civil disturbance, government restrictions or regulation, accident by aircraft, boat, bicycle, motor vehicle or any other form of transport or in any hotel, resort, ranch, guest house, camp or other form of accommodation.