FISHING IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST TROPICAL WETLAND AREA AND HAVE AN EXOTIC PHOTO SAFARI, INCLUDING HUGE BIRDS, ALLIGATORS, JAGUARS, CAPYBARAS, ANACONDAS AND MORE...
Once in a lifetime fishing experience.
PANTANAL FISHING & PHOTO SAFARI
PACKAGE CODE: PT2ECOIEIE
PANTANAL PREMIUM FISHING & ECOTOURISM PACKAGE (12 days)
JULY - SEPTEMBER - IEIE HOTEL BOAT
PACKAGE CODE: PT2ECOIEIE
PANTANAL FISHING PROGRAM
PANTANAL - THE WORLD'S LARGEST TROPICAL WETLAND AREA AND THE WORLD'S DENSEST CONCENTRATION OF ANIMAL LIFE
Pantanal's rich and diverse fauna includes 230 different species of fish, 650 types of birds, 80 kinds of mammals and 50 different species of reptiles. Biologists consider this area the world’s densest concentration of animal life. It is a paradise for ecotourism and fishing.
Pantanal’s aquatic environment revolves around rivers, backwaters, lakes and marshes containing incredible biodiversity in which fish are the star players. Among more than 100 cataloged species, at least eight deserve mention as worthy game fish: Dourado, Spotted Sorubim, Pacu, Tiger Sorubim, Jau, Piraputanga, Piauçu and Flatwhiskered Catfish.
The variety of waters lends itself to many different techniques of sport fishing, but some areas offer better chances for success than others. The Piqueri and Negro rivers are two such places, remaining largely untouched because they cannot be reached by road.
Natural baits soaked in deep pools of these rivers tempt sorubim, pacu and jau. Stretches of faster water call for lures and streamers that draw strikes from dourado, piraputanga and peacock bass, which were introduced to the Piqueri river some time ago.
Pantanal exhibits its exuberant aquatic life, reflected in the golden highlights of a Dourado, in the swift strike of a Piraputanga, the strong fight of the Pacu, the gutteral complaints of Sorubim, the valiant strength of the Jau and the voracity of the Piranhas.
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IEIE HOTEL BOAT - FISHING IN PANTANAL, ECOTOURISM & PHOTO SAFARI
PACKAGE DATES: JULY TO SEPTEMBER
Day 1 (Wednesday): Flight from Canada to Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU) - approx. 10 hs.
Day 2 (Thursday): Arrival in Sao Paulo-SP (GRU) with a connection flight to Cuiaba -MT (approx. 1h and 45m). Airport reception in Cuiaba and transfer to hotel. Check in at Cuiaba's 4-star Hotel with relaxing time by the pool followed by dinner.
Day 3 (Friday): Breakfast, time to relax by the pool, and after lunch transfer to Caceres-MT (200km), and shuttle to the IEIE BOAT HOTEL and departure. During this amazing trip on the Paraguay and Sao Lourenco rivers, our guests will have the opportunity to relax and learn a bit of the local history and culture. During the following days you will be navigating aboard the Ieie Hotel Boat for approximately 680 km.
Day 4 to 8 : Full day fishing.
Day 9 (Thursday): After fishing, arrival in the Jofre Port (sleeping in the hotel boat).
Day 10 (Friday): After breakfast, Photo Safari trip returning to Cuiaba on the Transpantaneira Scenic Road (130km with 130 wooden bridges on the way) where our guests will be able to see large concentrations of wildlife such as alligators, jaguars, capybaras, anacondas, large birds and other species. Arrival and check in at the 4-star hotel in Cuiaba.
Day 11 (Saturday): Breakfast in the hotel and shuttle to Cuiaba's airport 2 hours prior to departure. Flight from Cuiaba to Sao Paulo (GRU). Once at Sao Paulo's airport, guests will have our assistance and orientation for the international flight to Canada that will take place in the evening. (End of our services)
Day 12 (Sunday): Arrival in Canada.
PANTANAL WEATHER (DRY SEASON):
From July to September, temperatures usually range from 18C to 32C and typically cools down in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours can occur even during the "dry season"; be sure to pack a rain suit.
LUGGAGE: LIGHTWEIGHT LUGGAGE (more details in the "What to bring?" section below)
THE IEIE HOTEL BOAT
IEIE BOAT CAPACITY: 16 anglers per week.
8 double suites (with fridge, bathroom and air conditioning).
LARGE FULL KITCHEN & FULL SERVICE:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers and Snacks.
CLIMATIZED DINING ROOM AND LOUNGE AREA:
Bar, TV (satellite signal), DVD player, Sound Equipment, Freezer, etc.
For relaxing while having a drink and/or a cigar enjoying the magnificent view of the Pantanal.
IEIE FISHING BOATS:
Eight 20ft fishing boats equipped with 25hp motor, walkie talkie, cooler with drinks & snacks, life vests, live bait, fishing gear and fishing guide.
IEIE BOAT HOTEL SPECS:
73ft length and 20ft width
Two V6 Motors
2 Power Generators
Control Room with VHF Communications System, SSB connected to National Telephone Service and a Global Star phone (satellite).
[IEIE HOTEL BOAT PHOTO GALLERY]
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PACKAGE CODE: PT2ECOIEIE
Group of 12 people: CAD$4,390
Group of 10 people: CAD$4,730
Group of 08 people: CAD$5,090
*Full price in Canadian dollars (CAD$)
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WHAT TO BRING?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGES
COMPLETE CHECKLIST FOR PANTANAL FISHING:
- Two Pair of Polarized Sunglasses (in case you lose or break apair).
- Waterproof & Unscented Sunscreen SPF 50+ (UVA) (UVB)
- Buff Face Mask
- Complete fishing gear can be found next
- Long Sturdy Pliers
- Fishing Sun Protection Gloves
- Light Weight Gore‐Tex® Rain Jacket andPants
- 3 Long Sleeve Fishing Shirts
- 3 Pairs of Fast Drying Pants
- 2 Pairs of Fast Drying Shorts or Swimming Trunks
- Boat Sandals
- Waterproof Camera, Memory Cards, Batteries and Charger
- Smart Phone or Tablet with Charger
- Insect repellent with 30% + DEET and “anti‐itch”cream
- Lip Balm with sunscreen (highest SPF you can get)
- Dry Bag, Day Pack, boat bag or Fanny Pack (100%Waterproof)
- Waterproof Bags or Zip‐Loc Bags (to carry camera, other gear while in the boat)
- Passport with at least 6 months of validity
- Brazilian Tourist Visa
- 2 Copies of passport (***packed separately in zip‐lock bag***)
- Airline tickets and itinerary
- Cash for shopping and tips for boat staff & guides
- Credit Card (call your company and inform about your travel plans)
- Notebook and pen
- Emergency Telephone Numbers
- Toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)
- Aspirin and other over‐the‐counter medication like antacids, stool softner, etc
- Prescription Medications (packed in your carry‐on bag)
- Prescription Glasses
- Please also check information on Fishing Gear on this page
MAP OF THE PANTANAL REGION
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PANTANAL RECOMMENDED FISHING GEAR:
You’ll need medium, medium/heavy and heavy action rods here, with matching reels loaded with lines ranging from 12- to 50-pound test. Wire leaders are necessary, as are heavy-duty swivels, a selection of egg sinkers and hooks in sizes 1/0 to 7/0. Bring shallow-diving plugs such as Bomber Long-A 16, Rapala Magnum 14 and others from 4 to 7 inches.
SPECIFIC FISHING TACKLE SUGGESTIONS:
For Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus): Medium to medium-heavy rods and 12- to 30-lb line; shallow-diving plugs and spoons; size 5/0 to 7/0 hooks on wire leaders and live baits.
For Piraputanga (Brycon Microleps): Light to medium rods and 12- to 20-lb line; spoons, spinners, surface or diving plugs; size 1/0 to 3/0 hooks baited with fruit or small fish; wire leaders. Although it rarely surpasses 20 inches, the Piraputanga puts up an admirable fight, making strong runs and repeated leaps. It prefers stretches of the river with clear, fast-running water.
For Payara (Hydrolicus Scomberoides): Medium or medium-heavy rods; 12- to 25-lb line; diving plugs, spoons, jigs and wire leaders necessary.
For Piaçu (Leporinus Macrocephalus): Medium rods and 12- to 16-lb line; 4/0 to 6/0 hooks baited with crabs, snails, corn or doughballs.
For Sorubim – In Portuguese: Pintado (Pseudoplatystoma Corruscans): Heavy rods and 40-lb line or heavier; 8/0 to 10/0 hooks baited with small fish or large worms. Spotted and striped Sorubim catfish prefer deep holes, the outflows of bays and river banks lined with floating vegetation. Angling success usually comes with live baits such as eels and small fish. You can catch Sorubim while tied off to the shore or while drifting. These catfish can reach 30 pounds.
For Pacu (Piaractus Mesopotamicus): Medium-heavy rods and 16- to 30-lb line; size 4/0 to 6/0 short-shank hooks and crabs for bait; can also use bamboo poles with 80-lb line and hooks baited with palm fruits, letting the bait splash into the water to attract fish. A favorite among Brazilian anglers, this vegetarian cousin of the piranha makes mighty fine eating. It prefers bays and quieter waters but sometimes is found in the river proper. Best baits include locally available fruits and freshwater crabs. Pacu ranges from 2 to 10 pounds.
For Jau (Paulicea Luetkeni): Stout rods and 50-lb or heavier line; hooks from 8/0 to 12/0 and heavy sinkers to keep baits on the bottom in deep water. The largest catfish in Pantanal, the Jau can grow to more than 150 pounds, but typically ranges from 20 to 50. It inhabits the deepest holes in the river, waiting for easy meals to swim by. Natural baits are called for to catch a Jau.
For Flatwhiskered Catfish (Pinirampus Pinirampu):Medium to heavy rods and 20- to 30-lb line; size 5/0 to 8/0 hooks and sinkers to keep natural bait on bottom.