The Ecolodge da Barra is located at the confluence of Teles Pires and Juruena Rivers, where the majestic Tapajós River begins in Brazil. This exotic jungle destination boasts an exquisite floating lodge built of rich hardwoods, with 16 spacious air-conditioned guest rooms, each with a private bath and riverfront patio. Anglers fish the Juruena, Teles Pires, and Tapajós Rivers and their tributaries, the Bararati and Aximari Rivers. In addition to these majestic Amazon basin rivers, you’ll have access to more than a hundred pristine lakes and lagoons in a jungle filled with some of the most exotic birds in the world. These waters are home to more than 20 species of tropical game fish, including piranha, jatuarana, brycon, bicuda, wolf fish, payara, arowana, jacundá, and two species of peacock bass. Giant catfish swim these waters, some exceeding a hundred pounds, and another that has stripes like a zebra. Scarlet Macaws fly through the jungle canopy while you fish with your indigenous native guide, crocodiles float in the quiet waters, and jaguars prowl in the heart of darkness.
The extremely aggressive and brilliantly colored peacock bass is not a bass at all, but one of the many species of cichlid. They undoubtedly have a large mouth like a bass , but that is one of their few similarities. Imagine, if you will, casting your fly to a pack of marauding peacock bass in a clear jungle river, surrounded by orchids and bromeliads clinging to the branches of ancient trees, with parrots flying overhead. The fish are colored bright green with dark vertical stripes, hunting prey with blood red eyes, and attacking baitfish like bull sharks.They’re swimming in excess of 20 miles an hour in shallow water over white sand, pinning fish the size of your hand against the shoreline in a froth of whitewater. It often seems more like saltwater flats fishing when you see these fish in shallow water, except for the fact that you’re not casting to a selectively feeding permit. You’re watching a leader snapping predator that feeds on attack mode engulf your fly, and do everything he can to beat you.
The Ecolodge da Barra was founded by a group of hardcore Brazilian fishing enthusiasts who joined forces to provide anglers with one of the finest infrastructures for fly fishing in South America. Their deluxe floating lodge provides an extremely modern, ultra comfortable, and ecologically minded approach to sportfishing in the Amazon jungle. The entire lodge, including the dining room, bar, lounge and guest rooms is comfortably air conditioned. The outdoor tackle room was built by fishermen, for fishermen, with a huge rigging table, rod racks, overlooking the river and providing spectacular views of the surrounding jungle.
Among the many amenities is a daily laundry service, reliable hot water in high-pressure showers, televisions with all major American channels, Voipe telephone, satellite telephone for emergencies, WiFi and internet access.
Meals are served buffet style in a dining room surrounded by huge picture windows. Dinners include a variety of local vegetables, several meats and fish, fresh breads, etc. Lunch can be taken at the lodge, in the boat, or at one of the many tables and benches located riverside in the shade of the tropical forest, all at the guests discretion. Grilled fish, sausage, and meat are an option and only need to be requested for your shore lunch. The breakfast buffet begins with fresh Brazilian coffee, fruit juices, fresh tropical fruit, eggs to order, and a selection of breads and side orders, and bottled drinking water is always available.
The full service bar serves snacks, hot and iced beverages, cocktails, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, spirits and wine, all included in the package.