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.
Reservations & Rates
The cost of the week-long Ecolodge da Barra package is:
• $5,990.00 USD per person (double occupancy)
• $8,900.00 USD per person (single boat and room)
Included in your angling package at the Ecolodge da Barra are the charter flights to and from Manaus and the lodge, boat transfers, all necessary ground transfers in Manaus,one overnight at the Hotel in Manaus upon arrival , 6 full days fishing with one fly fishing guide per two anglers, and 7 all inclusive nights at the lodge with deluxe accommodations, superb meals, and all beverages.
Not included in your angling package at the Ecolodge da Barra are your Brazilian visa, international air fare, tips to lodge staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls, city tours in Manaus, extra hotel overnights, flies and tackle, and personal items.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
• Travel Guard Insurance
Seasons at Ecolodge da Barra
There is potential for year 'round fishing at Ecolodge, but the best fishing for the species most interesting for fly fishing anglers corresponds to the dry season in this part of the Amazon, which runs from June through October.
Getting to Ecolodge da Barra
The standard week at Ecolodge is from Saturday to Saturday. Most US guests will reserve flights to Manaus out of either Miami (American Airlines) or Panama City (Copa Airlines). Manaus is the launch point for this expedition and is a rather large city, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro and is the supply center and hub for outlying communities in the Amazon Jungle. You can begin making your reservations to Manaus to coincide with the airline accommodations listed on the itinerary. There
are many options to arrive to Manaus, whose international airport receives daily flights from Miami, Panama, Lima, San Paulo and Buenos Aires. We recommend working with Alicia Regueiro at Holdy Tours (1-800-446-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for the schedule that will best suit your trip and to book your flights. Alicia is familiar with the flight logistics and can secure some very competitive fares.
Upon arrival in Manaus, you will pass through immigrations and customs. Do not lose your entrance card to Brazil!!! This is a small white piece of paper. You will need it for your return.
We recommend that you consider flying to Manaus a day earlier than your scheduled arrival date, to mitigate any airline delays, missed flights or lost luggage issues. If you miss the scheduled charter flight from Manaus to the Ecolodge, there are no alternative transportation options other than chartering your own private air taxi which can be expensive.
ITINERARY & FISHING DAYS:
Friday, the day before scheduled arrival at camp:
Arrive at Manaus International Airport. We do advise that you consider flying to Manaus a day earlier than your scheduled arrival date, to mitigate any airline delays, missed flights or lost luggage issues. Guests will greeted by an English speaking representative/transfer driver. They will arrange for transfers to the Mercure Hotel, which is new and close to the airport and city center. You and another angler will be put up in a Double Occupancy room at the Mercure for the night (included in the trip package). The transfer staff will let you know when they will pick you up at the hotel the next morning, to take you to the charter airport.
After breakfast at the hotel, the transfer driver will pick the group up around 7:00 am, and head to a local airport (Flores Local Airport). At 8:30 am the air taxi charter flight (a Cessna Grand Caravan 306) will board to depart to Ecolodge's private landing strip. The flight lasts around 2 hours, so you will arrive to the floating lodge at around 10:30 am You will have the afternoon to prepare your gear and relax at the lodge.
Sunday to Friday:
Each day teams of two anglers will head out for the day, fishing the Tapajós River, along with over a hundred untouched lakes and ponds, or in smaller tributaries such as Bararati and Aximari.
5:30 am – Coffee is hot, breakfast is served
6:00 am - 6:00 pm – Full day of fishing
6:30 pm – Cocktails and appetizers
8:00 pm – Dinners will be served
Saturday - Departure from the lodge:
After a leisurely breakfast, guests will check out of the lodge at 10:00 am. The air taxi charter flight will board at 11:00 am, with an expected arrival to Manaus at around 1:00 pm. A driver will be there to transfer you to the International Airport. Most anglers will be departing on the late night flight, technically the next morning, departing Manaus for Miami at 12:40 am, or to Panama City at 3:40 am. * Please remember, when purchasing your flights, that the flight date will be at 12:40 am the day after your departure date *. If you do not feel like taking the red eye out of Manaus that night, another night's stay in Manaus can be arranged; this would not be included in the package, and we will need to know as far in advance as possible if you will need this extra hotel night. Should this be the case, the transfer driver will pick you up the following day, according to your flight departure time, and deliver you to the International Airport.
Extra Night or Day Use Room:
If you would like an extra night of accommodations in Manaus on arrival or departure, or would like a day room on your departure day, please let us know. All extra nights and day use bookings will be paid directly to the hotel.
Lodging at Ecolodge da Barra
The Ecolodge da Barra is founded by a group of hardcore Brazilian fishing enthusiasts who have joined forces to provide anglers with some of the best infrastructure for fishing in South America. Ecolodge provides a modern, comfortable, and ecologically minded approach to Amazonian sportfishing. There are 16 luxury apartments that are spacious, air conditioned and with a veranda that looks over the river, providing spectacular views of the surrounding jungle with all the comforts of a
Among the many amenities include laundry services, air conditioning, reliable hot water in high-pressure showers, televisions with all major American channels, Voipe telephone, satellite telephone for emergencies, and Internet with WiFi all over the lodge.
The air conditioned restaurant provides three meals a day, with a menu that is made up of traditional and regional cuisine. Most of the fruits and vegetables as well as chicken and eggs are produced exclusively for the lodge in the local village.
The full service bar serves snacks, hot and iced beverages, cocktails, soft drinks, juices, beers, spirits and wine, all included in the package.
Fishing at Ecolodge da Barra
Anglers staying at Ecolodge fish the Tapajós River, along with over a hundred untouched lakes and ponds, or in smaller tributaries such as Bararati and Aximari. In the region, over 20 species of fish can be captured. The most popular in sport fishing are: jatuarana, brycon, bicuda (2 species), wolf fish (2 species), payara (3 diferent species), arowana, jacundá and peacock bass( 2 species), as well as redtail catfish, jau, barred shovelnose, silver catfish, lince catfish, flatwhiskered catfish, tiger
shovelnose catfish and piraíba (giant catfish), along with tambaqui, pirapitinga and several species of pacu.
The water clarity in these rivers is quite lucid, quite different from the sediment-filled rivers so common to the Amazon. The granite base keeps water very clear, even after some rain. The rivers near the lodge braid out into many parallel channels, creating several smaller, fast-moving clear water streams, perfect for combining boat fishing with some wet wading opportunities, especially during low-water conditions.