Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge

The Lodge is located in the midst of a 4.5 million acre nature preserve in the Rio Negro San Simon system. Protected rivers and lagoons hold huge populations of gamefish, including peacock bass, and payara. The preserve is fully stocked with exotic wildlife.


Caño Negro Fishing:

Bolivia peacock bass fishing

Clients have caught 30 peacock bass in a day fishing top-water or sub-surface lures and flies. Here, the mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America, offers the thrilling, tackle-busting fishing experience of a lifetime. Hailed as "tarpon on steroids, "these payara range from five to 25-pounds and can exceed 50-pounds. Ten to 15 hook-ups a day is the norm on payara. This area has been described as the "Jurassic Park of fishing."
In addition to payara, these river and lagoon systems have the highest concentrations of peacock bass found anywhere on earth. Peacocks range from around 2-to 12-pounds. The daily catch numbers are amazing—it's common for one angler to land thirty to forty, explosive-hitting peacocks a day. Other excellent gamefish include brawny pacu up to 30-pounds, brilliant yatoranas, curvina, muturos and surubi (giant catfish). Along with the allure of world-class fishing, the sports enthusiast must take on the challenge of outwitting the near twenty different species of piranha. While out on the water, anglers have reported coming in contact with at least 50 piranhas a day.

Fishing Facts:

Cano Negro fishing seasons

Fishing:  Mid-July through mid-November.

Boats:  The fishing boats range from aluminum sleds to local custom-made wooden boats. They are equipped with outboard motors, casting decks, comfortable seats, and ample coolers to store drinks. They also use specially made very long, very stable dugouts.

Fishing Guides:  The hardworking guides are knowledgeable of the river systems and speak very little English. They're able to help you select the right lures/flies, provide help with casting and techniques. Caño Negro has a full-time bilingual host.

Dove Shooting:  May through October.
Olivia is the world's mecca for high-volume dove hunting. 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 eared doves (Zenaida Auriculata) migrate from Brazil each April to feed on the literally millions of acres of sorghum, sunflowers, and soybeans. They stay until November, offering bird hunting that is best described as "astonishing." Hunters routinely expend 60-100 boxes a day on shoots in a great variety of settings.
See Cast and Blast Package below.

Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge

Caño Negro Lodge

Caño Negro Lodge features air-conditioned rooms with private baths, a well-appointed dining room and an adjacent lounge and bar with a scenic view of the vast, live lagoons fed by springs and the Rio Negro. The Lodges is located in the picturesque Amazonian jungle. An array of wildlife can be viewed here - birds, giant caimans and possibly a jaguar laying on the beach or strolling across the riverbanks.

Meals:  Bolivian and American foods are featured. Fresh fish, beef, pork, and chicken are accompanied by an assortment of delicious soups, salads, rice, bread, and mixed vegetables. The camp supplies bottled water, soft drinks, local liquor, beer and wine with dinner. Bring your own specialty liquor.

Communications: There is no Wi-Fi at Caño Negro, and only satellite phones will work. Diesel-generated electricity is turned off 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Getting Here:

A two-hour air charter from Santa Cruz lands you at the Rio Negro/Rio San Simon fishing area and Caño Negro Lodge. Air charter is included from Santa Cruz to the Lodge. (You must have a four-day trip minimum (double-occupancy) and a three-passenger minimum.)


2018 Rates:

4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$3,995.00 p.p.
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$4,995.00 p.p.
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,495.00 p.p.
Cast and Blast:
April through October
3-days dove shooting
and 3-days guided fishing
(6-nights)  $5,495.00 p.p.

Fishing packages include:

Roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the fishing area, airport transfers in Bolivia, lodging, all meals in the fishing areas, soft drinks, local liquors, beer and wine, daily laundry service, guided fishing, boats, all local permits, and upon request, Larry's eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass.

Packages do not include:

Commercial air travel, airport departure tax – currently $25.00, Visa fee $180.00, gun clearance fee of $100.00 per gun (if only one person in the group brings a gun to the Cast & Blast, the fee will be $200.00 — it is the minimum due to the government to issue the permit), gratuities to lodge staff or fishing guides and fishing camp staff, lures and tackle, ammunition, and items of a personal nature such as phone calls, and meals in Santa Cruz. Hotel in Santa Cruz will cost around $100.00 per night (single or double occupancy).

Cast and Blast Option
Las Palomas Lodge & Caño Negro

Cast and Blast:  Mid-July through October.
3-days dove shooting and 3-days guided fishing (6-nights) $5,495.00
Cast and Blast packages include:
All meals in the shooting/fishing areas, accommodations, airport transfers, soft drinks, local liquors, beer and wine, laundry, shotgun cleaning, guides, boats, all local permits, and the roundtrip air charter to and from the fishing area. If you choose to bring guns, the permit fee is included in the price. Be sure to have the completed permit application to our office at least 45 days before travel.

Cast and Blast
Packages do not include:

Commercial air travel, airport taxes (approx. $25.00), visa (approx. $180.00), shells at $14.00 - $15.00/box (subject to change), gun rental ($65.00 per day) gratuities to bird boys and lodge staff or fishing guides and fishing camp staff, lures and tackle, items of a personal nature (such as phone calls), and hotel or meals in Santa Cruz (as required by itinerary). Hotel reservations will cost around $100.00 per room. If hunters bring their own gun, the gun clearance fee will be $100.00 per gun (if only one person in the group brings a gun to the Cast & Blast, the fee will be $200.00—it is the minimum due to the government to issue the permit).

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Caño Negro info packet  

Caño Negro photos


4.5 million acre preserve - Rio Negro San Simon

Cano Negro

Saber-toothed payara - Mike Sadar photo

Caño Negro payara

Howard with a giant catfish

Caño Negro catfish

Howard with catfish and payara

Caño Negro catfish

Aluminum sleds and local wooden boats

Caño Negro boats

Caño Negro

Cano Negro

Caño Negro Lodging

Cano Negro Lodging

Lounge and bar with view of lagoons

Cano Negro lounge

Air-conditioned rooms with private baths

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Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass eBook on Amazon

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass