Peacock Bass Fishing - Colombia

Peacock Bass and Payara Combo

Two Rivers - Afloat Adventures

For this fly, lure, or bait fishing adventure in the Colombian jungle, you'll stay at Akuani River Lodge, where you'll get in four full days of peacock bass fishing on the Vichada River. You'll also stay two nights at a comfortable tent camp near the Orinoco River, where you'll get in two full days of payara fishing at the famous Maipures Rapids. The Combo is offered from December to mid-March and is limited to eight anglers per week. The package includes two hotel nights and roundtrip domestic flights from Bogota to Inírida.


Afloat Adventure

Young Angler with Large Peacock Bass

Afloat Adventure, the outfitter, has been operating out of Medellin since 2016. Their goal is to provide anglers with unique fishing experiences in beautiful and remote areas of Colombia. Afloat's first peacock bass fishing package on the Tomo River with floating tent cabins has been a huge success.
Click here for the Tomo River Package.

The Vichada River has many lagoons and is a blackwater river (a slow-moving channel flowing through forested swamps or wetlands). You'll find plenty of topwater action and monster temensis (three-bar) peacock bass reaching over 22-pounds. The Vichada is a tributary of the Orinoco.

The Orinoco River is one of the longest rivers in South America, flowing in a giant arc for close to 1,400 miles. The river is considered the fourth largest in the world in terms of discharge volume. You'll fish the Maipures Rapids for 20+ pound payara (vampire fish) with deep divers and other deep lures in strong currents. On the Orinoco, giant sardinata, resembling an American shad (but much larger), go after small poppers, jigs, spinners, and flies. Use bait to target redtail and shovelnose catfish (the ones with distinctive stripes). The Maipures Rapids in Tuparro National Reserve were called the Eight Wonder of the World by German explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

Combo Fishing Facts

Guide with oar in Bongo with Anglers

Season:  The Peacock-Payara Combo is available during the dry season when the rivers drop and the fish travel the main channels and lagoons. The trip is available from December to mid-March.
Boats:  For peacock and payara fishing, you'll fish from Bongos (a type of canoe), which are big and comfortable. They have chairs and platforms for better casting, also coolers with beers, soft drinks, and water. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  Experienced guides do not speak English very well but can communicate what's important. You will have the same fishing guide throughout the week.
Fishing Gear is not provided. Single hooks are required on all lures and flies when targeting peacock bass and payara. Lures and flies are available for purchase at the Lodge. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Requirements:  All lines and leaders need to be at least 40 to 60-pounds. Bring stripping gloves to avoid burns from these fast species. All fishing is catch-and-release.
A Fishing License is currently not required in Colombia.

Typical Fishing Day:
You'll fish up to ten hours per day. The schedule is flexible, but they recommend getting up at 6:00 a.m. You can enjoy breakfast at camp or take it on the boat. Snacks and drinks are supplied on the boat. At noon, lunch is either at camp or on one of the beaches. The fishing day typically ends before 5:00 p.m., and dinner is back at camp at 7:00 p.m.

Maipures Rapids Payara
Angler near Maipures Rapids with Large Payara
"Payara, one of the meanest dudes on the planet!" - Mike Sadar
Angler with Large Bright Payara
Sardinata are feisty and love poppers.
Afloat Angler with Bright Sardinata
Relaxing with Beverages
Anglers Relaxing with Beverages
Louisiana Redfishin

At Akuani River Lodge, you'll be in the Amazon Rainforest. You'll be amongst the Guahibo people, also known as Sikuani, the local community. It's a special place to get to know their culture. Items they make, such as bows and arrows, are available for purchase. El Tuparro National Natural Park is home to 74 species of mammals, 320 bird species, and many other critters. Pumas, jaguars, and javelinas inhabit the woodlands.

Cabins with River Views

Cabins Overlook River

Meals and Alcohol

Self-Serve Bar in the Lounge

Meals:  Typical Colombian dishes, international food, paella, pasta, BBQs, fish, hamburgers. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance, so that they can accommodate you. Their chef travels with you from the Lodge to the payara camp.
Alcohol:  At the floating camp, there is unlimited beer and wine. At the Lodge, unlimited beer is included in the package. If you want to purchase hard liquor at either location or wine for the lodge, you'll need to tell us in advance, and they will invoice you at the Lodge for the special purchase.

Two Full-Sized Beds

At Akuani River Lodge:  Each cabin has two full-size beds and a shower and toilet. Two anglers per room.
The Orinoco Camp is close to the section of the river that has the most rapids. From camp, you can fish four rapid systems, mostly from the rocks but also from the bongos. Two anglers per tent, with single beds. There are also bathroom tents. The camp is fully equipped.

Relaxing Hammock Area at Lodge

Power:  At Akuani River Lodge, there is 110 electricity in the cabins and dining area, the same as in the US.
Communications:  No cell service is available on the river, but a satellite phone is available in an emergency. Each guest is allotted three minutes of satellite phone service with the package. If you want longer than three minutes, there is a $3.00 per minute fee.

Maipures Rapids - A Payara Hangout

Boat on Edge of Maipures Rapids

Fishing Maipures Rapids

Guides Walking Boats Upstream
Relaxing Hammock Area at Lodge
Angler with Large Butterfly Peacock Bass

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  You'll arrive at El Dorado International Airport of Bogotá, the largest airport in Colombia. An Afloat representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the Aloft Bogota Airport Hotel, which is nearby. The package includes double-occupancy accommodations. If you want a single-occupancy room, you'll pay $60.00 at the counter.
Day 2:  An Afloat representative will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the local airport for the 90-minute flight to Inírida, formerly Puerto Inírida, the capital city of Guainía, a department of Eastern Colombia. An Afloat representative will be waiting for you at the airport. He will drive you in a Tuk Tuk (a three-wheeled open-air vehicle) for a 10-minute drive to the river, where you will take a four-hour speed boat ride to Akuani River Lodge. After you arrive at the Lodge, you'll enjoy drinks and snacks.
Day 3:  A full day of guided peacock bass fishing.
Day 4:  After day two of peacock bass fishing, you'll boat down the Vichada River to the Orinoco Rapids, a 90-minute ride. You will need to walk about 150 meters while the guide crew drags the boats through 40 meters of beautiful and treacherous rapids.
Days 5-6:  Guided payara fishing on the Orinoco Rapids.
Day 7-8:  You'll fish for peacock bass on your return upstream to Akuani River Lodge.
Day 9:  Return trip to Puerto Inirida from the Lodge, domestic flight Puerto Inirida to Bogotá. An Afloat representative will drive you from the airport to the Aloft Hotel. The package includes double-occupancy accommodations. If you want a single-occupancy room, you'll pay $60.00 at the counter.
Day 10:  Depending on your international flight schedule, an Afloat representative will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport.

2023 USD Rates

9-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$4,000.00 + 200.00 Sikuani Communities Fee
= $4,200.00 per person

Open weeks for 2023 (as of 5/19/22) are December 22-29 and March 9-16, 2023. Call for availability and last-minute openings.

If you are booking as a single angler, the Lodge can pair you up with another angler.
A signed waiver release is required for this package.


Package Includes:

Airport shuttles in Colombia, first and last night at the Aloft Hotel in Bogotá, roundtrip domestic flight from Bogotá to Inírida, camp and river transfers, lodging at Akuani River Lodge, camping at Orinoco River, meals, unlimited snacks, unlimited soft drinks, unlimited beer, travel insurance in Colombia, three minutes satellite phone service, and guided fishing. (A fishing license is currently not required in Colombia.)

Package Does Not Include:

International airfare, visas, Communities Fee $200.00 p.p. paid with a final deposit, gratuities, meals and beverages in Bogotá, hard liquor, extra hotel nights, fishing gear and tackle, Global Rescue, travel cancellation insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Single-occupancy accommodations in Bogotá are an additional $60.00 per night.

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