NEW, Tsimane Heli Fishing program – Deep in the Bolivian Amazon

Alexander Dorado

Heli Fishing for Golden Dorado in the Bolivian Amazon

Tsimane has a privileged geographical location due to its proximity to the headwaters of many rivers in the Moseten mountain chain. You will have the opportunity to fish for large dorado, pacu, and Yatorana, in incomparable quantity and quality. The rivers and tributaries where we will fish every day are wild, untouched waters seldom seen by human beings.

The Helifishing program includes two nights in a five-star hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, seven nights all-inclusive at the Pluma lodge in single rooms, and six days of helicopter fishing around Tsimane headwaters.

The Helifishing program’s capacity is 4 (four) anglers per week, who will be divided into two couples, with a professional guide assisting each pair. The aircraft is a Robinson R44 RAVEN II with the capacity for a pilot plus 3 passengers (2 anglers + 1 guide). The helicopter will take each couple of anglers with their guides to different spots every day. Our guides will take lunch and beverages for the fishing day, and at 5 p.m. (approximately), the helicopter will pick the groups up and return to the lodge. Guides will have satellite communication to ensure permanent contact with the helicopter pilots and the lodge.


The Pluma is a very comfortable jungle lodge, built entirely from sustainable woodcuts from the nearby jungle. The lodge features 5 double rooms up to 8 anglers + 1 host.

For the Helifishing program Pluma Lodge is expanding and building the following new features:

  • 5 new single rooms with private bathrooms, a queen-size bed, a desk, an armchair, hot water, and electricity
  • A private dining & living room (separated from the lodge one)
  • A small spa (jacuzzi and massage room)
  • International cuisine paired with great Argentinean / Chilean / Bolivian varietals in a well-fashioned living and dining room
  • All-inclusive bar: liquor, spirits, and special drinks
  • An heliport
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free laundry
  • Fly shop


  • USD16,000 per Angler, plus USD 1,250 for Indigenous and national park fees.


  • 7 nights at the Pluma Lodge in single room with all meals and beverages
  • Wifi and laundry
  • 6 (six) days of guided fishing, transported by helicopter
  • 2 (two) nights in a Santa Cruz five-star hotel, single room
  • Transfers in/out of Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz


  • International flights to Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Food and drinks in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (except breakfast at the hotel)
  • Tips and gratuities for the staff
  • Tours in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Travel insurance
  • Air taxes and other taxes



Arrival in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Our host will be waiting for you at the Viru Viru International airport (Santa Cruz de la Sierra). Transfer from the airport to a Santa Cruz five-star hotel for the first night (breakfast included).


Breakfast at the hotel. Our host will pick the group up in the morning (time to be confirmed the night before). Transfer to El Trompillo domestic Airport. Charter Flight to Oromomo village airstrip where our lodge team will be waiting for you. Dugout canoe ride from Oromomo to the lodge (1hs). Later, guides will help prepare tackle and give a brief orientation about the fishing week.

DAY 2 to 7

Over six days, the helicopter will take you to the remote and untouched headwaters of many Tsimane rivers and creeks in a flight of approximately 5/20 minutes depending on the location.


After breakfast, you will go in a dug-out canoe ride to Oromomo village to take the charter plane back to Santa Cruz. Once there, our host will pick you up and bring you to the five-star hotel where you’ll spend the last night in Bolivia.


Our host will pick you up from the five-star hotel to the Viru Viru International Airport to board flights back home.


Although the fishing season is our winter, the weather here is considerably hot. During the day, temperatures can range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius (68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Because we are in the mountains, usually our climate is not as humid or hot as that of the Brazilian Amazon. This also means that the nights are fresh and sometimes could be cold


The Bolivian Amazon is surprisingly friendly. There are few mosquitoes and quite a few gnats in the region. As for the other disturbing critters, note that we are in a virgin forest where spiders and other potentially dangerous insects live. We always advise avoiding going through dense vegetation in the jungle. We strongly recommend the use of long-sleeved shirts and long pants during the entire stay. The best way to protect you from insects is to apply repellent at least three times a day (morning, noon, and night). We also recommend washing clothes with Permethrin before traveling.


A valid passport is mandatory for entry into Bolivia. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. From February 2021 on, a visa is required for American citizens (USA). For most European countries, no visa is required but we recommend visit for checking if your country belongs to group 1 (no visa required), group 2 (visa required), or group 3 (visa required). Bolivia is an easy procedure and we’ll provide you with everything you need to do it.


The Bolivian peso is about 6.9 BOB per 1 U.S. dollar.
Dollar bills in Bolivia are only accepted in perfect, new condition, without breaks or marks.


Our company and the helicopter company have insurance policies required to operate in Bolivia. Still, we strongly recommend that guests purchase cancellation insurance to cover any contingency that prevents travel.