Uraima Falls is a lodge of rustic design, there are 12 private cabins or locally called "Churuatas", each one has two rooms with one bed in each or if you preferred you can ask for a hammock to be set up. Each private cabin has a bathroom with hot water heater. Also each room has a window that allows the cold breeze of the jungle to circulate through the interior of your accommodations. Uraima Falls is surrounded by vegetation which also provides a nice view from every angle of the lodge. A smooth layer of yellow sand is the base of the camp which give you the impression of being on a tropical beach in the middle of the rain forest.
Each aspect of the design has a meaning of being there, every one who has visited Uraima Falls leave all the complexity of daily life behind. The Paragua river is always the front view, you can go for a walk by it's sandy beaches and also go water-skiing in your free time off fishing, also the non fishing companions can go for jungle tours that we also provide to the nearest Teyues and mountains. The sightseeing of the different species of birds is another spectacle Uraima has to offer, including charter flights by the famous Angel Falls. There is always something to enjoy for every one, we have mother nature as our prime associate.
In the main "Churuata" we serve 3 daily meals in a nice and quite environment, where every angler tells his stories of previous experiences to other fishing destinations. This open design is quite fresh and make the visitors feel relaxed and the sensation that they are being hosted in a private and exclusive club in the middle of the rain forest. Also there are another 2 big open design churuatas where you can have a light "siesta" in a hammock if you want before resuming your fishing activities. The nights at the lodge are very fresh and quite, you can hear the sounds of the jungle and look at the sky full of stars.
24 hours water service is available at the lodge and also electricity, this give Uraima Lodge a plus for cooling your soft drinks at the bar after a fantastic day of Payara fishing. There is an airstrip located in the other side of the island, also there is radio contact and direct access by air or by the river to the lodge from the nearest town. Also the camp is managed by it's owners, they will make you feel like home, they will give the best to make your trip more than satisfying. Uraima Falls is known for being a safe and friendly place for his visitors, this is warranted by all of our returning customers that year after year keep coming back trying to put his name in the IGFA list of worlds records for payara.
Being at Uraima Falls one can be sure will experience the most challenging payara fishery in the world. You can troll in some locations and cast in others, also fishing from islands shores is an option to catch very large payara. The guide assigned to you may take you into fast water beneath the falls or in the main and quick currents of the Paragua river. You will face powerful and aggressive adversaries so be sure to have ready the appropriate tackle. Payara often can exceed 30 pounds, they strike with enormous power and can strip off line very fast.
It's a good advice, take it for granted, enough lures and the right tackle is a must to fish at Uraima Falls, this is without a doubt the world capital of payara fishing. Where other camps offer payara as a sideshow to the Peacock Bass, we offer the only camp in South America exclusively geared to the Payara. The Payara can best be described as a salmon with an extremely bad attitude. Apart from the Payara you will as well encounter the fierce Aymara, another prehistoric lure crunching fighter that grows up to 40 pounds. To insure the best fishing possible, a strict catch and release policy is in effect at the lodge, thanks to this we have experienced over the years the increment in size and numbers.
Here various world records have been set and broken every season, the current all tackle record (39lb 4oz) was set by one of our guests. It's advisable to have 2 sets of tackle, ready to fish, one medium rig to cast lighter baits and one heavy rig for trolling and casting bigger baits. It's a good idea to have adequate tackle ready to handle these powerful and aggressive adversaries. Payara can also come out in big sizes and they readily take cast or trolled subsurface baits. These traits, coupled with their terrific stamina not only make them a favorite of anglers but also a great consumer of lures. The head, as you can see, shows that it's not your friendly neighbor salmon. These fangs and teeth can really destroy a lure, and you know when a payara strike. Some anglers describe the attack as: "Man!, I thought a Mack Truck hit the plug!".
The Weather at Uraima Lodge:
Tropical temperatures prevail in Venezuela with midday temperature ranging between 85 to 100 degrees F. Generally, there is light to medium wind and an extremely intense sun throughout the day, so please be mindful of dehydration and overexposure to the sun. At night, the temperature slowly drops to 72-78 degrees F. Rain can be common throughout the week's fishing, so bring along a good quality, lightweight rain suit to avoid a cold boat ride.
The Fishing at Uraima Lodge:
The Uraima Falls fishery is undoubtedly the most dynamic payara fishery in the world. One can catch both payara and occasionally large aymara in close proximity. The Uraima Falls and Paragua River provide a variety of fishing environments. Your guides may take you into fast water beneath the falls or the quick current of the river. You may troll in some locations and cast in others. You can even fish from the islands shores and very effectively catch large payara.
It's advisable to have at least two outfits ready to fish, one medium/heavy rig to cast lighter baits and one heavy rig for trolling and casting bigger baits. It's a good idea to have adequate tackle ready to handle these powerful and aggressive adversaries. Payara can also exceed 30 pounds and they readily take cast or trolled subsurface baits. They strike with tremendous power and can strip off line like a bonefish and jump like a tarpon.
These traits, coupled with their terrific stamina not only make them a favorite of anglers but also a great consumer of lures. To insure the best fishing possible, a strict catch and release policy is in effect at the lodge. We strongly encourage all clients not to handle fish, not only to reduce stress on the fish, but also because these fish species have strong jaws and sharp teeth that can severely injure you!
The guides are well trained in fish handling and care. If you catch a trophy and want to photograph, measure, or weigh the fish, use a fish handling tool such as a Boga-Grip,or sturdy gloves. Or better yet, have the guide hold the fish. Your understanding and cooperation will ensure that this fishery remains as productive as ever.
- Tour duration: 2-10 days
- Group size: 2-10 people.
Nearby attractions and activities:
You will not experience here long rides in order to get to the hot fishing areas, at Uraima Falls the fishing grounds are just by the lodge.
Uraima falls lodge is located on an island in the Paragua River in the Bolivar State of Venezuela and the fishing spots are just around the corner.
We are very straight forward regarding this topic. Our fishing season is extremely short, only 4 months per year!, based on this, we always request a 30% (non-refundable deposit) at booking time in order to set aside the space at the lodge, this deposit is usually paid early in advanced before departure date, the sooner the better, this is the only way we can lock any dates for clients. The 70% balance payment should be due at least 60 days before the trip takes place in order to secure all logistic (to prepay hotel rooms, all transfers, charters and additional services). Reservations made within 60 days of the departure require full payment. If any cancellation occurs the following penalty fees will be charged:
A. If any cancellation occurs from 30 days of more before departure date, a refund will be issued but we will charge a 50% penalty fee of the trip cost, the remaining balance will be wired back to client.
B. If any cancellation occurs less than 30 days before departure date, the client will lose 100% of the trip cost.
We strongly advise you to purchase trip insurance soon after registering for a trip. In the event that you must cancel your trip due to illness, family crisis or other emergency, this insurance reimburses you for non-refundable trip costs. This insurance also provides for limited accident and baggage coverage. You may purchase trip insurance through your travel agent.
a. In the absence of exceptional circumstances, no refunds are given for any unused pre-paid services included in the tour package or any changes made in the itinerary while enroute, including changes in hotel accommodations, excursions, and transportation services. Charges included for services provided by Uraima Falls Lodge are not subject to refund.
b. Any request for refund must be presented in writing within 30 days of your return. Requests for a refund based on a claim of exceptional circumstances, will be considered by Uraima Falls Lodge on a case by case basis. Uraima Falls Lodge, at its sole discretion, will determine whether exceptional circumstances exist and determine the amount of the refund, if any. The decision of Uraima Falls Lodge is final. No refund requests will be considered or made while Purchaser is enroute.
Day 1: International flight to Venezuela. Transfer to Hotel, 15 minutes drive. Transfer help service will be provided, price included. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to domestic terminal (very early in the morning) to take flight to Puerto Ordaz (45 min). Transfer help service will be provided,price included. Ground transfer to La Paragua town (3 hours drive). Boat transfer to Uraima Falls (3 hours by the river). Reception at Uraima Falls.
Days 3-5: Three (3) days of payara fishing.
Day 6: Transfer by boat from Uraima Falls to La Paragua town (3 hours by the river), this will be very early in the morning. Ground transfer from La Paragua town to Puerto Ordaz domestic terminal (3 hours drive). Domestic flight to La Guaira city (45 minutes flight). Transfer to Hotel, 15 minutes drive. Transfer help service will be provided, price included. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to international terminal (very early in the morning) to take international flight home. Transfer help service will be provided, price included.
Our fishing season is extremely short, only 4 months per year, from Jan 15th to May 15th. Payara fishing is done during the dry season at Uraima Falls in Venezuela, once the rains set in and the river levels get higher the payara migrates off our fishing grounds.
Fishing tackles and lures:
We do not hold a stock of fishing tackle or lures at the lodge. Clients must bring their own. In the payara pre trip file attached there is information about all tackles and lures needed (gear list). This is a very important point, once clients are here, there is nowhere to buy lures or tackle, so they must come well prepared for this trip. Uraima Falls fishing is something not to take lightly, as an average you can lose 3 lures daily!.
The sturdy 35 foot dugout canoes are ideal for the fishing here. Since we sometimes fish close to rapids and in fast moving waters there are 2 crew members in each canoe, one is the driver who guides the canoe, the other is the Payara catcher who helps you in landing your fish. With 4 people in the vessel you need space, and even more important, no other vessel is such a stable fishing platform in these waters.
You will be amazed at how comfortable these canoes are, with their swivel seats, rod holders, other items and all the leg room you need. And you will be pleased to know that the furthest fishing area is only 10 minutes from the camp. Uraima falls lodge is located on an island and the fishing spots are just around the corner. You will not experience here long rides in order to get to the hot fishing areas, at Uraima Falls the fishing grounds are just by the lodge.
Fishing trips, how long are they:
This will depend on client needs. We can set up any fishing trip, all we ask for is to be notified with enough time in advance to set aside the space for your clients. Our capacity is 8 anglers per group, we can not host any more than that per party.
About safety aspects:
If something went wrong (we never have had an accident since 1995!) we have an emergency landing airstrip next to the lodge, were a small plane can land and take off with 2 people (We have radio at the lodge for communications). This plane takes about 45 minutes to get to Uraima and 45 minutes to get back to Puerto Ordaz city where the injured person can be taken to the nearest private hospital. There is a bigger airstrip about 30 minutes by boat from the lodge where bigger planes can also land and take off. It is a most that every angler buys travel insurance before the trip takes place.
This price is per day of fishing per person only. Additional costs apply.
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