Flight information: There are many travel options to consider when flying to Manaus International Airport. There are daily flights from Miami, Panama, Lisbon, Lima, San Paulo and Buenos Aires to Manaus.
We suggest you arrange your flight to Miami to arrive with plenty of time to make the connecting flight to Manaus. If you are flying from the USA, there are two nonstop daily flights from Miami (AA and TAM airlines). One departs Miami early in the morning and arrives in Manaus in the early afternoon; the other flight departs Miami in the late afternoon and arrives in Manaus in the late evening.
NOTE: We strongly 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.
Visa & Travel documents: Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and a Brazilian visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.
Manaus: Manaus is a modern, rapidly growing city (1.4 million population). It is one of the busiest ports in the Amazon, where cargo ships distribute their goods throughout the basin. There are many interesting places to visit: The Amazonas Theater, The Palace "Río Negro", the Floating Port, the Municipal Market Adolpho Lisboa, the Forest of Science, the Museum of Natural Science, as well as the Aboriginal Fair, where you can buy items made by the Indians. We strongly recommend you consider visiting the Fish Market, no one that visits is disappointed!
Insects: This part of the Amazon jungle is surprisingly friendly due to the high tannic acid concentration in its waters. Some mosquitoes may be present, but very few in our experience. As for the rest, we remind you that this is a virgin rain forest where all kind of spiders and strange insects live. We recommend guests not to go deep into the Jungle, pass through dense vegetation or turn logs over, fallen leaves, etc. We strongly recommend wearing long sleeve shirts and pants and Buff face masks during your fishing week.
CHARTER FLIGHT TO THE RIO MARIÉ
Most significant of 2016 season’s changes is that instead of using a fixed wheel-plane landing site in combination with a transfer boat, Untamed Angling will be chartering two Cessna Caravans fitted with amphibious floats to directly transport guests from Manaus to the Untamed Amazon mothership. Each aircraft will accommodate six anglers with plenty of room for their fishing gear. The turboprop aircraft are comfortable and deliver anglers directly to the heart of the fishery and the waiting mothership, avoiding the wheel-plane and boat transfer combination. The private charter flight to the Rio Marie, is approximately 3:30hs flight duration depending the position of Untamed Amazon mothership.
This actively-mobile fishing model, with the mothership positioned in the most productive areas of the reserve, will allow us to fish and explore the entire Rio Marié Reserve - more than 680 kilometers (425 miles) of the main river, its two major tributaries, and the dozens of lagoons and back bays.
The use of the two float planes with direct access to the most productive fishing areas and the mobility of the shallow-draft Untamed Amazon will put anglers on some fantastic water that has only been explored in the past and never included in the itinerary. Quick and easy access to the fishing grounds and utilization of the entire fishery is the name of the game for 2016.
The fishing week is a standard 6 full days fishing and 7 nights.
Anglers will enjoy an all-inclusive package (excluding International flights), with 6 full days of fishing, plus 7 nights lodging, including the first night’s hotel accommodations at Hotel Tropical. The maximum group size is 10 anglers, and no groups will ever fish the same water on the same day. The concept is to move every day and every week upstream or downstream following the best fishing, so everyone is constantly casting at fresh fish, in near virgin waters.
Day 0: Arrive in Manaus. Our representatives will be waiting for you at the Manaus International Airport (MAO). Transfer from the airport to the Hotel. Overnight accommodations at the Hotel Tropical in Manaus, the night before departure to the yacht, are included in the package. The group will receive all information regarding the next day’s plan for time of departure, typically very early weather depending.
Day 1: Breakfast at Hotel. The host will pick up the group at approximately 7:00 a.m. and head to the local airport, to board the two amphibious Cessna Caravans charter flight to end destination. The charter flight duration is approximately 3:30hs depending the Untamed Amazon mothership location in Rio Marié. Arrive at Rio Marié right where the yacht will be anchored and waiting for the group. There you will meet the fishing team and staff, and after cold beer and lunch anglers will have a brief explanation of the daily fishing plans and the yacht’s amenities. Get situated in your suite and for appetizers and relax to be prepared for your fishing week.
Day 2 to Day 7: Each day individual teams (2 anglers) will head out for the day and fish one of the beats in the Rio Marie’, its tributaries and or lagoons. Each two anglers will share a fly fishing guide along with a local native guide in specifically designed fly fishing boats with two large casting platforms. Both anglers are constantly fishing, all day long from these perfectly designed boats.
6:00am - Coffee is hot
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am - Head to fishing grounds
12pm to 1pm - Anglers will have a picnic style lunch on the river.
1:00pm - After lunch, fishing will resume until late afternoon when the guides will deliver anglers back to the yacht around 6pm. Every day the yacht will be moved, and anchored in a different place
6:30pm - Cocktails and appetizers on the covered patio top deck.
8:00 pm - Dinners will be served inside the yacht’s air conditioned dining room area
Day 8: In the morning, guests will be transferred by boat to the landing strip to fly back to Manaus at approximately 11:00am, weather permitting. On the return flight we will stop in a small town to refuel and then continue on to Manaus. You will arrive in Manaus in the afternoon, at approximately 3:00pm (assuming no flight delays). Most anglers will be departing on the late night flight that evening, departing Manaus for Miami at 12:05am on Thurs morning. Your staff driver will deliver you to the International Airport after a nice Brazilian BBQ dinner or to the Tropical for a quick shower if you choose to rent a day room. If you do not feel like taking the red eye out of Manaus that night, another night’s stay at the Tropical (or another hotel) 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.
Day 9: If you do end up spending the night in Manaus, the next morning, after breakfast and according to your flight departure time, our host will pick you and transfer to International Airport.
Extra Night or Day Use Rooms: If you would like an extra night accommodations in Manaus at the Hotel Tropical 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 direct to the hotel.
All charter flights and boat transfers / All necessary ground transfers in Brazil/ 6 days fishing, fully guided / 7 night, all inclusive: lodging, meals, and beverages (including wine, beer and spirits) / One overnight at the Tropical Hotel in Manaus on arrival / Guided-operated 21 foot, fully equipped shallow draft skiffs per two anglers / Fishing licenses / Daily laundry and maid service at fishing destination.
Native Community Fee / International air fare / Brazilian visa / Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides / Food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours / Airport departure tax / Satellite phone calls / Extra hotel overnights
All of us involved will be doing everything we can to ensure your enjoyment on this unique expedition. However, travel to Amazonia wilderness can present problems. Weather can cause flight delays in and out of the camps and possible missed connections, imposing additional costs or delay in your return home. This is beyond our control and realm of responsibility. Please accommodate the possibility of delays in your planning and your state of mind.
The key is to be open-minded and tolerant, knowing that some things are done in a different way deep inside jungle communities. Nothing works fine all the time anywhere. Take things in stride, relax, and make the most of every day.
We know you'll be well received at Rio Marie’ and that everyone will be doing their best to provide a most memorable experience.