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With’s unbridled knowledge gained from 20 years of fishing and working in the Amazon, and with great local recourses behind us, we’ll be hosting small groups of anglers deep into unspoilt rainforest on the Essequibo River, exploring even more Amazonian waters in beautiful Guyana.


Apart from local subsistence fishing, these wild river systems have areas that have rarely seen a rod or line. This beautiful river runs through virgin rainforest, cascading over huge rocks and boulders, creating deep pools and runs for Giant Cats and many other predatory species of fish to be caught on baits, lures and flies.

‘Jaguar Explorer Camp’ Trip

The all-new Jaguar Explorer Mobile Camp Trips are run in the main Essequibo River between two separate camps. We offer so much to do and see for solo anglers, couples, fishing partners, families (with kids of 9yrs and above) and small groups, with a maximum eight anglers at one time.


Based near a local Amerindian village, we have many miles of river to explore and fish, both above and below the village.


Each of our anglers will have their own big-man tent with a mattress all to themselves.  


The two campsites will provide our anglers with two unique fishing areas – upriver for Giant Arapaima in the jungle’s lakes and lagoons, Redtail and Surubim Cats, Peacock Bass and Payara, and downriver for the many of the bigger Cats, more Peacock Bass and Payara and much, much more.


Each camp will be set up under the trees in the shade with a great view of the river to wake up to. ‘Safari-camp kitchens’ will supply our guests with wholesome camp cooking and three meals a day.

The Camp

Day 1:  Arrival and transfer from Cheddi Jagan (GEO) International Airport (or Ogle) to Kanuku Suites and overnight.  


Day 2:  Early morning departure flight to jungle village airstrip. Boat transfer from village to Camp 1. Fishing 1/2 day pm.


Days 3 - 5:  Three full days fishing.


Day 6:  Early am camp and travel by boat to Camp 2. Fish 1/2 day pm.


Days 7 - 9:  Three further full days fishing.


Day 10: Early flight back to OGLE Airport, transfer to Kanuku Suites and overnight


Day 11:  Transfer to international airport for flight home.

Travel Plan

What Does It Cost?

COSTS pp USD $3950

for 7 days fishing (including Amerindian Community fees).


* Costs are based on double occupancy at Kanuku Suites, sharing boat with fishing partner or other solo angler.



Transfers from CJIA or Ogle and two nights at Kanuku Suites with Continental breakfast (one night on arrival and one night at end of trip), return flights Ogle/airstrip/Ogle, eight nights at camp with seven full days guided fishing, daily laundry, all meals, water, soft drinks and beer at camp.  


Not included: 

International airfares, airport transfers or overnight hotel stays, tipping (we insist on USD $150 per person to be divided between all guides and camp staff), meals and drinks other than in camp and liquor or other drinks other than above, costs associated with medical advice and medications for your trip, lures, fishing tackle etc.



Terms and conditions of payments: 50% as deposit on reservation, 50% due 90 days before arrival in GT.  


* Prices are stated as a guide and may be subject to currency and seasonal variations.

Through our travel agent partners we are able to secure excellent rates for all your international and domestic flights and travel insurance that are not included in our packages.

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PREDATORS GALORE... There is such a diversity of predatory species to be caught in these rivers. With lures, flies, jigs, spoons, cut baits and other baits, dozens of different fish will keep the avid angler busy the whole trip. Our top species count to date is 47!!


Hard-fighting ‘Yellow’ and ‘Lake’ Peacock Bass are two of the toughest and meanest Cichla species found in the Amazon Rainforest. These amazing predators can be caught on medium-sized walk-the-dog lures like spooks and skitter walks, small poppers, propbaits and on jigs, flies and minnow baits. They will smash topwater lures with abandon and there is nothing like the strike of a Peacock exploding on a lure worked across the surface. The bigger ‘Yellows’ can reach over 17lbs…


The slash-and-grab Payara/Vampire Fish and the Pike-like Bicuda visibly chase surface lures, minnowbaits, jigs and flies in the faster water. They are often seen crashing on baitfish on the surface. Payara will take cutbait/strips too.  


Arowana/Monkey Fish grow huge here and also make a regular appearance. They will annihilate topwater lures, minnowbaits, jigs and flies.


Giant Black Piranhas and Coby/Pescada can also be caught using cutbait, or small lures, spoons and deep-jigging lures in the deeper pools and runs.



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Tour Summary

Essequibo River

The Rainforests of Guyana

Guyana (ex-British Guyana)

September - April

Jungle Fishing Camp

Arapaima, ‘Yellow’ Peacock Bass, Bicuda, Hymara / Wolf Fish ~ Payara ~ big Black Piranha, Pescada / Cobi ~ Couti ~ huge Red Pacu and Silver Pacu ~ MONSTER Lau/ Piraiba Cats ~ Redtail Cats ~ Tiger / Shovel nosed Cats ~ Jandia Cats & many more species

Adventure jungle fishing camping trip

from $3,950 *

7 days fishing

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Jaguar Explorer Camp Trips - Guyana





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Fishing Vacation in Guyana

The Fishing

We fish from September to April inclusive. Days are typically warm with temperature over 70º F at night and 80-90º F during the day, but it feels cooler most of the time due to plenty of breeze during the day.


Please remember, this is fishing in the Tropics and we advise clients to bring a lightweight rain jacket/suit as it can get chilly when temperatures drop during a storm.


As we are fishing in clean, low pH water, there are generally few or no mosquitos or biting insects, although no-see-ums can be a nuisance on overcast days. A high DEET-content insect repellent is advisable.

The Seasons

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MONSTER ARAPAIMAS AND CATFISH... We really do have some RIVER MONSTERS here, with massive Arapaima gigas and also huge Cats, from the unusual up to big bruising bullies. All can be caught on cutbait, livebait or whole dead fish.


Arapaimas are old, ancient beasts that are very prehistoric-looking, with armoured-plating over their entire bodies, yet they can be so delicate after being landed. They live in quiet backwater and bays, usually in low oxygenated water and grow to over 500lbs and 4m in length! We only use circle hooks for these Giants to avoid any belly-hooked fish. Great care is needed to revive these Leviathans before returning them to the lagoon.


The two species of Surubim or Shovel-nosed Tiger Cats here are both fast, sleek and strike hard. These hieroglyphically-marked predators are also caught on lures. Growing to over 50lbs, they are powerful fish to catch.  


The Leopard or Jundia Cat is a dynamite of a fish for its size. Averaging 15lbs, they max out at about 25lbs and are one of the tastiest fish in the Amazon.  


The express train Banana Fish or Redtail Cats must be rated as the hardestfighting Cats in the whole Amazon for their size. An 80lb Redtail will take you all over the river and strip line in reel-smoking, screaming runs.  


Jau Cats are the Rottweillers of the river and dwell in the rocks and fast water and will take you deep in their caves! Gentle persuasion followed by brute force is needed to land these giants.


THE King of all our Cats, the Giant Freshwater Shark/Lau-lau /Piraiba. This leviathan grows to over 400lbs and when hooked, roars off at 50 miles an hour. It may take you a couple of hours to land one of these huge fish.


There are so many other species for the avid angler to catch who is willing to go that extra mile. Anglers can catch nut, fruit and berry-eating fish like big Red and Silver Pacu, Couti, Aracu and many more scaled species all day long. All these smaller scaled species make for great fresh Catfish bait too!


The weird and wonderful are also still to be discovered by many foreign fishermen and we have them all. Plenty of European anglers enjoy what is classified as ‘coarse fishing’, and an angler could easily ‘bag-up’ with sweetcorn, nuts, fruits, potato, fish strips or freshwater snails.


* Any fishing can be affected in many different ways, by storms and water levels, droughts and water temperatures, moon phases etc. Whilst we guarantee catching fish, we cannot guarantee 100% great fishing.