Pre-trip Information: The Trip

Our Mission Statement

For over two decades, Acute Angling has been operating fishing trips in Brazil and providing anglers with the opportunity to pursue giant peacock bass and Amazon exotics. We use three different operating systems to enable us to access the wide variety of Amazon fisheries; our mobile floating bungalows access remote headwaters, the elegant "Blackwater Explorer" yacht provides the most consistently productive peacock bass fishing in the central Amazon basin, and our rustic Picapau lodge provides optimal access to some of the most inaccessible waters in the Amazon Basin. Through a careful process of evolution we have created the most productive and comfortable fishing experience possible in each of our operations. Our number one concern is to bring our clients to the very best fishing the Amazon has to offer. In order to do this, we go as far into the interior as possible to get away from human intrusion. The end result is an unparalleled record for outstanding catches, in terms of both size and numbers. Isolation is in the angler's favor, but with it often come unique challenges from an operating and outfitting standpoint. The following guide is designed to detail the inner workings of the lodge, camp or yacht as it concerns your weekly stay. We will continue to strive to create the very best angling experience available in the Amazon basin. Your comments and suggestions to improve any aspect of our trips are always much appreciated.

peacock bass trip prepartion pays off
The key to a successful peacock bass fishing trip to the Amazon lies in
careful planning and preparation… and you get to play with all of your fishing stuff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us, toll-free or E-mail us. Thanks for fishing with Acute Angling!

Paul Reiss: - (866) 832-2987 - E-Mail Paul Reiss
Garry Reiss: - (866) 431-1668 -E-Mail Garry Reiss

References are available upon request.

Travel Information

Peacock Bass fishermen require a Brazilian visa
Peacock Bass fishermen
require a Brazilian visa

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS -- A valid passport is required for all air travel. Make sure your passport is current and does not expire within 6 months of your return date. It may take up to a month or more to process a new passport, so please plan accordingly.

At this time, Brazil does not have any official blanket requirements regarding vaccinations for travelers entering directly from the U.S. with U.S. passports. However, because Brazil does not have yellow fever and wishes to keep it out, you may be asked to present documentation of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from, or have recently visited, countries with yellow fever. If you are traveling with our standard arrangements, nothing is normally required, however for absolute assurance if you travel broadly, we recommend that you have a yellow fever vaccination and carry your Record of Immunization with you.

International Travel; FLIGHT INFORMATION: As part of our full service, turn-key trip package, Acute Angling’s associated travel service will be happy to handle all of your international and U.S. domestic flight reservations. This provides the important advantage of allowing us to change flights and connections in the event of unforeseen issues or weather when leaving Brazil. Of course, you are always welcome to use your favorite travel agency or book your flights with airline miles if you prefer.

CHARTER FLIGHTS - All of our trips include a charter flight to the fishery. In order to accommodate Civil Aviation rules in Brazil, anglers are advised to please adhere to the following guidelines;

BAGGAGE: There is a strictly-enforced 33-pound weight restriction in effect on all floatplane flights and a 44-pound weight restriction in effect on all other charter aircraft (extra items may need to be left in Manaus). Please do not bring large hard shell luggage or coolers. Pack in a soft suitcase, flexible duffel or flexible roller bag to facilitate ease of handling in small aircraft. Do not bring bags longer than 30 inches - They will not fit in floatplane storage niches.

In order to help our anglers accommodate these guidelines, we’ve taken every step we can to reduce the amount of baggage you need to bring

TACKLE — Each of our Amazon operations provides a full suite of high quality rods and reels, perfectly suited to the fishing requirements in our varied fisheries. It is not necessary for you to bring any rods, reels or lines, only lures. Of course, you are always welcome to bring your own, keeping in mind the need to travel light.

CLOTHING — Each of our Amazon operations provides full daily laundry service, so three changes of clothing is enough. For traveling and fishing, we recommend wearing loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored cottons or synthetics (Tarpon Wear, Patagonia etc...). Some fabrics allow passage of UV rays, so don't bring just any old shirt (we've seen people severely sunburned right through their clothes!) Long pants and sleeves are best to protect from sunburn. All camps have daily laundry service. Please don't over-pack (remember weight restrictions).

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us, toll-free or E-mail us.

Thanks for fishing with Acute Angling!

Paul Reiss: - (866) 832-2987 - E-Mail Paul Reiss
Garry Reiss: - (866) 431-1668 -E-Mail Garry Reiss

References are available upon request.

Sample Itineraries

Acute Angling is focused on making your travel arrangements as comfortable and practical as possible. With that in mind, we provide you with a turn-key travel package.We’ll organize flights, provide document services, and even arrange extra touring destinations if you wish.  Complete trip insurance and global removal is also always included. In concert with our associated travel agency, we are experts at managing the vagaries of airline travel, hotel reservations, transfers and charters.

Have you tried to make sense of the wildly gyrating airline industry lately? Routes and schedules change as fast as airline policies and procedures. As a result, optimizing travel to any destination is a constant challenge. Acute Angling, together with our travel industry partners, automatically plans standard itineraries and can reserve travel arrangements for each angler on all of our planned trips.

Amazon floodplain
Amazon floodplain

We'll take care of the details and make sure you have a comfortable and practical itinerary without the hassle of dealing with the airlines. You can stay focused on landing big, aggressive, tackle-busting peacock bass on your fishing trip of a lifetime.

Need something different? We'll work with you and your travel agent to help you arrange it. Making a side-trip? We'll arrange the connections. Using airline miles? Simply let us know - we'll provide precise itinerary specifications.

Below are some typical itineraries for Acute Angling's Brazil peacock bass trips:

(Please note - these itineraries are based on current American Airlines schedules and can vary due to airline scheduling changes. If other airlines are selected, travel day itineraries will be different.)

Sample Itinerary - Floating Bungalow - American Airlines Schedule
Departure Depart Miami via International flight, about 5:00 PM. Arrive in Manaus, Brazil, around 10:00 PM in the evening. After clearing customs you are met by our guide and transfer agent and transferred to the Nobilè Hotel, where you will overnight.
Travel Day & Day 1 In the morning, you are transferred to the domestic airport for a charter floatplane flight to the fishery. Arrive in time to move into your bungalow, relax, have a quick lunch and head out for some fishing.
Day 2
Through Day 7
Six full days of fishing. Your angling day begins with a 5:30 AM wake-up call followed by breakfast at 6:00 AM. Your guide will be ready to depart at first light, although you can remain in camp at your leisure. Relax for an hour at lunchtime each day. Return to camp before dusk for appetizers, drinks and bragging, followed by a delicious dinner. Jungle hikes, spotlighting trips and catfishing can be arranged.
Travel Day Early, AM, take floatplane back to Manaus, arriving late morning. You will be provided with a day room at the Nobilè Hotel and you will have a day and evening in Manaus for relaxing by the pool - or to book a city tour, go sightseeing, shop and enjoy great Brazilian restaurants. Late evening, transfer to airport. Depart Manaus via International flight for home around 11:00 PM.
Sample Itinerary - "Blackwater Explorer" Yacht - American Airlines Schedule
Departure Depart Miami via International flight, about 5:00 PM. Arrive in Manaus, Brazil, around 10:00 PM in the evening. After clearing customs you are met by our guide and transfer agent and transferred to the Nobilè Hotel, where you will overnight.
Travel Day & Day 1 In the morning, you are transferred to the domestic airport for a charter flight to the Blackwater Explorer. Arrive in time to move into your cabin, relax, have a quick lunch and head out for some fishing.
Day 2
Through Day 7
Six full days of fishing. Your angling day begins with a 5:30 AM wake-up call followed by breakfast at 6:00 AM. Your guide will be ready to depart at first light, although you can remain on the Explorer at your leisure. Relax for an hour at lunchtime each day. Return to the yacht by dusk for appetizers, drinks and bragging, followed by a delicious dinner. Jungle hikes, spotlighting trips, catfishing and local village visits can be arranged.
Travel Day Transfer back to Manaus via charter flight, arriving late morning. You will be provided with a day room at the Nobilè Hotel and you will have a day and evening in Manaus for relaxing by the pool - or to book a city tour, go sightseeing, shop and enjoy great Brazilian restaurants. Late evening, transfer to airport. Depart Manaus via International flight for home around 11:00 PM.
Sample Itinerary - Variety Species Lodge - American Airlines Schedule
Departure Depart Miami via International flight, about 5:00 PM. Arrive in Manaus, Brazil, around 10:00 PM in the evening. After clearing customs you are met by our guide and transfer agent and transferred to the Nobilè Hotel, where you will overnight.
Travel Day & Day 1 In the morning, you are transferred to the domestic airport for a charter floatplane flight to the fishery. Arrive in time to move into your cabin, relax, have a quick lunch and head out for some fishing.
Day 2
Through Day 7
Six full days of fishing. Your angling day begins with a 5:30 AM wake-up call followed by breakfast at 6:00 AM. Your guide will be ready to depart at first light, although you can remain in camp at your leisure. Relax for an hour at lunchtime each day. Return to camp by dusk for appetizers, drinks and bragging, followed by a delicious dinner. Jungle hikes, spotlighting trips and local village visits can be arranged.
Travel Day Early, AM, take floatplane back to Manaus, arriving late morning. You will be provided with a day room at the Nobilè Hotel and you will have a day and evening in Manaus for relaxing by the pool - or to book a city tour, go sightseeing, shop and enjoy great Brazilian restaurants. Late evening, transfer to airport. Depart Manaus via International flight for home around 11:00 PM.

Getting to the Fishery

Accessing peacock bass via floatplane
Accessing peacock bass locations in the Amazon via floatplane.

Acute Angling is dedicated to providing the most productive fishing trips possible. This means remote locations, far from population centers and most often quite inaccessible. Since there are no road networks in the Amazon lowlands, getting there requires aircraft. Our various trip destinations and operating mechanisms require either floatplanes or twin-engine wheeled aircraft.

Blackwater Explorer Yacht Trips - Travelers on our yacht trips will be transferred by van to the domestic airport (in the same complex as the International airport) for a charter floatplane or twin-engine wheeled plane (depending on destination) to wherever the yacht is located. Upon landing, you and your baggage will be transported directly to the Blackwater Explorer yacht, generally arriving before lunch.

Floating Bungalow and Multi-species Lodge Trips - Travelers on our floating bungalow and Multi-species lodge trips will be transferred by van to the domestic general aviation airport for a charter floatplane flight directly to the river on which you will be fishing. You will land directly at the camp on an 8-passenger Cessna Caravan float plane or you will ride in one of our fishing boats for a short trip to the Multi-species lodge after landing (this is dependent on the location of secure landing areas). An afternoon fishing session on the day of arrival is usually possible (in addition to the 6 scheduled days), if weather and flight schedules permit.

For all Anglers - Weight Limits - It is standard procedure to have your bags weighed before getting on any of the domestic charter flights. For emphasis, we repeat here that regional general aviation policy limits baggage to 33 pounds per passenger on floatplanes and 44 pounds per passenger on all other flights. You may be required to lighten your load if your luggage is over-weight. Some points to consider for all of the trips;

peacock bass fishing boat
An example of the boats we use when fishing for peacock bass.

Boats - Many of the rivers we fish have certain similarities. We prefer to fish productive, shallow rivers that cannot normally be accessed by deeper drafting boats or other operations. We want to exclude both the subsistence fishermen and the ever-increasing number of sport fishing operations that tend to follow each other around. Our yacht trips are offered during periods that give us deep-water access to headwaters fisheries, yet generally remain mostly devoid of other craft, due to exclusivity agreements or simple access limitations. In order to get over the sand bars and shallows or through narrow entrance channels, that act as an effective barrier to most boats (especially big, wide, fancy bass boats with hydraulic tilt), we use agile, shallow-drafting craft exclusively. Each of our three operations uses specifically designed, purpose built fishing boats. Our boats are designed to provide access to the most isolated waters, where others can’t go. All of our peacock bass fishing boats are equipped with electric trolling motors and Garmin ‘InReach’ satellite tracking and communicating devices. All boats have the necessary fishing tools and equipment and ample coolers to store drinks and lunches.

Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing Trip Accommodations

All of our accommodations provide individual air-conditioning,
private bathrooms, en-suite showers and comfortable beds.

Floating Bungalow Accommodations

Floating Bungalow Safari Camps

For our fly-in headwaters destinations, we use mobile camper-style bungalows built individually on aluminum hulls. They are the perfect blend of mobility and comfort. Drafting less than 12 inches of water, they are a breakthrough for navigating over shallow water barriers away from fishing pressure.

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Our mobile, fly-in floating bungalow camp - set up on a beautiful white sand beach.

Each 10'x15' bungalow accommodates two anglers. They are fully carpeted, air-conditioned and have individual bathroom facilities complete with separate hot-water showers. Each unit has two comfortable single beds with fresh linens and comfortable mattresses. Each bungalow has its own lighting and plumbing system.

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Roomy 10 x 15’ units have full size beds

The floating bungalow camp consists of four bungalow units docked against a beach or shoreline, with a 24'x12' dining/sitting lounge and kitchen. The camp is moved as appropriate, but will usually remain closest to the river’s most productive regions. We try to find scenic locations with nice beaches for swimming, whenever possible. The camp has approximately 10 staff members, including the bilingual host, two cooks, laundry and cleaning personnel, maintenance technician and guides. The camp is powered by its own generator, which supplies 110 VAC electricity to the bungalows, battery chargers, camp shortwave radio, electric washing machine and various freezers and refrigerators, etc. Our floating bungalow camp is equipped with an extensive medical kit for emergency first aid. The camp, while not pretending to be a 5-star hotel accommodation, is amazingly comfortable and a pleasant surprise for anglers in the truly remote locations it accesses.

CAMP ACCOMMODATION SPECIFICS

Sandy Beaches -- Our bungalow camps are often situated on or near a sandy beach. Many guests find it most comfortable to simply remain barefoot in camp all week long, just like on a beach vacation.

Water -- All of the camp’s drinking, cooking and food preparation water is commercial bottled water.

Electricity -- The camp has a dedicated generator supplying 11O-volt electricity. All of your devices can be charged in your cabin. All bungalow units have their own outlets and power source and individual air-conditioning units.

If you smoke,-- Smoking is permitted only in open-air areas. Please do not throw your butts on the ground.

Our floating bungalow peacock bass safari camp on the move
Camps routinely move during the day while anglers are out fishing for peacock bass.

BATHROOMS -- All bungalows have their own private bathroom with sink and toilet and a separate enclosed shower stall with hot water. Each unit will have fresh sets of bath towels and soap. Showers and sinks are filled by a pump directly from the river. Many of our guests also enjoy bathing in the river. This may be the purest and cleanest water you will ever encounter. It is not, however, suitable for drinking—so we strictly provide bottled water.
Laundry -- The camp has a daily laundry service. All dirty clothes should be left in the unit’s laundry bag before you go fishing. The camp’s laundry personnel will pick up your clothes and wash them while you’re out on the river. Clean clothes will be returned to you each day.

Lodge Accommodations

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Our Multi-species Picapau Lodge on the Rio Travessao

Comfortable beds and fresh linens provide a great night's sleep for hard-fishing anglers. Bedside tables keep your nighttime needs close at hand. Read, relax or even write a trip log in complete comfort. Adjustable thermostats let you set your A/C’s temperature. Each unit provides 110V outlets making charging all of your devices quick, simple and easy.

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Roomy cabins have full size beds

The cabins are roomy with high ceilings, lots of windows and plenty of storage space. Convenient shelving lets you keep your gear close at hand without cluttering your living space. You’ll be amazed at the relaxing home away from home you’ll find in the midst of the deepest Amazon jungle.

Blackwater Explorer Yacht Accommodations

Blackwater Explorer - Peacock Bass Yacht Trips
The Blackwater Explorer - Peacock Bass Mothership.

Our "Blackwater Explorer", launched in 2008, is a 24 meter, air-conditioned "Amazon Regional" style yacht. The watchword aboard is "comfort". The "Explorer" has bright, individually air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. There is a spacious, comfortably furnished lounge and dining room with panoramic windows. The air-conditioned space comfortably seats the entire fishing group for meals. The "Explorer" has a spacious open air bar and lounge for outdoor relaxing, story-telling or stargazing. All decks have railed walkways. The fishing boats are towed behind the yacht while we travel and are accessed at deck level when anglers embark. The "Explorer" boasts a fully equipped kitchen and provides delicious restaurant quality meals. Laundry is done daily, so anglers need not over-pack (as you might guess, we don't require formal dress for dinner).

Safety and Security -- Our fisheries are almost completely devoid of human habitation. Those few individuals that are occasionally found on the rivers (usually either 'caboclos' or Indians) are always friendly, since we have generally negotiated fishing rights with them, within their reservation or region. We have never had an untoward incident of any kind with any locals, in any of our operations, in any of our fisheries. Our staff are all professional, honest, reliable people who are trained to respect and protect all your belongings. Valuables can be left in your bungalow or cabin without concern. Do not take documents or valuables out fishing with you. Leave them safely in your cabin.

Blackwater Explorer - Dining Area
Blackwater Explorer - Dining Area
Blackwater Explorer - Kitchen
Blackwater Explorer - Kitchen

Meals and Camp Life

peacock bass trip - meals
All of our Peacock Bass Fishing Trips include
delicious meals, sumptuous and satisfying.

Our chefs provide restaurant quality meals throughout your stay. A breakfast buffet is typically served at 6:00 AM each morning. Pancakes, eggs, toast, fresh fruit, bacon, cereal and fresh coffee are all standard fare. Lunch is typically fixed (box-style) by each angler in the morning before departing for fishing. This allows anglers to stay on the river the entire day, to minimizing travel and maximizing fishing results. Appetizers and cocktails are offered immediately upon the angler’s return from the day’s fishing. Dinner is served around 6:30 PM. Typically, a selection from a mixture of Brazilian and ‘American’ foods enliven the camp’s dinner menu. Delicious soups begin the meal. Fresh fish, beef, and chicken are accompanied by an assortment of beans, rice, bread, salads and mixed vegetables. Dinner is always accompanied by fine wines. Desserts are a welcome finishing touch. Our trips provide an open bar with soft drinks, beer, wine and domestic liquors always available.

A WORD ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE -- In the middle of the Amazon jungle a slow pace of life and a "laid back" attitude is entrenched in the culture of the native people. Therefore, crisp timing, efficiency as we know it and effective planning may sometimes be out of sync with what fast-paced first-worlders may be used to. Don't worry - relax and enjoy the ambiance where you are. Our staff is always at your service; you'll find them to be attentive, warm and helpful.

Health, Sun and Insects

HEALTH -- Our groups often include anglers ranging in age from pre-teens to their eighties. The yachts, the camp, the bungalows, the staff and the structure of all the operations are all designed to make life comfortable and easy for all of our anglers, from the fittest to the more sedentary. All of the work of the camp is ably handled by our expert Brazilian staff. You are free to fish, eat, drink, relax and tell tall tales. Happily, the most serious problems we see are the occasional self-inflicted hook wounds. It is, however, still important that anglers understand that they are, in fact, deep in the Amazon jungle. For this reason, and since all of our camps are located in extremely remote areas, certain basic considerations should be kept in mind.

Acute health problems - Those who have known, serious, potentially acute, health problems should think twice about going to a remote location with limited access to medical attention. In the case of an emergency, we will have a float plane flown in as soon as possible, but this can take up to half a day (night flights are not possible). All camps have 24-hour radio contact with Manaus and satellite telephones. Acute Angling offers "Global Rescue" insurance packages.

Contagious diseases - The areas you'll be fishing are virtually unpopulated, therefore water-born contagious diseases are not a threat. There are rare cases of light diarrhea due to the normal rigors of travel, but you can eat and drink with confidence in camp. Do not, however, drink the tap water in any hotel rooms or public areas!

INSECTS -- The dry season in Brazil is a very benign environment. The areas we fish are essentially completely devoid of mosquitos and most other biting insects. A common daytime outfit can be nothing more than a bathing suit and lots and lots of sunblock. The blackwater river channels and lagoons where we fish are too acidic to support mosquito reproduction. We simply do not encounter mosquitos on our regularly scheduled trips.

Exploratory trips — Because the Amazon is such a vast and complex ecosystem, it is always possible for unexpected conditions to occur on our exploratory trips. If you are joining us on an exploration, bring at least one set of socks, long pants, long sleeves and a dependable brand of repellent (Muskol, Cutters or anything else with DEET).

PHONE CONTACTS

Our operations all have short-wave radio contact with Manaus as well as satellite telephones. Phone contact is made routinely with Acute Angling's U.S. offices.

Acute Angling:
U.S. numbers - 866 431-1668 or 866 832-2987
International - 908 832-2988

Our Manaus Home Base Hotel: .+55 92-3306-0606

For emergency contacts, call Acute Angling.

Amazon Overview

The Amazon is a land of superlatives. Words like "biggest" (world's biggest river), "most" (most water contained) and "greatest" (greatest biodiversity) are what applies here. The basin contains over 1000 named tributaries with a drainage area of almost 3,000,000 square miles (this incorporates parts of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana, Brazil, and Venezuela).

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A beautiful Amazon sunset after a long, productive day of Peacock Bass fishing.

The Amazon basin is an exceedingly diverse combination of specific niches within one giant ecosystem. Wildlife, insects, birds, fish and vegetation vary greatly depending upon soil type and proximity to fluctuating water levels. The Amazon's overall watershed encompasses 1/5 of all the world's fresh water. There are over 3000 separate species of fish in the Amazon basin. Depending on the area, there can be as many as 15 different species that will take a fly or lure. Most of the Amazon's wildlife is shy and elusive. Although quite common, tapir, capybara, paca, jaguar, peccary and ocelot are all mostly nocturnal. This is not to say that you won't sometimes catch glimpses of them (usually swimming across the river). Monkeys are quite common, but they quickly scamper back into the canopy, so you usually only see them momentarily. The bird life is much more cooperative. Macaws, parrots, parakeets, toucans, weaver birds, eagles, osprey, kingfishers, herons, jabiru storks, and a host of migratory species are a common sight throughout the fishing day. For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions section.

LANGUAGE -- Brazil is the only Latin American country where Portuguese is spoken as the native language. Grammatically, Portuguese is similar to Spanish, but the spoken language and word pronunciation is very distinct. Although individuals fluent in Spanish can generally communicate with a Brazilian native, easy conversation will be difficult. All camps have a full-time bilingual camp host.

CURRENCY -- The U.S. Dollar and the Brazilian Real fluctuate significantly, so we won’t list approximate exchange rates. Brazilian hotels and most shops readily accept credit cards, so there's usually no need to exchange money. If you do wish to exchange money, we recommend you do so in the U.S. -- you'll get a much better exchange rate. Hotels are notorious for having exorbitant exchange rates.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Brazilian liquor, beer, quality imported wines and soft drinks are provided in all of our operations at no charge. You are, however, also welcome to bring your own favorite beverage, if you wish. Import allowances in Brazil permit import of 2 liters of alcoholic beverages duty-free.

GUIDES -- The guides in all our operations are hard working, highly competent individuals who aim to please. Anglers are usually impressed by the lengths to which they will go to help fishermen enjoy their trip. Don't be surprised to see your guide slip into the water to untangle a fish hung up in structure. They do not speak conversational English very well, but they are quite proficient at fishing English. They will be able to help you select the right lures/flies and also show you how to fish each species in the correct manner. The single best piece of fishing advice you will ever receive about peacock bass and the Amazon is - Follow your guide’s advice. They are experienced and know the fish and fishery extremely well.

GRATUITIES -- Gratuities are discretionary and are not included. Just as with restaurant staff in the U.S., Brazilian employees receive a steady salary, however, tipping is also an important adjunct to the staff’s income. Remember that a guide's tip is based upon performance and is by no means obligatory -- knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, should be rewarded accordingly (at the same time, although this will simply not happen with our guides, apathy and laziness should be reflected by a low tip). Elsewhere, the customary tip in restaurants and hotels is 10%, but most of the time this is automatically added to your bill.

WEATHER -- Tropical temperatures prevail in the Amazon with mid-day temperature ranging as high as 85 -105 F. Generally, there is little wind and an intense sun throughout the day, so please be mindful of overexposure to the sun. At night, the temperature slowly drops to 70-75 F. Although you will be fishing during the dry season, there are occasional rain storms (you’re in the middle of the world’s largest rain forest after all), so please bring along a lightweight, packable rain suit (pants included) to avoid a cold and uncomfortable boat ride.