Amazon River Monsters – Exclusive Indian Reserve

Mult-Species Lodge Fierce Fishes of the Amazon

Amazon River Monsters – Exclusive Indian Reserve

Mission Statement

Our rustic air-conditioned lodge provides a comfortable home base in the Amazon’s most pristine Multi-species variety fishery. This trip is all about the Amazon’s real-world “River Monsters”.  Here you can have amazing angling adventures, yet enjoy surprisingly comfortable accommodations. With private bathrooms and walk-in showers, anglers enjoy a spacious and well-organized domicile. With our staff's full-service commitment, you can concentrate on the exciting fishing, enjoy the great meals and just relax.

When Navigation is not an Option Acute Angling’s Amazon Fishing Lodge is the only answer. Where fast water, rapids and rocky braids deny access to house-boats and floating camps alike, only an operation like our land-based lodge can function. A Cessna Caravan floatplane flies you over the obstacles and brings you there in total comfort and safety. Our mission, however, goes beyond simply getting there; We've designed and outfitted our lodge to meet the challenge of providing a surprisingly comfortable, civilized and secure base of operations from which our anglers can pursue the Amazon's rarest and most exotic fishes in otherwise totally inaccessible waters.

Travel Agent inquiries are welcome.

Remote Picapau Lodge
The spacious cabins are air-conditioned with private bathrooms and walk-in showers
Picapau Lodge on the Rio Travessão
Picapau Lodge is located on an island in the middle of the untouched and unpopulated Rio Travessão.


Lodge Type Cabins Mobility Mechanism Anglers Range Generators Dining Area
Air-Conditioned Lodge and Remote, Upriver Satellite Camps 7 meters (22')
by 6 m. (18')
Land Based Lodge Floatplane only access 8 Anglers maximum up to 100 miles Main - 20Kw
Back-up 7.5 Kw
Floored, covered
  1. Spacious and comfortable cabins with en-suite tiled bathrooms, walk-in shower and air-conditioners with individual thermostats.
  2. Big windows, river views.
  3. Comfortable beds with thick foam mattresses.
  4. U.S. style 110 VAC outlets in each cabin. Charge your electronics as needed.
  5. Roomy storage areas to arrange and stow your gear..
  6. Eight foot high ceilings. No ducking necessary for six-footers.
  7. Covered outdoor dining area. Breezy and comfortable. Enjoy great meals in a waterfront ambiance.
  8. Upriver satellite camp allows exploration and access to new waters.
  9. En-suite showers or pristine river waters for bathing.
  10. Fresh towels and linens and laundry service daily. Pack light.
  11. Open bar, cold beverages, appetizers and snacks available at all times.
  12. Gourmet meals and fine wines.
  13. Floatplane (chartered Cessna Caravan) entry and departure.
  14. Knowledgeable staff and camp hosts. Learn, share, compare and get more out of your experience.

We are the most knowledgeable and adventurous operation in the Amazon. Come and explore with us.

Current Availability

Pristine Wilderness — Great Variety — Amazon River Monsters

This Season's Remaining Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price Availability
ET-06 Nov 16, 2020 Rio Travessao Nov 23, 2020 $5850/$9500 8 Openings
ET-07 Nov 23, 2020 Rio Travessao Nov 30, 2020 $5850/$9500 5 Openings
ET-08 Nov 30, 2020 Rio Travessao Dec 7, 2020 $5850/$9500 8 Openings
ET-10 Dec 14, 2020 Rio Travessao Dec 21, 2020 $5850/$9500 8 Openings
ET-13 Jan 4, 2021 Rio Travessao Jan 11, 2021 $5850/$9500 3 Openings
ET-14 Jan 11, 2021 Rio Travessao Jan 18, 2021 $5850/$9500 8 Openings
ET-15 Jan 18, 2021 Rio Travessao Jan 25, 2021 $5850/$9500 6 Openings
ET-16 Jan 25, 2021 Rio Travessao Feb 1, 2021 $5850/$9500 1 Opening
ET-18 Feb 8, 2021 Rio Travessao Feb 15, 2021 $5850/$9500 3 Openings

Next Season's Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price Availability
FT-02 Oct 18, 2021 Rio Travessao Oct 25, 2021 $5850/$9500 2 Openings
FT-04 Nov 1, 2021 Rio Travessao Nov 8, 2021 $5850/$9500 4 Openings
FT-06 Nov 15, 2021 Rio Travessao Nov 22, 2021 $5850/$9500 2 Openings
FT-07 Nov 22, 2021 Rio Travessao Nov 29, 2021 $5850/$9500 7 Openings
FT-11 Dec 20, 2021 Rio Travessao Dec 27, 2021 $5850/$9500 8 Openings
FT-12 Dec 27, 2021 Rio Travessao Jan 3, 2022 $5850/$9500 6 Openings
FT-13 Jan 3, 2022 Rio Travessao Jan 10, 2022 $5850/$9500 2 Openings
FT-15 Jan 17, 2022 Rio Travessao Jan 24, 2022 $5850/$9500 4 Openings
FT-16 Jan 24, 2022 Rio Travessao Jan 31, 2022 $5850/$9500 6 Openings
FT-18 Feb 7, 2022 Rio Travessao Feb 14, 2022 $5850/$9500 6 Openings
FT-19 Feb 14, 2022 Rio Travessao Feb 21, 2022 $5850/$9500 8 Openings

Video Tour

· Beautiful, pristine surroundings
· Comfortable Accommodations
· Exclusive Indian Reserve
· Real "River Monsters"!

Some fishing trips are all about a particular fish, some about a single experience — This one is a lot more. It boasts over a dozen spectacular gamefish species, a remarkable range of habitat, a pristine gallery forest, one of the Amazon's most beautiful rivers and an exclusive Indian reservation fishery —then it combines them all into the ultimate Amazon adventure.

Your trip starts with a spectacular floatplane ride over the central Amazon jungle in a new Cessna Caravan, landing in a quiet pool between the rapids of this beautiful mountain river. A short boat ride brings you to our comfortable new rustic lodge built on an island in the middle of the river. Here you'll find more creature comforts than you can imagine this deep in the middle of the world's largest wilderness. The spacious cabins are built on stilts right into the island's trees. With lovely views of the river, each cabin boasts individual air-conditioning, private bathrooms, en-suite showers and 110V electricity. This is definitely not roughing it!

Your day starts with a sumptuous breakfast, then it's off to the river. Our guides are native Ishkaryana Indians who have lived their entire lives on this water. They know every inch of it and exactly where to find the habitat that holds the fish you target. And what an array of species! Nowhere else can you find so many "River Monsters" in one trip.

All of the fierce predators; monster wolfish, giant payara, powerful peacock bass, deep running pescada and acrobatic bicuda. And the Amazon's most famous giant catfish; huge redtails, chunky jau, tough jundira, beautiful sorubim and the Amazon superstar, the goliath piraiba, growing to over 350 pounds and over 9 feet in length! Want more? There are several species of pacu, some reaching nearly 10 lbs., huge piranha, over 8 lbs., aracu, bocão, mandí and more! This is not a region where you go to catch great numbers of fish, rather, it is a unique Amazon biosphere where anglers can encounter a great variety of different exotic species.

Don't want to fish every minute? Have a non-fishing partner? This is one of the few angling destinations where you can both be more than happy! Let our Indian guides show you their community; join them in nighttime jungle forays; take nature-walks; look for wildlife; go bird-watching; kayak our beautiful, fast-water river; and when each day's adventure is over, return to our comfortable lodge. You can enjoy ice-cold cocktails and delicious appetizers while soaking in our natural, river-formed jacuzzi before indulging in an elegant dinner, complete with fine wines.

Want more adventure? For those eager to leave the laid-back atmosphere of our comfortable lodge, fish your way upriver to our satellite camp. Bivouac in a well-equipped safari-style camp in the midst of the deepest Amazon jungle … not your typical KOA. Live off the land, eat what you catch and experience waters that even the Indians rarely see.

Join us at comfortable Picapau Lodge on the most unique of all Amazon rivers, the beautiful Rio Travessao. Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure in an untouched land that time forgot.


Built to access the Amazon’s most pristine fishery — Acute Angling’s Picapau Lodge brings you to the ultimate fishing in remarkable comfort. Located on Picapau (woodpecker) Island in the middle of the beautiful Rio Travessao, the lodge provides all the comforts of home and fishing like nowhere else on the planet.

Our spacious facility provides pleasant living arrangements for 8 anglers. The attractive lay-out puts resources at your fingertips and assures a comfortable level of privacy and personal space. Located on a sandy river island, the water is a scant 30 feet away. After an amazing day of fishing, the sound of the river's cascading waters makes a perfect finish.

Jungle Comfort — Acute Angling’s unique variety species lodge is brand new, but we have been operating in the Amazon's most remote areas since 1994. Our long experience has taught us how to do it right and as a result, our operations have improved and evolved dramatically over time. No longer can this be called a basic fishing trip; we have honed our operation to the point where the level of comfort and convenience challenges that of many resort facilities! Your responsibility on our fishing trip is to fish, eat, drink, sleep and relax in the very heart of the world's most beautiful wilderness. We do absolutely everything else!

Comfortable beds with fresh linens provide a great night's sleep for hard-fishing anglers. Bedside tables keep your night time 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.

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.

Amazon variety species lodge cabin interior
Amazon Jacuzzi - Happy Hour Relaxing

If you think Amazon fishing has to be uncomfortable, you haven't been to our Variety Species Lodge. After a hard day's fishing and exploring, nothing could be more inviting than our natural whirlpool bath. Relax in the pleasant swirling waters with an ice cold cocktail in hand and let all of your cares wash away in the Rio Travessao's swirling waters.


Dinner on the Rio Travessao
Dinner on the Rio Travessao. (Click image to enlarge)
Brazilian Barbeque. (Click image to enlarge)

Beyond your wildest expectations! That's the only way to describe the meals in our variety species fishing lodge. Traditional Brazilian barbeque, freshly caught fish, even baked lasagna grace our table. Our expert staff, our attention to angler tastes and fresh produce delivered by floatplane ensures that you'll be amazed at how far beyond basic camp fare we've gone.

We bake our own bread, we prepare your eggs to order, we even serve our traditional churrasco in rodizio restaurant style. You won't eat better than this on any fishing trip. In fact, you'll go home plumper.

Variety Species Lodge Cocktail Deck
Dinners are accompanied by fine wines, Brazilian beers, cocktails or soft drinks and offer a variety of main dishes.
Dinners are accompanied by fine wines, Brazilian beers, cocktails or soft drinks and offer a variety of main dishes.

Trip Features

More Than Just Awesome Fishing

The Amazon basin is the world's largest primeval wilderness. Not only is it home to the world's fiercest fighting fish, but it is a place of incomparable beauty, enduring mystery and incomprehensible contradictions. No visit here is complete without an opportunity to witness some of the Amazon's above-water wonders. At our Amazon Fishing Lodge you'll be given every opportunity to see, feel and be part of this spectacular place.

Upriver Satellite Camps

Peacock Bass Upriver Satellite Camps
Our Rio Travessao fishery is enormous … too big to cover from a single base of operations. To take full advantage of this area, we've built a fancy (flush toilets, covered dining area, electric lights, comfy beds, boardwalks, etc.) satellite camp a day's fishing upriver. Frankly it's really more like "glamping" – no roughing it here. For the hardcore explorer, we have a second "spike camp" yet another day upriver. You can access as much or as little of this gigantic area as you choose.


redtail catfish
The Rio Travessao is the Amazon's "Catfish Central". Five of the Amazon's most famous catfish call this river home. In addition to the beautiful redtail catfish shown here, anglers can encounter fast, sleek sorubim, chunky jundira, massive jau and the ultimate Amazon Goliath, reaching over 300 pounds, the spectacular, hard-fighting piraiba.

Brazilian Barbecue

Peacock bass fishing trip barbecue offering - churrasco
Our outdoor grill at the lodge is the site of a delicious, traditional Brazilian barbecue. Celebrate a great week of fishing and the trip of a lifetime with a food feast, Brazilian style. Grilled steak, chicken and sausage together with a traditional "feijoada" provides the finishing touch to your Amazon experience.

Delicious Shore Lunch

Enjoying a peacock bass fishing shore barbecue
Nothing beats grilled fish fresh out of the water. Our guides can turn your morning's extra catch into a delicious shore lunch, barbecued on the spot, Amazonian style. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Hike in the Rainforest

A group taking an Amazon jungle hike after fishing for peacock bass
Get your feet on the ground and take a hike in the jungle. Visit the highlands gallery forest or hike in to see the sights in the renowned "terra firme" primary forest.

Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing for Amazon Peacock Bass
The ultimate in freshwater fishing - up close and personal! Our fully equipped Ascend FS10 Sit-In Fishing Kayaks provide an extremely comfortable ride. Deluxe seats & adjustable foot braces make a comfortable fit for any size angler. A large, open cockpit offers easy entry & exit without restricting casting or retrieving. A trained guide in a motorized back-up boat with full resources will always be close by to help with tackle, techniques or navigation.

Angler Services


All of our Peacock Bass Fishing Trips offer full Laundry services

No need to pack an extensive wardrobe. Our washer and dryer equipped laundry means your clothes are washed, dried, folded and delivered to your cabin, daily - rain or shine.  Three changes of clothing are plenty.

Our washer and dryer equipped laundry


Our shortwave radio available for use on your fishing trip

The Picapa Lodge is equipped with a complete array of telecommunications and electronics gear, including; Iridium Satellite telephone; shortwave radio; chart plotter; depth finder and VHF marine radio. Each fishing boat is equipped with a Garmin ‘InReach’ satellite tracker and emergency contact system.

Our Satellite Telephone to stay in touch while fishing in the Amazon

Satellite telephone service is available for client use at $5.00 / minute and is available for emergency use at all times at no charge.

Our Iridium Satellite Phone

Free Fishing Tackle Use

peacock bass fishing tackle

No need to bring your own. Leave the clunky rod tubes home. Picapa Lodge guests are provided with free use of our extensive stock of top quality fishing tackle. We are proud to offer Loomis and Okuma rods and Shimano reels.

Fishing Instruction

peacock bass fishing lessons

Novice angler? Never fished never fished in the Amazon? Not sure how to proceed? Our expert guides are more than happy to provide fishing instruction, including casting, lure selection, even fly fishing lessons. Just ask.

Dietary Accommodation

Beyond the high quality of our delicious meals, our staff is fully prepared to provide dietary accommodations as necessary. We can serve a full range of meals for persons with a variety of food allergies or special dietary requirements.


Your cabins are maintained daily. Our staff makes beds, cleans cabins and sanitizes bathrooms. You'll return after a full day of fishing to a clean, comfortable and fresh smelling cabin. Our staff is 100% dependable and theft NEVER occurs.

CPAP Machines

Each cabin is provided with 110 VAC power available whenever you are in your cabin, all night long. Not only can you run your support machine, but you can also recharge batteries for cameras and other portable appliances.

Boats and Guides

Our guides know every inch of this river like the back of their hands. They are members of the resident indigenous tribe and this is where they grew up. They have boat handling skills and river savvy that are unmatchable by outsiders and critically important to navigate this complex braided system. They know exactly where to find the fish and how to go after them. Every now and then, however, they still roll their eyes in exasperation when we release a perfectly delicious pacu or jundira.

Specialized Rio Travessao Lodge Boats
Specialized Rio Travessao Lodge Boats.
(Click image to enlarge)

The Rio Travessao is a rocky, high-gradient river with rapids, shallow riffles and long stretches of open water. We need boats that can handle all of these conditions, so we designed our own and had them built to order. Sturdy, stable, shallow drafting and with a long reach to handle the rapids, these boats provide the perfect combination of angling efficiency and navigational effectiveness.

Amazon Lodge Fishing Guides.
Amazon Lodge Fishing Guides. (Click image to enlarge)

Safety and Comfort - Our Prime Considerations

Satellite Trackers

All of our fishing boats are equipped with satellite messaging and Garmin ‘InReach’ GPS tracking devices. If an emergency arises, we’re ready to handle it immediately. We know where you are and what your status is all the time.


Quiet and dependable electricity is provided by our two powerful diesel generators. Located well distant from the lodge itself, the efficient machines provide energy for our freezers, refrigerators, lights, fans, pumps and air-conditioners. Each cabin has 110 VAC outlets available for charging camera and video batteries or operating a CPAP machine.)


Life jackets for use on our peacock bass fishing trips
Picapa Lodge Generator
Picapa Lodge’s generators provide power for refrigeration, lights, fans, A/C and charging your devices. (Click image to enlarge)

Sanitary Systems

Acute Angling is committed to conserving the Amazon's purity as well as ensuring our guest's comfort. So we've taken steps to ensure that our vessel is not only trimmed in green, but is "green" in every ecological sense of the word. The Lodge does not release effluents into Amazon waters. Two 4000 liter holding tanks ensure that all waste water can be sanitarily disposed of between angling groups. Not only does this keep the river clean, but it ensures that the Lodge's immediate environs are clean and pure for bathing and swimming as well.

Water Health

To further ensure our guests comfort, the Lodge has no water storage tanks, where undesired impurities can collect. The Lodge's shower and tap water is drawn "on demand", from the world's purest waters.

Further, we only use bottled mineral water for all cooking and drinking purposes. Even our ice is made from bottled water. That helps make us the healthiest boat in the Amazon.

Multi-Species Variety Trip Description

October through February · The Ultimate Species Variety · Amazon River Monsters · Exclusive Indian Reservation

Piraiba - Giant Amazon Catfish Rio Travessao Sunset Fishing the Rio Travessao

An Amazon jungle adventure in a fast-flowing mountain river. Relax, fish, eat, drink, and learn about the Amazon while challenging the full-range of true Amazon "River Monsters" and exploring a world that time forgot.

There is just no place like the Rio Travessão. If you think that oddly famous TV star, who poses himself all over South America catching one “river monster” per episode is doing something special, well, he just doesn’t know the Rio Travessão. The biggest, baddest and most monstrous species of them all are here; all together, and ready to fight.

Preserved in an Indian reservation and protected from outside access by rapids and waterfalls, this unique fishery provides anglers with more than just an exciting fishing trip...this is a true Amazon adventure.

This trip is focused on Exotic, Multi-species Variety - over a dozen of the world’s most exciting gamefish live here.

Double Occupancy Trip Configuration - Space is limited to 8 anglers per group, float-plane only access, roomy cabins, delicious food, comfortable facilities.

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Payara Lots of Species on this trip. Cichla vazzoleri Wolfish

A Typical Multi-Species Lodge Day

Even little kids catch big fish here.
Feisty highlands peacocks are a great challenge in the fast current

After your arrival at the lodge on a Cessna Caravan turbo-prop floatplane, you'll be far from anything resembling civilization, so we’ve created our own oasis of civilization in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Our comfortable Picapau lodge will make you forget just how far away from the "real" world you actually are. A typical day offers the following possibilities

Wake-up Call - Our lodge operates on a very laid back schedule. Since there are so many species of fish with so many behavioral variations, there's always something biting, so we follow no fixed schedule. Wake up when you feel like it and proceed at your own pace. Our staff is always ready to serve you breakfast and even prepare your eggs the way you like them. Once you're ready to head out for a day of fishing, your guide will get everything ready. In addition to the hot morning bite, there's usually a great afternoon bite here, so anglers tend to arrive back in camp around sunset.

Rio Travessao Payara
Rio Travessao Payara

Fishing - This is why you came isn't it? And, of course, this will be what you remember most. Our guides are selected from the local indigenous community in whose reserve we fish. They know every inch of the water as well as the habits of the fish that live here. They will put you onto the biggest, most exciting freshwater fish you've ever encountered and then you do what anglers do best… fish. Imagine weighing in an enormous Amazon trophy after the excitement of a strike and a brutal hand-to-hand battle with one of these magnificent giants. There is no greater angling satisfaction. Your guide will help you safely land and release your catch. The fully equipped and specially designed aluminum boats will be stocked with the food and beverages of your choice. Spend the day casting plugs, fly-fishing or chunking bait. Exotic Amazon species are ready to do battle. When the afternoon shadows start to lengthen into twilight, you'll head back to camp. A comfortable jungle oasis awaits you after a long day's fishing adventures.

The Rio Travessao
The Beautiful Rio Travessao

Navigating - The Rio Travessao fishery is in a high-gradient river system. With its fast water, significant rapids, deep pools and rocky bed, the Travessao can present a daunting challenge to any boatman. Our indigenous guides, however, are amazingly skilled at navigating in this spectacular mountain river system and our boats are specially built for these waters. Using the river's myriad braids and hidden channels to bypass the difficult waters, our guides ensure that anglers can safely and easily access every nook and cranny of this exotic fishery.

lunchtime snooze in the peacock bass fishery
Lunchtime snooze

Lunch Time - Take a boxed lunch along with you and enjoy a break in your fishing day without having to waste time running back and forth to camp. If a snooze appears to be in order, your guide will string a comfortable Brazilian hammock in the shade for your relaxation.

Cocktail Hour - Upon your return to camp in the evening, your camp waiter will have ice-cold Brazilian cocktails (caipirinha) waiting for you along with a variety of tasty appetizers.

Multi-Species Lodge Meals
Sitting down for a sumptuous dinner after a day of
battling the giant fish of the Amazon. (Click to Enlarge)

Dinner - It's hard to remember you're in the world's largest wilderness when you're enjoying food this good. You'll start your day off with a hearty breakfast and then, after a day of fishing, return to a sumptuous dinner. There are choices at every meal. You can stick with the familiar (steak, chicken, etc.) or try some Brazilian favorites like fresh fish or a meat lover's "churrasco".

Trip Packages

Individual Bookings - The Multi-Species Lodge accepts bookings from individual anglers on most scheduled dates. It is not necessary to book with a partner. Individuals may book alone at our regular pricing and be assigned a fishing partner and roommate or they may reserve a private cabin at an additional charge.

Pairs and small groups - Pairs may book together and share a boat, a guide and a cabin. Normal pricing includes all fishing and services, food, drink, transfers and double occupancy accommodations. Small groups are welcome on any of our open dates.

Group packages - Groups of 8 anglers may reserve an exclusive week at the The Multi-Species Lodge at our normal double occupancy pricing. Please call well in advance of your desired date to ensure availability.

Short trips - Short trips can be arranged at certain times during our fishing season. Please call for availability and details.

No matter how you structure your trip, The Multi-Species Lodge provides the highest quality in fishing trips, service, food and drink. No wonder we're the best peacock bass fishing trip in the Amazon