Remote Expedition Pursuing the World’s Largest Freshwater Fish – Arapaima
Rewa Village is a small Amerindian community located in the North Rupununi forest in central Guyana. It is situated at the confluence of the Rewa and Rupununi rivers. Rewa is home to about 300 inhabitants, mostly from the Makushi tribe. The Rewa area is renowned for its abundance of wildlife such as jaguars, harpy eagles, and of course the legendary arapaima.
To make this unique resource more available to tourists, the Rewa Eco-Lodge was built with a community grant provided by Conservation International. In the recent past, visiting bird enthusiasts noticed that the waters surrounding the area were teeming with giant Arapaima gigas, a fish nearly extinct throughout their natal waters of the Amazon basin and Central/South America. Several organizations including Conservation International, USAID, and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses began a project in 2010 to assess the strength of the fishery and the feasibility of pursuing the North Rupununi as a sport-fishing destination.
Fishing for arapaima takes place during the dry season, when the waters that normally flood the forest are reduced to small secluded lagoons. A plethora of fish are concentrated into these bodies of water, and the arapaima becomes the top predator for these smaller fish.
The specific fishing technique is very similar to lagoon fishing for tarpon: patient poling with angler on bow, suddenly the arapaima rolls, angler presents the fly ASAP, and hopes for an eat. The only difference is the arapaima will follow the fly and often times eats right at the boat, so keep stripping! Once hooked, just like a tarpon, the arapaima is an explosive jumper and strong fighter.
Besides arapaima, other species anglers can target include peacock bass (Cichla ocellaris), haymara (wolsh, Hoplias aimara), payara, arawana, pacu, and catfish.
LODGING & FOOD
Itinerary Breakdown for 2025 Hosted Trip
January 31 – February 9, 2025
4 rods available
- DAY 1 – Arrival in Georgetown, Guyana via Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). Private transportation to Cara Lodge. Lodging Cara Lodge.
- DAY 2 – Private early morning transport to Ogle international airport.
- Charter flight to Apoteri in interior Guyana with Brittan-Norman Islander (twin engine aircraft), flight time 1 hour 45 min. Upon landing anglers are met by Indifly representatives for a 1-hour upriver boat ride to Rewa Eco-Lodge. Once at the lodge, guests settle into a private cabana to unpack and stage their gear for a week’s quest for arapaima. After a soft drink or a cold Banks beer and a quick bite, guests have the immediate opportunity to break personal records, and perhaps world records, for a fly-caught freshwater fish. By the end of day one, guests will be well aware of the truly remarkable fishery that is interior Guyana. Lodging Rewa Eco-Lodge.
- DAY 3-8 – Each day anglers set off to fish different lagoons in the forest. Please note that each day we will hike to new ponds to seek out fresh arapaima. The hikes are easy-moderate and range anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. (Please make sure to see gear list and pack some light hiking shoes or flats booties.) Lodging Rewa Eco-Lodge or fly camps in upper Rewa river. Fly camps are equipped with shower, toilet, cots & hammocks with bug nets, and a complete staff of local people to help with cooking, cleaning, and guiding.
- Day 9 – Charter flight back to Georgetown arriving mid-afternoon. It is recommended that international departures are set for Sunday, Feb. 17 in case there is mechanical or weather events that delay the charter schedule. Private transportation to Cara Lodge. Lodging Cara Lodge.
- Day 10 – Private transportation to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). International departure from Georgetown, Guyana.