The Urariquera is one of the
most breathtakingly beautiful rivers in the world. This complex
system completely surrounds the 75 mile long island of Maraca,
one of Brazil's most carefully guarded national treasures. The
southern furrow of this wild river is a region of unbelievably
convoluted braids. Separating and rejoining endlessly, the
waters range from 6 feet to 600 feet wide from slow moving,
lagoon· like pools to raging white-water torrent from shallow,
jungle-lined passages to bottomless, stone-walled chasms.
the north the furrow of Santa Rosa rolls placidly along in a
single, wide channel, until the river's source climbs
precipitously into a region of gigantic waterfalls. This
incredible diversity provides optimal environments for an
amazing variety of species.
exotic species, the Urariquera is host to some of the world's most exciting
game fish. Payara - One of the greatest of all freshwater game fish. The
Payara probably offers the best mix of fighting attributes of any fish yet
discovered. Gut wrenching strikes, blazing, line stripping, reel smoking
runs and acrobatic, headshaking leaps characterize this fanged monster's
fighting technique. The Urariquera holds plenty of Payaras into the 20 pound
class, with even bigger fish lurking in some of the deep pools and tail
waters of this mighty river. Pirapitinga. Known popularly as "Pacu", this
brawny battler provides extraordinary thrills· beyond the expectations of
anglers encountering it for the first· time. Vicious strikes are followed by
prolonged, powerful runs. Reaching well into the 20 pound class, these
robust giants provide an extended battle. Without a doubt, the World record
pirapitinga is waiting in these waters. Jau Among the world's largest
catfish, huge jaus are found throughout the Urariquera fishery. The world
record was shattered here by an 85 pound monster. That's only the beginning.
There are Jaus lurking in the river's depths that may easily double that
size. The variety
doesn't end here ...
- A large, pike-like characin. Reaching 3 feet long, they provide a
breath-taking aerial performance. Matrincha of Yatorana - Up to 10
pounds, these large Brycons fight like trout on drugs. Powerful runs
punctuated by flying leaps characterize heir fighting style.
- The Amazon's largest catfish, these odd monsters are known to exceed
the 300 pound range. Not often caught on rod and reel, specimens in the
200 pound class lurk in the Urariquera.
- Big piranha roam this fishery. Anglers can readily fight fish into the
6 pound class, Jundira - A smaller catfish typically under 10 pounds.
The World record was recently set here. Peacock bass - Smaller specimens
of Cichla Monoculus and Ocellaris can be found here. Pescada - A
freshwater drum reaching 10 pounds, pescada hold in quiet backwaters and
off sandy beaches.
tailed Catfish - This giant can reach over
30 lb. line class record was caught here.
- Species of Collosom, Brycons, Aracu and more. Who knows what else
lurks in the remote, untouched waters of the Urariquera.
Certainly many more world record opportunities await in this land of
- "Ilha de Maraca", the giant river island in the heart of the
Urariquera is one of the richest natural biospheres remaining in the
world today. Few tropic ecosystems have been protected as carefully as
this critically important reservoir for species preservation and
biodiversity. A remarkable ecological reserve, Maraca includes habitats
ranging from rainforest and semi-deciduous forests to national
savannahs, lakes, and palm swamps.
River Camp - Simple, comfortable, efficient and environmentally correct were
the design goals met by this new facility. Anglers enjoy secure, land-based,
double-occupancy bungalows, complete with toilet, sink, shower, lights and
fans. Cool nights make sleeping in the breezy, screened units a pleasure and
make blankets a necessity. The camp's fully equipped kitchen provides
excellent meals in the roomy, screened dining room. A palate pleasing
variety of dishes with a taste of Brazil and Venezuela or a touch of home
are offered at every meal. The
camp is equipped with 110 volt generators, refrigerators, shortwave radio,
satellite phone and daily laundry service. Surrounded by reserve, Built to
be completely removable with out breaking a single branch or leaving a
single trace, the camp blends into the pristine, Maraca Island riverside
forests. Safari Camps - The new Urariquera fishing Camp offers comfortable,
land-based, double-occupancy, safari-style bungalows. They are fully
floored, with a 4 plywood insulated roof, fully screened walls and an
aluminum entry door. They have individual bathroom facilities, complete with
showers. Each unit has each 2 comfortable single beds with fresh bed linens,
mattresses and its own battery powered ventilation and lighting system. The
camp consists of 'bedroom' units for each pair of anglers, a large
(18'x10'), screened dining room/sitting lounge and a full equipped kitchen.
Employees outnumber guests - with approximately 10 staff members, including
a bilingual host, camp manager, cooks, waiter, laundry personnel, maids,
boat technician and fishing guides.