The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest- covering an area of 2.3 million square miles/ 6 million square kilometres. It is divided amongst French Guiana, Suriname, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia with the largest portion located in Brazil.
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s richest and most-varied biological reserve. It is home to approximately 40 thousand plant species, 13 hundred bird species, 3 thousand different types of fish ,over 400 species of mammal and 2.5 million different insects (a third of which you will eat in your sleep).
The Amazon River
The Amazon River Basin was discovered by a spanish soldier named Francisco de Orellana in 1541.
The river covers an area of about 6,300,000 km2 (2,400,000 sq mi), or about 35.5 percent of the South American continent. its length has been a subject of debate since the mid 2oth century while some claim it to be longer than the nile.
The Amazon river system transports the largest volume of water of any river system, accounting for about 20% of the total water carried to the oceans by rivers.
Four Hundred and Twenty Seven different mammal species are found in the Amazon. Its larger mammals include the jaguar, capybara, giant river otter and the tapir- that can weigh up to 800lbs.
Its smaller mammals include the ocelot ( A small cat resembling a miniature jaguar), along with many bats & rats.
The Amazon River basin is also home to the pink Dolphin aka Boto. This Dolphin is very shy in the wild and you will only see it break the water to breath.
for fisherman, these dolphins will hide underneath fishing boats in hopes of snatching the fish that are released back in the water.
About 1300 bird species inhabit the Amazon Basin. Here you will see vultures, hummingbirds, potoos, owls, and our personal favourite - toucans.
You can expect to find reptiles up high in the trees, like the Boa, or down in the water such as the Anaconda .
You must always be vigilent, since many things can kill you and many things can make you sick.
if you do not have prior experience in the Amazon it is very important to travel with a guide.
The experienced guides (often locals) will help you navigate the jungle and return in one piece.
More than 1,500 species of amphibians swim and are found in the Amazon. The most abundant in the Amazon are tropical frogs.
The fact that there are millions of insect species also ensure that the amphibians of the amazon rainforest rarely go without a meal.
Amazon Fish Species
There are many different types of fish species in the Amazon. These fish differ in size, shape and behaviour.
The largest fish in the amazon, the arapaima and piraiba can reach 3 m (9.8 ft) or more in length and up to 200 kg (440 lb) in weight.
There are also bull sharks and sawfish that can reach even greater sizes – however these fish prefer the saltier waters and are much rarer to find.
The most famous of the 3 thousand amazonian fish is the Peacock Bass. Sports fisherman from around the world come to experience the Peacock Bass’ fighting capabilities.
There are a variety of professional outfits that cater to the amateur or professional peacock fisherman – including us at Tarzan Fishing Adventures.
If you love to fish and love to explore the unknown- taking a fishing trip into the amazon to catch peacock Bass is the choice to make.
The Best Rivers for Peacock Bass
The Uatumã River
The Uatumã is popular amongst avid peacock bass fisherman since it is famous for large peacock bass. The River is a 4 hour drive from Manaus, near the city of Itapiranga. Further up the Uatumã you will be able to access the Jatapu River.
The Jatapu, like the Uatumã river, has large populations of Peacock Bass, Piraiba, Pirarucu, Pirara, and many other amazonian fish species.
It is the more remote and untamed river of the two. depending on who you ask it can also be the best for Peacock Bass Fishing.
During your stay with us, we will fish both rivers and you can be the judge!