Rio Novo is a thrilling place not only for fishermen but for lovers of nature, too. The first look at the river is already jaw dropping – crystal-clear water, beautifully shaped sandbars and a narrow channel with trees hanging over it – this is as Amazonian as it gets. Vegetation of the igapó forest consists mainly of palm trees that, with their fruits attract the most iconic Amazonian birds – Macaws and Toucans. Add to it schools of fish passing by up and down the river, butterfly peacock bass and jacundas being among the most beautiful fish in the world. Remoteness is the key – Rio Novo is far from any village or town, even those who go up Xeriuini River after Brazil Nuts in the high water season don’t get even halfway to the Mouth of Rio Novo. That said, our anglers live an Amazonian experience envied by the most exigent birdwatchers and jungle adventurers.
One has a hard time to get all the way up Xeriuini River to Rio Novo on the river. Both Xeruini and Rio Novo are very narrow and, if you get there in a dry season, very shallow. You can see the sandy bottom, ride around greener-than-green islands and spot magnificent Roseate spoonbills and Jabirus on the sandbars. The amount of Buriti Palms and Brazil Nuts is huge and attracts macaws and parrots that you don’t get to see much anywhere else in the Amazon.
While staying on the river you will be treated to what we like to call Jungle comfort. Our floating cabin program is state of the art. The entire camp can float in less than 8 inches of water. We can take it just about anywhere. The Living quarters, built for two guests, have two separate beds with real mattresses. A bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet. There is a wash area with a sink and running water. There is lighting throughout and multiple outlets for charging. (Brazilian Two-Pronged plug). The is ample storage for gear and clothes with a desk and chair and the best part it is fully air-conditioned.
The fully Air Conditioned Dining Cabin has a large table for meals, a fully stocked bar, refrigerator with water and many other drink choices including beer and plenty of room to have meals and relax.
All of the floating pieces of the camp are easily separated and secured to the beautiful White sand beaches of the river. The advantage is that the living area of the camp is expanded onto the beach where tables and chairs and sun shades are placed to create outdoor living at its finest. Beach Barbeques are a hit with many of our clients. The swimming opportunities of the warm, mineral rich, rejuvenating waters of the river are amazing. Another advantage of our floating cabin program. It has a real jungle life feel.
The most amazing part of the entire operation is that the entire floating camp can be torn down and moved day or night but mostly while the anglers are out fishing. While the anglers and guides are out on the river, the camp, two to three times a week, like a mobile army camp, simply pick up and move. This gives us the opportunity to continue to fish fresh water every day and put our anglers in areas that are un-reachable by any other means. We fish water no one else can and the results are undeniable.
Our camp chef has over 30 years’ experience in Brazilian cuisine and has cooked for fishing operations for over 20 years. This is of utmost importance when you take into consideration, we are feeding 15+ people every day hundreds of miles from anywhere. Breads and cakes made fresh daily, tons of fresh fruits, beef, chicken, pork and fish are all parts of the daily fare. Dinners are outstanding with many courses usually started off with the soup of the day (Piranha Soup is a camp favorite) followed by the main course usually of Brazilian descent and finished off with dessert like fresh Tapioca flan, Cupuacu Ice Cream which is a local jungle fruit which means fruit of god.
Our guests come into this trip expecting more of a maintenance food approach due to the remoteness of the operation and walk away talking about the food and asking for recipes.
Not only are you getting to go on one of the most exclusive fly-fishing trips in the world but you are also helping out a jungle community in the process. Every angler we take to the Xeriuini River Preserve helps make the living situation for the villagers better. We are committed to these people and they of us and the heartwarming feeling you get from spending a week with these people is hard to beat. Not to mention our new agreement with the Brazilian government has stopped any commercial fishing on the river and also halted deforestation and logging in a large part of the Amazon Jungle.