Barefoot Adventures, Guyana, February 2024: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren

Barefoot Adventures, Guyana, February 2024: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren

Join our very own Sam Lungren on the mighty Rewa River in remote, untouched southern Guyana. You’ll fish with native Macushi and Wapishana guides in the stream and its adjoined lagoons and ponds for the full suite of mind-blowing jungle species, like the “vampire fish” payara, brilliant peacock bass, muscular catfish, tricky pacu, and, of course, the incomparable arapaima—largest scaled freshwater fish on Earth. 

Imagine you’re fishing for giant tarpon and snook in a backwater lagoon in South Florida or Mexico. Now replace those mangroves with towering tropical jungle. All is calm and quiet. The guides glide the small boat around a small lake deep in the jungle. Suddenly, a 9-foot-long fish appears from the murky water to gulp air only 20 feet away. You land a foot-long fly on its nose and it surges forward to devour it. Strip-set correctly and you’ll think you’ve hooked a quarter horse in the haunches when the beast takes off. 

Sam specializes in far-flung adventure travel and will assist you with every phase of this experience, from tropical disease vaccinations to traveling to the furthest reaches of the Amazon Rainforest and finding the fishes that reside there. But make no mistake; this is a rugged and relatively dangerous adventure with few modern amenities and safeguards. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and wellbeing. Participants must be skilled outdoorspeople comfortable with camping and ready to endure hot, humid conditions with frequent, heavy rains, as well as insects, reptiles, and other perilous creatures. 

This trip will span approximately 10 days total, with eight days of fishing. Guests will fly to Georgetown, Guyana, then transfer to a smaller airport for a short flight to Lethem on the Brazilian border. From there the outfitter will drive you to Annai on the Rupununi River to board boats and head downstream to the Rewa Village, then upstream several hours to the Anteater Camp. You’ll fish several productive arapaima ponds in that vicinity before heading upriver to the Riverburst spike camp from which to access Corona Falls for two or three days. At the end of the adventure you will retrace your steps back to Georgetown for a flight back home, ready to share stories and photos of the wildest fishing experience of your life.

Please contact Sam at with any questions or inquiries regarding this adventure!

Trip Dates

Total Days: 10


Arapaima, Arowana, Pacu, Payara, Peacock Bass, Piranha, Redtail Catfish, Tiger Catfish



Group Size

7 Guests

Meet Your Host

Sam Lungren

Sam grew up in the rainforests of Western Washington and began chasing the steelhead dragon at age 15. That led him on a lifelong journey in pursuit of other challenging fishes, from Costa Rica to Iceland and across the United States. His professional career has been dedicated to fueling that addiction, editing and writing about fishing, hunting, and conservation at RMEF, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, MeatEater, and Outdoor Life.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from U.S. to Cheddi Jagan Airport in Georgetown, Guyana. Transfer to hotel for the night.

Day 2

Ride to Ogle Airport for 1-hour flight to Lethem. Load trucks and drive 2 hours to Annai. Have lunch then launch boat on Rupununi River. Run 1 hour downstream to Rewa Village then upriver 3 hours to Anteater Camp. Settle in and have dinner.

Days 3-5

Fish arapaima ponds in vicinity of base camp.

Day 6

Run upriver to Riverburst Camp. Settle in and fish for peacock bass and payara around camp site.

Day 7

Run upriver to Corona Falls. Fish all day around falls for payara, pacu, and other fish. Return to Riverburst Camp.

Day 8

Fish arapaima or other species around Riverburst before returning to Anteater Camp.

Day 9

Fish arapaima ponds in vicinity of base camp.

Day 10

Pack up and leave Anteater Camp. Descend Rewa to village and have breakfast at Rewa Ecolodge. Run back up Rupununi River to landing and trailer boat. Lunch in Annai then return to Lethem. Fly from Lethem to Georgetown. Potential overnight in Georgetown before flying back to U.S.

The Barefoot Adventures, Guyana, February 2024: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren Experience

Outfitter Jules Fredericks utilizes two rugged jungle camps, respectively three and six hours upriver from Rewa Village, providing access to a wealth of arapaima ponds and lagoons. These small lakes, of varying difficulty to reach, all contain robust and varied populations of the giant fish, offering anglers multiple visual shots every session. Learn how to manage your nerves, because you’re likely to see a 9-foot fish gulp air within nine feet of you. But sight-stalking arapaima on flatwater is far from the only game in town; the river and its backwaters host the full suite of marquee and obscure jungle fish species, from brilliant peacock bass to sleek arowana and muscular catfishes. The now-famous Corona Falls hosts heavy-water fishing like you may have never seen, with pumpkin-orange pacu to vampiric payara, possibly even the rare wolf fish. There is never a dull moment or a spot you can’t have a line in the water.

Due to its great remoteness within the contiguous Amazon rainforest, this operation only includes what guides can bring in by river boat. But you don’t have to worry about getting cold, and the expertly framed and stretched tarp tent basecamp soon feels like a cozy cabin in the jungle. The guides, captains, and cook are all native Macushi and Wapishana residents of the Rewa Village and provide an immersive experience in good jungle living, from wildlife viewing to hearty local dishes—often caught or arrowed that day. And the whole staff likes to keep its guests comfortable with a generator for charging electronics and running a freezer, to somnolent hammocks with bug nets, to basic shower and toilet facilities, and a healthy stock of Brazilian beer and Guyanan rum. You’ll likely see and hear howler monkeys and scarlet macaws right from the large dining room table.

It may go without saying that the king of all freshwater fishes reigns supreme here, too. “Small arapaima,” between 40 and 100 pounds, are common, aggressive and hard fighting. But the “average” fish may well be over the century mark, and anglers will see specimens reaching past 200, 300, and possibly even 400 pounds. Unofficial records have been caught here—unverified because guides refuse to kill or even excessively manhandle the sacred arapaima.

But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a catch-and-release only operation: the guides love nothing more than to harvest a couple of the delectable and highly populous peacock bass to spatchcock and roast over a low fire and share for lunch. The brawny and ornate catfishes that teem in the main river are also frequently on the menu for dinner, including the redtail/pirarara, tiger/surubi, leopard/perruno, topwater/dawala, and possibly even the mythical and monstrous jau catfish.

The jungle fly fishing holy grail for those in the know, however, might be the pacu. Somewhat resembling and behaving like permit, these black-to-bright-orange herbivores provide one of the fishing world’s great challenges in their grassy glides around cascades and rapids, such as Corona Falls. The saber-fanged payara are a good deal more aggressive and grow beyond 20 pounds here, showing off stunning jumps and a fearsome countenance. Arowana and butterfly peacock bass are similarly acrobatic and even more common. Other interesting species like swordfish (not that kind), cuti, and large black piranha keep anglers entertained and on their guard. There’s hardly an inch of water here that doesn’t have some dozens of fascinating fish lurking nearby.

Guyana is among the most biodiverse nations on earth. Birdwatchers will be thrilled by blue-and-yellow macaws, cocoi herons, jungle ducks, and possibly even harpy eagles—not to mention the more than 800 other bird species native to Guyana. There’s even more species of reptiles, including black caimans, Jesus Christ lizards, giant river turtles, and the enormous anaconda. Capibara, spider and howler monkeys, tapirs, giant river otters, and jaguars are the stars of the mammalian class. But it must be said that this is an extremely serious fishing camp and angling comes first and foremost. You’ll see no shortage of wildlife while on the water.

Guyana is one of the least developed countries in South America, if not the world. Travel to the remotest regions can be arduous but well worth the journey. Anglers typically fly into Cheddi Jagan Airport in the capital of Georgetown direct from Miami, Houston, or New York. From there you’ll transfer to the smaller Ogle Airport for a scenic one-hour flight to Lethem on the Brazilian border. The outfitter picks you up there and you’ll ride across the scenic savannah two hours to the Rupununi River landing near Annai. Downriver an hour or so is the traditional and welcoming Rewa Village. A right turn at that confluence takes you up the Rewa River. Inside three hours you’ll arrive at Anteater Camp right near the entrances to more than a dozen highly productive and unpressured arapaima ponds. There is also the option to take two or three of the days to travel another two hours upriver to their Riverburst Camp, even more remote, rugged, and scenic than the first location. From there you can access the hallowed Corona Falls within a reasonable boat ride and look for pacu, wolf fish, huge payara, enormous catfish, and who-knows-what-else in the deep, cascading torrents.

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2023 Rates

6 days fishing, 8 days total: $3,500 per angler

8 days fishing, 10 days total: $4,500 per angler

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