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Piranha fishing & caiman spotting on the Amazon Tupana river

After visiting a local Amazonian tribe that morning, we left at 1530 to go fishing by motorized boat, about 30 minutes away by boat from Amazon Tupana Lodge.

cruising by quickly canoe amazon tupana lodge

We used fish as bait.

zaid piranha fishing amazon tupana river

Only one person in our group was lucky. He caught 2 piranhas.

caught piranha canoe

There was also some creature that snapped the bait of one of the girls. I have no idea what that was.

piranha up close teeth

We tried fishing in another spot a few minutes away by boat but had no further luck.

We then decided to search for the Amazon river dolphins. I saw a grey and pink dolphin. We headed back just after sunset to the lodge.

sunset amazon tupana river reflections

Dinner was an hour later. I had fried fish and chips. Leena, the mischievous parrot had us entertained while we ate by trying to get into our eating area through holes that she had previously made in the mosquito net.

Immediately after dinner we left by row boat on a caiman spotting expedition along the river bank.

cayman spotting amazon tupana river night

It was a little scary traveling in almost pitch black darkness. The guide advised me not to switch my headlamp on as some insects are attracted to the light and in the past another guest at the lodge was stung in the eye by a wasp.

The guide used a hand torch at limited intervals to search for caimans.

He also caught some fish alongside the riverbank with his spear.

We may have seen one caiman on the way back.

amazon tupana lodge at night

I’m pretty sure I saw its eyes glowing in the dark. The guide told us that they are seen more easily in September and October, in the dry season.

That night I slept by 2130

About Zaid

Zaid is an intrepid traveler from South Africa that has traveled to all 7 continents. He loves to explore new destinations, experience new activities and go off the beaten path.
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