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Guyana: Rupununi, November 2019

This trip is not for everyone, that’s for sure. – And that's exactly what made it even more attractive for me. Together with my friend Yngve Ask and Jako Lucas, I set off for Guyana in November 2019 to encounter the Arapaima.

GUYANA AND REWA

The jungles of Guyana are home to one of the largest, most exotic and unique wild fish: the prehistoric, massive Arapaima.

The small South American country of Guyana lies east of Venezuela, west of Suriname and north of Brazil. Dense, tropical rainforest covers more than 80% of the country.

The village of Rewa is located in the centre of Guyana where the Rupununi and Rewa rivers meet. The villagers built the lodge and they run it. It has spacious cabanas with bathrooms, a restaurant area, a jetty and a terrace. There is also a camp upstream with hammocks for overnight stays in order to avoid long boat trips.

THE ARAPAIMA

Arapaima are literally freshwater dinosaurs. They are not found in a many places in the world. Torpedo-shaped with large black and green scales and red and orange marks, the Arapaima is streamlined, smooth and incredibly strong.

The Arapaima is the largest freshwater fish ever measured and can reach a weight of over 350 kg and a length of more than ten feet. It is the biggest predator of its freshwater ecosystem.

Fishing is done from aluminium boats or wooden dugout canoes. In some places, walks on foot along the Rupununi lead to remote jungle ponds.

It takes patience, accuracy and skill, but when the line finally tightens and a 200-pound fish explodes out of the water just a few metres from the boat, the thrill of jungle arapaima fishing becomes evident! A fisherman landing a handful of arapaima over the course of a week, makes it already a good week.

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