Fly fishing in Bolivia, a game census safari in Kenya and more
When you think Bolivia, you think ... well, what do you think? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, maybe, but what else? It’s not one of your better-known tourist destinations, but it’s a place that serious anglers should find interesting. Frontiers has put together a trip that’s focused on fly fishing for golden dorado on the Agua Negra and its tributaries in a national park where the Amazon jungle meets the Andes. Golden dorado are known to be fighters, weighing anywhere from roughly 7 to 22 pounds. Other fish likely to be encountered are pirapitinga, yatorana and surubi. The trip is based in a jungle lodge, featuring tent cabins with electricity and private bathrooms. Price is $5,380 per person, double occupancy, which includes six full days of guided fishing, all meals and charter flights from Santa Cruz. International air, national park and Indian land-use fees and a Bolivia visa are extra. 800-245-1950, https://tinyurl.com/zjmkrk9
Up and coming
Wrapping up its 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards, TripAdvisor.com has listed its Top Destinations on the Rise worldwide. Some are already well known, such as Nos. 1 and 2: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and Whistler, British Columbia. But you may be surprised by some of the sleepers: Jericoacoara, Brazil, at No. 3; Baku, Azerbaijan at No. 5; El Nido, Philippines, at No. 6, and Tbilisi, Georgia, at No. 9. You can read about what makes these places worth visiting at https://tinyurl.com/jnlv2cr.
Any trip to view Africa’s wildlife is special, but there’s a bonus involved in a trip to Kenya that’s being offered by Extraordinary Journeys. A small group will have the opportunity to help with the first-ever game census being taken at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in the northern part of the country. The eight-day/seven-night tour will spend the first night at Nairobi National Park before moving on for three nights at Lewa Wilderness Lodge and three nights at Borana Ranch Safari Lodge. Among the activities with which members of the group will assist are learning to monitor and track rhinos and lions with telemetry receivers, accompanying a scout on foot to ID rhinos by ear-notch diagrams and lions by the whisker spot method, and checking boundary fences by mountain bike for damages. There will also be game drives and informational sessions, a visit to see how the Maasai live and the chance to help with community programs, such as health care clinics. The program runs March 2-9 and costs $6,000 per person, double occupancy. That includes superior lodging, all meals and drinks, and internal airfare. International airfare is extra. 212-226-7331, https://tinyurl.com/jnlvvkm
Phil Marty is a freelance writer.
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