Kendjam - Kayapo's Legacy

Destination Overview

Kendjam is located near the headwaters of the Irirí river, in one of the most hidden areas of Brazilian Amazon: the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory.

The Kayapó is one of the most important Indian ethnic groups in the Amazon region, despite numbering a mere 8,000 persons. Their cosmology, ritual life and social organization are extremely rich and complex, while their relations with non-Indian society and environmentalists from the world over are marked by their intensity and ambivalence. The Kayapó are a proud people, and historically have fought hard to preserve their territory from outside encroachment.

The Iriri River headwaters system (more than 700kms), never fished before by non-indigenous people, is located inside the far-reaching Mekrangnoti Indian Territory and an ecological reserve (ESEC Terra do Meio). It holds more than 800 kilometers of rivers, including three major tributaries inside our exclusive area of operation.

This environment offers the first multi-variety Amazon fly fishing destination where an angler can target over ten different species in crystal clear fast waters. The river system runs over a huge granite base, which facilitates wet wading and many sight casting opportunities.

Kendjam is a hidden treasure protected from despoliation by the last guardians of the Amazon jungle: the Kayapó warriors.

Map coordinates: 7° 57.559’S / 53° 15.839’W 


At a Glance
  • Target Fish: Peacock Bass, Payara, Pacu, and Bicudas

  • Location: Brazil

  • Seasons: July and August

  • Lodge Capacity: 6 guests

  • Nearest Airport: Manaus International Airport, Brazil (MAO)

  • Documents Needed: Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and a Brazilian visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. The U.S. government cannot assist you if you arrive in Brazil without proper documentation.  It takes up to a month to process a new passport, so please plan accordingly. To obtain a visa, your valid passport must be sent to the nearest Brazilian Consulate General (your passport cannot expire within six months of entrance into Brazil and must contain at least 2 blank pages). Do not forget to get a passport and visa or check to make sure that your current passport and visa is valid. There are countless nightmares about Americans arriving in Brazil without one. Since 2010 all visas to Brazil are valid for 10 years multiple entry.  The applicant can use the visa for 180 days in total per year. Also make certain your passport does not expire within 6 months of your trip.

  • Electricity: The electricity will be available with batteries and we will have a small generator to charge camera batteries, when needed (not every day). The electricity is the same as in the U.S. 110/220 volt, but with two prongs

Fishing Program

Kendjam Project’s rivers hold the most prolific multi-variety species fishery in Amazon and probably in entire freshwater rivers on earth.  The reason for this amazing variety of species comes from the incredible source of food that comes from Amazon forest, the minerals of river, creating a perfect combination for zooplankton to grow. The consequence is an amazing biodiversity of fish species.


The waters are impressively clear, as opposite of most rivers of amazon, which carry a lot of sediment. The granite base is what makes the water very clear even after some rain. The river downstream from Kendjam community starts to divide its course in many parallel branches creating several smaller fast clear water streams. This geographic phenomenon is created by its geologic structure makes the river flows faster and creates a perfect environment for wet wading. After some kilometers, the channels join back together again creating the main river course. This situation is very common in many stretches of Iriri River and sets the stage for this awesome and unique fishing ground in the Amazon. Anglers can target various species using different angling techniques all in same run and pools.


When Untamed Angling scouted the Kendjam waters of Iriri River and its tributaries, it proved to be a magnificent clear water system, every angler’s nirvana for new species on the fly.

Imagine yourself in a clear water jungle river with many different options for amazing and powerful Amazon species (many of them unknown to most anglers from around the globe).


In the humid hot air of the Amazon morning, Anglers will see fish sipping and rolling on surface like trout. These mighty  Pacu eat insects and Anglers can fish them with dries and wet flies!   Anglers can fish big hoppers for Matrinxas (2-8lbs) in a run or the crazy Curupete Pacu (3-12lbs) which also insects imitations and algae flies in fast waters of the rapids.   Exploring runs and flats areas for Tucanare peacock bass (3-15lbs) is also fun using big streamers and poppers, but watch out for the fast powerful barracuda-like freshwater predator, Bicudas that once hooked will burn your fingers in a second.


And there are more… Being that we all like aggressive big fish, the Payaras and the prehistoric Trairao are also found in the Kendjam waters.  Anglers will experience sight casting for 10-25 pounds Trairao in shallow water and tributaries.  They act like hungry wolves chasing, their piece of meat, when you cast a popper or a big fly.


Still a mystery for us in Kendjam, the Payara have not been caught as much as some of the other species, but the some anglers caught some big ones every week. We have seen lots rolling in pools and some runs.  Thus far the few that have been caught were on 250-300gr sinking lines in these pools.

Anglers will enjoy an all-inclusive package (excluding International flights), with 6 days of fishing, plus 7 nights lodging at camp, including the first night’s hotel accommodations at 5 star Hotel Ceasar Bussiness. The maximum group size is only 6 anglers, and no groups will ever fish the same water on the same day. The concept is to move every day and every week or downstream with aluminum boats finding places to wet wading and explore new waters following the best fishing, so everyone is constantly casting at fresh fish, in near virgin waters. 

Best Fly Fishing seasons:

In this region of Amazon, the Xingu and Iriri Basin, the fishing season normally runs from late May through November. The dry season is, the time when waters are at their lowest average levels and very clear, allowing great fishing throughout the entire river system, including its numerous tributaries. We will operate Kendjam during the best months of the season and 2017 will run from June 15th to the end of August.


The 2017 Kendjam season was developed to explore even further the Iriri clear waters, never before fished by white people. Only 6 anglers per week will fish this magnificent area of more than 100kms of cristal clear waters.


During the 4 weeks of exploratory trips in 2015 and in our inaugural season of 2016, it allowed us at Untamed Angling to truly experience of the potential of the Kendjam fishery that helped Untamed Angling and Kendjam – Kayapó nation in develop the new lodge and operation for 2017. Being a trip in the middle of an extremely remote tropical jungle area, all anglers must be physically and mentally prepared.


The Kendjam Lodge accommodations are a comfortable Serengeti Style Safari tent camp with 4 double occupancy tents with spring box beds, private bathroom, hot water and electric light. The camp is located in a wonderful Sandy beach area in front of a gorgeous pool of Iriri river, 45kms downstream the Kendjam community. Every evening guests will be delighted by wonderful cuisine in a well-fashioned living and dining room. Bottled water and juices will complete beverage list on camp. Satellite Internet wireless connection and phone service are provided for all our guests.


Solar panels provide full electric power every night and each tent has 110-volt plugs so remember to bring your 110V to 220V converter if needed.  You may charge batteries and use an electric shaver in every tent. We provide laundry service at the camp at no additional cost. Just leave your clothes in a designated container, and they will be returned washed and clean, usually within a day. For the most adventurous anglers we provide a two-night out camp location to reach the far and most wild areas of Iriri.

On Site Amenities and Activities include:
  • Satellite Internet Wireless Connection 

  • Satellite Phone Service

  • Laundry

  • Flies

  • Gourmet Food


Getting There

There are many travel options to consider when flying to Manaus International Airport. There are daily flights non-stop from Miami, Panama, Lisbon, Lima, Sao Paulo to Manaus.

Plan to travel to Miami by Saturday, to connect with the flight to Manaus (MAO Airport). We suggest you arrange your flight to Miami to arrive with plenty of time to make the connecting flight to Manaus. If you are flying from USA, there are two nonstop daily flights from Miami (AA and TAM airlines). One departs Miami early in morning and arrives in Manaus in the early afternoon; the other flight departs Miami in the late afternoon and arrives in Manaus in the late evening.


Once you arrive in Manaus International Airport, our host will be waiting for you for immediate transfer to the pleasant The Ceasar Hotel, a five star hotel.



Early Sunday morning, our host/driver will pick anglers group at the Ceasar Hotel and take them to the domestic airport for their private charter flight to Kendjam. Flight from Manaus to Kendjam is operated by an 8-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan plane, and normally departs around 7am.  The flight duration is 3:15hs to 4hours depending on the possibility of a stop for refueling.


Kendjam is located 550 miles southeast from Manaus and plane will land on the airstrip right in the Kendjam Indian Community.


Rates July and August

7 nights/6 days fishing:  $6,500 per person

Included: All charter flights and boat transfers / All necessary ground transfers in Brazil/ 6 days fishing, fully guided / 7 night, all inclusive: camp lodging, meals, and beverage / One overnight at the Ceasar Bussiness Hotel in Manaus on arrival / Guided- fishing with one pro fly fishing guide and two Indian guides per two anglers / Fishing licenses.


Not included: 

$650 Native Community Fee / International air fare / Brazilian visa / Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides / Food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours / Airport departure tax / Satellite phone calls ($5/minute) / City tours in Manaus / Extra hotel overnights / Flies (we have an extensive selection of best flies at Camp - $10/each)


A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter in any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians. All anglers must bring within their travel documents their vaccine certificates, and we ask that you send us a copy of your Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate in advance of your trip.  Our host will take copies to send to the National Indian Institution (FUNAI).

All of Brazilian Amazon is considered a Dengue Fever influenced area.



This Project was based as a long-term social project that supports the preservation of the Indian Culture by improving their quality of lives. The Kendjam Kayapó Indians has formed an association (AFP – Protected Forest Association) and board to protect their interests moving forward. This Association includes representatives from many Kayapo villages representing many Indian Communities inside the Mekragnoti Indian Territory. The project has a significant user fee on all visiting anglers. The funds from the fee will primarily be used for social projects, infrastructure development, transportation, and medical and education projects.


The fee for the 2017 season will be $600 per person for the trip. The tax will be payable in (Cash $USD or Brazilian Reals) to our representative at your arrival in Manaus and goes directly to the Indian Association account and anglers will receive a receipt from the association. This fee represents an important step in the continuing effort to protect our ability to continue to share this amazing and unique part of the world.

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