BEST Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Piranha Fishing at Yacumama Lake

Half Day From $ USD 90.00

BEST Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

BEST Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Piranha Fishing at Yacumama Lake


Half Day From $ USD 90.00

Half Day
Physical Level
600 feet (139 meters)
Boat Canoe & Hike
Daily Departures
Puerto Maldonado| Madre de Dios River| Yacumama Lake


Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Also known as Lake Yacumama, we know Piranhas are a group of carnivorous freshwater fish native to South American rivers, particularly in the Amazon basin. They are known for their sharp teeth and voracious feeding behavior.

While they have a reputation for being aggressive, they are generally only a threat to humans if they are provoked or if they perceive blood in the water.

If you are interested in fishing for piranhas in real life, here are a few key points to consider:

You would need to visit areas where piranhas are naturally found, such as the Amazon River and its tributaries in countries like Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.

Trip Details

Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day Details

  • Duration: Half Day
  • Group Size: (02 – 10ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum)
  • Departure: Daily departures Half day so you can choose: (Mornings: 4:40pm to 7:30am – Afternoons: 3:30pm to 6:20pm)
  • Meals included: We recommend to bring some snacks
  • Vegetarian/vegan: Food available upon request at no extra charge
  • Starting Point: We will come and Pick you up from Airport/Bus Terminal or Hotel (Send us Your Arrival Information)
  • Ending Point: Drop-off at our office
  • Departure: Upon Request
  • Transportation: Motorized Boat, Boat by Paddle, Hike
  • How to Get Puerto Maldodonado: By Land or Flight (From Lima by Flight and from Cusco by Flight or Overnight Bus)
  • Tambopata National Reserve Permits: All Tambopata Reserve Permits & Sandoval lake fee Included.
  • Free storage: Available, you can leave the rest of your stuff in our free storage in Puerto Maldonado
  • High Season: From april to october
  • Places to visit in Tambopata: Sandoval lake & Madre de Dios River
  • Activities to do: Hike, exploration by boat with paddle
Harrold M
Harrold M
a trip of a lifetime A very posiitve and a breathtaking trip to the tambopata jungle and all thanks to the tour company for being exceptionally well organised and the knowledgeable guide who showered us with all interesting facts about the life in this part of the rainforest.
Melissa B
Melissa B
Peru Amazon Lodge was impressive Staying at the Peru Amazon Garden lodge in Tambopata was a magical experience for us as a couple. The sernity of the surroundings combined with the intimate ambiance of the lodge made it a perfect romantic gateway. Every moment was filled with natural beauty and the staff ensured our stay was memorable. It was a dreamy chapter in our journey together.
Abdul Q
Abdul Q
Enchanting wilderness awaits at Peru Amazon Garden Lodge ! Our time at Peru Amazon Garden Lodge was an exquisite escape into the untouched realms of the Tambopata jungle. Nestled amidst the lush and vibrant wilderness, the lodge offered an impeccable blend of comfort and adventure. The accommodations were cozy and thoughtfully designed, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the surrounding nature while enjoying modern conviniences. The excursions, guided by the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate staff, opened our eyes to the rich bio diversity of the Amazon. We marveled at the array of wildlife, from playful monkeys to vibrant parrots, all while learning about the delicate ecosystems of this remarkable jungle. The nighttime safari was a particular highlight, revealing a mesmerizing world that comes alive under the cover of darlness. Meals at the lodge were a delightful culinary journey, showcasing the fresh and diverse flavours of the region. The staff went above and beyond to cater to various dietary needs and preferences, ensuring each dining experience was a pleasure. The Peru Amazon garden Lodge offers more than just a stay, it offers an intimate encounter with the Amazon´s magical biodiversity, all while ensuring visitors are wrapped in comfort and genuine hospitality. A truly invaluable experience we will cherish forever.
Anup M
Anup M
Exceptional Stay At peru Amazon garden Lodge in Tambopata, my partnerand I were immersed in an unforgettable blend of lush rainforest and warm hospitality The serene surroundings coupled with the lodge´s attention to detail made our stay as a couple truly special. Can´t wait to return.
Flavia M
Flavia M
Amazing trip to the Peruvian Amazon An incredible experiene in the heart of Peruvian Amazon Jungle Thanks to German our guide who was very attentive and informative His knowledge on local civilization and flora and fauna were impressive. He spoke good English as well which really made it possible for us to understand things throgh a local´s point of view. They took care of everything from accommodation, food and guided tours. Highly recomended for an authentic Amazon Experience.
Ethaneal M
Ethaneal M
Throughly Enjoyed every moment An experience we will remember forever. Thanks to German the guide and the entire crew of Peru Amazon Garden who were always around ensuring that we had a pleasant time with them. The tour we did with them was very informative and was insightful. We spotted several animals, birds and also got an insgiht into the culture and traditions. The night tour in specific was quite extraordinary. The guide made animal noises getting them off their hide outs and we could enjoy a clear sight of them, Highly recommended.
Magdelene N
Magdelene N
Loved it A very joyful and well guided tour to the Peruvian Amazon jungle. From transport to guide services and food and accommodations, the company took care of everything. The guide we had was the best during our time in Peru. It was a very good value for money and I can totally reccomend the tour and the tour company.
Ravi M
Ravi M
Interesting Excellent tour and a very peaceful place in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. The guide was very professional and spoke good English. We sighted many animals and birds and the food was very authentic as well. Highly recommended.
Jayson M
Jayson M
A hidden gem in the heart of Tambopata! The Peru Amazon Garden Lodge exceeded all expectations! Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Tambopata, it offered a perfect blend of comfort, adventure, and a close-to-nature experience. The staff were warm, helpful and went the extra mile to ensure our stay was amemorable. An absolute must-visit for any nature lover.
An enchanting stay in the heart of the jungle. My stay at the Peru Amazon Garden Lodge was an extraordinary experience. Nestled amdist lush greenary , the lodge offered and ideal blend of comfort, adventure, and immerssion in nature. The staff was warm, welcoming and knowledgable about the jungle´s unique ecosystem. Waking up to the sound of Amazon and exploring the rich bio diversity were highlights of my stay. Highly recommend for an authentic and relaxing jungle retreat!
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Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1: Puerto Maldonado - Yacumama Lake


The best of Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Lake Yacumama is famous for its exciting piranha fishing experiences. Here are some highlights of piranha fishing in Lake Yacumama:

Lake Yacumama is home to a significant population of piranhas. These famous predatory fish thrive in the lake’s warm, nutrient-rich waters, making it an ideal destination for piranha fishing enthusiasts.

Piranha fishing in Lake Yacumama offers an exciting and action-packed experience. Piranhas are known for their aggressive feeding behavior and powerful bites, making catching them an exciting challenge.

The red-bellied piranha is the most common species found in Lake Yacumama, and we can also find other species of piranhas, including black piranhas and white piranhas. This adds to the excitement of the fishing adventure and provides the opportunity to catch a variety of species.

Lake Yacumama is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and provides a stunning backdrop for piranha fishing excursions. The lush vegetation, calm waters and diverse wildlife create a unique and immersive experience.

In Lake Yacumama, pineapple catch-and-release practices are generally encouraged to preserve the fragile ecosystem and sustain the fish population. This approach ensures that future visitors can also enjoy the thrill of piranha fishing while supporting the region’s conservation efforts.

Remember to always follow the rules and advice of our guides when carrying out any activity, there are many restrictions to preserve the fauna of the place.



Puerto Maldonado - Yacumama Lake

Enjoy an invigorating getaway deep within the lush jungle of Tambopata National Reserve by engaging in the thrilling activity of piranha fishing. As part of this experience, you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing break and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the reserve, particularly the breathtaking Sandoval Lake, which is teeming with vibrant plant life and a diverse range of animals.

Here is the schedule for the tour, which combines piranha fishing with a visit to Yacumama Lake:

Itinerary Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Nature enthusiasts and fishing enthusiasts alike will delight in this unique combination of experiences. Departure is scheduled for 03:30 pm, and we will embark on a scenic drive to the MADAMA community, where the picturesque Yacumama Lake awaits.

This lake is renowned for its stunning sunsets, and it serves as a sanctuary for numerous macaws, parrots, and parakeets.

Visitors frequently have the opportunity to observe black caimans, herons, cormorants, wild ducks, swallows, and four different types of piranhas. If luck is on your side, you may even catch a glimpse of a family of river otters.

During the Yacumama Lake tour, we will board a rowboat that will guide us to the designated piranha fishing location.

Catching piranhas is a relatively straightforward task, as we will be using small hooks. Once you have successfully caught a piranha, we will capture a memorable photograph with it before releasing it back into the water. This practice is aimed at preserving the food source for other wildlife in the area.

At approximately 6:00 p.m., we will return to Puerto Maldonado, bringing our tranquil nature excursion to a close.




  • Pre departure tambopata jungle trip breafing at the hotel/office
  • Qualified naturalist native jungle English/Spanish-speaking guide
  • Transportation by private bus from Puerto Maldonado/Airport to Port of Capitania/Puerto Maldonado Airport
  • Transportation by private boat: Puerto Maldonado / Peru Amazon Garden Lodge / Puerto Maldonado
  • Tambopata Reserved zone(Lago Sandoval Lake) Entrance fee
  • Vegetarian option…send us you requirements please.
  •  Entrance to the Ecological Reserve.
  • First Aid Kit (bring your personal Medication)
  • Transfers / airport / Lodge / airport.

No Included


  • International and Domestic Airfares. and aiport taxes
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations

What to Bring


  • Rainforest expeditions are not comfortable tours, but with the following equipment you will get the best out of the forest and yourself:
  • Binoculars (imperative)
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired from us US$5 a day) in case you want to sleep in tent.
  • Day pack
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts light shirts
  • Shorts/Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of light shoes or trekking sandals
  • Long socks
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots (only in the rainy season-we provide them)
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block
  • Insect repellent (with at least 60% DEET) and after bite
  • Toilet-paper
  • Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  • Water bottle
  • Copy of a valid passport/Peruvian Imigration card Copy as well.
  •  Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
  • Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts

Pricing List

Tambopata Sandoval Lake Full day

– Group Service US$80 per person: (Upcoming Trips 2023 – 2024) Daily Departures
Please if you are group over 06 people let us know to give you a good discount.

– Private Personalized Service Price per person US$180 – (04-06ppl Average – 08ppl Maximum) / (Includes All as well as a Private Bus and Boat to Explore better) we leave any day you suit. we need at least 02 ppl.


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Travel Guide

Travel Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

How dangerous are piranhas?

Piranhas are carnivorous fish found in South American rivers. They have sharp teeth and strong jaws, and they are known for their feeding frenzies. However, they are not typically a threat to humans unless they are provoked or feel threatened. Attacks on humans are rare, and most species of piranhas are not considered dangerous.

What is the best way to fish for piranhas?

Fishing for piranhas usually involves using bait, such as meat or fish, on a hook. Local fishing guides or experts can provide advice on the best techniques and equipment to use. It’s important to handle piranhas with care, as their sharp teeth can cause injuries.

Are piranhas good to eat?

Piranhas are edible and are consumed as food in some regions. Their flesh is typically white and firm, and they are often prepared by grilling, frying, or baking. However, they are not widely consumed in most parts of the world.

Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day
Piranha Fishing in the Yacumama Lake Half Day

Are there any safety precautions to take when fishing for piranhas?

When fishing for piranhas, it’s important to exercise caution. Use appropriate fishing gear and handle the fish with care to avoid injury from their teeth. It’s advisable to wear protective gloves and avoid putting your hands near their mouths. Additionally, be aware of your surroundings and avoid swimming in areas where piranhas are known to be present.

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How to Book

To confirm the tour/trek we need you to send us your personal information to secure the trip/tour.

For Tambopata National Reserve (Puerto Maldonado) – Manu National Park We do require a Non-Refundable US$100 deposit per person.


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