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Frequently Asked Questions

 

The following are the most common questions our guests have. Please feel free to contact the office if there is anything else we can help you with. The blue text indicates an additional offering that we provide. Click on the blue text or go here for details: http://tinyurl.com/kmqdkat


+ What documentation do I need?

A valid passport is required to enter Brazil. Additionally, you must secure a Visa from the Brazilian consulate. Carry your passport with you at all times. Keep a photocopy of the passport picture page and your Visa page in a separate place. This will aid in replacing a lost passport. You may also need an additional piece of photo I.D. such as a driver’s license.


+ How do I obtain my tourist Visa?

Entry into Brazil requires a Tourist Visa. Please allow 1-2 months for processing your VISA. This is particularly important in 2014 due to the fact that the World Cup Soccer Games will be played in Brazil with some played in Manaus in June.

We strongly advise you to contact our Visa Expediter - Visas International for help in acquiring a Brazilian Tourist Visa. Go to: http://www.visasinternational.com and click on Captain Peacock page or contact the following number: (469) 233-0910.

You will need the following when you apply for a Visa:

  • Your travel itinerary (reservations only);
  • A valid passport;
  • Your destination address and contact info – contact us for the official letter.

+ What about insurance?

Your trip package does not include insurance of any kind. Please see our Cancellation Protection Voucher for details on trip cancellation or contact us at info@captpeacock.com for more information. This protection covers the cost of your expedition.

If your health insurance plan does not cover your medical expenses for sickness or accident while traveling abroad you may want to consider separate traveler’s medical insurance.


+ What should I pack for a Captain Peacock trip?

You will receive a Welcome Package with a Suggested Packing List and Trip Itinerary.

Resist the tendency to over pack. Fishing partners should coordinate their packing of items to avoid unnecessary duplication. Remember Captain Peacock has daily laundry service so there is no need to overpack, such clothes for each day.

We recommend a durable, water-resistant, lockable, top-zipper duffel as the checked luggage However regular suitcases are acceptable. Carry your most valuable, essential and fragile items (preferably a change of clothes, too) in your carry-on pack. Unlike most charter flights, with Capt. Peacock there are no weight restrictions on your luggage flying up to, and back from, the boat.


+ What type of fishing equipment do I need? Can I use my fly rod?

Peacock Bass are most commonly caught using bait casting and spinning equipment as described in our Fisherman's Handbook (found on the website at: http://www.captpeacock.com/wr_special.php) but peacock bass fishing is quickly becoming the fly fisherman's newest adventure. See our Fly Fishing Handbook (http://www.captpeacock.com/wr_special_about.php) for info on fly fishing for Peacock Bass.

You are welcome to bring your own gear but bait casting and spinning rods, reels, and line are all included in your package. We also have some fly rods available. If you have not made arrangements for the lease of a CP Lure Kit – please bring your own lures.

All of our TFO rods have been custom designed by Gary Loomis.


+ What vaccinations and health precautions do I need?

It is not required to get a Malaria, Yellow Fever or Hepatitis vaccine when visiting Brazil. It is not mandatory, but because you are fishing and working with metal hooks, we recommend that you have had a current tetanus booster shot.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required if you have traveled within the last 90 days, to any of the following countries: Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Colombia, and Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.

Please check with your personal physician or travel clinic for recommendations.


+ What else is there to do?

Given that you have likely traveled quite a distance to reach Brazil, we encourage you to take in the whole exotic, exciting, experience that is the Amazon! That is why we have created a number of custom local tours and additional activities. Please see our Amazing Activities sheet for details on Jungle Lodge stays, helicopter or city tours, or fascinating eco-adventures. Whether you want to swim with dolphins, commune with Caiman dance, with indigenous natives, or take in local history, please book in advance.

While on the river you are welcome to take a break from fishing by going to an Indian village, taking a jungle hike, or simply relaxing on-board with a good book and a glass of wine. Photography opportunities abound and artists are encouraged to bring your materials for a lovely day of sketching or painting the beautiful Amazon scenery. Please let us know at the beginning of the trip so we can plan our route and guide assignments based on these special excursions which are all included as part of your package.

Want to spend an extra day in Manaus to enjoy the areas offerings? We provide a package with an extra hotel night (either double or single occupancy) and airport transfers for up to two (regular price $350) for $250 USD when booked in advance.


+ What is the booking availability?

As the booking calendar changes on an almost daily basis, please contact one of our agents for current availability: our U.S. office: (262) 299-4999 / our e-mail: info@captpeacock.com. Your spot is secured once we receive your deposit. The balance is due a minimum of 60 days before departure.

Please note: Our trips are all subject to availability and trip conditions.


+ Any special rates for the Miami International Airport Hotel and/ or for Airfare?

Yes, if you decide to overnight in Miami, Capt. Peacock can provide you with exclusive SGL or DBL occupancy rates at the Miami International Airport Hotel all year long depending upon availability. Please let us know if you would like us to provide a quote.

In addition, we have arranged special rates with American Airlines and/or TAM Airlines. Please let us know if you would like a quote. (See our Airline Information for departure times)

+ What is the yacht capacity?

We can accommodate up to 24 anglers per expedition (double occupancy) or 12 anglers (single occupancy). Guest lodgings include 1 Master stateroom with a king bed, 2 staterooms with a queen and single bed, and the 9 side-by-side single beds. (No need to argue over who gets the top bunk!)

All staterooms are INDEPENDENTLY air-conditioned and have a private bath and shower (with hot water), which affords optimal personal choice for your care and comfort.

+ Can I have a SGL (single) room in the boat?

Absolutely – single occupancy can be arranged by contacting the office or your booking agent.

Please note: A single room on the boat does not mean a private boat for fishing during the day. Anglers will fish with two people in each boat and a guide. However, a single package including private bass tracker boat, yacht cabin e hotel in Manaus deal is possible and subject to availability.

+ Are there a lot of boat noises? And what about sea sickness?

The boat has a high damper noise system that reduces up to 85% of engine noises while navigating. When the boat is parked the generator can barely be heard. As we seldom have any neighbors other than the occasional Cayman (alligators), there is little other than the music of the jungle at night.

The Rio Negro is a very calm river and the Yacht is extremely stable. Even customers who regularly get seasick have had no problems on the boat.

+ Is there satellite phone and internet available? How about appliances and power?

Yes, we can provide long distance phone service to anywhere around the globe for $10 per minute flat rate (taxes applied) as well as regular Internet access through our computer for $125 / 25 MB used (taxes applied).

Power on board the ship are standard North American 110 volt outlets.

+ What about gratuities?

There is no obligation to tip but if you want to show your appreciation for the services provided, we recommend a tip of $400 per person to be shared between the 24 yacht crew members. $200 would be shared by the 12 yacht staff, plus $200 to be shared between the 12 fishing guides.

Envelopes for this will be provided at the end of the week. We strongly advise that daily tips are not given in order to avoid conflicts with our guides and crew. If you want to tip one person more than what you place in the envelope, please do so directly to that individual, but only at the end of the week, please.

+ What about weather conditions in the Amazon?

Temperatures typically range from 75 at night to 95 degrees or more during the day. Anglers and non–anglers should be prepared to fish under the equatorial sun.

Wear long sleeve shirts and pants made of a tropical weight material (ideally with UV protection built into the material) and a wide brim hat that covers your ears and neck.

Although we fish during the dry season, downpours do occur, so don’t forget to pack a lightweight rain suit. Humidity is high but the ship is fully air conditioned for your comfort with each cabin being individually controlled. During the day, the bass tracker boats are often on the move so you will have a cooling breeze while traveling from one great fishing hole to another.

+ Is it really true that there are no bugs?

It’s true. Because of the high acid levels of the Rio Negro mosquitoes and other types of insects cannot reproduce their eggs on the water. Consequently while fishing you will not see any black or biting flies, mosquitoes, or other pests.

The Rio Negro (Black River) is the largest tributary of the Amazon. It is also the largest blackwater river in the world, and one of the world's largest rivers in average discharge.

While the name Rio Negro means Black River, its waters aren't exactly black; they are similar in color to strong tea. The dark color comes from acid caused by incomplete breakdown of phenol-containing vegetation from sandy clearings. The river's name arises from the fact that it looks black from afar.

The Rio Negro has a richness of species with about 700 fish species having been documented in the river basin with an estimate of 800-900 species total.

+ What is the predominant language there?

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. The guides can communicate well in English, especially as it pertains to fishing. The host (yacht manager) on board the Captain Peacock yacht is American and will assist you with any inquiries you may have.

+ Is it safe in Brazil?

Of course incidents can, and do, happen everywhere in the world, however they are the rare exception not the rule. But Brazil has been elected to receive World Cup and Olympic Games for a good reason... it is one of the most safety countries in South America.

Capt. Peacock provides transfers and tours in order to not only ensure your comfort, but also your convenience when dealing with a foreign language (Portuguese) and a different culture.

Generally you will find the people welcoming and the city rich in attractions and history. Manaus is the bustling home to 1.9 million people and has every modern convenience you could need.

Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Amazon rivers and has a bustling and active port. It was founded in 1693 and is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. It is basically only accessed by boat at the free port or airplane at the international airport. This isolation helped preserve both the nature and culture of the city and area.

Few places in the world afford such a variety of plants, trees, insects, birds, and of course fish!

Rubber made it the richest city in the 1800’s and helped Manaus earn its nickname, the “Paris of the Tropics”. It is also one of the proud host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 where England will face Italy, the U.S. will challenge Portugal, along with others mighty matches.

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