The following are the most common questions our guests have.
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+ What documentation do I need?

A valid passport is required to enter Brazil. Additionally, a Visa from the Brazilian consulate is also required (see below). Carry your passport with you at all times. Keep a photocopy of the passport picture page and your Visa page in a separate place such as in your luggage, purse, wallet, or on your phone or tablet. 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. You will not need a fishing license.

+ How do I obtain my tourist Visa?

We firmly advise you to contact our Visa Expediter - Universal Passports & Visas - for help in acquiring a Brazilian Tourist Visa. Go to: Universal Passports or call 1-800-831-2098.

+ What do I need when applying for a Brazilian VISA?

  • The airfare itinerary (reservations at least);
  • A valid passport (6 months is required);
  • Your destination address and contact info – our VISA expediter have the letter you will need for the Brazilian Embassy, otherwise, please contact us for a copy.

+ What about trip insurance?

Your trip package DOES NOT include insurance of any kind. But we do offer a special Cancellation Protection Voucher. This protection covers the cost of your trip package when common issues by a third party occur such as airline delays or cancellations and even personal injuries occur before your trip. For details on trip cancellation, please contact us at info@captpeacock.com or call 262-299-4999 for more information. If your health insurance plan does not cover your medical expenses for illness or accident while traveling abroad, you may want to consider separate traveler’s medical insurance.

+ What should I pack for my Capt Peacock trip?

You will receive a final package 30 to 15 days before your trip with a Suggested Packing List and updated Trip Itinerary. Until then, resist the tendency to overpack. Fishing partners should coordinate their preparation of items to avoid unnecessary duplication. Remember Capt Peacock has daily laundry service, so there is no need to overpack clothing. We recommend a durable, water-resistant, lockable, top-zipper duffel for your checked luggage. However, regular suitcases are acceptable. Carry your most valuable, essential and fragile items as well as any necessary medications and toiletries and a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage. Unlike most charter flights, with Capt Peacock, there are no weight restrictions on your luggage flying to and from the yacht in Brazil.

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

Peacock Bass are most commonly caught utilizing bait casting and spinning equipment as described in our Fisherman’s Handbook. However, our guests that opt to fly fish tell us that there is no bigger thrill in the world than landing a monster Peacock on a fly. See our Fly Fishing Handbook for more details. You are welcome to bring your own gear, but remember that baitcasting and spinning rods, reels, and lines are all included as part of your package.

+ What vaccinations and health precautions do I need?

Some of the more frequently asked questions of Capt Peacock about fishing Brazil’s Amazon deal with mosquitoes and the diseases they sometimes carry. Potential visitors are worried that they will eaten alive and / or contract a host of communicable diseases such as Malaria, Zika, or Yellow Fever. Fortunately, nothing could be further from than the truth as the Rio Negro simply cannot support mosquitoes.The river’s PH and acidity level is such that mosquito and a host of other insect larvae simply cannot develop or live within it (Journal of Experimental Biology). This means there are very few insects on the river proper or on the immediate shores. Mosquitoes and a host of other insects can, however, be found in great numbers deeper (very deep) into the rainforest, away from the river but these are areas seldom, if ever, visited by guests of Capt Peacock. Because most of your time will be spent on the river, on our air-conditioned yacht, or on the shore close to the river, it is not mandatory to obtain Malaria medication, or a Yellow Fever immunization, or to even wear mosquito repellant.

+ What else is there to do?

Given that you have likely travelled quite a distance to reach Brazil, we encourage you to take in the whole exotic, exciting experience that is the Amazon! This is why we have created a number of custom local tours and additional activities. Please visit Extra-Activities or details on eco-adventures, helicopter and sightseeing tours, swimming with dolphins, watching an indigenous ritual, or taking in local history. Please let us know before your trip starts so we can plan our route and guide assignments based on these special excursions. Last minute requests will result in additional charges.

+ Can Capt Peacock make arrangements for extra night(s) in Brazil?

Yes. We provide a package with an English-speaking host at the airport, an extra hotel night (either double or single occupancy), breakfast and taxes included, and airport transfers for up to two for the regular price of $290 USD when booked in advance. Unfortunately, these specialized services are not available separately and are for couples, families, and friends traveling together.

+Any special rates for International Airfare flying with American Airlines Or TAM Airlines?

Yes, our exclusive arrangement with American Airlines allows us to offer you deals not found elsewhere and for a considerably better price. However, it will always depend on how soon we check for dates and rates.

+ What about extra night at the Miami Intl. Airport Hotel?

Capt Peacock can easily arrange for guests to overnight in Miami, at the Miami International Airport Hotel. Please let us know if you would like us to provide a quote. The hotel is located on Concourse E, inside of the airport, just a few steps from your departure gate and close to numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities.

+ What is the booking availability?

As the booking calendar changes on an almost daily basis, please contact one of our agents at 262-299-4999 or at info@captpeacock.com for current availability. Your spot is secured once we receive your deposit. The balance is due to a minimum of 60 days before departure. Please note that all trips are subject to availability and conditions.

+ What is the yacht capacity?

Our yacht can accommodate up to 30 guests per expedition (double occupancy) or 15 guests (single occupancy). Guest lodgings include 12 staterooms of 200 sq. ft. each, a king bed or double single beds bed (side-by-side). Displayed: 2 staterooms (w/ connecting doors) + 2 staterooms (w/ private balcony) + 2 staterooms (w/ handicapped accessibility) + 8 staterooms (deluxe designed) + 1 presidential suite (w/ jacuzzi and sauna). All staterooms are INDEPENDENTLY air-conditioned and have a private bath and walk in shower (with hot water), which affords optimal personal choice for your care and comfort. Two suites with private balcony are available at an extra cost of $1,500 per week - each. One presidential suite of 450 sq. ft. is fully equipped with jacuzzi, sauna, king bed, is available at an extra cost of $3,000 per week.

+ Can I have a single room on the boat and at the hotel in Manaus?

Absolutely – single occupancy can be arranged by contacting the office. Please note however that reserving a single room on the boat does not mean a private boat for fishing during the day. Anglers will fish two in each boat and a guide every day. However, a “Single Package” including a private cabin onboard the yacht and at the hotel while in Manaus is also possible but is subject to availability. If available, the cost per a single room while in Manaus is $145 per room per night, and while onboard the yacht is $2,975 per week (Premium package), or $2,475 per week (Signature package).

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

No worries here. Our yacht has a high damper noise system that reduces up to 87% of engine sounds while navigating. When the boat is stationary, the generator can barely be heard. 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?

Yes, Capt Peacock can provide long distance phone services to anywhere around the globe for $7 per minute flat rate (taxes applied) as well as regular Internet access through our wireless system for $50 (per 25MB), $125 (per 75MB) and $225 (per 250MB), taxes applied.

+ How about appliances and power?

Power onboard yacht is 110-volt, standard Brazilian outlet.

+ What about gratuities and purchases while on board?

There is no obligation to tip, but if you want to show your appreciation for the services provided, we recommend a tip of $500 USD per guest to be shared between the 30 yacht crewmembers. Of this, $250 is shared by the 16 ship staff with the remaining $250 to be shared between the 14 fishing guides. Onboard Purchases DO NOT ACCEPT payments in cash or any other kind. Therefore, our office will contact you either before or at the end of your trip to apply charges throughout your credit card. Same, if you wish to contribute so (gratuity).
We strongly advise that daily tips are not given to avoid conflicts with our guides and crew. If you want to tip one or more people - more than what you write on your credit card - please mention his/her or their name(s) to our yacht manager, and he will make sure that it will go directly to that (those) individual(s).

+ Why do I need to furnish my credit card information?

With few exceptions, US dollars are not accepted in Brazil, which has REAL as its actual currency. Additionally, it will be difficult for you to exchange money in Manaus (Brazil) as you will arrive one day and depart to the yacht early the next day. We also do not carry any money (cash) onboard the yacht and credit card machines through satellite portable Internet dish are just too expensive to be used in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. High fees would be applied to each separate transaction.
Therefore, and based on these reasons, we will use your credit card information through the U.S office in order to check you in, just like you do when you are visiting any hotel worldwide. Any charges or purchases while you are onboard the yacht in Brazil will be collected through your credit card in the U.S., but only with your previous signed authorization.

+ What about weather conditions in the Amazon?

Temperatures typically range from 83 degrees at night to 95 degrees or more during the day. Anglers and non– anglers should be prepared to fish under the Equatorial sun. But keep in mind that during the day, the yacht and the Bass Tracker boats are often on the move so you will have a cooling breeze while traveling from one great spot to another new adventure. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants made of a tropical weight material (ideally with UV protection), a comfortable hat and good sunglasses. 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 individually controlled.

+ Is it really true that there are no mosquitoes?

It’s true! Mosquito and other insect larvae cannot survive in the Rio Negro because of the river’s high acidity. Consequently while fishing you will not see any black or biting flies, mosquitoes, or other pests.

+ What is the predominant language in Brazil?

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, which is very similar to Spanish. The guides can communicate very well in English, especially as it pertains to fishing. Your onboard host is American and will assist you with any inquiries you may have.

+ Is it safe in Brazil?

Absolutely. Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 for a good reason... it is one of the safest countries in South America, and Manaus is one of the friendliest cities in Brazil. Capt Peacock provides transfers and tours to not only ensure your comfort but also your convenience when dealing with a foreign language (Portuguese) and a different culture.

+What about the destination?

Generally, you will find the people welcoming and the city rich in attractions and history. Manaus, highly regarded as the Paris of the Tropics, is the bustling home to 1.9 million people and has every modern convenience you could ever need or want.
This 300-year-old city is the capital city of the state of Amazonas and is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Amazon rivers. It has a bustling and active port 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.

+ I plan on visiting one of the local villages during my trip. What can I bring the villagers? Do they need any medical supplies?

Capt Peacock offers many opportunities for cultural interaction with the people that call the shores and forests of the Rio Negro home. We can arrange private tours, visits to many villages, or large excursions. But these visits aren’t just for guests to Brazil’s Amazon. The villagers find interaction with the “outside world” just as rewarding as do those who visit them and Capt Peacock finds great satisfaction in bringing these groups together. While guests are certainly not expected to bring anything to the villages we visit, the following items are most appreciated and are listed in the order in which they are most needed.

Dental Supplies

  • Adult and Youth Toothbrushes / Toothpaste / Dental Floss
  • Fluoride Mouthwash

Personal Toiletries and First Aid

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Fungus Infection Creams
  • Diarrhea, Upset Stomach Medicine
  • First Aid Kits, Bandages

School Supplies

  • Pen, Pencils, Markers, Colored Pencils, and Crayons
  • Manual Pencil Sharpeners
  • Paper, Coloring Books
  • Rulers, Scissors, Glue Sticks
  • Backpacks


  • Shoes, Socks, Sandals
  • Hats, Caps
  • Shirts, Jackets, T-Shirts
  • Bandanas

+ I know that my rods, reels, and lines are included, but what about lures?

Our exclusive lure kit came as the result of our guides who have fished the Rio Negro all their life and knew it, and it isn't inhabitants like the back of their hands. Each kit contains an UNLIMITED supply of brand-new topwater, jerk baits, and jigs. Lure Kits are $395 per person and discounts are given to couples and those that fish together.
Again, leasing of our lure kit ensures that the trip doesn’t end with a lost jig or if a Peacock Bass steals a woodchopper as leasing an UNLIMITED supply.

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