If you go to Brazil …
Take plenty of sunscreen. Daytime temperatures top out in the upper 90s, with humidity between 90 and 100 percent. Lather up before leaving the boat each morning and carry extra with you to replace what you sweat off or wipe off during the day.
It seldom rains, but there can be a random shower here or there, so a rain jacket is helpful but not necessary.
• Ron Speed stocks all the lures you’ll ever need and even offers to fill your reels with braided nylon line before you begin fishing. You build yourself a tackle box when you arrive and turn it in at the end of the trip. We carried our own line and spooled up on the boat ride to the Ouatuma.
• Carry gloves or wide athletic tape to protect your hands and fingers. I used Easton batting gloves and avoided any blisters or sore spots while I was there.
• Carry your own reels but stash them in your checked luggage. Airlines don’t like the line in the cabins and will confiscate them if you fail to check them.
• You have to apply for a visa to visit Brazil. There are commercial operations that will take care of it for a fee, or you can take your passport to the Brazilian embassy in Houston to get one yourself.
• Mike certain your passport is up to date. One member of our party made it to Miami before getting turned back because his passport had lapsed just before our trip began. He had to fly back to Detroit alone.
• Pack lightly. Several pairs of shorts and two or three shirts are all you need There is laundry service onboard the Amazon Otter, where we stayed, and the ladies will take care of you while you’re there.
• Be sure to keep your prescription medicines together during the trip down and back. Keep them in the bottles with your name on them to make sure there’s no mistaking whose they are.
• Remember your cameras when you go. The scenery is spectacular, and you’ll want mementos of the trip.
• Food is American, served buffet style three times a day. All drinks, along with beer and wine, are included.
• You won’t need much cash — about $200 per angler for the boat for the week.