Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour

(5 days / 4 nights)

Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour

Join an extraordinary photography expedition to the amazon rainforest a remarkable place, full of lush growth and life. In fact, it seems at times as if the forest is pulsating with life, with a constant background buzz of monkeys and birds chattering, and the gentle thump-thump of armies of leaf-cutter ants marching single file along endless tracks.

The trip includes stays at two of our lodges as well as all photography equipment, cameras and lenses. Please be sure to bring your computer or an external hard drive for all you pictures!

Here's just a taste of what you will experience on this photo adventure of a lifetime.

Take a trip with photographer Jeff Cremer or Frank Pichardo to the world's greatest location for wildlife photography: Tambopata, Peru. Our small-group trips and photo workshops offer something for everyone from beginners to serious amateurs and even professional photographers.

Highlights include photographing Howler monkeys, Giant River Otters, Scarlet macaws, Hoatzin birds, capybara and leafcutter ants, as well as a newly discovered species of spider.

All equipment is provided for our guests from Canon bodies to professional lenses such as the Canon 600mm f/4 for for birds and distant wildlife to the 100mm macro lens for smaller subjects.

 

About Your Guide:
Jeff Cremer is an award-winning travel photographer based in Lima, Peru. His work has been displayed in galleries around the world and published in numerous books and magazines. Two of his gigapixel photographs were recently published in “EARTH Platinum Edition”, the world’s largest atlas. Each page spread of this limited edition book measures a breathtaking 6 feet x 9 feet (1.8m x 2.7m). Only 31 copies will be printed and will retail for $100,000 a copy.

He also holds the record for the largest photo ever taken in Peru: a huge 22,000 megapixel panorama of the Miraflores district of Lima as well as the largest photo ever taken of Machu Picchu weighing in at 16,000 megapixels. The image can be seen at www.gigapixelperu.com.

 

Tambopata Vacation Package - The tour package includes:

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Transfers airport / lodge / airport in Puerto Maldonado - land and boat transfers.

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2 Nights accommodation in Refugio Amazonas and 2 nights accommodation in Tambopata Research Center.

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All meals mentioned in the program

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Excursions mentioned in the program

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Pro Cameras and Lenses Included

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English speaking guide.

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Basic equipment necessary for each activity.

Domestic Flights in Peru

Optional flight tickets from Lima or from Cuzco

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary: Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour (5 days / 4 nights)

 

Day 1: ... (Lima or Cuzco) / Puerto Maldonado / Refugio Amazonas (L-D)

  • Arrival & Reception by Photography Guide
    Because, photography in the rainforest requires a lot of patience and luck, our photography guides help with your equipment, provide subtle tips for improved use of blinds and maximize breaks with the weather and wildlife.

  • Transfer Airport to our Puerto Maldonado Headquarters
    Upon arrival from Lima or Cuzco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

  • Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port
    Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

  • Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas
    The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Orientation
    Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Introduction to Photography Lecture
    After lunch we will have a presentation about basic photography. Subjects such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed will be covered. We will also learn about some specialized photographic techniques and see some samples.

  • Dinner

  • Night Photography
    Night walks are great for photographing insects and frogs. We may be able to find praying mantis, cicadas, leaf mimicking grasshoppers as well as huge toads, shiny green tree frogs and bizarre horned frogs.

  • Refugio Amazonas - Overnight

 

Day 2: Refugio Amazonas (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas - Chuncho Clay Lick

  • Snack Chuncho Clay Lick

  • Chuncho Clay Lick
    Two hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don't visit the clay lick when it is raining.

  • Transfer Boat - Chuncho Clay Lick - Refugio Amazonas

  • Lunch

  • Photography from the Tower
    A thirty minute walk takes us to this 30 meter tall scaffolding tower, which will add a whole new dimension to our Amazon photography experience: the forest canopy. From this vantage point, it is all about landscapes and mainly birds. We will wait for a canopy mixed flock to appear. The mixed flock is mostly all about tanagers: Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Turqoise Tanager, Opal- rumped Tanager and others. The tower also offers good opportunity for Cream- colored Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Plum-throated Cotinga and Striolated Puffbird. Macaws and toucans are seen flying against the horizon, including the Chestnut-eared, Lettered, Emerald, Curl-crested, and Brown-mandibled Aracaries. We will see lonely raptors riding the thermals. This is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even harpy!

  • Dinner

  • Photo Review Session
    After dinner we have time to pick our best photos and load them onto the computer for a slide show. We will have time to analyze and talk about the day's photography. Any questions about camera/lens usage, composition, among other questions can be addressed.

  • Refugio Amazonas - Overnight

 

Day 3: Refugio Amazonas / Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
    Four and half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. One and half hours into our boat journey, as we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.

  • Chuncho Clay Lick
    Two hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don't visit the clay lick when it is raining.

  • Orientation
    Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

  • Photography from Overlooks
    A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. The overlooks provide excellent panoramic photo opportunities of the Tambopata winding its way down from the highlands. On a clear day, it will even be possible to view and photograph the snow capped Andean peaks in the distance. At each overlook we will have good chances of encounters at eyelevel at 30-50 yards with large turkey-like birds called guans and chachalacas, or toucans, or macaws roosting on the trees.

  • Dinner

  • Photo Review Session
    After dinner we have time to pick our best photos and load them onto the computer for a slide show. We will have time to analyze and talk about the day's photography. Any questions about camera/lens usage, composition, among other questions can be addressed.

  • Tambopata Research Center - Overnight

 

Day 4: Tambopata Research Center (B-L-D)

  • Macaw Clay Lick Photography from the beach
    On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. If the river is not swollen, thereby reducing the effective beach area, photographers should have plenty of opportunities to shoot the typical clay lick photographs from distances of 50-100 meters.

  • Breakfast

  • Photography in the floodplain forest
    This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat. Photo opportunities for all mammals and birds on this trail will be scant as visibility and lighting are poor and animals timid. Our principal focus will be general rain forest shots as well as portraits of the huge trees that are scattered throughout this forest.

  • Lunch

  • Photography on the Pond Platform
    Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place for the late afternoon where we whiddle away the remains of the day as we spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home. Opportunities to photograph these beautiful birds will abound, as the lighting and visibility of the pond is excellent and these birds´ habits are predictable over short periods of time.

  • Dinner

  • Tambopata Research Center - Overnight

 

Day 5: Tambopata Research Center / Puerto Maldonado / ... (Lima - Cuzco) (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer Boat - Tambopata Research Center to Tambopata River Port

  • Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters

  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport
    We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

Bring:

  • Insect repellent

  • Good walking shoes that cover the heals (to avoid twisting your ankle)

  • Large sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun cream

  • Camera with plenty of film and batteries

  • Flashlight / torch to use at nighttime (plus spare batteries)

  • Lightweight raincoat with rainproof hat

  • Umbrella in case of rain

  • A good book to read, plenty of magazines (to ready while you relax)

  • Pair of binoculars

  • Water flask (fresh drinking water for jungle treks)

  • Swimming costume (for swimming in our large pool or in the river)

  • The native Indian tribes in the area are very poor and love to receive gifts of used clothing, old toys or anything at all that the tourist does not need and wishes to donate. Also, any items for children such as paper, pencils and pens are very gratefully received

  • (For couples) Bring protection (there are no drugstore nearby!!)

 

Indications

  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30

  • Transfer-out (Tambopata Research Center to Puerto Maldonado): Early transfer out about 5:00 am in order to be on time for your flight out that should depart after 13:00 hr. please be sure do not buy early fly out.

The program does not include:

  • Flight tickets Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Lima ask for our promotional airfares.

  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

  • Entrance to Tambopata National Reserve US $ 75 (mandatory payment)

  • Any other service not mentioned in the program.

Rates 2018 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Room Type

Max. Passengers

Rate Per Person

Single Standard

1

$ 2,258

Double Standard

2

$ 1,749

Single Comfort

1

$ 2,404

Double Comfort

2

$ 1,851

Amazon Suite Double

2

$ 1,937

 

Note: Available Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour (7 days) US $ 2,396

 

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Terms and Conditions:

  • Rates apply to foreign tourists, not residents in Peru and there are expressed in U.S. Dollars. Our fares include all taxes.

  • The system must only process reserves received at least 7 days before the date of trip.

  • Unused services are not refundable

  • Rates subject to change and / or availability

  • Does not apply to dates of Easter, Independence Day (25 to 31 July), National Holidays, Christmas, New Year and Special Events

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