|Tambopata photographic safari|
Dates. November 30, 2014.
Trip duration. Nine days.
Starting city. Puerto Maldonado.
Physical difficulty. Easy.
Max group size. 10
Climate. Hot and humid.
Price. $ 4,893. Single room. $ 665.
Why come with us?
You want to have the most exciting photo travel of your life. To make this possible, you are going to need tour leaders that are young, energetic, friendly and adaptable. You also want this travel to be the most productive. For this reason, you are going to need tour leaders that are knowledgeable, responsible and helpful. Fortunately, we are just such type of tour leaders. We are not only friendly people but also professional biologists and photographers. Our goal is simple. To help you create stunning pictures while you enjoy the most awesome travel of your life.
Lucas is a passionate biologist and wildlife photographer from Ecuador. For seven years now, he has been dedicated to documenting Ecuador's biodiversity, particularly reptiles and amphibians. Lucas has lead innumerable field trips and workshops. He also has written several articles and books about tropical ecology and herpetology. Lucas' photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Anima Mundi, Discovery Channel and many other magazines.
Ale is an experienced wildlife photographer and biologist from Venezuela. He has devoted the past seven years to photographing reptiles and amphibians in the new world tropics, an activity he integrates with scientific research. Alejandro is author of The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo and several scientific articles. He has described three species new to science and his photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Anima Mundi, Discovery Channel and many other magazines.
Yellow fever, leishmaniasis and malaria are present throughout the rainforests of southeastern Peru. To prevent them, you should take the following measures. First, inoculate against yellow fever. Second, wear longsleeved shirts, pants and repellent on exposed skin at all times. Third, sleep under mosquito nets. Four, consult your physician if you wish to take medical precautions against malaria.
Grab your camera and immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. With our help and with so many charismatic species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds lurking around, you will come back home with the most beautiful collection of images.
Your rainforest adventure starts the moment you step out of the plane at Puerto Maldonado. As we take you to our headquarters and then to the river port, you will have your first taste of the sounds, views and smells of the jungle. Then, during the boat ride from the Tambopata port to Posada Amazonas, you will enjoy magnifict opportunities to photograph riverside wildlife. Once at Posada, you will have the opportunity to ascend to a 30 m canopy tower, where you will see toucans, parrots or macaws flying against the horizon or perched on the tree tops besides you.
Day two is devoted to photographing birds. In the morning, we will take you to a blind located about twenty meters away from a clay lick, where you can photograph dozens of parrots and parakeets. In the afternon, you will visit a farm where the light is ideal to photograph a variety of birds and macro subjects.
On day three you will get the chance to photograph reptiles. First, you will find lizards and snakes as you walk along forested trails during daytime, and second, you will get close to caimans and boas from the shore of various water bodies at night.
Day four is devoted to photographing aquatic wildlife. In the morning, after a forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas, will take you to a beautiful oxbow lake where you will paddle around in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. The lake also provides wonderful opportunities to photograph majestic trees and water reflections. The next six and a half hours will be spent navigating to Tambopata Research Station. As we move upriver, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.
On day five you will get the whole panorama about the Amazon rainforest. First, you will visit the most famous macaw clay lick in the world, where dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate in a raucous and colorful spectacle. Second, you will explore a floodplain forest dominated by huge figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos and will look for monkeys and peccaries. Third, we will take you ten minutes upriver from the lodge to a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to photograph waterfowl ducks, sunbitterns and hoatzins along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets. Finally, we will guide you through a night walk to photograph and admire the most beautiful array of amphibians and reptiles.
Day six is devoted to photography in open areas. During the morning, you will have many opportunities to photograph amphibians and reptiles around the Tambopata Research Station. In the afternoon, you will visit the palm swamp tower, a vantage point from where you can photograph macaws landing and roosting on their nest holes in dead palms. If the weather is favorable, you will have another opportunity to go out during a photographic night hike in search for herps.
Day seven is devoted to exploring the vicinity of Refugio Amazonas. But first, the three and a half hour boat ride rom TRC will provide you with many opportunities to photograph riverside wildlife, including the elusive jaguar. Once at Refugio, we will guide you through a short walk to a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades. After lunch, you will ascend to 30 meter tall scaffolding tower, which will add a whole new dimension to your Amazon photography experience. From this vantage point, it is all about landscapes and mainly birds.
Day eight is devoted to exploring an oxbow lake. In the morning, after a forty minute hike, you will paddle in canoes around the lake looking for aquatic wildlife such as hoatzin and caiman, and hope to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. At night, in the same place, you will get a whole different experience. Frog serenades will enchant your senses and snakes will be lurking around waiting to be photographed.