Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour in the Tambopata Rainforest
An extraordinary 7-day Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour that will take you to 3 Amazon jungle lodges, southeast of Peru, where Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas, and the Tambopata Research Center are located.
Our jungle lodges are small buildings with up to 32 rooms. Designed to keep you connected with nature, in these lodges every moment of your expedition is an opportunity to do wildlife photography, through our wide-open spaces with no walls on common areas including the panoramic bridges that connect the rooms to the lobby and restaurant.
Because photography in the Amazon rainforest requires a lot of patience and luck. We keep our groups small to allow you to take advantage of your photography guide, who will help you providing subtle tips for improved use of blinds and maximize breaks with the weather and wildlife. Please be sure to bring your computer or an external hard drive for all your pictures!
This wildlife rainforest photo tour is carefully designed to take you to a great location at the best time of day and get you to the right places for the best light. Our wildlife photo tour will maximize photographic opportunities of an intriguing variety of wildlife like Howler monkeys, Giant River Otters, Scarlet macaws, Hoatzin bird, leafcutter ants, and a newly discovered species of spider.
When you tour the Amazon, you take countless opportunities for landscape photography, and we will provide the space for your best shots, for example, through the canopy tower, where you can see incredible sunrises or sunsets as birds do.
Along the river, you could also have encounters with the most impressive fauna such as the capybaras, caimans, and even the elusive jaguar or tapir.
Explore the hidden world of the rainforest at night. Night walks are great for photographing insects, including Cicadas and Katydids, Dragonflies, large grasshoppers, frogs, and for luring hairy tarantulas out of their ground nests for a few quick shots.
Highlights of this Rainforest and Wildlife Photo Tour
- 1 Night at Posada Amazonas Lodge, 2 Nights at Refugio Amazonas, and 3 nights at the Tambopata Research Center
- Opportunity to do some landscape photography from the river, the canopy tower, oxbow lake, at sunrise and sunset.
- See hundreds of parrots and macaws at the world-famous TRC clay lick
- Best wildlife opportunity encounters around the Rainforest Expeditions lodges
- Macro photography (bring your lens) of insects and night
- Birding photography along the trails
Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 2 hours journey by bus and boat till the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you let the city behind to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes
Posada Amazonas Lodge awaits – a spacious ecolodge, with bar, a massage center, and buffet service in the heart of a private concession own by the Native Community of Infierno, the guardians of the rainforest.
Accommodation includes a 45 ms square room with a private bathroom and an open wall facing the forest.
Your stay includes three meals daily, teas, coffee, guided excursions and activities, refreshments upon arriving, and transfers to and from the airport. We assign guides at 10:1
This afternoon join a first group hiking leads to the 40-meter scaffolding Canopy Tower. A banister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
Wildlife in the Amazon takes advantage of the first lights of the day as it is cooler, so we do. Even you are on vacation there will be some activities that our guides encourage you to make it very early in the morning and it’s worth it.
Photography at Tres Chimbadas Lake is thirty minutes by boat and forty-five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin, and horned screamers. The lake provides wonderful opportunities to photograph majestic trees, water reflections, and if we are very fortunate animal life. Although otters are frequently seen, the distances at which they are sighted usually do not make for good photography.
We will be moved in a private boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge, in the buffer zone of the National Protected Area.
By the afternoon we will visit the farm, which is one of the few places where the light will not be a problem. Ideal for photography of birds who like open areas in addition to colorful fruits and plants.
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.
Two hours deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho clay lick. 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 clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick 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.
Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. This mammal clay lick might let us see wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan, and parakeets.
Help us reveal nature’s wonders, became a scientist, and get the chance of discovering new species, there is an amazing world of diversity! We will meet the resident researchers team at the lobby for a brief explanation of the type of specimen we are looking for and how to identify them, they will handle us the material for collecting, we will walk around 15 minutes from the lodge to the light trap where all the diversity of insects we’ll be waiting for us, with our eyes sharpened we will look for the selected species will be looking for and collect them, if we are lucky we will get the chance to discover a new species!.
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 hectares uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws, and other large species will become more frequent.
By the afternoon, 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 the 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 eye level at 30-50 yards with large turkey-like birds called guans and chachalacas, or toucans, or macaws roosting on the trees.
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.
A five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed 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.
By the afternoon, a ten minutes upriver journey from the lodge to a tiny pond with a platform in the middle it is a great place for the late afternoon where we whittle 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 are excellent and these birds´ habits are predictable over short periods of time.
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.
We will photograph herps around the lodge gardens: frogs, snakes, and lizards. TRC specialists will have spent the past few days screening the vicinity for encounters with the most photogenic herp species and will have prepared appropriate scenarios. The chicos, our flock of semi-wild, hand-reared macaws will provide additional photographic opportunities as they fly about around the lodge.
Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreals as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms swamps are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp also one of the most threatened habitats.
It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end.
Your visit will make a direct contribution to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata.
You will take the journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Howler Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey, Scarlet Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, and Green-winged Macaw, Muscovy duck, sunbittern and Hoatzin, Woodpeckers, Oropendolas, Flycatchers, and Parakeets, Squirrel Monkey, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as Peccaries. Cobalt-winged Parakeets and the rare Dusky-billed and Amazonian Parrotlets. Severe and Red-bellied Macaws. Mealy Amazons Parrots, Blue-headed Caciques, Saddleback Tamarins. Cicadas and Katydids, Dragonflies, Large grasshoppers, Frogs and Tarantula
What is included?
- All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
- Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
- Professional bi-lingual guide(s) and support staff
- Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
- Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
- All meals
- Snacks throughout the tour
- Water throughout the tour
- Selection of drinks during the meals (incl. water and soft drinks)
- All activities as specified within the tour itinerary, with an option to change if you prefer without additional costs
- Personalised checklists
- All Applicable Taxes
What is not included?
- All international or domestic airfares
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
- Airport departure taxes or visa fees
- Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
- Optional tour extensions where applicable
- Tips & gratuities
- Any other drinks not mentioned above
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Our Location - All of our lodges are located in road-less rainforests of the Tambopata National Reserve and adjacent buffer zones. Unbeatable Wildlife - Protected, primary rainforests are filled with wildlife, and the habitats around our lodges are no exception. Monkeys, toucans, herds of hundreds of white-lipped peccary and well over 500 other bird species, Giant Otters, and even Jaguar are seen by guests Gorgeous Lodges - Our lodges are carefully designed to blend traditional methods and materials with beautiful woodwork, locally made art, and other details that result in comfortable settings that communicate with the natural surroundings- to the point where most of them are open air. Working with Local People - We work closely with people from the community of Infierno, the nearest settlement to our lodges.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in a short tour in the Amazon with a fascinating selection of wildlife excursions based in a stunning eco-lodge in the heart of the Amazon, then this tour is for you.
The WiFi is pretty good from the ecolodge including the ability for video conferences and face time with family and friends, though subject to the number of users at any one time.
We offer a range of activities and excursions for a wide range of fitness levels and will adjust once at the eco-lodge to accommodate for all guests.
To reconfirm the reservation we require full non-refundable payment 30 days before arrival at the lodges. Some special offers require a prepayment or full non-refundable payment at the time of booking. This will be communicated by email when making your reservation. Payment can be done with Pay Pal, Master Card, American Express, or VISA credit card, in this case, we kindly request to call your bank first and authorize the transaction. We are not responsible for any banking expenses. Cancellations done 31 days or more before the departure date will be 100% refunded when is not a special offer (rate) minus 5% for administrative expenses. Cancellations within 30 days before departure date will be billed at full fare. Refunds will not apply under cancellations of air, road, lake, river or trail travel due to changes in airline schedules, bad weather conditions, civil or government strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, force majeure (including world or local health conditions), criminal activity, or sickness.