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Amazon Wildlife Photography Tour, Peru - 9 Days

Amazon Wildlife Photography Tour, Peru

Wildlife Photography Tour in Tambopata, Peru

This 9-day Amazon wildlife photography tour is a leisurely paced trip available as a set-departure or on request. On this photo trip to the Amazon we aim to help you capture through the lens of your camera some of the amazing biodiversity of species that inhabit south-eastern Peruvian Amazonia. The varied photography tour will focus not just on mammals and birds but on insects as well.

Our Amazon wildlife photo trip visits the Tambopata National Reserve. This protected area covers 1,060.6 square miles of lowland Amazonian rain and riverine forest and takes in many oxbow lakes. It is located between the Malinowski, Tambopata, and Madre de Dios Rivers. A large number of biodiverse habitats are protected in the reserve and play host to well over 1,000 species of butterflies, more than 100 mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of different plants.

"Wilson Diaz of Green Tours of Peru, provided a wildlife tour in Peru for my wife and I and two friends. We met him at the Rutland bird fair which gave us the confidence to book through him. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Southern Peru and the Manu Road. Our guide was called Alex, who was excellent throughout. His knowledge of the birds and wildlife was superb. He knew the calls of all the birds and where to find them." -Nigel Watson.

First, the group will stay at the wonderful Posada Amazonas for two nights. From there, we will explore terra firme forests and an oxbow lake with Giant River Otters, Black Caiman and even the chance of very rare Dwarf Caiman. From the canopy tower, you will have a vantage point to photograph a huge diversity of macaws, parrots, toucans and many other bird species. The trails around the lodge are good for photographing trumpeteers, manakins and motmots.

Then, our wildlife photo trip in the Amazon moves to the delightful Tambopata Research Center lodge - a paradise for birdwatching in Peruvian Amazonia. Here, the bird diversity is just amazing. We will visit the canopy tower, the macaw clay lick and an oxbow lake.  We will be looking for Anacondas, Jaguars and Tapirs.

On our way back to Puerto Maldonado we will stay one night at the Refugio Amazonas lodge. If our luck is in we could spot and photograph a Harpy Eagle.

This tour is a great opportunity to take home prize-winning images of the wonderful wildlife of the Amazon.

Amazon Wildlife Photography Tour highlights include:

  • Navigating the Tambopata River into one of the most biodiverse forests of the world.
  • Great opportunities to photograph Jaguars at close range.
  • The largest macaw clay lick known in Peru.
  • A highly diverse number of birds and mammals.
  • Great chances to see and photograph Harpy Eagles.

Please note: this tour is also available as a private tour on request.  Please complete the enquiry form and let us know your preferred dates to travel.

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Alternative Tour Name: Tambopata Birding & Photography Tour, Peru
Day 1
Day 1 - Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Overnight at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.

Meals: None

Day 2
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado

Morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. After that,we will take a boat to Posada Amazonas Lodge. On the river margins of the Tambopata we might encounter Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, King Vulture, Amazon Kingfisher, and other species.

We will be arriving at the lodge by mid-afternoon.

Soon aftet arrinvg to the lodge, we will take a short hike for sigths of Pale-winged Trumpeter, Spix’s Guan, Amazonian Motmot, White-throated Antbird, Band-tailed Manakin, and other birds.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Posada Amazonas Lodge

Early morniing at the canopy tower, where you can get a closer, eye-level view of colourful toucans, parrots, macaws, tanagers, jacamars, trogons, woodpeckers, and other rainforest wildlife.

Then we will take a boat fro some 30 minutes to Tres Chimbadas lake. There, we will be looking for Giant River Otter, Black Caiman, Horned Screamers, Scarlet Macaws, and more.

Then we will ake a hike ariund the lake searching for White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, Peruvian Recurvebill, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Piculet, and other specialists.

Afternoon looking wildlife on one of the trails around the loge around the lodge.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4
Day 4 - Posada Amazonas Lodge - Tambopata Research Center lodge (TRC)

Today we move deeper in the jungle, to the Tambopata Research Center lodge. Coomn birds along the rier can be Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron,Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, and Orinoco Goose. We will be paying attention to the river banks for Jaguars or Tapirs.

We will take a box-lunch on the boat. We will be arriving at the lodge by late afternoon.

Overnight at TRC Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 5
Days 5 to 7 - Tambopata Research Center

For three days, we will explore different kinds of forest habitats.

The Macaw clay, the largest in the country, is visited by more than 15 species of macaws and parrots every day. The most common ones are Red-and-green Macaw, Blue-and-yellow, Chestnut-fronted, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Dusky-headed, Tui Parakeet, Dusky-billed Parrotlets. Jaguars and Ocelots are also sometimes present at the clay lick hunting for birds.

Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. The floodplain with ponds and streams is ggod for Anacondas. The Toucan Trail however, is amongst tall rainforest that never floods. This is habitat for Starred Wood-Quail, Pale-winged Trumpeter, several Trogons, Foliage-gleaners, Flycatchers, Manakins, and much more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse with understory flocks led by Dusky-throated Antshrike and Red-crowned Ant-tanagers.

Riparian Habitat. We will explore older river created habitats, some five minutes upstream from the ldoge. Our min goal here is the Rufous-fronted Antthrush. Other onteresting birds in this habitat are Lemon-throated Barbet, Cabanis Spinetail, Amazonian Antpitta, Blackish Antbird, The grassy areas are not very produtive but are good for Plain-crowned Spinetail, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Orange-headed Tanager, among others.

Overnight at TRC lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 8
Day 8 - Tambopata Research Center - Refugio Amazonas

Today we leave TRC and start to go back to the city. Before getting to Puerto Maldonado, we spend a night at Refugio Amazonas lodge. Here we will explore we recovered secondary forests. Most common bird are Barred Antshrike, Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Streaked Flycatcher, Solitary Cacique, Grey-fronted Dove, and others.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado in the morning. We will have a typical lunch before going to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Some of the wildlife expected to see in this trip are:

Pied Lapwing, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Spix’s Guan, Rufous Motmot, Amazonian Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot, Band-tailed Manakin Hoatzin, Horned Screamer, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-Green Macaw, Razor-billed Curassow, Orinoco Goose, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Great Potoo, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, White-throated Jacamar, Giant River Otter, Black Caiman, Jaguar, Ocelot

What is included?

  • Lodging as described in the itinerary (Some hotels might change dependig on room's availability)
  • Transportation: Private boat for all tours inside the reserve (you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port in Puerto Maldonado, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge)
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses

What is not included?

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.89 stars
- based on 3  reviews
  1. Wonderful wildlife tour in Peru
    Nigel Watson25 May 2016







    Wilson Diaz of Green Tours of Peru, provided a wildlife tour in Peru for my wife and I and two friends. We met him at the Rutland bird fair which gave us the confidence to book through him. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Southern Peru and the Manu Road. Our guide was called Alex, who was excellent throughout. His knowledge of the birds and wildlife was superb. He knew the calls of all the birds and where to find them. The organisation from Wilson's team was very professional and we look forward to going to Northern Peru sometime soon with him.
  2. Superb birding tour in N Peru
    Josh Jones29 Apr 2016







    Wilson and his team are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming guides. They made our trip to Northern Peru both seamless and memorable - we saw many of the region's most desirable birds thanks to their skill and intuition. Highly recommended!
  3. Northern Peru\'s birding route
    Steve Cale11 May 2016







    We had a brilliant trip in Northern Peru with Wilson. Loads of superb wildlife sightings, good accomodation, good food & a well organised trip. Thge sites we visited were excellant & I would not hestiate to travel with Wilson again, who is a good leader & organised all the tour logistics spot on. highlights were so many it's hard to pick out the best but probably for me it has to be the 13 Andean Condors in the air at once as we crossed the Andeas, some of which were right over our heads, excellant, thanks Wilson.

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Why book with Green Tours?

Green Tours, the trade name of Cheqa Peru SRL, is a Peruvian tour operator company stablished in 2006 with the objective to offer high quality ground services for tourism operations in Peru with innovation, comfort, safety, and commitment with our social and environmental responsibilities. The last few years Green Tours has established itself as an important Peruvian tour operator, providing ground logistics for American, Canadian and British birding companies like Wings, Paradise Birding, Sunrise Birding, Worldwide Birding Tours, Sierra Club, Avocet Tours, and Heatherlea. Green Tours is part of a Carbon Neutral partnership to offset the carbon footprint for its operations, with this partnership we are helping to improve the conservation efforts in the Tambopata National Reserve. Also, since 2016 we are supporting small conservation efforts in north western Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the tropical dry forest, specially the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter. Currently, our General Manager is the executive director of APTAE (the Peruvian Association for Eco and Adventure Tourism). Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Wilson Díaz, is an active birder and has been travelling with birding groups since 2001 providing logistic support for several companies. Also, we have created “Asociación Green Tours”, a non-profit organization aimed to support conservation initiatives for endangered species like Grey-bellied Comet and Peruvian Plantcutter.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this trip?

Please refer to www://greentours.com.pe/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Booking-terms-and-conditions.pdf for our booking terms and conditions

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

Usually we do not change our tour leader or itineraries once their confirmed. Nevertheless, if we have to do so before the trip starts and it is due to circumstances beyond our control, we will send an emal to all participant indicating the changes.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the trip?

Yes we surely can. You just have to send us an email detailing your request.

Do I need a Yellow Fever vaccine to enter Tambopata ?

Yes. Actually it is not mandatory by the government, but it is strongly recommended to have the vaccine.

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Tour Facts

  • Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Set Departure
  • Birds
  • 2 to 6 pax
  • 9 Days
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish
  • Jorge Chavez Lima International airport
  • Jorge Chavez Lima International airport