TAMBOPATA PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI
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.
Price per person sharing: 3753 GBP (subject to change and availability)
Package based on double occupancy.
All meal and accommodations.
Guides, tour leaders and services.
All river transfers.
Road transfer to local airport.
Park entrance fees.
International or domestic airfares.
Airport departure taxes or visa fees.
Additional nights due to flight cancellations.
Bottled water and snacks.
Insurance of any kind.
Phone calls or messages.