5 days from £1565pp plus international flights.
This is a holiday with a difference. As well as experiencing the atmospheric Amazon rainforest you'll have the help and guidance of an expert photographic guide throughout the holiday to enable you to capture some fine images and increase your photography skills.
The holiday starts on arrival in Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the rainforest, where you meet your guide and set off for your Amazon adventure. The journey, by land and river, takes around 4 hours and ends at Refugio Amazonas. This lodge is in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, and on your first evening you'll have the chance to follow your guide into the nocturnal rainforest for some initial photographs. This is sure to whet your appetite for the days to come.
Over the next days you venture deeper into the jungle, climb a tall observation tower to get panoramic views across the canopy, visit claylicks where hundreds of macaws and parrots put on a dazzling display of colour and activity, hike through the rainforest to multiple viewpoints, and walk to ponds and floodplains to experience the rich mix of habitats. The scenery and wildlife, including spider and capuchin monkeys, a wide range of birds, plus reptile and amphibians, provides plenty of photographic opportunites, while the expertise and tips of your specialist guide help you make the very most of your time. The holdiay is suitable for all levels of photographer, from beginner onwards.
Spending time in the remote Amazon rainforest is a privilege, and will leave you with precious memories, as well as a treasured photographic record of these special days.
The price is based on a twin share suite. Other room categories are available. Please contact us for details.
You fly into Puerto Maldonado from either Cusco or Lima, where you are greeted by a local representative and driven the 10 mintes to the headquarters of Rainforest Expeditions. Relax in the gardens and sort out your luggage: you only take what you need for the next few days with you into the Amazon and can leave the rest here, safely under lock and key. Next you are driven to the port (about 20 mintes) to board the boat bound for Refugio Amazonas. The river journey takes around 2.5 hours, and during this time you can enjoy the views and eat a packed lunch. Arriving at the lodge you have time to settle in and adjust to your new surroundings before washing and changing for dinner. After the meal you are led on a walk in the rainforest for your first chance to capture some photographs. Nocturnal creatures seen here include frogs, toads, cicadas, grasshoppers and praying mantis. Return to your room where, at the end of a long day, you should get a good night's sleep. Lunch, dinner
Early this morning you have a half hour walk to the 30 metre tower. From the top the views over the rainforest are outstanding, and you should see a great many birds, mainly tanagers of several varieties, plus barbets, woodpeckers, toucans and macaws. You may also spot raptors including eagles soaring high on thermal currents. The photo opportunites should be plentiful. Later travel to Chuncho claylick, which attracts huge flocks of large macaws, and these colourful birds make for wonderful photographs. This visit is weather dependent as the macaws do not visit the lick when it's raining. From here you travel by boat to Tambopata Research Centre, a ride of some 4 and a half hours. You have lunch on arrival and are then taken to a series of viewpoints where you can see the Tambopata River and, on a clear day, snow-covered Andean mountains in the background. There are good chances of seeing toucans, macaws, guans and chachalacas. Return to the lodge for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Another early start today, this time to visit the macaw clay lick, where multitudes of parrots and macaws gather to ingest the mineral-rich clay. It's an amazing sight and one that has featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. After breakfast at the lodge you set out on a 5km walking trail in the rainforest. Have your camera at the ready to capture images of this atmospheric location. You may spot capuchin and spider monkeys, and peccaries among the trees. It's then time for lunch. This afternoon you take a short walk to the pond platform, a good vantage point for observing sunbitterns, hoatzins, Muscovy ducks, woodpeckers and flycatchers. The lighting and visibilty lends itself to photography and you should come away with some impressive shots. You head back to the lodge for dinner. Tonight you have the chance of a night walk in the forest in search of nocturnal creatures. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast you set off for the clearing where you have good chances of encountering frogs, lizards and snakes. The specialist guides have been spending time over the past few days in readiness for your visit and can advise on what you should expect to see and photograph. There is a flock of hand-reared, semi-wild macaws here that offer further photo opportunities. Having lunched at the lodge you follow the palm swamp trail to the remains of an oxbow lake. Many species of mammals are found here, drawn by the abundant palm fruits. Walk back to the lodge in time to freshen up for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Enjoy breakfast at Tambopata Research Centre beforte packing your bags and preparing for the journey by water and land back to Puerto Maldonado. Keep you camera to hand for any last-minute photo opportunties. The tour ends on arrival at the airport. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1565 (ex. international flights)
4 nights suite accommodation (1 at Refugio Amazonas and 3 at Tambopata Research Station) on twin-share basis; all transfers as listed; all meals shown as included; services of naturalist guides and a specialist photographic guide
International flights and taxes; return flights from Lima/Cusco to Puerto Maldonado; excess baggage fees; additional nights accommodation due to flight cancellations; Tambopata park entrave fee; drinks including bottled water; meals not listed as included; snacks; travel insurance; visas; laundry; tips; items of a personal nature
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado. We can arrange international to Peru and internal flights to Puerto Maldonado. International flights to Lima from the UK start from around £900, depending on season and availability.
Departure dates: This is a private, tailor-made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability.
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Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.