Upon arrival from Cusco or Lima to Puerto Maldonado airport, meet and greet with the eco lodge representative and transfer to the lodge Puerto Maldonado head quarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens, we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps to keep the boats and cargo light. Then we transfer to the Tambopata River Port to take our boat ride to Posada Amazonas Lodge. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
After lunch, a photography lecture about basic photography. Subjects such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed will be covered. You will also learn about some specialized photographic techniques and see some samples.
Post dinner, you will on a night walk to try out some night photography. Night walks are great for photographing insects and frogs. You may be able to find praying mantis, cicades, leaf mimicking grasshoppers as well as huge toads, shiny green tree frogs and bizarre horned frogs.
Overnight at the Posada Amazonas.
Meals included: Boxed Lunch and Dinner.
Today, we head to the Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake for some photography. It is 30 mins by boat and 45 mins hike to lake from the lodge. Once there, you will 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 lake side 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.
Transfer to TRC via boat, it is about 6.5 hours from Posada Amazonas. As we come across the confluence with Malinowski River, we will leave the traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent.
On the way, we will stop at the Chuncho Claylick. After a brief walk, we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho Claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick 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 birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining. We then head to TRC where the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
In the evening, a 3 to 5km hike will lead us to commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler monkeys and Dusky Titi monkeys. The overlooks provide excellent photo panaromic 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.
Back to TRC, post dinner, a session to review and edit your photos with tips and expert advice. Overnight at TRC.
Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner.
Early morning start to the macaw clay lick. On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on the large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which is inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located 50m from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, scarlet-blue-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is the most active. If the river is not swollen, thereby reducing the effective beach area, photographers should have plenty opportunities to shoot the typical clay lick from distances of 50-100 meters.
Post breakfast, we trek a 5km trail into the rainforest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos, we will look for squirrel, brown capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys, as well as peccaries. 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 rainforest shots as well as huge portraits of the huge trees that are scattered throughout the forest.
Post lunch, 10 mins upriver from the lodge, is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to 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 be abound, as the lighting and visibility of the pond is excellent and these birds’ habits are predictable over short periods of time.
Dinner and overnight at TRC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Post breakfast, transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Once we reach the lodge and check in, we hike from the lodge to a beautiful growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades. We will demonstrate the whole process the whole process of the rainforest’s sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Post dinner, there is a photo shop and book making workshop. We review and upload your best photos for a photo review session and are introduced to book making software and Photoshop. During the Photoshop workshop, you learn about levels, saturation, image sharpening, resizing, transforming and RAW processing. You also get the chance to enhance some of your favourite images.
You will also be introduced to a book making software which comes with a large variety of pre-designed and customizable layouts, a huge selection of fonts and all the tools you need to make sophisticated book store quality photography books. The software is connected to a print on demand service allowing you to print your book when you are finished.
Dinner and overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner.
Post breakfast, we transfer by boat to the Tambopata River Port, then onto the Puerto Maldonado head quarters to collect your luggage from the safe deposit and head to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination.
Meals included: Breakfast.