Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Maldonado; meet your expert photography guide who will provide you with an introduction on how to use your equipment and tips for photographing wildlife in the Amazon in regards to weather, best time of day to shoot, use of blinds, etc. A 45 minute boat transfer brings you to Posada Amazonas lodge, within the local Infierno community's private reserve. After settling in, you'll attend your first photo workshop, an introduction to photography, where subjects such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed are covered as well as special techniques that work well in the jungle environment. Dinner is followed by a night walk, a great opportunity to photograph a variety of insects and frogs, as well as familiarize yourself with shooting in low light. Overnight at Posada Amazonas. [LD]
Day 2: Oxbow lakes are a haven for wildlife in the Amazon and this morning you will spend time at Tres Chimbadas, searching for and photographing the giant river otters, caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers that call the lake home. From the sturdy platform of your catamaran, you will have opportunities to photograph majestic trees and play with water reflections. Midday transfer by boat to the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) The afternoon is spent hiking along trails overlooking the Tambopata River, searching the forest for howler and dusky titi monkeys to photograph. On a clear day you may even be able to capture the snow-capped Andes in the distance. Toucans, guans and chachalacas are also frequently seen. Post dinner you'll spend time reviewing and editing your photos under the guidance of your photographer guide. Overnight at TRC. [BLD]
Day 3: Rise at dawn and depart for a nearby beach, located across the river from a clay like that regularly attracts dozens of large macaws and hundreds of bright parrots. This raucous and colorful spectacle inspired a National Geographic cover story on macaws and you'll have plenty of opportunities to shoot a variety of clay lick photographs from a distance of 50-100 meters. The rest of the day is filled with outings to the floodplain forest to work on general rainforest landscape shots. composition and portraits of the huge trees. In the afternoon, you'll venture to a nearby stable platform in the middle of a wildlife rich pond where you'll be able to shoot a variety of waterfowl amidst great visibility and lighting. Return to the TRC for dinner and overnight. [BLD]
Day 4: Morning boat ride to a third lodge, Refugio Amazonas. Travel time in the boat takes about 3.5 hours and the morning hours are some of the best times for spotting wildlife along the river's edge. This is when you may see jaguars or pumas coming down to the river for a drink. Arrive at Refugio Amazonas and embark on a short hike to a beautiful old growth patch of forest where Brazil Nuts, the rain-forest's only sustainable product, have been harvested for decades. Learn about the harvest process then return to the lodge for dinner and a final guided photo review and editing session. This lecture will delve further into Photoshop where you learn about levels, saturation, image sharpening and RAW processing among other techniques you can apply to enhance your favorite images. You'll also be introduced to bookmaking software to publish and print your own high-quality photography book. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas. [BLD]
Day 5: After breakfast depart the lodge and retrace your river boat journey back to Puerto Maldonado. Here you'll collect any stored luggage and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. [B]
Price: $1,900 per person for double occupancy, $2,120 per person for single occupancy. A $60 per person national park entrance fee is additional and charged in advance.