Amazon Wildlife Photography Workshop, Peru

Amazon Wildlife Photography Workshop, Peru

Join this photographic adventure in the depth of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest! During this wildlife photo tour you’ll have the chance to explore this magical jungle through your lens, photographing jaguars, monkeys, mammals and a variety of bird species and colourful insects. Lovers of reptiles are in the right place, too, with great chances of spotting caimans, snakes, and frogs. The rainforest allows for different types of photography, including macro photography, and you can expect to go home with an impressive portfolio of images. 

During your adventurous daily walks through the rainforest, you’ll be accompanied by Mark Fernley, a professional wildlife photographer. He’ll help you improve your skills, and offer tutoring on a personal level. You can work on your technical skills, composition, and post production skills. Photographers of all levels are welcome, as you can work at your own pace. 

During the tour, your accommodation will be an eco-lodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, completely immersed in lush vegetation and animal sounds. The bedrooms are thatched bungalows on raised wooden platforms, each with a private bathroom and a porch. It’s a comfortable base in a truly stunning setting.

By taking part in this workshop, you will also support wildlife conservation causes in the Amazon, as you’ll be able to donate part of your images to campaigns that raise awareness on the need to protect the local flora and fauna and that call for action and donations. However, you’ll keep the copyright to your images, so this is a great and cost-free opportunity for you to positively impact the Amazon rainforest.

 

Key Information

  • Price £2590
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 5+
  • Date 25/07/2021 - 04/08/2021
  • Date 16/08/2021 - 26/08/2021
  • Date 18/05/2022 - 28/05/2022
  • Date 01/06/2022 - 11/06/2022
  • Date 20/07/2022 - 30/07/2022
  • Date 03/08/2022 - 13/08/2022

Highlights

  • Plenty of photographic opportunities of wildlife in the Amazonian jungle
  • Constant photographing tutoring by wildlife photographer Mark Fernley
  • Accommodation in eco-lodge in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by wildlife
  • Photograph large mammals, such as jaguar, tapir, and capybara, or birds, insects and reptiles

Itinerary

Day 1: We’ll welcome you at Puerto Maldonado airport and drive you to your lodge from the night, just a look from Madre de Dios River. On that very same night, we’ll start discussing the adventure ahead, including a health and safety briefing. A great dinner will then follow.

Day 2: Early in the morning we’ll leave to reach our workshop base: a remote lodge in the middle of the jungle. Since we’ll be mostly traveling by boat today, you’ll have a great deal of wildlife photography opportunities; if we’re lucky, we may spot capybara, caiman, turtles, and perhaps even a jaguar. We’ll then head to our lodge in the afternoon and settle in. 

Day 3 - 5: During these days, we’ll explore the jungle around us, starting each day with an early 30-minute boat ride to two oxbow lakes. You can expect to see giant river otters feeding on yellow bellied parana, monkeys jumping around in the trees, caimans on the river beds, and much more. Following lunch at the lodge, we’ll go for a walk through the jungle, shooting animals like squirrel monkeys, red howler monkeys, macaws, and toucans, but we will also be looking for large spiders, snakes, and colorful frogs. Finally, a well-deserved 3-course dinner with views on the river will await us at the lodge to end our day.

An optional night walk will be available each night, to give you the chance to photograph sleeping birds, frogs, insects and more, with and without flash. You can learn the “painting with light” technique now, if you’re interested.

Day 6 & 7: For these two days, our focus will be on macro photography opportunities. So, we’ll set off for the jungle on foot and learn how to obtain amazing close up shots of animals like frogs, spiders, snakes, and lots of small creepy crawlies. We’ll then take part in a boat trip up the Tambopata River to try and catch the pumas and caimans at sunset. Finally, at the end of the day you’ll have the chance to practice macro night photography during a night walk in the jungle.

Day 8: We’ll spend the morning on a lookout tower, a vantage point that will allow us to get strategic views of the animals moving around the forest canopy. You’ll be getting very close shots of monkeys and birds, including the marvellous harpy eagle. We’ll then enjoy a photography walk through the forest after lunch.

Day 9 & 10: We’ll be spending most of these two days at a hide offering interesting photographic opportunities of some animals such as the red and green macaws and a variety of birds.

Day 11: On your last day, we’ll join a three-hour boat journey on the river, heading back to Puerto Maldonando. This will be your last chance for spotting and shooting the Amazon wildlife; take the most out of it! You’ll then take your flight home in the afternoon or, alternatively, stay in Puerto Maldonado for the night and catch a flight the following day.

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