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  • Pro Cameras and Lenses Included
  • Two nights at the Tambopata Research Center
  • Visit Macaw clay licks, two oxbow lakes and a jungle tower
  • Visit All 3 of our lodges for great photography opportunities
  • Learn to use pro equipment to get the best photos

Photograph Tambopatas abundant wildlife from all three of the amazons premier ecolodges. Highlights include photographing Howler monkeys, Giant River Otters, Scarlet macaws, Hoatzin birds, capybara and leafcutter ants, as well as a newly discovered species of spider. The trip includes all photography equipment, cameras and lenses.

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Rainforest Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour

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A huge bummer both for the missed experience and financial loss. January 2017

  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
The staff at Rainforest Expeditions were awesome at helping us set up our trip. When we arrived in Lima we could not wait to catch our flight to Puerto Maldanado and explore the rainforest. Unfortunately, we were traveling during rainy season and were delayed 2 days from getting to Cusco where the layover was required to get to Puerto Maldanado.
Because of limited travel time, this caused us to have to cancel our entire trip to the rainforest. There is a clause in the fine print when you pay for your Rainforest Expedition experience that states they will NOT reimburse you due to cancelled flights even if they are caused by weather.
"I understand that RFE is not responsible for changes in air travel due to cancellations, delays or other events are not under its control and will not make RFE financially responsible for those acts."
Just make sure you read everything and perhaps choose LAN as opposed to other domestic airlines like Star Peru or Peruvian Airlines. We were not even partially reimbursed for any of our travel plans in the rainforest. It was definitely a huge bummer both for the missed experience and financial loss.
I realize there's prep work involved before any stay, but we were honestly shocked after the outstanding hospitality we'd received on the front end that there was absolutely NO reimbursement, not even partial offered after our unfortunate travel experience.
Wish we had gotten the experience. Hope you enjoy yours! Just proceed with caution before payment.
Visited January 2016
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Unforgettable experience! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I went to Tambopata Research Center with a very special group in 1995. It was the best trip I have ever made! Oscelots on the trail, howler monkeys in the night, clay lick before dawn, macaws tearing up your camera equipment and mucho wildlife in the fruiting fig trees.... Yes. I would go back in a heartbeat. We even got to go on a night time fishing expedition with the local guys. An experience I will never forget.
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Thank you for the wonderful adventure! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thank you for the 3D/2N Posada Amazonas adventure I participated with my friends in October 2013, it remains as one of the highlights of our Peru trip. It was a truly organic experience the really inspired me to be increasingly aware of my environment and sustainability. Not only were the accommodations comfortable, we were still infused with the wilderness; we saw several animals (monkeys, lizards, birds) just laying in our hammock in the room. The food buffets were absolutely delicious and the fruit amazingly sweet and fresh. The most impactful part of the experience is interacting with the staff and natives, they were all so friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour guide Robin would make sure that everyone could see each wild animal we encountered on our treks, and when I asked a question on the juice we were drinking one lunch, he just went directly to the kitchen to grab the fruit to show us. I was in a group with my friends, and he even invited us to a competitive soccer game with the other staff!! Everyone was so incredibly talented and friendly to us, we never wanted to leave!
This Peruvian Amazon adventure is a must-try if you ever find yourself in the Peru region. And if you're agile and know your way around a soccer field, see if you can join these fine people in a friendly match -- you'll have your work cut out for you
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April, a big fan January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had 2 great guides, Frank and Fabrizio. They helped us see some great birds, Cayman, butterflies Capybara and snakes. Very knowledgeable and caring of the environment and took great care of us also. I will be going to the lodge again well worth the trip and the price.
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Great work Rainforest Expeditions!!! August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
One of the most great experience in my live. This year traveling with my kids ( 9 and 12 ) during 5 nights / 6 days was an special project become a reality. Great work Rainforest Expeditions!!!

Operator Rainforest Expeditions



Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Posada Amazonas

Arrival & Reception by Photography Guide Because, photography in the rainforest requires a lot of patience and luck, our photography guides help with your equipment, provide subtle tips for improved use of blinds and maximize breaks with the weather and wildlife.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. 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 us keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve.

Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips

Introduction to Photography Lecture

After lunch we will have a presentation about basic photography. Subjects such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed will be covered. We will also learn about some specialized photographic techniques and see some samples.

Night Photography

Night walks are great for photographing insects and frogs. We may be able to find praying mantis, cicadas, leaf mimicking grasshoppers as well as huge toads, shiny green tree frogs and bizarre horned frogs.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tambopata Research Center

Photography at Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake

Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. 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 lakeside 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. Although otters are frequently seen, the distances at which they are sighted usually do not make for good photography.

Transfer Boat - Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center Six and a half hours by boat from Posada Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center. As we cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, we will leave the final 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.

Chuncho Clay Lick Three hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) 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 the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.


Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

Photography from Overlooks

A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks 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 Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. The overlooks provide excellent panoramic 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 eyelevel at 30-50 yards with large turkey-like birds called guans and chachalacas, or toucans, or macaws roosting on the trees.

After dinner we gather around to review and edit our photos.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tambopata Research Center

Macaw Clay Lick Photography from the Beach

On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. If the river is not swollen, thereby reducing the effective beach area, photographers should have plenty of opportunities to shoot the typical clay lick photographs from distances of 50-100 meters.

Photography in the floodplain forest

This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos we will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. TRC is located within this habitat. 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 rain forest shots as well as portraits of the huge trees that are scattered throughout this forest.

Photography on the Pond Platform

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place for the late afternoon where we whiddle away the remains of the day as we 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 abound, as the lighting and visibility of the pond is excellent and these birds´ habits are predictable over short periods of time.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Amazonas

Transfer Boat - TRC to Refugio Amazonas A three and a half hour boat ride brings us to Refugio Amazonas.

Brazil Nut Trail and Camp A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.

Photoshop and Bookmaking Workshop

We again review and upload our best photos for a photo review session and are introduced to book making software and Photoshop.

During the Photoshop part of the lecture we learn about levels, saturation, image sharpening, resizing, transforming and RAW processing. We also get the chance to enhance some of our favorite images.

We are also introduced to bookmaking 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 bookstore quality photography books. The software is connected to a print on demand service allowing you to print your book when you are finished.


Meals: Breakfast

Transfer Boat - Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port

Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,294

Price Per Day:

$ 459 per day
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • All meals
  • Accommodations
  • All river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
Trip Excludes
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks
  • Insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages
  • Items of personal nature
Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Puerto Maldonado
End City
Puerto Maldonado

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