September 6th thru 15th 2013
I am so excited to be able to offer this trip! Not only is it a great photo tour but it really is an epic adventure as well. The Jungle here is virtually dripping with subjects to photograph, check out this sampling of just a few of the images I made on my scouting trip last year. Tambopata Gallery
We will travel by motorized canoe up the Tambopata River which serves as the only road deep into the Tambopata National Reserve which is over 3 million acres in size. On our journey up river we will keep our cameras ready as we are certain to encounter many different things to photograph as we travel including, beautiful river scenery, tons of birds, primates, and capybara etc. If we are lucky we could possibly photograph a giant anteater or perhaps even a jaguar or two!
Using a series of three eco-lodges as our base, we will leapfrog our way deep into the Amazon basin. With our final destination being the Tambopata Research Center, arguably the most remote lodge in all of South America! The highlight of this lodge is the largest Macaw clay-lick in the world which was featured in a National Geographic cover story. On most mornings hundreds of Parrots and Macaws gather to ingest clay from the river side cliffs. It is believed they do this to get the minerals they are unable to get in their jungle diet. In addition to the birds, the jungle is filled with other things to photograph including some of the craziest insects I have ever seen. On my scouting trip last year, one of my favorite activities were the night-time jungle walks. You will be hard pressed to even find time to sleep! I strongly suggest a mid-day siesta on this trip. During these nightly walks we found all kind of interesting and unusual things to photograph including what turned out to be a newly discovered spider that builds a decoy spider to fool predators. You can see my trip report here: Tambopata trip report
While in the rainforest, we will be staying in three different award winning eco-lodges. The lodges are designed to keep guests in close contact with the rainforest at all times. Each guest room is built with only three walls, the fourth wall being open to the jungle beyond. In fact, all of the common areas throughout the lodges are built without walls at all! As you sleep, the only thing between you and the jungle is the mosquito netting. You canít imagine what itís like to fall asleep at night to the sounds of the jungle, then the following morning to be awakened by howler monkeys calling in the distance!
The food at all the lodges is excellent and there is plenty of it which is quite a feat since everythingÖ absolutely everything, has to be brought up the river.