AMAZON BIRDING AND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Amazon birding and photography tour

9-day tour

The Amazon birding and photography tour explores, in 9 days, the incredible biodiversity of South-Eastern Peruvian Amazonia. This tour focuses on birds, landscapes, and occasionally mammals and big reptiles.

Our Amazon birding and photography tour goes to the Tambopata National Reserve. The protected area expands over 1,000 square miles of Amazonian rainforest, oxbow lakes, and flooded forest. Moreover, this large area of different habitats protected in the reserve is home to more than 100 species of mammals, some 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and other plants.

We stay at the beautiful Posada Amazonas Lodge for 2 nights. Here, we will explore the different habitats around the lodge, looking for Giant River Otters, caimans, and the rare Dwarf Caiman. We also climb to the top of the canopy tower, an excellent place to photograph birds like macaws, raptors, toucans, woodpeckers, and others. Several trails around the lodge worth the hike for manakins, trogons, trumpeteers, and other wildlife photography opportunities.

Likewise, the Amazon birding and photography tour goes to the incredibly biodiverse Tambopata Research Center lodge. Certainly, a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers in Peruvian Amazonia. We will have fabulous views of the forest from the canopy tower. Also, during the tour we visit a large the macaw clay lick, and an oxbow lake looking for tapirs, anacondas, and jaguars.

While returning to the city of Puerto Maldonado we stay one night at Refugio Amazonas lodge. Here, we might see and photograph Harpy Eagles.

The Amazon Birding and Photography tour is an excellent opportunity to photograph the superb natural life of the Amazon.

Your holidays and nature conservancy: Cheqa Peru SRL, owner of Green Tours, will donate 50 US$ of its benefits per participant to “Asociación Green Tours” to support local nature conservancy initiatives.

Details and itinerary

PRICES:

Per person on double occupancy: US$ 3,600.oo

Single suppl.: US$ 665.oo

Private departures under request, ask for a quotation.

ABOUT THE TRIP:

Duration: 9 Days

Fixed Departure: November 8, 2022

Bookings close 90 days prior to departure

Group Size: 4 to 6 people

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Lima

Overnight at Wyndham Airport Hotel.

Meals: None.

Lima – Puerto Maldonado

Morning flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado. There, we will be transferred to the Tambopata River port. At the river port we will take a boat to take us upriver to Posada Amazonas. During the boat trip we will have the chance to photograh birds like Pied Lapwing, Amazonian Oropendola, Collared Plover, and more. Picnic-lunch before getting on the boat.

We will be arriving to the lodge by mid-afternoon.

Afternoon hike along one of the several trails around the lodge, looking for Spix’s Guan, Amazonian Motmot, Pale-winged Trumpeter, and more.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Amazon birding and photography tour - Collared Plover

 

Posada Amazonas lodge

Before breakfast, the Amazon Birding tour visits to the canopy tower. Many of the trees in the Peruvian Amazon grow to heights of 100 feet or more, so the experience of watch colorful birds and another rainforest wildlife at eye-level is just outstanding.

Then, we will visit the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Once there, we will be searching for a resident family of Giant River Otters. Other interesting wildlife to photograph are Black Caiman, Horned Screamer, Scarlet Macaws, and more.

Afterwards, we depart on a short hike in a bamboo patch near Tres Chimbadas Lake. We will be trying to photograph bamboo specialists like Peruvian Recurvebill, White-cheeked Tody-tyrant, and many others.

After lunch we can spend the afternoon birding the trails around the lodge.

Overnight at Posada Amazonas lodge.

Meals: Picnic-breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Amazon birding and photography tour - Curl-crested Aracari

Posada Amazonas Lodge – Tambopata Research Center lodge (TRC)

Today we will go by boat to Tambopata Research Center. During the boat trip we could photograph Large-billed Tern, Razor-billed Curassow. Every now and then macaws, toucans and raptors will be spotted flying above us. Also, Ocelots, jaguars and tapirs could be seen on the river banks.

Picnic-lunch on the boat. We will be arriving to the lodge by late afternoon.

Overnight at TRC Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Tambopata Research Center

During these three days we will explore different kind of forest habitats.

The Macaw clay lick is the largest of the country, where hundreds of parrots and macaws congregate daily. Among them, we could find Red-and-green, Blue-and-yellow and Scarlet Macaws. Ocelots can come to the clay lick hunting for big birds.

Floodplain and Terra Firme Forest. We explore the trails on these two kind of habitats hoping to photograph anacondas and jaguars. There is also a great diversity of birds like Trogons, Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Manakins, and more. Mixed species flocks are especially diverse in the understory of the Terra Firme forest. On the flooded trails it is also possible to photograph Rufescent Tiger-Heron and Agami Heron.

Riparian Habitat. This is the habitat of the legendary Rufous-fronted Antthrush, we could also find Blackish Antbird, Lemon-throated Barbet.

Night walks. We will venture out near the lodge trying to find Great Potoo, Long tailed Potoo, or Crested Owl.

Overnight at TRC lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Amazon birding and photography tour - Agami Heron

Tambopata Research Center – Refugio Amazonas

Early morning transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas lodge, where we will be arriving at around noon.

In the afternoon we will be birding and taking photographs at a relaxed pace around the lodge. We will most likely find birds like Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Barred Antshrike, Solitary Cacique, and others.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic-lunch, dinner.

Amazon birding and photography tour - Barred Antshrike

Refugio Amazonas – Puerto Maldonado

Morning transfer to Puerto Maldonado, before heading to the airport we will have a typical farewell lunch in the native community of Infierno.

Then, transfer to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

TRAVEL TIPS & RECOMENDATIONS:

Weather

Generally, weather is warm and humid. The average temperatures during day-time are between 78°F and 93°F (24°C and 31°C). During night-time, lower temperatures are between 66°F and 78°F (20°C and 24°C). From May through September cold fronts could drop day-time temperatures down to 50° F (9° C), and night-time temperatures low around 43° F (5° C). The rainy season goes from November through April. During this time there usually are heavy rains that can last for hours or even days.

Time Zone

Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. Also, it is in the same time zone as US Eastern Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight-savings time.

Immunizations

If you are not fully vaccinated, a negative Covid-19 test is required. It shoud be taken at least 72 hours before entering the country. Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended but not mandatory.

Electricity

220 volts in all cities. All lodges do have electricity three times per day: from 6hrs to 8hrs - from 12hrs to 14hrs - from 17hrs to 22hrs (referential time).

Physical effort

People should be in good physical condition to do hikes in the humid Amazonian forest for up to 4 hours. Also, people should be able to climb step stairs, and step in and out of boats and canoes with any problem.

PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might change depending on room's availability).
  • Transportation: Private boat for all tours inside the reserve (you will have a shared bus to get in and out of the river port in Puerto Maldonado, and a shared boat to get in and out of each lodge).
  • English speaking bird guide.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves.
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses.

PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:

International or domestic flights, reconfirmation of flights, visa fees, airport taxes, excess luggage charges, additional nights during the trip due reasons beyond our control, bottled water, alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, phone calls or messages, any kind of travel insurance, and items of personal nature.

If you want us to include the internal flights within Peru just let us know.

All itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (e.g. weather).

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions.

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