Amazon Photo Adventure

Inspiring you to see and photograph nature and wildlife in new and different ways

Improve your photography skills during our Amazon Photo Adventure led by nature & wildlife professional photographer Leonide Principe.

Inspired by our Amazon Jungle Immersion journey, the Amazon Photo Adventure is designed for photographers of all levels and improve the most of photographic opportunities. Our primary focus is to photograph the unique Amazon rainforest ecosystem, especially Amazon fauna and flora of terra firma (highland). Nature and wildlife photography in the rainforest is an activity that combines artistic challenge, photographic examination and physical endurance, in addition to orientation skills, and a knowledge of nature and navigation of terrain and footpaths thru the Amazon rainforest.

Overview

Itinerary

Add-Ons

Prices & Info

Availability: May-Oct

Departures: On Demand

Guide to Guest Ratio: 1:6

 

Journey Highlights

During this journey you will spend time learning:

> Macro subjects, such as Leaf-Cutter Ants and orchids

> On-camera flash and off-camera fill-flash expertly

> Participants may have opportunities morning, noon, and night to photograph few species of monkeys as well as the many other animals

> Bird photographers will be delighted as there is an enormous variety of tropical birds that live in the rainforest jungle

> You will observe and photograph Toucans, Parrots, Hummingbirds and even Macaws

> Many other animals may present themselves, such as tapirs, coatis and peccaries, to name just a few

> Evening programs will cover various photographic topics including shutter speed and aperture, flash techniques, composition, and many others

What Makes Us Unique

Intimate small groups

We like to think of small group holidays as the best way to explore the Amazon Rainforest. That’s why we limit our group to no more than 7 travelers. For a more unique, quite, personal experience of wildlife and solitude, we spend more time in each spot, so you can explore, relax and unwind at your own pace.

Tree Climbing Knowledge and Group Training

No prior climbing experience is necessary. Ascending the tree is comparable to hiking a steep trail with a day pack. Our expert guides outfit you in specially designed tree climbing harnesses appropriately adjusted for your personal size. When the climb takes place, our guides will provide for the adequate training of members during the initial phase of the journey.

Before you embark on an experience with us, we ask about your medical information. From this point, Tropical Tree Climbing’s team evaluates the best way to give each customer the best experience and help them enjoy the canopy climbs as much as possible.

Journey Experts

Accompanying each journey is a diverse team of experts–from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture.

Tropical Tree Climbing is Wildlife Conservation Society Partner

Working in alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tropical Tree Climbing also aims to leave behind a positive legacy, from supporting conservation projects in the Amazon – such as jaguar population monitoring and ecological research – to joining an international effort to safeguard the third largest cat in the world, by exploring, surveying, and establishing jungle protected areas.

Day1 – Depart from Manaus

Arrival and Accommodation

At 9:00 a.m. you will be met at the hotel by your naturalist guide and transferred by car to the Tropical Tree Climbing headquarters – 667 acres of natural rainforest within the environmental protection area of Cave of the Maruaga and located at Km 144 of the highway BR 174 (direction Manaus-Boa Vista), in the township of Presidente Figueiredo (the same road that leads to Venezuela). It’s about a two-hour drive and along the journey, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest. You’ll arrive to a warm welcome at the Tropical Tree Climbing Guest House. Meet for an orientation snack with our team.

In order to spend more time in the jungle, we serve only two main meals: breakfast and a lunch or dinner. We are happy to provide snacks in between those meals and fresh fruits are always available for your convenience with no additional costs.

Afternoon Experience, Meet for Classroom Instruction

The afternoon session will cover topics and specifics on working with digital photography and will prepare you for the photo assignment and go over techniques on the field.

Topics include:

• Technique presentations—getting back to basics;

• Composition, moment, light;

• How to work with flash, lenses, tripods;

• Making great pictures: methods for better travel photography.

Enjoy your dinner at our Guest House. Every evening, for all our guests interested in learning more on their own, there is opportunity to spend the evening exploring the area around the homestay – learning more about the local life in the jungle.

Day2 – Exploring the Tree Tops – Outdoor Photo Assignment

Morning/Afternoon Experience, Wilderness Tree Climbing

Prepare for an exciting tree climbing adventure! From our Guest House you will embark on a guided walk along a trail that meanders underneath the Amazon rainforest’s thick canopy. Our tree climbing adventure begins with an Angelim Tree (Dinizia Excelsa), ranging from 200 feet tall, specially selected for your adventure. You’ll receive thorough instructions in tree climbing techniques, and your guide will be alongside you as you ascend into the canopy. Once high up in the tree, there will be a canvas hammock waiting for you to rest, relax and observe life from a bird’s eye view. Ahhh… we call this Tree Time! The canvas hammock is safely and securely tied to the tree and your safety rope remains locked and secured, permitting you to relax and enjoy your experience in this marvelous tree top canopy.

The forest is transformed completely during the night, the sounds and smells are intensified and other senses are awakened. On this night experience, unlike others, our guests find the beauty in the small details, the croaking of frogs or the hum of insects. And if you turn off your flashlight you can observe the sparkling of fireflies in the woods, or hear the flutter of bats – and if you look carefully to the ground, you might see the faint glow of bioluminescent fungi surrounding you. When you turn on the lights again you can see the reflection of hundreds of tiny eyes of insects all around. As we come down from the tree and continue our way to the Guest House you can hear the call of cicadas, owls and other night birds. No doubt, this is an overwhelming experience. Enjoy your evening dinner at our Guest House.

Evening Experience, Interactive Workshop with Participants

Evening class will be devoted to reviewing and discussing images taken during the outdoor photo assignments. You will be asked to download your photographs on your computer. Prepare a selection of images from your photo assignments, that can be projected in the classroom.

Day3 – Exploring the Jungle – Outdoor Photo Assignment

Morning Experience, Edible Forest Gardening

We will gather at the guest house before heading over to the Edible Forest Gardening-experience in the “Garden”. This trail starts at the side of the main road, across areas where the forest is regenerating and there is large patches of pristine forest. For this reason this trail is ideal to show the ecological succession processes and the importance of forest conservation for the Amazon region. In the Garden we consciously apply the principles of ecology to the design of home scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function for our food production systems. Learn how the locals use the plants and fruits of the jungle on this cultural excursion. Experience local tradition, and learn about Amazon history and culture. Enjoy your evening dinner at our Guest House.

Afternoon Experience, Wilderness Living Skills

Venture out into the jungle for a great opportunity to spot unusual insects and animals. Leonide Principe will lead you on a special excursion to the rainforest for an afternoon of shooting opportunities to include photographing people, subjects in motion, challenges of light, color and composition. Enjoy your dinner at our Guest House.

Evening Experience – Interactive Workshop with Participants

Evening class will be devoted to reviewing and discussing images taken during the outdoor photo assignments. You will be asked to download your photographs on your computer. Prepare a selection of images from your photo assignments, that can be projected in the classroom.

Day4 – Hike to a Waterfall – Outdoor Photo Assignment

Morning/Afternoon Experience, Presidente Figueiredo

We will leave the Guest House and make a drive of just 30 km, for a refreshing visit to a rainforest waterfall. The hike to the waterfall then takes 10 minutes, and the landscape is beautiful – with moss-covered trees, bromelias and orchids everywhere. This trail ends with a beautiful waterfall – over 10 m high. On your way back to the Guest House, discover some amazing local art, tapestries, books, bows, arrows and other one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Waimiri Atrorari’s indigenous store, located in the small town of Presidente Figueiredo. Enjoy your dinner at our Guest House.

Evening Experience – Interactive Workshop with Participants

Evening class will be devoted to reviewing and discussing images taken during the outdoor photo assignments. You will be asked to download your photographs on your computer. Prepare a selection of images from your photo assignments, that can be projected in the classroom. Final Technique Presentations.

Day5 – Return to Manaus

Rise and shine to enjoy your breakfast at the Guest House. From here, you will return to Manaus at 9:00 am. We will drive you to the hotel in Manaus, or to catch your flight home. End of our services.

Itinerary Modifications

The weather in Amazon is unpredictable. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on safety/weather operational considerations.

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R$ 5.820,00 R$ 4.600,00 R$ 3.770,00

Prices are per person based on single, double or triple occupancy and are given in Brazilian Reais. Prices in US Dollar, Euro or other currency will depend on the exchange rate of the day. Children under 11 stay for free at Tropical Tree Climbing Guest House. Maximum two children per room when sharing with one or two adults. Condition subject to change without prior notice. Limited availability. Not valid with other promotions.

For a family and group of friends, please contact us.

Included

4 Nights at the Tropical Tree Climbing Guest House based on single, double or triple occupancy; English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French speaking specialist guide, with you 24/7; Daily breakfast, snacks, dinner; All ground transfers as indicated in the itinerary; Drinking water and juices; Standard wine, beer or caipirinha included with dinners; Basic equipment for the excursion; Photography tuition; Personal insurance. The journey cost includes a direct donation to the Amazon Jaguar Conservation Project, which is used to finance research and educational projects for local communities.

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Not Included

Flight tickets and local airport taxes; Add-ons, Activities, accommodations and transfers not listed in the itinerary; Soft drinks and snacks not served with the lunch included at the Tropical Tree Climbing Guest House; Photo equipment and binoculars – please bring your own; Voluntary tipping of guides and staff; Personal nature items (laundry, souvenirs, etc.); Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, lost baggage or any other.

How to Book

For availability, please check at Reservation page and request your 5-Day Amazon Photo Adventure. Our guests can choose between to pay a deposit amount of 30% or pay the full stay price to book an accommodation. If you opt to pay a deposit, final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. If your booking is made within 45 days of departure, the entire tour cost must be paid when we confirm the trip with you.

Starting / Finishing Point

The journey starts with pick ups and ends with drop offs in the City of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil. We do recommend that you arrive a day early into Manaus before coming to Tropical Tree Climbing. The regular pick up (hotel) for this journey is latest 9:00 am and the drop off on morning is 11:00 am at the earliest or according to the flight schedules. If you opt to come directly to the Guest House the same day that you arrive into Manaus, a private transfer must be hired with additional cost. If you opt to depart Manaus the same day that you leave the Guest House your departing flight from Manaus to home will need to be no earlier than 12:30pm-1:00pm.

Solo Travelers

If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether we find a roommate to share with you. This is subject to availability. Contact us for details.