Join a Photography Safari with Guide Leonide Principe
Our primary focus is to photograph the unique Amazon rainforest ecosystem, especially Amazon rainforest animals and plants. Nature and wildlife photography in the Amazon 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.
Available from July to October.
Expedition leader Leonide Principe, founder of Amazon Stock Photography brings more than 20 years of experience photographing and exploring the Amazon region. As a professional photographer with several published books and the recently launched “Ariau Amazon Towers” app for iPhone, Leonide shares his knowledge and skills, uniquely indispensable for this particular terrain; patience, observation, non-interference ethics, the study of frameworks, shooting angles, and the use of natural light in the rainforest as well as flash.
Jaú National Park
Includes Anavilhanas Archipelago
The largest fresh water forest park in the world still guards enigmas yet to be revealed. Because the Jaú National Park has relatively complicated caess, its paths, waterfalls, and creeks are not heavily explored by tourist. Monkeys, sloths, dolphins, pacas and birds can be observed on jungle nights, or in the river close to sunset. Riverside communities, with genuine Northern Brazilian charm, provide the huma touch in a region where nature still runs the show.
- - Experience one of the finest wildlife photography vistas on the planet, accompanied by one of the world’s top photo guides and expert in Amazon photography, Leonide Principe.
- - Walk with and photograph local inhabitants (Caboclos) in the Amazon as they share their ancient wisdom and vanishing way of life.
From our well-equipped expedition house boat, we explore far up the Amazon’s least-inhabited river, The Rio Negro. We explore the forest by foot or in our launches; we go for swims in the world’s purest waters, visit with local settlers who reside deep in the forest, and spend a great deal of time hunting for and observing the greatest selection wildlife on earth.
We arrive at Rio Jauaperi, an extraordinary river located in the Brazilian State of Roraima. Born in the hills of Acaraí (Tumucumaque system) bordering Guyana and emptying into the Black River. The Jauaperi and its tributaries bathe an area of primary forest, where there are still many alligators, otters, dolphins and manatees. The region is considered of high importance for biodiversity conservation – an unspoiled and lovely area of the rainforest.
Today we proceed down the southwestern bank of the Rio Negro, observing the different wildlife found on this side of the river. Our walks and explorations of the forest continue and our list of creatures observed gets larger and larger.
Today we visit the village of Novo Airão. We will walk through the streets and marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. We travel through the night to the confluence of the Amazon and Negro Rivers.
This morning we visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, where the thick brown water of the Amazon River flows swiftly through the forest. This area is thick with life and we are almost guaranteed to see monkeys. We then travel to the “Encontro das Aguas” the stark several-mile-long line where the world’s two largest rivers – the Amazon and the Negro – join in a turbulent maelstrom. In the afternoon we will return to Manaus and passengers disembark from the houseboat. In the evening, we transfer our guests to the international airport to check in to a hotel or catch a flight home.
What do our customers say?
The expedition leader, Leonide, is a fine observator and a very skilled photographer. He knows deeply the Amazon forrest.
Meeting of the Waters
The point where two Brazilian rivers meet - but do not merge - to form the Amazon, is one of the finest sights in a region of wonders.
Cultural City Tour
Our guided excursions provide wonderful opportunities to discover the richness of ancient Amazon culture, with tours through traditional marketplace, visits to indigenous villages, and exotic activities.
Scientific City Tour
Tropical Tree Climbing films aloft in the Amazon rainforest’s tree canopies
We are specialists in designing and rigging a variety of aerial systems capable of moving manned and remote cameras around at significant heights in a safe and controlled manner.
With our technical rigging experience and photographic expertise, we can help you achieve a new dimension in filmmaking with stunning results. In addition to the cameras and operators that must go aloft, Tropical Tree Climbing is responsible for safety support at these heights.
Our notable recent productions include:
- Aventura Selvagem with Richard Rasmussen - SBT TV.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites - National Geographic.
- The Amazon - MBC TV from Korea.
- Doing Business in Brazil - Discover Brazil from Canada.
- Tree Climbing Documentary - Preve Films.
- Harpy Eagle Project - INPA (National Institute for Amazonian Research).
- Globo Reporter - Globo TV.
- Amazon Aerial Plants Project - Amazon Government.
- Fordlândia - MK Gallery.
- And many others!