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Photographing Wild Amazon

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With expert guidance from our professional photographer Leonide Principe, learn to capture images of rainforest wildlife, brilliant birds and lush flora on this tropical wilderness adventure.

This Amazon photography tour offer you a chance to combine a spectacular vacation with a wonderful creative learning experience. Our casual format provides a unique blend of hands-on learning techniques and skills mastered over many years. Whether you are a beginner, an enthusiast or a semi-pro, we invite you to join us on a truly amassing adventures of a lifetime.

Inspired by our Amazon Nature Experience journey, this Amazon photography tour is designed for nature 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.

Journey Highlights

> Macro subjects, such as leaf-cutter ants and orchids
> On-camera flash and off-camera fill-flash expertly
> Participants may have opportunities 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
> Visit our biological research station to learn about conservation from active scientists and explore the rainforest on a naturalist-guided photo adventure

Why Travel With Us?

Most Travelers Never See the Real Brazilian Amazon. With Us, You Will.

  1. Visit the Less-Traveled Northern Amazon

    Our unusual itineraries focuses on more remote destinations away from the standard tourist track. Here, we’re surrounded by pristine tropical rainforest within an 667-acre private biological reserve. Casual tourists—even those who have been to Amazon many times with other tour operators—rarely see this unspoiled region that’s just about 144 kilometers from the city of Manaus.

  2. Small Groups Mean the Best Experiences

    Our journeys accommodate smaller groups with a maximum of 7 guests each for hiking and tree climbing excursions who are cared for by our professional crew. While other companies may offer groups space on trips with more people, this is the most intimate family-based Amazon experience out there. You’ll share wondrous nature encounters with a few other guests who share your passion for the natural world.

  3. Organic Fresh Home-Style Cuisine

    Tropical Tree Climbing generates approximately 50-70% of food for us and guests onsite. The kitchen is on a raised and open platform, fully equipped with a wood stove and oven. We harvest seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits by hand, all within walking distance of our kitchen. The processing that occurs between our farm and kitchen is minimal, but the attention to detail is extensive and ensures freshness and quality. Needless to say, it also greatly reduces waste. Just take a peek into our kitchen. It’s easy, as the open layout invites you to watch us work!

  4. 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. Not only do they undergo rigorous guide training, including resources from WCS scientists, they are also chosen for their ease with children and ability to relate to younger travelers.

  5. Make Your Own Adventure

    Even our scheduled departures are created for small groups, since that’s how nature travel is best experienced. But a custom trip takes this a step further: Your private adventure is explicitly tailored to your group’s needs and interests, whether you’re traveling with immediate family, several generations, a group of friends or business associates.

  6. Tropical Tree Climbing is a Wildlife Conservation Society Partner

    Working in alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tropical Tree Climbing also aims to leave behind a positive legacy by supporting conservation projects in the Amazon. From March 2018, this effort goes into overdrive and our jungle lodge is packed with botanists, zoologists, entomologists, veterinarians – a diversity of biologists doing exciting field research. Lead inventories that engage guests and scientists, an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time to help catalog for creating a future nature reserve.


Day 1 – Depart from Manaus

Arrival and Accommodation

At 9:00 a.m. you will be met at the hotel by your naturalist guide in Manaus 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 Jungle Lodge. 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. Not to worry. There’s plenty of fresh fruit (and other snacks) so your family will not go hungry!

The lodge, tucked deep within the rainforest, is owned and operated by a family as a venture that will allow them to share the wonders of the Amazon with visitors while at the same time preserving the environment.

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 evening dinner at our jungle lodge.
(Day 1: BL, D)

Evening Experience

Every evening, for all our guests interested in learning more on their own, there is an opportunity to spend the evening exploring the area around the jungle lodge – 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 lodge 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 Amazon nature 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 bio luminescent 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 lodge 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 jungle lodge.

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.
(Day 2: B, BL, D)

Day3 – Exploring the Rainforest – Outdoor Photo Assignment

Morning Experience, Edible Forest Gardening

We will gather at the jungle lodge 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 are 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 nature, history and culture.

Afternoon Experience, Wilderness Living Skills

Venture out into the jungle with your local guide for a great opportunity to spot unusual insects and animals. You and your guide have the day to explore the forest, and focus on living in the wilderness. Learn how to climb the palm tree without any ropes, and (depending on the time of year) how to retrieve the fruit – and enjoy making a delicious, exotic juice from it. This is an experience not to be missed. Thereafter, you are invited to enjoy a dinner and meet with our team at the jungle lodge.

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.
(Day 3: B, BL, D)

Day4 – Hike to a Waterfall and Bird Watching Tour – Outdoor Photo Assignment

Morning Experience, Presidente Figueiredo

After breakfast we will leave the jungle lodge 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 jungle lodge, 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.

Afternoon Experience, Cock-of-the-Rock Observation

On this half-day excursion, after refreshing in the waterfall in the morning, lunch is included at Presidente Figueiredo, an atmospheric local restaurant specializing in Amazonian fish. We travel on a 15-min drive from the waterfall into the Cock-of-the-Rock Municipal Park in the small town of Presidente Figueiredo to learn about one of the world’s most exciting birds of the Amazon—the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola rupicola). Accompanied by an expert local guide using playback equipment, we’ll track the bird in their native habitat on an interpretive walk in the rain forest. We return to our jungle lodge in plenty of time at a welcome dinner with our journey leader this evening.

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.
(Day 4: B, BL, D)

Day5 – Return to Manaus

Rise and shine to enjoy your breakfast at the lodge. 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. This is the end of our services.
(Day 5: B)

B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch, D: Dinner

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.


the lodgeSituated deep within a private rainforest conservation area, this jungle lodge is owned and run by a family for whom nature conservation is a way of life and constructed using traditional materials and designs, inspired by the traditional house in the Amazon and it’s situated on 667 acres of natural rainforest within the environmental protection area of Cave of the Maruaga.

Impeccable service and a staff eager to deliver an awesome experience for visitors, makes our lodge an oasis of simplicity and comfort within the remote infrastructure. The lodge’s beauty is in its minimalist style, ideal for a family or a small group of friends who want a little privacy and independence during their stay in the Amazon rainforest.

Dates, Prices & Info

Availability: Departures every day on request from January to December
Groups: Never more than 7 travelers!

Rates 2018

Valid from January 2018 to December 2018
Space is limited–reserve today!

High Season: June to September

Single Double Triple
R$ 5.040,00 R$ 4.200,00 R$ 3.200,00

For group prices, please contact us.

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 Hosting and Payment Policy

  • The experiences are recommended for children over 6 years old. There is no babysitter or childcare available at the lodge.
  • Children under 11 years old stay for free at the lodge. Maximum two children per room when sharing with one adult and maximum one child per room when sharing with two adults.
  • For two children under 11 years old accompanying with two adults will be charged 50% of Double Rate;
  • For one child with more than 12 years-old staying in rooms with 1 adult, they are charged 100% of Double Rate for each.
  • For two children with more than 12 years-old staying in rooms with 2 adults, they are charged 100% of Double Rate for each.


  • 4 Nights at the Tropical Tree Climbing Jungle Lodge based on single, double or triple occupancy
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French speaking specialist guide
  • Meals: Day 1: BL, D / Day 2, 3, 4: B, BL, D / Day 5: B
    B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch, D: Dinner
  • All ground transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Waterfall fee
  • Drinking water and juices
  • Standard wine, beer or caipirinha included with dinners
  • Basic equipment for the excursion

Please click here to read our Payment & Refund Policy.

Not Included

Flight tickets and local airport taxes; Insurances (it’s mandatory that you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip), Activities, accommodations and transfers not listed in the itinerary; Soft drinks; 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.

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.

Physical Requirements

Easy / Moderate
The nature walks on this extension are generally easy and tend to move at a slow pace in order to better spot wildlife. Bear in mind that it is hot and humid in the Amazon year-round, and during rainy season walking through mud may be necessary while on the trails. Walking in the heat and humidity of the tropics can make the walks more challenging than expected, and the terrain is very diverse and very different than walking on pavement. Footing is often uneven with slippery roots through rainforest. The daily walks are flexible according to the changing weather patterns and seasonal differences of the regions visited.

Tree Climbing Knowledge and Group Training

No prior climbing experience is necessary for the Amazon Photography Tour. 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 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.

Starting / Finishing Point

This Amazon Photography Tour 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 at the latest 9:00 am and the drop-off in the afternoon is 16:00 pm at the earliest.  If flight schedules fall outside of these recommended times we can organize custom arrival and departure.

What You Need To Bring

• A Day backpack (10lt) – a small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your:
• Lightweight and breathable, wash-and-wear long pants; synthetic materials are best as cotton stays wet; zip-off pants are suggested for maximum comfort
• T-shirts, shorts , bathing suit and hat
• Insect repellent and sunblock
• Waterproof hiking boots or sturdy shoes and sandals or flip flops.
 In Brazil we have the famous Havaiana flip flops
• Water bottle or canteen (equivalent of one liter). Filtered mineral water will be provided daily to refill your personal water reservoirs.

Guest Testimonial

Bear in mind, this isn’t your regular “Amazon/jungle activity who everyone can do”; there are no rush, no schedules, no groups of people talking loud. It’s you, them and the jungle. You get to see and feel the forest in a different perspective that not a lot of people get to experience. If you’re running on a tight schedule, this probably won’t be the best option. If you’re afraid of heights you may want to reconsider and really see if you’ll able to overcome it – and if you are, you’ll have an experience of a lifetime. Mayella Krause, Traveler.

Leo spent as long as we wanted up at the top of the tree, after setting us safely in hammocks. He spoke with us about the wildlife all around, and educated me on a great deal of fascinating topics. I have a lot of respect for the land, and the wildlife in the area, even more so after this experience. Sitting in the hammock, not talking, and just soaking up the sounds and sights of the jungle is a memory I will forever cherish in my heart. I would go on any expedition with Leo again in a heartbeat. James Adams, Traveler.

I’ve spent many times at the TTC. And I had the privilege to see it grow from the beginning. The core of the whole thing is that the TTC is not simply a business: the family (and the people around them) that runs the TTC has a big life mission. They are totally committed and you can tell it from everything that happens at their house/headquarters. I keep coming back to the Amazon to visit them not only to explore the top of the forest, to see amazing landscapes and sunsets, to spot birds and animals…but to be and feel part of a huge project. This is a big inspiration. This inspires me to inspire other people. Thank you Tropical Tree Climbing! Francesco Magistrali, Traveler.

What a wonderful experience! And this is what I REALLY want to point out: the experience, simple and amazing, which is what we were looking for. Our incredibly warm, friendly and knowledgeable host family pampered us with such sublety and humor that we felt quite at home, completely at ease and eager to start our days in the middle of the marvelous rainforest. What an adventure! Was it more expensive than other services in and around Manaus? Absolutely. But don’t forget that you get what you pay for, and in our case we paid for and got excellent service, genuine human warmth, and unparalleled knowledge of the area and its people. Highly recommended to anyone looking for an unforgettable “off the beaten path” adventure in the Amazon. Orlando Balbás, Traveler.

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