Interesting reptiles and amphibians, bizarre invertebrates, startlingly beautiful flowers and fungi, birds, monkeys, butterflies... Whether you are a novice, a pro, or a serious amateur, a photo workshop in the Amazon is just plain fun.
Last year Dante Fenolio’s Photo Trip utilized a small Amazon riverboat, by which the group traveled to a protected reserve downstream from Iquitos. While there we lived on the boat. This next year he will be going back into the same area, but instead of staying on the boat, he will be land-based. He is doing the trip in this manner to keep participants cost down and better utilize everyone’s time for searching, collecting and photography.
So this year we will depart Iquitos traveling by boat, "motokar" and boat again, and finally do a short hike of about 45 minutes, to get us into the rainforest reserve that will be our base. Porters will handle your luggage for the hike in.
We'll stay in local style “tambos” and have our meals in a central dining hall. A generator will provide electricity for recharging camera batteries. Cool showers and flush toilets add to your comfort.
From this base camp we'll be free to hit the area trails and lagoons in search of exciting photo subjects. This is quite possibly the world's most bio-diverse place; it is chock full of fascinating life forms and all that is required is a set of eyes and a little perseverance. You are sure to find compelling subject matter to photograph. Some of us in attendance are highly experienced and can likely put names on most everything we'll find, but it is the unknown that really excites us, and we always have "homework" to do after the trip. This is a chance to hone your photographic skills or help others to do so, all while gaining a huge archive of beautiful pictures.
All transport, portage, lodging, services, etc., in the forest and a final night in Iquitos are included.
November 9, Saturday - States - Lima
Fly from the States to Lima. Evening or next morning arrival. (Optional lodging available in Lima if desired.)
November 10, Sunday - Day 1 - Lima - Iquitos - Forest
Fly Lima to Iquitos on LATAM airlines. LA 2240, 10:05 - 12:05. Greeting at the airport upon arrival. We’ll stop somewhere on the way to the boat for those that are hungry to have lunch, renew old friendships and get started on making new ones. (Lunch not included.) Afterwards we head to the boat and depart downriver. We’ll travel by boat, then overland between the Amazon and Napo rivers and then again by boat to get to the spot from which we will make a 30 - 45 minute walk into the reserve field station. This evening after dinner we will most likely undertake our first night photo walk. (Dinner)
November 11, Monday - Day 2 - November 14, Thursday - Day 5 - Forest
Each day we will spend our time leisurely exploring, searching out subjects for photos, honing our photography skills, and enjoying as much of an unstructured daily routine as we can. We will remain flexible to take best advantage of our opportunities. Each night we will walk one of these same trails searching for nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
November 15, Friday - Day 6 - Forest - Iquitos
Depart the reserve mid-day. Mid or late afternoon we return to Iquitos. Transfer to the Garden House Hotel for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
November 16, Saturday - Day 7 - Iquitos - Lima - States
Morning transfer by the hotel to the airport for the flight Iquitos - Lima, LA 2241, 13:00 - 14:45. Make your evening or next morning flight home from Lima. (Breakfast)
| PRICE per person with a minimum of 8 people: $1295
Single Supplement: +$140
FLIGHTS are NOT included in the price.
A deposit of $200 is due with the booking application.
Balance is due September 25, 2019.
INCLUDED: Transfers by car or bus, boat, lodging 5 nights at the field station and 1 night at hotel, meals as listed in the Itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: Personal expenses. Gratuities to local guides. Beverages not otherwise included with meals.
OPTION: Join the 5th Annual Amazon Herping Tour, operating the previous week, November 2 - 9, 2019.