Full Day Amazon Photography

Limited availability, seasonal tour

If you are a photography lover or would like to learn how to take better photos and you are in Iquitos between July and September of 2019, this is your opportunity!

Guided by Benjamin Encinas, a professional international photographer in conjunction with a bi-lingual local guide (English/Spanish).

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONPickup from your accommodation or airport, Iquitos, Perú
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease be ready by 8:00 AM
RETURN TIMEApproximately 6:00 PM. (of the same day)
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots or shoes, a hat, light jacket, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional photography guide (English/Spanish)Private transfer from airport
Professional bi-lingual guide (English/Spanish)All boat transportation needed
All entrance feesFirst aid
All ground transportation neededPurified water
NOT INCLUDED
Photographic equipment
Airfare
Guide gratuity
Alcoholic drinks

Tour details

All our tours price are in United States Dollars (USD) and are based on a minimum of 2 passengers. If you are a solo traveller please contact us for a price quotation.

If needed more flexible tours could be arranged, as well as special tours for honeymooners, big groups, students promotion and organizations.

We cater to vegetarians and vegans, and encourage them by offering a 5% discount (per person) on the tour price. When you book make sure to let us know about your dietary preference to apply the discount. For non-vegetarians our meals include local fish, chicken or meat. We also offer gluten free meals by request. If you have a gluten intolerance condition (or any other food allergy) let us know in advance.

We try to keep a low usage of plastic so we would highly appreciate if you bring your own personal water container to be refilled.

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Payment methods for booking a Tour

We are flexible, you can choose how to pay for your tour.

We accept PayPal, VISA online payment, Mastercard online payment, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (Ethereum, Ark, PIVX, etc) for online payments and reservations. If you prefer to pay with VISA/Mastercard online or with cryptocurrencies contact us for details on how to proceed.

In our office, we accept Peruvian Soles (PEN), United States Dollars (USD), and Euro (EUR).

Ready for a photographic adventure?

Objective of this Amazon Photography Tour

We have prepared this photographic tour to teach how to use your camera and/or phone completely in manual mode, during a 10-hour field learning day. We will photograph and animals: many kinds of birds, monkeys, dolphins, frogs, and landscapes: jungle, rivers, and sunsets!

In a simple and clear language, we will teach you the key concepts for the management of your camera. In addition to some composition tricks for you to dare a new approach to your photographs.

General contents

– Types of digital cameras and sensors

– JPG files v / s RAW

– Camera configuration and focus modes

– Photometer and exposure

– White balance

– Dynamic range

– Focal distance

– ISO sensitivility

– Diaphragm opening and number f

– Shutter speed

– Depth of field

– Basic notions of composition

– Semi-automatic modes P, A, S

– Practical exercises

Itinerary

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Day 1: Departure at 8:00am

Morning pickup from your accommodation or the airport in private car or mini-van (depending on group size) to arrive at the port town of Nanay-Bellavista. In our way there you will get a brief description of Iquitos city and some of its main attractions.

Departure by motorboat from Nanay port. We will be navigating downriver in the Nanay river for approximately 20 minutes.

We will make a stop in the conjunction of the rivers: Where the Amazon river meets the Nanay river. You can see in this spot how both rivers do not mix uniformly, giving it a look like “milk and coffee”.

Continue down the river enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the possibility to see river dolphins (gray and pink), herons, turtles and many other species along with spectacular flora. Have your camera ready and your curiosity to the top to interact with your photography guide.

We will continue the boat expedition until we reach the real Monkey Island (La isla de los monos) where you will get to know and play with macaws, amazonian parrots, sloths and a wide variety of monkeys: Woolly monkey (mono choro), Titi monkey (mono tocon), Spider monkey (mono araña or maquisapa), Tamarins (mono pichico), Howler monkey (mono aullador), Marmoset (mono leoncito), among others. The Monkey Island is a family owned rescue center, with all his permits up to date, dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and release monkeys that are victims of pet trade. They have freed more than 200 monkeys since 1997.

Lunch made with local products. Vegetarian options available per request.

Navigation in the Amazon river to Santa Maria de Fatima.

Arrive at the community, register and possibly meet some of the villagers. Here a local guide will join our professional guide. This is part of the sustainable tourism project and helps the community, while at the same time providing us with the experience and wisdom of someone that deeply knows the area. You can check an interview we did with Don Julio, who lives since 1950 in Santa Maria de Fatima and is also one of the local guides.

Jungle walk for approx. 40 minutes. There is a chance to see monkeys here like the squirrel monkey (mono ardilla), saddle back tamarin (mono pichico pardo or cervecerita, its local name) and others. See if you can recognize them!

Canoeing our way to the heronry.

Go up the 3-floor 15 meters wooden watchtower to enjoy the landscape and look for animals and birds.

Animal spotting and bird watching while slowly navigating through the heronry dense vegetation. Here we can find Hoatzin (Shansho), a prehistoric amazonian bird, and different species of herons like the snowy egrett (garza blanca), white and brown boat-billed herons (huapapa blanca y huapapa marron) and others.

Before going back to Iquitos we set up to navigate and look for some sweetwater dolphins like the gray and pink dolphin. We will make a stop in the Amazon river so you can swim and enjoy the refreshing water.

Depending on the weather we could see the stunning dawn in the Amazon river. A truly breathtaking scene.

Return by boat to Nanay port and private transfer to your accommodation or the airport.


Brief details by day:

1. Nanay Bellavista port / Conjunction of rivers (Amazon river and Nanay river) / Monkey Island / Santa María de Fátima Village / El Garzal / Canoeing / Dolphin watching / Sunset in the Amazon River

What to wear:
A sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers.
Long sleeve shirt
Long pants
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Hat

What to bring:
Photographic equipment: Camera and/or phone
Battery charged 100%
Memory card
Tripod (suggested)
Sandals
Personal hygiene items
Daypack or small backpack
Personal prescription medicine (if that’s the case)

Suggested:
Mosquito repellent
Your own personal water container, to be refilled at any time. This way we can reduce the usage of plastic.

Enjoy your trip!