Wilderness Experience Wildlife Photography in Peru

Photography workshop in South America

Amazon River Photography workshop

Go on a wilderness experience with NATUCATE and take part in a unique workshop: on this course, photography fans are able to discover the flora and fauna of the Peruvian rainforests and also expand on their knowledge of wildlife and conservation photography, surrounded by unspoiled nature. A bird in flight, a group of monkeys in the highest treetops or a frog taking a sunbath in the Amazon – not only do you learn to capture moments such as these, you also practise animal observation, species identification and fundamental skills for orientation and navigation in the rainforest.

Together with your team of international participants, you will be supported and instructed by a professional photographer and experienced natural scientist. Experience highlights such as nocturnal hikes, river journeys and the climbing of trees and feel the fascination of the flora and fauna of the Amazon. A workshop that combines education, adventure and an experience of nature – Go NATUCATE.

Service Our services at a glance


  • Placement in the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Accommodation during the course
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • All meals during the course
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 support throughout the course

Not included

  • Flight to/from Puerto Maldonado
  • Meals in Puerto Maldonado
  • Travel insurance
  • Camera equipment
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions


Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.PER-005
2 Weeks 2.150 €


You do not need to have advanced photography or camera skills to take part in the workshop. The course is so structured that both participants with less knowledge and those with more comprehensive knowledge are able to benefit. What counts is a strong interest in flora and fauna, enthusiasm for outdoor activities and the readiness to learn basic navigation skills. You need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the workshop and also have a good knowledge of English. Your own camera equipment is absolutely necessary. We recommend that you apply early as experience has shown that your chance of obtaining a place in the project is better if you do so.

Details Wildlife Photography in Peru


Photography training in the Amazon rainforest

After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, you will be met by an employee. You stay the first night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before you travel to Laberinto the next day. From here, you go on board a boat that brings you to your accommodation, the Los Amigos research station.The course contents combine practice with theory: during the daytime, you go on excursions together with your team, during which you observe the wild nature of the Amazon rainforest.


The area surrounding Los Amigos is the habitat of eleven species of primate, six species of feline predators and 595 species of bird, so that there is a high probability that you will encounter tamarin monkeys, macaws, capuchin monkeys and numerous other animals. Meetings are held in the classroom evenings, during which you can exchange experiences with your team members and be provided with additional knowledge of the diverse flora and fauna that is to be found in the Peruvian jungle. An experienced nature photographer and research scientist supervises you and your team the entire time, leads you into the depths of the Peruvian jungle and provides you with valuable knowledge from his rich experience. Training you to be a better nature photographer is not the only aim of the workshop, but also providing you with valuable knowledge concerning the objects that you have in front of your camera lens. At the end, you will be able to use your photographs to tell stories about the complex tropical ecology of the Amazon Basin.


Specific course activities:

  • Birding basics: observation and identification
  • Night hikes
  • Boat ride to clay lick
  • Canopy tower climb
  • Navigation on and off trail
  • Setting camera traps
  • Primate follows
  • Tree climbing

At the end of the course, you will have dealt with the following subjects and have acquired the following skills

  • Camera basics (as necessary)
  • Night photography
  • Macro photography
  • GPS and compass
  • Lighting issues in natural settings
  • Identification of diverse species
  • Ethics of rainforest/wildlife photography
  • Communicating conservation themes with photography



During the workshop, you will be accommodated at the Los Amigos research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. You will be spending one night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at the station and one after you have left it. During your stay at the hostel, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to pay for your lunch and dinner yourself. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.

In Los Amigos, you can either be accommodated in a double room with en suite facilities or in a single room. You will be provided with three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – during your stay in Los Amigos, these being taken in the large dining room. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available, so that a purely vegetarian diet is also possible. You should inform us of this in advance, however. Snacks are also available between meals. Los Amigos covers an area of two hectares and also houses a laboratory, a classroom and a library. It is occasionally visited by small groups of monkeys.


Everybody interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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