Nature Travel Peru: Photo Workshop Wildlife
As a participant in this course photography enthusiasts are able to discover the flora and fauna of Peru’s Amazon rainforest and also expand 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 like these, but you also practice animal observation, species identification and fundamental orientation and navigation skills in the jungle. Designed for a team of max. four people and tailored to your individual interests, the programme focuses on field photography. You will be supported and instructed by a professional photographer and experienced natural scientist.
- Be part of a unique photography workshop in the midst of the Amazon rainforest
- Gain the knowledge of a true wildlife photographer
- Be instructed by an experienced photographer and naturalist
- Acquire skills in species identification and rainforest navigation
- Immerse yourself into the fascinating depths of the Peruvian rainforest
Wildlife photography in Peru
As a participant in our photography course in the Peruvian jungle you acquire important wildlife photography knowledge and become familiar with essential techniques in animal observation, species identification and rainforest navigation.
Arrival and orientation in the Amazon rainforest
After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, you will be met by an employee. You will spend the first night in a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before you travel to Laberinto the next day. Here, you will board a boat that takes you, on Madre de Dios River, to your accommodation, a research station in the middle of the jungle.
Course topics: Rainforest and wildlife photography
The following days you will get the opportunity to explore the fascinating flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest from up close. Your days in the Peruvian jungle are defined by numerous highlights: You will learn how to navigate in the jungle, how to read tracks properly and how to monitor animals of the rainforest. You will explore a range of microhabitats such as swamps, lakes and different woodlands, participate in nocturnal hikes and practice to capture the amazing avian diversity of that region. The overarching focus: the acquisition of advanced wildlife photography skills. The untouched nature and amazing biodiversity of the Amazon Region is a photographer’s dream come true.
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 essential knowledge. The workshop does not aim at teaching you how to be a better nature photographer, but also to provide 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 images to tell stories about the complex tropical ecology of the Amazon Basin.
Accommodation during your stay abroad in Peru
During the workshop you will be accommodated in a research station, located in the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Southern Andes of Peru. You will spend a night in a hotel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at/leaving the station. During your hotel stay you are in charge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the station, you are either accommodated in shared rooms with a communal bathroom, in a double room with en suite facilities or in a double room in a single house with its own bathroom. During the day you are provided with three meals.
Leisure time as a student in South America
In between there is always time for own activities. We recommend you bringing some movies, TV series and books. Relax together with other course participants or simply enjoy the surrounding nature.
Arrival in Puerto Maldonado
Transfer to the research station
Rainforest photography in Peru: A typical day
Last day in the photography workshop and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
Gunter took part in our Tracking as well as in our Wildlife Photography course in South Africa. Here you can find some fascinating impressions of his unforgettable time in the midst of wild nature:
“The whole experience was intense and accompanied by mixed feelings, i.e. "bittersweet". The encounters with a multitude of animals at close range were always unique, at the same time our "footprint" in the form of pollution, dead corals, injured animals and unregulated tourism is unfortunately omnipresent.”
Martin and Max spent two weeks on a Private Wilderness Experience in South Africa. Accompanied by Daniel, they discovered the wild nature of Kruger National Park. Here you can find some impressions of their outdoor adventure:
“This Private Wilderness Experience was actually my first “group tour”. It was fantastic.”
1. Amazon Rainforest
About 13% of the approximately 5,500,000 km² Amazon rainforest is located in Peru. As in other countries in South America where the Amazon rainforest is found, the Amazon rainforest in Peru is a real biodiversity hotspot due to its many endemic animal and plant species.
The avifauna in particular is one of the richest in species worldwide. With over 1800 species, more birds live here than in Europe and North America together. But also large numbers of insects, reptiles and mammals can be found in the green depths and make the jungle of Peru an absolute must-see for all South American travellers and nature lovers.
Background of the photo workshop in Peru
In the colourful and multifaceted rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon region various animal will run across your lens. 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.