Amazon Wildlife Photo Expedition
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A photography-focused journey through the awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife of the Amazon rainforest under the guidance of expert photographer and naturalist guides. Encounter raw beauty and remote Amazon landscapes, explore by boat and on foot, where very few travelers ever venture.
It’s no wonder Amazon has seduced photographers for as long as there have been cameras to capture its wild and evocative landscapes. It’s a unique set of experiences that take you into less-discovered realms of this globally acclaimed nature travel hotspot. Explore incredible biodiversity in varied habitats. Keep watch for mammals, reptiles and tropical birds as we wander through jungle and learn about the land and its people, too: tour a fruit orchard, enjoy a home-cooked lunch on a family farm, and find inspiration in local conservation efforts that are restoring landscapes to their original native beauty. Amazon is full of marvels—discover them on a rare ecotourism adventure off the standard tourist track. 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.
> Guided by a top naturalist Expedition Leader, discover Amazon’s less-visited northern forest, an unspoiled region rarely seen by the typical tourist
> Track animals with our naturalist Expedition Leader who is an expert on Amazonia’s wildlife, as well as an accomplished nature photographer
> Float the Uatumã River in search of monkeys, caimans, iguanas and birds, and look for resplendent macaws in the rainforests of the Presidente Figueiredo
> Stay at secluded ecolodge in Amazon’s most tucked-away natural settings, where intimacy, hospitality and local ambience prevail, away from crowds
Why Travel With Us?
Most Travelers Never See the Real Brazilian Amazon. With Us, You Will.
Visit the Less-Traveled Northern Amazon
Our unusual itineraries focus on more remote destinations away from the standard tourist track. Here, we’re surrounded by pristine tropical rainforest within a 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 only about 144 kilometers from the city of Manaus.
Enjoy a Private Rainforest Experience
Absorb the jungle’s sensory stimuli as you enjoy a private rainforest trip, delighting in spotting frogs, iguanas, monkeys, parrots, toucans, and lizards, moving at your own pace. A far superior experience to noisy, large group outings. Let our expert staff work directly with you to design a personalized journey based on your wishes and interests. With our professional assistance, you and your chosen traveling companions can select your own dates and your journey activities.
Small Groups Equal a Better Experience
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, ours 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.
Organic Fresh Home-Style Cuisine
Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge directly provides 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 fruit by hand, from within walking distance of our kitchen. Any processing that occurs between our farm and kitchen is minimal, and 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!
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.
Make Your Own Adventure
While even our pre-planned itineraries are created for small groups, since that’s how nature travel is best experienced, a customized 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.
Amazon Emotions is a Wildlife Conservation Society Partner
Working in alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Amazon Emotions also aims to leave behind a positive legacy by supporting conservation projects in the Amazon. As of March 2018, this effort goes into overdrive and our jungle lodge invites you to venture deep into our preserve, helping us monitor our trap cameras located in different locations along the natural trail that you will walk, and “follow the Jaguar” on his path. This is the Jaguar Vision Project, a unique way for science-lovers to learn about modern science and explore the jungle.
Amazon Wildlife Photo Expedition
Day 1 – Manaus, Brazil
Upon arrival at the airport in Manaus, you are met by our Expedition Leader and transferred to the hotel about 20-min away. Settle into your comfortable hotel in the heart of the historic quarter and enjoy dinner this evening. Our guide, an outstanding professional nature photographer, will provide an orientation to our itinerary with an overview of the many photography highlights that lie ahead.
(Day 1: D)
Day 2 – Exploring Manaus / Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge
After breakfast, embark upon a half day of discovery in Manaus’s photogenic capital. The wealth of the primeval forest becomes visible first of all in the architecture of the city. The city was rich and the rubber barons afforded the biggest luxury from Europe, a copy of the Grand Opera de Paris – the Teatro Amazonas. Other monument from this epoch is the Mercado Municipal, a copy of the famous market halls Les Halles in Paris, located among fascinating Portuguese facades.
Visit the Manaus Moderna local market, the original center of Manaus from which we view the Rio Negro. This is a typical bustling market place with people jostling gently searching for the best bargains. Everything from bananas and exotic spices to medicinal plants and other tropical fruits can be found here. Enjoy a lunch at the market. This afternoon we’ll be transferred by car to the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge headquarters – 667 acres of natural rainforest within the Cave of the Maruaga environmental protection area and located at Km 144 of the BR-174 Manaus-Boa Vista highway, just outside the township of Presidente Figueiredo (this is the highway 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 arrive to a warm welcome at the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge. Start to settle in and meet for an orientation dinner with our team. The lodge, tucked deep within the rainforest, is owned and operated by a family as a venture that allows them to share the wonders of the Amazon with visitors while preserving the environment.
(Day 2: B, L, D)
Day 3 through 4 – Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge / Uatumã River
After breakfast, you will be transferred by car from the jungle lodge to the boat ramp where our motorized canoe awaits, then stop for a picnic lunch along the way and enjoy an exhilarating wildlife ride en route to your camp this morning. Excellent bird photography opportunities await on the river. The water, while clear, is the color of dark tea, an effect of the tannins deposited by the rich vegetation along the banks. Along this small tributary, we frequently observe a variety of monkeys including squirrel, brown capuchin and listen for red howler monkeys. The lake and island ecosystems formed by the dam are protected by the 938,720 hectares (2,319,600 acres) Uatumã Biological Reserve, a strictly protected conservation unit created in 2002. The Uatumã River is a blackwater river and is a northern tributary of the Amazon River, and known for its extensive peacock bass population. Be ready to observe river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) in the wild and also many birds of the region, 26 species of mammals including the threatened ocelot, jaguar and giant anteater. Aquatic mammals include Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and neotropical otter (Lontra longicaudis).
The Uatumã is home to some of the most prized game fish in the Amazon. Some of the most popular of which include the peacock bass, catfish, piranha. Whether you are a professional or just an amateur you never know what you will find when you cast a lure into the lake. The region’s artisanal fishers use an ample variety of fishing gear and techniques, each appropriate to a specific situation and species or type of fish. The use of different techniques and the exploitation of fish stocks is based on traditional knowledge on the population dynamics of target species and the cyclical fluctuations in river conditions accumulated over the generations by the local riverside populations. We do provide basic gear and tackle only for simple piranha fishing. This includes a spearfishing equipment includes bows and arrows, which represent an ancient, traditional practice dating to before the European colonization of the region. For those with a more serious interest in fishing it will be necessary to bring your own gear and tackle. Fishing for piranha is actually relatively easy, always fun, and makes for a delicious catch to grill for lunch and dinner.
As you settle into your secluded camp for the night, enjoy dinner followed by stargazing around the campfire. For millennia, tribesmen in Amazon have looked to the night sky for meaning and inspiration. The Tukano, Desana and Tuyuka saw the stars to mark special locations where a group of stars set together with the sunset. These events are correlated with such natural phenomenon as floods and low river level; times to grow different plants; seeding and harvesting periods; increasing or decreasing amounts of edible fish or other availabilities of sustenance. These knowledge are still alive in Amazon today, and your guide will teach you all he has learned from his ancestors about the stars.
While many animals sleep, others emerge, making the Amazon their own. These weird, otherworldly creatures of the night — insects, frogs, alligators, and more — are ripe for discovery. Our jungle night canoeing gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the nocturnal wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds and with the help of powerful lights, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. Spend two nights in a deluxe mobile tented camp with a local family that will be open to receive us.
(Day 3, 4: B, L, D)
Day 5 – Uatumã River / Rumo Certo Community / Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge
After breakfast, depart by motorized canoe, enjoying a last wildlife ride before we exit Uatumã River and continue to Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge. Along the way you’ll travel near small villages, passing typical scenes of daily life as you go.
A highlight of your trip to Amazon is a chance to meet people from other cultures, broadening an understanding of the human experience. A visit to a local Rumo Certo village and stop for a picnic lunch. During your time in the village, activities may include a visit to a local school this afternoon will enrich your knowledge of this ribeirinho people—indigenous dwellers in the rainforest for centuries— and their distinctive heritage. Return to Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge and settle in for relaxing evening and dinner. After dark, head up to the veranda to listen to the symphony of night sounds in the forest.
(Day 5: B, L, D)
Day 6 – Exploring the Rainforest Wilderness
This morning, explore the rainforest by foot. At every turn, our guides reveal the secrets of the rainforest, helping us spot creatures we would never see on our own, given the amazing camouflage of so many masterfully adapted species. Where dry ground exists, step ashore for rainforest walks, keeping an eye out for a host of birds: large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, snowy egrets, horned screamers, tiger herons, short-tailed parrots, parakeets and perhaps the flashy scarlet macaw.
This private ecological reserve focuses on conservation, environmental education, and training in sustainable land use and resource production. Trails through primary rainforest reveal a wide variety of plants and animals in their natural habitat, including more than 150 different kinds of birds including a great diversity of hummingbirds, along with spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, brocket deer, tamandua anteaters, peccaries and the elusive ocelot. A top attraction at Amazon Emotions is the morpho butterfly, colored in vivid blue color and shiny wings that reflect the light, making them easy to spot amidst the jungle canopy. They are one of the largest butterflies in the world, measuring around six inches long and with wing spans of up to 20 centimetres. Venture out into the jungle with your local guide for a great opportunity to spot unusual insects and animals.
After your walkabout, enjoy a soak in one of the fresh springs in the base camp, where a small stream of freshwater, known as igarapé offers a natural massage. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the base camp before more nature viewing. You have the afternoon to explore the jungle, and the focus here is on living in the wilderness. In the base camp site you will set up your own hammock; this will be your home until the next day! Then your training begins. We will take you through all the skills you need to find water, make shelter, light a fire and procure food. The jungle base camp provides basic accommodations within the native environment; open to the fresh air and natural forest sounds, allowing for an authentic rainforest camping experience. You stay amidst it all at your intimate hammock camp in a remote sector of the property. The mobile base camp ensure that you experience all the natural wonder of this fabled setting, rather than crowded tourist centers. It also allows you to follow the wildlife, as the camp is moved seasonally to follow the migration. Learn to slow down and tune in your senses and become an active part of the local ecology. Beneath a starry sky you’ll enjoy the evening’s open camp fire for dinner, where guests congregate and chat over the day’s events.
(Day 6: B, L, D)
Day 7 – Rainforest Exploration / Optional Canopy Tour
Spend a morning learning about global efforts to conserve rainforests while taking a guided walk through a section of the reserve back to the jungle lodge. This afternoon, guests can set off with a guide on their own to learn bush skills such as tracking and species identification. Others may opt for venture higher into the rainforest to explore the treetops on a canopy tour. Our tree climbing adventure begins with an Angelim Tree (Dinizia excelsa), soaring 200 feet above the forest floor, 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. 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 treetop canopy.
The forest is transformed completely at dusk: sounds and smells are intensified and other senses are awakened. On a night experience, unlike a daytime ascent, our guests find the beauty in the small details, such as the croaking of frogs or the hum of insects. And if you turn off your flashlight you can observe the sparkle of fireflies in the woods, or hear the flutter of bats. When you turn on the lights again you can see the reflection of hundreds of tiny insect eyes all around. As we come down from the tree and make our way back to the lodge you can hear the call of cicadas, owls and other night birds. Enjoy your evening dinner at our jungle lodge, learn more about the family’s efforts to preserve the land and the traditions of the local people.
(Day 7: B, L, D)
Day 8 – Waterfall Visit / Edible Forest Gardening
After breakfast, depart by road, and 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. Leaving the town we will visit one of the spectacular and refreshing waterfalls in the jungle that this area is known for. From the parking lot, 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 meters high. There will likely be time to explore the substantial trail network surrounding the waterfall, or to take a swim in one of several swimming pools with scenic views. Back to the jungle lodge, a visit to a sustainable organic farm this afternoon will enrich your knowledge of more than 60 different crops including native and introduced plants. Learn about the items grown and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics, including techniques that support environmentally sustainable methods. While you’re there, learn to prepare traditional recipes made from locally grown products, then share a delicious family-style dinner with your hosts.
(Day 8: B, L, D)
Day 9 – Jungle Lodge / Manaus
Rise and shine to enjoy your breakfast at the Jungle Lodge. Your Amazon Wilderness Photo Expedition comes to a close as you leave the Jungle Lodge to ride back to Manaus, where you’ll have the use of a day room before transferring to International Eduardo Gomes Airport to catch a flight to your next destination or home, or continue with the panoramic flight extension.
(Day 9: B)
B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
Modifications to the Itinerary
The weather in the Amazon is unpredictable and we reserve the right to alter your scheduled activities. It may be necessary to change the order of the days in any itinerary at our discretion, based on safety/weather operational considerations. Your safety and enjoyment are our primary concern.
Amazon Wildlife Photo Expedition
Situated 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 known as Cave of the Maruaga.
Our comfortable mobile tented camp on a private conservancy in the Uatumã River offers the ultimate in proximity to wildlife without the crowds—plus opportunities for night rides.
To sleep beneath canvas in the bush, under a Milky Way so thick with stars that it looks like clouds, listening for the roar of jaguars in the distance…there’s no more iconic expedition experience!
Dates, Prices & Info
Amazon Wildlife Photo Expedition
|Aug 8, 2019
Sep 7, 2019
Oct 6, 2019
|Aug 16, 2019
Sep 15, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Other Departures: Click here for dates on demand.
2019 Expedition Pricing
|R$ 18.800,00||R$ 15.100,00||R$ 12.100,00|
Prices are per person and based on double or triple occupancy and are quoted in Brazilian Reais. Prices in US Dollars, Euros or other currency will depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Please click here to read our Booking Terms & Cancellation Policy.
Dates for 2020 will be similar to 2019 dates and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 2020 dates and fees may change slightly. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.
- Eight (8) Nights at the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge based on double or triple occupancy
- One (1) Night accommodation at Manaus based on double occupancy
- Private guided tour: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French-speaking specialist guide
- Meals: Day 1: D / Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: B, L, D / Day 9: B
B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
- All ground transfers as indicated in the itinerary
- Drinking water and natural juices
- Standard wine, beer or caipirinha included with dinners
- Basic equipment for the excursion
- Entrance fee to the waterfall
- Flight tickets and local airport taxes
- Insurance (mandatory that you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
- Accommodations and transfers not listed in the itinerary
- Soft drinks (we have no soft drinks at the lodge or on the river tour)
- Photo equipment and binoculars – please bring your own
- Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, medicines souvenirs, etc.)
- Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, lost baggage or any other.
Min / Max Group Size
1 people / 10 people
Small group sizes are the best way to experience nature, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With only 10 travelers, you’re assured of plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes the photo opportunities – we’ll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired. Our three expedition leaders, including two expert naturalists and a photo guide, are always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph this amazing region of the world as we split into the smallest possible groups on shore.
Nature walks on our excursions 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 uneven and very different than walking on pavement. There are no flat trails for the most part. The daily walks are flexible and routes will vary depending on changing weather patterns and seasonal differences in the regions visited.
Tree Climbing Knowledge and Group Training
No prior climbing experience is necessary. Ascending the tree is comparable to hiking a steep trail with a daypack. Our expert guides outfit you in specially designed tree climbing harnesses appropriately adjusted for your personal size. When the time comes to climb, our guides will provide adequate training for each member of the group before setting out. Part of this preparation includes asking you for some medical information. Based on this information, Amazon Emotion’s team evaluates the best way to provide each customer with an optimal experience and help them enjoy the canopy climbs as much as possible.
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that’s why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Amazon Emotions, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Amazon Emotions’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company’s name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests’ safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact us if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer.
Starting / Finishing Point
Arrival: Arrive in Manaus after 2 pm on Day 1.
Departure: You are free to depart from Manaus after 12 pm on Day 9.
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