September 6th thru 15th
The Thumbnail Sketch Tambopata
I am so excited to be able to offer this trip! Not only is it a great photo tour but it really is an epic adventure as well. The Jungle here is virtually dripping with subjects to photograph, check out this sampling of just a few of the images I made on my scouting trip last year. Tambopata Gallery
We will travel by motorized canoe up the Tambopata River which serves as the only road deep into the Tambopata National Reserve which is over 3 million acres in size. On our journey up river we will keep our cameras ready as we are certain to encounter many different things to photograph as we travel including, beautiful river scenery, tons of birds, primates, and capybara etc. If we are lucky we could possibly photograph a giant anteater or perhaps even a jaguar or two!
Using a series of three eco-lodges as our base, we will leapfrog our way deep into the Amazon basin. With our final destination being the Tambopata Research Center, arguably the most remote lodge in all of South America! The highlight of this lodge is the largest Macaw clay-lick in the world which was featured in a National Geographic cover story. On most mornings hundreds of Parrots and Macaws gather to ingest clay from the river side cliffs. It is believed they do this to get the minerals they are unable to get in their jungle diet. In addition to the birds, the jungle is filled with other things to photograph including some of the craziest insects I have ever seen. On my scouting trip last year, one of my favorite activities were the night-time jungle walks. You will be hard pressed to even find time to sleep! I strongly suggest a mid-day siesta on this trip. During these nightly walks we found all kind of interesting and unusual things to photograph including what turned out to be a newly discovered spider that builds a decoy spider to fool predators. You can see my trip report here: Tambopata trip report
While in the rainforest, we will be staying in three different award winning eco-lodges. The lodges are designed to keep guests in close contact with the rainforest at all times. Each guest room is built with only three walls, the fourth wall being open to the jungle beyond. In fact, all of the common areas throughout the lodges are built without walls at all! As you sleep, the only thing between you and the jungle is the mosquito netting. You can’t imagine what it’s like to fall asleep at night to the sounds of the jungle, then the following morning to be awakened by howler monkeys calling in the distance!
The food at all the lodges is excellent and there is plenty of it which is quite a feat since everything… absolutely everything, has to be brought up the river.
September 14th thru 19th
The Itinerary Machu Picchu
Because of the elevation, we will spend two days exploring The Scared Valley and acclimatizing our bodies to the rarified air before going up to Machu Picchu.
Transfer from Cusco Airport to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. After dropping our luggage at the hotel we will take a day trip to photograph the people, town, and colorful indigenous market in the town of Pisaq. If everyone is doing okay with the altitude we will also photograph some Inca ruins on the mountaintop above the city.
Following breakfast we will head to the Maras salt pans, a stunning patchwork of terraced pools where mineral rich water cascades down the side of the Qagainay Mountain. The inhabitants have been producing salt here since before the advent of the Inca Empire. From Maras we will travel to Quechuyuc Muyu to photograph the central Inca monument of Moray, which is an incredible series of agricultural terraces that were fed by a complex drip irrigation system.
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the train station to travel to the town of Aguas Calientes. After checking in to our lodge we will board a bus for the final leg of our journey to the “Lost City of Inca”, Machu Picchu. Included in this excursion to Machu Picchu will be a private tour of The Citadel, visiting The Main Plaza, The Circular Tower, The Sacred Sundial, The Royal Quarters, and The Temple of the Three Windows. Of course there will also be plenty time to explore and photograph the ruins at your own pace. Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge restaurant.
We will arise early to not only get the good early morning light on Machu Picchu. But also to have time to explore the magnificent ruins in peace before the rest of the tourists arrive. We will also climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for the spectacular overview of the Inca Citadel. Then after a buffet lunch at Hatuchay Tower we will return by train to Cusco.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Cusco airport for our journey home.
While on this leg of our journey we will be staying in some of the finest luxury and boutique hotel/lodges in the area. While in Cusco we will be at the hotel Tierra Viva Plaza. This beautiful colonial home once served as the home to the family of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. In the Sacred Valley we will be at Hotel Pakaritambu. This hotel is located in the village of Ollantaytambo just minutes from the Inca trail and the train station. At Aguas Calientes our home base will be the incomparable boutique Hotel Inkaterra. Perched at the foot of Machu Picchu on twelve incredible acres the rooms are all in free-standing casitas connected by stone paths.
Total cost Tambopata and Machu Picchu combined $4,950.00
September 6th thru 19th
Space limited to a maximum of 8 participants
Single supplement add $550.00
Cost Tambopata only September 6th thru 15th $2,995.00
Single supplement add $250.00
Cost Machu Picchu only September 14th thru 19th $2,495.00
Single supplement add $300.00
All lodging while in Peru
All airfare and transportation while in Peru
All meals In Tambopata
Breakfasts and lunches in Machu Picchu
All entrance fees/permits etc.
Price does not include:
Airfare to Lima, Peru (Tambopata only section or both trips combined)
Airfare to Cusco, Peru (Machu Picchu only section)
Airport transfer tax
Tips for guides and drivers etc.
Dinners on Machu Picchu leg of trip
Meals in Cusco or Lima
Any alcoholic beverages