Photography Journey in the Amazon
Photo above by JP Jorges Pedro
One of the main features of the photography journey is the exclusivity: the visitor will have a private boat and a private naturalist guide trained to assist photographers, to go on tours anytime, anywhere in the ecotourism zone of the Mamirauá Reserve. With a list of suggestions of activities – to be visited in the appropriate times for best light – the photographers will make their own program according to his/her expectations.
The Mamirauá Reserve is the ideal place to live the real Amazon, where wildlife is trapped on an island. Here, you can easily meet rare animals in exuberant landscapes, led by the great guides of the forest who are used to the area like no one else is. Put your camera to test and go back home with personal discoveries, beautiful pictures of endemic species of animals, documents of the riverside life and, beyond all that, with the certainty that your visit contributed to the efforts for the conservation of one of the greatest forest on Earth.
From among the suggested activities, you can have fun challenges, such as:
dates: any Monday to Friday (subject to availability)
maximum of 4 passengers per departure
2023 Rates per person: Single = R$ 9650, Double = R$8700
2024 Rates per person: Single = R$ 10240, Double = R$9310
Prices do not include: soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, insurance, extra transfers, flights
Tefe is accessible by local flight from Manaus on Trip/Azul airlines
Below is a model itinerary, with some ideas of what can be done during your stay.
Day 1 - Transfer from Tefe to the lodge. After check-in, visitors will explore Paraná do Apara in a small motorboat, an area with a variety of environments to be photographed, also conducive to birdwatching and locating the photogenic sloths. Upon returning to the lodge, together with the ecotourism advisors, visitors will be able to organize the program for the next few days. After dinner, we watch a presentation on the history of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.
Day 2 - After breakfast, that can be programmed for before dawn, so we will enjoy the golden light, a trail will be traveled in search of the most photographable animals and trees in the floodplain. In the afternoon we will go to the reserve entrance to photograph the agile and friendly botos and the tucuxi. On the way, pay attention to the edges of the forest as we can sometimes see the emblematic uakaris (Cacajao calvus calvus) and birds like the white-throated toucans. In addition, we pass through the communities that already yield beautiful images, but it is possible also portray the daily life of the riverside people, washing clothes in the river or fishing for the day. After dinner, a boat trip or a trail for the sighting of birds and other nocturnal animals is scheduled, with emphasis on snakes and insects.
Day 3 - This morning we will discover another trail of the floodplain, of the 14 possible ones. In the drought, when walking, it is possible to register the leafy trees and the watermarks present in them. During the flooded season, the trails are made in rowing canoes, allowing an even quieter movement within the forest, in addition to a greater proximity to the treetops, which gives us the opportunity to better photograph the howler monkeys. After lunch and rest we will go to the iconic Mamirauá lake, whose breathtaking landscapes will surprise you. But save space on your memory card for the afternoon event: sunset. It will be nighttime at the time of return and once again visitors will have the chance to see nocturnal birds such as the great potoos, in addition to the traditional (and impressive) black caimans .
Day 4 - In the morning we will visit a riverside community where we will learn more about the inhabitants of the floodplain and its culture, eternalizing this learning through the lenses. After lunch and rest we will do our last ride, rowing canoe, which allows us to get close to the animals without the noise of the boat's engine. It is time to guarantee the record of the endemic black-headed squirrel monkey. After dinner, a researcher who develops studies in the reserve area will share some of this work with us in a presentation.
Day 5 - Breakfast at 6:15 am and check-out. Transfer to Tefé at 7:00 am.