Join us on an amazing instructional workshop in this tropical bird heaven full of photo opportunities, learnings, and techniques to take your bird photography to the next level. Award-winning wildlife photographer Supreet Sahoo has worked with bird photographers across all levels to deliver some of the most successful workshops in all of Latin America and beyond.
June 9 -22, 2024
$5875, Single $700
Medium - Hard
Telephoto lens 500 mm or longer
Minimum 2 camera bodies
Wide angle lens
A medium zoom lens like 70-200 mm or 100 - 500mm
Flash + better beamer
Rain covers for the camera
Clients will be met in the evening at Lima airport, from where we will transfer to our hotel, approximately 20 minutes from the airport.
After breakfast at the hotel, we shall transfer to Pucusana in south Lima, about a 2-hour drive from the hotel. This is an excellent location to photograph Inca tern, a prominent bird species in this area. Additionally, during a boat trip around the island, we will have the opportunity to capture images of various seabirds, including Humbolt Penguin. After lunch following the boat tour, we will continue our journey to Pantanos de Villa. Here, we can capture photos of various waterfowl, such as Ducks, Black Skimmer, and various Gull species. After spending some time birding in this area, we will proceed to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Tarapoto, where we will spend the night.
We will visit and spend the entire morning at hummingbird feeders in Aconabikh private reserve, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Here, we will seek out bird species like Kopecke's Hermit, Gould's Jewelfront, Black-throated Mango, White-necked Jacobin, and many more hummingbirds. We may also explore a trail for the Golden-headed Manakin in a lek territory. After finishing here, we will return to Tarapoto and continue our journey for approximately 2 hours to Moyobamba.
Full-day visit to Wakanqi reserve. In the morning, we will focus on observing hummingbirds at the feeders, with the Rufous-crested Coquette being a highlight. We can also expect to spot White-chinned Sapphire, Great-billed Hermit, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, among others. In the afternoon, we can explore the gardens surrounding the lodge, where we may encounter birds like Orange-backed Troupial, Black-bellied Tanager, Red-capped Cardinals, and more.
After breakfast, we will drive to Arena Blanca reserve. Here, we will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of hummingbirds, including Wire-crested Thorntail, Blue-Fronted Lancebill, and Many-spotted Hummingbird. Additionally, we can capture images of other birds at the feeding station, such as Black-bellied Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Magpie Tanager, and more. After birding in this area, we will drive another 50 minutes to our lodge for the night.
In the morning, we will spend time observing hummingbirds at the feeders and around the lodge. Bird activity is expected to be robust, and we might spot Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, and Blue-Capped Tanager. After lunch, we will move to Fundo Alto Nieva, another fascinating location for observing hummingbirds, where we commonly see Peruvian Botted Raquet-tail, Greenish Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, and many other hummingbirds.
We will have another full morning around our lodge, with ample opportunities to photograph hummingbirds at the feeders. We will also have a chance to capture images of Chestnut & Undulated Antpittas. After lunch, we will proceed to Pomacochas, where we will spend the night.
We will dedicate a full day to Huembo Reserve, where hummingbird feeders provide the opportunity to photograph the Marvelous Spatuletail, often considered the most beautiful hummingbird in the world. We can also spot other hummingbirds like the White-bellied Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, Purple-throated Sunangel, and more.
We will spend another full morning at Huembo Reserve, focusing on photographing the marvelous Marvelous Spatuletail. After lunch, we will return to Moyobamba for the night.
In the morning, around Moyobamba, we can spend more time around our lodge or explore Morro de Calzada in search of Green-backed Trogon, Blue-crowned Trogon, Bluish-fronted Jacamar. We can also observe birds at the tanager feeders, where we might photograph Black-bellied Tanager, Thick-billed Euphonia, Purple-throated Euphonia, and other species. In the afternoon, we will continue to Tarapoto and visit Juan Guerra town for bird photography, including Hoatzin, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, and Black-fronted Nunbird.
We will take an early flight from Tarapoto to Lima and continue to Cuzco. We will arrive in Cuzco around midday. After lunch, we will journey to Ollantaytambo, approximately a 2.5-hour drive. The rest of the afternoon will be spent in the hotel's garden, where we may have the opportunity to photograph Green-tailed Trainbearer and Bearded Mountaineer.
We will take an early train to Aguas Calientes, a journey of about 1 hour and 40 minutes. From there, a 30-minute bus ride will take us to Machu Picchu for a morning visit. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we will return to Ollantaytambo and spend the rest of the day in the hotel garden, where we can look for birds such as Golden Grosbeak, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Bare-faced Ground Dove, and more.
In the morning, we will proceed to Urubamba city, where we will visit Ensifera Camp, a hummingbird feeding station. Here, we will have excellent opportunities to photograph Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, the largest hummingbird in the world, known as the Giant Hummingbird, among other species. After this visit, we will transfer to Cusco for the night.
We will transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Lima and continue with your international flight.
Lodging as specified.
Meals as specified
All domestic flights
Private transfers to and from hotels on the first and last days
Land transportation during the tour
Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.
Guide and Photography Skipper services
Entrance fees for all described activities.
Taxes on all services listed above.
Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.
Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary