Bolivia Bird and Nature Photography
14 day, US$ 5,000
May 15-28 2017; August 7-20 2017; November 13-26
Bolivia’s natural beauty is awe-inspiring. But a few areas have become nature-photographer’s favorites for a plethora of reasons: better light conditions, crisper air, tame and abundant wildlife, more open habitat, easy maneuverability, etc. We have designed this bird and nature photography tour so there is no need to apologize. Take your time, get the shot- guided by our professional bird guide with a group of people who all understand the need to try one more angle.
The tour is designed to visit three spectacular areas of Bolivia. We will start in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve in the Savannas of Beni. This is a vast open area with a wonderful natural landscape full of protected tame wildlife. In June the trees will be dripping with austral migrants from Argentina offering a multitude of possibilities to photograph wildlife.
The reserve also protects the Bolivian Endemic Blue-throated Macaw, with flocks of thirty flying to preferred perches. The area holds a great diversity of habitats for the shutters fancy, from tall grass savannas, Palm forests, Cerrado forest, Marshes to a crystal clear lake.
From there we travel to the second best spot for bird and nature photography, the dry Andean valleys protected in the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve. Another endemic macaw, in an area abundant with tame birds concentrated along the river edge hedges. Paul B Jones wrote "The reserve is a fantastic place for bird photography, featuring many approachable and seldom documented species." The Red-fronted Macaw reserve offers a wonderful opportunity to approach the birds along the river side, as well as climb the mountains for scenes, cacti and interesting plants. There are options to capture flying birds from below, head-on on the cliff trail, or from above on the cliff top.
From here, we travel up the Andes to Sajama National Park to visit a contrasting vast landscape of high altitude puna, water bodies and mountains. The high altitude clear light has a rare depth in that magic hour that must be experienced. Wildlife here is large, colourful and tame, all the needed conditions for capturing the wonders of our planet.
See the photos presented by Paul Jones on his visit to the Barba Azul Nature Reserve and the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve (photos)