Location: Manu, Peru

Dates: November 6 – 18, 2018

Deposit: $3,000 / Tuition: $6,500

A Photographic Journey Into the Amazon


 Join elite nature and wildlife photographer Morgan Heim on an unforgettable, small, group trip deep into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. 

The Madre de Dios and Manu Regions of Peru are considered to be one of the most biodiverse environments on earth. They provide crucial habitat for over 1,000 species of birds, 14 species of primates, 150 species of mammals, and incorporates vast territory ranging from alpine plateaus, river basins, to tropical rainforest. The area is also home to several indigenous and ‘uncontacted’ tribes, and is considered to be one of the most remote corners of the Amazon Rainforest. 

 In this workshop, you’ll be immersed in the landscape, history, and culture of the Amazon. We will begin our journey by exploring the Inca civilization near Cusco at the ancient city of Pisac. We will then drive over the tops of the Andes and into the Amazon Basin where we will explore the wildlife of Cosñipata before following the Madre de Dios River in motorized canoes. This will be a trip like no other and will offer an engaging blend of wildlife, culture, and conservation. 


Topics We Will Cover:

Nature/Conservation Photography Techniques

Travel/Cultural Photography Techniques

Macro and Lightpainting Photography

Expedition Photography 


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Morgan Heim

Workshop Faculty

Morgan (Mo) Heim raises a camera for one purpose – to capture moments in an animal’s life that will make us consider what that life means. Inevitably, those stories involve people as much as wildlife. How we treat them. Why we need them. What we love, or hate about them. Mo, used to work as a wildlife ecologist for NOAA on things like killer whale surveys and the Elwha Dam Removal project. She later earned a Master’s in environmental journalism and is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). She has covered endangered fishing cats and shrimp farm development, and the environmental impacts of marijuana grows in our nation’s forests. In 2016, she became a National Geographic grantee for her collaboration on urban coyotes. Her photographic work has appeared in outlets such as Smithsonian, Discover, NationalGeographic.com, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and bioGraphic.com.

Chris Steppig

Workshop Director

Chris runs the annual series of workshops and is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people. Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.

Ian Segebarth

Guide and Faculty

The founder and owner of Rainshadow Expeditions, Ian has spent the past decade traveling and guiding in over 40 countries, covering every continent. He has a background in conservation biology and environmental science, which has fueled his passion for nature and exploration. Ian is a highly experienced scuba instructor and technical cave diver, and has completed thousands of dives all over the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Antarctica, and the Caribbean. He is also a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and his film work has appeared on Discovery Channel and BBC. In addition to guiding, Ian still has ongoing research and exploration in numerous locations around the world, and he will be happy to share his expertise on these topics.

Matt Stirn

Workshop Staff

Matt is a photographer and archaeologist from Jackson, Wyoming. The majority of his work focuses on travel, nature, and cultural and environmental conservation. He is a National Fellow for the Explorer's Club and has worked as a senior photographer and on assignment for archaeological and conservation projects on four continents. Matt's work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Archaeology Magazine, and Photographers Without Borders Magazine. When not on assignment or digging in an excavation, Matt can be found sampling strange food or sipping artisanal beverages while planning the next grand adventure.

Manu Peru

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Trip Highlights:

Small Group Experience (7 Students, 3 Faculty)

Visit Ancient Incan City of Pisac

Stay at a Private Eco Lodge 

Conduct Night Hikes in Search of Nocturnal Animals

Photograph the Cock of the Rock

Travel By Boat To Manu National Park

Search For Jaguars, Giant Otters, Monkeys, Macaws, Parrots, and More


Costs Included In Tuition:

Hotels, Meals, Transfers, Entrance / Guide Fees, Domestic Flights, Local Guide Tips

***Due to the remote nature of this trip, most hotel rooms will be double occupancy if the trip completely fills (7 students, 3 faculty)


Not Included:

International Flights



Arrival day in Lima, Peru. Stay overnight in Lima, get a group dinner, and go over goals and itinerary of the trip.

 DAY 2

Wake up early and fly from Lima to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. We will spend the day exploring the Incan city of Pisac located just outside of Cusco.

 DAY 3

After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin the 4-5 hour drive down the Cosñipata Valley to Manu Paradise Lodge, which will be exclusively ours for the trip. This journey will take us out of Cusco, over the top of the Andes Mountains, and into the Amazon Basin. We will stop several times en route, in each of the various ecosystems as we cross over the Andes and begin the journey down towards the Amazon.


This will be our first day photographing in the Amazon! We will wake up early and hike in the rainforest near our private lodge in search of birds, monkeys, reptiles, and other large mammals.


We will wake up early and drive to a short distance in search of the spectacular Cock of the Rock. We will be here during mating season and will have the opportunity to witness up to 20-30 males performing their courtship display. We will photograph in the forest for the rest of the day and after dinner, head out on our first night hike in search of nocturnal animals!

DAYS 6-7

The following two days will be spent at the Manu Paradise Lodge and around the Cosnipata Valley photographing birds, reptiles, amphibians, monkeys, and other large mammals. We will return to the Cock of the Rock lek at least one more time and will have the opportunity for after dinner night hikes every evening. Our exact itineraries these days will depend on what people are interested in photographing and where wildlife can be found.


Today we head into the magical Manu National Park. We will drive two hours through the rainforest to the port town of Atalaya. From here we will board a motorized canoe for a 5 – 7 hour trip deep into the Amazon down the Alto Madre de Dios River to the Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. During our boat journey we will have the chance to observe an abundance of wildlife along the river including Jaguars, Tapirs, Monkeys, and exotic birds. We will also have the opportunity to witness and learn about indigenous Amazon cultures and how communities have lived in the rainforest for thousands of years.

 DAY 9

After breakfast, we will hop in a boat and visit the nearby macaw clay lick, a natural source of clay that attracts several species of vibrant macaws and parrots. This site has a large blind only 50m from the wall of the lick which offers great opportunities of close up images. After lunch we will hike to the Blanquillo Oxbow Lake in search of Caimans, Amazon Kingfishers, and Giant River Otters, After dinner at the lodge we will head out on a night hike in search of nocturnal wildlife.

DAYS 10 – 11

The next two days will be spent in Manu traveling by boat and by foot to explore the region’s immense biodiversity. We will revisit the macaw, parrot, and mammal licks, search for giant river otters, capybaras, monkeys, and jaguars. We will also visit an observation tower for a chance to spot the elusive Harpy Eagle. Evenings will be spent near the lodge with more opportunities for night hikes.

DAY 12

Today we depart Manu, but the adventure isn’t quite over! Our journey out of the Amazon will take us on a 5 hour boat trip to Puerto Maldonado during which we will have a final chance to search for wildlife and landscapes to photographer before our departure. From Puerto Maldonado we will catch a late afternoon flight back to Lima where we will have a farewell dinner before parting ways.

DAY 13

Departures back to the US

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