Posted on 2021-03-21

Before you Go - Amazon River and Rainforest

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Please bear in mind, the Amazon is a vast region, roughly the size of the United States. My advice is only for the Amazon region surrounding the border between Colombia, Peru and Brazil, with Leticia, the capital of the Amazonas Department in Colombia, as your starting point.

I’m a Colombian photographer based in London. I have been leading photography expeditions to the Amazon for the last 8 years.

My main focus is documenting the tribes that live on the banks of the Amazon River, around Leticia, the capital of Amazonas Department of Colombia, as well as the wildlife of the area.

Some of the minorities include Huitotos in Peru and Yaguas and Ticunas in Colombia and Brasil.

If you are planning a trip to the Amazon, no matter how many days you have available, speak to me. I know the intricacies of planning a trip to this great and vastly unspoiled rainforest where it is unavoidable to get disconnected from the rest of the world, as WiFi and mobile signal is not available out of the main towns.

Wondering where to see monkeys, macaws, sloths and the elusive pink dolphin of the Amazon in their natural habitat? I got you covered.

And if you decide it’s better to travel with a group, my expeditions are a simple way to enjoy nature at its best while I take you to the most spectacular locations where not many photographers venture to go. I also run tailored experiences just for you and your group. The price of the consultation will be taken off any booked tours.


  • South America


  • Experience local culture
  • Largely landscapes
  • Encounter wildlife
  • Explore nature
  • Approach people
  • Getting close-up
  • Visual Storytelling

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Time Zone

UTC -5


  • Robert
  • Jun 23, 2021
  • JQ delivered his "Up close and personal: a Photographic Journey in South America, Asia and Africa" to Woking Photographic Society. The images were all terrific and some of the stories behind them quite astonishing, all delivered in a very personable style. A thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would love to see more of John's work at some stage in the future.

  • Margaret
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Hi JQ. I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday. Your use of light was superb. I wondered why the presentation suddenly cut off - thought it was maybe my connection. It has happened once before that fb have cut a photo webinar because of “nudity”. Pity they don’t seem to appreciate the difference between art and straight nudity.

  • Anne
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Fantastic presentation- makes me want to go back to Colombia!

  • John
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Stunning use of natural light. Enjoyed the talk immensely.

  • PC
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Impressionante!!! I was just at the point of posting a comment when FB pulled the plug.
    Great set of photographs, and great presentation.
    I wish you all the best with your tours and hopefully this virus will be under control in the next 12 months and allow us all to continue with our lives.

  • Feargal
  • Mar 30, 2021
  • JQ delivers a superb presentation - the photos and his explanation of how and why he took them was excellent but what was extremely impressive was not only the story associated with the image but the way he told that story.

    It comes across that he really loves his native country ( Columbia) and you great empathy for the local population and the tribes- people of the Amazon

    Absolutely superb, very professional and not to be missed