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The Essence of Costa Rica

Fill your portfolio with color!

9 Nights & 10 Days

Leader: Juan Carlos Vindas

Jan 5th/Jan 14th 2018

Costa Rica Gallery

With over 900 species of birds, including the elusive resplendent quetzal, and the colorful keel-billed toucan, Costa Rica has so much to offer in a tiny portion of land that barely reach the 21.000 squeare miles. Allow that a local expert with over 20 years of experience take you under his wing and show you the amazing fauna and culture of Costa Rica.

On this tour, we will be visting the northern plains in Costa Rica, rich in wildlife as they are part of several natural corridors and it´s close to a protected area where our first lodge is located. It´s no secret that Costa Rica has been a leader in conservation in recent years and the number of protected areas encompass 25% of its total landmass making this Central American country one of the richest in terms of biodiversity. A country with no standing army since 1948 and the 5% of the world´s diverity is a perfect place to help you bring variety and color to your portfolio.

If you arrive early then no problem as the hotel´s garden is the right place to practice with your macro lens as the number of native and exotic flowers will keep you busy! At night, we will meet at a conference room to get to know each other and then will eat dinner (dinner for first night not included in the price)

We will begin this photo tour by heading towards the northern plains where will will spend the next three nights, then will move to a cooler area surrounded by lush rainforest where many birds and mammals can be photographed. We then will travel to Costa Rica´s highlands where the beautiful resplendent quetzal can be found. The number of species is too large to number but we will end up with a great number of keepers that light enlighten your porfolio. We will be traveling in altitudinal gradient that goes from 30mts above the sea level up to 2300mts. in elevation.

Allow me to show you Costa Rica from my perspective!

Payments must be done in US dollars and you have to cover your wiring fees. (I will cover mine in Costa Rica) The tour must be paid in full by October 5th. 2017.

Accommodations are for two persons per room. Double Occupancy

Contact me for pricing and availability.

Once I have received your deposit; we will send you a confirmation receipt.

(*Meals included where BLD indicated)

Day 1/ (Jan 5th) Airport/San José/ Upon your arrival to San José; Juan will assist you in your transfer to your hotel for the evening. Depending on your arrival time, the gardens at our hotel offer a varied inventory of flowers and macro opportunities, as well as some avian photography.  I have organized a meet and greet dinner; (depending on your arrival time) where we will discuss the itinerary and brief you on our photographic tour.  *Dinner tonight is not included in the quoted price.

Day 2/ (Jan 6th) Caribbean Lowlands/After a full breakfast we will leave the Central Valley and head to the Caribbean lowlands. We expect to arrive at our first lodge before lunch.  After a quick check-in, we’ll begin photographing many beautiful colorful species. I will focus on setting up some mossy perches, fill flash techniques, along with a goal of creating tack sharp images with pleasing backgrounds. BLD

Day 3/ (Jan 7th) Caribbean Lowlands/ Bird photography morning session at the lodge deck. I can’t think of any other lodge in Costa Rica where there are so many species of birds that regularly visit the feeders. Target species are: Keel-billed toucans, Yellow-throated toucans, Collared Aracaris, (a small toucan) Orange-chinned Parakeet, Brown-hooded Parrot, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Passerini´s Tanager, Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Great Curassow, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Shining Honeycreeper and many more!

Then after the good light is gone we will we get our macro and mid-range lens ready as we will have a macro session where we will have chances to photograph the Red-eyed Tree-frog, insects and a couple snake species. Today we will have the entire facility to ourselves. With the covered area we have no worries about rain or harsh sun. BLD

Day 4/ (Jan 8th) Caribbean Lowlands/ Bird photography morning session at the lodge deck. Then in the afternoon, we will travel a very short distance to a local private garden. Here we will photograph different colorful tanagers and possibly an uncommon woodpecker.   We will help you create unique images using the surrounding natural habitat, ambient light and fill flash. BLD

Day 5/ (Jan 9th) Northern Plains/After breakfast we will leave the Caribbean lowlands and head towards the northern plains. Today we’ll enjoy photographing beautiful wild great-green and scarlet macaws both perched and in flight. After lunch, we will travel to our second lodge. The rainforest and grounds around the lodge offer fabulous photography opportunities. BLD

Day 6/ (Jan 10th) Northern Plains/ Today we will walk around the lodge gardens where many hummingbirds and other birds can be seen and photographed, also, some spider and howler monkeys live in the property so we will try to locate them to take pictures of them. BLD

Day 7/ (Jan 11th) Cartago Area/After breakfast, we’ll depart to the highest mountain range of Costa Rica.  The lodge offers a large variety of bird species, where the beauty of the environment will make for an unforgettable experience. We expect to arrive in the late afternoon. Tonight we’ll prepare and brief on the pursuit of the highly sought after resplendent quetzal. BLD

Day 8/ (Jan 12th) Cartago Area/ Today we start the day very early. Our goal today is finding and photographing the elusive resplendent quetzal.  After a productive morning, return to the lodge for breakfast. Full day of shooting birds on lodge grounds. Also included is a visit (in the afternoon) to a wonderful local garden for totally new species of birds. There are some endemic bird species within this mountain range and we of course want to photograph them.  BLD

Day 9/ (Jan 13th) Cartago Area/ Today is a continuation of yesterday’s itinerary. Capturing wonderful images of the elusive resplendent quetzal. Then we return to the lodge for breakfast after we drive a short distance to photograph other species of birds and hummingbirds, we return to our lodge for lunch. BLD

Day 10/ (Jan 14th Sunday) Cartago area/Airport/ Early breakfast and then depart for airport. B

Because of the varied micro-climates in Costa Rica and the diversity of places we will visit, we advise you to bring light clothing for the humid-low lands and a jacket/shell for the low-temperatures of cloud and oak forest where our lodges are located. It is also advisable to bring mosquito repellent, sunscreen and please let us know if you have a special diet that we should know.

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This workshop/photo tour includes all lodging, all transportation within Costa Rica, and meals where indicated.  All meals at the chosen lodging include a local beverage, example water or juice.  Any additional items, such as beer, wine, soft drinks, additional beverages, and laundry will be charged to your room, and you will be responsible for paying the lodge directly. This workshop has a six-person required minimum at this fee structure of $3,750.00 dollars per person with double occupancy payable prior to your departure.

For PHOTOGRAPHER OR GUEST, a $1.000 dollar deposit is required to ensure a place on this tour.  This deposit is refundable in the event of your cancellation IF AND ONLY IF; YOU THE REGISTERED PARTICIPNAT CAN FILL YOUR SPOT ON THIS WORKSHOP/TOUR. Your FINAL BALANCE IS DUE BY OCT 5th 2017.

The above- stated costs apply to double room accommodations only.  There is an additional cost of $350.00 if a single room is required.

The above-stated cost does not include airfare.

After a deposit is received we will email a suggested equipment/gear list as well as the itinerary with names of lodges as well as their websites.

Feel free to email me with questions jcvpictures@gmail.com   you may also reach me at +506 8846-1695