COSTA RICA - JULY 2013 - Adventure through three different Costa Rican eco-systems with award-winning nature photographer, Jeff Parker.

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Your Tour—The Basics

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Stimulate your sense of wonder and adventure with award-winning photographer Jeff Parker through three different Costa Rican eco-systems.

We spend our first three days exploring the flora and fauna of the incredibly diverse Caribbean-slope lowland rainforest. This lush evergreen region northeast of the Cordillera gives rise to a wonderful variety of life.

Photograph incredible wildlife such as monkeys, coati, agouti, toucans,and myriad other tropical critters found along the Sarapiquí River, including (hopefully) the endangered Great Green Macaw. The life cycle of these vociferous parrots depends upon Dipteryx panamensis—the wild almond trees still nurtured here—so this region provides a good chance of focusing our lenses on these natural beauties.

Next, while we remain on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope, our journey takes us upward into what is known as a “primary pre-montane” ecosystem. Here, the terrain remains verdant and vibrant, but also becomes mountainous. We’ve entered coffee country. And, while hummingbirds thrive throughout Costa Rica, you’ll soon realize why this location has earned the moniker “Hummer Heaven.” Mountain streams and deep-forest trails aid the unique environment in providing visitors with a peaceful experience.

Finally, we discover our third ecosystem within the moist cloud forest of the Talamanca Mountains as we climb to our highest elevation. Amidst an ethereal world of epiphytes, ferns, and oaks a phenomenal range of species exists, including the Resplendent Quetzal. These endemic birds rely heavily on Ocotea (spp.) trees, which grow throughout this misty, rugged landscape..
 




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Call:  (512) 378-3355 ~ Click: jparker@JeffParkerImages.com ~ Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.

 

The Wildlife

What You May See and/or Photograph

Costa Rica jumped on Central America’s nature-tourism bandwagon first for good reason.

Not only does the tiny democracy boast a stable and safe political environment, but thanks to its unique geographic position and geology its natural environment hosts an amazing array of plant and animal life.

BIRDS:

Resplendent Quetzal; Scaled Antpitta; Black Guan; Emerald Toucanet; Trogons; Purple-throated Fruit Crow; Black-faced Grosbeak; Great Green Macaw; Keeled Bill Toucan; Montezuma’s Oropendola; Snowcap; Roufous Motmot; Green-fronted Lancebill; Violet-crowned Woodnymph; Brown Violet-ear; Green Hermit; Green Thorntail; Violet Sabrewing; Brown-billed Scythebill; Red-footed Plumeleteer; Green-crowned Brilliant; Tinamous; Caciques; Snowy Cotinga; Golden-hooded Tanager; Sunbittern; Chachalaca; White-colored Manakin; and likely plenty of others…over 850 bird species have been recorded in Costa Rica!

WE RECOMMEND: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/ebafactsheet.php?id=16.

OTHER ANIMALS:

Spider Monkeys; Mantled Howler Monkeys; White-faced Capuchins; Leaf-cutter Ants; Sloths; Variegated Squirrels; Red-tailed Squirrel; Coati; Agouti; Tree Frogs and other frogs; Bats (Costa Rica boasts 109 species!); Blue-morpho Butterflies & lots of other amazing Butterflies; Brazilian Rabbit; Mexican Hairy Porcupine; Green Basilisk; plenty of one of the 12,000 Moths of Costa Rica (just wait…you never knew moths could be so beautiful!); Iguanas; Collared Peccaries; and more...!

 

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Call us at (512) 378-3355 or email jparker@JeffParkerImages.com

Your Accommodations

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Call:  (512) 378-3355  ~  Click: jparker@JeffParkerImages.com  ~  Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

 

Your Tour Leader, Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker is equal parts photographer, teacher, adventurer, nature-lover, and conservationist. You’ll find him patient, straight-forward, low-key, and thoroughly engaged. His affinity for Central American wildlife runs deep.

Jeff captured winnings in Images for Conservation’s 2010 Pro-Tour and also earned his share of awards in the 2007, 2009, and 2011 Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contests.

His work has appeared in many publications and websites including: Audubon, NANPA’s Expressions 2011 and 2012, American Profile, American Airlines’ Celebrated Living-CL, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Texas Wildlife Magazine, and Cenizo.

Look for his photographs in the books: Images for Conservation (Pro-Tour Series): Borderlands of Laredo and Wildlife in Focus IV and V and VI.

Jeff proudly belongs to the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the Nature Conservancy, the Houston Audubon Society, Travis Audubon Society, and the Bastrop County Audubon Society. He’s a graduate of the 2010 inaugural class of Corpus Christi Certified Wildlife Guides.

Jeff always maintains a low-participant ratio so he can provide a personable experience. His goal is multi-faceted: he wants you to have a truly wonderful vacation, learn about the wildlife you've come to see, and take home new photography skills and great images.

Accompanying and assisting Jeff will be his bilingual wife, Mary O. Parker. Mary is a Watchable Wildlife Industry consultant, freelance writer, and a former Spanish teacher.

Parkers in Costa Rica

 

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Call: (512) 378-3355 ~  Click: jparker@JeffParkerImages.com  ~  Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.

Your Tour—Some Specifics—Details Coming Soon!

Good photographic experiences and plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

 

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What's Included?

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Jeff Parker’s “Costa Rica in Focus” includes all accommodations (double-occupancy), all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10, in-country transportation (except airline transfers you may require), and entry fees for research stations, national parks, or such places visited as part of this tour.

Accommodations are two to a room. Please let us know if you’d like single-occupancy and we will be happy to quote you a single-occupancy rate.

Details: Six (6) spots are available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The non-refundable deposit to reserve a place is $500 (if we can fill your spot we'll refund your deposit).

If we are forced to cancel the tour, a full refund will be given. However, JeffParkerImages.com is not responsible for reimbursement of any other trip related expenses (e.g. non-refundable airfare).
 

Our DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICIES can be found HERE


Trip insurance is always recommended.

 

What’s Not Included?

Travel to and from Costa Rica, airline transfer fees in-country or out, fees for passports, visas, immunizations, insurance, airport taxes, surcharges, exit fees, tips** for guides and wait staff, alcoholic beverages or other beverages not included with meals or accommodations, long distance phone calls, laundry, or any other items of a personal nature. In addition, the cost of hospitalization, medical services if needed, or expenses involved in evacuation would not be included.

TIPS:  To help make you feel more comfortable, we’ll discuss tipping protocol during our orientation on Day 1. We can't encourage you enough to tip wait staff and guides. By supporting Costa Ricans who engage in the nature-tourism industry you encourage conservation.

Details coming soon!
Call:  (512) 378-3355
Click:   jparker@JeffParkerImages.com
Or...use the PayPal button above to reserve your spot.
 

 

 

Our DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICIES can be found HERE