COSTA RICA - JULY 2015 - Adventure through three different Costa Rican eco-systems with award-winning nature photographer, Jeff Parker.

Jeff Parker's Honduras Photo Tour

Your Tour—The Basics

July 11 ~  July 19, 2015          

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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 two days exploring the flora and fauna of the incredibly diverse Caribbean-slope lowland rainforest. This lush evergreen region northeast of the Cordillera along the Sarapiquí River gives rise to a wonderful variety of life.

There, we'll spend a full day at a very special site designed exclusively for photographers.  This promises to be lots of fun! We'll photograph an assortment of local bird species as they visit set-ups designed specifically for image-making.  In addition, we'll take turns working with a multi-flash hummingbird setup.  

The grounds of our rainforest lodge are right next to the Sarapiquí River and provide non-stop photo ops. In particular, you'll find lots of opportunities to hone your macro skills with poison dart frogs, bizarre insects, and unique, tiny landscapes.

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

Finally, we head to the Pacific Ocean and the Osa Peninsula -- one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet (actually, many biologists suggest it's  the most biodiverse place on Earth). 

While in this amazing eco-system, we'll likely never put our cameras away!  Here we'll photograph Scarlet Macaws, Chesnut-mandibled Toucans, and four species of monkeys (Spider, White-faced Capuchin, Squirrel, and Howler).  Agoutis, Coatis, and a plethora of other tropical wildlife also live here in abundance.  Many trails traverse the rainforests and edge along the ocean and photographers and others walking them have been known to spot Pumas (rare!) and Collared Peccaries (often!).  

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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; Collared Aracari; Scarlet Macaw; Crimson-collared Tanager; Blue-gray Tanager; Acorn Woodpecker; Collared Redstart; Scarlet-rumped Tanager; Keel-billed Toucan; Chestnut-mandibled Toucan; Rufous Motmot; Great Curassow; Crested Guan; Yellow-thighed Finch; Magnificent Hummingbird; White-necked Jacobin; Fiery-throated Hummingbird; and likely plenty of others…over 850 bird species have been recorded in Costa Rica!

OTHER ANIMALS:




Spider Monkeys; Squirell 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; 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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Your Accommodations

SELVA VERDE LODGE (July 12-13):
Selva Verde Rainforest Lodge began in 1985 as one of Costa Rica’s first nature-tourism lodges. Nestled into 500 acres of Caribbean-slope lowland rainforest it holds steadfast to the mission that it had since its inception: Conservation of the rainforest and its inhabitants.
 
Its location on the banks of the Sarapiquí River allows visitors to view and photograph an amazing array of wild visitors, from peccaries to sloths to monkeys. The grounds include both old-growth and second-growth forest and the canopy gives rise to its own life worth discovery.

http://www.selvaverde.com/lang/en/

   Costa Rica Photo Tour 2015, with Jeff Parker

SAVEGRE MOUNTAIN HOTEL (July 14-15):
Enjoy misty vistas of the Highlands of Talamanca as you the explore trails of Savegre Mountain Lodge, where bromeliads, orchids, and ferns grow wild.  Discover nearby waterfalls and mountain streams within the mysterious fog of this cloud forest.

This lodge envelops you in relaxation.  After a day of photography that includes the Resplendent Quetzal, other endemic life, and dramatic landscapes, snuggle into bed in your heated room for a quiet rest.  Rooms come with large windows, which provide wonderful views of both flower gardens and mountains.   You'll truly feel as if you're on vacation here! 

http://www.savegre.com/

BOSQUE DEL CABO (July 16-18):
Perched at the edge of this very special slice of Costa Rican rainforest, the Bosque del Cabo eco-lodge, peers out over the Pacific Ocean from 500-feet above.  Situated on over 750 acres of one of Earth’s most biologically diverse places, Bosque del Cabo takes its commitment to “eco” seriously.  One great example is its solar-powered restaurant.

Here they offer something to satisfy both luxury lovers & nature lovers. Cabinas come with gorgeous ocean views, hammocks, and comfortable porch chairs. Relax to the sound of the pounding surf below as you drift off to sleep, read a good book, or photograph butterflies that have discovered nearby flowers.

On-site hiking trails deliver you to quiet beaches, and through sultry jungles brimming with life.  Mornings, especially, bring the distinct vocalizations of parrots and the bright colors of macaws and toucans. Four species of monkeys visit the grounds daily, providing lots of fodder for your focus!  
www.bosquedelcabo.com


YOUR FIRST & LAST NIGHTS ~ HAMPTON INN (July 11 & July 19):
Spend your first & final nights just minutes from the airport in Alajuela. The Hampton Inn provides free airport shuttle service.

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/costa-rica/hampton-inn-and-suites-by-hilton-san-jose-airport-SJCAPHX/index.html

  

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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 three of the Coastal Bend/Wildlife in Focus Photo Contests.

His work has appeared in many publications and websites including: Audubon, NANPA’s Expressions, American Profile, American Airlines’ Celebrated Living-CL, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Texas Wildlife Magazine, Texas Journey, 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 Travis Audubon Society, and the Bastrop County Audubon Society. He’s a graduate of the 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.

 

Jeff Parker in Costa Rica

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Your Tour—Some Specifics



Please note: This is our estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary as much as possible, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences and plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

DAY 1:  Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • Plan to arrive in Alajuela/San José by 5:00pm. There, you’ll be greeted by Jeff.
  • After a short rest, we’ll gather for an orientation, and an overview of our upcoming adventure.
  • We’ll enjoy our first dinner together.
  • Lodging at Hampton Inn  (double-occupancy unless otherwise requested…please see “What’s Included?” below for more info).

DAY 2: Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • Journey to Selva Verde Lodge, where we'll spend two (2) nights in the tropical rainforest lowlands of Sarapiquí.
  • Lunch at the lodge.
  • Explore the grounds.  Selva Verde abounds with Poison Dart Frogs!
  • Night hike (bring your headlamp!).

DAY 3: Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Awake to the sounds of the rainforest as the primeval roar of Howler Monkeys welcome you to the jungles of Sarapiquí.
  • Today, we’ll visit the Nature Pavilion, a favorite of wildlife photographers like me!  We'll spend the day capturing images of the many different bird species that visit the area.  We will also be taking turns on the multi-flash hummingbird setup there.
  • Lunch will served by the kind staff at the Pavilion.
  • Workshop/instructional/critiquing time with Jeff ~ as time, energy, and interest permits.

DAY 4: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Rise and shine once again to the primitive serenade of the rainforest.
  • Breakfast at Selva Verde.
  • Arrive at Savegre Mountain Lodge and settle into your comfortable room (with a very special bathroom & tub!) nestled into the cloud forest. 
  • Head out in search of Resplendent Quetzales, those magnificent native birds. Quetzales rely on the Ocotea (wild avocado) trees, which grow in this moist terrain. Lore has it that to the ancient peoples they represented mystery and freedom—traits of the cloud forest in which they reside.
 
  • If time (and energy) permits we'll have a session on hummingbird photography, focusing on set-ups and working with natural light
  • For those interested:  meet with Jeff in the bar before dinner for image reviews

DAY 5: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Awake in the peaceful and sometimes chilly mountain air and head out for your morning photo shoot. 
  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast following your morning photo shoot.
  • Optional hike to the waterfalls following lunch.
  • Evening photo shoot.
  • Full course dinner at Savegre, served by the professional staff.

DAY 6: Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • Breakfast at Savegre, fuel up for the push into the Osa.
  • On the way to the Osa Penninsula we'll stop a special place for a cup of coffee and some awesome hummingbird photography. 
  • Arrive at Bosque del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula and settle into your cabina overlooking the Pacific. 
  • Take a dip in the pool, relax with a book on your porch, or simply watch the ocean as you await lunch.
  • Head out to a special spot to photograph Scarlet Macaws.
  • Dine by candlelight on the outdoor patio.

DAY 7: Friday, July 17, 2015

  • Awake to the morning sounds of the ocean and birdsong.
  • Head out for your first Osa Pennisula morning photo shoot as you watch monkeys scuttle through the trees above. 
  • Other activities - TBA
  • Workshop/instructional/critiquing time with Jeff
  • Evening photo shoot
  • Dine again by candlelight and enjoy a full-course meal, while getting to know the other guests

DAY 8: Saturday, July 18, 2015

  • Morning shoot amidst the monkeys and other vibrant Osa wildlife
  • Mid-day macro sesson for those interested.
  • Extra workshop/instructional/critiquing time with Jeff today
  • Evening photo shoot

DAY 9: Sunday, July 19, 2015

  • Final morning photo shoot at Bosque del Cabo before departing for San José/Alajuela area
  • Check in at Hampton Inn in Alajuela (near the airport) in your double-occupancy room for your final overnight stay of the tour.  
  • Final meal together at local eatery.
  • Tour officially ends. 

DAY 10: Monday, July 20, 2015

  • Awake in your room in Hampton Inn in Alajuela (near the airport).
  • Breakfast as time allows before taking the shuttle for your departing flight.

 

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

What's Included?

The cost of this all-inclusive trip is $3995 per person.

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, parks, or such places visited as part of this tour.  Our in-country transportation will be by van.

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.  IMPORTANT:  At Bosque del Cabo single-occupancy will only be available based upon the mix of participants as their lodging is very limited.  Please let us know ASAP if you will want single-occupancy.  Thanks! 

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).  ** NOW: Three (3) spaces left.

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.

Reserve your spot in Jeff's Costa Rica Photo Tour ~ 2015

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 make their living sharing the biodiversity of their country we send the message that we feel that what they do is of value.

Our DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICIES can be found HERE