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Costa Rica Photography Adventure with Nature Photography Adventures

Northern Costa Rica

January 12-22, 2020 - Space Available

 

Our Northern Costa Rica Photography Adventure focuses on northern Costa Rica and its Pacific Coast, visits to several unique ecosystems, and great opportunities for birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and frogs!

 

 

2020 Prices:
$4,400 Double Occupancy
$5,175 Single Occupancy
Deposit $800
Balance Due September 1, 2019

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If you like photographing birds and monkeys, crocodiles and caiman, bats and iguanas with long lenses from stable boats – this is the adventure for you.  We have included three boat based outings in three completely different ecosystems – and our scouting outings have yielded some of our best ever monkey and crocodile images!

After years of searching, we have found a place where the lush tropical forests of Tenorio Volcano meet the dry tropical forests of surrounding lowlands where frogs are concentrated – and predictable!  Red eyed tree frogs.  Blue Jeans frogs.  Leopard frogs.  Those transparent frogs.  The list goes on!

 

And we found a tropical waterfall that just begs your photographic attention.  Pumped up with waters spewing from thermal springs this waterfall is poised on the shoulder of Tenorio volcano – where it plunges into an aqua pool right out of your dreams!

We’re dedicating part of this adventure to putting the coast in Costa Rica!  We found a perfect spot, away from the crowds, where we can have a secluded cove to ourselves and photograph.  In fact, we’ll spend three nights there – and greet dawn and sunset from their dining room!  And get sand between our toes!

We even scheduled a late day/sunset outing on a sailing boat – to explore beyond the edges of development for some great natural coast images! And, from that boat, we can spot jumping manta rays! And lots of birds!

And we’re not leaving the cloud forests or canopies out of this one!  We have included our favorite trails that mix the cloud forest floor and canopy – as we venture out onto amazing and stable suspension bridges!  We’ll photograph amazing forest patterns from both angles – and we often have surprise opportunities with birds and monkeys!

And we will get some quality time with hummingbirds – working an area with a number of really distinct species of hummingbirds is an important part of bringing photography gear to Costa Rica!

How will we do all this?  First, we’ll fly in and out of the new airport at Liberia (LIR) and skip the whole big city part of Costa Rica.

Then we will move immediately to the famed Monteverde region – locating ourselves in a great position to walk the ground trails of Monteverde Forest Reserve and explore the canopy trails on the edge of the Santa Elena Forest Reserve.

 

 

Finally, we venture to the shoulders of Tenorio Volcano – a massive cone thrust up into the clouds and its own national park.  We’ll base down where the swirling mists of the volcano give way to the sunny dry forests surrounding it – and explore both the wet and dry areas for great frogs, and outstanding waterfall, and a misty forest trail.  From that base we’ll also venture north to where waters from the volcano slow down and form wetlands – the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge – which are chuck full of exciting birds and crocodiles (we’ll photograph from a boat)!

Then, we'll wrap up on the beach – where we’ll spend three nights, tour Marino Las Baulas National Park mangroves by boat, have a salt water sailing outing along the Guanacaste coastline, and spend more boat time on a slow river in Palo Verde National Park.  Oh, and make some great art with the sunsets on our own beach!

 

 

Our time together in Costa Rica will provide a wealth of great opportunities to photograph birds, monkeys, and crocodiles – with long lenses.  We’ll work on techniques to manage and stabilize those lenses on moving boats.

 

We’ll also look at abstract compositions and studies in green on green in the deep cloud forest.  This is a good time to learn how to manage depth of field in a creative way – not just to have a little or a lot!

And we'll spend a great deal of time working with macros and close-up techniques!

  • 2020 Prices:
    $4,400 Double Occupancy
    $5,175 Single Occupancy

    Deposit $800, balance due September 1, 2019

  • Participants must be in good health and capable of walking forest trails with camera equipment
  • Cost includes all lodging, guided outings, vehicle and boat transportation, entrance fees, service charges and preparation materials
  • Cost includes many meals
  • Adventure begins and ends at Liberia Airport in Costa Rica (LIR)

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2020

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Feb
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March
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Apr
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Jun
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Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
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Jul 8-17
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Jul 19-27
It's time to grab your spot on our 2020 Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
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Aug 9-20
Let's explore Belize and Guatemala on a Wild Adventure. This time we'll be working as a team to go deep into wild caves to light up special formations and artifacts with multiple flashes. We'll ascend pyramids in ancient Mayan cities. We'll explore collapsed cave systems. We'll find wild birds and animals in Belizean and Guatemalan rainforests. Are you wild enough? Contact us if you are interested!
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2021

Patagonia!

Patagonia! Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno Glacier! Condors and Guanacos. Gauchos! The list goes on and on and on! Join us for a photographic exploration of this magic region in southern Argentina and Chilé! We've done the homework to get you to the right places and the right times to make incredible images!
Space Available
Jan 25 - Feb 6
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Feb
17-28

Botswana Photography Safari

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Mar 5-17
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Jun
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Aug 3-10
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans!
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Sep 9-20
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Oct 20-29
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Space Available

Nov
10-20

Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
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Dec 3-12

2022

Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Space Available
Mar 5-17
For 2022, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr
10-23
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
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