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.
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!).
Call: (512) 378-3355 ~ Click: jparker@JeffParkerImages.com ~ Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.
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.
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!
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...!
SELVA VERDE LODGE (June 4-5):
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.
SAVEGRE MOUNTAIN HOTEL (June 6-7):
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!
BOSQUE DEL CABO (June 8-10):
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!
YOUR FIRST & LAST NIGHTS ~ HAMPTON INN (June 3 & June 11):
Spend your first & final nights just minutes from the airport in Alajuela. The Hampton Inn provides free airport shuttle service.
Call: (512) 378-3355 ~ Email: JParker(at)ExporeinFocus.com ~ Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.
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. Look for his upcoming book, Explore Texas ~ A Nature Travel Guide, created with his wife, writer Mary O. Parker. The book is perfect for nature lovers who love to travel and travelers who love nature.™
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.
Call: (512) 378-3355 ~ Email: JParker ~ AT ~ ExploreinFocus.com ~ Or use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot.
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.
The cost of this all-inclusive trip is $4295 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).
If we are forced to cancel the tour, a full refund will be given. However, ExploreinFocus.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.
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