Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2019 ~ Explore in Focus™ / Jeff Parker

COSTA RICA in Focus Photo Tour 2019

June 7 – 15, 2019
Tour includes 3 ecosystems in Costa Rica
Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems during Jeff Parker's wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2019.

Limited to SIX (6) ~ ONE (1) spot left

Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems — Osa Peninsula, cloud forest & rainforest — during this wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2019.

The variety of habitats packed into this small tropical country enable it to provide haven to more bird species than the entire continental United States.

And that’s just the birds! Butterflies, frogs, flowers, monkeys, coatis, peccaries, and other life forms all exhibit the exuberance of the tropics ~ which always makes me exuberant when I’m there!

We begin with Caribbean-slope rainforest. Poison dart frogs, hummingbirds, tanagers and aracaris will be among the subjects for our lenses ~ plus who-knows what else. (Seriously! So much unexpected wildlife to experience here!)

While in this region, we’ll spend time at a very special place set up especially for bird photography. There, image-friendly feeders  attract Collared Aracaris, Crimson-collared Tanagers, Green Honeycreepers and many other species.

In addition, I’ll bring along the full multi-flash hummingbird photography set-up so you don’t have to. We’ll have lots of fun photographing a variety of Costa Rica’s colorful and fast-flying hummers at the Nature Pavilion and our other destinations in-country.

Costa Rica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker, Explore in Focus™

The rest of our time on the Caribbean slope will be spent on the grounds of the Selva Verde Lodge (with the Sarapiquí River flowing just beside the lodge).

Next, we head to cloud forest, high into the Talamanca Mountains. There, we’ll photograph the Resplendent Quetzal, billed as the most beautiful bird in the Americas!

Of course, the quetzal is just one of the birds that live in the cool, misty cloud forest. We will also have a variety of hummingbirds (different species than we saw in the lowland rainforest), trogons, tanagers and more to keep us and our lenses occupied. 

Our final ecosystem is found in the wild jungles of the Osa Peninsula. Often quoted as “the second most biologically intense place on the planet,” only Peru’s Manu National Park tops the Osa for biodiversity.

Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

The grounds of our ocean-front lodge — your cabana sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean! — provide habitat for all four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica. The simians provide not only lots of great images, but plenty of great entertainment, too!


The trail cameras often record pumas, tyras and other elusive rainforest mammals. Easier to spot are the coatis, Yellow-throated Toucans, and Scarlet Macaws. Seeing the macaws fly over the blue Pacific is a sight you will not forget. Bring your headlamps as we will venture out after dark and see what else we can find ~ it’s a whole other world after dark in the tropics!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an estimated schedule & we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences & plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

Friday, June 7:
Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. We’ll have dinner together and get a good night’s sleep at the Hampton Inn.

Overnight: Hampton Inn

Saturday, June 8:
After breakfast the real adventure begins.  We’ll leave the Central Valley and head down the Caribbean slope through beautiful rainforest.  We’ll arrive in time to lunch at our lodge.

During the afternoon we’ll explore the grounds.  Poison dart frogs, really cool walking sticks and other macro subjects await discovery.  

After dinner we’ll see what other critters come out after dark.

Overnight: Selva Verde.

Sunday, June 9:
After breakfast we’ll head off-site to spend most of the day photographing a variety of birds at a location with wonderful fruit and sugar water feeders.  I’ll have a multi-flash hummingbird set-up that we will take turns using.  Bring plenty of memory cards!


Return to lodge after lunch & rest. During our breaks I’ll be available to answer your questions, critique shots, and provide instruction as needed.

In the evening we’ll again see what surprises the rainforest has for us.

Overnight: Selva Verde.

Monday, June 10:
After breakfast we head to our next destination, which is located in the high, cool cloud forest.  Realm of the Resplendent Quetzal! 

Often called the most beautiful bird in the Americas, the Resplendent Quetzal will be our main target at this location.  That doesn’t mean it will be our only target though!

The cloud forest is home to a different suite of hummingbirds than what we found in the rainforest.  We’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph them as well as other high-elevation birds.

Overnight: Savegre Hotel

Costa Rica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker, Explore in Focus™

Tuesday, June 11:
Between forays to search for quetzals, we’ll spend some time in a private garden photographing birds coming to fruit and sugar water feeders.  Again, these will be very different species from what we found in the lowlands.  There will also be bird photography opportunities on the grounds of our lodge.

Overnight: Savegre Hotel

Wednesday, June 12:

I’ve saved the best for last!  Today we travel down the Pacific slope to the Osa Peninsula.  This biodiversity hotspot is the wildest region in Costa Rica.  All of the animals that were present prior to the arrival of Europeans are still here.  Many are not easy to spot, but the forest is full of surprises and you never know what we might see.

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Overnight: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Thursday, June 13:
After a Howler Monkey wake-up call, we’ll have all day to take in the ambiance of Bosque del Cabo.  Macaws, four species of monkey, coatis, Amazon parrots and toucans are all visitors to the grounds.  You can spend every minute looking for photo ops, go for a swim or relax in a hammock.  Whatever you choose to do keep your camera close by as you just never know what might happen.  As it gets dark we’ll go for a walk and see what comes out for the night shift.

Overnight: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Friday, June 14:

Today will have the same schedule as yesterday.  We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for animal activity.  There’s always something going on here!

Overnight: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Saturday, June 15:
Alas, all good things must come to an end.  Today we’ll say goodbye to the Osa Peninsula and make our way back to San Jose.  We’ll get a photo shoot before we depart.  As we travel back to civilization, we’ll stop along the way for lunch and souvenir shopping.  We’ll enjoy one last dinner together as we get ready to head home tomorrow.

Overnight: Hampton Inn


  • How to handle dappled light in a forest environment.
  • How to photograph wildlife through understory vegetation.
  • Metering tips.
  • When and how to use fill flash.
  • How much fun multi-flash hummingbird photography is!

A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs.  Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.


  • 9 nights of deluxe accommodations (double-occupancy; single is available – email for details).
  • Meals from arrival in San Jose to breakfast the morning after the tour.
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Entry to private reserves or gardens.
  • Jeff’s services, instruction, critiquing, and assistance.
  • An extensive & detailed full-color, bound dossier.


  • Airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips. (Your dossier packet will include tipping tips.)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Laundry service.
  • Phone calls.
  • Any other personal items.



Much of the photography at the first two locations will be done at feeding stations which requires no walking or carrying of gear.
There is no feeding at the last lodge due to the numerous monkeys and coatis.  However, there is generally plenty of wildlife activity right around the lodge which requires minimal walking.  There are several trails through the forest or down to the Pacific if you feel like going for a walk.


Fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (airport code SJO).


There is a shuttle from the airport to the Hampton Inn.  I try to personally meet everyone at the airport when possible.  Please plan to arrive by 6:00 p.m.  I have tentatively scheduled our Welcome Dinner for 7:00 p.m.


U.S. & Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica. 


You will receive an extensive dossier as your photo tour nears. Among lots of other information, it includes a list of suggested camera gear. If you’d like to peek at the list now, however, click on this link: EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF).

You do not have to own everything on the checklist. It’s a list of recommended equipment. If you have any questions about the minimum lenses, etc. that will get you through, don’t hesitate to ask!


  • DATE: Friday evening, June 7  through Saturday evening, June 15, 2019
  • PRICE: $3995.00
  • SPACE FOR: Six (6) ~ ONE (1) spot left
  • PAYMENT DUE DATES: A total of half the cost of the tour due 6-months before departure. Remaining balance due 90-days prior to start date of tour.

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Costa Rica Photo Tour ~ 2019

Explore in Focus™ with Jeff Parker during his Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour.

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