Just You, Your Camera and Costa Rica’s Rich Biosphere

COSTA RICA ADVENTURE

November 26 - December 5, 2021

Quickly learn how to take your PERFECT photograph and focus on developing your photographic eye in a distraction free, rich tropical environment that is Costa Rica! Space is limited so click the link and signup today!

Imagine yourself standing in one of the world’s richest biospheres teeming with birds, monkeys frogs, and, well, you pretty much name it. It’s there. Now think peaceful quiet. No distractions. You, focusing completely on developing your photographic eye. Did I say, “No distractions?” Yes, just you, your camera and Costa Rica’s rich teeming life. You can spend 6 days on the ground traveling through it, living it, loving it and shooting it with me, Neil Eschenfelder, as your guide and mentor November 26 – December 5, 2021. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to go on this trip. You just need the desire. I love working with people of all abilities as we make those great once in a lifetime photos. Contact me at 801-949-1001 or e-mail me: neil@ngpadventures.com for more information.

Learn more about my 4E Digital Photography Foundation Course. Learn to Envision your shot. Evaluate your scene and gear. Execute your shot then Experiment to see what else you can create. If you love photography as much as I do, then this is your chance to immerse yourself in a photo experience like no other. Feel free to do your own thing or work with me on learning photography of small wildlife, birds & butterflies close-up, larger animals such as sloths and monkeys, landscapes, people, whatever category you like. We’ll have our own bus and dedicated photography guides giving you maximum flexibility in our small groups. And, we’ll avoid crowds. We include all park and reserves admission. We have first-class lodging which includes most meals. It’s all in front of you and your camera as Neil’s Great Photography Adventures takes you on our once in lifetime nature adventure. Be there. Costa Rica, November 26 – December 5, 2021. Contact Me Now!

SCHEDULE

Group arrival to SJO airport. Meet & greet and private transfer to the Arenal Volcano around 2:30 hour drive from the airport. Check-in and overnight at the Arenal Springs Hotel (Junior Suites)

(B,L) After breakfast you will enjoy the guided visit to the Arenal Observatory Private Preserve. An 11-kilometer (7-mile) network of well-marked and maintained trails that is ideal for hiking and birdwatching. These trails give you access to so much local natural beauty, including river and waterfalls and since they are inside a 870-acre private property, you won’t run into crowds when out exploring. From this area you will have excellent views of the Arenal Volcano! After the guided walk enjoy a delicious lunch at El Jilguero Restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking at the southern slope of Arenal Volcano, and panoramic views of Arenal Lake.

After completing this visit enjoy a late afternoon boat ride on the scenic Lake Arenal, where we will observe the sunset and will explore the forested coves that surround shores of the lake and that form beautiful landscapes and that are home to abundant wildlife. Overnight at Arenal Springs Hotel (Junior Suites)

(B,L) Our Costa Rica exploration will take us to an off-the-beaten-track birding and wildlife mecca: the area of Boca Tapada located next to the Nicarguan border about 2 hour drive. Once there, we will visit Laguna del Lagarto Eco-Lodge, which offers you 1250 Acres of virgin tropical rainforest with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. A perfect place for passionate bird-watchers and rain forest lovers. More than 6 miles of well-marked rainforest trails make birding and exploring nature easy, no matter whether you prefer to explore nature and wildlife on your own or with a naturalist or birding guide. The area of Boca Tapada is a primary nesting area for the endangered Great Green Macaw. This is one of the few areas these majestic birds can be observed regularly. The macaws feed on Almond trees (Dipteryx panamensis), which are common to the area, but nearly as endangered as the birds that eat their seeds. In addition to the macaws, over 400 other species of birds have been identified in Boca Tapada. The rainforests surrounding Boca Tapada are home to sloths, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, pizotes and even wild cat species such as jaguars. Various frog and snake species can be observed on guided night hikes along designated trails. Return to you hotel in the afternoon. Overnight at Arenal Springs Hotel (Junior Suites)

(B,L) This morning you will depart to the Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park located about 1:30 hour drive is a beautiful 1 ½ hour scenic drive from the Arenal Volcano through rural villages. The Río Celeste is near the Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes. Once we arrive, we will begin a hike through the dense, lush, tropical rainforest that surrounds the park. You and your nature guide can go at your own pace and you’ll learn interesting things about the rainforest along the way. When we arrive to Los Tenideros, where two rivers come together, you’ll be amazed at the celestial turquoise blue water color. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then head back to your hotel in La Fortuna where we will arrive late afternoon. Balance of the day to enjoy the hotel hot springs. Overnight at Arenal Springs Hotel (Junior Suites)

(B,L) Today we will explore the area of Sarapiqui located about 1:30 hour drive. This area features a combination of rural scenery (agriculture & cattle) with impressive lush tropical rain forests. We will visit La Selva Biological Station, where we will do a 3-hour guided walk. La Selva is one of the most important sites for Tropical Ecosystem Research in the world. It is comprised of 3,988 acres of old growth tropical wet forest and a pioneer site in education, research, conservation and eco-tourism in Costa Rica since 1963. In fact it was one of the first private protected areas in the country and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Species diversity is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of vascular plant flora, 350 species of trees, more than half of the 886 species of birds in Costa Rica, five of the six species of felines in the country, more than 70 species of bats, approximately 500 species of ants and thousands of reptiles, amphibians and other insects. During our nature walk we will learn about the amazing natural history of the tropical forests while and will have great opportunities to take incredible photos. After this tour we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant and then we will return to our hotel. Overnight at Arenal Springs Hotel (Junior Suites)

(B,L) Morning hotel check-out followed by a transfer to Manuel Antonio, located about on the Central Pacific Coast about 5 hour drive from Arenal Volcano. On the way, near Carara National Park, we will enjoy a Safari Boat Tour at the Tarcoles River. Upon arrival we will board an open roofed boat to explore the world famous Tarcoles River, which sits at the Guacalillo Estuary. Noted for its mangrove forests, the estuary is also home to many birds including the cuckoo, hummingbirds, Panama flycatcher, herons and egrets. This amazing river also supports a wide variety of water birds such as ospreys, cormorants, pelicans and thrillingly, one of the largest colonies of crocodiles in Central America. There’s every chance you may spot one of the crocodiles sleeping in shallow water or on the river bank. Once we finish the boat tour we will head to a restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. We will continue our trip to Manuel Antonio. Check in at the Hotel and balance of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Parador Resort & Spa (Premium Rooms)

(B) Morning half day guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park covers an area of about 1688 acres, which protects not only four beautiful beaches and the unique formation of Punta Catedral, but also mangroves, a setting of islands offshore, and a humid tropical forest. Visitors have the opportunity to take a dip in its warm waters, hike in the forest trails and observe the abundant wildlife such as squirrel monkeys, raccoons, coatis, and sloths. Return to your hotel by noon or you can stay at the park for a full day returning by taxi to your hotel (on your own). Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight at Parador Resort & Spa (Premium Rooms)

(B,L) After breakfast we will head to Baru National Wildlife Refuge, located near Dominical around 40 min drive from Manuel Antonio. This regufe conserves 815 acres of tropical rainforest, mangrove, wetlands, river bank, and beach front. This wide variety of ecosystems means a high level of biodiversity, and that is why Bird Watchers have sighted over 365 species on the refuge. We will take a guided visit in the refuge to look for wildlife and perfect photo moments. After completing the walk we will enjoy lunch and will get ready for the transfer back to Manuel Antonio. Balance of the day to enjoy the resort facilities. Overnight at Parador Resort & Spa (Premium Rooms)

(B) After breakfast, we’ll have one long last look at our beautiful Costa Rican countryside as we make our way from Prador Resort & Spa, a 2.5-hour drive, back to San Jose for our hotel check-in. We’ll have the afternoon & evening free to relax or explore San Jose as a group.

 

Early morning private transfer to San Jose International airport and our flight home.

 

Locations

Our visit includes exploring some of Costa Rica's stunning natural preserves, national parks, rainforests, rivers, and more. A couple of these locations include the Arenal Volcano Area where we'll be treated to a scenic boat ride and miles and miles of peaceful trails through the rainforest, or the Manuel antonio National park which includes 1688 acres of tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches, rich wildlife, and offshore mangrove islands.

Included

Included in this Photography Adventure is a meet & greet upon arrival at SJO airport, private transportation throughout the itinerary in a 18 pax bus with a/c, bilingual naturalist guide throughout the itinerary, guided tours and activities as described each day, entrance fees to attractions and national parks, accommodations as described, meals as specified each day: B: breakfast, L: lunch, hotel taxes, photography mentoring & instruction as requested, massive discussions, and irritating travel companion training. You will experience photography immersions like no other!

Cost

Please call me at 801-949-1001 to reserve your spot on Neil's Costa Rica Photography Adventure. Trip reservations as well as room availability will go fast so we recommend booking your flight and booking your hotels immediately. For the first part of the trip we will be staying at the Arenal Springs Hotel in the Junior Suites, and for the latter part we will be staying at Parador Resort and Spa in Premium Rooms. Overall the trip costs $4490 plus tax, not including airfare.

Skill Level

We encourage participation by photographers of all skill levels. As with any Neil’s Great Photography Adventure, we’ll take time to answer your photography questions, familiarize you with your camera equipment and help you learn to take your perfect picture exploring different locations in Costa Rica's breathtaking tropical landscape. This will be a wonderful photo experience for all levels.

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