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Costa Rica

Hosted by: Jim Cline Photo Tours, led by Christopher P. Baker - View Profile
April 24 – May 5, 2019
Costa Rica

Tour leader Christopher P. Baker has been writing about and photographing this diverse country for almost 30 years.  We will visit the best locations for photographing both nature and culture.  We’ll start in the Central Highlands, in the heart of coffee country, where we’ll arrange photos shoots at an organic coffee farm and an artisanal chocolate maker’s; as well as a mask-making workshop in the historic town of Barva. We’ll journey through the scenic highlands to Zarcero, a lovely town known for its topiary, before continuing down the serpentine mountain roads that lead into the Northern Lowlands.
Basing ourselves at Arenal Observatory Lodge, we’ll enjoy unparalleled vistas of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, with plenty of opportunities to photograph at by day and night. We’ll hike the mountain trails, where we can expect to photograph a wide range of birds, from oropendolas to toucans, and perhaps even such mammals as sloths, peccaries, and (if truly lucky) rare wild cat species.
Next, we’ll journey around Lake Arenal and cross the mountains to Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s driest zone, with its own unique dry-forest flora. We hope to catch some of the late-blooming tree species, such as malinche—royal poinciana, or “flame tree”—with its dramatic bright red display.  Here well explores the wetlands to photograph giant jabiru storks and other birds, and perhaps even a crocodile or two. Guanacaste is cattle-country, and we plan on an opportunity to shoot at a working ranch, as well as at Guaitíl, a hamlet where descendants of Chorotega indigenous people produce hand-crafted pottery in the traditional manner.
We then return to the highlands for two nights in Monteverde, renowned for its cloud forest reserves. With luck, we’ll be able to photograph the quetzal, and we’ll focus close-up on hummingbirds also, as we explore Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Finally, we venture via the colorful town of Atenas to the southern slopes of Poás Volcano for two nights. Hopefully, we’ll be able to hike the dwarf-forest and venture to the crater rim for spectacular photography to end our tour.

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