Workshops and Tours with AIPP* Accredited Professional Photographer Mark Rayner


11 Day Costa Rica Photography Tour and Workshop


When : 5 - 15 November 2017

Where : Costa Rica, South America



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05 November 2017 ARRIVAL, SANTO DOMINGO DE HEREDIA

Arrival into Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José, Costa Rica. Our guide will meet and greet you, and will introduce your local driver who will accompany during the whole itinerary. Then you will be transferred to Santo Domingo in the Heredia province in order to proceed with the check-in.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have free time for walk around the hotel botanical gardens.


Dinner included

Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel.

06 November 2017 SANTO DOMINGO DE HEREDIA - TORTUGUERO


Early in the morning after breakfast, you will depart from the Central Valley to the Tortuguero area. On the way, you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a flora and fauna sanctuary covered by an emerald-green mass of vegetation. Besides, you will have the chance to see from the comfort of the bus, open pasture lands, small farming towns, and will also notice a change in the climate, as it becomes a bit warmer and humid but very pleasant.

The journey will continue to the embarking point deeper into our Caribbean side, where the boats are waiting to transfer you to the lodge. A two-hour boat ride, will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rain forest. From the boat, you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. On the way to the lodge, you will have the chance to see different birds.

Upon arrival, there will be a short briefing of the lodge and the activities included during your stay, followed by lunch.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge

07 November 2017 TORTUGUERO

Tortuguero is a great place for ecotourism lovers. During this day you can explore the secondary canals of this paradisiacal place, where you can see different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Tortuguero offers a full contact with Mother Nature. Much of the National Park extends along its unspoiled beaches that serve as refuge for spawning of the sea turtles, this event occurs between the months of July to September. After this tour, you will return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast.

In the afternoon, you will visit the village of Tortuguero where you will learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts that some NGOs have developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of the protected coastline.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge

08 November 2017 TORTUGUERO – TURRIALBA

Breakfast at the hotel. At mid-morning, the journey continues with a boat transfer back to the disembarking point in Caño Blanco or Pavona. Upon arrival, we will travel to the area of Guapiles, where lunch will be served. Afterwards, continue towards to Turrialba area. On the way to Turrialba you will visit Hacienda Tayutic. The views are astonishing. This goes along perfect with the higher elevation cool mountain breezes.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight at Rancho Naturalista Lodge.

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09 November 2017 TURRIALBA - SAVEGRE


Today we will explore the Orosi valley, and the Tapanti National Park. Set at an altitude of 4000 to 7000ft (1212m to 2121m) this beautiful National park is not only an excellent birding site but also has stunning views of water falls and over 100 rivers! Specialty birds include Bat Falcon, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Ochraceous Pewee, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black Guan, White-bellied Mountain-gem, Collared Trogon, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Torrent Tyrannulet, and Spangle-cheeked.

Then we will continue for approx 3 ½ hours up to San Gerardo de Dota area. We are going to stay for the following two nights at Savegre Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

10 November 2017 SAN GERARDO DE DOTA


Located in the cool highlands of the Talamanca Mountains, the emerald valley of San Gerardo de Dota is one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets. Day time temperatures hover around 70°F and anglers can cast a line for plump rainbow trout in the frothy waters along the high-elevation Savegre River. Magnificent landscapes, the quiet town is also a birdwatching paradise, boasting over 200 avian species, including the elusive resplendent quetzal and a dazzling array of hummingbirds.

Los Quetzales National Park has three types of rainforest, and fourteen different ecosystems. Set at a high altitude (between 2,000-3,000 meters) along the Talamancan mountain range, much of the park is covered in cloud forest and protects a crucial habitat for several plant and animal species.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

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11 November 2017 SAN GERARDO DE DOTA - THE OSA PENINSULA


Early in the morning we will leave San Gerardo, crossing the valley of San Isidro del General, to take the route to Palmar Sur – Sierpe where we are going to board a boat to begin the adventure to the Corcovado National Park area.

Once in the boat we will navigate across the Sierpe river the biggest wetland in Costa Rica, then we will get into the Pacific Ocean, bordering amazing beaches until we arrive to Drake Bay, specifically to Aguila de Osa Inn.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight at Aguila de Osa Inn.

12 & 13 November 2017 THE OSA PENINSULA


During these two days, you will experience some unforgettable excursions, a unique experience that only is possible to live in the Osa Peninsula. The main feature of the Osa Peninsula is Corcovado National Park. This wildlife preserve occupies about a third of the peninsula, and this is known for being one of the largest and most pristine parks in Costa Rica, home of the 3% of the world’s biodiversity.

The second amazing experience will be snorkelling at the Cano Island. It is a small island in the Bahia de Corcovado (Corcovado Bay), in Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors for its beaches, coral beds, and sea life. Marine life includes manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and a wide variety of fish. Evidence of pre-Columbian human activity on the island is substantial, with some of the most interesting artefacts being stone spheres evidently carved by early civilizations.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight at Aguila de Osa Inn.

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14 November 2017 OSA PENINSULA – SANTO DOMINGO, HEREDIA

Today morning is the last chance to explore a little the area before going back to the Sierpe river. Once you arrive to the local dock in Sierpe, the ground transportation will take you to the Palmar Sur airstrip. Here you will take a domestic flight back to San Jose, where a private transportation will be waiting for you to take you to the Bougainvillea Hotel, to stay your last night in San Jose.

Before this, you will enjoy a delicious typical lunch at the Freddo Fresas Restaurant where you can enjoy also some free time at their hummingbird gallery.

Breakfast and lunch included.
Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel.

15 November 2017 DEPARTURE DAY

Per your flight information you will be transferred to the Juan Santamaria International Airport to take your flight back home.

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Inclusions :

ACCOMMODATION

• One night (1) at Bougainvillea Hotel, Standard room. Heredia
• Two nights (2) at Evergreen Lodge, Standard room. Tortuguero
• One night (1) at Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Standard room. Turrialba
• Two nights (2) at Savegre Lodge, Standard room. San Gerardo de Dota
• Three nights (3) at Aguila de Osa Inn, Standard room. Corcovado, Peninsula de Osa.
• One night (1) at Bougainvillea Hotel, Standard room. Heredia

SERVICES

• Guided visit to the Tortuguero Village.
• Boat tour at the Tortuguero National park canals.
• Kayak on own at the Evergreen canals in Tortuguero.
• Entrance fee and guided tour at Hacienda Tayutic.
• Guided visit to the Orosi Valley.
• Entrance fee and naturalist guide at Tapanti National Park
• Morning Quetzal tour in San Gerardo de Dota
• Regular Full Day Corcovado National Park
• Regular Full Day Caño Island

MEALS

• Breakfast: 10
• Lunch: 8
• Dinner: 8

TRANSPORTATION

• Private transfer in with assistance at the airport
• Private transportation and bilingual driver (English/Spanish) during the whole itinerary as specified for excursions, transfers and meals.

OTHERS

• Expenses for guide & driver

Exclusions :

• Gratuities for maids and bellboys
• Tips for the driver
• Optional excursions not included on the itinerary.
• Other meals and beverages not included in the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Departure tax (US$31)



The workshop is limited to 10 photographers to ensure your comfort and access to photography guidance and tuition.

Please get in quick and book your spot today.

Cost: AUD $6,700.00 Based on Double Occupancy (per person)

Single supplement AUD $890.00

The workshop commences on Sunday 5 November 2017 with your collection from Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José and concludes on Wednesday 15 November with your transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José


Meet our strategic partner, personal travel manager, Gail Hughes.


With over 14 years in the travel industry, Gail has in depth knowledge of a vast number of
countries and loves nothing more than to investigate the hidden gems of any destination.
Immerse yourself in the unique wildlife of Costa Rica – Spanish for ‘Rich Coast’ – as you visit
tropical National Parks in search of birds, sloths, frogs and so much more, knowing that you are experiencing the best of the best.

For more information please call Mark on 0459221678 or drop an
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