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Costa Rica Flowers & Water


November 8-17, 2015


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November 8: Home – San José
Your Costa Rican adventure begins today as you board your flight to San José, the country's capital city. Stay overnight at the Bougainvillea Hotel, about twenty minutes from the airport. This quaint hotel is located in a scenic neighborhood of San Jose, surrounded by gardens and designed with nature in mind, offering a warm welcome to our photographers. We will have a Welcome Dinner and Orientation. Overnight Bougainvillea Hotel. (D)
Green Honeycreeper
November 9: La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Travel to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, directly after breakfast. The hummingbird garden and feeders attract several different species of birds we can photograph along with the beautiful orchids and flowers. A nearby frog house and reptile display offers optional opportunities to photograph red-eyed tree frog and several snakes that visitors rarely encounter in the wild. We overnight here to watch the wildlife come to life as the evening begins. This is an amazing boutique lodge, in which you will be immersed in the splendours of traditional Costa Rican cloud forest and soothing waterfalls. Please note there are several flights of steps on the property, to enjoy the property to its fullest you should be physically fit to do so.
Overnight La Paz Waterfall Gardens. (B, L, D)
November 10-11: Sarapiqui - La Selva - Nature Pavilion
Enjoy early morning photography as the the wildlife begins another day. After breakfast depart for the Sarapiqui area, this region is one of the most exuberant and lush places in Costa Rica, especially with respect to the rainforest. It is named after a river and rests at the base of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. This afternoon visit the La Selva Biological Station, a rainforest reserve and research station owned by a consortium of U.S. Universities and the University of Costa Rica known as OTS (Organization of Tropical Studies). It is one of the most prestigious research stations on tropical rainforest anywhere in the world, and it forms part of a much larger protected area, which includes Braulio Carrillo National Park. The trails are very easy to negotiate, ranging from paved to hard-packed earth. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, as you photograph the beautiful grounds.

Early the next morning you will visit the Sarapiqui Eco-Observatory/ Nature Pavilion, consisting of three covered open-air observation decks for world-class photography. Enjoy a spectacular display of beautifully colored Costa Rica birds as they perch just feet away. Over 215 bird species exist here including the Keel-billed Toucan, Crimson-collard Tanager, and the White-necked Jacobin. After a three-hour photo session here, enjoy lunch on these lovely grounds. Overnight both nights Sueno Azul (B, L, D)
Arenal Volcano
November 12 - November 13: Arenal Volcano
After breakfast make your way to the Arenal Volcano Area. Along the way visit the Danaus Eco Center, a centerpiece of primary and secondary forest, featuring plants for their importance in medicinal, indigenous and cultural uses. Your naturalist guide will devote their full attention to our small group. The Garden has facilities for horticultural, botanical and scientific exhibits.
Continue on to Arenal, a spectacular, cone-shaped volcano rising out of the flat San Carlos Plains. It is the most active volcano in the country. The next photography in the town of Fortuna, followed by an afternoon visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs, an exclusive retreat for those looking for a relaxing respite in natural springs heated by Arenal Volcano. Family owned and operated, the springs are surrounded by tropical foliage and set near an authentic ranch house complete with Costa Rican curiosities. The four pools are landscaped with large, smooth river rock taken from the area and are large enough to offer plenty of room to spread out and find a private corner to relax among peaceful environs. The hot springs are not open to the public. Overnight both nights Arenal Observatory Lodge
(B, L, D)
Resplendent Quetzal
November 14 - November 15: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Departure this morning after breakfast as you make your way to Monteverde. To enter the cloud forest we travel by boat across Arenal Lake, with our coach and luggage meeting us on the other side. Monteverde, located in the Tilaran Mountain Range. This famous reserve offers well-developed and easily negotiable trails and access one of the most beautiful cloud forest, anywhere. Often shrouded in cloud blown in from the Atlantic Ocean, the forests of Monteverde are laden with epiphytic growth such as mosses, lichens, ferns, bromeliads, orchids-even small trees! Famous for its populations of Resplendent Quetzal, Monteverde has almost become synonymous with this legendary bird. Other cloud forest denizens include the Black-faced Solitaire, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and Black Guan.
The Skywalk is a series of suspension bridges spanning forested valleys in the cloud forest. Accessible to almost everyone Skywalk gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of this spectacular habitat. Trails along the forest floor to each bridge complete the panorama. Fascinating in its own right, the Skywalk is also a shining example of community-based ecotourism, inspired, designed, built by hand and operated by just a few, dedicated local people. Overnight Montana Monteverde (B, L, D)
November 16: San Jose
After breakfast at the lodge, visit the Monteverde Hummingbird Garden and Butterfly Farm. These gardens focus on education and research of species native to the Monteverde area. There are more than fourteen species of hummingbirds and twenty species of butterflies, all with bright lively colors, waiting to be photographed. back to San Jose, with explorations along the way for additional photography. Arrive back at your hotel, enjoying a delicious farewell dinner. Overnight Alta Hotel. (B, L, D)

November 17: Departure for Home
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport to take your flights back home. (B)