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Wild Osa, Costa RicaTour, The Last Frontier

Featuring our "Wildlife Photography for Everyone" with special guest, Jim O'Donnell

9 days/8 nights, April 27th -May 5th, 2019

 

I am reluctant to tell too many people about this unique group.  It is that special.  I look forward to traveling with them again soon and I would follow them to the ends of the earth.  Vincent, NJ

What?

Costa Rica! 

 

Jurassic Park + Cloud Forest!

 

 2.5% of the world's biodiversity + greatest density of natural species of any country

 

Miles of white, black, pink, and golden sand are hugged by undeveloped jungle teaming with life. 

 

Monkeys + natures wildest creations; lizards, sloths, toucans, tapir, armadillos, scarlet macaws, and so many more everywhere!

 

Discovery + Adventure + Exploration of Costa Rica's last frontier.

 

 

 

Where?   

San Jose + San Geraldo De Dota + Osa Peninsula!

 

San Geraldo De Dota, Cloud Forest, Zip lining - land of the amazing Quetzal!

 

Irazu active volcano + a coffee plantation, + lunch in a mountaintop cafe. 

 

Wild Osa Peninsula + private Piedras Blancas boat tour +guided hike to Corcovado + boat ride in a crocodile sanctuary + horseriding on a deserted beach + private chocolate plantation tour!

 

 

 

'Wildlife Photography for Everyone' with special guest: Jim O'Donnell

What's this?

Our adventure through Cloud Forest & the Osa Penninsula will provide incredible opportunities to capture images of the wild. 

 

Added for your benefit! An in the 'field' workshop to help you get the most out of your photographic opportunities...

 

Fantastic deal for the avid/amateur + intermediate photographer, Expert tutelage under the master skills of Jim O'Donnell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop consists of ten hours of instruction by master photographer, Jim O'Donnell. 

 

  • Day Two: Upon arrival at San Geraldo De Dota (Cloud Forest). Two-hour workshop (Introduction, instruction relevant to location, example: capturing birds in flight/distance)

 

  • Day Three: 2 -hour guided walk followed by two-hour morning workshop over breakfast (putting it all into action.)

 

  • Day Four: Upon arrival at the Osa Peninsula, two-hour afternoon workshop by the pool (in preparation for Day 5+ 6 outings)

 

  • Day Seven: Two-hour guided early morning walk...tying it all in.

 

 *Jim will be available Days' 5 + 6 to answer any questions throughout the day

**Since this workshop will be taught 'in the field' timing is subject to change. Days listed below are based on arrival at destinations and location.

About Jim O'Donnell

 

My images have appeared in books, calendars, domestic and international magazines, online publications and guides, including Sierra, New Mexico Magazines, National Geographic Maps, Vrai, BBC, Taos Magazines, Trend, Destinations and others.  I am the author of Notes for the Aurora Society: "1500 miles on foot across Finland".  My journalism has appeared in Sapiens, Yale Environment 360, Sierra, BBC, Vrai and more.  I am based in Taos, New Mexico where I work as a freelance photographer and environmental journalist reporting on climate change resiliency.  

"I am a visual storyteller utilizing conservation photography to explore the relationship between people and the environment." Jim 

SERVICE LEVEL:  DELUXE 

Deluxe accomdodation 3 star + many inclusions & meals, excursion, private transport, guides)

 

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group,  Max. 16

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS: COSTA RICA, 2017    EAT THE PEACH TRAVEL

Deep within the Puntarenas Province of southwestern Costa Rica, lies the Osa Peninsula.  With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Golfo Dulce to the east, its a land of wilderness, incredible biodiversity, and echoes of a land that time forgot...  

 

It was just us, meandering along a deserted beach.  Rainbow colored parrots, monkeys crashing overhead...thought we'd died and gone to Heaven...

 

Horseriding in the Osa

 

San Gerardo de Dota – cloud forest mountain village, and home to numerous high-altitude bird species, including the eye-catching and beloved resplendent quetzal.

Canopy Adventure - Trogon Lodg

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE:

 

*Fly into San Jose, Costa Rica!

*Upon arrival, met by our English-speaking guide 

*Private transfer to the hotel located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

*Walk around San Jose with the company of your guide.

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  • Overnight in San Jose. 

 

DAY TWO:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Depart for the Irazu Volcano National Park. guided walk to the main crater of this active volcano... an experience of a lifetime!

*Lunch included in a mountain view restaurant.

*Enroute to our destination, we stop for a tour at Coopedota, the best coffee cooperative in Costa Rica - lots of delicious coffee tasting!

*Our final stop for the day San Gerardo de Dota, a Tropical Cloud Forest, an altitude of nearly 8000 ft.is  

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  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.

  • Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota, Trogon Lodge

DAY THREE:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*An early morning guided walking tour, around the spectacular private trails of our hotel. Even non-birders will appreciate looking at the fantastic avifauna of the area and will be thrilled with the stunning views of the Resplendent Quetzal, plus over 200 exotic species. 

*Afternoon at leisure to rest at your hotel/hike the trails, or enjoy an optional excursion.

*Dinner included at your hotel.

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  • Meals: breakfast and dinner.

  • Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota. 

(Optional excursions CANOPY TOUR)

DAY FOUR:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Drive to the South Pacific area of Costa Rica, our destination is Puerto Jimenez, a frontier town way down in the Osa Peninsula- one of the wildest and most biodiverse places on Earth.  This location will serve as our base for the next four nights.

*In the afternoon, enjoy the beach, hotel pool, or explore the town of Puerto Jimenez.

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  • Meals: breakfast.

  • Overnight in Puerto Jimenez. 

DAY FIVE:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Morning boat tour to Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas. The majestic and unexplored Piedras Blancas National Park protects over 16 thousand hectares of jungle.  Coordinating with the tides our experienced captain and nature guides will take you to the second largest patch of mangrove in the region. Navigating up the river we will see the amazing and totally adapted vegetation that survives around there and all the amazing fauna which co-exist with it. Crocodiles, dolphins, monkeys and many species of birds are commonly spotted there.

*Leisure time in the afternoon.

  • Meals: breakfast

  • Overnight in Puerto Jimenez. 

9 exciting days! & 8 blissful nights! 

$2190 per person USD*

NEED A FLIGHT?  WE CAN BOOK FOR YOU

Round trip flights to San Juan from

 

*price based on two people sharing a room

**Single supplement $690

***Photography Workshop add-on $490 p/p

Our small group bonded in a remarkable way and in no time, strangers became friends with uncanny connections. 

DAY SIX:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Visit Corcovado National Park. Corcovado protects some of the greatest natural ecological riches in the world, (not just Costa Rica!) 

*This tour entails 1.5 hours of drive time to the village of Carate (the end of the road), where we will leave our vehicle and prepare ourselves for the adventure in the Corcovado National Park. Get ready to cross ravines, walk through muddy trails, cross the rainforest and discover the wonders of this unique national park in the world.

*Our destination is La Leona station, protecting one of the largest populations of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica. Monkeys, anteaters, sloths and even tapirs are seen in this incredible station.

*Late afternoon/evening, leisure time

  • Meals: breakfast.

  • Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.

DAY SEVEN:

*Breakfast at the hotel.  

*Free day! Optional excursions available

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  • Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.

 

(Optional excursions: Visit a local, family-run artisan Cacao Plantation (Chocolate), go on a Zipline Tour, or Horseback ride along the beach and explore the jungle!)

 

DAY EIGHT:

*Breakfast at the hotel

*Begin our ride towards San Jose.

*Enroute: stop at Tarcoles River, enjoy a Safari Boat Tour visiting the largest population of American Crocodiles in Costa Rica! 

*Lunch before we set off for San Jose

*Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

  • Overnight in San Jose. 

 

DAY NINE:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Private transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

  • Meals: breakfast.

 
 
 
  • Arrival transfer

  • Departure transfer

  • 2 nights lodging in San Jose. 

  • 2 nights lodging in San Gerardo de Dora. Trogon Lodge

  • 4 nights lodging in Puerto Jimenez. Aguas Dulces Lodge.

  • Private transportation for the entire trip.

  • Private English-speaking guide during the entire trip.

  • Daily breakfasts + 2 lunches + 2 dinners.

  • Tour to Irazu Volcano National Park (entrance fee included).

  • Coffee tour at Coopedota.

  • Guided walking tour in San Gerardo (cloud forest).

  • Safari boat tour at Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park.

  • Corcovado National Park walking tour.

  • Hotel taxes.

  • High-quality tour bag stuffed with goodies!

TRANSPORT: 

Private, luxury shuttle.  Met at the airport for arrival/departure transfers.  Accompanied throughout the entire tour.

 

ACCOMMODATION: 

We choose our hotels based on the following priorities:

COMFORT, LOCATION, AMENITIES!

 

We have personally visited all the hotels on our tour, and believe that they offer the best we can provide based on the priorities above. 

 

*The Studio Boutique Hotel - great location to both San Jose/ airport. 

 

*The Trogon Lodge, San Grado De Dota - comfortable room facilities,  breathtaking grounds & surroundings. 

 

*Agua Dulce, Puerto Jimenez, location (beachfront), pool, A/C

 

STAFF: 

This tour will be accompanied by Sharon & Tom and led by a full-time, professional guide.  

 

*We aim to deliver above and beyond your adventure expectations.  Always.  Every time.

 

*Encourage individual discovery time through education.  We find the contacts, the cool spots, and the inside knowledge.  We do the grunt work so you don't have to!

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*Whether you come solo or as a couple, you'll leave with like-minded friends.

 

*Optional Excursions are not included in the tour price.  However, we do our very best get you the very best deal around!

 

 

A week of friendly, flavorful, aromatic and scenic memories that will last a lifetime’.  Best of all, and it was unanimous from day one, our compatible group dynamic was simply Simpatico!  Most of us had never met but we were soon a sharing, joyous and compassionate family. By week’s end parting company was very difficult as we boarded the (luxurious and included!) bus ride to the airport.             Muchas Gracias Tom and Sharon….5-STARS….Without reservation!    11/6/17   John. B  / Clinton NJ