For the enthusiast photographer join the team of nature lovers on an expedition to Costa Rica next  2014. Venture deep into the rainforests.  Photograph sloths, monkeys, amphibians, reptiles, vividly colored birds in the lush wilderness and extraordinary tropical flora  April 25 – may 5, 2014 by Donald L. Cohen, MD – DLC Photography

Don Cohen

Don Cohen

We are excited about our next Photo Safari to Costa Rica which will take place April 25 – May 5, 2014.  One of the most biodiverse locations on the planet, Costa Rica offers unique opportunities for the nature photographer to see and shoot a wide variety of plant and animal species, as well as the incredibly gorgeous landscape of a number of ecosystems. Waiting there are 4 species of monkeys (white-faced capuchins, howlers, spider and squirrel monkeys), 400 species of birds, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles (including the famous red-eyed tree frog and poison arrow frogs), and 139 mammal species (including sloths, anteaters, tapirs and jaguars), not to mention the spectacular butterflies, orchids and other flowers, and an extensive array of flora of every type.

Once again, we have arranged for Marco Fallas to be our full-time Guide for this trip.  I have worked with Marco many times over the past 9 years, and he is without doubt the best nature guide I have ever worked with.  His positive attitude and enthusiasm are infectious, and his skills at finding and identifying wildlife of all types are unmatched. Enjoying Costa Rica with Marco is reason enough to join us for this trip!

After spending our first night at the beautiful Bougainvillea Hotel, we’ll be heading to the Central Pacific Coast, where we’ll be staying for 3 nights at Paso De Las Lapas, which we have greatly enjoyed the last two times we’ve stayed on the Pacific side of the country.  During our time here, we’ll be doing a boat ride on the Tarcoles River, one of my favorite and very productive activities in Costa Rica, as well as visiting Manuel Antonio National Park, the famous Carara National Park, as well as having time to explore the area in search of Scarlet Macaws and other beautiful birds and wildlife.

Leaving the Pacific, we’ll next be spending the morning at Hacienda Solimar, which we have visited twice before, and where I’ve been very impressed with the variety of wildlife we have encountered.  After enjoying our lunch there, we head to our next location, Caño Negro.  I have been wanting to visit this area for several years, but the logistics of past trips haven’t allowed it.  We structured this trip specifically to include a couple of days in this area.  We’ll be staying at the Caño Negro Natural Lodge for 2 nights.  Caño Negro is one of the most significant wetlands area in Central America.  Bounded by the Caño Negro Lagoon and the Rio Frio, both of which we’ll be exploring, it covers an area of 9,960 hectares.

Following our time at Caño Negro, we next head to Arenal, another of the most famous locations in Costa Rica.  Staying at the beautiful Arenal Observatory Lodge for 3 nights, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the luxurious grounds, as well as nearby locations, including the Arenal Hanging Bridges, Danaus Biological Reserve, and several others.

Please see the Daily Itinerary for details. As I have learned in my previous trips to Costa Rica, “getting there is half the fun,” with an abundance of things to see while getting from one stopping point to another. With our own bus, driver and guide, we can stop at any time to get a closer look, take pictures, and truly experience all this country has to offer. The itinerary has been specifically designed to make sure any non-photographer spouses, friends or family will have the time of their lives, as we travel from one beautiful landscape to another.

The group will be small (limited to 10 people) to allow ample opportunity for one-on-one instruction. In addition to teaching in the field, we’ll be having multiple  Workshop sessions back at the hotels, covering a wide variety of topics in photography, digital imaging, etc. Once the group’s participants are identified, a Questionnaire will be sent to each one, to assess everyone’s experience, areas of interest, and expectations. In this way, the Workshop Agenda can be tailored to meet the specific needs of our group. The Workshop sessions will take place at the end of the day’s activities, and the concepts and techniques learned can then be applied in the following day’s shooting. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome, from rank amateur to pro.


 Donald L. Cohen, MD - DLC Photography

Donald L. Cohen, MD – DLC Photography

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