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Join Andrew McLachlan and Jim Piggott in the rainforest of Costa Rica for an incredible opportunity to photograph a plethora of birdlife against beautiful poster-like backgrounds. We will also have opportunities to photograph several species of reptiles and amphibians. Our base camp in a remote rainforest eco-lodge will allow ample time for bird photography, macro sessions with reptiles and amphibians, as well as a river cruise for Herons, Kingfishers, and Caimans. These daily excursions and shooting schedules will be assessed each day and determined based on the current or expected conditions. As a result, there is no formal itinerary for this event. We will take advantage of the conditions to ensure the best possible results. We will also break out into smaller groups for specific sessions to ensure maximum shooting time. We will be doing a lot of photography and it would be highly recommended to travel with at least two 1 TB external hard drives to back-up each day’s images. During the photo tour you may very well created upwards of 20,000 images!

Our photo sessions will include a jungle tour to familiarize yourself with the grounds, one session in a King Vulture photo blind, one hummingbird session with 3 to 4 different species, a close-up session for reptiles and amphibians, as well as any macro opportunities (insects) that arise while at the lodge. Throughout each day there will be ample time to photograph the multitude of birdlife that frequently visit the feeding stations around the lodge. For folks that may like a bit of quiet time to themselves the lodge provides canoes at nearby lagoons.

The maximum number of participants for this photo tour is 8  (SOLD OUT - wait list only)

All photos on the workshop card were photographed by Jim Piggott during two previous trips.

This photo tour will run from May 14, 2022 to May 21 2022. Participants will need to arrive in San Jose on May 13 and be ready depart for the lodge at 8:00 a.m. on May 14, 2022 from the Hampton Inn in San Jose. We recommend that participants book a single night accommodation on May 13 and again on May 21 at the Hampton Inn in San Jose.

Please do note that if you wish to arrive one day earlier (May 12 2022) you will have the opportunity to attend a special one day add-on trip on May 13, 2022 into the cloud forest to photograph Resplendent Quetzals and hummingbird species not encountered at the lowland rainforest eco-lodge. The additional cost for this add-on day will be paid directly to our guide for the day. Details will be provided to those interested in this opportunity.

It is highly recommended that participants purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as medical insurance. You may also want to visit a travel clinic to ensure you are up to date on any vaccinations you may require.

This tour will appeal to participants that have a good understanding of their camera system and will require a minimal amount of assistance in the field. In-the-field image critique and compositional suggestions will be provided during all photo shoots. Mealtime provides a great opportunity to discuss many photographic topics from image processing to your favorite shot of the day.


Photo Tour Fee:

$1500 USD payable to Andrew McLachlan


Accommodation/Meal Fee:

$995 USD per person based on double occupancy.

$1145 USD per person based on single occupancy.

The accommodation/meal fee also includes travel to and from the rainforest eco-lodge. This fee will be paid directly to the lodge upon departure on May 21st, 2022

Alcoholic beverages and snacks are not included in the meal fee.

Participants will be paired with same sex participants for double occupancy unless you specifically state otherwise or if it is not doable based on the numbers that register.


Please note that this photo tour does not offer any discounts for non-participating spouses.


Payment plan installments for Costa Rica 2022:

To register and hold your spot for Costa Rica 2022 a non-refundable retainer of $500 USD is due now.

A signed waiver of liability must accompany payment at time of registration. Waiver of Liability forms will be emailed to participants prior to submitting payment and must accompany payment.

The second installment of $500 USD is due on October 31, 2021.

The final instalment of $500 USD will be due on January 31, 2022 otherwise you risk losing your spot to wait list participants.

The payment for the accommodation/meal fee is paid directly to the eco-lodge in Costa Rica upon departure on May 21, 2022


What’s Included with Photo Tour Fee:

• Photographic Sessions as described

• In-the-field image critique

• 2 half days of photography

• 6 full days of photography


What’s Included with Accommodation/Meal Fee:

• 7 nights accommodation

• All meals at the eco-lodge (dinner on May 14th through to lunch on May 21st)

• Transportation from San Jose to and from eco-lodge

As a reminder this fee is paid directly to the lodge in Costa Rica.


What’s Not Included:

• Alcoholic beverages

• Snacks

• Flights to and from San Jose

• Hotel accommodation on May 14th and May 22nd (if you opt in for the optional day in the cloud forest an additional night of accommodation will be required in San Jose on the evening of May 12 2022)

• After visiting tropical rainforest environments myself I do encourage folks to bring along packets of powdered electrolytes (2 for each day) that can be dissolved in a glass of water to replenish what is lost during the heat and humidity of the day.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made prior to January 31, 2022 are subject to a 25% ($325) administration fee.

After the final payment is made on January 31, 2022 there are no refunds.


Important Notice Regarding COVID-19:

Protocols in place at the time of travel will be strictly adhered too.




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