Art of Biodiversity Pacific

Costa Rica

April 21 to May 1, 2022

If you want to take your nature photography to the next level while shooting a wide range of subjects, this is the trip for you. From birds and wildlife to macro to landscapes, we visit some of our favorite and lesser-known spots in Costa Rica to give your whole photographic kit a workout. With two leaders, one a pro photographer and the other a photographer/ecologist, you'll come away with a stunning image portfolio, great natural history knowledge, and a ton of new photo skills!

Date

April 21 to May 1, 2022

$

Price

$4,999

Difficulty Level

Moderate

4

Available Spots

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About the Workshop

Art of Biodiversity Pacific

Leaders

Paulo Valerio

Costa Rican born and raised, Paulo Valerio is an ecologist, tourism entrepreneur, and nature photographer. Paulo graduated as a tropical ecologist from the Biology School of the National University. During his graduate studies, he specialized in the development of sampling and research methods for high-flying bats in the rainforest canopy.

Involved with ecotourism since 1992, Paulo has worked as a naturalist guide and field instructor for several companies, has developed and directed field study programs and taught tropical ecology at various universities in Costa Rica and the US.. He is also a nature photographer and birdwatcher. Paulo recently also decided to pursue a long time interest and passion and obtained his PhD in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

You can see Paulo´s photography at his website.

Greg Basco

Gregory Basco is a professional nature photographer based in Costa Rica. After completing graduate degrees in political science and tropical ecology (his doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of ecotourism in Costa Rica), Greg worked in conservation before turning to photography full-time in 2006. His images have been awarded in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice competitions and have appeared in numerous magazines and books around the world.

 

His latest major project is the second edition of the large format printed book National Parks of Costa Rica in conjunction with Zona Tropical and Cornell University Press. His popular e-books include The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography, Lightroom for the Nature Photographer, and the upcoming Flash for the Nature Photographer.

You can see more of Greg's work at his website.

Gallery

Info

Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Our driver will be waiting to provide your private transfer to our capital city hotel.

Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

Medical

Costa Rica does not require any vaccionations to enter the country. Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations.

Internet Access

All of our hotels have free WIFI. We will also have cell data coverage throughout the trip.

Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Recommended gear

  • ​Camera body or bodies

  • Tele lens that goes out to 400 mm or more

  • Macro lens

  • Wide angle lens

  • Filters for the above lens

  • Cable release

  • Off-camera TTL flash cord

  • Rain cover for camera

  • Small softbox or diffuser

  • Small pack or shoulder bag for daily shooting

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Please provide names of additional people signing up with you, and please indicate if the additional people are photographers or not. We offer discounts for non-photographers on some trips.

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Booking a tour with us is easy!

1. Register for your tour using the form at the end of each workshop page.

4. Send us your traveler info form.

2. Send us your reserve deposit.

5. We will send you your final invoice.

3. Book your international air travel.

6. We´ll send you everything you need to know before you hop on the plane!

FAQ

How much does it cost to get a Small Tattoo?


No matter how small your tattoo may be, our minimum price is $120. This will provide you with the quality equipment and sterile setup/environment for your tattoo. This of course includes your tattoo design and tattoo itself from the experienced artists in our studio.




How much does it cost to get a Big Tattoo?


We have an hourly rate from $150. The price may however vary depending on the artists. Our artists also have specialty for specific style of tattoo such as Japanese and Polynesian and this could change the hourly rate.




How can we contact you for a booking?


The best way to contact us is by our site and Facebook messages. You may also call us on 09 3030 666 or 09 366 7040 to organise a free consult (may not be able to get your phone call when we are busy!). At this appointment we will discuss your ideas in detail. We do encourage you to bring along any pictures or reference material that you have so that we could provide you with the best tattoo. During this time, we will provide you with the quote and time frame of the tattoo. To secure your appointment, it will be best for you to make a deposit of $50. Note that deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE but can be held if you need to move your appointments.




Is it ok to change my appointment?


Changing your appointment is fine however, it will be great for you and for us if you are sure that you could make it in time for your tattoo. If you are willing to change, please let us know at least 48 hours prior changing your appointment. Less than 48 hours and you will lose your deposit. If you postpone your appointment more than twice you will lose your deposit. We do understand that life can get tricky with time but please understand our situation as well as we have our life also. We will try our best to provide you the best experience of getting tattoo in our Inkon Tattoo studio, so please do your best for us.




Do I need to do anything before getting a tattoo?


In order for you to be relaxed, it will be best for you be well fed. So make sure that you have something to eat, drink and excitement for your new tattoo!




How do I care for my new tattoo?


Remove wrap after a minimum of two hours (longer is fine), when you remove the wrap wash well with warm soapy water, repeat a few times for the first 24 hours and always pat dry with a clean towel. After 24 hours just shower normally but start applying a minimal amount (skin needs to breath as well) of our aftercare cream (Recommend After Art) 3 to 4 times a day. Make sure that your tattoo does not get dry. Try to avoid swimming for at least 1 week to prevent you from infection. Try to avoid the sun as well but if you have to be in the sun, put the aftercare cream first then put sun block on top of it. DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo and keep it clean.




How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?


You have to be at least 18 to get a tattoo. You can however, get a tattoo if you are under 18 but with parent/guardian consent (They need to come to the studio and sign it personally). Please bring your ID with you (Student ID does not work).




Do you guys do walk-ins?


Yes, we do. We have 6 artists that are able to help you with your design and work. But it is best for you to book before coming in to make sure they are available. You can always try your luck!




What is your studio hours?


We are open everyday from 10am to 7pm. With appointment we can organise time after 7pm if you wish! (But requires deposit)




Do you do fingers, lips, ankles and feet sole tattoo?


Although we do not recommend it yes we do. However, those places are very common places that tattoos can either fade or disperse easily. It may last forever perfectly or it can dissapear within few days. This really depends on your skin type and how well you keep your tattoo. For example, you may wash your hands or feet frequently thus causing a lot of replacement of tissues resulting in newer skin and fading of your tattoo quickly, which again can be within days or months or even years. Just be aware that it may need touch up therefore make sure that you are aware of it before getting it done or think twice before proceeding.




How long do I have to take care of my piercings?


With the earlobe piercing where there is no cartilage, it will take around 4-6 weeks for it to heal completely (can take longer depending on people). However with cartilage piercings, it usually takes 3-6 months or even a year for it to heal completely. As cartilage piercings heal outside in, it may look safe to replace your piercings however do not recommend it until it is around 6 months in at least. So it is your responsibility to make sure that you are cleaning your piercings everyday to prevent any infections.





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