ecoDestinations Costa Rica: Foto Verde Nature Photography Tour of a Lifetime

ecoDestinations Costa Rica: Foto Verde Nature Photography Tour of a Lifetime

ecoDestinations Costa Rica

Photographic Ecotourism – A Growing Niche

Foto Verde Tours, the Costa Rican ecotour company that I started with local ecologist and tourism entrepreneur Paulo Valerio, has grown since its inception three years ago, and this growth is providing a platform for us to expand our own benefits to conservation and local communities. Foto Verde Tours offers open signup tours and customized photo travel. We run a number of photographic tours with set dates that have a particular theme. Some trips are co-led by other professional photographers (from the US, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Argentina to date) and local Foto Verde Tours staff while others are led directly by local Foto Verde Tours staff.

 

Interested participants register for the trip of their choice, and the group travels and photographs according to the pre-specified itinerary. Sample themes include general wildlife, natural landscapes, and hummingbirds. We also work directly with individuals or small groups of professional and/or amateur photographers to design custom itineraries that fit each client’s particular interests.

 

In both cases, Foto Verde Tours takes care of everything (transportation, lodging, meals, naturalist guide service, and photo instruction) from the moment our clients step off the plane in Costa Rica until they moment they board their return flight home, leaving all trip participants free to pursue photography while leaving the logistics of photo travel to us.

Expanding Ecotourism Benefits

Nature photography has long been an important tool in conservation by portraying to a wide audience the amazing beauty of our planet’s ecosystems, flora, and fauna. At Foto Verde Tours, we believe that our photo tours have a diffuse effect in terms of spreading knowledge about Costa Rica’s biodiversity. Indeed, many of our clients return home and prepare presentations and slideshows that they share with their local camera clubs, birding societies, and schools.

 

Text and Photos ©Gregory Basco 2009

 

 

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