UPCOMING PHOTO WORKSHOPS

 

2007 Banos, Ecuador Workshop Gallery - click here!

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The 2008 Workshop was a success and a gallery as well as videos will be coming soon.

I'm now accepting reservations from photographers for the 2009 Ecuador Photo workshop in Baņos!  This is your chance to capture images of unusual and threatened Amazon species such as jaguars, ocelots, spectacled bears, Andean condors and much more!  Last year was fantastic and I believe this year will be even better!  Fill out this FORM for more information!

 TRIP SUMMARY:

Dates: Saturday  Aug. 23 - Aug 30th, 2008 - 2009 dates TBD
Costs:
 Only $2100 complete! Now $2250 (including fuel adjustment surcharge for airline) - 2009 Price TBD!

Price includes:

       Round trip airfare from Miami to Quito, Ecuador
       Round trip van or bus
to San Martin in Baņos
       Round trip van or bus for the Amazon basin day trip

       All accommodations
while in Ecuador
       Breakfast and dinner everyday

Not included: Lunches, personal expenses (shopping, etc.), travel insurance, airport exit fee (approx $50)

 The San Martin Park houses many species of animals found in the Sierra and Orient regions of Ecuador (spanning diverse habitats: grassy highlands, cloud forests, and Amazonian rain forests).

 The mission is to conserve and rehabilitate animals, and when possible to release them back into the wild. For the past thirteen years, it has provided care to sick wildlife, shelter for endangered species rescued from the international pet trade, and rehabilitated hurt animals brought to the park by local people. Current efforts underway move it toward becoming a Biodiversity Center for central Ecuador: the building of a conference center (hostel and meeting rooms now complete); the building of a biodiversity library (under construction); the building of an animal clinic that will service the community.  The International Biodiversity Conference is held here each year and will take place in early August this year.

 San Martin is an educational facility for both Ecuadorians and visitors to Ecuador: providing vivid lessons in vital concepts like habitat and the value of biodiversity. San Martin plays a role in reshaping attitudes about hunting, deforestation, ecology, and man's role as part of nature.

The San Martin Zoological Gardens are located approximately four hours from Quito, in the town of Baņos, known as a gateway to the Amazon. Situated at the base of Tungurahua, at an altitude of approximately 6,000', the facility is physically located within a series of canyon walls next to the Rio Pistaza.

This is not only a great chance to add images of Amazon wildlife to your collection, but also landscapes, and we are also planning a trip to an indigenous marketplace.  Most evenings we will be presenting Photoshop sessions and photography sessions in the conference center.  There are also hot spring spas, zip lines, waterfall tours, and lots more to do with your free time!

For photo equipment, since we will be up close and personal with the animals, long lenses are really not necessary.  A 200mm to 300mm is more than enough! A flash is recommended and you may want a tripod or monopod. Although September is one of the driest months, it can rain at any time so some sort of weather protection for your equipment is recommended.  Physically, the trip is very easy - limited hiking and the hostel is located right on the grounds of San Martin. 

Don't miss it, sign up now!  Space is limited!  Contact me by filling out this FORM or call 727 771-9686 for complete information.

Please note that this trip is being made with special arrangements through NOVA University out of Miami.

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Coming up...

April 2009 - Come travel with me, Don Honl, and Meli Savel (from PBS Rick Steves Travels in Europe) through Turkey!  Don is a well-known photojournalist and his work regularly appears in Parade, Newsweek, and National Geographic among others.  Write for more information.

Feb/March 2010 - Visit and photograph remote indigenous villages in Costa Rica -  Final pricing and dates TBD.


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