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5 days and 4 nights

Rio Grande Valley –3 days in the Ranch

Tour Information

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South Texas emerges as an idyllic haven for avid birdwatchers, a veritable paradise awaiting their lens. The Rio Grande Valley, a symphony of opportunity, extends a haven to both the committed and the budding bird photographers. A three-day sojourn unfolds, leading us to a cherished family-owned ranch just north of Edinburg, Texas.

Amidst this rich canvas lies a family’s legacy, a 700-acre private ranch cloaked in pristine brushland. Here, the pulse of the land and its inhabitants quickens, beckoning us to capture its stories through our lenses. Here, within this sanctuary, we embark on a visual odyssey. Our days are drenched in the art of capturing fleeting moments from carefully crafted hides. These enclaves are more than just spaces; they’re the legacy of photographers for photographers. In this realm, we align with various species that grace the valley, both year-round residents and intrepid migrants.

Sunrise and sunset, the golden hours, unveil a theater of light meticulously designed for the lens. Submerged beneath the earth’s embrace, these professional below-ground photo blinds bring us eye-level with wildlife, crafting backgrounds as warm and creamy as a painter’s stroke. Our subjects come alive amidst these settings, focused, vibrant, and tangible. Positioned around watering holes, the hides orchestrate a perfect choreography, placing us at the heart of wildlife’s daily rituals – feeding and quenching their thirst. Our journey through these lenses includes a pair of morning hides, two evening sanctuaries, and a special raptor blind, ensuring constant engagement amidst nature’s drama.

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

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

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Flight

McAllen International Airport must be your arrival and departure airport

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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.

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Electricity

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

TOUR DATES

Main Tour – Maximum 6 – 8 people per group.
Session 1: May 27- May 31, 2024 (8 Seats available)

Tour Motive

Our thoughtfully curated South Texas bird photo tours at the Ranch, are where the mornings and evenings unfold in perfect light. Guided by experts, our sessions in purpose-built photography blinds let you capture the vibrant hues of South Texas birds – in-flight or at rest, against pleasing backgrounds. And don’t miss the chance to photograph visiting Raptors, enhancing the richness of your experience.

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Photo Opportunities

  1. Opportunity to capture moments with the Green Jay, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Crested Caracara, Curve-Billed Thrasher, and a variety of other species.
  2. Receive expert guidance in guided photography from skilled local professionals, ensuring exceptional images of target species and beyond.
  3. Engage in a specialized hide photography opportunity, allowing you to learn and gain hands-on experience with essential photography techniques.

Cost (In USD)

  1. $2185 for shared accommodation
  2. $2385 for single suppliment.

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-508-6914/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

TEXAS

DURATION : 5 days & 4 nights

PHYSICAL LEVEL : Easy

Tour Dates

Session 1: May 27- May 31, 2024 (Sold Out)
Session 2: May 19 to May 23, 2025
Session 3: May 23 to May 27, 2025

COST (In USD)

$2185 per person in sharing accommodations and $2385 for a single supplement.

INCLUSION

  • Lodging from day 1 to 4
  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • Professional guide and photography mentor
  • Entrance Fees to the ranch and birdwatching hides

 

EXCLUSION

    • International or domestic airfare
    • Local transportation (we will be happy to recommend car rentals in McAllen)
    • Meals
    • Tips to guides
    • Items of personal nature

In South Texas, a wonderful spot awaits bird lovers. Known as the Rio Grande Valley, it’s a haven for both seasoned and new bird photographers.

Over three days, we journey to a family-owned ranch near Edinburg, Texas. This ranch, spanning 700 acres, is a pristine wilderness filled with diverse wildlife. We will explore various hides strategically positioned for photographers where we can witness the daily routines of wildlife, like feeding and drinking.

Our photography adventure includes visits to morning and evening hides, as well as a special spot for observing birds of prey. Each moment is like being in the front row of a nature spectacle, with endless opportunities to capture the beauty of the natural world.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Arrive at McAllen International Airport, Texas, if you are arriving by air. For those driving in their own cars, we will meet in Edinburg, Texas. The exact meeting point will be shared closer to the tour dates

Each day we will start at 6 am, the exact location will be communicated during our meeting on arrival day, setting the tone for the day’s adventures. A scenic drive of approximately 30 minutes leads us to our photography ranch.

On our first day at the ranch, we will take a quick tour. Here, we engage in detailed discussions about various hides, opportunistic angles, shifting lighting conditions, and the ever-changing weather. At the different hides, we will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of birds, such as Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Jay, Orioles, Tit-mouse, Buntings, Bobwhites, and the Roadrunner.

As our journey progresses, we'll arrive at a designated blind, offering us the chance to capture majestic birds in flight. Crested Caracaras, Turkey Vultures, and Harris's Hawks are among the potential sightings.

And beyond the realm of birds, the ranch may also treat us to glimpses of local mammal inhabitants.

After you've finished checking out of the hotel, it's time to begin your journey back home.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year
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