I found out there is a Eco Tour organized by my old college going to Costa Rica this May 2009 for 10 days. What an opportunity! I really hope to go and experience the rainforest and also hopefully paint the aristolochia gorgona.
The tour mentioned Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and Manuel Antonio Rain Forest.
I think I will enquire about more information from the tour and hopefully will be able to do a side trip for my painting.
Aristolochia gorgona is at Estacion Biologica la Selva or at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.
I am reading up on both for locations to the above places of interest, I think they are located in more of less day trip distance.
Aristolochia gorgona flowers thru out the year and so it will be a hit or miss but I think with some planning I will be able to find at least a flower in bud or bloom to paint.