Costa Rica | Photographing the Jewels of Nature

Costa Rica | Photographing the Jewels of Nature

About this trip

Whether a master photographer or enthusiastic amateur, the incredible biodiversity and natural beauty of Costa Rica is certain to inspire a portfolio full of treasures. Accompanied by both a photography guide and naturalist guide, receive personal instruction while capturing the wonder of tropical plants, insects,amphibians, birds, and mammals. Costa Rica’s lush environment is the perfect backdrop to practice macro photography with colorful poison dart frogs and discover how shutter speed impacts shots of fast moving objects at the hummingbird feeders. Enjoy the vibrant flora and fauna of Costa Rica while bringing your photography to the next level!

Highlights

  • Enjoy the opportunity to capture a variety of subjects, including wildlife, flora, and landscapes.
  • Visit the beaches of Tortuguero and search for nesting sea turtles.
  • Practice photographing fast-moving objects and using flash set-ups at the hummingbird feeder.
  • Discover macro and light management techniques while photographing tropical flowers, insects, poison dart frogs, and other wildlife.
  • Take nocturnal excursions and practice shooting in low light.
  • Learn about local wildlife, traditions, and history from your naturalist guide to provide a story behind every photo.
11 Travelers

$3,210

Land Cost

Group size

Book 10 travelers and 1 group
leader travels for free

16 Travelers

$2,760

Land Cost

Group size

Book 15 travelers and 1 group
leader travels for free

San José

Day 1

Upon arrival in San José meet with your driver and guide and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy time on your own to photograph the bustling city. This evening have a welcome dinner and orientation at the hotel for introductions and preparation for tomorrow's journey to Tortuguero. In order to arrive in time for orientation, participants must book flights that arrive in San José no later than 4:30 p.m. Check in is 2:00 pm.

Dinner included
Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea

Tortuguero

Day 2

In the early morning, check out from the hotel and begin your transfer to the dock. For the duration of the program both a photography and naturalist guide will accompany you. On the morning drive, take notice of the biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park, a primary forest reserve with unsurpassed beauty. After a stop en route for a tropical breakfast buffet, continue to the dock and board a private boat to travel through the canal system to Tortuguero. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail and check in at Pachira's Evergreen Lodge, situated just outside the Tortuguero National Park boundary. After settling in, board boats for safari through Tortuguero National Park, which is mainly accessible via motorized boats and canoes. Encompassing over 40,000 acres, the park is an important nesting site of four of the world's eight sea turtles: leatherback, green, loggerhead, and hawksbill. For opportunities to view turtles, travel should be planned during the appropriate nesting season. During any time of the year, the region is abundant with target species for photography, including mantled howler, spider, and capuchin monkeys, two-toed sloth, river turtles, caiman, basilisk lizards, Fiery-billed Aracari and Collared Aracari, Chestnut-mandibled and Keel-billed Toucans, Great Green Macaw, strawberry poison dart frogs, glass frogs and much more!

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero

Day 3

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a second photo safari along the canals by boat to photograph in different lighting conditions. Have some free time to hike along the trails to photograph flora and fauna at your leisure, and then head out later for an additional boat safari.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero

Day 4

After breakfast, set out on a final boat safari. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the lodge grounds for photography on your own. Optional afternoon presentation at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, which has conducted research and monitoring programs in Tortuguero since 1959, followed by walk in the colorful Tortuguero Village. Here you can see the rugged coast, where turtles nest at night during nesting season. Optional night time turtle walk can be added during nesting season.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge

Sarapiquí

Day 5

In the early morning, go on a quick photography session around the lodge. After breakfast, take a boat back to the dock and begin the bus journey to Sarapiquí. Have lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Continue to Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve, located in the lush lowlands of north central Costa Rica on a private tract of primary and secondary tropical rainforest. After settling in, receive an orientation on the lodge's facilities and 500-acre private reserve. This afternoon, enjoy free time for photography around the grounds, in search of some of the 300 bird species found here, including a variety of colorful hummingbirds, trogons and toucans. After dinner, venture out on a night walk to spot a variety of nocturnal life including the colorful red-eyed tree frog, a must in every photographer's collection.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Rainforest Lodge

Sarapiquí

Day 6

After an early breakfast, transfer to Nature Pavilion for a two hour session in the park. Have lunch at the lodge. This afternoon visit the Macaw Farm, a private initiative stared by Don Alvaro Otoya that has turned into a successful breeding center for the two species of Costa Rican macaws: Scarlet and Great Green. Habitat loss and poaching have threatened these amazing birds, nearly bringing them to the point of extinction in some places. As a result, the need for reintroduction into the wild is high, in particular for Great Green Macaws. Projects like Don Alvaro's have allowed local authorities to bring the populations back in some areas, and now macaws can be seen flying high where they were absent for decades. The macaws at Don Alvaro's are not caged, and fly free through the surrounding rainforest. Take advantage of the opportunities to capture amazing images of macaws in flight, with more controlled light than in the forest, while contributing to the effort of protecting and reintroducing the macaws back to their habitat. Return to the lodge for dinner. This evening, there is another optional guided nocturnal hike around the lodge.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Rainforest Lodge

Sarapiquí

Day 7

Today explore the primary and secondary forest trails as well as the river area in search of subjects.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Rainforest Lodge

Savegre

Day 8

Early morning birding photography on the lodge grounds. After breakfast check out and head south for Cerro de la Muerte, an area located at the top of the Talamanca Mountain Range that is famous for its diversity of endemic wildlife. Consisting of temperate forest and páramo habitats, the natural vegetation attracts an immense amount of bird life such as the rare Red-fronted Parrotlet and the photogenic Resplendent Quetzal. Enjoy a traditional lunch en route and continue the journey to the cloud forest realm. Upon arrival at the lodge, take some time to visit the hummingbird feeders in front of reception and off the balcony of the lounge. The feeders are often active with resident Magnificent Hummingbird, Green Violetear, Gray-tailed Mountaingem, Volcano Hummingbird, and tiny Scintillant Hummingbird.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa

Savegre

Day 9

Spend the morning exploring Savegre's trails, which wind through mostly virgin forest and consist of hundred-year-old trees, multicolored plants, mushrooms, insects, amphibians and mammals. Altitudes vary from 7,220 to 11,384 feet. Savegre is a paradise for birders and known as one of the best places in the country to observe the Resplendent Quetzal. During your stay you will have ample opportunities to photograph hummingbirds. In the afternoon, visit Miriam's Quetzals, a local gem for bird photography.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa

San José

Day 10

This morning, have breakfast at the hotel and time to explore the grounds on your own. After lunch, transfer back to San José and check in to the hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Wyndham Herradura

Depart

Day 11

Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Check out is at 12:00 pm.

Breakfast- included