Costa Rica Wildlife & Nature Photography Tour
Costa Rica Nature Photography Tours


♦ Join us on this Costa Rica Nature Photo Tour as we walk through lush tropical forest in search of Tapirs, Sloths, colorful exotic birds, and the elusive Jaguar.

We concentrate our visit in the Volcán Arenal area photographing cloud forest birds, then explore the dry forests and coastal habitat at the Ocotal Beach Resort.

Birders in the group can expect incredible bird species diversity, paralleled only by the forests of equatorial America.

There's good reason for such biodiversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants - a broad variety of altitudinal zones, ranging from near sea-level to over 9500' within the parks.

Costa Rica Wildlife Photograpy Tours

The keen observer may see the most famous Costa Rican bird, the Resplendant Quetzal, as well as a myriad of Toucans, Parrots, and Trogons, to name a few.

Knowledgeable guides assist with species identification and natural history interpretation and wildlife photography instruction of your personalized photography curriculum.

Accomodations are at established eco-lodges where comfort and safety are assured. Join us for the tropical adventure of a lifetime in the jungles and on the beaches of Costa Rica!


       Itinerary - Costa Rica Nature Photo Tour ♦ 7-Day
Costa Rica Photo Tours

  • Day 1
  • Arrive San Jose Airport/Hotel Transfer

    Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) airport. Meet expedition guide at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and transfer to your hotel near the capital city of San Jose. Your guide will discuss with you the tour arrangements over dinner. Hotel Stay at Hotel Condesa.


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  • Day 2
  • Arenal Volcano Area/Lake Arenal

    After breakfast, we have an orientation to our trip and photographic goals and then travel to the Arenal Volcano area.

    Arenal is the country's most active volcano, with continuous emissions of lava and incandescent pyroclastic flows since the beginning of the present active cycle in 1968. On clear nights, the views of incandescent avalanches are breathtaking! Hotel Buena Vista or Casa Conde, lunch en route.

    After a quick lunch in the town of La Fortuna, we arrive to the Arenal Observatory Lodge in late afternoon and, after check-in, photograph the sunset over Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano with stars and pyroclastic flows. The Arenal Observatory Lodge affords some of the area's best photographic views of the famous Arenal volcano and offers fantastic sunset views over Lake Arenal and the surrounding hills. If the volcano is clear, we will continue working with long exposures of the active volcano and star trails.

    Lodge Stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge.


  • Day 3
  • Arenal Volcano Area/Lake Arenal

    We dedicate the early morning to photographing Montezuma Oropendolas, Passerinis Tanager, Green Honeycreepers, Red-legged Honeycreepers, and Emerald Tanagers at the lodge feeders.

    We return to the Arenal Observatory Lodge in late afternoon to photograph the sunset and the Arenal Volcano.

    Lodge Stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge.


  • Day 4
  • Playa Ocotal/Guanacaste Province

    Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon) in Costa Rica

    After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we depart for our next desintation, the tropical dry forests and beaches around Playa Ocotal in Guanacaste Province.

    We will take our time on the drive, stopping for photos and a bite to eat. Upon arrival at Ocotal Beach Resort, we check-in and then set up for late afternoon and sunset photos at the beach.

    Resort Stay at Ocotal Beach Resort.


  • Day 5
  • Tempisque River/Ocotal Beach

    Belize Mayan Ruins Photo Tours

    After breakfast, we enjoy a wildlife boat ride on the Tempisque River to photograph Roseate Spoonbills, Anhingas and a variety of Kingfishers and Herons.

    After the boat ride, we have lunch and an opportunity to photograph the traditional pottery making in the town of Guatil. We return to the hotel in late afternoon for free time on the beach and sunset photo opportunities. Resort Stay at Ocotal Beach Resort.


  • Day 6
  • Tempisque River/Ocotal Beach

    After breakfast, we enjoy a wildlife boat ride on the Tempisque River to photograph Roseate Spoonbills, Anhingas and a variety of Kingfishers and Herons.

    Costa Rica Photo Tours

    After the boat ride, we have lunch and an opportunity to photograph the traditional pottery making in the town of Guatil. We return to the hotel in late afternoon for free time on the beach and sunset photo opportunities. Resort Stay at Ocotal Beach Resort.


  • Day 7
  • Return to San Jose Airport/End Expedition

    Breakfast at hotel. Return to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) Airport.

    Depart afternoon flights to Houston, Miami, or other home destination.

    Final Travel Arrangements. End Expedition.



Testimonials
  • Botswana Photo SafarisJohn Martinson, Executive Vice President wrote:

    .... We are truly grateful to you for your skill, your attention to safety, and your good humor and confident spirit from beginning to end. Thank you again for providing more excitement in three days than I typically encounter over a considerably longer stretch of time. I hope we will meet again in the Nile Valley, Polar Regions, the Gobi Desert or some other equally challenging and exciting spot for adventure in the future..... The two boys will remember you and their time with you for the rest of their lives ...."

  • Costa Rica Nature PhotographySara Fredericks, Travel Agency Director wrote:

    ".... Jon did a great job finding us the wildlife we came to see then teaching us how to make good photographs out of the opportunity. The trip ran very smoothly and exceeded our high expectations. Thank you again for a wonderful time in the wilds of Africa! ...."

  • Mason Morfit, The Nature Conservancy wrote:

    ".... It was a great trip, largely because of your multiple skills as a naturalist, raconteur, bon vivant and boon companion. I hope we can do it again sometime. Please put me on the mailing list for your new brochure.... Again, THANKS. It was a distinct pleasure doing business with you...."

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Trip Details
At-A-Glance

Costa Rica Nature Photo Tour

Duration: 7-days/6-nights
Limit: 6 or Private Expedition
Activity Level: Easy/Moderate
Accommodations: Regional Hotels, Local Restaurants
Trip Start: Juan Santamaría International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
Approx. Cost: Contact for details.

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Trip Cost

Prices are based on group size, double occupancy* and trip duration/destination

  • 2 clients: $5495* per person + taxes
  • 3 clients: $5295 per person + taxes
  • 4 clients: $5195 per person + taxes
  • 5 clients: $5095 per person + taxes
  • 6 clients: $4995 per person + taxes

  • 1 client: $12395 per person + taxes
  • **New Itinerary for 2016 - Coming Soon

* Single client tours also available.

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Trip Highlights:

- Arenal Volcano
- Osa Peninsula
- Pacific Coastal Region
- Premium Cloud Forest Birding

Possible Sightings:

Black Howler & Spider Monkey
Green Iquana
Scarlet Macaw
Parrot species
Coatimundi
Manakin Species
Baird's Tapir
Keel-Billed Toucan, Collared Araçari, and Emerald Toucanet
Three-toed & Two-toed Sloths
Many more...

Accommodations & Amenities