Overview

Further Information

Day 1:  Arrival to Costa Rica - Juan Santamaria's International Airport

Day 2, 3, 4: Nicoya Peninsula

Day 5, 6, 7: Central Pacific

Day 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Osa Peninsula

Day 13: San Gerardo de Dota

Day 14:  Departure - Juan Santamaria's International Airport

 

Daily Itinerary by destination:

DAY 1. SAN JOSE, ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA.

MEET CRBJ STAFF TO TAKE YOU TO YOUR HOTEL.

Hotel Adventure Inn.

DAY 2. NICOYA’S PENINSULA- CURU WILDLIFE REFUGE

· Breakfast and departure to one of the first conservation areas in Costa Rica, a famous place for the efforts on primate conservation.
· Focus on monkeys, unique journeys in which 3 species of monkeys are the main target, be prepared with the following lenses: 85mm; 50mm; 70-200mm and 300mm 2.8 or anything similar.

· Hotel check in and dinner

https://curuwildliferefuge.com

DAY 3. NICOYA’S PENINSULA- CABO BLANCO ABSOLUTE RESERVE

· Early rising 05:00 am capturing light. 1 hour of landscape photography
· Breakfast and heading to the first preserved area in Costa Rica Oct 21/1963

· Return by lunch and rainforest photography until 16:00

· Sunset photography and Dinner

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabo_Blanco_(Costa_Rica)

DAY 4. NICOYA’S PENINSULA- NOSARA

· Early breakfast and departure to Nosara beach, world famous for its astonishing beauty, picture perfect sunsets and its vicinity to Ostional Sea Turtle Refuge.
· Visit to Ostional Wildlife Refuge until dark, long exposure photography

· Dinner a

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugio_de_vida_silvestre_Ostional

 

Day 5. Departure from Nosara to Central Pacific

Carara National Park area. Today you will enjoy a rather easy adventure to Tarcoles Mangroves. A 3-4 hour boat tour along the river capturing herons, kingfishers, motmots, trogons, and dozens of water birds such as herons, egrets, cormorants, pelicans and the largest crocodiles in Costa Rica.

Dinner at Pacifico Lodge followed by a photography workshop.

 

DAY 6. JACO AREA, CARARA NATIONAL PARK

· Full day at Carara National Park, exploring two different trails systems.
· This park is particularly known for its birds but in our experience it is so unpredictable that at the least aspect it moment nature can surprise us with an Ocelot killing a Tinamou or a Tayra chasing an Agouti.

· Lunch in between trails

· Dinner in town.

DAY 7. QUEPOS AREA, MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

· Full day at Manuel Antonio, it’s indeed a busy park, full of tourists but there are very high chances to get extraordinary photography of two species of sloths and much more including the feared Fer de Lance.
· Lunch nearby and return back to your hotel

DAY 8. OSA, CASA CORVOCADO OR PUNTA MARENCO

· Boat transfer to Corcovado National Park at Drake’s Bay via Sierpe
· Exploring hotel grounds

· Dinner and photography workshop

DAY 9. OSA, CASA CORVOCADO OR PUNTA MARENCO

· Early breakfast and departure to Sirena Station
· Full day at Sirena lunch included Picnic Style

· Sunset time and leisure

· Dinner followed by a night walk for macro photography

DAY 10. OSA, CASA CORVOCADO OR PUNTA MARENCO

· Early morning nature hike
· Breakfast and continue rainforest exploration until lunch time

· Break between lunch & 15:00 Toucan Search

· Dinner & photo lab

DAY 11. OSA, CASA CORVOCADO OR PUNTA MARENCO

· Early morning nature hike
· Breakfast and continue rainforest exploration until lunch time

· Break between lunch & 15:00 bird photography at hotel gardens

· Dinner & night hike for macro photography

DAY 12. OSA, CASA CORVOCADO OR PUNTA MARENCO

· Early rising 5:00 am to those willing to capture the sunrise.
· Breakfast and dolphin tour (3-4 hours)

· Leisure time until 15:00 hrs followed by rainforest exploration

· Dinner and photo lab

DAY 13. SAN GERARDO DE DOTA, SAVEGRE LODGE·

Morning garden exploration followed by departure to the Talamanca mountains at over 3500 meters above sea level
· Lunch at the lodge and garden exploration until dark.

· Dinner

DAY 14. SAN JOSE, HOTEL BOUGANVILLEA

· 5:00 am Search for Resplendent Quetzal; a quest to one of the most magnificent life forms on our earth. It could be a longer journey in order to capture mind blowing images.
· Lunch and leisure time until 14:30

· Hotel Bouganvillea arrival 16:00

Notes

This journeys trip will focus on:

Lighting
Focal styles and focal points
Composition
Recommended Aperture/DOF
Suggested lenses for bird photography
Metering/Exposure
Landscape photography explained
Post-processing
Macro photography
Story teller meeting with a journalist
Conference with local conservationist
Conservation & nature speaker

Additional Information

1. GEAR

• Small hiking backpack for day trips

• Small first aid kit

• Binoculars

• Camera (optional)

• Sunglasses

• Sunblock and Bug Spray

• Several pencils

• Daily journal

• A passport purse (to carry money, credit cards, etc... wear it close to your body)

• Any needed medications, anti-diarrhea, or any prescriptions

• Torch/Flashlight

2. WHAT TO BRING LIST

• Tennis shoes with good traction or hiking shoes with ankle support (waterproof)

• Comfortable sandals or flip flops

• Swimming wear

• Neutral color clothing for camouflage

• Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts

• Hat for sun protection (breathable)

• 2-3 pairs of light weight long pants for rain forest hikes

• Lightweight rain jacket (neutral color only)

• Casual beach clothing (t-shirts, shorts, sun dresses)

• Long pants and a fast drying sweater for the city/mountains (temp. are cooler can reach 3.5 degree celsius)

• Lightweight gloves for cooler areas

• Wellingtons/rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $15 usd

3. MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, IDENTIFICATION

• Travelers checks (American Express or Visa) (can exchange some of them for Colones at the the local banks or hotel front desk)

• About $50-200 in cash (not tears in bills, small bills are better)

• Visa credit card widely accepted in Costa Rica, except rural towns (keep phone number of credit card company separate.)

• Passport

• Photocopies of passports and driver’s license (kept in a separate place)

• Use a credit card to call US from your hotel room or local pone

• You can also purchase a phone card here for international calls ($9 for 12 minutes to US)

4. USING FLASH OR NOT:

We would be teaching the use of natural light rather than multiflash control as those use to capture hummingbirds with fake backgrounds. Nonetheless we will also take some time to explain the uses of flash on bird photography.

5. Mastering bird photography on flight:

We will concentrate it on capturing hummingbirds in the air. Many hotels had for a long time built very attractive gardens fill with hummers fighting for the best perches and nectars.
Apart from hummingbirds at Tarcoles River boat tour the number of birds fishing, catching or simply gliding are fabulous.

6. ALL DAILY ACTIVITIES WOULD BE BASED ON LIGHT OR NATURAL OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS NESTING SITES, FEEDING FRENZY, FRUITING TREES, ETC.

During the down times or complicated light garden explorations of visits to other parts of the
chosen destinations. Since we will be focus on no control environments or bird feeding stations; exploring the surrounding habitats near our lodges can well be highly rewarding. In many cases sitting still on flowering bushes or tree cavities can give us positive results.

7. ALL AREAS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BASED ON THE 20 YEARS OF GUIDING SUCCESS, NOTHING HAS BEEN LEFT TO CHANCE EXCEPT FOR NATURE ITSELF. FROM THE DEEP JUNGLES OF BRAULIO CARILLO´S NATIONAL PARK TO THE SMOKY SUMMIT OF ARENAL VOLCANO´S RAINFOREST.

This photography experience has been created to capture colourful, beautiful and most iconic bird life from our rainforests.

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