Overview:

Further Information

Day 1: Central Pacific
Day 2, 3, 4, 5: San Vito
Day 6, 7: San Gerardo de Dota
Day 8, 9, 10, 11: Pejibaye
Day 12, 13: Braulio Carrillo
Day 14: Departure - Juan Santamaria's International Airport

 

Daily Itinerary by destination:

Day 1. Pacifico Lodge. A mangrove boat tour for 4 hours. Let’s kick it off with crocodiles, birds, iguanas and much more. A 4-hour boat tour along Tarcoles River and Guacalillo’s mangroves. Nearly 430 species of bird species are found within the premises of Tarcoles River along with the largest population of American Crocodiles in Central America, large iguanas, howler and white-faced capuchin Monkeys are also present along the mangrove forest.

A wonderful lunch/dinner overseen the Pacific Ocean at Pacifico Lodge.

· Mangrove Boat Tour

· Night Macro Photography

Day 2. Esquinas Lodge. Golfito. Early morning bird photography at Pacifico Lodge followed by breakfast and continue for 3 ½ hours to the Golfito area to enjoy the marvels of Piedras Blancas National Park. Birds, frogs, snakes and thousands of bugs await.

· 5:30 am bird walk

· 9 to 1 garden exploration

· 2:30 to 5:30 pm rainforest hike (bug hunting)

· 6:00 pm Workshop Overviewing results

· Night Macro Photography (frog & snake hunting)

Day 3. Esquinas Lodge. Golfito. Exploring Piedras Blancas National park a little known corner of southern Costa Rica; a true marvel to be discover. The hotel gardens are extraordinary for hummingbirds on natural flowers, trogons perch at the forest edges, wrens, rails, and toucans everywhere. At night a new world would be born. Nothing more exciting that walking along the ravines fill with amphibians and reptiles. The bug cosmos still the biggest surprises to capture. Rare looking insects, large spiders, colourful beetles are amongst few on the thousands of life forms hidden at night.

· 5:30 am bird walk

· 9 to 1 garden exploration

· 2:30 to 5:30 pm rainforest hike (bug hunting)

· 6:00 pm Workshop Overviewing results

· Night Macro Photography (frog & snake hunting)

Day 4. Las Cruces Biological Station. San Vito. Golfito Early bird photography, breakfast and drive to Las Cruces Biological Station.

· 5:30 am bird walk

· 9:00 am departure to San Vito

· 1:30 pm flora macro photography

· 6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 Workshop Overviewing results

· 8:00 -10:00 pm Macro Photography

Day 5. Las Cruces Biological Station. San Vito. Golfito Early bird photography until 11:00 am. Yet the journey most continue at the incredible botanical garden and its surroundings.


· 5:30 am bird walk

· 1:30 pm flora macro photography

· 6:00 pm Dinner

· 7:00 -10:00 pm Macro Photography

Further reading:
https://tropicalstudies.org/portfolio/las-cruces-research-station/

Day 6. Savegre Lodge. San Gerardo de Dota. Early breakfast and departure to Talamanca Highlands. Quetzal paradise and hummingbird heaven.

· Upon arrival to San Gerardo birds are everywhere hummingbirds, tanagers, parakeets, warblers, woodpeckers, and so much more.

· Garden and forest edges exploration

Day 7. Savegre Lodge. San Gerardo de Dota. Early bird photography in search for Quetzal. A place to seek the most beautiful bird in the hemisphere. The Resplendent Quetzal with its incredible tail feathers shining red chest and funky crest it’s a must picture if you come to Costa Rica. After dinner, we will venture into the darkness of the ancient oak forest a place never explored by macro photographers. A true photographic adventure with an edge of discovery.

· Garden and forest edges exploration

· Nocturnal Macro Photography

Day 8. Hotel Quelitales. Ujarras Valley. Early-bird walk and departure after breakfast to the most evergreen national park in the country. Tapanti is a place where rainforest has true meaning. Lush, evergreen, mossy tree trunks and orchids dripping from every single branch. What we call the PHD for birders and photographers. A destination to aspect the unexpected.

· Early-bird walk 5:30 am

· Landscape photography (coffee farms)

· Nature, wildlife and macro photography

Day 9. Hotel Quelitales. Ujarras Valley. A full day at Tapanti National Park. Exploring landscape, macro and general wildlife photography.

· River and waterfalls photography

· Sunrise photography

· Macro

· Bird and other wildlife photography

· Workshop

Day 10. Copal Lodge. Pejibaye’s Rainforest. exploration followed by breakfast and drive to the last rainforest frontier. Pejibaye’s rainforest is known by a small group of people mostly bird photographers yet it’s unbelievable biodiversity is practically a hidden treasure.

· Bird Photography

· Workshop (before dinner)

· Macro Photography day and night

Day 11. Copal Lodge. Pejibaye’s Rainforest. Early rising for landscape photography. All-day at the lodge grounds, gardens and forest.

· Bird Photography

· Macro Photography day and night

· Constellation Photography

Day 12. Tapirus Lodge. Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sunrise photography followed by breakfast and departure to the jungles of Caribbean Lowlands.

· Rainforest landscape photography

· Macro Photography day and night (in search of life)

Day 13. Tapirus Lodge. Braulio Carrillo National Park. Early landscape photography was followed by bird photography until lunch.

· Sunrise photography

· Bird Photography

· Rainforest canopy photography

· Macro Photography

· Constellation photography

Day 14. International flight day.

Notes:

In an ever-changing natural world and with the urge to pass on the legacy of conservation for the biological wealth of Costa Rica; photography becomes one of the most important tools for awareness. Costa Rica Focus Photography Tour is been crafted to achieve not only breath taken results but it’s also designed to share to the planet the importance of rainforest biodiversity.
We are not just another exotic birding tour or a tropical birding expedition; we are taking adventure and nature photography to a new level. Captura Costa Rica has been learning progressively where are found the absolute best places to see wildlife, such as rainbows, volcanoes, rivers, rainforests and cloud forests meet to create images that would last a lifetime of more.
We are your Costa Rica Gateway to the imagery that would make you reach a better self-nature & wildlife photographer.
During this Costa Rica Expedition we will visit the best birding lodges, the least touristy destinations and at some point the most remote locations in the entire country in order to capture nature in the rawest stage possible.
Every day we are on a nature quest whether would be Resplendent Quetzal nesting or a Jaguar seeking another meal. But above all the wonderful results that any birdwatching tour can offer, we will take you to those waterfalls, sunrises, sunsets and astrophotography destinations to produce marvellous photography.
Costa Rica Focus would lead your photo safari with daily workshops, daily night hikes for macro photography and also photograph the immense cosmos above our heads.
Every single day is the best Costa Rica Photography Tour, nothing has been let out, landscape photography, macro photography, bird photography, wildlife photography and even casual street photography during the off-time of “perfect light”.
Our daily tours will start as early as 5:00 am and depending on the locations we would likely stay up past midnight.

About our chosen locations:
30 years of experience has thought us a lot yet we are still learning daily. We had mastered the art of finding beauty and unique moments.
Each little piece of paradise has something wonderful to share, the highlands and their deep blue sky or the crispy nights with no light pollution. The hidden corners of Costa Rica with virtually no tourists where we can walk in silence with our macro gear chasing shimmering butterflies, colourful beetles or a tarantula crossing the forested path.
On this 14-day wildlife & nature photography tour, we will cover all major topics, such as sea turtle arribadas, bird photography, day and night macro, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, several types of rainforests, beaches, sunrises, sunsets, rainfall, mammals, snakes, frogs, etc. 

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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