Overview

Mostly known for birdwatchers, Carara National Park offers what no other national park in Costa Rica does. It’s a transition area between two large ecosystems Dry Tropical Forest and Amazonian Rainforest. The abundance of flora and fauna reaches unbelievable opportunities to capture nature day and night. So many different micro-ecosystems within a few kilometres away from each another. One of the best parts of this national park is its well-established weather. Nearly 5 months of dry season 2 months in transition and plenty of sunny mornings during the rainy season.

Day by Day

Day 1. Departure from San Jose to Carara National Park is an hour's worth of drive into the last remaining Tropical lowlands in the Central American Pacific. 4 hours of easy walk to seek all kinds of tropical fauna poisonous dart frogs, cicadas, snakes, and hundreds of all amazing biodiversity.

After many hours of gathering for wonderful images, a well-deserved lunch at your resting Pacifico Lodge. 

· Pick up time 7:00 am

· Arrival to Braulio Carrillo Quebrada Gonzales 8:30 am aprox.

· Lunch 1:00 pm

· 3:30 pm Garden & forest exploring

· Dinner 6:30 PM

· Nocturnal macro photography 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Day 2. Breakfast and explore local trails. The most well-studied rainforest on earth, heaven for scientists, birders and nature photographers. Trail explorations until 10:00 am; continue our photographic journey to Bosque de Paz a Forest of Peace and overwhelming biodiversity.

· Breakfast 7:30 am

· Lunch 1:00 pm at Bosque de Paz

· Explore hotel cloud forest

· Dinner 6:30 pm

· Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 3. Orchid Garden, lunch and follow to transfer back to San Jose.

· Breakfast 7:30 am

· Orchid Garden 8:30 am

· Lunch and check out at 1:00 pm

· Drive to San Jose 1 ½ hours departure time 

Notes

This journeys trip will focus on:

Lighting
Focal styles and focal points
Composition
Recommended Aperture/DOF
Suggested lighting systems
Post-processing
Storyteller a journalist approach

Additional Information

1. GEAR

• Small hiking backpack for day trips

• Small first aid kit

• Binoculars

• Camera (optional) OR we can provide Nikon DSLR

• 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-diarrhoea, 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 colour clothing for camouflage

• Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts

• Hat for sun protection (breathable)

• 2-3 pairs of lightweight long pants for rainforest hikes

• Lightweight rain jacket (neutral colour 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 degrees celsius)

• Wellingtons/rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $15-30 USD

3. MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, IDENTIFICATION

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

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

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

• Passport

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

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

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

General Topics

Mind Map