Destination: Sarapiqui.

Sarapiqui’s valley is one of the most remarkable rainforests in all world. The natural world that surrounds this part of Costa Rica is a true rainforest experience. Thousands of life forms exist in any given ecosystem ranging from a patch of overgrown grass to deep and mature primary forest. A place on its own worth spending a lifetime exploring.

Day by Day

Day 1. Departure from San Jose to Braulio Carrillo National Park is an hour's worth of drive into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s natural treasures. 4 hours a moderate to easy hike to capture all we can see from ladybugs to Pitvipers, a fantastic destination for flora macro photography as well. Dozens of leave shapes, colourful flowers, intricate seeds and weird-looking seedpods. Nature is everywhere.

After many hours gathering for wonderful images a well-deserved lunch at your resting hotel La Isla. Time to charge the camera battery and repose for the night hike.

• Pick up time 7:00 am

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

• Lunch 1:00 pm

• 3:30 pm Garden exploring

• Dinner 6:30 PM

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

Day 2. Breakfast and visit to La Selva Biological Station. The most well-studied rainforest on earth, heaven for scientists, birders and nature photographers. Trail explorations until lunchtime. Continue photographing nature until 5:30 pm.

• Breakfast 7:30 am

• Departure to La Selva at 8:30 am

• Lunch 1:00 pm

• Dinner 6:30 pm

• Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 3. Visit Frog Heaven for stage photography or controlled environment. (4 hours). Follow to transfer back to San Jose.

• Breakfast 7:30 am

• Frog Heaven 8:30 am

• Lunch and check out at 1:00 pm

• Drive to San Jose 1 ½ hours departure time


This journeys trip will focus on:

Focal styles and focal points
Recommended Aperture/DOF
Suggested lighting systems
Storyteller a journalist approach

Additional Information


• 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


• 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


• 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