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

Day 2, 3: Tortuguero

Day 4, 5, 6, 7: Sarapiqui


Day by day Itinerary

Day 1. San Jose. Overnight in San Jose Area. The hotel or first-day destination would depend on the air flight arrivals.

Day 2. Tortuguero: Departure from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park is a 2 ½-hour worth drive plus a 1-hour boat into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders. 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. 

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

      - Departure time 8:00 am

      - Arrival to La Baula Lodge 11:30 am aprox.

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 3:00 pm Garden exploring

      - Dinner 6:30 PM

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

Day 3. Tortuguero. Macro hike at Tortuguero National Park trails and jungle trails along the coastline. Night hike.

      - Departure nature hike 8:00-11:30 am

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 3:00 pm Garden exploring

      - Dinner 6:30 PM

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

Day 4. Sarapiqui’s valley is one of the most remarkable rainforests in the 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 to worth spending a lifetime exploring.

      - Departure time 10:00 am

      - Arrival to La Isla Inn Hotel at 12:30 am approx.

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 3:00 pm Garden exploring

      - Dinner 6:30 PM

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

Day 5. 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 6. Visit Frog Heaven for stage photography or controlled environment. (4 hours). Return back to the hotel for lunch

      - Breakfast 7:30 am

      - Frog Heaven 8:30 am

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 2:30 pm visit to a private farm 

Day 7. Early bug hunting: 5:00 – 8:30 am, followed by breakfast and departure to International Airport (depending on flight schedules)



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