Overview

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

Day 2, 3: Arenal

Day 4, 5: Volcan Tenorio

Day 6, 7: Monteverde

 

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. Arenal Observatory Lodge can well be one of the best destinations for those that love macro, hundreds of hectares of rainforest surrounded by fabulous gardens and trails. Flowers, butterflies, rainforest frogs and even large snakes.

 

      - Departure time 8:00 am

      - Arrival to Arenal 11:30 am approx.. garden photography upon arrival

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 3:00 pm Garden exploring

      - Dinner 6:30 PM

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

 

 Day 3. Arenal Observatory Lodge. All-day at the hotel’s rainforest.

 

      - 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. Tenorio Volcano without a doubt is the macro destination par excellence, no other rainforest in all of Costa Rica has such incredible access to the canopies. A large net of trails interconnected by suspension bridges. Timing nature above and below you. A dream come true for hard-core photographers. Day and night is a superb experience.

 

      - Departure time: 8:00 am

    Arrival time: 11: 00 am

      - Lunch 12:00 pm

      - Rainforest exploring 1:30 pm

      - Dinner 6:00 PM

      - Nocturnal macro photography 7:00-10:00 pm

 

Day 5. Tenorio Volcano. Life above the jungle floor. Today our journey can well be a unique experience amongst them all. We will explore all nature marvels from a monkey’s perspective.

 

      - Breakfast 9:00 am

      - Hanging Bridges 5:30 am

      - Lunch at 1:30 pm and return to the canopy bridges

      - Dinner 6:30 pm

      - Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

 

Day 6. Departure to the cloud forest of Monteverde. A wonderful misty forest in the hidden mountains of Tilaran’s Range. Known as one of the ’50s most beautiful places on earth. Dripping branches covered by hundreds of plants including favourites such as orchids, and bromeliads. An untamed microcosmos exists within each tree.

 

      - Breakfast 7:30 am

      - Depart to Monteverde 8:30 am. Cloud forest nature hike upon arrival

      - Lunch 1:00 pm

      - 2:30 – 5:00 pm Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve

      -   Dinner 6:30 am

      - Bug hunting 7:30 – 10:00 pm

 

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

 

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