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

Day 2, 3: Braulio Carrillo

Day 4, 5, 6, 7: Central Pacific


Day by day Itinerary

San Jose - Carara – Braulio Carrillo.

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, intricant seeds and weird-looking seedpods. Nature is everywhere.

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

     - Pick up time 7:00 am

     - Arrival at Braulio Carrillo 8:30 am approx.

     - Lunch 1:00 pm

     - 3:00 pm trail exploring

     - Dinner 6:30 PM

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

Day 2. Braulio Carrillo’s amazing trails. All-day enclosed in the depths of tropical lowland rainforest.

     - Breakfast 6:30 am

     - Nature hike

     - Lunch 1:00 pm

     - Canopy Exploration

     - Dinner 6:30 pm

     - Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 3. Visit Frog Heaven for stage photography or control 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 

Day 4. Pacifico Lodge is a privileged location with extraordinary ocean views of Nicoya’s Peninsula and Carara National Park. From the most representative rainforest of the Central American Caribbean to the last Amazonian Rainforest in the Pacific. Carara’s a place for absolute nature lovers, whether you are a birder, monkey lover or spider nerd. 

     - Breakfast 7:30 am

     - Departure to Carara at 8:30 am

     - Visit to Carara upon arrival

     - Lunch at 1:00 pm and return to Carara National Park

     - Dinner 6:30 pm

     - Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 5-6. Visit many different locations for bug photography, marshes, grasslands, river edges and so much more.

     - Breakfast 7:30 am

     - Open habitats exploration 8:30 am

     - Lunch 1:00 pm

     - 2:30 – 5:00 pm Hanging Bridges

    Dinner 6:30 am

     - Frog hunting 7:30 pm

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


Tour name: Jungles and bugs

San Jose - Carara – Braulio Carrillo.

Braulio Carrillo’s National Park is the ultimate rainforest feel. There is life everywhere you look no matter if it’s under a fallen log or hanging from palm trees. No other national park has that Nat Geo twists to it. Such as lush wet forest glow attracts an immeasurable number of biological realms.

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