Day 1 Arrival to San Jose - Juan Santamaria's International Airport

Day 2, 3: San Gerardo de Dota

Day 4, 5, 6, 7: Central Pacific


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. Savegre Lodge. San Gerardo de Dota. An absolute marvel for macro photography is a garden full of flowers and textures. But its primary attraction is the totally new unexplored night creatures.

Departure time 8:00 am

Arrival to Savegre 10:30 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. Savegre Lodge. San Gerardo de Dota. The least explored forests. Oak Tropical Forest. 

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. Pacifico Lodge. Carara National Park. Visit to one of the best Snake Gardens in Costa Rica. 3 hours capturing in controlled environments all kinds of amphibians and reptiles.

Departure time 8:00 am

Lunch 1:00 pm

Arrival at Pacifico Lodge at 3:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 PM

Nocturnal macro photography 7:30-9:30 pm

Day 5. Pacifico Lodge. Carara National Park. Breakfast with an ocean view. Pacifico Lodge is a privileged location with extraordinary ocean views of Nicoya’s Peninsula and Carara National Park

Breakfast 7:30 am

Departure to Carara at 8:30 am

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

Dinner 6:30 pm

Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 6. Pacifico Lodge. Carara National Park. Visit to 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)



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