Overview

Further Information

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

Day 2, 3, 4: Osa Peninsula

Day 5, 6, 7: San Gerardo de Dota

Day 8, 9, 10: La Selva Biological Station

Day 11, 12, 13: Tortuguero

Day 14:  Departure - Juan Santamaria’s International Airport.

Daily Itinerary by destination

DAY 1. SAN JOSE, ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA.

MEET CRBJ STAFF TO TAKE YOU TO YOUR HOTEL.
Hotel Adventure Inn.

DAY 2. OSA – DRAKE BAY WILDERNESS RESORT OR SIMILAR

Drive 4 hours to Sierpe area to board on a 1hour trip by boat to Drake’s Bay.
· Arrival and lunch

· 1430 – 1830 hrs garden hike: possible targets, lizards, macaws, snakes, frogs and insects

· 19:00 dinner and first images and review workshop

DAY 3. OSA – DRAKE BAY WILDERNESS RESORT OR SIMILAR

· Early rising 05:00 am capturing light. 1 hour of landscape photography
· Breakfast and Dolphin/Whale watching tour 4 hours

· Return by lunch and leisure time until 14:30

· Garden exploration, dinner and night hike for macro

DAY 4. OSA – DRAKE BAY WILDERNESS RESORT OR SIMILAR

· Early breakfast and departure to Sirena Station in the heart of Corcovado National Park
· Full day at the station, lunch on site

· Dinner and image post-processing workshop

DAY 5. SAN GERARDO DE DOTA, SAVEGRE LODGE

· Morning garden exploration followed by departure to the Talamanca mountains at over 3500 meters above sea level
· Lunch at the lodge and garden exploration until dark.

· Dinner

DAY 6. SAN GERARDO DE DOTA, SAVEGRE LODGE

· Early morning garden and forest exploration
· Breakfast and continue exploring lodge adjacent oak forest

· Lunch followed by leisure time until 14:30

· Visit Batsu’s bird garden. A marvellous little corner where dozens of species of hummingbirds, warblers, tanager etc.

DAY 7. SAN GERARDO DE DOTA, SAVEGRE LODGE

· In search of Resplendent Quetzal a quest to one of the most magnificent life forms on our earth. It could be a longer journey in order to capture mind blowing images.
· Lunch and leisure time until 14:30

· Drive to the upper regions of Cerro de la Muerte for Endemic species and sunset

DAY 8. LA SELVA

· After a well deserve lunch we will be driving to the Caribbean Lowlands crossing the central valley into the Braulio Carrillo National Park.
· Upon arrival lunch and trail exploration until dinner time

DAY 9. LA SELVA

· Breakfast, lunches and dinners on a schedule time
· 1500 hectares of rainforest to explore all day long

· 42 km of trails to hike to, endless possibilities to capture anything from Pumas to tiny frogs

· Night tour after dinner. Macro photography

DAY 10. LA SELVA

· Breakfast, lunches and dinners on a schedule time
· Exploring different trail systems

· Post- processing photography workshop

DAY 11. TORTUGUERO – LA BAULA LODGE

· Breakfast followed by a nature hike in search of birds, nearly 450 species of birds are found within the Biological Station
· Travel 1 ½ hours to La Pavona where we will embark to the boat leading us to the amazon of Costa Rica.

· Lunch upon arrival and garden/forest exploration for Howler Monkeys, Toucans and Great Green Macaws

· Dinner

DAY 12. TORTUGUERO – LA BAULA LODGE

· Early rising 5:00 am to those willing to capture the sunrise.
· 5:45 am boat tour (3-4 hours)

· Breakfast and garden exploration

· After lunch we will visit the town for more bird life

· Dinner and photo lab

DAY 13. TORTUGUERO – LA BAULA LODGE

· 5:00 am departure to the beach on where Jaguars go in the hunt for sea turtles
· Sea turtle watching & breakfast

· 10:00 – 13:00 boat tour followed by lunch and 14:30 boat tour to the national park

· Image reviewing the last post- processing workshop

DAY 14. SAN JOSE, HOTEL BOUGANVILLEA

· 5:00 am departure to the beach on where Jaguars go in the hunt for sea turtles
· Boat tour (3-4hours), breakfast on the go

· Lunch and departure to San Jose

· 1 ½ hrs boat ride back to Pavona

· 3 hrs drive from Pavona to your hotel

· Hotel Bouganvillea arrival 16:00

Notes

This journeys trip will focus on:

         - Lighting both natural and artificial

         - Focal styles and focal points

         - Composition

         - Recommended Aperture/DOF

         - Metering/Exposure

         - Landscape photography explained

         - Post-processing

         - Macro photography

         - Capturing jaguars killing sea turtles

         - Conference with local conservationist organization

Additional Information

1. GEAR

• Small hiking backpack for day trips

• Small first aid kit

• Binoculars

• Camera (optional)

• 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-diarrhea, 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 color clothing for camouflage

• Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts

• Hat for sun protection (breathable)

• 2-3 pairs of light weight long pants for rain forest hikes

• Lightweight rain jacket (neutral color 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 degree celsius)

• Lightweight gloves for cooler areas

• Wellingtons/rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $15 usd

3. MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, IDENTIFICATION

• Travelers checks (American Express or Visa) (can exchange some of them for Colones at the the local banks or hotel front desk)

• About $50-200 in cash (not tears in bills, small bills are better)

• Visa credit card widely accepted in Costa Rica, except rural towns (keep phone number of credit card company separate.)

• Passport

• Photocopies of passports and driver’s license (kept in a separate place)

• Use a credit card to call US from your hotel room or local pone

• You can also purchase a phone card here for international calls ($9 for 12 minutes to US)

4. USING FLASH OR NOT:

We would be teaching the use of natural light rather than multiflash control as those use to capture hummingbirds with fake backgrounds. Nonetheless we will also take some time to explain the uses of flash on bird photography.

5. Mastering bird photography on flight:

We will concentrate it on capturing hummingbirds in the air. Many hotels had for a long time built very attractive gardens fill with hummers fighting for the best perches and nectars.
Apart from hummingbirds at Tarcoles River boat tour the number of birds fishing, catching or simply gliding are fabulous.

6. ALL DAILY ACTIVITIES WOULD BE BASED ON LIGHT OR NATURAL OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS NESTING SITES, FEEDING FRENZY, FRUITING TREES, ETC.

During the down times or complicated light garden explorations of visits to other parts of the
chosen destinations. Since we will be focus on no control environments or bird feeding stations; exploring the surrounding habitats near our lodges can well be highly rewarding. In many cases sitting still on flowering bushes or tree cavities can give us positive results.

7. ALL AREAS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BASED ON THE 20 YEARS OF GUIDING SUCCESS, NOTHING HAS BEEN LEFT TO CHANCE EXCEPT FOR NATURE ITSELF. FROM THE DEEP JUNGLES OF BRAULIO CARILLO´S NATIONAL PARK TO THE SMOKY SUMMIT OF ARENAL VOLCANO´S RAINFOREST.

This photography experience has been created to capture colourful, beautiful and most iconic bird life from our rainforests.

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