April 20 – April 29 2018
Costa Rica, the green jewel of Central America, is situated right between Nicaragua and Panama with two oceans bathing the shores of the country, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean sea to the east. Costa Rica holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity in a tiny package and sits atop of the list as one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world. No wonder it is often referred to as “the living Eden” by many scientists and naturalists from all across the globe, making it the ultimate destination for nature photographers eager to capture the most exquisite tropical treasures.
We start our tour in the capital of Costa Rica, San José. With a fantastic dinner high above the Escazú mountains and overlooking the Central Valley, we discuss our adventures ahead and get prepared for all the epic locations coming our way. The following day we start our journey to the Northern Caribbean.
The northern Caribbean region of Costa Rica has rich biodiversity and is thus a great location for photographing iconic tropical wildlife in the natural environment. Be prepared for lush greens and humid tropical climate.
Welcome to the territory of the powerful Vulture King. Venerated as a god in the Mayan culture, its size and stunning colours makes it a fantastic subject to photograph. We spend two nights in the virgin tropical rainforest photographing the countless different species of birds, reptiles and mammals, including toucans, oropendolas, macaws, parrots, tanagers, caimans, snakes and bats.
Continuing our exploration of the northern Caribbean, Sarapiquí is home to some of the most wonderful and endemic species of frogs. You will be able to photograph the iconic Red Eyed Tree Frog as well as the Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, Splendid Leaf Frog and many Crystal Frogs that characterize our wildlife. We make use of the macro techniques and lighting to capture the intricate details of the jewels of the rainforest. We spend two nights in the area, photographing the amphibians as well as the gorgeous birds like the kingfishers, scarlet macaws and the iconic toucans.
We now travel to the Talamanca range of mountains, the highest in Costa Rica with an elevation of up to 3,820m at its highest peak. The landscape changes dramatically and the wildlife is completely different to the Caribbean lowlands. We experience the clouds beneath us, the colder temperatures and the gorgeous Costa Rican tropical alpine grasslands; the Páramo.
We spend two days exploring the land of the Resplendent Quetzal. Considered a divine entity and venerated by the Mayan and Aztec cultures as the “Feathered Snake God”, this splendid bird was a symbol of freedom and wealth. Costa Rica has the largest number of Quetzals per squarekilometre in the world, making the country the ultimate location to photograph them. We also spend time searching and photographing the endemic species of birds that live in the highest elevations, like the hummingbirds. We make use of natural lighting but also learn and practice with multi-flash set-ups to capture the high speed movement and iridescent feathers of the hummingbirds. In Cerro Buenavista, landscape photography is a must and we chase an epic sunset above the clouds as well as the countless stars visible at this high altitude away from any source of light.
The South Pacific region of Costa Rica is known for its remoteness. We spend time there photographing the dramatic tropical landscapes, beaches and stunning hidden waterfalls.
We spend the following two nights in the region of Dominical where we visit the rocky secluded beaches as well as the Marine National Park Bahía Ballena. We enjoy a boat tour along the coast in search of dolphins, humpback whales and turtles. We also explore the impressive Nauyaca waterfalls hidden deep inside the rainforest mountains of the South Pacific.
We slowly make our way back to San José making stops on the south and central Pacific coast to photograph countless beaches and coastal scenery along the way. On the last day we fly to our preferred destinations with memory cards full of great images of the exuberant wildlife and landscapes of Costa Rica as well as hearts full of memories of our time together exploring this tropical paradise.
Our goal is to make sure you to learn nature photography techniques and take the best possible photos while enjoying the natural beauties of Costa Rica.
We will also send you a detailed list before departure.