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COSTA RICA PHOTO TOUR

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TOUR DETAILS

The trip will consist of 9 nights and covers the Talamanca Highlands, Caribean lowlands, and rainforest. I have specifically chosen those months for this tour keeping in mind the weather and bird activity. I have also made sure to pick some of the most comfortable lodges to stay in during the tour.

DATES: 

Nov 25 to Dec 4, 2023 (Sold out)
April 2 to 11, 2024 (4 spaces available)

TOUR LEADER:  Magdalena Sanchez  

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival at SJO International Airport in Costa Rica

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to our hotel in San Jose in a private van. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic.


Day 2 – Drive to the Talamanca Highlands: Hummingbirds & Quetzal Tour
After an early breakfast, we will make our way up to the Talamanca Highlands.  The drive to the highlands is approximately 2 hours long but we will first make a stop at Paraiso Quetzal lodge where we will spend most of the morning photographing hummingbirds in a multi-flash setup and in natural light. Some of the species of hummingbirds we will encounter on this day are Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Lesser Violetear, Talamanca Hummingbird, Volcano Hummingbird & White-throated Mountain-gem.  After lunch, we will go in search of the most sought-after bird in Costa Rica, the Resplendent Quetzal. We will spend close to 3 hours looking for this enigmatic bird at some very reliable spots. After getting some pictures we will continue our journey to the San Gerardo Valley where we will spend the following two nights.


Day 3 – Quetzal Tour Am – Feeders PM
We will depart the hotel by 5 am with packed breakfast to go up the mountains for our second chance of getting pictures of the Resplendent Quetzal. Again, we will spend close to 3 hours at this site in hopes of getting excellent pictures. We will return to our hotel for a late breakfast and rest. In the afternoon we will visit a nearby location with hummingbird and tanagers feeders. Flame-colored Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Yellow-thighed Brush-Finch, and Northern Emerald Toucanet are all possible at this site.


Day 4 – Drive to our lodge in the Caribbean lowlands with one stop at feeders 
After breakfast, we will check out and start our drive towards the Caribbean lowlands, after crossing San Jose and before descending to the lowlands we will make a stop at the Cinchona feeders where we will photograph new species of birds. We will spend what is left of the morning and some of the afternoons at this location, then we will continue our journey to our lodge. Red-headed & Prong-billed Barbets, Crimson Collared Tanager, Common Chlorospingus, Violet Sabrewing, the endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, and more can be photographed here.


Day 5- Full Day Private Property Feeders 
After breakfast, we will go on a 40-minute drive to a private property, where we will spend the full day photographing birds at feeders. Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Golden-hooded Tanager, Red-legged & Green Honeycreepers are all possible today. 
Additionally, there is an optional walk in the forest to look for Spectacled & Crested Owls, with luck some trogons and the cute Honduran White Bats. 
At this location, we can also do a macro session of poison and glass frogs. 


Day 6 – Full Day Private Feeders 
After breakfast, we will drive to a private home where we will photograph birds at feeders. 
Crimson-collared, Scarlet-rumped & Dusky-faced Tanagers, Green-honeycreeper, Collared Aracari, and Black-cheeked Woodpecker are just a few of the birds that come to the feeders. Besides we will keep our eyes open as the activity in this yard is usually very good and it can produce birds like Lineated, Smoky and Golden Olive Woodpeckers, Slaty-tailed & Gartered Trogons, along with White-collared Manakin and many more! 


Day 7 Check out and drive to our lodge in the rainforest 
After breakfast, we will do the check-out and depart to our next destination, the drive takes only about 2 hours. Once we arrive, we will be photographing at the deck. Yellow-throated & Keel-billed Toucans, Montezuma Oropendola, Brown-hooded Parrots, Red-legged, Green & Shining Honeycreepers, Black-cheeked Woodpeckers, and with luck the very attractive Chestnut-colored Woodpecker are all possible on this day. 

Day 8 – Photography from the deck and King Vulture
Before breakfast, we will photograph from the deck and by mid-morning we will go to a hide to photograph the extremely elusive King Vulture. The rest of the day we will take pictures from the deck at the lodge. More opportunities for Yellow-throated & Keel-billed Toucans, Montezuma Oropendola, Brown-hooded Parrot, Red-legged, Green & Shining Honeycreepers. 


Day 9 – Last photography session and departure to San Jose
Shoot a full morning at the lodge deck and leave before lunch for San Jose for our last night's stay. 

Day 10 - International Departure
Depending on your flight schedule you can have one last Costa Rican breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

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PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • This is a very relaxed trip and involves very little walking 

 

HOW TO JOIN THE WORKSHOP?

 

  • Please read all terms and conditions 

  • Contact me using the contact form below 

  • If you are interested in private tours please let me know in your email 

 

COST & TERMS 

  • $4,800 USD per person in shared accommodation 

  • $5,300 USD per person in single accommodation 

  • A deposit amount of $1,000 is required to book your spot 

  • Please contact us using the contact form for payment options.

  • Bank transfer, check, PayPal options are available  

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Lodging 

  • Meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on the last day

  • Private transportation 

  • Professional guide and photography mentor

  • Local guides at multiple locations 

  • Entrance Fees 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Dinner on the first night 

  • Any drinks other than what's included in the itinerary 

  • Visa fees, if required 

  • Airfare 

  • Insurance 

  • Alcoholic beverages 

  • Snacks 

  • Phone calls 

  • Laundry 

  • Tips 

  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

PAYMENT POLICY 

20% payment to confirm your seat and the remaining 60 days before the trip start date. 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

​The booking amount is non-refundable. 

Remaining amount - 80% refund if canceled before 30 days of the tour. No refund beyond that period 

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS AT THE TOUR 

We usually try not to exceed 8 participants per tour to give our guests a unique experience. 

 

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR TO BRING? 

We recommend bringing your longest telephoto lens, preferably 300mm or more. A full-frame camera is good to have. Pack a ton of memory cards as well. 

 

A macro lens is highly recommended.

 

A sturdy tripod or monopod is required 

 

Since it can be rainy sometimes you might want to get some sort of a rain jacket as well. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling. 

 

Our tours do not take the liability for your flight cancelations, medical expenses, gear damage, accidents, natural disasters, extended stays and other unforeseen emergencies.  

BOOKING ENQUIRY 

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