On this exciting photography trip you will visit the most photo-worthy destinations in Costa Rica, that you and your camera are bound to love. The amount of different landscapes and wildlife means that there is always something interesting to capture, providing you with a mixed variation of images. You will also be accompanied by an extremely talented Photography guide who will be teaching you throughout your expedition, the very gifted and award winning travel photographer – Matthew William Ellis.
This photographic holiday is all about learning, practicing and experimenting with newly acquired techniques, tips and tricks, while exploring various locations across Costa Rica. With time spent flicking through slides, sat indoors is kept to a minimum!
By the end of the trip, you will feel confident about both technical and creative aspects of photography. You will learn to take control of your camera using shutter speed, aperture and ISO to create the look that you want from your photography. You will further your photographic eye, develop a proactive photography mindset and understand how to apply this to any given situation in order to allow you to capture eye-catching and emotive photographs when traveling in the future.
When we are not out and about, Matthew will provide feedback and guidance on photos taken during the day, as well as offering assistance with editing, organisation and output of images.
DAY 1: Welcome to Costa Rica
We will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the Hotel where you will meet Matthew. Overnight at Hotel Presidente. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 2: Today we will travel to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast (B, L, D)
This morning you have an early morning departure as you head off on the first part of your adventure to Tortuguero National Park. The journey to Tortuguero is by coach followed by boat and we will stop en-route for a typical Costa Rican breakfast. You may get the chance of seeing & taking photos of sloths in the trees around the restaurant.You will arrive at your jungle lodge in time for lunch.This afternoon you will be able to visit the Village of Tortuguero. Through this visit you will learn the ways of life of the local residents of Tortuguero. Overnight Lodge.
DAY 3: Tortuguero (B, L, D)
This morning we can have an early start where we will have the opportunity of taking some photos of the wildlife around the lodge area before breakfast. Around 9 am we will enjoy a walking tour of the lodges private trail in the forest. This afternoon we will get another chance to enjoy a boat tour of the canals. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 4: Frog Heaven & the Northern Lowlands (B, L)
This morning will leave Tortuguero . After breakfast at the lodge, we will take the boat ride back to dock. Here we will meet up with our private transport and local guide who will be with us for the rest of our trip. We will have lunch and a photo tour in frog heaven before heading to our accommodation in Boca Tapada – La Laguna del Lagarto Lodge. Overnight eco-lodge.
DAY 5: Tropical Rainforest explorations (B, L)
We will spend the day in this rich eco-system with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. 350 different species of birds have been counted here, among them the Great Green Macaw. A perfect place to get some great photos of the bird and wildlife. Overnight eco-lodge.
DAY 6: Organic Farm & Arenal (B, L)
Today we head to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano. Along the way we will visit an organic farm and have lunch. As long as the weather is in our favour we should do a landscape shoot. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 7: Arenal Volcano – Hanging Bridges (B, D)
Today we visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a natural history walk. This afternoon we will head to the Tabacon Hot Springs. After an afternoon at the hot springs, we will head out to take some sunset landscape photographs before heading back to our hotel for dinner. Today we visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a natural history walk.This afternoon we will head to the Tabacon Hot Springs. After an afternoon at the hot springs, we will head out to take some sunset landscape photographs before heading back to our hotel for dinner. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 8: Carara National Park & Punta Leona (B, D)
Today we head to the Pacific Coast and the beautiful Punta Leona. We will stop on-route for lunch and will be able to see our first glimpse of the crocodiles on the Tarcoles River from the bridge. After lunch we head to the Carara National Park. Carara is one of Costa Rica’s most popular National Parks (so prepare for more people). A few of the local animals include Opossum, Two-toed Sloths, Agouti, Armadillo, Pacas, Great Anteater, Kinkajou, Tayra, Margay Cat, Collared Peccary, White-tailed Deer, Poison-arrow Frogs, and the Omnipresent Monkeys. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 9: Tamar & the Tarcoles River (B, L)
Morning taking photos before lunch at Tamar We will be able to visit the fishing village of Tacoles, before heading onto the Tarcoles River for a sunset boat tour. We will be able to get close to some of the giant crocodiles who call this river home. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 10: Uvita (B, L)
Today we head to Uvita. We will stop at La Parcela for lunch, one of the best seafood restaurants in Costa Rica.Tonight we will sleep at La Cusinga Lodge. Located on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. La Cusinga Eco Lodge offers guests breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and its sunsets. Surrounded by tropical forests and deserted beaches where freshwater waterfalls reach the Pacific Ocean in one of the most beautiful tropical areas of the world. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 11: Nauyaca Waterfall (B, L)
Today we will visit the Nauyaca waterfalls. ¨These majestic waterfalls are recognized worldwide for their beauty – located in a canyon approximately eighty meters wide. One of the falls is forty-five meters high in free fall and the other twenty meters high in stepped fall, forming at the foot of it, a pool of a thousand square meters and six meters deep.” There are also many other natural pools, which are there to enjoy. We will have lunch there before returning to Cusinga Lodge. Overnight Lodge.
DAY 12: San Gerado de Dota (B)
We leave the coast and head to the cloud forest of San Gerado de Dota. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 13: San Gerado (B, L)
This morning we will head out on a Quetzal hunt, along the road in San Gerado. We will have lunch at patraiso quetzal, before exploring the area further. Overnight Lodge.
DAY 14: Paraiso Quetzal Lodge (B)
The trip will come to an end with a search for the Quetzal, offering you the chance to photograph one of the most beautiful birds in Costa Rica. Overnight Lodge.
DAY 15: Airport Transfer (B)
You will get a private transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.