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Costa Rica Photo Workshop

Resplendent quetzal on limb
10 Days
From $7,995
Interests
Birds, Wildlife
Activity Level
Easy
Group Size
Max 6

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Amazing and exotic birds and wildlife

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of natural wonders of Costa Rica. Between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica has many ecosystems, including rainforests, cloud forests, mangroves, wetlands, and volcanoes, each supporting unique species for a wildlife photographer. Our carefully curated tour offers fantastic opportunities to photograph the vivid beauty and intricate behaviors of some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife and birds.

Highlights

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the knowledge and experience of two seasoned birding and photography guides passionate about sharing Costa Rica’s beauty.
  • Prime Locations: Explore top birding hotspots and add to your life list of birds.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy stays at upgraded lodges and hotels that offer comfort and proximity to the best photography locations in the Osa Peninsula.
  • Small Group Experience: Our small group sizes ensure personalized attention and a more intimate wildlife viewing experience. You will not have to work around other photographers trying to photograph the same species as you do in larger groups. 
  • Comprehensive Itinerary: Maximize your photography opportunities with a well-planned itinerary that covers a diverse range of habitats and species.

Your Guides

Activity Level

There will be short walks on paths and dirt trails of up to 2km during various activities on this tour.

This tour has an activity level of Easy. Read more about the Activity Levels for our trips.

Itinerary

  • This tour offers opportunities to photograph wildlife. We'll maximize our chances of encountering wildlife, but we want to remind you that we don't control wildlife and cannot guarantee encounters with particular species. Itineraries for wildlife trips are subject to change based on wildlife activity.

  • Day 1: Arrive in San Jose

    Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) before 3:00 PM on this day. Air travel delays are possible, so please consider arriving early, possibly the day prior. We don't want you to miss out on trip activities. Airport transfer is included on arrival.

    Check in to our hotel in San Jose, followed by a welcome dinner with the group, where we’ll discuss our upcoming adventure.

  • Day 2: Fly to Puerto Jimenez

    We have a morning flight to Puerto Jimenez. We will be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel. This afternoon, we will have a guided tour of the resort property, which is inhabited by birds and monkeys.

    After our photography session, we will gather in a boardroom, where your tour leader will conduct a presentation on photographing wildlife, camera settings, and the proper camera techniques we will use in these environments.

  • Day 3: Safari in Matapalo Rainforest

    We will spend the day driving safari-style through the rainforest. Today, you will photograph the monkeys, sloths, birds, and other creatures en route to the waterfalls of Matapalo in the southern area of Corcovado National Park.

  • Day 4: La Tarde and macro photography

    We will travel to Corcovado National Park, renowned for its birds and reptiles, to photograph wildlife. Our destination is La Tarde, a nature center where we’ll hone our macro photography skills using both artificial and natural light to capture images of colorful frogs, snakes, and lizards. During the journey, we’ll also have plenty of chances to photograph various monkeys, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit this area.

  • Day 5: Sloth sanctuary and safari

    Today, we will drive through Matapalo and photograph its monkeys and birds.

    Our destination is a sloth sanctuary on private property. While here, we can photograph a variety of sloths in the wild and enjoy some fabulous homemade food and drinks at this local farm.

    When we return to our hotel, we will conduct an image review to give you feedback on the images you have taken and offer suggestions to help you during the rest of the trip.

  • Day 6: Sierper River cruise

    After a picturesque drive through the rainforest, we’ll embark on a pontoon boat journey along the Sierper River, capturing photos of birds, snakes, primates, and crocodiles.

    The boat we are using is very stable. We can walk around to get better positions and backgrounds when we encounter wildlife.

  • Day 7–8: Cloud forest at San Gerardo de Dota

    This area is famous for the beautiful, Resplendent Quetzal. You can also expect to photograph species such as the Talamanca Hummingbird, Golden-Browed Chlorophonias, Emerald Toucanet, Flame-throated Warbler, Acorn Woodpecker, Volcano Hummingbird, and White-throated Mountaingem.

  • Day 9: Guided bird tour

    This morning, we have a guided tour on the grounds of the remote resort in the rainforest. We will transfer you to the airport in the afternoon for your regional flight back to San Jose.

    We will have a final image review of your favorite images from the tour tonight.

  • Day 10: Departure

    You can book your return flight for anytime this day. Airport transfer is included on departure.

Accommodations

We have selected four and five-star accommodations near the best photography locations in the area.

Why Travel With Us

Our small-group trips are designed for photographers, with guides who know the best locations and offer instruction to help improve your photography. Read more about why you should travel with us.

Dates & Prices

  • Nov 10–19, 2025
    $7,995 USD Per Person
    Double Occupancy
    $1,800 USD
    Single Supplement
    Guides: Kevin Pepper
    Payment Terms: Deposit: $2,000 USD
    Remainder Due: Jul 13, 2025
  • Nov 9–18, 2026
    $7,995 USD Per Person
    Double Occupancy
    $1,800 USD
    Single Supplement
    Guides: Kevin Pepper
    Payment Terms: Deposit: $2,000 USD
    Remainder Due: Jul 12, 2026

All of our standard Terms & Conditions apply. Be sure to read our Cancellation Policy.

What's Included
  • Double occupancy lodging. Single lodging is available with payment of a single supplement fee.
  • All transportation during the tour, including internal flights.
  • Airport transfers at arrival/departure and during the tour.
  • All meals, soft drinks, water, and snacks during the tour.
  • English-speaking local guides.
  • All permits and entry fees.
  • Instruction, guidance, and image reviews from our expert photography guides.
  • Personal pre-trip phone consultation.
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from destination, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees.
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable.
  • Travel medical & evacuation insurance (required).
  • Trip cancellation insurance (optional but recommended).
  • Gratuities for local guides & crew.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Any accommodations or meals before or after the tour dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.

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