Costa Rica Special Tour

Costa Rica Special Tour
  • £3689.00 /person
  • Deposit: £689.00
  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Dates:
    • 17 October - 1 November 2020
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Leader: Janette Hill and Roy De Ruiter
  • Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 6
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Overview

Costa Rica is a rugged, rain forested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific.   Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including howler monkeys, capuchins, sloths, spider monkeys, reptiles, amphibians and over 860 species of birds including humming birds and the magnificent resplendent quetzal.
Join us for an amazing tour around Costa Rica where we visit Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Boca Tapada and Mirador de Quetzales  on our specially designed wildlife photography tour with you, the wildlife photographer and enthusiast in mind.
It is an amazing country full of wonderful wildlife so you will come home with an amazing portfolio of images.
This what our clients say:
“Wow what a trip that was!   I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica for the first time back in June 2019, which was a fascinating and really enjoyable trip, however it was so good I decided to go back to Costa Rica, on the inaugural Photography Workshop organised by my friend Roy at Chameleon Photography in partnership with Janette at Natural Wonders Photography.   What a good decision that was, this trip totally exceeded all expectations, it was fantastic from start to finish, at the end I was really reluctant to pack up my camera gear and come home.   Back in June there were a number of key species that we barely saw, especially the iconic Toucans, this time we were blessed with several opportunities to photograph 4 different members of the Toucan family and thankfully I had several opportunities to photograph the stunning but incredibly shy Keel Billed Toucan.   Many thanks have to go to the great organisational skills of local guide and all round good guy Jose A Solís, who made the whole group very welcome and provided us with some simply stunning photographic opportunities, highlighting the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica.   Most of the photographic opportunities were arranged directly with local families and farmers, so we had mainly private and exclusive opportunities to photograph stunning birds and animals, without having to be worried about competing with large groups of other photographers.   All the hotels were comfortable with great facilities and good fresh local food.   All in all my time in Costa Rica was by far the most enjoyable and spectacular photographic experience I have had the pleasure to experience so far.   Thank you Chameleon Photography and Natural Wonders Photography it was brilliant and I already look forward to returning to Costa Rica with you in future years”    Kevin

 

“Our tour of Costa Rica was simply amazing. We were greeted at San Jose airport by Jose who was our guide for the whole tour, ably assisted by Marlon our coach driver. We were so impressed with Jose’s management of our daily itinerary, changing and adjusting the schedule according to what birds and animals had been spotted in the locality.  Nothing prepares your eyes for the magnificent landscape and the spectacular colours of the birds. Our wish list to see Quetzals, Toucans and Hummingbirds was soon achieved. The sightings and photographic opportunities just kept coming and coming. We were fortunate to have two sightings from hides of the magnificently ugly King Vultures. Our visit to Frog’s Heaven was wonderful. This is Jose’s business and one he is clearly passionate about. His young protege Frank handled the frogs and snakes with great skill and his knowledge seemed endless. Thank you Roy for bringing your flash equipment which certainly enhanced our photos and for your support and encouragement with our photography. The BBQ, refreshments and meals with Jose’s family were delicious and much appreciated.  Another highlight was our evening adventure with the bats. Again we were outdoors in the dark with bats flying around our heads. Thankfully we managed to capture some shots of them feeding using the flash equipment. Sadly our tour was soon over but we have come home with some fantastic memories and photographs. Thank you to Janette and Roy for organising such an amazing tour. Highly recommended” Lin

“We had a fabulous trip to Costa Rica with Natural Wonders Photography and Roy and local guide Jose.  We saw huge numbers of birds and were also able to photograph frogs, bats and snakes as well as the odd sloth in the tree tops. Using Roy’s professional flash gear, we had an excellent opportunity to take macro shots and fast moving action. The scenery was also stunning  We were also able to photograph the elusive  Resplendent quetzal.   Well organised and very enjoyable”  Peter
Client Testimonials

What You'll Learn

  • Tuition throughout as required
  • About flash photography
  • All about Costa Rica's amazing flora and fauna
  • Post processing techniques as required

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Client Testimonials

  • Kevin
    “Wow what a trip that was!   I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica for the first time back in June 2019, which was a fascinating and really enjoyable trip, however it was so good I decided to go back to Costa Rica, on the inaugural Photography Workshop organised by my friend Roy at Chameleon Photography in partnership with Janette at Natural Wonders Photography.   What a good decision that was, this trip totally exceeded all expectations, it was fantastic from start to finish, at the end I was really reluctant to pack up my camera gear and come home.   Back in June there were a number of key species that we barely saw, especially the iconic Toucans, this time we were blessed with several opportunities to photograph 4 different members of the Toucan family and thankfully I had several opportunities to photograph the stunning but incredibly shy Keel Billed Toucan.   Many thanks have to go to the great organisational skills of local guide and all round good guy Jose A Solís, who made the whole group very welcome and provided us with some simply stunning photographic opportunities, highlighting the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica.   Most of the photographic opportunities were arranged directly with local families and farmers, so we had mainly private and exclusive opportunities to photograph stunning birds and animals, without having to be worried about competing with large groups of other photographers.   All the hotels were comfortable with great facilities and good fresh local food.   All in all my time in Costa Rica was by far the most enjoyable and spectacular photographic experience I have had the pleasure to experience so far.   Thank you Chameleon Photography and Natural Wonders Photography it was brilliant and I already look forward to returning to Costa Rica with you in future years”
  • Lin

    “Our tour of Costa Rica was simply amazing. We were greeted at San Jose airport by Jose who was our guide for the whole tour, ably assisted by Marlon our coach driver. We were so impressed with Jose’s management of our daily itinerary, changing and adjusting the schedule according to what birds and animals had been spotted in the locality.  Nothing prepares your eyes for the magnificent landscape and the spectacular colours of the birds. Our wish list to see Quetzals, Toucans and Hummingbirds was soon achieved. The sightings and photographic opportunities just kept coming and coming. We were fortunate to have two sightings from hides of the magnificently ugly King Vultures. Our visit to Frog’s Heaven was wonderful. This is Jose’s business and one he is clearly passionate about. His young protege Frank handled the frogs and snakes with great skill and his knowledge seemed endless. Thank you Roy for bringing your flash equipment which certainly enhanced our photos and for your support and encouragement with our photography. The BBQ, refreshments and meals with Jose’s family were delicious and much appreciated.  Another highlight was our evening adventure with the bats. Again we were outdoors in the dark with bats flying around our heads. Thankfully we managed to capture some shots of them feeding using the flash equipment. Sadly our tour was soon over but we have come home with some fantastic memories and photographs. Thank you to Janette and Roy for organising such an amazing tour. Highly recommended”

  • Peter

    “We had a fabulous trip to Costa Rica with Natural Wonders Photography and Roy and local guide Jose.  We saw huge numbers of birds and were also able to photograph frogs, bats and snakes as well as the odd sloth in the tree tops. Using Roy’s professional flash gear, we had an excellent opportunity to take macro shots and fast moving action. The scenery was also stunning  We were also able to photograph the elusive  Resplendent quetzal.   Well organised and very enjoyable”

Description

This tour is amazing!

After our arrival at San Jose and a nights rest we will transfer to Toutuguero to prepare ourselves for boat tours and beach walks to look for hatching turtles.   We also have time to explore the grounds for species to photograph.  We stay here for two nights.

We move on to Sarapiqui known for its rich biodiversity.   Here we will visit  frogs heaven with amazing opportunities to photograph rare species and snakes.    We will take you to photograph sloths, Owls and other birds and also introduce you to multi flash photography with hummingbirds.  We will take photographs of Macaws in an amazing environment.   Our trip includes a boat tour of the Sarapiqui River where we are likely to see Monkeys, Basilisk, Caiman, Turtles and more of the amazing Bird life.  We stay here for 4 nights.

Moving on to Boca Tapada for 2 nights we hope to see many species of birds including green macaws and keel billed toucans.  There is over 68 acres of tropical rainforest to explore.  We hope to photograph Toucans, King Vultures and Bats on this part of our tour.

We then move to Arenal Palace for 2 nights where we plan to photograph sloths, birds, hawks and king vultures with an option to visit some hot springs.   We move on to the Tarcoles area for 1 night to look for long tailed mannikins and owls.   After a private boat tour we move to Mirador de Queltzales for 2 nights and hummingbird photography.   Here we hope to find and photograph the resplendent quetzal a stunning bird.

After a morning of hummingbird photography, sadly the tour will come to an end as we transfer to the airport for our flight home with lots of great memories and many photographs of the rich and varied wildlife of Costa Rica.

  • Included
  • All transfers
  • All transport throughout Costa Rica
  • All meals
  • All accommodation
  • Guidance from Local Guides
  • All Photography sessions
  • Photography Tuition throughout
  • Excluded
  • International Flights
  • Airport Tax (Approximately US$30)
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Tours
  • 17 October 2020 Saturday
    • Arrive San Jose
    • Transfer to Hotel
    • City Tour dependent on time of arrival
    • Dinner included
  • 18 October 2020 Sunday
    • Transfer to Tortuguero
    • Private boat tour
    • Beach walk to see hatching turtles
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 19 October 2020 Monday
    • Boat Tour
    • Explore Gardens
    • Boat Tour
    • Beach walk to see hatching turtles
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 20 October 2020 Tuesday
    • Transfer to Sarapiqui
    • Explore Surroundings
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 21 October 2020 Wednesday
    • Snake and Frog Photography AM
    • Snake and Frog Photography PM
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 22 October 2020 Thursday
    • Hummingbird, Owls and Sloth Photography
    • Explore surroundings
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 23 October 2020 Friday
    • Macaw Photography
    • Hummingbird Photography with MultiFlash
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 24 October 2020 Saturday
    • Bird Photography AM
    • Transfer to Boca Tapada
    • Bird Photography PM
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
  • 25 October 2020 Sunday
    • Bird Photography
    • King Vulture Photography
    • Hummingbird Photography
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 26 October 2020 Monday
    • Bird Photography
    • Sloth Photography
    • Optional Hot Springs
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 27 October 2020 Tuesday
    • Hawks and King Vulture Photography
    • Optional Hot Springs
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 28 October 2020 Wednesday
    • Owls and long Tailed Mannikins
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 29 October 2020 Thursday
    • Private Boat Tour
    • Transfer to Mirador de Quetzales
    • Hummingbird Photography
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 30 October 2020 Friday
    • Resplendent Quetzal Photography AM
    • General Bird Photography
    • Resplendent Quetzal Photography PM
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 31 October 2020 Saturday
    • Hummingbird Photography
    • Breakfast included
    • Transfer to airport
  • 1 November 2020 Sunday
    • Arrive back in UK
    • Please note that the itinerary may change
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