Wild Costa Rica

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In this journey we explore multiple habitats in search of elusive rain forest birds as well as a variety of fascinating rain forest creatures.

Enjoy comfortable lodges, and great food.

Tour Type

Nature Photography

Group Size

Min. 2 Participants


All year

Activity Level - Easy

 An epic photography expedition to Costa Rica.

In this journey, we explore multiple habitats in search of elusive rainforest birds as well as a variety of fascinating rain forest creatures. We will learn to use our gear in difficult light conditions, Gustavo will put together multiflash sessions to get the best photos of hummingbirds as well as other fascinating animals of the forest. Macro photography sessions will be available also.

Enjoy comfortable lodges and great food. This trip will allow you to see and photograph the wonders of nature in one of the most biologically reached countries on Earth.

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Geo Natura Tours


San José Province

Days 1 & 12.

San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province

Days 2,3 & 4.

Savegre, Puntarenas Province

Day 5.

Carara National Park, Puntarenas Province

Days 6 & 7.

La Fortuna, Alajuela Province

Days 8 & 9.

Santa Rita, Cutris, Alajuela Province

Days 10 & 11.

Arrival to San José International Airport Juan Santamaría and transfer to hotel.


After breakfast. We will travel to Costa Rica’s highlands.

Upon arrival our first task is to seek after the Resplendet Quetzal, considered by many people to be one of the most beautiful birds on Earth. Revered by Aztecs and Mayans the Quetzal which means; "perfect and pretty" in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs is a must-photograph bird in the highlands of Costa Rica. We will search for the Quetzal early morning and afternoon, and we will have an in between multiflash session to capture the most beautiful hummingbirds of the area.


Today we explore the gardens and surrounding areas of the lodge hoping to get one more chance with your majesty,” the Resplendet Quetzal “and variety of other highland birds. After lunch we will visit a local garden hoping to find the Blue throated emerald toucanet, a small size toucan only found in highland habitats, very good chance to get other highland species of birds.


This morning we head towards the pacific coast in search of the colorful lowland specialties. An assortment of tanagers, woodpeckers, toucans, and many more colorful species of the area are waiting for us. Among the toucans we hope to photograph the “Fiery billed Aracari” one of the most colorful toucans in the world, also endemic to Costa Rica.


This morning we head to the Carara National Park area, specifically the Tarcoles River basin. This avian-rich region of Costa Rica will accelerate our encounters with wildlife. Tonight, though we are in search of Owls with the help of a local expert.


Early safari river expedition on the Tarcoles river. We will take advantage of the early morning light as well as the wildlife activity of the area to capture those photos we have been longing to get on a safari like this. Great chances for; American crocodiles, Roseate spoonbill, Osprey, Brown pelican, King fishers, Mangrove hawk, several species of Eagrets and much more, this is just a fragment of the impressive number of creatures we can find in the Tarcoles river.

Return to the hotel for breakfast midmorning, after breakfast we explore the gardens for more photo opportunities and later in the day, we try for more owls.


This morning we continue our journey across the mountains headed northeast, our lunch stop will give us a chance to photograph an assortment of high land tanagers and hummingbirds new to our list, our destination in the Arenal observatory Lodge, located on the foothills of the once, one of the most active volcanos of the planet “Arenal”. Surrounded by a luxuriant rain forest the Arenal observatory property is the perfect place to get you introduce to a tropical rain forest Macro photography session during the night. We will go in search of cool frogs, snakes and creepy crawlies only found at night in this type of habitat.


Today we are staying on property ground looking for daytime active frogs, snakes, and variety of colorful bird, such as Great curassow, Montezuma Oropendola, two and three toe Sloths and if we are lucky Capuchin monkeys.


Today we venture towards the border of Nicaragua, this lush lowland forest will give us the opportunity to get King Vulture from the blind, after dinner we have a fascinating and challenging experience, a bat photography session in waiting for us.


Busy day today starting with Toucan photography at Diego´s garden, after breakfast we will go for King Vultures once more. After lunch, we will get another round of Macro photography and hummingbird to bats, presided over by a wonderful dinner at our Lodge.


Departure for the international airport with a stop in the mountains for one last chance to capture rare and colorful birds at “ Mirador Cinchona” from the one last drive to the central area to get your international flight or else stay in San Jose to get your international flight the following morning.

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