Join David Miles for a 15 day photography holiday packed with amazing opportunities to capture images of the diverse range of bird species & other wildlife that inhabit the locations that our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour encompasses.
Our photography holiday offers a huge range of species including collared aracari, various types of frog, macaws, hummingbirds, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, resplendent quetzal plus many more.
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4499per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
We start our tour with a transfer to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest.
Next, we transfer to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw
After Boca Tapada, we transfer to Arenal, to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
Finally, we head to the Puntarenas area, here we will explore the Manuel Antonio National Park before transferring to Tarcoles for a couple of river cruises amongst the mangroves.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions.
Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth
Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary
arrive san jose airport - transfer to san gerado valley - overnight at san gerado valley
full day of hummingbird photography - overnight in san gerado valley
quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography - overnight in san gerado valley
quetzal photography then transfer to sarapiqui - 1/2 day frog & snake photography - overnight in sarapiqui
full-day frog photography - overnight in sarapiqui
emerald toucanet photography - coati photography - sarapiqui river cruise during afternoon - overnight in sarapiqui
toucan photography - reflection frogs photography - overnight in sarapiqui
hummingbird & other bird photography - multi-flash hummingbird photography - overnight in sarapiqui
butterfly photography - transfer to boca topada - overnight in boca topada
king vulture photography - hummingbird photography - bat photography - overnight in boca topada
travel to arenal - feeder photography at arenal - overnight in arenal
cano negro boat tour - feeder photography at arenal - overnight in arenal
morning sloth tour then transfer to puntarenas - overnight in puntarenas
tour of manuel antonio national park - overnight in puntarenas
tour of manuel antonio national park - transfer to tarcoles - late afternoon tarcoles river cruise - overnight in tarcoles
tarcoles river cruise in morning - transfer to san jose - flight to home location
Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.
NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.
Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
All hide sessions & appropriate permits
All photography sessions & appropriate permits
Food on a half board basis
Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
Transportation between photographic locations
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Meals not listed on the itinerary
Personal expenses of any type
Tips & Gratuities
Transportation to start location
What our clients say
Alan - Calera - 2017
Always good trips, with great photographic opportunities, & lots of camaraderie. Recommended!
Make a Booking Enquiry
Sorry, all the available places for this photography holiday, Costa Rican Wildlife, have already been reserved; however, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations or to be notified should we decide to run another of these trips, please fill in the form below.
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How to Book
Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
Recommended Camera Equipment
For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses from a macro lens, an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 70-200mm or 100-400mm, through to your longest lens, whether that is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some environment or landscape shots.
If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.
You should also pack a tripod to help steady your lens, especially when you are out photographing at dawn & dusk. Last but not least, don't forget to pack a flash or lighting unit.
For this photography holiday, we recommend that you pack neutral coloured t-shirts teamed with neutral coloured trousers & a hat to protect your head from the sun. January is the best time to visit Costa Rica as it is the dry season with maybe a little rain in the afternoon or evening showers. For this reason, you should also bring a waterproof jacket & waterproof trousers so you are covered for all eventualities. A fleece would also be useful for the cool evenings.
Sandals or easy shoes are great for the hotel but you will need sensible shoes for when you are out & about.
Don't forget to pack your sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen & insect repellent!
NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens.
NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
Travel Insurance Requirements
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Summary
The Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is a photography holiday of 15 night/16 day duration, that costs £4499per participant & takes place in various photographic locations in Costa Rica, between the dates of 3rd - 18th December 2022. It is ideal for photographing collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth & more. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 5, plus David. We consider this to be an event of Medium level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfers between Juan Santamaría International Airport & various photographic locations are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £900 to secure a place.
Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Payment Details
Deposit required to secure a place: £900 payable upon making a booking.
Final balance payment due: September 3rd, 2022*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
Bookings close: September 3rd, 2022.
No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
* Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.