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2023 – Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

November 16, 2023 - November 30, 2023

One Of The Keel Billed Toucans Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
  • Toucans & more

    of Costa Rica

    Join us for a 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.

    16th - 30th November 2023

    £4599 per participant

    £900 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 4 - 5 participants - places available..

    Bookings close: October 3, 2022

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    Toucans & more of Costa Rica - £4599 per participant

    16th - 30th November 2023
    £4599 per participant
    places available.
    £4599 per participant - places available.
  • Join David 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 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4599 per 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 14 night/15 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 Costa Rica’s Wildlife photography trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in the country’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.
    Places are limited, so book today!
    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

    day 1

    arrive san jose airport - transfer to san gerado valley - overnight at san gerado valley

    day 2

    full day of hummingbird photography - overnight in san gerado valley

    day 3

    quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography - overnight in san gerado valley

    day 4

    quetzal photography then transfer to sarapiqui - 1/2 day frog & snake photography - overnight in sarapiqui

    day 5

    full-day frog photography - overnight in sarapiqui

    day 6

    emerald toucanet photography - coati photography - sarapiqui river cruise during afternoon - overnight in sarapiqui

    day 7

    toucan photography - reflection frogs photography - overnight in sarapiqui

    day 8

    hummingbird & other bird photography - multi-flash hummingbird photography - overnight in sarapiqui

    day 9

    butterfly photography - transfer to boca topada - overnight in boca topada

    day 10

    king vulture photography - hummingbird photography - bat photography - overnight in boca topada

    day 11

    travel to arenal - feeder photography at arenal - overnight in arenal

    day 12

    cano negro boat tour - feeder photography at arenal - overnight in arenal

    day 13

    morning sloth tour then transfer to puntarenas - overnight in puntarenas

    day 14

    tour of manuel antonio national park - overnight in puntarenas

    day 15

    tarcoles river cruise in morning - transfer to san jose - flight to home location

  • 25%

    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.

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    Make a Booking Enquiry

    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 16th - 30th November 2023 & costs £4599 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £900 to secure a place.
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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 Equipment

    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.

    Recommended Clothing

    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!

    Additional Notes

    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

    Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Summary

    The Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is a photography holiday of 14 night/15 day duration, that costs £4599 per participant

    & takes place in various photographic locations in Costa Rica, between the dates of 16th - 30th November 2023. 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: August 16th, 2023*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: October 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.

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  • Details

    16th - 30th November 2023
    £4599 per participant
    Event Category:


    Costa Rica
    various photographic locations,Costa Rica


    David Miles