Photography enthusiasts at any skill level are invited to join David on the sixteen-night Ultimate photography holiday that spans the various eco-zones found in Costa Rica, including the Highlands, the Southern Pacific Lowlands, & the Caribbean lowlands. Throughout this sixteen-night journey, our guests will have ample opportunities to photograph the diverse & stunning wildlife this Central American gem offers, all under the expert guidance of & a collection of local guides.

This photography holiday's continually reviewed & improved itinerary is tailored to showcase a wide range of Costa Rica's extraordinary wildlife, allowing encounters with the country's iconic species. As of 2025, the tour now includes a stay at Rancho Naturalista, a biodiverse haven housing over 450 bird species, including enchanting hummingbirds, toucans, & colourful tanagers. The area is also home to an array of mammals, such as sloths, monkeys, & kinkajous, as well as reptiles like snakes & lizards & a myriad of insect species. Rancho Naturalista's lush rainforest provides a rich tapestry for nature lovers to immerse themselves in 's exceptional biodiversity.

Throughout the photography holiday, participants can look forward to capturing images of a variety of wildlife, including the , , , , , , , , & many more iconic species in their natural habitat. This diverse range of wildlife presents a unique opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the beauty & diversity of 's wildlife.

The photography holiday commences with your arrival in Costa Rica, & a first night stay at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in San Jose on Day 1. Subsequent days are filled with unique photography sessions at the renowned Rancho Naturalista, followed by transfers to picturesque locations like San Gerardo de Dota & San Isidro for more photography opportunities, including early morning Quetzal photography sessions. Days 6 to 11 will focus on toucan, parrot frog & snake photography in the Sarapiqui area, while the itinerary includes visits to private gardens in the Arenal region on Days 12 & 13. The tour wraps up with photography opportunities in Boca Topada, including Deck Photography for Toucans, Orepondula & Parrots, King , & Multi-flash Bat Photography for at least one evening.

During this Central American wildlife photography holiday, you will receive guidance on your photography from , should you so wish. The intent of this photography holiday is for you to enhance your photography skills, gain confidence, & make the most of this extraordinary experience – all while adding a range of images of fantastic birds, frogs, & reptiles to your portfolio.

A Parakeet Peeps Out From Behind A Tree Trunk Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Arrive San Jose Airport - transfer to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson - overnight Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
  • Day 2 - transfer to Rancho Naturalista, Photography at Rancho Naturalista - overnight Rancho Naturalista
  • Day 3 - Photography at Rancho Naturalista - overnight Rancho Naturalista
  • Day 4 - Photography at Rancho Naturalista - transfer to San Gerardo de Dota - overnight San Gerardo de Dota
  • Day 5 - Quetzal Photography - transfer to Photography at a local birding deck - overnight San Gerardo de Dota
  • Day 6 - Photography at a local birding deck - transfer to Tarcoles - overnight Tarcoles
  • Day 7 - Early Morning Tarcoles River Cruise - transfer to Sarapiqui - overnight Sarapiqui
  • Day 8 - Full-day Frog & Snake Photography - overnight Sarapiqui
  • Day 9 - ½ Day Frog Photography, ½ day photography at a local birding deck - overnight Sarapiqui
  • Day 10 - Emerald Toucanet Photography, Hummingbird photography - overnight Sarapiqui
  • Day 11 - ½ day photography at a local birding deck, local lodge for lunch & ½ day feeder photography - overnight Sarapiqui
  • Day 12 - Transfer to Arenal, photography at a local birding deck - overnight Arenal
  • Day 13 - Photography at a local birding deck - overnight Arenal
  • Day 14 - Photography at a local birding deck - transfer to Boca Topada - overnight Boca Topada
  • Day 15 - Deck Photography of Toucans, boat trip on Rio San Carlos - overnight Boca Topada
  • Day 16 - Deck Photography of Toucans, King Vulture Photography, evening of Multi-flash Bat Photography - overnight Boca Topada
  • Day 17 - Deck Photography of Toucans - transfer to San Jose Airport
A Collared Aracari Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Multi centre trip to some of the best locations within Costa Rica for bird, mammal, amphibian & reptile photography
  • Many opportunities for capturing birds in flight
  • One of the most bio-diverse places on earth with a huge range of native species
  • Opportunities to capture images of many of Costa Rica's iconic frog species
  • Capture images of the Keel-billed Toucan, the Collared Aracari & many hummingbirds in the Caribbean lowlands
  • Photography sessions specifically for capturing images of King Vultures
  • Photograph the Volcano Hummingbird & Resplendent Quetzal in the Costa Rican Highlands
  • Photography of the many tanagers, motmot, trogons & other species
  • Opportunities for macro photography of reptiles & amphibians
  • Our itinerary is planned for peak dry season - the optimum time for photography within Costa Rica
  • Photography sessions at sunrise & sunset to make the most of the prime times of day for creative photography
  • Boat trips to explore the wetlands
  • Small group size - means that we can stay in small lodges often away from the crowds
  • Guided by David Miles for NatureLens with the assistance of local guides
  • Stay for sixteen-nights on a half board, non-shared basis
  • Single occupancy accommodation is provided at no extra cost to you
  • Visit cloud & rainforests to photograph exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation
A Basilisk Camouflaged In Its Environment Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

What will we be capturing images of during the Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday?

Please note that we cannot guarantee that any photography subject matter or specific behaviour will be present at any given location or time this is the nature of wildlife photography.
A Caracara Looks Out Across The Grass Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
A Ghost Glass Frog Peering Over A Yellow Leaf Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

A Basilisk In Its Environment Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
A Portrait Of A Green Hermit Hummingbird Typical Of The Kind Of Image We Hope You Will Capture During Our Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

You are invited to join us for our sixteen-night itinerary to travel within this Central American country taking opportunities to capture images of some of the amazing Costa Rican wildlife that the various regions of the country offer

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is a sixteen-night duration event, that costs £6999 & takes place in Sarapiqui in Costa Rica, between the dates of 17th November - 3rd December 2026. It is ideal for photographing the hummingbirds, toucans, toucanets & plenty of other species our local guides locate within the areas of Costa Rica that are included on our itinerary. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is offered on a half board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 7, plus David.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday starts & ends at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfers are included between Juan Santamaría International Airport & Sarapiqui then onwards to many other locations throughout the various eco-zones of the region, including the Highlands, the Southern Pacific Lowlands & the Caribbean lowlands.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday requires a deposit of £1400 to secure a place.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is a sixteen-night duration event, that costs £6999 & takes place in Sarapiqui in Costa Rica, between the dates of 17th November - 3rd December 2026. It is ideal for photographing the hummingbirds, toucans, toucanets & plenty of other species our local guides locate within the areas of Costa Rica that are included on our itinerary. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday is offered on a half board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 7, plus David.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday starts & ends at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfers are included between Juan Santamaría International Airport & Sarapiqui then onwards to many other locations throughout the various eco-zones of the region, including the Highlands, the Southern Pacific Lowlands & the Caribbean lowlands.

The Ultimate Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday requires a deposit of £1400 to secure a place.

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.

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 participants 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.

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