Costa Rica – Cloud Forest 2021

StartsApr 2nd 2021
EndsApr 12th 2021
LeaderSteve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth
Participants8 (1 Spot Open!)

Costa Rica – The nature photographers’ paradise! There is so much wildlife here, that you won’t want to sleep for fear of missing an incredible photo opportunity! Costa Rica is home to more than 800 bird species including a huge variety of Hummingbirds, the amazing Resplendent Quetzal, Toucans, Macaws, and the vibrant Honey Creepers and Tanagers.

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During our visit, we will be staying at some of the top rated, friendliest and most accommodating eco-lodges in all of Costa Rica. We have personally selected each location based on the photographic opportunities available, comfort, cleanliness and safety.

We will also take at least one “all day field trip” away from each lodge that we stay at, to visit other locations where we will experience even more amazing and unique photographic opportunities.


Day 1

Arrive San Jose airport. Transfer to hotel Bougainvillea Bougan

You will immediately want to unpack your cameras and get to work photographing the 10 acres of picturesque gardens on the hotel property. These gardens are simply overflowing with impressive numbers and varieties of native plants, flowers, and colorful birds.

Days 2 through 4

After breakfast travel to Arenal Volcano Lodge for 3 nights
This uniquely situated lodge sits perched on a ridge that is less than 2 miles from the most active volcano in Costa Rica, the Arenal volcano. wide-1000-

Enjoy breathtaking views of the iconic volcano as well as seven wildlife packed miles of well-maintained hiking trails which is home to over 370 exotic species of birds, as well as an abundance of other varieties of wildlife and flowers to photograph.

Days 5 through 6

After breakfast transfer for 2 nights to a lodge in the wildlife rich area of Boca Tapada in northern Costa Rica
Located in the lowland tropical rain forest, this legendary ecolodge is known for incredible encounters with King Vultures, Toucans, and other amazing bird specieswide-1000-10[1]

Here you may wake up to Howler monkey antics right outside your window! We will also see red-eyed tree frogs, mot mots, keel-billed toucans, kinkajous, and way too many other animal and plant species list! This is paradise!

Days 7 through 9

3 nights at a lodge in Talamanca Mountain Range
This unique lodge resides within a pristine highland rain forest. The grounds have numerous hummingbird feeders scattered among the meticulously manicured gardens, offering incredible opportunities to photograph these precious little jewels. Untitled-1

There are numerous bird species to be seen in the area including Tanagers, Honeycreepers, Silky-flycatchers, and most importantly, the amazing Resplendent Quetzal

Day 10

Transfer to San Jose for one more night


Transfer to airport for trip home


Payment schedule

Deposit of $1,000 due with your reservation
Balance of $2,875 due January 15th, 2019

  • Included

  • – All lodging while in Costa Rica
  • – All meals except the 1st and last nights dinner
  • – All ground transportation
  • – Field trips to Photo Locations
  • – *Pricing based on double occupancy; Single supplement add $915
Not included
  • – Roundtrip airfare from your home to San Jose
  • – gratuities
  • – First and last night’s dinner while in San Jose (breakfast is included with room)
  • -any alcoholic beverages
  • -travel insurance
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Along with those beautiful birds, we will get up close and personal to photograph a wide variety of insects, lizards, snakes, and those brightly colored poison dart frogs.
As if that weren’t enough to keep those shutters clicking, we will see monkeys, sloths, and other mammals too!

A trip to Costa Rica certainly wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the exotic orchids and other unique flora of Costa Rica, along with the beautiful jungle scenery and picturesque landscapes.

As a nature photographer, it should not come as a surprise that Costa Rica is one of our favorite places in the world to photograph wildlife. We will take you to the best and most iconic locations for nature photography in all of Costa Rica!

Also for your enjoyment, we will be bringing our high-speed flash system for our participants to use while photographing hummingbirds in flight when we visit the cloud forest. You will walk away with breathtaking photographs of hummingbirds in flight that without this specialized equipment, would be impossible to do.

One important piece of advice should you decide to join us on this trip… Bring lots of memory cards, charged batteries, and a very large hard drive for all your images, because you will need it!