|Starts||Mar 13th 2023|
|Ends||Mar 24th 2023|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||8 (FULL- but 2024 is 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.
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.
You will immediately want to unpack your cameras and start enjoying as you explore and photograph beautiful birds that live in and around 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.
March 14 – Talamanca Mountain Range
As we start our adventure, we will be staying at a unique lodge that resides within a pristine highland rain forest. We will spend 3 nights here. The grounds have numerous hummingbird feeders scattered among the meticulously manicured gardens, offering incredible opportunities to photograph these precious little jewels, as well as other gardens filled with trees and other plants that birds of all colors and species come in to feed on.
March 15 – Talamanca Mountain Range
Today, we will spend a full day at a very special property set up specifically for bird photography.
With gorgeous mountains providing buttery backgrounds, you will have the chance to photograph a wide range of species that include tanagers, honeycreepers, woodpeckers, parrots, silky flycatchers and more that come in to feed.
In addition, there are birds and bird activity all around the property. Take a walk around the grounds and you may find quail pecking through the leaf litter or woodpeckers nesting.
March 16 – Talamanca Mountain Range
Today will be another day filled with special experiences. To start off, we will go on a special field trip to try to find and photograph Resplendent Quetzals – a species on everyone’s bucket list! Seeing the male with his incredibly long tail or a female with her beautiful colors, fly in to a gorgeous moss and lichen covered tree or try to tuck himself into a nest cavity is an incredible thing to see and photograph.
Following this, we will set up for another great experience the high speed hummingbird flash photography. We bring and set up our own equipment that you connect into and photograph hummingbirds in flight. Specialties of this area include the incredibly colorful Fiery Throated hummingbird!
March 17 and 18 – Arenal
After breakfast, we will travel to Arenal Observatory Lodge, right at the base of the volcano. We will spend 3 nights here.
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.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the iconic volcano as well as seven wildlife packed miles of well-maintained hiking trails which are home to over 370 exotic species of birds, as well as an abundance of other varieties of wildlife and flowers to photograph.
Because the grounds are so lush and filled great trails and fruiting trees, we will spend a full day here working the situations around the lodge.
March 19 – Arenal
Today we will take a field trip to do some macro photography. Get ready for red-eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs, snakes and more. You will have a wonderful chance to photograph an array of species and subjects.
Following our field trip we will return to the lodge and explore more of the great photographic situations there. From coatis to toucans, you just never know what may come in!
March 20, 21 and 22 – Boca Tapada Area
After breakfast, we will transfer for 3 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 species. Here you may wake up to Howler monkey antics right outside your window! We will also see red-eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs, mot mots, keel-billed toucans, kinkajous, and too many more animal and plant species to list! This is paradise and we will be in the right spot for wonderful photography!
We will be pulling out all the stops here – setting up the high speed flash equipment for more hummingbirds in flight, setting up for bat photography at night, visiting special blinds for both songbird and raptor/vulture photography, pulling out our macro gear for frog photography, and enjoying time on the deck where Toucans, Aracari, parrots, tanagers, honey creepers and an array of woodpeckers come in.
You will burn through a lot of memory cards on these last few days so be ready – this is what we have been building up to!
March 23 – Return to San Jose
After final a morning of photography, we will return to San Jose for our last night together.
March 24 – Travel Day
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for flights home
Deposit of $1,000 due with registration
Payment #2 of $2,200 due November 15, 2022
Final Payment of $2000 due January 5, 2023
* Pricing based on double occupancy
*** Single supplement (if available) add $775
* Non-Photographer spouse/partner discount of $600
All lodging while in Costa Rica
All meals except the 1st and last nights dinner
All ground transportation
Field trips to Photo Locations
– Air travel to and from San Jose
– First and last night’s dinner while in San Jose
– Travel insurance
– Any alcoholic beverages