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Learn, shoot, & marvel at Costa Rica's birdlife in our 2024 workshop

Costa Rica Bird Photography Workshop 2024

Welcome to the ultimate bird wildlife photography workshop in Costa Rica for 2024! Dive deep into the lush rainforests and pristine landscapes of this tropical paradise, and seize the opportunity to photograph some of the world's most exotic and vibrant bird species. Whether you're a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, our expert-led workshops will guide you through the art of capturing the perfect shot amidst the symphony of colors and melodies. Join us on this unforgettable journey and let the wings of Costa Rica's feathered wonders inspire your photographic story!

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our Costa Rica Bird Photography Workshop 2024. Master the art of capturing enchanting bird species amidst Costa Rica’s stunning landscapes. With comprehensive guides and streamlined strategies, this workshop promises a remarkable experience for photographers of all levels.

Day 1

Our local expert and our entire team will be waiting for you at the airport and we will take you to the hotel. At night we will share the welcome dinner with the entire group that will be accompanying us on this wonderful trip.

  • Pick-up at Juan Santamaria
  • International Airport (SJO).
  • Private transfer to Heredia city
  • Lodging at Hotel Bougainvillea or similar
  • Welcome dinner


Day 2

After breakfast, we check out the hotel and head to one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. On the way, we will visit Cartago, the ancient capital of the country.

In the afternoon, we will have a bird photography session. The area is known for its lush vegetation and abundance of wildlife, making it an ideal spot for bird photography. From the endemic Resplendent Quetzal to the colorful tanager and the tiny hummingbird, there’s something for everyone

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota
  • Lunch at the hotel or at a local restaurant
  • Bird photo session in the afternoon
  • Lodging at Savegre Lodge or similar
  • Dinner at the hotel


Day 3

Today we have two different sessions. In the morning, we will look for the Resplendent Quetzal. The Resplendent Quetzal is one of the most iconic birds of Costa Rica and the world. It is a species of trogon and is famous for its impressively colored plumage and long tail feathers. A bird photo shoot with this magnificent creature is a once in a lifetime experience.

After lunch, we have a hummingbird photo session. These little birds are truly a sight to behold. With their brightly colored feathers, they can be seen flitting from flower to flower, drinking nectar and foraging for food. They are so small and delicate that it almost looks like they could disappear in an instant. That is why a photo session with these incredible birds is so special.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
    Resplendent quetzal photo tour (Private tour)
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Humminbird photo session (Private tour)
  • Lodging at Savegre Lodge or similar
    Dinner at the hotel


Day 4

After breakfast and check out, we headed back to San Jose, but not before visiting the Orosi Valley. At Hotel Quelitales more than 200 birds have been identified, so this will be another great opportunity to see new species of birds such as ighland tinamou, scaled antpitta, ochre-breasted antpitta, black-bellied hummingbird, green-fronted lancebill, coppery-headed emerald, cabanis’s ground-sparrow, barred parakeet

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Cartago area
  • Photo session at Hotel Quelitales (Private tour)
  • Lunch at the hotel or at a local restaurant
  • Lodging at Hotel Bougainvillea or similar
  • Dinner at the hotel


Day 5

Today we continue our trip to the Sarapiqui area. We will pass through Braulio Carrillo, one of the most impressive national parks. In this session, we will be able to photograph the emerald toucan, the beautiful motmot, among others. The evergreen landscapes of the area will impress you.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Braulio Carrillo area
  • Bird Photo session at Nectar & Pollen or Donde Cope (Private session)
  • Transfer to Sarapiqui area.
  • Lodging at Selva Verde Hotel or similar
  • Lunch at the hotel


Day 6

Today we will visit a business operated by a beautiful Costa Rican family. On the property, we will be able to take photos of more than 20 species of birds such as the woodpecker, the red-legged honeycreeper, toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds, among others.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Bird photo session at Tico Rainforest.
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Free afternoon
  • Lodging at Selva Verde Lodge or similar
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Braulio Carrillo area
  • Bird Photo session at Nectar & Pollen or Donde Cope (Private session)
  • Transfer to Sarapiqui area.
  • Lodging at Selva Verde Hotel or similar
  • Lunch at the hotel


Day 7

In the morning, we will be able to take photos of the Savegre River, the exuberant vegetation of the property, and many birds and animals will come to have breakfast with us such as keel-billed toucans, great green macaws, wood thrushes, gray-necked wood rails, sun bitterns and violet crowned woodnymph. Then, we continue towards Boca Tapada. At night, and in the middle of darkness, we will have a spectacular bat photography session

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Boca Tapada area
  • Lunch at the hotel or at a local restaurant
  • Lodging at Maquenque Lodge, Laguna del Lagarto, or similar
  • Free afternoon
  • Bat photo session at night (private tour)
  • Dinner at the hotel


Day 8

Crocodiles, howler monkeys, and birds such as the tiger heron, great blue, and kingfisher will be some of the species that we will see on this boat tour on the San Carlos river. The natural landscapes are truly impressive.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Nature and wildlife photo tour by boat (private tour)
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Lodging at Maquenque Lodge, Laguna del Lagarto, or similar
  • Free afternoon
  • Dinner at the hotel


Day 9

In our last session, we dedicated it to the King Vulture. This big, powerful, and beautiful bird will fill the lens of your camera and make you sigh

  • Breakfast at the hotel
    King vulture photo session (Private tour)
  • Transfer to Cinchona
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to San Jose city.
  • Lodging at Hotel Bougainvillea or similar
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel


Day 10

After having shared this trip together and having lived so many unique moments and experiences, we will take you to the airport.

It’s time to go home!

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
  • End of services
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San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo is a community bordering the Los Quetzales National Park located at 2,200 meters above sea level, hidden in the folds of the Río Savegre Valley.
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Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui in Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for nature photography, including bird photography, wildlife photography, and landscape photography. The region is known for its incredible biodiversity, lush rainforests, and stunning flora and fauna.
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Boca Tapada

Boca Tapada, located in the lush northern region of Costa Rica, is a natural paradise for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone seeking a peaceful retreat in the heart of nature.

Hey there! I’m Andy, the heart and soul behind Physis. Not only am I its founder and owner, but I’m also the lead photographer and expedition guide.

Let’s embark on an unforgettable bird photography adventure together! We’ll traverse Costa Rica’s most awe-inspiring spots with our cameras at the ready, capturing memories that’ll last a lifetime. Looking forward to our journey together!

What’s included

  • 9 nights of lodging
  • Local professional photographer and expedition leader with years of experience
  • Experienced, certified, and area-specific guides for birds, wildlife and nature photography
  • 3 – 4 stars lodges or hotels
  • Standard room
  • Private bathroom
  • Daily breakfasts at the hotels (Buffet)
  • Welcome dinner (First night)
  • Farewell dinner (Last night)
  • In a comfortable and modern vehicle, you will enjoy private ground transportation
  • Driver with bilingual skills and experience
  • All entrance fees (National parks, reserves, refuges, etc)
  • All local insurances
  • All local taxes


What’s not included

  • Airfare to/from Costa Rica
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Visa (If it’s required)
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities (local guides, driver, and expedition leader)
  • Alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, cocktails, etc) and beverages not included on the menu.
  • Hotel services (laundry, room service, etc)
  • Personal services (spa, massage, etc)

All these workshops and tours are included.

  • Bird photo session in San Gerardo de Dota
  • Resplendent Quetzal photo tour (Private tour)
  • Hummingbird photo session (Private tour)
  • Photo session at Hotel Quelitales (Private tour)
  • Bird Photo session at Nectar & Pollen or Donde Cope (Private tour) 
  • A night tour at Selva Verde(Private  tour)
  • Bird photo session at Tico Rainforest.
  • Bat photo session at night(private tour)
  • Nature and wildlife photo tour by boat (private tour)
  • King vulture photo session (Private tour)

 

Depends on the weather conditions these activities could change