Physis: Photography tours in Costa Rica you'll never forget

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop 2024

Embark on a 9-day immersive photography journey through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes and vibrant wildlife. Tailored for passionate photographers, this expedition offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and unparalleled opportunities to capture the essence of this tropical paradise.

Join us on this curated journey, capturing the soul of Costa Rica through your lens, and return with a portfolio that speaks of nature’s wonders and the rich tapestry of Costa Rican culture.

Day 1
Upon your arrival, our local expert along with our dedicated team will greet you at the airport. We’ll then escort you to your hotel. In the evening, join us for a welcome dinner, where you’ll meet the entire group that will be part of this incredible journey.

  • Pickup at Juan Santamaria
  • International Airport (SJO)
    Private transfer to Heredia city
  • Stay at Hotel Bougainvillea or a similar establishment
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2
Our adventure continues to the Sarapiqui region. We’ll traverse through Braulio Carrillo, a breathtaking national park. Here, you’ll have the chance to photograph the vibrant emerald toucan, the stunning motmot, and more. The lush landscapes will leave you in awe. As night falls, we’ll explore the forest, seeking out frogs, snakes, and the diverse wildlife of the rainforest.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the Braulio Carrillo area
  • Bird photography session at Donde Cope (Private session)
  • Journey to the Sarapiqui region
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Accommodation at Selva Verde Hotel or a similar
  • Private night forest tour
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 3

Today, we’ll visit a venture run by a delightful Costa Rican family. On their property, you can photograph over 20 bird species, including woodpeckers, red-legged honeycreepers, toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds, and more.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Bird photography session at
  • Tico Rainforest
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Leisurely afternoon
  • Stay at Selva Verde Lodge or similar
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 4
The morning offers a chance to capture images of the Savegre River, the lush property vegetation, and the diverse birds and animals that join us for breakfast. Later, we’ll head to Boca Tapada. As night envelops us, get ready for an exhilarating bat photography session.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the Boca Tapada region
  • Lunch at the hotel or a local eatery
  • Stay at Maquenque Lodge, Boca Tapada Lodge, or a similar place
  • Relaxing afternoon
  • Private night bat photography session
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 5
On our boat tour of the San Carlos River, expect to see crocodiles, howler monkeys, and birds like the tiger heron, great blue, and kingfisher. The natural vistas are truly mesmerizing.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Private nature and wildlife boat photography tour
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Accommodation at Maquenque Lodge, Boca Tapada Lodge, or similar
  • Leisurely afternoon
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 6
This photo session is dedicated to the majestic King Vulture. This magnificent bird will dominate your camera’s lens and leave you in awe.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Muelle de San Carlos
  • Lunch at the hotel or a local diner
  • Afternoon bird photography session
  • Stay at Tilajari Hotel or similar
    Dinner at the hotel

Day 7
Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the tranquil waters of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, one of Costa Rica’s most diverse and untouched sanctuaries. As you navigate the waterways, capture the essence of this pristine paradise, brimming with wildlife and verdant flora.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full-day private boat tour
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Stay at Tilajari Lodge or similar
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 8
Today, we return to San Jose, taking a break at a typical local restaurant. During our lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph at least 15 bird species, including hummingbirds, tanagers, and the yigüirro (the national bird of Costa Rica). Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most beautiful sights in Costa Rica.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer back to San Jose city
  • Lunch at a typical local restaurant, with bird photography opportunities
    Bird photography sessions, including hummings, tanagers, yigüirro, and more
  • Accommodation at Hotel Bougainvillea or similar
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel

This addition enhances the itinerary by highlighting a unique cultural experience and providing more opportunities for bird photography.

Day 9
After sharing this unforgettable journey and experiencing countless unique moments, we’ll escort you to the airport. It’s time to bid farewell and head home!

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Conclusion of services
Exploring the Breathtaking Biodiversity of Boca Tapada, Costa Rica

Boca Tapada

Nestled within the lush landscapes of Costa Rica, the Boca Tapada area offers a truly enchanting experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Exploring Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for Unforgettable Photography Experiences

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

With Physis as your guide, your photography tour in Caño Negro is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Book now and create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime!

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Sarapiqui, located in the heart of Costa Rica, is a captivating destination for photographers from around the world who have an affinity for nature, bird, landscape, and wildlife photography

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 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!

Photography workshops

All these workshops and tours are included.

  • Bird Photo session in Guapiles (Private session)
  • Bird Photo session in Sarapiqui (Private session)
  • A night tour at Selva Verde (Private  tour)
  • Bat photo session at night (private tour)
  • Nature and wildlife photo tour by boat in San Carlos River (private tour)
  • King vulture photo session (Private tour)
  • Nature and wildlife photo tour by boat in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge (private tour)
  • Bird photo session in Cinchona area

Depending on the weather conditions, these activities could change


  • 8 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
  • 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)