Alex Arias is a passionate outdoorsman and has led nature tours for nearly 20 years all over Costa Rica. One of Alex’s passions is Nature Photography. This trip has been specially designed by him for travelers who are looking for great photo opportunities.  Costa Rica is a growing photography destination due to its extreme high biodiversity and an easy access to many great locations for wildlife. This Costa Rica  Nature Photography Adventure trip includes bird observatories, nature trails, volcano views, private reserves and refuges, tropical forest, mangroves, wetlands, lagoons, coastal areas and high mountain cloud forests. You will have great opportunities to encounter many animals in their natural habitats with Alex, and a unique cultural connection with Costa Ricans, that only he can provide.

Duration: 9 days/8 nights
Destination: Arenal, Ensenada, Dominical, Cerro de la Muerte.
Dates & pricing: Contact us for information

FACTS & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Special bird observatories for photographers
  • A unique cultural connection with Costa Ricans
  • Visit The Nest! a new observation canopy tower in Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Private reserves and refuges in tropical rainforest & cloud forests
  • Find one of the best lookouts in Costa Rica
  • Explore the best habitat for the Quetzal
  • Small groups
  • Go with the best guide!

Costa Rica Nature Photography Adventure

Itinerary

Day 1: San José arrival transfer to Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici

Day 2: Transfer to Arenal, hummingbird lookout & waterfall. Arenal Observatory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Arenal Observatory trails (B,L,D)

Day 4: Transfer to Guanacaste lowlands. Ensenada Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hacienda Solimar & wetlands (B,L,D)

Day 6: Transfer to Dominical rainforests & beaches. Hotel Villas Río Mar (B,L,D)

Day 7: Sierpe River Mangroves & transfer to Cerro. Hotel Trogon Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9: Departure transfer to San José International Airport (B)

Included:  Lodging, transportation and meals as specified in the above itinerary where B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, entrance fees to National Parks and Private Reserves, tours, guide services, applicable taxes, service fees and in-country ground operator support.

Not Included: International airfare, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

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Rio Perdido and Isla Chiquita

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Sirena and Corcovado tent camp

Travel South to the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. A short 45 minute local flight from San José will bring you to Drake Bay, were the adventure begins! Take a scenic boat ride along the South Pacific Coast, arriving to Sirena Ranger Station. A 2 night stay at the dormitory rooms of Sirena Station is the best way to maximize your wildlife viewing at this natural sanctuary, walking the park´s trail system with your own private local guide. Tapirs, anteaters, scarlet macaws, toucans, pumas, and the 4 species of monkeys that exist in Costa Rica are just a few of the animals you will most likely encounter during your visit. After this unparalleled experience depart Sirena by boat, and arrive to the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp, were you can continue with your exploration of the wild Osa Peninsula.