Wild Costa Rica
Sept. 24 to Oct. 4, 2022
This trip is packed with birds, wildlife, and macro opportunities in some of our favorite locations. With a pro photographer leader and a great local guide who is an expert on macro subject, this workshop will be awesome!
Sept. 24 to Oct. 4, 2022
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About the Workshop
Wild Costa Rica
About the Workshop
Wild Costa Rica
Gregory Basco is a professional nature photographer based in Costa Rica. After completing graduate degrees in political science and tropical ecology (his doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of ecotourism in Costa Rica), Greg worked in conservation before turning to photography full-time in 2006. His images have been awarded in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice competitions and have appeared in numerous magazines and books around the world.
His latest major project is the second edition of the large format printed book National Parks of Costa Rica in conjunction with Zona Tropical and Cornell University Press. His popular e-books include The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography, the mega e-book Flash for the Nature Photographer, and the new Complete Video Guide to Lightroom for the Nature Photographer.
You can see more of Greg's work at his website.
You should arrive to and depart from Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Our driver will be waiting to provide your private transfer to our capital city hotel.
Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.
We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.
Costa Rica does not require any vaccinations to enter the country. Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations.
All of our hotels have free WIFI. We will also have cell data coverage for most of the trip.
All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.
Tele lens 500 mm or longer
Camera body or bodies
Medium zoom lens, e.g., 70-200 mm, 100-400 mm
Wide angle lens
A flash with TTL functionality
Off-camera TTL flash cord
Telephoto flash bracket
Flash plus Better Beamer for birds and wildlife
Rain cover for camera
Small softbox or diffuser
Small pack or shoulder bag for daily shooting
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Day 1, Arrival/San Jose
Arrival to Costa Rica. Meet our representative at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer to your hotel near the capital city of San José, where Foto Verde Tours’ Greg Basco will be awaiting your arrival. Those who arrive early can take the afternoon to photograph the beautiful orchids and other tropical flowers in the hotel’s expansive gardens. The hotel has free wireless Internet throughout the grounds and in the rooms.
Day 2, Atlantic Rainforest
After an early breakfast, we check out and head to our first destination, a rainforest lodge where Foto Verde Tours has worked to set up a feeder that offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph keel-billed toucans, chestnut-mandibled toucans, and brown-hooded parrots, hummingbirds, and bats. We arrive at the lodge for lunch and set in immediately to photograph at the feeders!
Day 3, Atlantic Rainforest
Today we concentrate on photographing the amazing king vulture at a private blind. In the afternoon we’ll do some macro photography on the lodge grounds. And this evening we have a special treat – bat photography!
Day 4, Atlantic Rainforest
This day we'll split the group into two. In the morning, half of us will head to a nearby house for hummingbird and honeycreeper photography. The other half of the group will stay and explore the forests and lagoons surrounding the lodge. After lunch back at our lodge, we'll switch it up. At the end of the day we'll enjoy a well-earned cold drink after this busy day of photography!
Day 5, Cloud Forest
After breakfast, we travel to the higher cloud forests of the northern Central Volcanic Mountain Range and our next lodge and photography base. Our lodge is located in one of the most biodiverse areas of the country, nestled in a picturesque valley at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. With its rushing mountain streams, cool air, and orchid and moss-festooned trees, the area is akin to a tropical Colorado. En route, we stop at a local farm where Foto Verde Tours has worked to set up photo opportunities of the wild, free-flying great green and scarlet macaws that inhabit the owner's large farm property. We’ll then have lunch at a beautiful waterfall that’s just crawling with hummingbirds. We arrive to our cloud forest lodge later in the afternoon for check-in and a bit of time to photograph agouti and black guan.
Day 6, Cloud Forest
After breakfast today, we set in immediately to begin photographing hummingbirds at our multi-flash setups right on the lodge grounds. We will concentrate on the violet sabrewing (Costa Rica’s largest species), green hermit, purple-throated mountain gem, and green-crowned brilliant. When not on the setups, you’ll be photographing the awesome macro subjects found in the lodge’s private cloud forest reserve.
Day 7, Tortuguero National Park
After an early breakfast, we depart for the boat that will take us into wilds of the amazing Tortuguero National Park. We enjoy a private boat ride to our lodge and check-in for a late lunch. In the afternoon, we head out in our boats to photograph birds and wildlife in the canals of the national park.
Day 8, Tortuguero National Park
We head out early this morning to explore the jungle canals in our boat for birds, caiman, and landscapes. We return to our lodge for a relaxing lunch and then spend the day photographing monkeys, basilisk lizards, and frogs right on the lodge grounds. In the evening, we’ll look for tree frogs around the lodge.
Day 9, Tortuguero National Park
This morning before breakfast we head over to the beach to see if we can photograph sea turtles that may still be depositing their eggs. We then return to our lodge with time to photograph monkeys. Later in the afternoon we go out into the canals again on our boat and, if the weather permits, we’ll try to photograph the national park from a hilltop lookout. We return to our lodge around sunset.
Day 10, Tortuguero/San Jose
After breakfast this morning, we return to San Jose on our boat and then our bus. We stop en route for lunch and arrive to our capital city hotel in the late afternoon. If your flight departs this evening we will take you to the airport.
Day 11, Airport
Private transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Full-time photo instruction and setups by Greg and Victor
Lodging as specified in DBL occupancy
Meals as specified
Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days
Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus
Multiple-flash hummingbird and other photography setup equipment
Entrance fees for all described activities
Taxes on all services listed above
Itinerary does not include
Dinner the first and last nights
Non-meal time snacks
Non-meal time soft drinks and bottled water
Single room supplement - $548
Booking a tour with us is easy!
1. Register for your tour using the form at the end of each workshop page.
4. Send us your traveler info form.
2. Send us your reserve deposit.
5. We will send you your final invoice.
3. Book your international air travel.
6. We´ll send you everything you need to know before you hop on the plane!