Enjoy TWO Costa-Rica Adventures! In our travels here we came to the clear understanding that the number of absolutely wonderful areas for wildlife and landscape photographers needs two separate Adventures, one exploring areas including Arenal, Cano-Negro, Laguna del Lagarto with world class wildlife and breathtaking jungle trails and waterfalls... and a second Adventure from the picturesque cloud-forest Highlands in search of pristine jungle streams and waterfalls and the wonderful Resplendent Quetzal, to the Coasts where wonderful sunsets await and where Scarlet Macaw thrive. This is the Costa-Rica North Adventure. Learn about the Highlands to Coast Adventure here...
Tropical Summer Colors Season - November - April Green Jungles Season - May- October
DAY ONE - Sunday- Arrivals in San Jose- Lodging and Dinner at Bougainvillea Hotel. If you are joining us from the Panama Adventure, please enjoy the magnificent Bougainvillea gardens. We will meet with everyone in the lounge at 7pm to get to know each other, distribute the materials, itineraries, lodging details and other documents. The food at the hotel is excellent! Affinity staff will meet you at the airport and take you to Bougainvillea. Stay at Hotel Bougainvillea.
DAY TWO - Monday - Bajos del Toro Waterfall and Laguna del Lagarto. Today we will make our way to the Caribbean slopes, along the way there will be several chances for landscape and waterfalls photography. Our first destination is Bajos del Toro Waterfall, a very pristine and beautiful waterfall surrounded by a lush cloud forest and with a great diversity of birds, especially hummingbirds. The waterfall has extremely rich colors in the rock and moss walls. A very beautiful photo location. We will arrive at Laguna del Lagarto and to a most beautiful private lodge with many varieties of tropical wildlife and many birds. This is one of the finest places in Costa Rica to enjoy a wide variety of wonderful tropical birds in a dense area. Stay at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge.
DAY THREE - Tuesday - Laguna del Lagarto. Today we spend the day in the various wildlife areas at the Lodge. We will visit a private hide with one way glass so that we can photograph the rare and colorful King Vulture. This is a sight to behold! Stay at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge
DAY FOUR - Wednesday - We start the day with morning photos at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, then drive to Caño Negro. This is another awesomely beautiful and wildlife packed area. We will experience two boat rides. Start the day photographing at the Lodge deck and then we will drive to our next destination, Caño Negro. There will be nice landscapes along the way. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a system of lagoons and rivers that host a great biodiversity of flora and fauna. We will take an afternoon boat ride to explore the area. Stay at Caño Negro Natural Lodge.
DAY FIVE - Thursday - We have a full day, starting with an early boat trip to photograph the wildlife along the river from Caiman to beautiful and sometimes rare birds. After breakfast we will start our drive to Tenorio National Park. A walk in a lush rain-forest will lead us to the astonishing Rio Celeste Waterfall with gorgeous blue waters and one of the most beautiful jungle hikes in the country. We will then drive to Arenal and stay at the Arenal Observatory and Lodge.
DAY SIX - The Arenal Observatory Lodge has it all. Vast grounds and trails to explore, many species of wildlife all around, beautiful gardens,and feeders that attract the many birds of the area. We will spend the day exploring the grounds. The sunset views of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake are stunning every day. Stay at the Arenal Observatory and Lodge.
DAY SEVEN - Exploring Arenal, sunset photography from a boat in Arenal Lake. Today we will start the day capturing the view of Arenal Lake and lots of Costa-Rica birds at sunrise. After breakfast we will visit two beautiful nature reserves to photograph the unique flora and fauna. Here will have the opportunity to photograph several species of Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and Amphibians. Our day will finish with a wine and cheese sunset boat trip on Lake Arenal This day is a real treat. Stay at the Arenal Observatory and Lodge.
DAY EIGHT - Today we explore the area around Arenal and then drive to San Jose where we stay at Bougainvillea Hotel. We will visit nature reserves around the area to photograph the flora and fauna. Also we will visit a favorite spot to photograph beautiful streams with moss covered rocks, a perfect place to create nice compositions of this forest stream. We will also explore the hanging bridges of this cloud forest reserve. We will then drive in the afternoon to San Jose for our last night in Costa Rica and enjoy a group happy hour and final dinner together. Stay at Hotel Bougainvillea.
DAY NINE - On this final day, depending on your flight schedule we will enjoy morning photography in the simply awesome Bougainvillea gardens. We will arrange shuttles to the San Jose Airport for your flight home - OR..
4-DAY DRAKE and CORCOVADO EXTREME JUNGLE ADVENTURE - For an additional $1550 you can join us for a life adventure in one of the most beautiful jungles on the planet. We will stay at Drake Bay and boat each day to the jungles.The ecological variety is simply stunning. National Geographic described Corcovado as "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity". Yes, Jaguar, Puma, Tapir, all four monkey varieties, Scarlet Macaws and other exotic animals are all present. Get the Extreme Jungle details here...