Last week I was interviewed by the founder of the hugely popular website, PhotographyTalk, and one of the questions he asked me was: How do you determine the time of the year to set up your tours? Well, it occurred to me that I've never told you how I make that determination and it's important for you to know, so here goes...
Costa Rica has two distinct seasons - the high season (dry season) and low season (wet or green season).
The high season starts in mid-December and continues through April and the weather is gorgeous with lots of sunshine and very little rain. Within the high season, the time between mid-December and the end of the first week of January, as well as Easter week (Semana Santa) in either March or April (it changes every year), is considered “peak season” and prices are extremely high and locations are very overcrowded. The low season begins in May and continues through mid-December and it literally rains every single day.
Based on all that, I only produce tours in Costa Rica's high season between mid-January and the end of April and never during Semana Santa. That’s why you will see all Costa Rica photo tours squeezed into this time frame when you visit the photo tour page.
Many other companies offer photo tours during Costa Rica's low season (May through mid-December) because prices are much lower, but it’s difficult to take photos when it rains every day. I want you to be able to shoot as much as possible, enjoy great weather, and not be stuck in a hotel waiting for the rain to stop.
So, now that you know how I determine when to do photo tours in Costa Rica, it's time to announce the 2020 Costa Rica photography tour schedule!
I have created new itineraries so you have more options and also reduced the size of each tour to only four clients so you get even more help creating better images. There are four Costa Rica photo tours in 2020 and each tour is offered twice.
Things kick off with the Colors of Costa Rica Photo Tour featuring Chesnut-Mandibled Toucans (pictured above), Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, and Blue Morpho butterflies; several incredible waterfalls; and stunning landscapes in Costa Rica’s verdant Central Valley, La Fortuna, and the magnificent Rio Celeste.
The Pura Vida Costa Rica Photo Tour indulges in the impressive beach and tropical sunsets at Playa Hermosa, and features the spectacular Llanos de Cortez waterfall; natural hot springs in Rincon de la Vieja; iconic Rio Celeste waterfall; and sensational Lake Arenal (pictured above).
The Waterfalls of Costa Rica Photo Tour explores some of the best waterfalls in Costa Rica including Bajos del Toro, which plunges 300 feet into an ancient volcano; the brilliant La Fortuna waterfall (pictured above); and Costa Rica’s most famous waterfall, Rio Celeste. This photo tour also includes plenty of Costa Rica wildlife and astonishing landscapes.
The final option is the Explore Costa Rica Photo Tour which focuses on beautiful beaches, colorful sunsets, five extraordinary Costa Rica waterfalls, and tiny, vibrant Poison Dart Frogs (pictured below). Featured locations include Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez, Rio Celeste (pictured above), and La Fortuna.
I am proud to offer these high-end, all-inclusive photography tours for photographers of all skill levels and will share with you my nearly 30 years of landscape photography experience to help you take your images to the next level.
All Costa Rica photo tours feature breathtaking national parks, gorgeous waterfalls, stunning landscapes, and exotic wildlife and you will enjoy fantastic hotels, mouthwatering food, private transportation, and free spa services.
Click the photo tour link, check out all the detailed itineraries and incredible amenities, and remember there are only 4 spots available on each tour. Book your spot today!
Looking forward to exploring Costa Rica in 2020 with you!
Oh! When my interview with PhotographyTalk is posted online, I will create a new blog post here.