Costa Rica Landscapes

by Scott Setterberg October 16, 2023

Costa Rica Landscapes

It's hard to believe that in a few short weeks it will be eleven years since I first experienced the magical tropical paradise of Costa Rica.  The memories of that first trip are forever etched into my mind, driving through the rugged rural countryside and winding mountain roads, discovering breathtaking waterfalls, sun-soaked beaches, colorful wildlife, and so many spectacular landscapes.  I knew then that Costa Rica was special and in 2016, I moved to San Ramón, where I still live to this day.

For such a small place, I'm still surprised by the amount of natural beauty that permeates the country. I have explored Costa Rica extensively and there is still so much more to experience. My list of new locations is ever expanding and I have a scouting trip planned for January 2024 before the first Costa Rica photo tour begins a couple weeks later. That first tour is the Costa Rica Landscapes Photo Tour and subject of this blog post.

I scouted locations for this tour in March 2020, right before the global lockdown. Little did I know then that just a couple weeks later, I would have to leave the country on one of only three remaining flights out, and wouldn't return for a very long time. A lot has changed since then, including the tour. One of the original locations is closed to the public now, but it has been replaced with an even better one.

This 6-day, 5-night, all-inclusive photography tour begins in the capital city of San Jose before venturing north to the region of Sarapiqui. Sarapiqui is known for wide jungle rivers, rustic bridges, beautiful tropical flowers and wildlife, and mostly unknown waterfalls. It took a few days of exploration to find these locations but as I discovered each one, I knew they were perfect for a new photo tour.

Sarapiqui River
Heliconia, Costa Rica
Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica
After Sarapiqui, we use La Fortuna as a base and from there we set out to explore the misty cloud forests of Bajos del Toro and Las Gemelas. Bajos del Toro is one of Costa Rica's tallest waterfalls and plunges 300' into an ancient volcano crater. It's truly an incredible feeling to stand in the presence of this magnificent cascade. Not to be outdone, Las Gemelas is a verdant jungle landscape featuring two towering waterfalls, colorful pools, and a shallow rocky stream that is accessed by a trail through idyllic sloping pastures.

Bajos de Toro Mist
Bajos del Toro Waterfall
Below Las Gemelas, Costa Rica
Following Bajos del Toro and Las Gemelas, we travel to Toro Amarillo and photograph a fantastic location that's home to eight sensational waterfalls, a breathtaking valley with a stunning river lined with bright orange boulders, and lush tropical foliage. If there was any doubt before, you'll know you're in Costa Rica when you experience this location.

Rio Toro, Toro Amarillo, Costa Rica
Catarata Torito, Costa Rica
Catarata Maria, Costa Rica
We finish this tour in a cloud forest high above my hometown of San Ramón and photograph moody vistas, lovely gardens, colorful hummingbirds, and a location with several hiking trails, streams, and waterfalls.

Jungle Bridge, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Meadow Lake
San Ramon Senderos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a magical playground filled with wonderful landscapes, gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful flora, and colorful wildlife.I add 30+ years of nature photography experience to help you create better images and you will improve your editing and digital workflow skills with personalized post processing instruction.

Joining us is my good friend and professional Costa Rican nature guide, Jason Torres, and from him you will learn about Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity, ecosystems, flora and fauna, and history of the nation. Jason plays an important role in making my Costa Rica tours exceptional and he brings an awesome attitude, 15+ years of experience, and fantastic knowledge.

This outstanding photography tour is for photographers of all skill levels and only 3 spots are left. You will rest well in award-winning hotels, enjoy delicious traditional and gourmet Costa Rican cuisine, and travel comfortably in private transportation.

Finally, since this tour is all-inclusive, all you have to do is show up with your photography gear. I take care of everything else for you and deliver superb quality.

The only thing left to say is click the banner below and grab your spots now!

VERO: vero.co/colortexturephototours
IG: instagram.com/colortexturephototours
FB: facebook.com/ColorTexturePhotoTours
FLICKR: flickr.com/photos/scott-setterberg

Scott Setterberg
Scott Setterberg


deferred-media video{ object-fit: cover !important; }