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Spectacular Sarapiqui

by Scott Setterberg September 17, 2020

Spectacular Sarapiqui

I'm very much missing Costa Rica these days and thought I'd tell you about a spectacular area I was able to scout just before having to return to the United States in March this year.

Sarapiqui is an expansive area in the northern part of the province of Heredia.  Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Sarapiqui is known for sprawling farmland, tropical flowers, abundant wildlife, isolated waterfalls, and rustic bridges.  The massive Sarapiqui River flows through the heart of the region and provides irrigation for farmers, white water rafting for adventurers, and fantastic Costa Rica landscape photography opportunities.

Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica
Sarapiqui is overshadowed by the super popular tourist areas of La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and the Osa Peninsula.  Because it's relatively unknown, locations are sparsely populated, which allows for tremendous photographic freedom.

A somewhat difficult to find location is Pozo Azul, a private property that's famous for its gorgeous waterfall.  The secluded location is known to locals but very few tourists have ever heard of it.  This provides photographers with time and space to explore and be creative without large crowds spoiling images.

Pozo Azul, Costa Rica
Tropical flowers are plentiful in Sarapiqui and this colorful Heliconia, also known as a Parrot Flower, flourishes throughout the region.

Heliconia "Parrot Flower" in Costa Rica
Wildlife thrives in Sarapiqui's tropical climate, and while hiking through the Tirimbina Rainforest Center, a 1500-acre wildlife refuge, I spotted this large, colorful iguana sunbathing on the bank of the Sarapiqui River.

Igauna in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
With the abundance of bridges comes vantage points high above rushing streams of water and opportunities to capture unique compositions like the one below.  

Sarapiqui River in Costa Rica
Sarapiqui is a photographer's paradise, and because I was so enamored with the region, I created a brand new photo tour featuring it.  You can now explore Sarapiqui on the January and February 2021 Costa Rica Landscapes photo tours.  These all-inclusive photo tours are fantastic opportunities to break free of the global lockdown, return to normal, and create fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. 

Because Costa Rica has the lowest COVID rates in all of Latin America, it has already opened its borders to dozens of nations, and will soon be open to tourists from the United States, as well.  Click the banner below to check out the Costa Rica Landscapes itineraries and remember, the normally non-refundable deposit is now 100% refundable, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.  Book your spots today!




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