Colors of Costa Rica Photo Tour

Catarata Celestial, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a magical paradise featuring staggering natural beauty and incredible biodiversity. The all-inclusive Colors of Costa Rica photo tour focuses on those features and explores verdant locations throughout the expansive Central Valley and Northern Zone. We photograph spectacular rainforest waterfalls, vibrant rivers, shimmering lakes, breathtaking tropical sunsets, and an animal sanctuary that’s home to several species of birds, butterflies, monkeys, jungle cats, sloths, frogs, snakes, and more. 

With only 6 spots available, you will improve your photo skills with personalized, professional photography instruction, and enhance your digital workflow and editing skills with one-on-one post processing instruction. You will use various exposure techniques and filters and learn ways to improve your compositions. You will do some focus stacking, HDR processing, and image reviews, as well. You will also rest well in award-winning hotels, enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine, travel comfortably in private transportation, and have a ton of fun!

I have lived in and explored Costa Rica extensively for the last 12 years and know the country and locations extremely well.  Joining us is my good friend and professional Costa Rican nature guide who is licensed with the Costa Rica Institute of Tourism.  He speaks perfect English, and you will learn about Costa Rica's biodiversity, ecosystems, flora and fauna, and history of the country from him.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is a basic understanding of your DSLR, SLR, or mirrorless camera.

What's Included
Professional photography and post processing instruction, professional nature guide, location expertise, all hotels, all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, private transportation including to and from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), and all location fees.  

What's Not Included
Airfare to and from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), travel insurance, gratuities to instructor and guide, alcoholic beverages, and laundry service.

Physical Requirements
Participation requires that travelers be able to walk unassisted for two miles over uneven, potentially muddy and slippery trails, and up-and-down inclines with moderate altitude gain. There are hikes over a variety of terrain including pavement, gravel, and dirt trails with large roots, rocks, and stairs. Heat and humidity could be high in some locations and daily excursions can be more difficult during inclement weather.


Day 1 - Arrive in Costa Rica  

A representative from ColorTexturePhotoTours will meet you at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and transfer you to our first luxurious hotel. At the hotel, our tour leader will greet you and get you settled comfortably into your room. Once all tour participants have arrived at the hotel, we will have a delicious welcome dinner

Note: P
lease schedule your flight arrival between 11A - 2P CST.

Alta Las Palomas, Costa Rica


Day 2 - La Paz Waterfall Gardens  
After breakfast, we will travel by private transfer to photograph a series of fantastic waterfalls and a variety of butterflies, birds, frogs, monkeys, jungle cats, and other Costa Rica wildlife at La Paz Waterfall Gardens (Cataratas La Paz). We will have lunch at a restaurant on location and shoot throughout the afternoon. After shooting, we will travel to La Fortuna and check into our next incredible hotel and have another great dinnerCheck out this blog post for more information about La Paz Waterfall Gardens. 

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica

Day 3 - Bajos del Toro
After breakfast, post processing instruction, and image reviews, we will travel by private transfer to the rural cloud forest of Bajos del Toro and photograph Catarata Celestial and Bajos del Toro (Catarata del Toro or Catarata Bajos del Toro).  Catarata Celestial is a gorgeous cascade in a lush jungle setting that drops into a vibrant sky blue pool, and Bajos del Toro is one of the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica that plunges 300 feet into an ancient volcano crater.  At Catarata Bajos del Toro, there are beautiful gardens packed full of orchids, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and sometimes howler monkeys can be seen on the trail leading to the bottom of the falls.  After shooting, we will travel back to the hotel for another savory dinner. For more information about Bajos del Toro, read this blog post

Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

Day 4 - La Fortuna / Lake Arenal
After breakfast, we will depart by private transfer to Catarata La Fortuna, one of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica. After shooting away the morning and having lunch at an excellent restaurant, we will travel to a private farm and photograph vibrant poison dart frogs and sloths. Afterwards, we will travel to stunning Lake Arenal, photograph a few jungle streams, and a gorgeous tropical sunset before returning to our hotel for another delicious dinner. Check out this blog post for more information about La Fortuna.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Day 5 - Rio Celeste
After breakfast, we will travel by private transfer to Tenorio Volcano National Park and photograph the magnificent turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste Waterfall (Catarata Rio Celeste). Rio Celeste is Costa Rica's most iconic waterfall, and we will spend the morning shooting, then have an excellent lunch on location, and travel back to La Fortuna for another tropical sunset.  Afterwards, we'll return to the hotel and enjoy our final dinner.  For more information about Rio Celeste, read this blog post

Rio Celeste, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Day 6 - Depart Costa Rica 
After breakfast, we will travel by private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), where you will catch your flight home or continue exploring Costa Rica on your own.

Note: Please schedule your flight departure no earlier than 1P.

SJO Airport