Costa Rica is a magical paradise showcasing staggering natural beauty and incredible biodiversity. On the fantastic, all-inclusive Colors of Costa Rica photography tour, we explore verdant locations in the expansive Central Valley and rural Northern Zone. We photograph shimmering lakes, spectacular rainforest waterfalls, misty cloud forests, vibrant rivers, breathtaking tropical sunsets, and a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to several species of birds, butterflies, monkeys, jungle cats, frogs, snakes, and more.
With only 4 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 Lightroom instruction. You will use various exposure techniques, neutral density and graduated filters, and learn ways to improve your compositions. You will do some focus stacking, HDR processing, and image reviews, as well. Aside from the technical stuff, you will rest well in award-winning hotels, enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine, and travel comfortably in private transportation. You will also learn about Costa Rica's extraordinary biodiversity, ecosystems, and history from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide.
Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is a basic understanding of your DSLR, SLR, or mirrorless camera.
Professional photography and Lightroom instruction, professional nature guide, location expertise, all hotels, all meals, private transportation (including to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport), and all location fees.
What's Not Included
Airfare to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport, travel insurance, tips to bartenders, bellhops, cleaning staff, drivers, and guides, alcoholic beverages, laundry service, and souvenirs.
Participation requires that travelers be able to walk unassisted for three 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. Travelers should be aware that 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 San 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: Please schedule your flight arrival between 3P - 5P CST.
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 hotel and have another great dinner. Check out this blog post for more information about La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Day 3 - Bajos del Toro
After breakfast we will travel by private transfer to photograph Bajos del Toro (Catarata del Toro or Catarata Bajos del Toro), one of the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica that plunges 300+ feet into an ancient volcano crater. Besides the awe-inspiring rainforest waterfall, there are many walking trails and beautiful gardens packed full of incredible orchids, hummingbirds, and butterflies, as well as monkeys 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.