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Waterfalls of Costa Rica Photo Tour

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Join us in 2019 and escape the cold days of winter on this exceptional, all-inclusive, 6-day, 5-night, travel photography tour.  Bask in the warm tropical sun and photograph nine spectacular Costa Rica waterfalls, explore four amazing national parks, and immerse yourself in nature photography with stunning landscapes and hundreds of species of flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs, monkeys, sloths, and other Costa Rican wildlife.  Improve your photo skills with personalized, professional photography tips, and relax in luxurious, stylish, and award-winning hotels.  Enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican and gourmet international cuisine and travel in comfort with private and spacious transportation.  Learn about the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica from our licensed, English-speaking nature guide, and pamper yourself with revitalizing massages and spa services courtesy of ColorTexturePhotoTours.  This photo tour is perfect for those with limited time or those who want to do a short photo tour and then continue exploring Costa Rica on their own.  



Day 1 - Arrive in Costa Rica  

A representative from ColorTexturePhotoTours will meet you at San Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer you to our luxurious hotel in Escazu.  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. 

Day 2 - Poas Volcano National Park  
After a leisurely breakfast, we will travel by private transfer to Poas Volcano National Park to photograph a series of fantastic waterfalls and a variety of butterflies, birds, and other 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 back to the hotel in Escazu for another savory dinner.

La Paz Itinerary Grid

Day 3 - Juan Castro Blanco National Park  
After a casual breakfast, we will travel by private transfer to Juan Castro Blanco National Park 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.  Upon arrival, we will have lunch at the on-site restaurant then shoot all afternoon.  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 to Arenal and check into our next amazing hotel and have another great dinner. 

Bajos del Toro Itinerary Grid

Day 4 - Arenal / La Fortuna  
After an early breakfast, we will depart by private transfer to one of two pristine La Fortuna waterfalls, Catarata La Fortuna, one of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica.  After shooting away the morning and having lunch at the excellent on-site restaurant, we will travel to our second location and shoot Danta Waterfall, a wedge-shaped waterfall nestled in the jungle.  Afterwards, we will return to our hotel and have time to edit images before enjoying another delicious dinner.  

La Fortuna Costa Rica Itinerary Grid

Day 5 - Tenorio Volcano National Park  
After an early 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), which by many standards is Costa Rica's most iconic waterfall.  We will spend the morning shooting, then have a typical Costa Rican lunch on location, and travel back to our hotel in Arenal.  Once at the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to enjoy a well-earned, revitalizing massage or spa treatment courtesy of ColorTexturePhotoTours, or edit images before our farewell dinner party.

Rio Celeste Itinerary Grid

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

SJO Airport


Photo Tour Dates & Registration Deadlines  
This photo tour is offered ten times in 2019.  Please check the schedule below for tour dates and registration deadlines.  

Tour #1:  January 14, 2019 - January 19, 2019    

                Registration Deadline: December 1, 2018  

Tour #2:  January 21, 2019 - January 26, 2019  
                Registration Deadline: December 15, 2018  

Tour #3:  January 28, 2019 - February 2, 2019   
                Registration Deadline: December 15, 2018  

Tour #4:  February 16, 2019 - February 21, 2019     
                Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019  

Tour #5:  February 25, 2019 - March 2, 2019    
                Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019     
Tour #6:  March 18, 2019 - March 23, 2019  
                Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019   

Tour #7:  March 25, 2019 - March 30, 2019 
                Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019  

Tour #8:  April 1, 2019 - April 6, 2019  
                Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019  

Tour #9:  April 8, 2019 - April 13, 2019   
                Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019  

Tour 10:  April 22, 2019 - April 27, 2019  
                Registration Deadline: March 15, 2019    

Availability - 6 to 10 Guests Per Tour

Photo Tour Price
$2,995.00 Per Person Until 5 Months Before Start of Each Photo Tour (Check Dates Above).  Based on Double Occupancy.  

$3,295.00 Per Person From 5 Months to Registration Deadlines (Check Dates Above).  Based on Double Occupancy.  

Single Supplement - Add $850.00 
The single supplement applies only to tour participants that prefer their own hotel rooms rather than sharing rooms with another guest. 

What's Included In Photo Tour Price?

Photo tour price includes all hotels in Costa Rica (5 nights), all meals in Costa Rica (14 total), transportation to and from San Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), private transportation within Costa Rica, all park entrance fees, and all nature guide fees.  Photo tour cost does NOT include: airfare to and from Costa Rica, airport departure tax (currently $29.00 and may be included in the price of your plane ticket), travel insurance, tips to bellhops, cleaning staff, drivers, and tour guides, and personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, free day activities, laundry service, phone calls, and souvenirs.  

Payment Schedule   

$1,500.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Due At Booking
(Check Dates Above, Use Corresponding Discount Code TOUR1 or TOUR2 or TOUR3, etc. and Save $300.00 Until 5 Months Before Tour
$1,795.00 Balance Due 31 Days Before Photo Tour

Payment Options  
We accept checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa.  

Cancellations & Refunds  
Deposits are non-refundable.  For refunds, we require that a cancellation request in writing be received 31 days before your photo tour begins. If we receive your written cancellation request 31 days before your photo tour begins, and we can refill your space, we will refund all payments, minus your deposit and any discounts given to refill your space.  If we cannot refill your space, we will refund 50% of all payments, minus your deposit.  No refunds are given, nor cancellations allowed, 30 days or less before your photo tour begins.  No partial refunds are given for unused services.  There is a $50.00 charge for all returned checks.

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.  Travelers should be aware that heat and humidity will be high in some locations and daily excursions can be more difficult during inclement weather.