Photo by: Kathy Adams Clark
Location: Costa Rica
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Costa Rica New Itinerary

  • New itinerary Liberia to San Jose.
  • Guided by Professional Photo Leader Kathy Adams Clark & Naturalist Gary Clark.
  • Maximum of twelve participants.
  • Local cultural guide specializing in wildlife, birds, and photography.
  • Specially chosen birding lodges by Kathy & Gary in the Tenorio Volcano National Park and Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, with group excursions for bird and night photography.
  • Visit the less traveled northern Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica with a lovely resort and spa as your base.
  • Photograph from some of the best photo blinds in Sarapiqui.
Region

Latin America and Caribbean

Destination

Costa Rica

Dates

March 6-15, 2020

Duration

9 days

$4595

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5-8 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $745.

Tour Overview

Enjoy this specially designed photo tour of Costa Rica with Kathy & Gary to explore a new birding lodge. Those of you who have had the pleasure to meet Willy Alfaro, will enjoy his company as well, as you explore the Maquenque Eco lodge, which he highly recommends. Rest assured your guides will get you to the right places at the right time.

The northern reaches of Costa Rica offer a wide variety of natural treasures. There are roaring monkeys, hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, crocodiles,...

Enjoy this specially designed photo tour of Costa Rica with Kathy & Gary to explore a new birding lodge. Those of you who have had the pleasure to meet Willy Alfaro, will enjoy his company as well, as you explore the Maquenque Eco lodge, which he highly recommends. Rest assured your guides will get you to the right places at the right time.

The northern reaches of Costa Rica offer a wide variety of natural treasures. There are roaring monkeys, hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, crocodiles, and iguanas plus deep jungles. There are pristine rivers and volcanoes. The diversity of wildlife on this trip makes it a special adventure for photographers, naturalists, and nature lovers. Travel to two new birding lodges in the North of Costa Rica, one located close to the Nicaraguan border. You will concentrate on bird photography for ten days as you travel with your guides and explore the grounds and hiking trails in each area.

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark

Your local guide is great. I love his knowledge and talks about the country, the ecosystems, and the geology of Costa Rica. He is a great birder too. Kathy’s instruction was the right amount for me. The boat trip down the San Juan River was different and a good excursion to take. I would definitely go on a trip again with Kathy, especially if the focus is photographing wildlife, nature or birds.

— B Finocchio

So many good experiences, good hotels and ecolodges for birds, great food everywhere, each location had specialties that made it well worth the travel. Every trip has special moments, and this trip had many!!!

— B. Hamilton

I had a wonderful time on the trip to Costa Rica with Kathy & Gary Clark, got some amazing pictures that I never dreamed I could have done, learned so so much and thoroughly enjoyed all the places we stayed….. I would love to go on another trip at some point.

— M. Salkowski

Kathy provided lots of very helpful one-on-one attention and advice. Very knowledgeable on birds as well as photography. And very pleasant to travel with. Logistics were very smoothly handled, and your local guide was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, terrific at spotting and identifying birds and other wildlife.

— D.BREWER

I learned so much from Kathy Adams Clark that I feel I have more tools to become a better photographer. Kathy is just delightful as a person and a great teacher! The amount of knowledge your local guide knows and imparted certainly made the tour richer as I learned much about birds and plants. He was delightful. By in large the whole trip was beautiful. Every place we went opened up a world I had not seen and enjoyed.

— J. Karel

Kathy is always good, but she went the extra mile. She assisted me in getting the best hummingbird photo’s I have ever taken. I particularly appreciated all the time and effort Kathy spent in setting up lights and backgrounds to enable us to get wonderful hummingbird shots. Results were fantastic. Great trip!!!

— J. Braud

Lots of very helpful one-on-one attention and advice. Very knowledgeable on birds as well as photography. And very pleasant to travel with. Logistics of tour were smoothly handled. Kathy was a 10!!

— D. Brewer

Everywhere we went was a highlight. Every place had something special. Kathy was a 10+, she was always there to give photo suggestions, help with equipment and locating things to photograph. She is an excellent teacher!

— B & R Nelson

Excellent attention to detail, with the perfect leader and guide for the trip.

— A. Mueller

The trip was amazing and seamless!!!

— D. Pando

I love Costa Rica and your operations provide for a great trip. I never wanted for anything!

— C. Weber

Tour Itinerary

March 6: Home-Liberia

Your Costa Rican adventure begins today as you board your flight to Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be transported to the hotel.

Stay at a lovely mountain resort & spa, secluded in the picturesque mountains of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. It is a perfect place to stay in Guanacaste. All rooms have independent decks or balconies with great mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. The climate couldn’t be better thanks to its proximity to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, one of the most remarkable National Parks in Costa Rica, that combines the Guanacaste dry and sunny weather with the fresh air of the mountains. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Kathy photographing flowers, birds, insects, roosting bats, monkeys, and other things of interest. Overnight Guanacaste Region (D)

PLEASE NOTE: Your flights will need to be booked multi-city, home/Liberia, San Jose/home.

March 7: Guanacaste Region

Explore the grounds with your camera looking for white-throated magpie-jay, blue-crowned motmot, orange-chinned parakeets and more. This quiet location gives you a chance to learn the sounds of the rufous-naped wren as well as capture photos of this perky bird. Natural hot springs, thermal pools, and jungle waterfalls, are just some of the many natural attractions you will be able to photograph during your stay. The afternoon will be free to explore the grounds, swim, or chase birds with your camera. Overnight Guanacaste Region (B, L, D)

March 8-10: Tenorio Volcano National Park

This morning the group will depart for the Rio Celeste region of Costa Rica. Your lodge is nestled amidst the volcanoes, opening the doors to the astonishing Rio Celeste and the trail of the National Park Volcano Tenorio. Set in what seems a movie scene, Rio Celeste is the encounter of two rivers that magically change color into vibrant tones of blue, captivating visitors who are already impressed by the raw beauty of the surrounding nature. Hot springs and waterfalls, abundant flora and fauna add to the magnificence of the landscape.

This is a birdwatcher’s paradise, being located in the heart of the Tenorio-Miravalles Biological Corridor, an area that links the Lake Nicaragua in the north to the delta of the Tempisque River (Costa Rica) in the south. Your guides will take your group through the grounds looking for tody motmot, great curassow, and maybe an umbrella bird or three-wattled bellbird. Enjoy an evening photo shoot with a naturalist from the lodge. Overnight Tenorio (B, L, D each day)

March 11-12: Maquenque

Drive further east today to a 150-acre nature reserve located just north of Boca Tapada. San Carlos is the site of your eco-lodge, set within the Northern lowlands region of Costa Rica where there are several National Parks. The new Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge preserves nearly 150,000 acres of vital rainforest habitat.

The lodge caters to travelers who want simple, comfortable accommodations set within the heart of nature. The group will photograph at the lodge’s feeders as golden-hooded tanager, blue-gray tanager, and blue dacnis pose on natural perches and feed on fruit. Agami heron and sunbittern are also possible to photograph on self-guided trails that wind through forests, around ponds, and near rivers. Currently, more than 410 species of birds, including the great green macaw and scarlet macaw have been identified. The lodge has a botanical garden, a frog and reptile garden plus a swimming pool. Additionally, the property is part of a famous bird migration route, which allows guests to easily search for an array of splendid birds passing through the area.

Your last day at the lodge take a journey downstream. Photograph crocodiles, turtles, bats, herons, kingfisher, king vulture and many more species. You will arrive at the border with Nicaragua (Río San Juan). Visit the town of Boca San Carlos where there will be opportunity to see the town, and its lifestyle. Back at the lodge we have arranged guided bird watching and night photography walk for your group. Overnight Maquenque (B, L, D both days)

March 13: Sarapiqui Area

Photography begins the next morning with sunrise in the gardens, at the feeders, or along the walkway. After breakfast, load your luggage and return to your motor coach.

In the afternoon we will be in the Sarapiqui area, this region is one of the most exuberant and luscious places in Costa Rica, especially with respect to the rainforest. It is named after a river and rests at the base of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. We will visit Dave & Dave’s Eco-Observatory, consisting of three-covered open-air observation decks for world-class photography. Enjoy a spectacular display of beautifully colored Costa Rica birds as they perch just feet away. Over 215 bird species exist here including the Keel-billed Toucan, Crimson-collard Tangaer, and the White-necked Jacobin. After a three-hour photo session here, explore the property trails for additional photo opportunities. Overnight Sarapiqui (B, L, D)

March 14: San Jose

After breakfast this morning check out and return to Dave & Dave’s for another photo shoot. The program returns here this morning to capture the bird and wildlife in different light and activity levels. The mission of the park is to promote environmental awareness through exciting up-close and personal encounters with nature. Bringing insights and appreciation for the vital role reforestation plays on the environment.

Driving south you will reach your hotel in San Jose in time for your farewell dinner. Enjoy the grounds at dusk and early tomorrow morning before your departure. The hotel offers excellent accommodations and superb service in a suburban village setting. The rooms feature native woods, tiled bathrooms, and balconies offering marvelous views of the mountains or the city skyline. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight San Jose (B,L,D).

March 15: Home

Enjoy your last morning at the lodge, traveling to San Jose (SJO) Airport in time for flights home. (B)