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Pura Vida Costa Rica

Photo Tour Costa Rica

Pura Vida Costa Rica

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Photo Tour Costa Rica

On this photo tour you will discover the incredible beauty of Costa Rica’s tropical flora and fauna during the green season. We bring you away from the tourist crowds to the best photo spots and rummage for the special animal inhabitants and exotic plants in the jungle. You will discover on this photo tour imposing mountain massifs with impressive volcanoes, endless jungle landscapes and a species-rich and special animal world. Varied and exciting photos with fascinating light moods are guaranteed.

The small country in Central America lies between Nicaragua and Panama and is nestled between the Caribbean and Pacific Seas. Costa Rica means “rich coast” and is often referred to as the Switzerland of Central America due to its neutrality. The country is definitely rich in nature and wildlife experiences, it is very diverse and offers a good infrastructure. In addition, it is very mountainous and most of the landscape is at an altitude between 900 and 1’800 metres above sea level.

The fauna and flora in Costa Rica is exceptional and extremely diverse. A full 6% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in this small Central American country. The protection of nature and sustainability is therefore of great importance.

Do not miss this special jungle experience and join us with your camera to the natural beauty of Costa Rica to experience the “Pura Vida”. The tropical country will deeply impress you.

18 - 30 September 2024 (filling fast)

13 nights / 12 days from/to San José

Maximum 8 persons

Supervision by 1 professional photographer and 1 local photo and nature guide (German and English-speaking photo tour guidance)

Photographic highlights on this photo tour Costa Rica

  • You will take photos of Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife and, with a bit of luck, have parrots, hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys, sloths, frogs and many more animals in front of your lens.
  • Thanks to special facilities and flash installations, great wildlife photography is guaranteed on this photo tour.
  • You will photograph the Arenal Volcano, which is considered the youngest and most active volcano in Costa Rica.
  • On this photo tour you will visit Tortuguero National Park, which is a popular nesting site for sea turtles and inhabited by numerous other animal species.
  • You will stay in comfortable accommodations which focuses on sustainability and are surrounded by beautiful nature.
  • On this photo tour you will enjoy the great variety of fine local food.
  • You will travel through Costa Rica in the low season and enjoy varied light moods away from the tourist crowds.

Photo Guides

Paulo Valerio Costa Rica

Paulo Valerio

Local Photo Guide

Thomas Brühlmann

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Foto Guide

Price & Services

18 – 30 September 2024

CHF 7’590.- | Price per person in double room (double occupancy)
CHF 8’340.- | Price per person in single room

Included in the price

Photo guidance by renowned professional photographer

Accompaniment by local photo and nature guide

Photo tour guiding in German and English

12 overnight stays in comfortable and nature-oriented accommodation

Full board

Transfer from / to the airport San José with the flight connections recommended by us

Transfer to the photo locations on site in a comfortable minibus with air-conditioning

Special equipment with several flash units to photograph hummingbirds

Private boat trips

Entrance fees for all activities

Intensive supervision and instruction by the workshop leaders

Comprehensive travel documents

Not included in the price

Individual arrival and return journey to/from San José

Dinner on day 1

Alcoholic drinks

Personal expenses, snacks, souvenirs etc.

Gratuities

Any airport taxes and charges

Cancellation insurance, travel insurance

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What our clients say

Sabine

On the Pantanal trip in July 2023, the biodiversity impressed me the most. The jaguars were great, lying in wait for caimans along the rivers and swimming across the river in front of us. Beautiful animals! But also impressive were the giant otters, which even put a jaguar to flight. We also encountered a swimming tapir. The many bird species - kingfishers, herons, giant storks, hawks, cormorants, etc. - always offered great motifs. - offered great motifs again and again. We were competently accompanied by Thomas and Marcos, who shared a lot of his knowledge about the animals with us. Everything was well organised. A rewarding trip!

Photo Tour Pantanal, July 2023

Susanne

We had to wait a long time before we could finally travel to Patagonia. But it was worth it in every respect. What an incredible 10 days we experienced in this unique landscape! Perfectly guided by Thomas Brühlmann, Cristina Harboe and the other local guides, we were able to let off steam photographically. But the highlight was definitely the 3 days of puma tracking. Here we were able to benefit from Rodrigo Moraga's many years of knowledge and photograph the animals at almost arm's length. I would love to go there again right away!

Photo Tour Patagonia, April 2023

Bill

Amazing experience!! Thank you Amazing Views and Daisy G Gilardini for a top line photography experience. Daisy’s experience and helpfulness, her passion for a great photography experience made this trip so special. She is as genuine and nice as I hoped her to be and her professionalism is outstanding!

Polar Bear Safari, Churchill October 2022

Wendy

Our Churchill polar bear experience was incredible. Our photo guide taught us all so much and was able to help us all make sure to get some amazing photographs. I loved this trip so much that I am thinking about going back next year. Worth every penny!

Polar Bear Safari, Churchill October 2022

Josy

New York - I would never have thought that I would be so fascinated to discover a new kind of photography in the midst of a crowd of people. To document a city in black and white under professional guidance is simply just so much fun!

Street Photography New York, November 2019

Alexander

Amazing Views is really worth of its name on this fantastic journey into the beauty and wilderness of Alaska! Starting with a variety of animals that we could observe, great landscapes and unique excursions...you went from one highlight to the next and when you thought: "More is not possible", the next highlight of the trip already came. Playing brown bear teenagers, who came a little bit closer, bald eagles in flight and very photogenic in the treetop, otters, seals, dolphins, whales, moose, foxes, caribous, black bears, beavers, puffins and much more we were allowed to admire and photograph in the animal kingdom. Among the landscapes, there were unique (early) morning moods, glaciers and lakes, foggy valleys and as a special gift, Mount Denali with all its splendour. And all this on land, on water and from the air. A memorable experience and a very special trip, with great people and the perfect organization and support by Thomas and Jeff! With Amazing Views anytime again. Thanks to the whole team!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Erwin & Pia

Alaska had been in the back of my mind for many years because of its vast photographic possibilities. Finally it worked out and we experienced such a unforgettable journey of superlatives. During our various trips to USA and also Canada we were constantly accompanied by warning signs for moss crossing, but never got to see one. Jeff and Thomas, especially Pia, were finally able to fulfil our wish and we experienced a wonderful morning in a moose area near Anchorage and were able to take pictures of the animals at close range. An unforgettable experience that we will never forget. To go into all the other highlights would go beyond the scope here. We are grateful that we were able to experience all this at our age.

Photo tour Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Urs

The Alaska Into the wild photo tour was fantastic. Bears, sea otters, moose, caribous and much more could be photographed at close range. The trip was not limited to wildlife and landscape photography was not neglected. Special thanks to Jeff Schultz. His knowledge, experience and helpfulness made the trip an unforgettable experience. I can only recommend this photo tour!

Into the Wild, August 2019

Cindi

WOW! It was sensory overload and I'm still processing everything that I saw and experienced. I just finished doing a first look at my photos (over 12,000) and am re-living the exceptional tour. Accommodations, food, leadership and the weather (most of the time) were the best possible. So many bears and so close. Seeing all of Denali for several days was a minor miracle. Flying up to it is beyond words. How can I describe the thrill of the helicopter ride to the glaciers, the boat trip on Prince William Sound with all the wildlife we saw and its gorgeous scenery, Lake Clark with its many bears and their crazy behavior, Denali Camp with its pristine beauty, gourmet food, much wildlife and the crazy road getting there? And the group I was with became instant friends of mine who I already miss. It was a trip I'll remember the rest of my life. Thank you, Amazing Views!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Silke

Alaska - Into the wild was an unforgettable journey for me, even though I don't photograph at all. Highlights after highlights, breath-taking landscapes alternated with incredible animal encounters. We saw bears, moose, sea otters, porpoises, humpback whales....., some of them from close range. In addition, the organisation both before and on site was excellent, the accommodations were great and with Jeff Schultz we had a photographer at our side who was not only familiar with the area and always friendly and helpful, but also made many experiences possible for us through his knowledge and experience. Although I was a bit sceptical in advance if this trip is really recommendable for non-photographers, I did not regret my participation in the trip for a minute and I firmly believe that this was not my last trip with Amazing Views.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Dorina

I am still completely blown away that I had a chance to experience this breath-taking, wild beauty of nature. And watching the King of the Arctic in his natural environment is the crowning glory. This trip was rounded off by perfect organisation and execution, first class food, super nice crew and really great tips from the experienced nature photographer Daisy Gilardini and Thomas from Amazing Views, who delivered a perfect all-round carefree package for me. Sorry Thomas, if I have to repeat myself again and again: THANK YOU VERY MUCH to you and Jennifer for making such trips possible!!! I would like to be part of this journey once again.

Spitsbergen, April 2019

Bill

The polar bear photo safari with Daisy was a once in a lifetime wonder. Seeing a polar bear and her cubs emerge from their den and later begin their long journey to the Bay was more emotional than I expected. This was the best wildlife experience I have ever had.

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March 2019

Stefanie

I learned to appreciate Daisy very much, not only as a photographer, but also as a person. Once in a lifetime experience, got a deep insight into the polar bear family life, got to admire the polar bears and fluffy, cute cubs playing in the snow! Among the many photos there are some really great pictures, which thanks to Daisy. It was a pleasure. Thanks a lot for the great days!

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March 2019

Urs

Despite initial doubts about weather conditions (cold / wind) and hand baggage regulations of the US companies, the whole trip proved to be an excellent opportunity to follow & observe a polar bear mother. Thanks to the peace and quiet and support from Daisy who made that possible. The outermost cold protection suits including shoes were great. An impressive experience that will stay vivid for a long time.

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March

Christoph

The tours are always super organized by Jennifer and Thomas! I especially liked this tour, because you experience the nature of South Africa and Botswana in its unspoiled form. The animals are not on display, you have to look for them / discover them. But you get to see all the animals, up close and personal. Also, the season with occasional thunderstorms and wildflower carpets has its special charm. Absolutely recommended!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

Alaska - Into the Wild was very much to our liking, it was a scenically and photographically varied trip. There is something for everyone, whether on land, from the air or on the water. Unbelievable landscapes, a fantastic sunrises and animal encounters (especially the bears) that you won't forget so quickly. Jeff Schultz is a wonderful photo travel companion; warm, calm, patient and always helpful. A really great person and perfect choice.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2018

Doris

I had a dream, and it came true! Svalbard with Jenny and Daisy can hardly be 'topped'. The organisation- incl. consideration of my 'special handicaps' was just great. In addition, the team on board was extremely customer oriented. Thus we experienced indescribable photo events from day to day.

Spitsbergen, June / July 2018

Philip & Barbara

The trip to Spitsbergen with its unspoilt landscape, abundance of animals and the fascinating play of lights was a matter of the heart. We were able to experience a lot on this perfectly organized trip. The accommodation on the ship was perfect and the excursion mode fully met our taste. Among the many photos there are a few great pictures, which are a joy thanks to Jenny and Daisy. Many thanks for the great days Philipp & Barbara.

Svalbard, June / July 2018

Carola

Svalbard, Arctic, polar bears, glaciers, walruses, birds, and pure nature. This trip is unforgettable, but not only because of the nature, the animal and bird life and the silence and tranquillity of this area, but also because of the amazing view and One Ocean. Everything just fits: the ship, the crew, the staff of One Ocean, who left no question unanswered, were always helpful, cheerful and obliging. Especially THANKS to Jenny Brühlmann and Daisy Gilardini. Not only do they have a profound knowledge of photography and the area, they are also very good at communicating it, and they managed to turn me from a non-photographer to a proud owner of a camera and have total fun taking pictures. I have learned to appreciate both of them very much, not only as photographers and tour guides, but also as people.

Spitsbergen, June / July 2018
  • Departure
    18.09.2024
  • Return Time
    30.09.2024
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Day 1: Arrival in San José

You travel individually to San José airport. We will be happy to advise you with the appropriate flight connection in good time before your trip. After your arrival, you will be driven directly to our first accommodation, which is located near the capital San José.
After check-in, you will have time to recover from your journey. In the beautiful garden of the hotel you can photograph the first beautiful orchids and tropical flowers.
Overnight stay in San José.
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Day 2: On the road to Sarapiqui Region

After breakfast, you will meet your local photo guide. You check out of the hotel and make your way to the Sarapiqui region. This region is located in the north-east of Costa Rica and is known for the cultivation of bananas, cacao and coffee. In recent years, it has developed into an exciting eco-tourism region.
On the way, you will reach a farm that is home for free-flying macaws. With a bit of luck, you will get great photos of the colourful parrots. After lunch, continue to your accommodation and check-in. After dinner, you have the option of taking part in a guided night walk.
Overnight stay in Sarapiqui.
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Day 3: Further to Tortuguero

After breakfast, you will travel on to the village of Tortuguero, which can be reached only by water. On the way there is a photo stop to photograph toucans and other tropical birds. Soon you will reach the harbour. On the boat trip to Tortuguero you enjoy the beautiful natural landscape and take great photos.
Upon arrival in Tortuguero, you will have some time to rest and individually explore the tropical surroundings of the accommodation.
Afterwards dinner and overnight in Tortuguero.
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Days 4 & 5: Exploring Tortuguero

The next two days you will discover the spectacular flora and fauna in Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero National Park is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the province of Limón. Tortuguero translates as "place where the turtles come". The beach of Tortuguero is a popular nesting site for sea turtles. The Tortuguero National Park however also provides a habitat for a variety of other animals, such as howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys and sloths.
You will be discovering Tortuguero National Park on foot and by boat, and also explore the village with your camera. You will be guided to the most photogenic spots at the best time. We adapt the daily programme to the weather conditions to get the most out of your stay.
In between our photo sessions, you will have time to relax a little. It's worth taking a stroll through the accommodation's beautiful garden. With a bit of luck you will find monkeys, lizards, insects and other animals here. If you wish, you can also take part in photo sessions and short tutorials.
Overnight stay in Tortuguero.
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Day 6: The journey continues to Arenal

After breakfast, you check out and take the boat back to the port. You change to the minibus and continue to Arenal Volcano. This volcano is the most active and youngest in Costa Rica and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Since the beginning of the active phase in 1968, it has continuously spewed lava and there have been glowing lava flows. Recently, the volcano has become somewhat quieter.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at your accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay in the Arenal Volcano area.
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Days 7 & 8: Discovering the Arenal Volcano

You will spend the next two days around Arenal Volcano, photographing it in the best light at different times of the day. You will also discover the breathtaking wildlife of the region and take great photos of frogs, snakes and lizards. You will be supported in your search for the small creatures and thanks to creative lighting you will succeed in taking exciting macro photos.
You will also walk around the huge area of the accommodation in search of wildlife. At the feeding stations you are sure to get great shots of the Montezuma Hornbill. From numerous vantage points, look out for monkeys, the rusty-bellied guan and the collared macaw. There is even a waterfall on the grounds of the accommodation.
Overnight stay and dinner in the Arenal Volcano area.
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Day 9: Journey continues to the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota

After breakfast, you will check out. You will then travel on to a small town located at the foot of the imposing Talamanca mountain range. The highest point of the mountain range is the Cerro de la Muerte. At 3'451, this mountain is also the highest point on the Pan-American Highway. In this jungle region you will experience a breathtaking diversity of species. You will photograph the unique tropical biodiversity with rushing mountain streams, fresh cool air, orchids and moss-covered trees.
Upon arrival, you check in to our lodge. At sunset, take great photos of hummingbirds coming to the feeders to drink.
Dinner and overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
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Days 10 & 11: On the road in the jungle of the cloud forest

The next two days you will discover the amazing biodiversity of the Cerro de la Muerte region with your camera. We will take you to the best photo spots to take great photos of the beautiful Quetzal and highland hummingbirds. For photography of a wide variety of colourful birds, our local photo guide will take you to the best locations. Thanks to special equipment and the right camera settings, you will get great photos of these beautiful animals.
Dinner and overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
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Day 12: Return to San José

After a final photo session around the accommodation in the morning, breakfast awaits you. Afterwards check-out and drive to San José. On the way there will be a break for lunch. After check-in, you will have time to rest a bit and take some last shots of Costa Rica's tropical flora and fauna in the garden.
Dinner and overnight in San José.
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Day 13: End of the photo tour and departure from San José

On our last day, you will check out after breakfast together. Afterwards, you will be transferred to San José airport for your individual journey home or onwards.

Accommodation

On this photo tour Costa Rica you will stay in comfortable and cosy middle-class hotels that focus on sustainability. All accommodations are located in a natural environment.

San José 

This comfortable hotel is located in a suburb of San José in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden area. The rooms are generously designed and have a sitting area, TV and bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, fitness room and pool.

Sarapiqui

The hotel is located in the Sarapiqui rainforest and is an ecological paradise. The rooms are comfortably furnished and have TV, bathroom and a balcony with a view of the garden. There are three different pools and there is a walking trail through the accommodation's forest on the premises. Local and international dishes are served in the restaurant.

Tortuguero

This Caribbean-style accommodation is located in Tortuguero National Park and is designed in harmony with nature. Surrounded by mighty trees and beautiful nature, the rooms and bungalows are generously built. They are comfortably furnished with wooden and bamboo furniture and offer a fan and bathroom. The hotel has a pool and a restaurant.

Arenal Volcano

Our accommodation near Arenal Volcano is located on a huge area in the middle of the national park. It is surrounded by a beautiful rainforest with rivers and waterfalls. You can discover the fascinating natural landscape of the accommodation on numerous hiking trails. The comfortable rooms are spread over different buildings. They offer a spacious sleeping area with desk and safe and a bathroom. After our photo sessions, relax by the pool or in the spa and enjoy fine food in the accommodation's restaurant.

San Gerardo de Dota

This accommodation is located in the middle of a forest reserve that is respected and protected. The comfortable rooms are cosily furnished with bathroom and a view of nature. The restaurant offers fine food and you can relax in the spa area.

Costa Rica in September

September is the rainy season in most of Costa Rica. However, it rains mainly on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and the amount of rain increases from north to south along this coast.
We have deliberately chosen September as the travel time to show you Costa Rica at the best time of the Green Season and to guide you through the country away from the tourist crowds. We will definitely have rain on this tour, but rain is part of Costa Rica, because without it the country would not be so incredibly beautiful green. After the rain, the air is always beautifully clear, the waterfalls are impressive and the colours in nature are saturated. Great light moods are guaranteed in September and you will succeed in taking beautiful pictures.
The temperatures in Costa Rica in September range between 15 and 30 degrees, depending on the region. It is the perfect temperature to explore the beauty of Costa Rica without it being too hot or too cold.

The forces of nature

It is precisely the forces of nature that make Costa Rica a very special destination. Costa Rica consists of numerous volcanoes. Some of them are still active, others are no longer. In the event of a volcanic eruption, it can sometimes happen that there are delays at the airport.
The country lies in a hurricane-prone zone. Thanks to its geographical location south of the hurricane belt, the risk of a hurricane in Costa Rica is low and the country is rarely hit by a hurricane. However, during the hurricane season between June and October, flooding can sometimes occur due to hurricane foothills. Roads or bridges may then be impassable and closed. This sometimes even affects the Caribbean coast, which is actually sunny at this time of year.
In Costa Rica, earthquakes are to be expected at any time, especially in the region around San José, but also in other parts of the country. Small earthquakes occur frequently in Costa Rica. Most of them, however, go unnoticed.
Our local guide is of course very familiar with these forces of nature. Our daily programme is adapted to the current weather conditions and our route is changed slightly if necessary to get the most out of our photo trip.

Clothing

The weather is very changeable in September and can even be chilly. Sun, rain and wind alternate. It is best to just let the weather come to you and pack a good mix of clothes.
We recommend breathable functional clothing using the onion principle, which transports sweat to the outside without losing heat and dries quickly.
Also important are well-worn hiking boots with appropriate tread soles. You should definitely pack rain jacket and rain trousers with you.

Photo Tour itinerary

We will arrange the exact daily programme on site at short notice in order to be able to respond to the respective weather and light conditions.
In between, there will always be some free time to rest a little, to explore the surroundings individually or, if desired, to take part in image discussions and tutorials.

Fitness

The trip is not very physically demanding. However, you should be fit enough to participate in smaller hikes to the photo locations. Depending on the weather, we will also hike up a bit to beautiful viewpoints with the photo equipment.

Half of the double room

Single travellers can register for half a double room. If no second guest registers to share the room, the single supplement will apply.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you take out cancellation insurance and return travel insurance, which covers evacuation, local hospitalisation and return travel costs to Switzerland in the event of an emergency.

Travel advice FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) regularly publishes information on countries in which there are possible security or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own sources of information, which are considered to be trustworthy. This travel advice can be accessed via the FDFA website: www.eda.admin.ch

GTC

The General Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as any other provisions listed in the detailed description of the tour.

Changes in prices

Prices are subject to change (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations).

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Beauty of Nature Costa Rica

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