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COSTA RICA

TOUR DETAILS

Join us on an amazing instructional workshop in this tropical bird heaven full of photo opportunities, learnings, and techniques to take your bird photography to the next level. Award-winning wildlife photographer Supreet Sahoo has worked with bird photographers across all levels to deliver some of the most successful workshops in all of Latin America and beyond. 

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Date 

Cost

Location Type 

Difficulty Level

Nov 18 - 27, 2023 
April 2nd – 11th 2024

$4850, Single $500

Rainforest/Cloudforest

Easy

GALLERY

RECOMMENDED GEAR

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  • Telephoto lens 500 mm or longer

  • Minimum 2 camera bodies

  • Wide angle lens

  • Macro lens 

  • A medium zoom lens like 70-200 mm or 100 - 500mm 

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Flash + better beamer 

  • Rain covers for the camera 

  • Diffuser

  • Release cable ​

WORKSHOP ITINERARY 

Day 1 - Arrival at SJO International Airport in Costa Rica

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to our hotel in San Jose in a private van. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic.

Day 2 – Drive to the Talamanca Highlands: Hummingbirds & Quetzal Tour. After an early breakfast, we will make our way up to the Talamanca Highlands.  The drive to the highlands is approximately 2 hours long but we will first make a stop at Paraiso Quetzal lodge where we will spend most of the morning photographing hummingbirds in a multi-flash setup and in natural light. Some of the species of hummingbirds we will encounter on this day are the Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Lesser Violetear, Talamanca Hummingbird, Volcano Hummingbird & White-throated Mountain-gem.  After lunch, we will go in search of the most sought-after bird in Costa Rica, the Resplendent Quetzal. We will spend close to 3 hours looking for this enigmatic bird at some very reliable spots. After getting some pictures we will continue our journey to the San Gerardo Valley where we will spend the following two nights. 

Day 3 – Quetzal Tour Am – Feeders PM

We will depart the hotel by 5 am with a packed breakfast to go up the mountains for our second chance of getting pictures of the Resplendent Quetzal. Again, we will spend close to 3 hours at this site in hopes of getting excellent pictures. We will return to our hotel for a late breakfast and rest. In the afternoon we will visit a nearby location with hummingbird and tanagers feeders. Flame-colored Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Yellow-thighed Brush-Finch, and Northern Emerald Toucanet are all possible at this site. 

Day 4 – Drive to our lodge in the Caribbean lowlands with one stop at Cinchona feeders

After breakfast, we will check out and start our drive towards the Caribbean lowlands, after crossing San Jose and before descending to the lowlands we will make a stop at some local feeders where we will photograph new species of birds. We will spend what is left of the morning and some of the afternoons at this location, then we will continue our journey to our lodge. Red-headed & Prong-billed Barbets, Crimson Collared Tanager, Common Chlorospingus, Violet Sabrewing, the endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, and more can be photographed here.

Day 5- Full Day Private Property Feeders

After breakfast, we will go on a 40-minute drive to a private property, where we will spend the whole day photographing birds at feeders. Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Golden-hooded Tanager, and Red-legged & Green Honeycreepers are all possible today.

Additionally, there is an optional walk in the forest to look for Spectacled & Crested Owls, with luck some trogons and the cute Honduran White Bats.

We can also do a macro session of poison and glass frogs at this location. 

Day 6 – Full Day Private Feeders

After breakfast, we will drive to a private home where we will photograph birds at feeders.

Crimson-collared, Scarlet-rumped & Dusky-faced Tanagers, Green-honeycreeper, Collared Aracari, and Black-cheeked Woodpecker are just a few of the birds that come to the feeders. Besides we will keep our eyes open as the activity in this yard is usually very good and it can produce birds like Lineated, Smoky, and Golden Olive Woodpeckers, Slaty-tailed & Gartered Trogons, along with White-collared Manakin, and many more! 

Day 7 - Check out and drive to our lodge in the rainforest

After breakfast, we will do the check-out and depart to our next destination, the drive takes only about 2 hours. Once we arrive, we will be photographing from the deck. Yellow-throated & Keel-billed Toucans, Montezuma Oropendola, Brown-hooded Parrots, Red-legged, Green & Shining Honeycreepers, Black-cheeked Woodpeckers, and with luck the very attractive Chestnut-colored Woodpecker are all possible on this day.

Day 8 – Photography from the deck and King Vulture

Before breakfast, we will photograph from the deck and by mid-morning we will go to a hide to photograph the extremely elusive King Vulture. For the rest of the day, we will take pictures from the deck at the lodge. More opportunities for Yellow-throated & Keel-billed Toucans, Montezuma Oropendola, Brown-hooded Parrots, and Red-legged, Green & Shining Honeycreepers. 

Day 9 – Last photography session and departure to San Jose

 Shoot a full morning at the lodge deck and leave before lunch to San Jose

Day 10 - International Departure

Depending on your flight schedule you can have one last Costa Rican breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

INCLUSIONS

  • Lodging as specified.

  • Meals as specified

  • Private transfers to and from hotels on the first and last days

  • Land transportation during the tour

  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.

  • Guide and Photography Skipper services

  • Entrance fees for all described activities.

  • Taxes on all services listed above.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.

  • Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.

  • Visa fees

  • International/personal airfare

  • Insurance

  • Phone calls

  • Laundry

  • Tips/Gratuity 

  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary

FAQ's

How do I book a spot on your tour?
Our photo tour pages have detailed itineraries, costs, species lists, policies, terms & conditions. You should read them carefully, and then contact us via our Contact form or email us at info@tropicalphototours.com 

What are the payment and cancelation terms? 
A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as a booking amount to reserve your spot
• The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
• All figures in USD per person
• Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
• A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees, and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.


If canceled by you? 
More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee. 
60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for the calculation of the cancellation fees. CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year


Do you have an option for single occupancy accommodation, if yes, then what is the cost?
The single occupancy/supplement cost is detailed on the photo tour pages.  

Suppose I am a solo participant and do not wish to opt for a single supplement. How do I go about it? Especially if there is no one ready to share the room.

Since all lodges and hotels bill for double rooms, we are associated with single supplement charges, we will have to book you a single room at the supplement price mentioned for each tour. Alternatively, we can also find a perfect roommate for you based on your gender, age, and interests. If a roommate is not available, a single supplement will be charged. 

 

BOOKING FORM

HOW TO BOOK A TOUR WITH US?

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Complete the registration form above

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Send us your tour deposit

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Book your travel

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We send you the final invoice and additional travel details before the tour dates 

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