Costa Rica - A Wildlife Photography Tour

Tour Code: CRI06

A 16-day wildlife photography holiday to Costa Rica's mountains and lowland rainforests led by award-winning wildlife photographer Kevin Elsby.

16 days from £5995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £5245 SRS: £695


 Following a 2-night stay in San José, we head up into the cloudforests of the Talamanca Mountains for a 3-night stay at Savegre Mountain Lodge. Here we hope to photograph such species as Magnificent and Volcano Hummingbirds and we will make a special effort to photograph the Resplendent Quetzal, often touted as the most beautiful bird in the world! Moving on, we spend four nights at Laguna de Lagarto Lodge, a fabulous rainforest lodge that is popular with photographers and offers hides of King Vultures as well as several well-stocked feeding stations for a variety of colourful tanagers, toucans and other species. We end this holiday by exploring the lowland rainforests around Selva Verde Lodge. Our four nights here will give us plenty of time to photograph such species as Sunbittern, Mantled Howler Monkey and Strawberry Poison-dart Frog and to explore the primary rainforests of La Selva Biological Station, one of the most

  • Photograph Resplendent Quetzals in the cloudforests of the Talamanca Mountains
  • Numerous hummingbirds at close range
  • Sunbittern, Emerald Toucanet and a wealth of other species
  • Mammals including Mantled Howler Monkey & White-nosed Coati
  • Slow-paced photography tour focusing on only three areas
  • Explore the wildlife-rich rainforests around La Selva Biological Station
  • Visit the King Vulture hide at Laguna de Lagarto Lodge
  • Led by award-winning wildlife photographer Kevin Elsby and local guides
    • Food

      All included in the price except for evening meals in San Jose.

      Accommodation

      A mix of comfortable rainforest lodges and hotels. All rooms with private facilities.

  • Outline Itinerary Download

    Day 1 Fly San Jose & overnight

    Day 2 San Jose

    Day 3/6 Laguna de Lagarto Lodge

    Day 7/11 Selva Verde Lodge

    Day 12/14 Talamanca Mountains

    Day 15 Depart San Jose

    Day 16 Arrive London

    There can be few countries in the Americas better suited to wildlife photography than Costa Rica. It is one of the top 20 most biodiverse countries in the world, home to nearly 900 species of bird, over 1,200 species of butterfly and 250 species of mammals. There’s certainly no shortage of subjects to choose from. Costa Rica is also blessed with a wonderful network of comfortable lodges which not only offer easy access to some of the country’s most wildlife-rich habitats but also often set up their hummingbird feeders and bird tables with photographers in mind. This new tour does not aim to rush from place to place trying to amass a long list of birds, but instead — after a couple of nights in San José — offers the opportunity to focus on just three different wildlife reserves with plenty of time in each to take that perfect shot. This tour will be led by Dr Kevin Elsby, a long-standing Naturetrek tour leader who is also an award-winning wildlife photographer and fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Following a 2-night stay in San José, which provides an opportunity to recover from the long flight and hone your photography skills on the abundant garden birds, we head up into the cloudforests of the Talamanca Mountains for a 3-night stay at Savegre Mountain Lodge. Here we hope to photograph such species as Flame-throated Warbler, Magnificent and Volcano Hummingbirds and Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher; we will also make a special effort to photograph the Resplendent Quetzal, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Moving on, we spend four nights at Laguna de Lagarto Lodge, a fabulous rainforest lodge that is popular for photographers and offers a hide for King Vultures as well as several well-stocked feeding stations for tanagers, toucans and other colourful species. We end this holiday by exploring the lowland rainforests around Selva Verde Lodge. Our four nights here will give us plenty of time to photograph such species as Sunbittern, Mantled Howler Monkey and Strawberry Poison-dart Frog and to explore the rainforests of La Selva Biological Station, one of the most diverse tracts of forest in the country.
    White-throated Mountain Gem (Kevin Elsby)Acorn Woodpecker (Kevin Elsby)American Black Vulture (Kevin Elsby)Anhinga (Kevin Elsby)Ani, Groove-billed (Kevin Elsby)Black-crowned Night Heron (Kevin Elsby)Blue-gray Tanager (Kevin Elsby)Common Potoo (Kevin Elsby)Emerald Glass Frog. Costa Rica. (Tim Melling)Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)Great Blue Heron (Kevin Elsby)Great Kiskadee (Kevin Elsby)Great-tailed Grackle (Kevin Elsby)Green Honeycreeper (Kevin Elsby)Green Violetear Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)Hoffmans Three-toed Sloth (Kevin Elsby)Magnificent Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)Sunbittern (Kevin Elsby)Sungrebe (Kevin Elsby)Tropical Kingbird (Kevin Elsby)Violet Sabrewing  (Kevin Elsby)Volcano Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)White-lined Tanager (Kevin Elsby)

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    Tue 27th March 2018 - Wed 11th April 2018

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    £5995

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