Secluded in the tropical wilderness, our small group of photographers is one with the verdant landscape. We wait in silence in the cloud forest and train a keen eye high in the trees, looking for brilliant specimens of Costa Rica’s hundreds of beautiful bird species. Our ultimate quest is the resplendent quetzal, sacred to the indigenous people of these remote mountains. Keep watch for sloths and monkeys as we listen to nature’s chirps, caws and calls. All around us, bright bromeliads, orchids and ancient oaks provide enticing subjects, too. Descending from the cloud-swathed Talamanca range to the rain forest of Sarapiqui, embark on a river cruise revealing crocodiles, frogs and abundant jungle wildlife. For nature photographers, Costa Rica is Pura Vida!
Photograph a wide array of exotic tropical birds, from brilliant hummingbirds to coveted finds like the resplendent quetzal and great green macaw
Capture photos of jungle wildlife—sloth, tapir, peccary, agouti, coati, monkeys and more—on guided nature walks and a private boat cruise on the Sarapiqui River
Visit world-famous La Selva biological research station to learn about conservation from active scientists and explore the rain forest on a naturalist-guided photo adventure
The Best Costa Rica Photo Tour You'll Find!
We're sure there are plenty of tours out there that offer a chance to take nature photos in Costa Rica. But where you go, how you travel and who you go with can make a huge difference in the range and quality of images you're likely to take home. Take a closer look at the features of our photo expedition, which we've carefully crafted to ensure the best Costa Rica photography opportunities you'll find anywhere:
Focus on Secluded Wild Areas Away from Crowds
To obtain the best photos of tropical wildlife, it’s essential to spend time in quiet and remote areas that are relatively undisturbed by visitors. That’s why our photo expedition concentrates on forest environments that are rich in wildlife yet short on tourists. You’re much more likely to see an array of animals and birds in such locales, and to capture images of them in a quiet, unhurried setting.
Two Different Ecosystems, Two Best Locations for Photography
Our itinerary has been carefully designed to immerse you in the best parts of Costa Rica for nature and wildlife photography. We concentrate on two primary regions—the misty cloud forest highlands of Savegre and the rain forest lowlands of Sarapiqui—to enhance your exposure to Costa Rica’s stunning biodiversity.
Maximize Your Chances to Photograph the Resplendent Quetzal
Costa Rica’s most famous bird is duly renowned for its spectacular green, teal and scarlet plumage, and it’s high on any nature photographer’s list of sought-after shots. We spend plenty of time in pristine cloud forest in the less-visited Talamanca Mountains where opportunities to photograph the quetzal are best.
Capture Close-Ups of a Remarkable Array of Hummingbirds
Tropical birds are a highlight of any Costa Rica nature tour, and for photographers in pursuit of exquisite close-ups of Costa Rica’s wide variety of hummingbirds, you won’t find better prospects! From Savegre Nature Reserve to the summit of Cerro de la Muerte and on to Mirador Cinchona, opportunities abound to capture images of these tiny, iridescent birds in the wild and at feeders that attract them.
Join a Scientist for a Guided Walk at La Selva Biological Station
Learn about global efforts to conserve rain forests on a guided walk through this world-renowned 4,000-acre research station run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. La Selva is a pioneer in rain forest studies, conservation, education and ecotourism. A La Selva naturalist accompanies us and helps us spot abundant local wildlife, which we have time to photograph during our explorations.
Private Wildlife Cruise on the Sarapiqui River
We've chartered a boat for a 2-hour private tour through the lush Sarapiqui rain forest, where photo possibilities on the riverbanks and in the trees overhead may include monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, caimans, river turtles, sloths, otters, toucans and a wide diversity of other birds including green ibis and sungrebe.
No Internal Flights—Easier to Transport Your Equipment
With no internal flights in our itinerary, you don’t have to worry about luggage limits or deal with hassles as you pack and check your photography gear. Once you arrive in Costa Rica, you’ll be able to access your equipment at any time.
A Small Group for Lower Impact & Unhurried Time in Nature We travel with just 10 guests, to ensure a quiet presence in intimate natural settings, more personal attention from our Expedition Leader, and greater flexibility to adjust our plans in pursuit of the optimal nature photography opportunities. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Naturalist Expedition Leader is Also an Accomplished Photographer Our photo adventure guide does double-duty: Not only is he a seasoned naturalist who will unveil all the wonders of Costa Rica's legendary flora and fauna, but he is also a talented professional nature photographer, by your side at every turn with tips and advice to help you get superlative images.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Photo Expedition
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
A small-group natural history expedition through the jungle canals of Tortuguero to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and Corcovado's wild beaches—Costa Rica's best flora and fauna immersion! 10 Days / Year-Round, From $5495