DAY 1 (SATURDAY): ARRIVE TO SAN JOSÉ.
Fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (airport code SJO). Upon arrival your local guide will be waiting to take you to the Holiday Inn Express, just 5 minutes away.
There will be time to unwind and relax by the hotel pool before a meet and greet at the lobby at 7 pm, where you will meet Cynthia and your fellow travelers while enjoying a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Accommodation: Holiday in Express Hotel
DAYS 2 – 3 – 4 (SUNDAY, MONDAY AND TUESDAY): SARAPIQUÍ.
After breakfast, a private shuttle will take you to Sarapiquí area. This very picturesque 2½ hour trip to the northeast side of the country is the perfect opportunity to get a first glimpse of Costa Rican beauty.
The next days will take place between photography tuitions and practices in a 40 acres Rain Forest Reserve immerse in primary and secondary forest. Eco-lodge trail systems can go from mild to strenuous and will give you the opportunity to learn about medicinal plants, hardwood trees, observe the wildlife and experience primary forest, meanwhile you cross wood bridges with crystal waters coming from the higher mountains.
The protected reserve enables plants and animals to live in peace and the serenity is apparent as you stroll through this tropical wonderland. It is the perfect destination for eco-tourists worldwide. It is intentionally designed to allow guests to enjoy a rainforest experience without damage to the environment. The natural walking paths offer the opportunity to find and photograph many interesting forms of wildlife thriving in this beautiful, protected reserve.
Two night-walks are part of the adventure along with the chance to photograph amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, and many of the most beautiful orchids in the world.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay. Meals are prepared and served home style at the lodge multi-use room, where you can always find coffee and tea.
DAYS 5 -6 – 7 (WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY – FRIDAY): MONTEVERDE.
At noon, and after a 4 hours road trip, you will arrive to the next destination, Monteverde, Costa Rica’s cloud forest.
A small ecolodge nestled in a lush green forest right on the edge of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest Reserve, will be your home for the next 3 days.
A cloud forest is a high-elevation forest characterized by a persistent, canopy-level cloud cover. These clouds provide the forest with a continual supply of moisture, which supports the fantastic array of plants that live here.
Monteverde area is home to more than 2,500 species of plants (420 are strictly orchids), 100 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds, and around 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. The competition for growing space is so intense that the trunks, branches and even roots of trees are almost entirely covered with other plants – epiphytes, lichens, liverworts, bryophytes, mosses and more.
Not to be outdone, the insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds that live here can be found in fantastic numbers as well. Birds include the three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, keel-billed toucan, long-tailed manakin, and resplendent quetzal. White-faced and howler monkeys reside here, as do jaguars, agoutis, and the three-toed sloth. More than 50 hummingbird species have been seen in Costa Rica and 30 of them reside in this area.
Monteverde conserves a lush environment of humid vegetation so rich in wildlife that it has become a base for naturalists from all over the world.
Walking along the well-marked trails of the lodge or during your visit to Santa Elena Reserve, amidst dense, dripping foliage, you will capture many fantastic photos of all this wonderful flora and fauna.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay.
DAY 8 (SATURDAY): DEPART TO SAN JOSÉ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
After breakfast a private shuttle will take you to San Jose Airport where you will arrive around midday, just on time to make your afternoon flight back home. *
After a week full of wildlife, nature and photography, you will leave Costa Rica with new friends and thousands of amazing pictures of this unforgettable experience.
* Please let us know if you are interested in extending your stay in the country, we can help!