Costa Rica Photo Tour

Costa Rica Photo Tour

Costa Rica is a destination with varied landscapes composed of valleys, mountains, volcanoes, sandy beaches, mangroves, exuberant tropical forests. A country rich in natural diversity, with 6% of the world’s biodiversity present in the territory, and a welcoming population with the motto “Pura Vida”.

From $4995 Usd
13 Days / 12 Nights
Departure: Aug 6th, 2024
Walking Grade: Easy

Puerto Limon

Historic port city with Caribbean vibes

San Jose

Vibrant capital with rich culture

La Fortuna de San Carlos

Adventure and Natural Wonders

Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna

A Majestic Volcano

Cahuita National Park

Tropical Paradise and Coral Reefs

La Fortuna Waterfall

Nature’s Power and Scenic Beauty

Manuel Antonio National Park

Tropical Paradise with Pristine Beaches

Nauyaca Waterfalls

Stunning waterfall experience

Tortuguero National Park

Land of Turtles and Biodiversity

Bribri Reserve

Ethnic heritage and nature combined


  • Costa Rica


  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Photography

Group Size

  • 8 Travelers Max

Next Departures

  • 08/06/2024
  • 07/06/2025


  • Meals indicated in the program
  • Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Transportation in comfortable vehicles
  • Tour leader and English speaking guide
  • Local guides specialized in the region
  • Entrance Fees
  • Domestic flights
  • Boat transportation

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Additional drinks and meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Expenses not specified in the program
  • Tips

Minimum Deposit

  • 15 %

Payment Options

  • Credit Card
  • Paypal
  • Wire Transfer

Your Tour Guide

Tristan Quevilly

Tristan has been to over 40 countries in his quest for the perfect adventure. He has biked all Guatemala, trekked alone across the Triglav in Slovenia, travelled through all the Amazon by boat. He also has worked and leaded tours in Senegal, Morroco, Croatia, Greece, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil and many more. Remote Expeditions is the fruit of his love for people and travel.

Tristan Photographer
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Welcome to Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica: welcome by your English-speaking photography instructor and transfer to your hotel.
Your stay begins with a first night in San José. Located at 1,200 meters of altitude, the capital and its agglomeration regroup half of the country’s population. The city is located in the heart of the central valley surrounded by different volcanoes, such as Poas, Irazú or Turrialba, and in the south by the Talamanca mountain range, which is the highest mountain range in the south of Central America.

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  • B, L, D
  • 45min
  • Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn 4*
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Tortuguero Park

Meeting at the reception of your hotel with your local Spanish-speaking driver for a short flight to the pier of Tortuguero. Arrival in the town of Guapiles and breakfast in a local restaurant, before taking a boat to Tortuguero National Park, winding through the canals, in the heart of the rainforest. Arrival at the lodge for lunch.
Tortuguero is the small Amazon of Costa Rica, its intense rainforest is home to an incredible fauna and flora, providing a guaranteed change of scenery. The Tortuguero site is part of the protection of wetlands under the Ramsar Convention with special attention to waterfowl habitats. In the afternoon, you will leave to discover the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero. End of the afternoon free to enjoy the facilities and walk around the area.

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  • B, L, D
  • 1h30
  • Evergreen Lodge ***
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Tortuguero Park

Breakfast at the lodge.
Boat trip to visit the canals of Tortuguero Park to discover the nature at its awakening. Frequent stops to observe a great variety of birds, monkeys, crocodiles and caimans…
Return to your Lodge.
Stroll along the paths of the Lodge to discover its fauna and flora. Your guide will familiarize you with the inhabitants of this exuberant secondary forest (boots and ponchos lent on site if necessary).
Return to the Lodge at the end of the morning for lunch.
Free afternoon to enjoy the facilities of the Lodge (swimming pool, …) or optional activities on site: fishing, additional tour in the canals …
Dinner and overnight stay.

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  • B, L, D
  • Evergreen Lodge ***
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Bribri Community

Return to Guápiles by boat (semi-collective transfer with other guests of the lodge), then lunch in a local restaurant. Meeting with your Spanish-speaking driver (attention it is not a guide) to begin your circuit with your private transport. Departure to discover the Bribri community. Located in the Bribri reserve, near the small village of Bambu, the Ditsöwö lodge blends into the surrounding nature, and thanks to its open structure, you will be able to appreciate all the facets and treasures. Built with natural materials using traditional Bribri techniques, the lodge offers an alternative experience to traditional accommodation: no closed rooms with air conditioning, but waking up to the sounds of birdsong! All meals are prepared at the lodge over a wood fire using simple and rustic products that are part of everyday life.

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  • B, L, D
  • 3h30
  • Local Community
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South Caribbean

Today your local BriBri guide (Spanish) will accompany you on a cocoa and medicinal plant tour to a nearby farm in Bambú, where in addition to cocoa, you will learn about the building materials of traditional Bribery houses, such as suita and chonta.
Discovery and bathing in a waterfall if the weather allows it. Return to the hostel and continue to the South Caribbean. A unique atmosphere awaits you in this small fishing village on the Caribbean coast characterized by its multicultural atmosphere and its calypso music, reggae from the Afro-Caribbean culture.

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  • B, L
  • 40 min
  • La Kukula Lodge 3*
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Cahuita Reserve

Discovery with a local guide of the magnificent national park of Cahuita. The white sandy beaches, miles of coconut trees, the calm sea and the protected coral reef of 240 hectares make Cahuita one of the most beautiful parks in the country. You can walk around for a while and then stop and relax on an almost deserted beach. Wildlife is easily observed, especially howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, pacas, sloths, white-nosed coatis and birds.
Lunch included during the day.
Continue your day by car to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the coast by going to the discovery of the refuge of wild life of Gandoca Manzanillo which is located for the latter in the South of Puerto Viejo.

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • La Kukula Lodge 3*
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Puerto Limon (Free day)

Can enjoy a swim in the warm Caribbean waters. Playa Chiquita, Playa Cocles or Playa Punta Uva await you. Between two sunbaths, take a relaxing break in one of the restaurants in the area and enjoy a cocktail or a good beer

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  • B, L
  • La Kukula Lodge 3*
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Arena & Fortuna

Today your trip will take you to the north of the country to reach La Fortuna, a town located at the foot of the Arenal volcano.
Costa Rica is known to shelter about 116 volcanoes among them and surely one of the most impressive the Arenal volcano. Despite its age of 7,500 years, it is the youngest volcano in the country. Culminating at 1,630 meters, this stratovolcano is no longer active since the end of 2010 but it is a delight for photographers (when it is uncovered) as well as for “amateurs” or “afficionados” of thermal waters.
Lunch on the way.

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • Arenal Oasis Ecolodge 3*
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Hanging Bridges of Arenal

This morning Day 9 hike on suspension bridges with a local guide (activity included): this one is done in the natural private reserve of 250Ha of primary tropical rainforest for an observation of the fauna and flora at the level of the canopy; different points of view on the volcano. 3 km of easy trails, accessible to all.
After the suspension bridges, you will discover the Arenal Volcano National Park with your tour leader (walk without a guide): Take a walk in the National Park trail, characterized by its different stages of regeneration of the rainforest. You will meet the mythical kapok tree, due to its very high height, this immense tree was considered by the natives as the staircase to the heavens; you will climb on an old lava flow to observe the panorama shared on one side with the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. With your entrance tickets to Arenal National Park, you can then go 3km from the park entrance to the “Sector Peninsula” trail which is a 2 hour walk (round trip)

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • Arenal Oasis Ecolodge 3*
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DAY 10

Tenorio Park (or Free Day)

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • Arenal Oasis Ecolodge ***
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DAY 11

South Pacific

Your adventure continues towards the center of the Pacific coast. Ideally located, you will have easy access to all the activities of the area: among others, you are close to the Marino Bahia Ballena National Park, Corcovado National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park. Each one of them recognized for their great natural wealth.
On the way stop at the bridge of Tarcoles to observe its impressive crocodiles.
Lunch along the way.
As an option, a stop at Carara National Park is possible (USD$ 15/pers).

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • Hotel Villa Rio Mar ***
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DAY 12

Manuel Antonio Park

Departure this morning to discover the magnificent Manuel Antonio Park with a local guide (entrance included – park closed on Mondays). Classified since 1972 as a national park, this last one in spite of being an important tourist zone (the number of visitors is limited to 600 people per day and 800 people the weekend) is part of the natural pearls of the country with a great variety of animals of which the emblematic capuchin monkey. Among the many animals that hide in the fauna, we find the sloth, the squirrel monkey, howler monkey, the raccoon of which it is especially necessary to be wary if you do not want to be pricked your business or the iguana.
The park is also known for its beautiful beaches with Playa Manuel Antonio, Playa Espadilla Sur, Playa Escondida or if you venture a little further into the park Playa Gemelas.
Lunch snack planned during the day.
Return in the afternoon to your hotel in Dominical.

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  • B, L
  • 5h
  • Hotel Villas rio Mar ***
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DAY 13

Nahuyaca Waterfalls (or free day)

Today the day is free and you organize it as you wish with your Tour Leader.
A 30 minute drive from Dominical is Ojochal and its Cascada El Pavon, a small but beautiful waterfall with a pool ideal for swimming at the bottom of the waterfall.
The area is not crowded and does not require an arduous hike to reach.
In addition, from your hotel you can reach the many beaches in the area, the Ballena Marine Park or the Nauyaca waterfall.
You could even dedicate the day to go to San Gerardo de Dota (about 2 hours and 10 minutes drive one way) to discover the Quetzales National Park or to go and meet local people dedicated to the coffee culture.
Another alternative is to discover the Corcovado National Park as an option.
Lunch is planned in a local restaurant along the way

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  • B, L
  • Hotel Villas Rio Mar ***

About the Country

Costa Rica, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, is a haven for biodiversity. Renowned for its stunning landscapes ranging from beaches and volcanoes to rainforests and mangroves, the country is a top destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Reasons to Go

1. Pristine and diverse ecosystems
2. Wildlife spotting opportunities
3. Rich cultural heritage
4. Adventure sports
5. Delicious traditional cuisine

Country Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America
  • Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
  • Capital: San José
  • Population: ~5 million
  • Official Language(s): Spanish
  • Government: Democratic republic
  • Economy: Tourism, Agriculture, Electronics Exports

Regions at a Glance

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces: San José, Limón, Puntarenas, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, and Guanacaste. Each offers unique landscapes and attractions, ranging from bustling city life in San José to stunning coastlines in Limón and Puntarenas.

Tourist Attractions

UNESCO sites include Guanacaste Conservation Area and Cocos Island National Park. The Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and Tortuguero National Park are also must-see destinations.

Money Matters

The currency is the Costa Rican colón (₡). Average meal cost: ₡3,000-₡15,000. Credit cards are widely accepted. It’s best to exchange currency at banks.

Packing List

Pack lightweight clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes for hiking, and swimwear. Sunscreen and insect repellent are must-haves.


Costa Rican culture is a vibrant blend of indigenous heritage and Spanish influences. Traditional music features marimba, while popular events include the colorful Ox Cart Parade.


Hotel chains, hostels, Airbnbs, and guesthouses are available. Costs vary from budget (₡10,000-₡20,000) to luxury (₡80,000 and above).

Visa Requirements

Passport required. Visa requirements may vary. Check the official embassy site for details. Yellow Fever vaccination certificate may be needed.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergency: 911. Contact information for various embassies can be found here.

Cultural Etiquette

Respect for nature is integral to Costa Rican culture. Littering is frowned upon. Drug possession is illegal. Offensive gestures can lead to legal issues.

Electricity, Plugs, and Voltage

Electricity: 120V AC, 60Hz. Plug type: A and B. An adapter/converter may be necessary.


Costa Rica has a tropical climate. Lightweight, breathable clothing is advised. Rain gear is essential during the rainy season.

Public Transportation

Public transportation options include buses, taxis, and trains. Rental cars are available but driving can be challenging due to the country’s hilly terrain.

Language Spoken

Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist areas, less so in remote regions.

Sustainability Tips

Avoid single-use plastics. Stick to marked trails to avoid damaging flora/fauna. Support local businesses.

Useful Apps & Websites

Useful apps: Google Maps, TripAdvisor, XE Currency, Duolingo for Spanish phrases.

Costa Rica is a vibrant, ecologically diverse destination that offers something for everyone. Pura Vida (“pure life”) is more than a saying here, it’s a way of life.

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