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March 2021

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tour

Pura Vida! Meaning 'Pure Life' is a phrase used by the locals in Costa Rica but it's more than just a phrase - it is a way of life. The country is the size of West Virginia and holds close to 900 species of birds. Join us on an adventure across 3 different rainforest habitats & experience the magic of Costa Rica Bird Photography Tour with us to uncover some of the avian secrets this country holds.


We start our trip from San Jose, Costa Rica. After resting for the night on the day of arrival, we spend few nights at our lodge nestled between the Lowland Rainforests capturing the beautiful Toucans, Tanagers, Curassows, the majestic King Vultures through a specialized hide, indulge in some Macro photography and gain a unique experience of Bat photography with multiple flashes in the middle of a dark rainforest in the night.
We also spend some nights in a beautiful lodge right between the Mid-elevation of the Sarapiqui Rainforest Area. We take a walk through a private farm to witness the elusive Honduran White bats, the unique Spectacled Owls, 3-Toed sloth and several species of Hummingbirds. We indulge in Multi-Flash photography session to catch the stunning Hummingbirds in action along with photographing the very special Red-Headed Barbet at a very special place. During these days, we also get a chance to get our hands on flight shots of the Scarlet Macaws and Great Green Macaws!
Our next location is high amongst the Talamanca Highlands, which is a unique place to see the most anticipated and marvelous Resplendent Quetzal. Our goal is to capture this stunning bird in all its glory in flight and action at a private farm. We will also indulge in Multi Flash photography session to capture several hummingbirds and their beautiful iridescence. The deck of our lodge hosts a wide variety of these stunning locals and we would get a chance to soak in the beauty of these cloud forests and their very special visitors.
After spending a couple of days in the cloudforests we end our photography sojourn and head back to San Jose to spend teh last night at our hotel and take the next day departures with several memories, unique experiences and memory card full of stunning photographs that will be cherished forever!


Dates: 6-14 March 2021 Cost: US$ 4000 p/p in twin-share/US$ 4400 in a single supplement
Group Leader: Supreet Sahoo
Group Size: Maximum 8 Photographers
Arrival/Departure: San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Lodging, meals (except 1st and last day), ground transportation in Costa Rica, park entrance fees, all activities and guiding.
International travel, visas, travel insurance, gratuities, beverage, snacks, tips, phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages & cost of hospitalization/evacuation, if necessary.


  • Resplendent Quetzal
  • Fer de Lance
  • Green honeycreeper
  • Scarlet-rumped tanager
  • Black and white owl
  • Black checked woodpecker
  • Black vulture
  • Blue-gray tanager​
  • Boa
  • Chesnut colored woodpecker
  • Clay-colored thrush
  • Coppery headed emerald
  • Crimson-collared tanager
  • Dusky-faced tanager
  • Eyelash viper
  • Golden-hooded Tanager
  • Green honeycreeper
  • Green-crowned brilliant
  • Grey-headed chachalaca
  • Keel-billed toucan
  • King vulture
  • Lesser ground cuckoo
  • Long-tailed Manakin
  • Margay cat*
  • Pacific screech owl
  • Palm tanager
  • Plain colored tanager
  • Purple-throated mountain gem
  • Red-eyed frog
  • Red-Legged honeycreeper
  • Rufous-tailed hummingbird
  • Scarlet rumped tanager
  • Spectacled owl
  • Violet Sabrewing
  • White-throated crake
  • Yellow-throated toucan

The margay cat is a wild animal and we cannot guarantee that you would see one. Our local contacts try to track these stealthy animals and aid our chances.


Little walking may be involved in certain lodges to reach your rooms (there will be arrangements to carry your luggage in that case).

Most locations are relaxed with minimum to no hikes required.

  • Digital SLR (a full-frame camera would be good).
  • Your longest telephoto lens, preferably 300mm or more.
  • A macro lens is highly recommended.
  • A sturdy tripod/monopod required.
  • A wide-angle if you are interested in landscapes
  • A flash with flash bracket (optional gear)
  • Basics of using fill flash in tropical bird photography
  • Selection and set up of perches
  • Post-processing of images using Lightroom and Photoshop


A deposit amount of USD 1000 is required to book your spot.

Please contact using the contact form for payment options. Bank transfer, check, PayPal options available (wiith a service fee)


  • Advance non-refundable deposit to book the spot.
  • Remaining balance 90 days before the trip start date.


  • ​Advance deposit is non-refundable.
  • Remaining amount - 60% refund if canceled before 45 days of the tour. No refund beyond that period.


Step 1: Please refer to the Terms & Conditions to view the payment/cancellation/refund policy.

Step 2: Contact us or email us at for any questions regarding the itinerary, payment modes or any additional questions you would have.

Step 3: Once the deposit is recieved our team will confirm your spot and send you more details on the tour plan.


  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise




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