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Costa Rica Wildlife Tour Packages

Hosting a dizzying 500,000 species — that’s more species per unit area than any other earthly country, by the way — Costa Rica stands as a sumptuous ecological tapestry draping the southern hemisphere. And when you consider that it houses 5% of Earth’s biodiversity in just 0.1% of its landmass, its name, which literally means ‘rich coast‘, suddenly seems like the byproduct of excessive subtlety.

But then, when have words been anything but a travesty of Nature’s wonder? When have verbal eulogies been able to capture the magic of the birds rising to the clouds and the clouds descending to the treetops? Hence this Tour, so you may experience it firsthand.

Quick Information

Best time to Visit:
Winter: Nov-Mar, July

Recommended min. duration:
7N/8D

Attractions:
Wildlife
Birds
Landscapes

Activities:
Hiking
Birding
Herping
Photography

Nearest Airport:
San Jose, Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica Tours

Upcoming Departures

Humming on cloud nine – 11N/12D

Cost: Starting USD 5,500/- + GST

Skipper : Harsha Narasimhamurthy

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Reviews by Tour Participants

Ruta Kalmankar
Thane
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Exploring the rainforested wilderness in Costa Rica on the Toehold Photo Tour was an exhilarating experience. Not only will I cherish the stunning moments I got to capture as photographs but will always treasure the very experience of being there.
Rahul Pratti
Hyderabad
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In a land far away from home, under the guidance of the Toehold Skipper, Jayanth Sharma, we had a great joy of exploring diverse wildlife and photographing them in their natural habitat. I hope to go back to Costa Rica again.
Shaji Mohammed
Dubai
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In this Central American country, apart from the countless breathtaking details of natural beauty, what stood out for me was watching this tiny little wonder, the humming bird, and making some interesting images of it.
Srihari K
Bengaluru
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Costa Rica contains many a wonder that will lead us to sensory overload. I particularly enjoyed watching and photographing the majestic creature, quetzal.

We cater to 3 different kinds of Costa Rica travellers. Which one are you?

There are three different ways to explore Costa Rica. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Costa Rica wildlife tour packages.

Costa Rica Photography Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on an exciting Costa Rica Photography Tour to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

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Costa Rica Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting experience. Our fixed departure Costa Rica wildlife Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

Upcoming Departures

Costa Rica Customized Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

Why let us arrange your trip?

At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime. Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:

Precise Customisation

It’s your holiday, so you tell us how you want it, and we’ll customise it to your exact expectations, down to every possible detail, just short of what fragrance of air-freshener you’d prefer in your cab.

Expert Advice

Not clear about what you want or how to make the most of your vacation? Pick our brains and make an informed decision about how you’d like to spend your precious holiday, and then just prepare for a rollicking time.

Unmatched Experience

With partnerships with the best people in the field and a stellar logistical network, we ensure no holds are barred in helping you enjoy an enriching and memorable experience.

Flawless Orchestration

Once the plan is set, you can count on us to make your experience a flawless pleasure. A star may implode or a planet may go out of orbit, but you can rest assured your tour will motor on without a glitch.

How Is It?

In one word: prosperous. In two words: preposterously prosperous.

Orchids and tropical flowers welcome us at the hotel in San José. And it’s all upwardly mobile thereafter. In the Atlantic Lowland Rainforest range, keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled toucans, and brown-hooded parrots; green, red-legged and shining honeycreepers; lowland hummingbird species such as crowned woodnymph, white-necked jacobin, green-breasted mango, and scaly-breasted hummingbird. In the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, your guest list may include black guan, silver-throated tanager, agouti and coatimundi. Meanwhile, the forests will treat you to the sheer extravagance of scarlet and great green macaws.

What you can expect in a Costa Rica wildlife tour package?

If you’ve inferred that you’ll see and photograph a lot, you’re absolutely accurate in your educated conjecture.

All this avian frenzy will be complemented by some truly exquisite landscape photography. But the bird photography hubbub will not slow down even here, as black-bellied hummingbirdcoppery-headed emeraldgreen thorntail and white-bellied mountain gem do a most efficacious job of distracting you from your wide-angle lens.

Meanwhile, there will be detailed discussions, extensive demonstrations and execution of flash-based photography setup and camera techniques, particularly with the many-hued, magnificently nimble hummingbirds, the only birds to have a reverse gear in flight!

Later, in the Talamanca Range Cloud Forest, the flagship species will be the resplendent quetzal, which might as well have been named splendacious, for it dazzles with brilliance to yield exceptional delight. Adding the icing to the cake could be hairy and acorn woodpeckersgolden-hooded tanagersooty robin and large-footed finch, so you can see just why this Tour is such a delicious prospect.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

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Humming on cloud nine - Costa Rica Photo Tour Schedules

MAR 16-27, 2023
OPEN

Wildlife Photography Tour

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Tour Itinerary (11N/12D)

Please note: This Tour commences at San José on the morning of 16 Mar 2023, and ends at the same place after breakfast on 27 March. Flight fares are not included in the Tour fee.

Entry into Costa Rica requires a valid visa. Please get in touch with us well in advance to have your visa application for the Tour processed. This typically needs at least two weeks. US visa holders may not need a visa to Costa Rica.

ATLANTIC LOWLAND RAINFOREST

Upon your arrival in Costa Rica, you will be met by Tour Skipper Harsha Narasimhamurthy, and if you arrive early enough, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the orchids and other tropical flowers in the gardens of the hotel. Please note that meals are not included in the Tour fee on this day.

After an early breakfast, we check out and head to our first destination, a rainforest lodge where we photograph many birds at the feeders. Here you can expect to see Toucans, Tanagers, Aracaris and birds like the King Vulture. Later, back at the lodge, we enjoy a highly enjoyable interactive session with Harsha, prior to supper and retirement.

We will set out to photograph monkeys, crested guan, and collared aracaris around the lodge. Also, we will take time to photograph the numerous Montezuma oropendolas at the lodge feeders, where the staff will help us photograph colourful animals on natural stages that we will set up on site.

The Keel-billed Toucans, the Black-mandible Toucan and some hummingbirds around the lodge will be focus of these two days. We will also set out to photograph bats at night and also try our hands on macro photography where we photograph frogs like the Red-eyed Tree Frog and reptiles like Vipers

CENTRAL VOLCANIC RANGE CLOUD FOREST

Prior to an invigorating breakfast, we enjoy a spot of good bird photography before climbing higher to the cloud forests of the northern Central Volcanic Mountain Range, where we’ll check in to our next lodge. En route, we stop at a nearby farm for a delicious lunch and then photograph macaws in flight and on attractive perches. In the evening we’ll enjoy a highly insightful session on flash-based setup photography.

After breakfast this day, we get straight down to the highly enjoyable task of photographing hummingbirds with our multiple-flash setups right on the lodge premises. The Skippers will run the setups and provide attractive native flowers to ensure that you capture some fantastic hummingbird images. When not on the setups, we can relax and download images, and photograph the other birds and mammals that frequent the premises. We can also explore the cloud forest trails for macro and landscape photography.

After breakfast, we visit a nearby waterfall for a round of landscape photography of some lush tropical foliage. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to set up our multiple-flash ‘studio’ here to capture a few small hummingbird species. We’ll shoot throughout the day, alternating our time between the setups, perched hummingbirds, and landscape photography, enjoying a picnic lunch at the waterfall.

TALAMANCA RANGE CLOUD FOREST

After an early breakfast this morning, we head up into the Talamanca Mountain Range en route to our last destination, the high cloud forests just on the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. We arrive at our hotel for lunch and spend the afternoon in pursuit of the resplendent quetzal, widely recognised as one the world’s most beautiful birds, and quite clearly our chief target over these three days.

Next morning we continue our search for the quetzal regardless of the previous evening’s success, for you can never have enough of this magnificent bird. After lunch we visit a house where special bird feeders will very probably get us some new species.

The third day at Talamanca will be spent visiting another property where bird feeders have been set up along with plants and bushes that attract some great birds. This afternoon, we’ll keep an eye out for the quetzal again, while also focusing on photographing a few different hummingbird species right outside the hotel’s restaurant.

After breakfast this morning, we’ll take a last shot at photographing some birds on the lodge premises before checking out and being transferred back to San Jose, arrive at the capital for lunch. We’ll spend the afternoon captioning and cataloguing images to ensure we get the species names right, and learn a bit of post-processing, before enjoying a farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.

You are transferred to the international airport for your flight home, and the Tour ends after you’ve hopefully been introduced to the unbridled bounty of the American wild.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

USD 5,500
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Couples

USD 10,800
  • Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

USD 5,300
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees. 

NO Refunds.
Due to the pandemic the travel industry is at an all time low-cashflow situation. So we wouldn’t be able to do refunds but only issue Credit Notes for any cancellation from your side or due to COVID related lockdowns and closures.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.