Join master National Geographic photographer and writer Jad Davenport on an exclusive journey through the land of "Pura Vida." You will visit three of Costa Rica's most beautiful destinations—the cloud forests, the beaches and the volcanic Central Valley—and learn the secrets of capturing its beauty on camera.
Together with excellent English-speaking guides with insider access, Jad will lead photographic excursions that take you to the most photogenic locations. Because of the small group size, Jad is able to work one-on-one with guests—whether you have a personal photographic, video or written project, or simply want to create wonderful images of your journey. Our relaxing evenings are spent in the finest local lodges and resorts.
It doesn’t matter if you shoot with a professional DSLR or just want to learn how to make great images on your iPhone—Jad works with both—you’ll learn the art of visual storytelling including how to meet and make portraits of locals, how to create incredible wildlife and landscape images, and how to photograph the nine critical elements of a National Geographic travel story.
Jad, an award-winning photojournalist, has spent 35 years covering endangered wildlife, vanishing cultures and wars in more than 150 countries. You can find some of his work on his Facebook and Instagram pages (@jaddavenport).
What's included in this trip:
- Six nights lodging on single occupancy basis ($695 discount per person for double occupancy)
- Airport transfers from and to San Jose International Airport
- Private transportation for the group in air-conditioned vehicle
- All activities as outlined below
- In-field photography instruction
- One-on-one photography consultation with Jad Davenport
- Meals as outlined in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
What's not included:
- International airfare to and from San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
- Travel insurance (please accept or decline below)
- Tips (group host is able to collect tips from the group at the beginning of the trip to distribute throughout)
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, hotel purchases, etc)
- Meals not outlined in itinerary (3 dinners and 1 lunch)
Day 1 (Central Valley) - Welcome to Costa Rica! Private transfer to your hotel (Overnight: Xandari Costa Rica - No meals included)
Day 2 (La Fortuna) - Welcome breakfast, check out from hotel, head up to the Central Valley. In the slopes of Poas Volcano, you will find La Paz Waterfall Gardens. (Activity: La Paz Waterfall Gardens - Overnight: Arenal Kioro Resort & Spa - Included: B, L, D)
Day 3 (La Fortuna) - Begin the day with a tour and a volunteer experience to get up close and personal with the animals at Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center. We will have lunch at the hotel followed by an early afternoon hike through the hanging bridges in the rain forest. Those who want to relax may choose to take advantage of the hot springs at Eco Termales before a group dinner. (Activities: Proyecto Asis, Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Eco Termales hot springs - Overnight: Arenal Kioro Resort & Spa - Included: B, L, D)
Day 4 (Manuel Antonio) - Drive towards the Pacific coast and, along the way, get the zoom lens ready and enjoy a jungle boat tour along the Tarcoles River. (Activities: Tarcoles River boat tour - Overnight: La Mariposa Hotel - Included: B, L)
Day 5 (Manuel Antonio) - In the morning, visit Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided photography hike. Afterwards, you may choose to stay longer in the area to enjoy the beaches and dine at a local restaurant for lunch or return to the hotel to enjoy the amenities. At 5:30 pm, we will depart from the hotel for a night tour, learning tips and tricks for photographing flora and fauna at night. (Activities: Manuel Antonio National Park, night hike - Overnight: La Mariposa Hotel - Included: B)
Day 6 (Manuel Antonio) - We begin our day on the water with a catamaran tour, capturing landscapes and ocean vistas. The afternoon is free to explore getting any missed shots. Jad will be available to help refine techniques you've learned along the way. (Activity: Tarcoles River boat tour - Overnight: La Mariposa Hotel - Included: B, L)
Day 7 (Manuel Antonio) - After breakfast at the hotel, depart for San Jose Airport (Activity: group airport transfer - Included: B)
Trip payment is due by 11:59 pm MST September 10, 2019. Cancellation must be received in writing. The following cancellation terms apply. No refunds are made for late cancellations, no-shows, or unused services during this trip. Travel delays, trip cancellations, trip interruptions, loss of property, and medical services will not be reimbursed and must be submitted to passenger's travel insurance for claims. Compass and Globe Travel, LLC, and Unique Adventures Costa Rica are not held liable for any aforementioned incidents and recommend passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance.
A $750 deposit is nonrefundable. In addition, if cancellation notice is received after final payment, the following terms apply:
- Between August 1 and September 1, penalty is 20% of the trip cost minus deposit.
- From September 2 on, penalty is 100% of total amount.
Unavailable as of
September 10, 2019
Single room with private bathroom in all hotels
Unavailable as of
September 10, 2019
Shared room - this is only available when signing up with a travel companion.