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Day 4 - 19th December 2023

Bird Photography Experience

Visit to the Rancho Naturalista - Bird Watching - Bird Photography - Night in Turrialba

Waking up early might be difficult for many, but not for birds nor the photographers who document them, as early morning is when birds are most active. We will visit the tropical bird sanctuary Rancho Naturalista, explore its garden, and discover everything there is to know about hummingbirds, toucans, tanagers, and the wildlife in Costa Rica.


Thanks to our telescopic photography lenses, we will be able to capture their movements and appreciate their features up-close. After the long day, we will enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee on a local farm in Aquiares and visit its historic church. We will spend the night in Turrialba.

After a day of photographing the fauna and landscapes around the Turrialba Volcano, the third day of the photography tour can be spent capturing images of some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and diverse bird species at Rancho Naturalista.


Rancho Naturalista is a birding lodge and nature reserve located in the mountains of Cartago, about 30 minutes from Turrialba. The lodge's lush gardens and surrounding forests are home to over 450 species of birds, making it one of the premier birding destinations in Costa Rica.

The main focus of Rancho Naturalista is birdwatching, and the lodge is considered one of the best birdwatching destinations in Costa Rica. Over 430 species of birds have been recorded in the area, including several rare and endemic species such as the Snowcap, Lovely Cotinga, and Turquoise Cotinga. The lodge offers guided birdwatching tours and has several bird feeders and hummingbird feeders on the property that attract a wide variety of bird species.


Morning - Afternoon

The morning will begin with a guided birdwatching tour, led by an experienced naturalist guide who can help the group locate and identify a variety of bird species. The guide can also provide information about the birds' behavior and ecology, giving participants a deeper understanding of the natural world around them.

As the group photographs the birds, they can experiment with different lenses and techniques to capture the birds in flight, perched on branches, or feeding on nectar.

The gardens and forests of Rancho Naturalista also provide opportunities to capture other elements of the natural world, such as butterflies, insects, and colorful flowers. These elements can add depth and interest to bird photography, creating a more complete picture of the biodiversity of the area.

After the morning photography session, the group can enjoy a delicious lunch at the lodge, followed by a review of the images captured during the morning. The guide can provide feedback and suggestions for improving the images, helping participants to develop their skills and capture even better photographs.


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