Wilderness Basecamp

Costa Rica Photography with Raymond Barlow

San Jose, Costa Rica

We customize every trip

Prices From: $2,600 per person

This tour is specifically designed for the intermediate or advanced bird photographer. We plan the itinerary to make you comfortable, and secure. The locations we travel to are superb for hummingbirds, tanagers, and other various Central America birds.

For those who need help, Raymond is there to assist! For the advanced photographers, he is there to get you to the birds, and provide you with excellent photo opportunities. We travel in a large SUV, usually a Mitsubishi Montaro. We stay at 2 main locations for accommodations. A hotel just 15 minutes from the San Jose Airport (SJO), and a bed and breakfast location south of Cartago. Each day will be a new and exciting adventure.

Raymond Barlow is a professional photographer from Ontario, Canada. He leads photography travel groups to Newfoundland, Yellowstone, Costa Rica and Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose Arrival

Welcome to Costa Rica! On arrival you will hop in the SUV and transfer to your hotel located about 15 minutes from the airport. Settle in and relax in preparation for your exciting adventure.

Raymond has brought guests to Hotel Buena Vista for most of his tours to Costa Rica. He has become friends with all of the hardworking staff. With awesome food, beautiful luxury rooms and the most comfortable beds in Costa Rica, you are ensured an enjoyable experience here.

Overnight: Hotel Buena Vista

Day 2 - Hummingbird Garden

Begin your photography experience with Raymond today as you visit a suberb Hummingbird garden. This will be a perfect opportunity to shake off the rust and get some good practice shooting.

**Equipment Reccommondations:

Any focal length, camera is useable. Most of Raymond’s bird images are taken at 250 - 400mm on a full frame camera. We shoot small birds the size of warblers, to larger birds the size of red-tailed hawks. A good focal length range would be of good value. Lots of cards, memory, batteries, etc are a good idea.

A solid tripod and gimbal head is highly recommended. Flash can be used in most locations. A laptop to transfer your images and external hard drives for back up are recommended. Wireless internet is available at most locations.

Overnight: Hotel Buena Vista (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - Bird Photography

Today Raymond will take you to the first of his favorite spots for a day of shooting. This favorite location will provide an excellent opportunity to see Tanagers, honey creepers, hummingbirds, toucans and more!

Overnight: Hotel Buena Vista (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 4 - San Jose - Cartago: Coffee Plantation

Today you will travel south with Ramond on your way to your accommodations at a homestyle bed and breakfast located on an actual coffee plantation. During this leg of the tour we will visit a private property for the superb Resplendent Quetzal, and another awesome shoot deck with the fiery-throated hummingbirds.

Overnight: Coffee Plantation Bed & Breakfast (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Days 5 - 6 - Photography & Coffee Plantation

Spend two more days spotting Tanagers and Warblers while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the area.

The coffee here is superb, the people are amazing! This is also a fantastic cultural visit, as we stay and eat inside the home of Raymond's friend who farms the coffee. The landscape shooting is amazing; flowers, bugs, lizards, along with all the birds.

Overnight: Coffee Plantation Bed & Breakfast (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 7 - Bird Photography - San Jose

Enjoy a second visit to the private property which is home to the Resplendent Quetzal, before returning north to your hotel in San Jose.

Overnight: Hotel Buena Vista (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 8 - San Jose Departure

Today you will transfer back to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your amazing photo tour in Costa Rica and we wish you a pleasant flight home.

Accommodation Information

Hotel Buena Vista

Hotel Buena Vista is a beautiful Spanish colonial style resort. It is the only hotel in the area atop a mountain with a 360 degree panoramic view of 3 volcanoes, Poas, Barva and Irazú. The spectacular view also includes lush tropical forest, coffee plantations, and the capital city in the central valley below.

We have 30 rooms consisting of 6 room types. We are 6 miles (10 km) north of the international airport. We provide tours to all the popular tourist destinations as well as custom transportation to anywhere in Costa Rica. Hotel Buena Vista has been recommended by American Airline “In Flight Magazine”, Trip Advisor, Sierra Club, numerous travel books and guides, as well as many touring companies and travel agencies.


Region: Central America

San Jose
Costa Rica


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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned as included
  • All activities as mentioned
  • All ground transfers as mentioned in SUV (Mitsubishi Montaro or similar)
  • Professional English speaking guide on tours
  • Park fees and local taxes
  • Instructional services from a professional photographer/instructor
  • Full support before, during and after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International or domestic flights, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Travel Insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Airport departure tax (currently US$29 per person)
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages
  • Visa requirements, depending on your country of origin
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Other services not mentioned