Ultimate Costa Rica Photo Safari

May 30 - June 9, 2008

Donald L. Cohen, MD - DLC Photography

I have now completed 4 wonderful Photo Safaris to Costa Rica. One of the most biodiverse locations on the planet, Costa Rica offers unique opportunities for the nature photographer to see and shoot a wide variety of plant and animal species, as well as the incredibly gorgeous landscape of a number of ecosystems. Waiting there are 4 species of monkeys (white-faced capuchins, howlers, spider and squirrel monkeys), 375 species of birds (including scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, mot-mots, quetzal, many species of hummingbirds, etc.), 116 species of amphibians and reptiles (including the famous red-eyed tree frog and poison arrow frogs), and 139 mammal species (including sloths, anteaters, tapirs and jaguars), not to mention the spectacular butterflies, orchids and other flowers, and an extensive array of flora of every type.

What do I mean by calling this the Ultimate Costa Rica Photo Safari? Well, I have now traveled to Costa Rica 5 times, and have visited a wide variety of the prime locations for nature photography, many of them several times. I have had groups of varying sizes, stayed at a variety of lodges, and traveled by both air and bus, private and public boats. With this strong foundation of experience, I have developed the itinerary for my "Ultimate" trip. Features of this trip include:

Some of the locations we'll be visiting include Tortuguero National Park (on the Carribean coast), Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Hanging Gardens (in the Alajuela Province), and the Tarcoles River, Carara National Park (on the Pacific coast), and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens (including their brand new Aviary). Please see the Daily Itinerary for details. As I have learned in my previous trips to Costa Rica, "getting there is half the fun," with an abundance of things to see while getting from one stopping point to another. With our own bus, driver and guide, we can stop at any time to get a closer look, take pictures, and truly experience all this country has to offer. The itinerary has been specifically designed to make sure any non-photographer spouses, friends or family will have the time of their lives, as we travel from one beautiful landscape to another.

The group will be small (limited to 10 people) to allow ample opportunity for one-on-one instruction. In addition to teaching in the field, we'll be having several Workshop sessions back at the hotels, covering a wide variety of topics in photography, digital imaging, etc. Once the group's participants are identified, a Questionnaire will be sent to each one, to assess everyone's experience, areas of interest, and expectations. In this way, the Workshop Agenda can be tailored to meet the specific needs of our group. An LCD Projector will be available, to allow us to view and learn from images that are taken as we travel, and the concepts and techniques learned can then be applied in the following day's shooting. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome, from rank amateur to pro.

*I am now working with Greg Basco of Foto Verde Tours. Greg has been organizing and leading photography trips to Costa Rica for the last few years, and participants have been extremely enthusiastic about their experiences with him and Foto Verde. But in addition, Greg is also an accomplished photographer in his own right, and will be participating in the teaching throughout the trip. Having 2 experienced photographers providing instruction and expertise will make this already custom designed trip even more enjoyable and productive. Greg's C.V. can be seen here.

Additional information and details can be found here:

Daily Itinerary

Workshop Agenda

Biography of your Workshop Leader, Donald L. Cohen, MD


The final cost per person will depend on the number of participants:

Number of Participants






Cost/Person (Double Occupancy)







The Single Supplement cost is $511.

There are substantial fixed costs (private bus and boat charters, full-time nature guide and bus driver, etc.) that are the same, regardless of the number in the group, which is why the trip costs vary according to the group size. Plus, even at 10, this is still considered a "small group" (many Costa Rica tours will have group sizes from 15 to 30). We need a minimum of 5 participants to give this trip the final "green light" so please don't make your airline reservations until this trip receives the final confirmation, or if you do, make sure you have Travel Insurance which covers you in the unlikely event of trip cancellation.

As discussed above, this price includes virtually everything during your stay in Costa Rica. Items not included would be your own airfare into and out of Costa Rica, the $26.00/person Costa Rica Departure Tax which is paid at the airport, Alcoholic beverages, extras in hotels (i.e. laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, etc.

Travel Insurance, including trip cancellation, is highly recommended.

A $500/person deposit will secure a spot on the trip, with the final payment due March 15, 2008. The deposit is non-refundable, but will be returned if the trip is cancelled for whatever reason.Please contact Greg Basco, of Foto Verde Tours, who is handling these arrangements.

Comments from past Photo Safari Participants: **New: I have created a small gallery of images taken by participants in previous Costa Rica Safari's. Click here**

"I'd like to thank you once again for the terrific trip. It was a photographic experience that I've never had before. I'm sure that I'm a better photographer (not tough to do) than I was before the trip. I'm looking at my camera differently and will probably use it in a more advantageous manner in the future."

"My wife and I had a great trip and enjoyed being part of the group. We had an interesting mix of people, and the fact that everyone got along made the trip a lot of fun. I learned a lot about shooting wildlife, both from our after-dinner discussions and by observing the various techniques members of our group used in the field. Very profitable."

”My photo adventure to Costa Rica was an opportunity of a lifetime at an affordable price. Don Cohen led the expedition to the Osa Peninsula where Crocodile Bay Lodge hosted us in first class style. I would have been happy to see a few exotic birds and animals, but what I saw far exceeded my expectations. You name it, it is there - from every imaginable insect, butterflies in abundance, crocodiles, reptiles and birds. The rainforest and waterfalls and landscape were a photographers dream. The plant life was spectacular and an afternoon kayaking through the Mangroves was breathtaking.

Each day Don went over digital photography basics and techniques to help us understand how to capture even better images. The Lodge made sure that no one went hungry or thirsty and our tour guide couldn’t have been sharper. All in all, the value for the experience was unbeatable.”

"I still think about Costa Rica and wanted you to know how I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and going on the trip."

“This was a fantastic departure from the usual passive tropic resort experience. Interaction with other participants added unexpectedly and greatly to the experience. The guides were very in-tune with our naturalist perspective and very knowledgeable. Don made the evening sessions very educational so it was like a seminar and field trip combined.”

”This portion of paradise had superior accommodations and the staff was always helpful. The local guides were knowledgeable and energetic and Don was a superior photographer and teacher. His helpful ideas tendered before, during and after the safari will always be appreciated and the knowledge we brought home was fresh new and exciting. Thanks for a great trip.”

To see a wide variety of photographs taken during my 5 previous trips to Costa Rica, please visit the following Galleries on my website:

Costa Rica
April 2007
Part 1

Costa Rica
April 2007
Part 2

Costa Rica
April 2007
Part 3

Costa Rica December 2006 Part 1

Costa Rica
December 2006
Part 2

Costa Rica
December 2006
Part 3

Costa Rica December 2005 Part 1

Costa Rica
December 2005
Part 2

Costa Rica
December 2005
Part 3

Costa Rica Photo Safari
September, 2004

Costa Rica Birds
March, 2004

Costa Rica Mammals
March, 2004

Costa Rica Variety
March, 2004

For all inquiries and questions, my contact information is:


704-664-6077 - phone

704-973-7778 - fax

To make a reservation, email Greg Basco at:


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