Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop

November 14-20, 2020

Details: Come join me on a 7 day Photo Workshop at Crocodile Bay Eco-Resort, which is located on the famed Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula was described by National Geographic, as one of “the most biologically intense paces on earth”! It is also the only location in Costa Rica that you can see all four species of monkey’s that reside in this fascinating country. Besides monkeys, it is also home to over 900 species of birds, a wealth of tree and poison dart frogs, reptiles, turtles and of course, the beautiful rainforest!

It will be led by myself and Professional Wildlife Photographer Steve Morello. We’ve both led photo expeditions for National Geographic Expeditions & Lindblad all over the world, including many numerous visits to one of our favorite wildlife destinations, Costa Rica! We’ve set up this intensive photo workshop to bring you the best photo opportunities that country has to offer. Although we will have some formal classroom instruction and feedback on your photos, the emphasis on teaching will be in the field, while we’re on our excursions.

Tentative Itinerary  (schedule is subject to change depending on wildlife sightings, weather and other factors)

Day 1: San Jose

Upon your arrival to San Jose you will be met by your driver for your transfer to the comfortable accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, just a short drive from the airport. We will meet there this evening for dinner and introductions.

Day 2: Puerto Jimenez and the Crocodile Bay Resort

Due to the capacity of the planes, our group may be split for the fight to Puerto Jimenez. Depending on departure time, you will have breakfast in either the hotel in San Jose, or at Crocodile Bay Resort upon arrival. Once at CBR we will meet in the conference center for an orientation which will include photo information about photographing in the rainforest. We will continue the orientation with a photo walk around the property where we may see macaws, toucans, monkey’s, caymans, and crocodiles. After lunch, we will have our first excursion to Miramar. This area is noted for the wildlife that can be encountered there. Monkeys, sloths, birds, and other wildlife are frequently found along the road. After our first exploration, we will return to the resort for dinner, followed by a more comprehensive evening program on photographing in the rainforest.

Day 3: Matapalo

Today we leave for a full day of exploration in the Matapalo area. Located near the southern end of Corcovado National Park, it is well known for monkeys, sloths, beautiful beaches and birds. Lunch will be at a surfing beach and afterwards we will have the opportunity of hike to King Louis Waterfall. This part of the excursion, is a half mile hike and can be difficult terrain at times. If you prefer not to hike to the top of the falls, an easier hike will be offered along the stream, to photograph the smaller waterfalls. We will continue our exploration of the area and end the day at an incredibly scenic beach for sunset photography. Afterwards, we will return to CBR for dinner and a photo editing session in the conference area.

Day 4: Bambu & Butterfly Garden

We will start the morning with a wildlife outing to an area renowned for its bird life. Here we’ll keep an eye out for the “Moonwalking” Red-capped Manakin, among other fascinating birds. After searching for wildlife at Bamboo, we will head to a butterfly garden where we will have exclusive access to a beautiful facility that allow us to concentrate on macro photography. Our subjects will be butterflies and possibly some of the other reptiles and amphibians that may be found on the property.  Back at CBR, we will have a working lunch and another lesson on nature photography. After lunch, you will have some free time to explore the property on your own, or simply relax at the pool, and enjoy the hospitality of the resort. We want you fully rested, because after dinner, we’ll be venturing out for a nighttime photowalk on the property. Our local guides will be finding colorful frogs and other macro subjects found in the ponds and lagoons at CBR.

Day 5: La Tarde

If you wish, this morning there will be an optional sunrise photo walk before breakfast. After breakfast, we visit La Tarde, at Corcovado National Park. It is an area of primary forest where nature abounds. We will get to hike into the forest in search of some of Costa Rica’s jewels, the four species of poison arrow frogs found on the Osa Peninsula. Put your macro game on and be prepared for anything, as our local guides escort us through the forest in search of these tiny colorful frogs! Regardless of what we’ll find here, it is a wonderful opportunity to explore this pristine rainforest. During this outing, we will divide into two groups so that we all have the room to move about. The reason for this is that while half the group is in the forests, the other half will be at the main buildings where our local snake expert will give us the chance to photograph some of the snakes that are found here. We will return to CBR late in the afternoon and meet once again in the conference room for another photo lesson before dinner.

Day 6: Sierpe River Cruise

Snake photographed on Costa Rica photo safari.
A Garden tree boa or Corallus hortulanus hangs from a tree along the Sierpe river in Costa Rica.

Today we will have an early morning buffet breakfast, so that we can get on our way to a cruise on the Sierpe River. We have a bit of a drive through some very scenic landscape en route to the Sierpe River, and yes, we will make an occasional stop for photos along the way! Once at the river, we will board our pontoon boats for a cruise on the river, searching for for crocodiles, birds, boas, monkeys and much more!

Day 7: San Jose and Home

This morning we will have one last wonderful breakfast at Crocodile Bay together, before we bid you a fond farewell as you board your flight back to San Jose, where you will meet your connecting flights home.


“I just came back from Jeff and Steve’s photo workshop in Costa Rica. It was a great experience! I learned and improved my photographic skills so much from these guys through their instructions, comments, and advice. The accommodations and surrounding grounds were wonderful with wildlife all around. The areas where we photographed were beautiful and the wildlife we encountered was incredible! The photographic opportunities were unbelievable. You couldn’t have asked for more! I look forward to doing more photo workshops with Jeff and Steve in the future.” – Dave G.


$4295 Per person based on Double Occupancy
$4860 Based on Single Occupancy (although if you’re up for sharing accommodation, we can pair you up and give you the discounted Double Occupancy rate).
$895 Tag along rate for non-participating friend/spouse/etc…This rate covers their hotel stay in the same room with you, domestic flights, food and non-alcoholic drinks. This doesn’t include resort or photo activities for them.

What’s included? 1 night stay in San Jose, 5 night stay at Crocodile Bay Resort, all meals, drinks (except hard liquor), transportation, guides, and internal round trip flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez.

Call Crocodile Bay to book today!  855-945-4171 (toll free from the USA or Canada) or 808-564-7696 (Worldwide)

Learn more about the photography workshop instructors:

Jeff Mauritzen getting a friendly reception by one of the locals in Scotland.

Jeff Mauritzen is a seasoned photographer and lecturer. His assignments and adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes in all 7 continents and more than 60 countries around the world. His photography has appeared in more than a dozen National Geographic books, several National Geographic Traveller Magazine articles (U.K.), online articles, and on the @natgeotravelinstagram account, where he’s a regular contributor. Jeff’s most recent assignment was a feature on Washington, D.C. for National Geographic Traveler: Korea. In addition to running a busy commercial and editorial photography business in Washington, DC, Jeff is also a popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips around the world for National Geographic Expeditions.” See more of his work at and at

Steve Morello

“Well known as a professional wildlife photographer/guide, Steve’s work has appeared in countless publications, including National Geographic Magazines and books, The New York Times and as a major contributor to the photo collection of the World Wildlife Fund. Steve has written numerous magazine articles on the subjects of both travel and nature photography. He is the author of The Traveling Nature Photographer, which has been acclaimed as a must have for anyone who travels, and is interested in photography. Steve’s experiences in both guiding and photography have taken him to much of the world including both Polar Regions, all of North, Central, and most of South America, much of Africa, Svalbard, Iceland, and Borneo. Together with Jeff, Steve teaches photography for both National Geographic, and Lindblad Expeditions. His teaching style has been described as “friendly and humorous”, and “as a teacher who takes the worry out of learning photography, he makes it fun”. His images can be seen at and at