Costa Rica with Elisabeth Brentano Photography

San Jose - Monteverde - Arenal

2020: Dec 9 - Dec 15

Stand tall next to volcanoes, trek through the clouds and relax in natural hot springs while snapping breathtaking photos with a true pro and your host, Elisabeth!

  • 7 days

  • 10 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star and 4-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 6 dinners included

  • Fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). We'll provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

  • Fly out of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). We'll provide two transfers on the final morning.

Activities Included

  • 90-Minute Composition and Processing Tutorial
  • Private 60-Minute Photo Processing Tutorial
  • Selvatura's Hanging Bridges Tour
  • Monteverde Rainforest Night Tour
  • Rio Celeste Volcano and Waterfall Hike
  • Hot Springs Entrance
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Trek
  • Costa Rican Cooking Lesson

90-Minute Composition and Processing Tutorial : Get ready for a deep dive in Elisabeth's 90-minute workshop on all things composition and processing, which will also cover both Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

Private 60-Minute Photo Processing Tutorial: After the 90-minute class on composition and processing on Day 3, you will pick a time for a private 60-minute session with Elisabeth on processing in Adobe Lightroom (and Photoshop). This is for any new images taken in Costa Rica and/or any archive photos you may want help with.

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3 and 4-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Elisabeth Brentano

I am a photographer based in California, but my wanderlust takes me all over the world to shoot travel and environmental content. I love hiking, backpacking, car camping and cooking, and I am passionate about wildlife conservation.

Itinerary

Day 1

Bienvenidos and welcome to Costa Rica! TrovaTrip will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After you get settled, you’ll join the rest of the crew for a welcome dinner and toast to the exciting week ahead!

Overnight in San Jose

Arrival: Fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). We'll provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

Included: Welcome Dinner, Airport Transfer


Day 2

Eat breakfast at the hotel, and then you're off to Monteverde!

In Monteverde, embark on a relaxing nature walk through Selvatura’s Hanging Bridges, where you will admire the cloud forest canopy and take in the rich biodiversity of the rainforest.

You'll refuel from this adventure with lunch at a local restaurant.

After, you'll spend even more time hiking and taking in the scenery in the nearby Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve.

Overnight in Monteverde

Included: Breakfast, Selvatura's Hanging Bridges Tour, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3

Enjoy breakfast -- and a visit to the nearby butterfly gardens. After, grab a seat for Elisabeth's 90-minute workshop on composition and processing.

After the sun goes down, the jungle and its creatures of the night awaken! Head out on a night walk with your crew to learn about nocturnal wildlife and experience the magic of exploring the rain forest after dark with a nationally certified guide.

Overnight in Monteverde

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Monteverde Night Tour

90-Minute Composition and Processing Tutorial: Get ready for a deep dive in Elisabeth's 90-minute workshop on all things composition and processing, which will also cover both Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.


Day 4

Grab breakfast at the hotel before you depart to the northern plains of Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano area.

On the way, you will make a pit-stop at Tenorio National Park, which is home to a dormant volcano. You will see some of the volcano’s past activity, but the highlight of the day will be hiking along the electric aqua waters of Rio Celeste, a geothermal river with a stunning waterfall.

You will then head to the Baldi Hot Springs to soak in the mineral waters and relax, and after a quick stop to shoot sunset, you'll enjoy a delicious meal at the lodge.

Overnight in Arenal

Included: Breakfast, Rio Celeste Volcano and Waterfall Hike, Lunch, Baldi Hot Springs Visit, Dinner


Day 5

Ready for another adventure? Sign up for the optional canyoneering tour! Rappel down waterfalls, hike through canyons and experience the diverse Costa Rican wilderness.

If you'd rather sleep in and take it easy, this could also be a great time to schedule a private 60-minute processing tutorial with Elisabeth.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of Arenal Volcano National Park followed by a Costa Rican cooking lesson. Learn how to prepare some Tico-style "picadillos", tortillas and "guisados" while sipping on homemade Costa Rican cocktails or jungle juice.

In the late afternoon, take a short hike up Arenal to shoot sunset, and return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight in Arenal

Included: Breakfast, Arenal Volcano National Park Trek, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Dinner

Optional: Canyoneering Adventure Tour


Day 6

Relax -- or set your alarm for 5am if you'd like to shoot sunrise at Arenal! After returning from the early morning mission, you'll have plenty of time to eat breakfast, relax and pack before departing for San Jose. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or sit down for a 60-minute private processing session with Elisabeth before the farewell dinner.

Overnight in San Jose

Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 7

All good things must come to an end. Adios, mis amigos!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). We'll provide two transfers on the final morning.

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