Rainforests of Costa Rica Photo Workshop

Small Group Photo Workshops in Costa Rica Rainforest

2016 Photo Workshop is OPEN – Contact Toft Photo to Register
Workshop Pricing: Photographer $2,895; Non-photographer $2,395; Single-Supplement $800

DATES: Dec. 4-9, 2016

Arrive in San Jose on Dec. 3; Dec. 4-9 at Bosque del Cabo. Scarlet Macaw Bird Photography Workshop – Dec. 9-11 (this photo workshop extension begins immediately after the main workshop ends.). Depart on Dec. 11.


This Five-day Costa Rica Rainforest photo workshop takes place at the breathtaking Bosque del Cabo Lodge in Costa Rica. This ecolodge is in the small village of Cabo Matapalo (known as Matapalo by the locals), which is located on the southern most tip of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica’s southern Puntarenas province.

Bosque del Cabo

The Bosque del Cabo Lodge, with its private cliff and top bungalows, is situated on a 700+ acre forest reserve, 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the remote Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park. This unique rainforest lodge is a secluded getaway and a photographer’s dream come true.

The property is flanked on one side by the beautiful Golfo Dulce and on the other by the endless Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo Lodge’s location offers unparalleled photographic opportunities. Filled with life, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, boasting over 400 species of birds (of which 20 are endemic), 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects.

Unique, Private Setting

  • Private, spacious bungalows, all boasting ocean views and tropical breezes
  • Hiking trails leading through the rainforest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean
  • Open-air restaurant serves 3 delicious meals daily, all meals are included

Costa Rica Photography Workshops

On all Toft Photo photo workshops, you will observe and practice professional photographic techniques unique to nature and wildlife photographers. This is a small group workshop, led and instructed by Roy Toft, and suited to all levels of photographic skill and experience.

The Rainforests of Costa Rica photo workshop is limited to a small group and is led directly by Roy Toft. During the five days you will spend time learning:

  • How to shoot macro subjects, such as Leaf-Cutter Ants and Red-Eyed Tree Frogs.
  • How to use on-camera flash and off-camera fill-flash expertly.
  • Participants may have opportunities morning, noon, and night to photograph the four species of monkeys, Capuchin, Spider, Mantled Howler, and the endangered Squirrel monkey, as well as the many other animals and birds that call the Osa their home.
  • Bird photographers will be delighted as there is an enormous variety of tropical birds that live in the rainforest jungle.
  • Observe and photograph black-mandibled toucans, red-lored parrots, hummingbirds, tanagers, scarlet macaws, blue-crowned manakins, and so many more!

Many other animals may present themselves, such as three-toed sloths, tapirs, coatis, peccaries, ocelots, pumas to name just a few. Evening programs will cover various photographic topics including shutter speed and aperture, flash techniques, composition and behind the scenes of the making of Roy’s coffee table book, “Osa: Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea.”

Toft Photo Safaris Workshop Costa Rica | Video by Jessie Williams

Costa Rica Photo Workshop Itinerary

Day 0
Rainforests of Costa Rica Photo Workshop participants must arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica the day before we start the workshop and begin our journey to the Osa Peninsula rainforest. Upon arrival to San Jose, Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you will transfer to host hotel for one night stay.

Day 1

We catch an early morning flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez to start the workshop. After arrival in Puerto Jimenez we will travel by 4×4 vehicles to our beautiful ecolodge, the Bosque del Cabo. You will have the opportunity to photograph animals and landscape as we travel along the 45 minute (or so) 4-wheel drive to the lodge.

Day 1-5
The main photo workshop activities will take place in and around the Bosque del Cabo reserve.

Day 6
Our main workshop ends and you will either travel back to Puerto Jimenez, San Jose, and your end destination; or you will join Toft Photo on the journey further into the rainforest on our optional Scarlet Macaw Bird Photography Workshop extension that begins immediately after the first workshop ends.

Join us for an optional Scarlet Macaw bird photography workshop extension that starts immediately after the conclusion of our Toft Photo Costa Rica Rainforest photography workshop.

    Workshop Includes:

  • Daily photographic instruction by Roy Toft
  • Experienced Guide
  • Special evening workshop sessions
  • 4×4 taxi to and from Puerto Jiminez and Bosque del Cabo Lodge
  • Bosque del Cabo Lodging, including meals (bar drinks excluded)
    * What is Not Included:

  • Air Transportation to and from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Air Transportation to and from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
  • Transportation to and from San Jose International Airport
  • Hotel night in San Jose
  • Activities outside workshop instruction
  • Bar or gift purchases

Travel Insurance Recommended

Please consider obtaining Trip or Travel Insurance to cover eventualities which may cause travel difficulties or losses you may incur, of which neither Bosque del Cabo nor Roy Toft Photography are responsible. We strongly suggest Trip or Travel Insurance to all our guests to cover any unseen situations occurring prior to or during the trip which would cause losses not covered by our policy.


Cancellation Policy

Toft Photo Safaris payment and cancellation policy is not applicable to Toft Photo Rainforests of Costa Rica photo workshops and must adhere to the Bosque del Cabo rainforest lodge policies.


Co-Leader: Clay Bolt
Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in macro photography with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. He regularly works with organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The National Wildlife Federation and many others. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), president-elect of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and co-founder (2009) of the international nature and biodiversity photography project “Meet Your Neighbours” (www.meetyourneighbours.net). His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. In 2015, Clay moved to Bozeman, Montana to take on the position of communications lead for WWF’s Northern Great Plains Program. Visit www.claybolt.com to learn more.


My husband and I were part of Roy’s workshop in Costa Rica this year. I am a new photographer, and many in the group were more experienced; Roy was able to give everyone guidance at their own level. He was constantly supportive, and then moved me up several steps in the quality of my pictures. “Go for the gusto shot“. I learned to look at the world in different ways and perspectives not only from Roy but from the work of the other attendees. The two eco-resorts were truly set in a paradise of rainforest, with scarlet macaws dancing across the sky, monkeys tumbling through the tree tops, and tiny gems of frogs waiting to be discovered along the forest trails and around the ponds. I was excited, inspired, and both body and soul were very well fed. I will definitely travel with Roy Toft again!
Linda P.

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