Rainforests of Costa Rica Photo Workshop

Small Group Photo Workshops in Costa Rica Rainforest

2016 Photo Workshop is OPENContact 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 4x4 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
  • 4x4 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.

Read testimonials from previous Toft Photo Costa Rica Workshop and Photo Safari Tour participants.