Art and Photography Workshop to Costa Rica

February 9 ‑ 18, 2018 Cost: $3,349  per person based on double occupancy

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Artists and Photographers of all levels are welcomed! Travel on this 10 day tour of Costa Rica where the rainforest is your classroom!

BLD = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday               02/09/2018                            Hotel Bougainvillea‑ Mountain View       (D)

Upon arrival in San José meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Greet Mindy and your fellow travelers over dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Saturday         02/10/2018                            Hotel Bougainvillea‑ Mountain View   (BLD)

Spend the day in the beautiful gardens at Hotel Bougainvillea. This morning receive an introduction slide show sketching/drawing supplies and techniques. Lessons are geared toward getting comfortable with preliminary sketching

techniques. Basic photographic techniques for artists will also be introduced and discussed. The afternoon will allow time to photograph, draw and paint in the garden with personal attention from Mindy. Enjoy dinner at Hotel Bougainvillea.

Sunday              02/11/2018                         Hotel Bougainvillea‑ Mountain View   (BLD)

After breakfast we visit Toucan Rescue Ranch for a tour and orientation. At the ranch you will witness rescued birds and animals such as toucans, a variety of parrots, macaws, owls, two toed and three toed sloths, and kinkajous. This is a unique opportunity to see conservation and rehabilitation of rainforest animals up close and personal. After a tour of the facility spend the day drawing and photographing animals and birds. There will be a boxed lunch at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Return to Bougainvillea where you will enjoy dinner followed by a workshop on taking reference photos and utilizing depth of field.

Monday          02/12/2018                         Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve   (BLD)

Depart San Jose after breakfast and head to Selva Verde Lodge stopping at The Aerial Tram. The Aerial Tram is located in the Braulio Carrillo National Park. The Aerial Tram tour covers a distance of 2.6 kilometers through the treetops of the primary rainforest at a leisurely pace of two kilometers per hour. The open‑air rain forest tram gondolas with canvas awnings seat six passengers plus a naturalist guide. After lunch continue to Selva Verde Lodge. The extensive grounds of Selva Verde include a 500 acre rainforest reserve. Upon arrival, check in and get settled, and then take a hike in the reserve. In the evening have an orientation to the lodge before dinner and then enjoy a presentation by Mindy.

Tuesday            02/13/2018                        Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve   (BLD)

This morning there will be an optional bird walk around the grounds of the lodge. The avifauna of Selva Verde is abundant, and feeding stations have been set up around the lodge to facilitate observation and identification of the many species that frequent the area. After breakfast meet with Ivan Castillo, Selva Verde’s lead naturalist, as he will share tips and techniques for photographing in the rainforest. Bring your cameras! After lunch visit the Jardín de Serpientes, which houses 50 species of lizards, frogs and snakes. The owners of this establishment teach the local and tourist population how reptiles are vital to the ecosystem of the rainforest. Through conservation and education they create an environment where people appreciate these reptiles and dispel a lot of the fears and myths surrounding them. This is a great opportunity to get photos of some species that are hard to spot in the wild. They also have a butterfly display that allows for a close up view of many types of butterflies.Return to the lodge. Before dinner, attend a demonstration on how to paint a butterfly. Enjoy dinner at Selva Verde Lodge then view a film about the Great Green Macaw and the almond tree found in the Sarapiquí area.

Wednesday           02/14/2018                      Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve   (BLD)

Visit The Tirimbina Biological and Research Reserve for to a hike to a cacao grove through the rainforest. During the visit you learn the ancient artisanal process by which cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate starting with harvest, fermentation, drying and ending with the grinding of the dried seeds into cocoa powder. After lunch at Tirimbina return to Selva Verde for an introduction to bird anatomy and free time to draw, paint and photograph. In the evening attend a presentation on amphibians and frogs in Costa Rica.

Thursday           02/15/2018                     Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve   (BLD)

After breakfast visit Nature Pavilion Park to photograph birds. The Nature Pavilion Park is a father and son business who started by purchasing land in the Sarapiqui region. In order to attract birds they created over 7 different small ecosystems with specific trees and plants to attract local and migratory birds. The photographing and sketching opportunities is raved by professional bird photographers and was selected in 2013‑2015 as a top National Geographic Destinattion. The natural perches are 2 to 5 meters from a covered deck making it ideal for all lens sizes. The 10 perches are positioned 360 degrees around the deck for morning and afternoon photography to guarantee optimum lighting and backgrounds from sunrise to sunset for both flash and natural light photography. After lunch at Selva Verde spend the afternoon photographing and painting tropical frogs. A presentation on how to use the iphone and iPad to take pictures and editing apps will be provided by Mindy in the conference room before frog shoot.

Friday     02/16/2018                    Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve   (BLD)

Early morning optional bird walk and photography around the reserve. After breakfast, take a boat ride on the Sarapiquí River for a chance to photograph the wildlife and shore birds that flock to the river bank. Return to Selva Verde for lunch then head to La Finca, an eco‑farm and macaw rescue. This will give the opportunity to take close‑up photos and experience endangered macaws that are semi‑wild and free to come and go as they please. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure to sketch, relax, or explore on your own. Tonight enjoy a farewell to Selva Verde pizza party on the lodge river patio.

Saturday         02/17/2018                   Hotel Bougainvillea ‑ Mountain View   (BLD)

Leave Selva Verde at 8:00 am and head back to San Jose. By 10:00 am arrive at Sibu Chocolate for a tour and lunch. Sibu is located in the cloud forest overlooking the mountains of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. During the visit learn about the history of chocolate and how Sibu has created a sustainable business utilizing a local organic cacao plantation. Enjoy a chocolate “tasting” as part of the experience that will make you coming back for more! In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

Sunday        02/18/2018                            Departure                                                                                  (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


February 9 ‑ 18, 2018 Cost: $3,349  per person based on double occupancy

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Single supplement available- $295 per person

 Price Includes:

  • Accommodations, meals, entrance fees, and activities listed in itinerary
  • Private vehicle transportation unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Non‑alcoholic beverages with meals
  • Full time guide for duration of program
  • Carbon offset


Price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy arrangements are offered at additional cost. We will make every effort to match people who request to share with others seeking a roommate. Forced single supplements will be billed approximately 95 to 125 days prior to departure when the rooming list is finalized.


We recommend protecting your investment with travel insurance. For details on various levels of individual protection, contact Travel Insured at 800‑243‑3174 or visit Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849. Mandatory group travel insurance is also available.


A passport is required for international travel, and many countries require that passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of entry. Certain destinations may require a visa for entry, U.S. citizens can check requirements at; citizens of other nationalities should check with the appropriate embassy.


A deposit of $200 is required to reserve a space on the program. Reservations made less than 95 days prior to departure require full payment. Unless stated otherwise in the payment schedule below, full payments are due no later than 95 days before departure. After this date, any reservations that have not been paid in full are subject to cancellation and cancellation fees will apply.

Payment schedule

  • Deposit due:            October 1, 2017
  • Full balance due:      November 6, 2017


Holbrook Travel cannot offer refunds for any of the following: not attending the program; cancelling a reservation on or after the departure date; activities or meals missed due to travel delays; leaving a program already in progress; or choosing to opt out of any pre‑arranged activities. No partial refunds are given for unused portions of the trip.


  • 95 or more days before departure: $100 cancellation fee; remaining balance is refunded
  • 94 ‑0 days before departure: 100% of program price is forfeited

We are proud to be working with Holbrook Travel of Gainesville, Florida.  Holbrook has been enriching lives through travel since 1974. They uphold the highest standards in the Eco-travel industry and own and operate the Selva Verde Lodge.The Cost of the Tour is $3,349 per person based on double occupancy. Cost is based on double occupancy. Contact Holbrook Travel at 1.800.451.7111 If you have any questions about the content of the workshop please contact Mindy Lighthipe at 1-352-226-0949 or

email Mindy