The first stop on these all-inclusive, private photography tours is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a fantastic destination that combines well-developed hiking trails, five rainforest waterfalls, an animal sanctuary, butterfly observatory, free-range ranarium (frogs), serpentarium (snakes), jungle cat exhibit, monkey enclosure, tropical aviary, and hummingbird gardens.
As you step into the butterfly observatory, you are immediately transported into a joyous fantasy world, as thousands of gorgeous Blue Morpho butterflies flutter about without a care in the world. The monkey and jungle cat enclosures allow you to see several species of jungle acrobats, including howler and white-faced monkeys, as well as fierce felines like the elusive jaguar and powerful puma. In the aviary you can feed friendly toucans and the hummingbird gardens attract twenty-six different species of colorful, fast-flying wizards. You also get a close-up view of some of the most beautiful and deadly snakes in Costa Rica and interact with the iconic red-eyed tree frog and a variety of tiny, colorful poison dart frogs.
La Paz also hosts some of the best waterfalls in Costa Rica and the first one to greet you is Templo. A nice footbridge, small beach area, and viewing platforms provide endless photo opportunities of the eighty-five-foot-tall spectacle. After a few dozen steps down a metal staircase, the towering Magia Blanca appears, and at 120 feet, it’s the tallest waterfall at La Paz. Like Templo, Magia Blanca can be viewed from several vantage points, one merely twenty feet from the thundering cascade. Encantada is third in the series of tropical waterfalls, and tucked behind it is the appropriately titled Escondido, which translates to Hidden. Last but certainly not least is the powerful La Paz Waterfall. This roaring, spray-spewing giant spills into a raging river and many creative compositions can be made there.
More incredible locations are scattered throughout Costa Rica’s Central Valley, and one of the best of them is tucked away in the misty cloud forest of Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Bajos del Toro is one of the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica and plunges 300 feet into an ancient volcano crater below. Red and orange mineral deposits scar the rock walls, and bright green moss blankets the landscape surrounding the falls, adding sensational color and texture.
Near the park entrance, hundreds of colorful hummingbirds whizz through tropical gardens scattered with orchids and wandering walking trails. Winding through the jungle to the base of the falls, the main trail is a mix of flat dirt pathways, natural declines, and concrete stairs, and monkeys can be seen on the journey to the bottom.
In Costa Rica’s rural Northern Highlands, the thriving small town of La Fortuna is one of the most-visited Costa Rica destinations and there are plenty of reasons why.
Along with stunning views of the iconic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is home to the magnificent La Fortuna Waterfall. This gorgeous splendor is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Costa Rica and drops 230 feet into a shallow pool below.
Not to be outdone, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest lake, is located twenty minutes west of La Fortuna. Covering 33 square miles, the massive lake produces extraordinary tropical sunsets.
Also in Costa Rica’s Northern Highlands, Tenorio Volcano National Park is home to the magical turquoise water of Rio Celeste. Ancient legend has it that while painting the sky, the gods dipped their paintbrushes into the water of Rio Celeste, giving the river its unique turquoise color.
Along with a wonderful, world-famous waterfall, other things to see at Rio Celeste include bubbling hot springs along the river’s edge, a beautiful lagoon called Poza Azul and Los Teñideros—the demarcation line where two rivers merge together and the turquoise water begins. Rio Celeste is home to many species of exotic birds, three-toed sloths, large tropical rodents called agoutis, ring-tailed coatis, owl butterflies—whose giant wings mimic the face of an owl for protection, and bright green eyelash vipers. Rio Celeste is a true national treasure and must-see location that provides excellent photo opportunities.
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