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An experience that will make you feel more alive than ever.

This 9-day trip leads you from the mountainous cloud forest of Costa Rica to the stunning Pacific Coast. You'll stay in a bungalow below Arenal Volcano, a cabin overlooking the rainforest, and finally in a hideaway by the beach with 3 (three!) pools. In La Fortuna, volcanic-heated hot springs, specialty coffee shops, and traditional Costa Rican restaurants called Sodas are just down the road. You can walk the hanging bridges to see toucans, swim below bright blue waterfalls, and even go zip-lining or rafting if you’re up to it! In Monteverde, you’ll see the immense biodiversity of the Cloud Forest. Join the group for a night walk in the jungle or catch a vibrant sunset from the mountains. In Manuel Antonio, you’ll stay right on the Pacific Coast. Learn to surf, hike in the national forest, look for dolphins and whales, head out on a catamaran, or just hang by the beach! 

 

This Costa Rica trip will be an experience more special than any TWC trip before, as we will be joined by photography and videography professionals from Nimaroh led by Blake Takushi.  The goal of this creative-led expedition is to assist all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, in enhancing photography and videography skills. Along the way, you’ll be taught both the technical as well as creative skills, which Blake and the Nimaroh team use to create content professionally. 

*Full Trip Itinerary below*

 

January 8-16, 2022.

The trip cost is $2499. Only a $250 deposit that goes towards trip costs is needed today to guarantee your spot and lock in the sale price.

 

Additionally, Nimaroh is hosting a giveaway that those who sign up for this trip will have exclusive access to. Those attending this photography expedition will have a chance to win:

  • •DJI FPV Drone worth $1399

  • Zhiyun Weebil S Gimbal worth $399

  • Tripods, Filters, Merch, and Other Small Items!

  • Photography and videography guidance from a professional

    • Professional photographer and videographer Blake Takushi from Nimaroh will be joining us with a small team for the trip. 

    • Blake's goal for the trip will be assisting each traveler in capturing the best of the locations, providing guidance on specific skills to work on, collaborating and shooting with the group at various locations around Costa Rica, and, finally, coming back to the dedicated office space in each accommodation to process and give feedback as a group.

  • Several meetings led by the Nimaroh team in functional and professional co-working spaces to review techniques and present photos and videos

    • Travelers can expect to learn through the following lectures:

      • ​Intro - The Mindset of a Photographer + Creativity in Content

      • Camera Technicals - In Camera Decision Making 

      • Color Theory, Correction, and LR Process

      • Video Sequencing - Pace and Rhythm (Optional lecture)

      • Technical Video - Post Production Tools (Optional lecture)

      • Image Manipulation in Photoshop (Optional lecture)

  • 8 nights, 9 days, in hand-picked accommodations

    • Accommodations are shared rooms of approximately 4 travelers, exclusively from the TWC group, with ensuite bathrooms, but fully private room upgrades are available. Travelers can request roommates during the booking process.

  • Transportation between cities 

    • Enjoy private transportation and rest up before arriving in the next city. 

  • All-day use of a private bus in Monteverde and Manuel Antonio

    • We will have our own bus for each day to go wherever we'd like!

  • Airport transfer service

    • You'll have nothing to worry about as you arrive in and depart San Jose

  • Several fun activities

    • Most notably, entrance to La Fortuna Waterfall, a guided night walk in Monteverde, and entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park

    • See the full itinerary below for specific details on included excursions. 

  • Estimated 8 meals and 2 drinks (smoothies or beers)

    • 5 breakfasts and 3 typical Costa Rican lunches​

    • Plus 2 special happy hours with a drink included at each

  • A TWC group leader for the duration of the trip for all travel logistics 

    • Jess and Gavin will personally be on this trip! 

  • A local Costa Rican guide accompanying the group to each destination

    • Get to know Ron, our favorite Costa Rican professional tour guide and driver who will help you spot wildlife and learn about the Pura Vida lifestyle. 

  • Individual TWC Traveler Account and access to a private group Facebook for the trip

    • Each TWC Traveler will be given access to their own account where they will find a trip-specific packing list, options to contact their trip consultants with any questions, a link to a private Facebook group for just the Costa Rica TWC travelers, and trip consultants, and more information. 

  • TWC trip consultants leading up to and during the trip for travel advice and to answer  questions

Recommended Equipment and Software for each traveler:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

  • Laptop Computer with Hard Drive Storage

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic  

Important notes:

1. Your international flights to and from San Jose are not included. We do however happily make suggestions and notify our travelers when great flight deals are available.

 

2. Each traveler will also have to purchase travel insurance of their choosing that fits specific requirements, as required by the Costa Rican border officials. This insurance starts at approximately $11. 

3. TWC may request that you take a PCR COVID-19 test and send proof of a negative result before departing the USA.

4. There is a 3% processing fee on transactions made by credit card.

 

 

Check out @travelworldculture and #travelworldculture on Instagram for more photos of the trip. Also check out more of Blake and Nimaroh's past work, including work done on past Travel World Culture trips, below:

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DAY 1: FLIGHT

  • Highlights 

    • Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. You'll get a professional airport transfer straight away to the accommodation in La Fortuna.

    • After check-in, grab a drink at the pool bar, have a seat by the fire, or sit on the back terrace overlooking the river (see if you can spot any sloths!). 

    • Meet everyone in the group for an included drink (alcoholic or juice) and get ready to learn all about Pura Vida. Translated, the phrase means “simple life” or “pure life”, but in Costa Rica, it is a way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world!

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DAY 2: LA FORTUNA

  • Highlights 

    • Wake up in the morning to an included breakfast. 

    • Join Blake and the rest of the group in the co-working space for a morning welcome meeting: The Mindset of a Photographer + Creativity in Content.

      • Over the week, there will be 4 "challenges" during certain included activities where each traveler will be encouraged and guided through photo and video assignments, including topics covering composition, action photos, night photos, and wildlife photos. ​There is no "winner" of these challenges, but special mentions may be presented during group meetings.

      • Running throughout the trip, there will also be a series of "contests" with one traveler being awarded each superlative at the end of the week at the goodbye meeting. Superlatives will include "most creative shot," "goofiest photo," "more cinematic video," and "most unconventional method used."

    •  Join the group for a walk to La Fortuna Waterfall through some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. We'll walk by the coolest rope swing and swimming hole for those who want to take a quick dip. The rest of the way to the waterfall will have the best views of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding mountains. Soon you'll see the waterfall towering over 230 feet. Entrance to the park is included, and you'll see abundant wildlife along the way. Down by the pool of the falls, you can go for a swim or admire the view. 

      • Challenge #1: Composition Photo Challenge. Learn to control what's in your frame. The La Fortuna waterfall and surrounding areas are the perfect backdrop for this challenge.

    • After the waterfall, we will head back into town for an included group lunch at a typical Costa Rican "Soda." Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. 

    • After lunch, the group will be free to head out for the afternoon to do one of the optional excursions for La Fortuna listed below or to practice more new photography and videography skills. 

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DAY 3: LA FORTUNA

  • Highlights

    • Flexible content day: this day's photography lessons are being kept flexible. You can can head out to shoot with Blake, attend a optional lecture, or enjoy a day of optional excursions listed below. Blake and the Nimaroh team will be around to assist with advice, feedback, and collaboration out on location. You also have the majority of the day to head out on one of the unbelievable activities listed just below. The amazing part about being in a group is that there is always someone down to go on an adventure with you!

    • The group will rejoin Jess and Gavin in the early evening for a trip to the volcanic hot springs! Take a relaxing soak in this river heated by the activity of Arenal Volcano. 

  • Recommended Optional Excursions for La Fortuna

    • Try an adventure activity! Every type of excursion you can think of is available: rafting, zip-lining, canyoning, rock climbing, ATVing, etc. 

    • Take a hike around the Arenal Volcano National Park or Ecological Park through old lava fields to a stunning view of Arenal Volcano and the massive Lake Arenal. 

    • Join a guided walk in the rainforest near La Fortuna to see where dozens of sloths now live! 

    • Head out to the hanging bridges near La Fortuna for a beautiful morning or afternoon walk across 7 bridges suspended hundreds of feet above the Costa Rican rainforest. See how much wildlife you can spot or get a guide!

    • Looking for something really exciting? Take a day trip to Rio Celeste: a place so interesting you have to see it with your own eyes! Two chemically different rivers join to form a brilliant turquoise river and waterfall. 

    • There's no better place to go horseback riding for a unique activity with volcano views! 

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DAY 4: MONTEVERDE

  • Highlights

    • Wake up to an included breakfast! You'll have the morning to walk around town, head out on a short activity, and say goodbye to the town. If you're looking to try the freshest juice for $1.50 or the best chocolate of your life, we know the places!

    • We will have an included traditional Costa Rican lunch (with accommodations for dietary restrictions such as vegan, vegetarian, etc) either in La Fortuna, on the way to Monteverde, or upon arrival in Monteverde. 

    • We will head out on private transportation with our Costa Rican driver to Monteverde! Along the way, we will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Arenal. In Monteverde, we will check into our cabins with views of the famous Cloud Forest area of Costa Rica. 

    • After check in and time to eat, the group will go for an included guided night walk in the Cloud Forest, one of the most famous things to do in Costa Rica! Your local guide will show you how the rainforest comes alive at night, and you might be able to spot animals such as sloths, monkeys, colorful scarlet macaws and many other types of birds, butterflies, toucans, vipers, coatis, and very rarely even pumas or jaguars! 

      • Challenge #2: Night Photo Challenge. Learn to manage a photographer's greatest resource, light, during the night walk in the Cloud Forest.

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DAY 5: MONTVERDE

  • Highlights

    • This morning we will wake up in our cabins nestled in the Cloud Forest. 

    • We have a private bus from now until the end of the trip to take around wherever the group is going! This is a huge benefit of going with a group and sharing a bus because we can reach more remote and exciting places that others can't. 

    • The group will head out on our bus to a fun area of Monteverde where the group can have breakfast surrounded by monkeys, try coffee or take a coffee tour at the locally owned and roasted Cafe Monteverde, visit CASEM--Cooperative of Artisans, or walk to waterfalls. 

    • From the stop in Monteverde town, the group can either walk to one of Monteverde's 3 famous Cloud Forest Preserves or take our private bus. This is what we highly recommend doing for the day, and we will happily share our recommendations for specific paths, viewpoints, and tours for whatever you'd like to see! Anyone who visits Costa Rica needs to learn about this extremely unique and world-famous ecological zone, which is almost exclusively found in this area of Costa Rica. 

    • After the free afternoon, the group will meet back up for a stunning sunset from up in Monteverde overlooking Lake Arenal from our favorite viewpoint. 

    • After sunset, join Blake and the group in the meeting room for another lecture: Camera Technicals - In Camera Decision Making.

  • Recommended Optional Excursions

    • Go for a walk or take a tour in one of the 3 of Monteverde's famous Cloud Forest nature preserves. A Cloud Forest is a tropical rainforest with persistent cloud cover at the canopy level. There are more endemics (species found in only one location) in this area than almost anywhere else in the world, and the rain can sometimes fall sideways! You'll see mountain peaks and active volcanoes peak out from the canopy. 

    • Take a canopy excursion and see the top of the rainforest from a series of zip-lines, bridges, tarzan swings, and superman jumps!

    • Nothing completes a TWC trip like a coffee tour! This area of Costa Rica is famous for growing coffee, and there are many farms, as well as cafes that roast the beans, that give tours showing guests the process from the field to your latte!

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DAY 6: MANUEL ANTONIO

  • Highlights

    • Wake up to your last view of the Mountainous Highlands of Central Costa Rica and an incredibly special and biodiverse area of our world. 

    • Flexible content day: this day's photography lessons are being kept flexible due to the travel day. Blake and the Nimaroh team will be around to assist with advice, feedback, and collaboration out on location. 

    • We will have a private transfer to what we've all been waiting for, the coast! Along the way, we will stop at one of our favorite places, Crocodile Bridge! From this viewpoint, you can see dozens of crocodiles that live down below in the river. This is one of our favorite stops, showing you that wildlife is all around you in Costa Rica!

    • We will have an included typical Costa Rican lunch in Monteverde or on the way to Manuel Antonio with accommodations for dietary restrictions. 

    • Manuel Antonio is the best coastal destination in Costa Rica with a rainforest hillside, untouched beaches, and a national park dedicated to preservation and sustainability. Our accommodation will be in the hillside with views of the ocean and rainforest from above and a jungle garden, three outdoor swimming pools, a yoga deck, and a hotel restaurant.

    • The group will come together for a fun happy hour in the jungle garden with an included drink (alcoholic or juice) and enjoy the view. There is often yoga, meditation, beach soccer, pilates, and karaoke at our accommodation!

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DAY 7: MANUEL ANTONIO

  • Highlights

    • Wake up to an included breakfast! 

    • Opt in to join the group on an additional surfing expedition to Jaco, the best area for surfing and good for both beginners and experts! Take a 1-on-1 surfing lesson with beautiful scenery and then take the rest of the late morning to check out Jaco, a larger town more popular with locals from San Jose. 

    • Others who don't want to surf can opt in to join the transportation to Jaco and explore the town and beaches nearby.

    • Challenge #3: Action Photo Challenge. The intense sport of surfing in Costa Rica is the perfect setting to try capturing some action shots. You can choose to stay on the sidelines, partake in a surf lesson yourself, or split your time between the beach and the water.

    • We will take our private bus into the small town area so that the group can get food, go shopping, etc. 

 

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DAY 8: MANUEL ANTONIO

  • Highlights 

    • Wake up to an included breakfast! 

    • We have our private bus again all day, and we will be heading out as a group to Manuel Antonio National Park! Entrance is included. This park has both rainforest, wildlife, casual forest trails, an offshore coral reef, and a unique coastline (pictured below) with silky white sand. We will spend the day walking the easy trails, looking for wildlife, hanging by the beaches, checking out the tide pools, and swimming and even snorkeling for those who want to. 

    • Challenge #4: Wildlife Photo Challenge. The abundance of wildlife, including 2-toed and 3-toed sloths and many types of monkeys, in Manuel Antonio National Park is a photographer's dream.

    • Anyone can also choose to hang by the pool(s!) in the morning or head out on one of the optional excursions below. 

    • Final meeting time: Color Theory, Correction, and LR Process. Join the group in the early evening for another lecture, final reviews and feedback, and to announce the superlative winners.

  • Recommended Optional Excursions

    • Joing a catamaran day or half-day tour of the stunning coastlines. 

      • If you're looking for a shorter option, try a sunset cruise!​

    • Try out scuba diving in the coral reefs off the coast. 

    • Take a kayak tour in the mangroves. 

    • Hang out by the beach and maybe even go parasailing or jet skiing off the coast!

    • Similar to La Fortuna and Monteverde, there are also zip-lining, wildlife, horseback riding, ATVing, and rafting tours from Manuel Antonio.

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DAY 9: FLY HOME

  • Highlights

    • Enjoy one last morning on the coast, grab a coffee by the ocean with your new friends, hang by the beach, and say goodbye to the rainforest (for now). 

    • Professional transportation from the accommodation in Manuel Antonio to the airport in San Jose included. 

    • It's goodbye for now, but not forever! The Pura Vida mentality will stay with you because, after all, it's the Costa Rican motto. Pura vida means being thankful for what they have and the present. It’s an attitude and a happy way of life. You'll also be bringing home a collection of new creative skills and a week of intense practice with professional photographers and videographers.

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