It’s no secret that COVID almost decimated our photo tourism company and the tourism industry as a whole. When deciding whether to close down shop or expand our photo tour offerings, we chose to move forward by offering an immersive photo tour to Costa Rica. What does it mean by immersive? It means you will get hands-on photo instruction on every excursion we have on the itinerary and you will also get to view the culture through the locals eyes. Walking through the Monteverde Biological Reserve Why Did We Choose Costa Rica?   Having visited Costa Rica a few years ago with my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary and falling in love with the country and especially the people, Costa Rica quickly rose to the top of my list of destinations to offer a photo tour. My husband is adventurous, but he prefers to stay in a resort, while I like to stay in an Airbnb or smaller hotels surrounded by the locals. We made a deal – we would stay at a resort so he would feel more comfortable, and we would rent a car spending all day outside of the resort to explore what Costa Rica had to offer. In my opinion, when you take the chance to stay local and surround yourself with locals, you get a truly authentic experience. What better way is there than to immerse yourself fully into the local culture? I love this aspect of travelling because you get to speak with the…
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Why Triple F Photo Tours Is Leading an Immersive Photo Tour in Costa Rica? — Triple F Photo Tours: Change Lives and Improve Your Photography On Our Photo-Tour to Uganda

Why Triple F Photo Tours Is Leading an Immersive Photo Tour in Costa Rica? — Triple F Photo Tours: Change Lives and Improve Your Photography On Our Photo-Tour to Uganda

It’s no secret that COVID almost decimated our photo tourism company and the tourism industry as a whole. When deciding whether to close down shop or expand our photo tour offerings, we chose to move forward by offering an immersive photo tour to Costa Rica.

What does it mean by immersive? It means you will get hands-on photo instruction on every excursion we have on the itinerary and you will also get to view the culture through the locals eyes.

Walking through the Monteverde Biological Reserve

Walking through the Monteverde Biological Reserve

Why Did We Choose Costa Rica?  

Having visited Costa Rica a few years ago with my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary and falling in love with the country and especially the people, Costa Rica quickly rose to the top of my list of destinations to offer a photo tour.

My husband is adventurous, but he prefers to stay in a resort, while I like to stay in an Airbnb or smaller hotels surrounded by the locals. We made a deal – we would stay at a resort so he would feel more comfortable, and we would rent a car spending all day outside of the resort to explore what Costa Rica had to offer.

In my opinion, when you take the chance to stay local and surround yourself with locals, you get a truly authentic experience. What better way is there than to immerse yourself fully into the local culture? I love this aspect of travelling because you get to speak with the locals and learn what life is like for them. You get a genuine appreciation for how they express their culture, whether through the food they cook, the arts they create, the language they speak and how they even dress. I understand this way of travelling is not for everyone, but I promise you that it will enrich you if you decide to take up the challenge.

When we first arrived in Costa Rica, it reminded me of being in Uganda. Mainly due to the similar weather and the location near the equator. It gets dark around 6 pm in both countries, and the sun usually rises around 6 am every day. There’s plenty to do after dark, though, so don’t despair.

Also, both countries have a dry and wet season, making your trip planning easier.

Man taking a photo of Arenal Volcano

Man taking a photo of Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica Fulfilled All of My Senses in Just One Week

In just one week, we gained a huge appreciation for Costa Rica, as it fulfilled all of our senses, and we got a view through the locals’ eyes. We ate at local restaurants recommended to us by the resort’s waitstaff, which local people also owned as we wanted to support the local economy. We visited a local village in Monteverde called CASEM (Cooperativa de Artesanas de Santa Elena y Monteverde), a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the economic well-being of local female artisans. This experience was perhaps one of my favourite aspects of visiting Costa Rica because our travel dollars directly contributed to supporting local women and empowering them to further their work and art. I bought a beautiful peasant blouse that is reminiscent of the local culture, and every time I wear it, I am reminded of the work that CASEM does to enhance women’s livelihoods.

Women making handicrafts at CASEM, Costa Rica

Women making handicrafts at CASEM, Costa Rica

We visited the Monteverde Hummingbird Sanctuary, which was a highlight as I am a huge birder. In this sanctuary, they had positioned over 30 hummingbird feeders, and we delighted in seeing these tiny magical birds flitting back and forth from feeder to feeder as we got our fill of them.

We also relaxed after long hikes in the Tabacon Thermal Hot Springs surrounded by views of the Arenal Volcano in Fortuna. Due to the geothermal activity in Costa Rica, there are numerous hot springs around the country; however, the best one, in my opinion, is the one you can visit in Arenal.

Guest relaxing at the Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Guest relaxing at the Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Explore The Real Costa Rica on our Photo Tour 

Now that travel has opened up again, we will be offering the first of many photo tours through our company Triple F Photo Tours. The first one will be to Costa Rica in February 2022.  

Regardless of the photo tour destination, our goal is to give our guests a culturally immersive experience combined with hands-on photo instruction throughout the days we will be travelling together.

On this tour, we will visit the capital city of San Jose, a modern and bustling city located in the central valley region and founded in 1738. San Jose offers various cultural and natural attractions, and the architectural jewel of the country is its National Theatre. The theatre’s construction started in 1891 with funds originating from a coffee tax since it was their only export at the time. It took seven years to build the theatre, guided by an Italian engineer. Once opened, it became one of Costa Rica’s prized cultural jewels and boasts of its historical architecture, which you will see in many of the surrounding buildings and churches across the city.

From Costa Rica, we will head to Herida, which is a great place to see the contrasts of Costa Rica’s Colonial architecture. You will see the traditional setup of small towns, with the church, the park and the school in the middle, mixing up with modern structures and busy life, all surrounded by the gorgeous green and blue mountains wherever you look.

While in Heredia, we will visit the small towns of Grechia and Sarchi. Grechia is a picturesque town about 20 minutes north of Alajuela City and offers some of the most incredible scenery anywhere. Surrounded by mountains bursting with green foliage, the Grecia landscapes unfold across rolling fields. 

Sarchi, on the other hand, is perhaps most widely recognized for its colourful and decorative oxcarts that have been made here for over a century. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a vital role in the country’s history, as people used them to transport coffee beans & other goods to nearby and faraway markets and ports. Starting in the 1840’s most of the rural roads were very rough, making the oxcart the sole means of transportation.

This photo tour will be full of amazing photographic opportunities – too many to list here so if you want to read all the fine details, please make sure you download the itinerary at https://www.triplefphototours.ca/costa-rica.

The famous Oxcarts in Sarchi

The famous Oxcarts in Sarchi

What Makes This Tour Immersive?

As mentioned earlier, besides the hands-on photography instruction you get throughout the tour, the part we love the best is the experience you gain through cultural immersion. That could take the shape of a dance or drum lesson, learning how to cook a special local meal or even helping to cultivate local crops.

I vowed that cultural immersion would be a massive part of our tours when I started this company. I have been on many tours before, to various locales where I never got to meet or see how the locals lived, and it left me empty post-travel. Sure I got great photos, but the experience left me feeling like I was missing something, which came from the lack of cultural immersion.

In Costa Rica, you will learn how to cultivate chocolate by participating in the whole production process, from working on the plantation, harvesting the fruit, drying, and grinding the seeds. You will also make the traditional drink of the ancestors, and of course, taste organic chocolate of the highest quality, combined with different ingredients, generating a festival of flavours in your mouth. You will also learn how coffee is grown, picked and harvested alongside centuries of farming done the Costa Rica way.

Little girl smelling cocoa beans on Chocolate Tour

Little girl smelling cocoa beans on Chocolate Tour

From hiking to birding to interacting with locals to bathing in hot springs to cruising along the shore to viewing the volcanoes to a night walk amongst the various creatures that call Costa Rica home, there will be something on this photo tour for all types of travellers to enjoy.  

You can download the full itinerary on our home page at https://www.triplefphototours.ca/costa-rica.

We look forward to showing you beautiful and bountiful Costa Rica.

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