June 12 – 19, 2025

Featuring David Todd ’06, Photographic Artist and eCornell course facilitator
with Jennifer Gioffre Todd, Photographic Artist and Manager of Art Studios

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Phone: 888-328-2089 | Email res@criteriontravel.com

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Your trip

  • Whether you're an experienced photographer, or a total beginner, this tour is for you. Costa Rica is a tropical treasure perfect for honing your skills in nature photography under the expert tutelage of CAU fan-favorite, David Todd. Experience the turquoise waters, crystalline rivers, cloud forests, and lush wildlife while learning how to capture amazing photos of your epic journey.

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    Your 8-day adventure will unfold in Costa Rica, revealing vast biodiversity and stunning landscapes with an emphasis on nature photography.

  • Embark on an exploration

    Embark on an exploration of the winding rivers of Tortuguero National Park, where you seek three-toed sloths, three species of monkeys, and 320 bird species.

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    Experience sea turtle conservation in action

    Visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Museum and join an evening turtle nesting tour, immersing yourselves in the captivating world of sea turtle conservation.

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    Immerse yourself in Monteverde's ecosystem

    Immerse yourself in Monteverde's complex ecosystem for two days, perched atop the continental divide. Witness the misty clouds and fog that envelop this unique environment, home to over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and at least 2,500 varieties of plants, including 420 orchid species.

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    Your chance to really do this

    Check out the trails and hanging bridges near Arenal Volcano for a unique top-down view into the canopy. Learn from local biologists about sea turtle conservation and see their nests on a special nighttime walking tour. Take an optional raft down the Sarapiqui River. All the while, benefit from the pro tips David Todd is sharing throughout.

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    Extraordinary photo ops

    Dive into extraordinary photo ops as you visit an organic farm to learn what it takes to farm organically in the tropics,  experience the Hummingbird Gallery, and gain awareness of the ecological importance of bats in the Bat Jungle.

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    Relax in this lush wonderland

    Enjoy plenty of time to relax in this lush wonderland surrounded by the sights, sounds, and scents of flowers, dense foliage, and colorful wildlife.

Your experience day-by-day

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    Day 1: Depart from home city / arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

    Arrive in the capital city of San Jose. Transfer to the Bougainvillea Hotel, and in the evening, join fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Meals included: Reception, Dinner

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    Day 2: Tortuguero

    After breakfast, travel to Tortuguero National Park by motor-coach and boat. In the afternoon, explore the winding rivers of Tortuguero National Park, seeking three-toed sloths, various species of monkeys, and a multitude of bird species. Learn about local marine conservation efforts at the Sea Turtle Conservation Museum. As the sun sets, participate in a sea turtle walk led by an expert guide.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 3: Tortuguero

    Continue your exploration of Tortuguero National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Navigate the canals and rivers, keeping a keen eye out for exotic bird species, playful monkeys, and elusive reptiles. In the afternoon, join a local biologist to delve into the captivating world of sea turtle nesting, gaining firsthand knowledge about these ancient creatures and the challenges they face. This day promises encounters with nature's wonders and a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems of Tortuguero.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 4: Arenal

    Today, join an optional rafting adventure down the exciting Class II/III rapids of the Sarapiqui River, feeling the exhilarating rush of the water and soaking in breathtaking views along the way. Suitable for ages 6 and older, this thrilling experience is sure to create lasting memories for the whole family. Following the river adventure, continue your journey to the scenic Arenal National Park, where the majestic Arenal Volcano awaits. Check-in at Tilajari Hotel, your gateway to the wonders of the rainforest.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 5: Arenal

    Embark on a canopy adventure as you explore the rainforest trails and traverse hanging bridges near Arenal Volcano. Gain a deeper understanding of sustainable practices with a visit to an organic farm for lunch. As night falls, experience the rainforest in a new light with a captivating night walking tour, unveiling the mysteries of nocturnal flora and fauna. This day promises a perfect blend of adventure, education, and connection with nature.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 6

    Cross Lake Arenal by boat as you make your way to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a biodiversity hot spot. Immerse yourself in the intricacies of the nocturnal ecosystem during an expert-led nighttime walk in the cloud forest to experience the enchanting nocturnal sounds of both the rainforest and cloud forest.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 7

    Begin the day with a morning walk in Monteverde’s cloud forest, gaining an appreciation for its diverse and rare plant and animal species. Visit the Hummingbird Gallery to understand the vital role these pollinators play in maintaining the ecosystem. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Bat Jungle, gaining insight into their intriguing feeding patterns and learning more about these often-misunderstood animals. Conclude your journey with a special farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 8: Depart for home

    Transfer to Liberia Airport for your return flights home.

    Meals included: Breakfast, meals aloft.

Travel with CAU Faculty

  • David Todd—together with Jennifer Gioffre Todd—has taught more than 100 CAU Summer students the art of photography across a range of techniques including nature photography, digital photography, and black & white 35mm photography. For this extraordinary journey, David will be on the ground in Costa Rica with CAU, while Jennifer, co-developer of the tour, will provide expertise during pre-tour elements and curate a special bonus feature for participants from back in Ithaca.


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    "David and Jen were awesome instructors! I loved this course!"
    ~CAU Summer participant

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    "Jen and David are excellent instructors! They easily tailored the material to fit my beginner status, which was really helpful. Also, they helped me learn how to use my camera effectively!"
    ~CAU Summer participant

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