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Laguna del Lagarto Santa Rita, Costa RicaBook now
The photography season lasts from December 1 till February 28 every year.
Located only 15 km from the Nicaraguan border in Northern Costa Rica, our lodge will be your gateway to the wonderland of the lowland neotropical rainforest. After 4 hours of drive almost due northwest, you will enter a mixed area of primary rainforests, pastures, lagoons, small villages and family plantations – home to the rare Great Green Macaw and hundreds of other bird and mammal species. Our lodge will not only provide you with your basic needs of comfort (electricity, hot shower, comfortable beds, great food and facilities that include 23 rooms in 3 buildings), but will bring an unlimited array of photogenic species on your plate. In our hides, we will guarantee excellent images of over 40 species of birds, including Keel-billed Toucans, Chestnut-mandible Toucans, Collared Aracari and King Vulture. The area also has an amazing list of other photogenic wildlife, such as dart-frogs, snakes, monkeys, armadillos and insects. We have 3 hides at the lodge – one halfway underground and two towers, which can be reached through easy walks (200-550m). The vulture hide in the ground and one of the towers are in semi-open land, and the other tower is in the middle of the primary rainforest.
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12/29/2017 - 01/31/2018 300 € 270 € 30% 130 € - 370 €
King Vulture Hide Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
Our hide is specifically designed for King Vultures, the most attractive vulture species in the world. During our 4 months season, the birds receive a few kg of meat every day, resulting in frequent visits not only by the King Vultures, but also Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Caracaras and even songbirds that feed on the worms around the meat. Details >>
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Bence Mate
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Bence Mate
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Species list (3) >>

King Vulture Hide - Details


Our hide is specifically designed for King Vultures, the most attractive vulture species in the world. During our 4 months season, the birds receive a few kg of meat every day, resulting in frequent visits not only by the King Vultures, but also Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Caracaras and even songbirds that feed on the worms around the meat. Our hide is half way in the ground and covered with thick layer of soil, thus its climate is the best among our Costa Rican hides. The approach route and the covered back entrance allows us to enter the hide at any time of the day, without disturbing the birds on the ground and on the surrounding trees.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2009
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 4
Number of observed birds from the hide: 45
Floor space: 180x500 cm + 170x300 cm
Internal height: 200 cm
Seats:
Material: concrete
Distance between the hide and the feeders: 5 and 25 m
Feeders: 2 for action, 2 for portrait
Recommended focal lenght: 300-800 mm
Photography direction: 1 direction
Orientation: according to North 261
Angle of sight: 150
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x50 cm
Inside temperature: 20-25C,
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Distance from the lodge: 250 m
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Big Tower Hide Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
Costa Rica’s most beautiful frugivorous birds are awaiting our photographers in front of this hide. During the 4 months photo season, the birds receive one bunch of banana every day. In a single day, you can photograph over 20 species of birds, which stay for hours on the variety of photogenic branches and perches. Details >>
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)Copyright © Zoltan Vegh
Species list (15) >>

Big Tower Hide - Details


Costa Rica’s most beautiful frugivorous birds are awaiting our photographers in front of this hide. During the 4 months photo season, the birds receive one bunch of banana every day. In a single day, you can photograph over 20 species of birds, which stay for hours on the variety of photogenic branches and perches. The tower is built on the edge of the forest, under a solitary tree. Its windows are facing an open field with beautiful green background – ideal location for flight shots, as well. The rare Great Green Macaw nests 200 meters from the hide and occasionally passes by just a few meters from the hide.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2009
Number of birds photographed from the hide:
Number of birds observed from the hide:
Floor space: 182x487 cm
Internal height: 220 m
Floor level height: 6 m
Material: wood
Distance between hide and branch: 4, 8, 11 m (4-12 m)
Recommended focal lenght: 300-800 mm
Photography direction: 1 direction
Orientation: according to North 282
Angle of sight: 150
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x50 cm
Inside temperature: 20-35C
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Distance from the lodge: 550 m
Blue Ground-dove (Claravis pretiosa)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Brown-hooded Parrot (Pionopsitta haematotis)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)
November-December, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Dick Van Der Lely
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Sandor Zsila
Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula galbula)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Tamas Imre
Rainforest Tower Hide Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
This is Hidephotography’s most secluded hide, built in a true rainforest environment. Just like at the other tower, we are attracting our birds simply by providing one bunch of banana every day. The undisturbed environment and the thick foliage ensure that even the most rarely photographed species pay frequent visits to this hide. Details >>
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Species list (9) >>

Rainforest Tower Hide - Details


This is Hidephotography’s most secluded hide, built in a true rainforest environment. Just like at the other tower, we are attracting our birds simply by providing one bunch of banana every day. The undisturbed environment and the thick foliage ensure that even the most rarely photographed species pay frequent visits to this hide. Despite the dense forest vegetation, the hide is supplied with lots of light and homogenous background, because its windows are facing the opposite side of a small forest lagoon.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2009
Number of birds photographed from the hide:
Number of birds observed from the hide:
Floor space: 182x487 cm
Internal height: 220 m
Floor level height: 6 m
Material: wood
Distance between hide and branch: 4, 8 (4-8 m)
Recommended focal lenght: 300-800 mm
Photography direction: 1 direction
Orientation: according to North 255
Angle of sight: 150
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x50 cm
Inside temperature: 20-35C
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Distance from the lodge: 200 m
Other: Power supply 110V 1500W
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Sandor Zsila
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Neotropical Otter (Lutra longicaudis)
November-February, Unpredictable
Copyright © Sandor Zsila
Garden Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
Our most popular hide in Costa Rica is the most simple – you grab a cup of coffee or a beer, sit in the secluded corner of the lodge’s open-air restaurant and never stop taking images of the 20 species of fantastic bird species that frequent the banana feeder there. This amazing setup (available for HidePhotography guests only) has resulted in several ... Details >>
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Brown-hooded Parrot (Pionopsitta haematotis)Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)Copyright © Bence Mate
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (19) >>

Garden - Details


Our most popular hide in Costa Rica is the most simple – you grab a cup of coffee or a beer, sit in the secluded corner of the lodge’s open-air restaurant and never stop taking images of the 20 species of fantastic bird species that frequent the banana feeder there. This amazing setup (available for HidePhotography guests only) has resulted in several breathtaking images of toucans, oropendolas and many other colorful species on easily interchangeable photogenic branches, with perfect background and under comfortable conditions. A great and easy photographic opportunity.
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Brown-hooded Parrot (Pionopsitta haematotis)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Gabor Bakos
Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis)
December-February, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Yellow-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia luteicapilla)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula galbula)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Adolfo's Garden Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
It has often been reported that remote, undisturbed, dense forests are not always the best places to photograph birds. Agricultural areas, gardens with fruits, edge-habitats often attract many more species, and the situation is not different in Costa Rica either. To take advantage of this wildlife phenomenon, we have added a hide to our Costa Rica collection ... Details >>
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Brown-hooded Parrot (Pionopsitta haematotis)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Siegbert Werner
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthemelas)Copyright © Dick Van Der Lely
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)Copyright © Bence Mate
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (23) >>

Adolfo's Garden - Details


It has often been reported that remote, undisturbed, dense forests are not always the best places to photograph birds. Agricultural areas, gardens with fruits, edge-habitats often attract many more species, and the situation is not different in Costa Rica either. To take advantage of this wildlife phenomenon, we have added a hide to our Costa Rica collection in the backyard of a local inhabitant of Santa Rita, the nearby village. This hide very quickly became one of our most popular hides and soon started to provide the highest number of bird species for the photographer.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Siegbert Werner
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Brown-hooded Parrot (Pionopsitta haematotis)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Siegbert Werner
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Dick Van Der Lely
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Siegbert Werner
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Siegbert Werner
Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Dick Van Der Lely
Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula galbula)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthemelas)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
November-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Dick Van Der Lely
Other options to photograph Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica Book now
Even though you are going to spend most of your time in our custom-built professional hides in Costa Rica, you should take the extra effort to familiarize yourself with other local wildlife, as well, and try to create marvelous images of them. An endless number of mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect species await you on your walks in the garden ... Details >>
Elephant Beetle (Megasoma elephas)Copyright © Bence Mate
Leaf Cutter Ant (Atta cephalotes)Copyright © Bence Mate
Leaf Cutter Ant (Atta cephalotes)Copyright © Bence Mate
Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer)Copyright © Bence Mate
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)Copyright © Bence Mate
Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)Copyright © Bence Mate
Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Green And Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Species list (30) >>

Other options to photograph - Details


Even though you are going to spend most of your time in our custom-built professional hides in Costa Rica, you should take the extra effort to familiarize yourself with other local wildlife, as well, and try to create marvelous images of them. An endless number of mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect species await you on your walks in the garden and in the forest, and our staff on the ground will always assist you to get the right animals at the right place under the best light conditions.
Leaf Cutter Ant (Atta cephalotes)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Peanut-headed Bug (Fulgora laternaria)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden Spider (Nephila clavipes)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Elephant Beetle (Megasoma elephas)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-eyed Treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Talamanca Rocket Frog (Colostethus talamancae)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Green And Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates pumilio)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Lowland Forest Racer (Dendrophidion vinitor)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Speckled Racer (Drymobius margaritiferus)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Brown Blunt-headed Vinesnake (Imantodes cenchoa)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Tropical Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Southern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira annulata)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Bird-eating Snake (Pseustes poecilonotus)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Pink-bellied Littersnake (Rhadinaea decorata)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Cloudy Snail-eating Snake (Sibon nebulatus)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
False Fer-de-lance (Xenodon rabdocephalus)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
November-February, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper)
November-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Hog-nosed Viper (Porthidium nasutum)
November-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Central American Coral Snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
November-February, Unpredictable
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Striped Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Casque-headed Lizard (Corytophanes cristatus)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodylus)
November-February, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Tropical Night Lizard (Lepidophyma flavimaculatum)
November-February, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Godeny