Northern Guanacaste in Costa Rica is one of my favorite areas of the country.

With Playa Rajada being a paradise for landscape photographers, the Guanacaste Conservation Area (A World Heritage Site) as its backyard, the endless views of Salinas Bay, Jobo Bay, the Gulf of Santa Elena and the coast of Nicaragua. Although it is only one hour away from Liberia, it feels far from the masses, pure and natural.

A few weeks ago when the Costa Elena team invited me to explore and get to know their spectacular project in this area, I did not hesitate to visit. So Adrián and I packed our photographic equipment and flew to Liberia together with Gustavo, who was going to show us the best views.

Upon arrival, we were not sure what to expect, we had been told that the property and development of Costa Elena was in the mountains and had spectacular views. They did not dissappoint. In the lots adjacent to the Dreams Las Mareas hotel, we were welcomed and we passed the guard check point.

A few minutes later and what seemed like a developed and very tourist area, became a sensory, natural and remote experience. The forest of Guanacaste consumed us and suddenly, 360 degree views.

The infinite sea and the sense of scale that seems lost among such magnitude. Isla Bolaños, the bays, the volcanoes in the distance.

Costa Elena is undoubtedly a paradise that seeks to connect with local communities, promote ecotourism, adventure and invite national and foreigners to live in this area and encourage the economy while respecting the most important thing: the natural environment.

Exploring these views was an experience I didn’t know I wanted but oh how glad I was to explore them!

They assured me I still have a lot more to see in the area and I firmly believe it.
The beauty that hides inside northern Guanacaste is endless and overwhelming.

Luis Solano Pochet 
CEO & Founding Photographer
ToTheWonder®

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.”
Christy Ann Martine

LOCATION

Let me take you on a journey through Costa Elena in northern Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Gear Used

We are a curious bunch and we love knowing what gear other photographers are using, right?

CAMERAS

Sony Alpha A7R III

Sony Alpha A6500

LENSES

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

 Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

FILTERS

LEE 4×4″ Little Stopper 1.8 ND

LEE 4×4″ Big Stopper 3.0 ND

LEE NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge

LEE NDG 4×6″ 1.2 Soft Edge

ACCESORIES

 MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Tripod

F-STOP Tilopa Anthracite Backpack

 Sony 128GB UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards

 Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote

 Really Right Stuff L-Plate

Welcome to Costa Elena in La Cruz, northern Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Luis Solano Pochet ToTheWonder Workshops Photography Landscape Wildlife Costa Rica Tropical Central America Beach

Luis Solano Pochet ToTheWonder Workshops Photography Landscape Wildlife Costa Rica Tropical Central America Beach

Luis Solano Pochet ToTheWonder Workshops Photography Landscape Wildlife Costa Rica Tropical Central America Beach

Luis Solano Pochet ToTheWonder Workshops Photography Landscape Wildlife Costa Rica Tropical Central America Beach

UNTIL THE NEXT ADVENTURE!


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This post is dedicated to the Team of Costa Elena who invited us
to their home in the heart of northern Guanacaste.

Go check out their social media for more information about their project:

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