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In our search for new locations, we stumbled upon a remote mountain called Cerro Pelado. An extinct ancient volcano, rising above the flatlands of Cañas in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. A deserted place in the middle of nowhere burnt by the intense sun of the tropical dry forest. Not a very encouraging site for a hike and definitely not and easy trail to find. After we located the entrance at the property of a local farmer, he explained us where to go.

We began our climb through a steep forest trail and after a while we reached one of the first views above the treetops, what a sight! The wind was so strong it complicated our journey and hiking through the rocks along the rim of the mountain became a dangerous task. It’s very easy to lose the path and we did a couple of times. We finally reached the most epic location with a stunning view of the canyon and the valley, all the way to the Gulf of Nicoya. We suddenly realised we hiked a different trail, leaving us on the other side of Cerro Pelado, not the usual spot. We decided to enjoy the views and the sunset from there and promised to return another day to explore the other side. After the epic summer sunset we began our hike back down, we didn’t want to get lost in a new moon night! The fast winds were relentless and we had to stop several times along the way. The views as the night fell upon the landscape were breathtaking. What a great, fulfilling experience!

The following day we woke up at dawn and drove to the entrance of Llanos de Cortés Waterfall in Bagaces, Guanacaste. The gates open at 8am but we wanted to avoid the crowds so we left the car at the gate and walked the dirt road to the waterfall. It’s an easy walk and after a while we reached the parking area near the waterfall. At 6:30am we were shooting the refreshing views of Llanos de Cortés. A beautiful location very easy to access and explore. At around 7:45am we noticed some people arriving at the area so we decided to pack our gear and head back. Thank god we did! On our walk back to the car, at least 3 full buses of tourist were headed to the waterfall, not at all what a landscape photographer wants!

Definitely the “middle of nowhere” in Guanacaste, is rich with sceneries and vast views, epic locations and adventure, lots of adventure. The best part was not photographing the area but hanging out and exploring with kindred spirits and good friends.

Luis Solano Pochet 
Founding Photographer

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
– Edward Abbey

Let me take you on a windy journey through Cerro Pelado and Llanos de Cortés waterfall, Costa Rica


Gear Used:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX II LEE 100 x 100mm Little Stopper 1.8 ND MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod
Canon 70-200mm F4L IS USM LEE 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 ND
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge

















IMG_9516-Edit  IMG_9579


Until next time!

Featured Photographers

I would like to present you the work of ToTheWonder Explorers: Sergio Rodríguez and Adrián Zamora. Really good friends and great photographers that joined me on this adventure.

Sergio Rodríguez

Follow Sergio’s work on Instagram: @sergiorr_

Adrián Zamora

Follow Adrian’s work on Instagram: @adrianzamcr and on Facebook: Adrián Zamora Photographer

This post is dedicated to Mariajo, Rosa, Adrián and Sergio. Adventure soulmates and free spirits, searching for the road less traveled and fulfilling life experiences.


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11 thoughts on “Winds of Guanacaste

  1. Hola!
    De verdad que su trabajo es excelente. Destaca las bellezas de cualquier lugar en cualquier situación y condición.
    La composición de cada una de las fotos es de aplaudir y el proceso de edición una maravilla.


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  2. Hola Luis,

    En estos tiempos, cualquiera es fotografo… Pero dejame decirte que estoy enamorada de tus fotos y tu talento. Como te digo, puedes tener a mano cualquier cantidad de materiales, incluyendo camaras de todos los colores y sabores, pero el talento, la vision y el amor que le pones a tu trabajo, nadie te lo quita. Te felicito! Gracias por inspirarme todos los dias!


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  3. Uno de los mejores post en este tiempo que tengo de conocerte, Luis de verdad que tu trabajo es fuente de inspiración y ayuda a los demás a tomar una cámara para buscar esa aventura, ha sido un placer conocerte y aún más trabajar con vos. Solamente puedo decir que estoy convencido de que lo que viene será enorme e imparable, brindemos por una vida de aventura y de muchas fotografías.

    Gracias por dejarme compartir tus éxitos y estar presente en esos momentos importantes. Amigo no solo es el que comparte momentos con vos si no también el que se alegra por tus éxitos como si fueran propios. To The Wonder.

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    1. Wow :’) Muchas gracias Álvaro. Ha sido toda una aventura esta nueva alianza que cada vez es más fuerte. Cada día saldrán más proyectos y éxitos en conjunto. Gracias por ser parte de ToTheWonder y lanzarte al agua conmigo en este mundo de la fotografía naturalista. ¡Un abrazo! 😀


  4. Luis,
    De verdad me inspiras a perseguir mi sueño de fotografia. Eres un fotografo con muchisimo talento y te puede decir que cada uno de tus fotos me hace extrañar a Costa Rica mas y mas. Estoy muy agradecida que puedo observar tus aventuras a traves de tus fotos.

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