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QUOTE PRIVATE TOUR - JANUARY 2023

Designed for: Potharlanka Family

Guide: Tentative

January 2 - 12, 2023

Discounted price per person based on 4 participants in double occupancy: $4,865*

*Nicoya Penthouse Suite supplement: $385 per person (based on 2pax in double occupancy)

*applied when client pays by check or bank wire*

Regular price per person based on 2 participants in double occupancy: $5,084

*Nicoya Penthouse Suite supplement: $402 per person (based on 2pax in double occupancy)

*applied when client pays by credit or debit card*

Tour includes: 

  • 10 nights of lodging

  • Meals starting with Breakfast on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 11

  • Full time Bi-lingual English-Spanish speaking guide, specializing in birds and natural history starting on Day 2 until drop-off at the hotel on Day 10

  • 1 meet & greet and airport transfer (on arrival day)

  • Full time ground transportation in a spacious air-conditioned vehicle (Chevy Trailblazer or similar) Day 2-10

  • 1 private airport transfer on Day 1 & Day 11 

  • All tours and entrances listed above

  • Taxes (airport taxes and tips to local staff, guide and driver not included

  • Tipping is customary and merit based in Costa Rica. (See below for tipping guideline to pass along to guests).

  • Owling excursions will be available throughout the tour, weather permitting and where productive based on discretion of the guide.

 

Tours and Entrances included:

  • One entrance to Pierella Gardens

  • Two half day entrance to La Selva Biological Station

  • One private Chocolate Tour

  • One private Sarapiqui River Boat Tour

  • One private Sky Trek Adventure admission (zipline)

  • One private Sky Tram admission 

  • One private Sky Walk admission (hanging bridges)

  • One entrance to Bogarin Trails

  • One entrance to Monteverde Reserve

  • One entrance to Curi Cancha Reserve

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Abbreviated Itinerary:

Day 1 - Jan 2: Hotel Bougainvillea (1 Garden View Jr Suite with King, 1 Mountain View Suite with 2 double beds)

Day 2, 3, 4 - Jan 3, 4, 5: Selva Verde (2 Sarapiqui Rooms) 

Day 5, 6, 7 - Jan 6, 7, 8: Lomas del Volcan (2 Bungalows) 

Day 8, 9 - Jan 9, 10: Hotel Belmar (1 Peninsula Superior & 1 Nicoya Penthouse Suite*) 

Day 10 - Jan 11: Hotel Bougainvillea (1 Garden View Jr Suite with King, Mountain View Jr. Suite with 2 double beds)

Day 11 - Jan 12: Departures

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DETAILED ITINERARY

*Each morning we will be getting an early start to make the best of our time, and maximize our opportunities to see the most species of birds possible while maintaining a comfortable pace. As an optional outing, one night in each location, we will go owling (weather permitting and if the guide determines the outing to be productive). Each evening there will also be an optional meeting before or after dinner to go over the bird/wildlife checklist for that day.

 

*Please note that exact meal and outing times will be announced by the guide as the tour goes along. This is to allow for flexibility in the itinerary to be able to best take advantage of time in the field and so the logistics run smoothly for the group as a whole.

Meal Key: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1 - January 2nd: Hotel Bougainvillea

(1 Garden View Jr Suite with King, 1 Mountain View Suite with 2 double beds)

Arrive in San Jose where you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and escorted back to your hotel. You will have a brief orientation meeting to go over important trip details. Spend the evening relaxing by the poolside or taking a walk in the lovely gardens to recuperate from your long day of travel. This is a good place to see the White-eared Ground-sparrow, the Blue-crowned Motmot, some colorful hummingbirds, and maybe even the Prevost’s Ground-sparrow.

(No Meals Included )

Day 2 - January 3rd: Selva Verde Lodge (2 Sarapiqui Rooms)

After breakfast, travel to the tropical lowlands of Sarapiqui. Stop along the way to visit the beautiful Pierella Ecological gardens with lunch en route. Afterwards arrive to your lodge for check-in. Spend the afternoon exploring the wildlife-rich riparian zone along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. This rain forest region at the base of the Caribbean slope is well known for hosting the greatest diversity of tropical flora and fauna. Here the Sunbittern, Black-faced Grosbeak,an d Gray-necked Wood-Rail are a few of the inhabitants of the area. This is the most likely spot on the trip to see the Great Green Macaw, an endangered species that depends on the Dipteryx tree for feeding and nesting. This is one of the emergent trees commonly found in Sarapiqui. Also lurking in the forest are two- and three-toed sloth, 3 different species of monkeys, and peccaries. 

(B at Hotel Bougainvillea, L en route & D at Selva Verde Lodge)

Day 3 & 4 - January 4th & 5th: Selva Verde Lodge (2 Sarapiqui Rooms)

Spend the next 2 days in the morning at La Selva Biological Station run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), clearly a highlight of the tour. The station is among the four most famous tropical research facilities in the world. We will see an outstanding abundance of wildlife. The station is home to more than 420 bird species, more than 500 species of butterflies, 55 species of snakes, and 120 species of mammals. A vast variety of different species of trees can be seen in the arboretum. This is the most likely place to make your Tinamou dream come true. There are three species of Tinamou that inhabit La Selva. We will be looking for Rufous Motmot, Trogons, Caciques, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and Snowy Cotinga, among many others. Animals here are not camera shy, so there will be ample photo opportunities. Peccaries (wild pig), agoutis, coatis, sloth, and monkeys frequent this area. All of which makes for unforgettable days. In the afternoon on one day you will enjoy a private Sarapiqui River boat ride with your guide. During the other afternoon you will be delighted by a private chocolate tour, taste testing the finest chocolate Costa Rica has to offer.

(All meals at Selva Verde Lodge)

 

Day 5 - January 6th: Lomas del Volcan (2 Bungalows)

After breakfast, travel to the Arenal area, which offers breathtaking views of the jungle-covered Arenal Volcano. This is a birding and wildlife hotspot, and the stunning natural beauty will astound you. The extensive trails at the lodge allow for tremendous opportunities to view the Crimson-collared Tanagers, White Hawk, Brown- hooded Parrot, and the Golden-olive Woodpecker, along with an array of colorful hummingbirds, and three species of Toucans. One night, we will go owling in search of the Black-and-White Owl and Mottled Owl, in the hotel grounds.

(B at Selva Verde, L en route, D at Lomas del Volcan)

 

Day 6 & 7 - January 7th & 8th: Lomas del Volcan (2 Bungalows)

Over the next two days you will get plenty of adventure and beautiful nature. We have a private zipline entrance planned for you paired with a private Aerial Tram ride over the beautiful rainforest. While in the incredible forest you will also enjoy a private hanging bridges walk with your guide. While in Arenal your guide with take you to the Bogarin Trails to enjoy some birding and natural history. There will be time in the afternoon to relax, enjoying the views of the Arenal volcano, lounge by the pool, or go birding around the lodge grounds with your guide. 

(All meals at Lomas del Volcan)

 

Day 8, 9 - January 9th & 10th: Hotel Belmar (1 Peninsula Superior & 1 Nicoya Penthouse Suite*)

In the morning after breakfast on January 9th, travel to the mystical cloud rainforest of Monteverde. This is a magical place that feels like another world in the misty, moss covered forests. While you here you will visit the Monteverde Reserve as well and the Curi Cancha Reserve. 

(Day 8 - B at Lomas del Volcan, L en route, D at Hotel Belmar)

(Day 9 - All meals at Hotel Belmar)

 

Day 10 - January 11th : Hotel Bougainvillea

(1 Garden View Jr Suite with King, 1 Mountain View Suite with 2 double beds)

Make your way leisurely back to San Jose, taking advantage of making productive stops along the way to see more of the beautiful countryside. Upon arriving to the hotel is when you will say goodbye to your guide. Spend the evening reminiscing about your wonderful trip over a delicious dinner.

(B at Hotel Belmar, L en route & D at Hotel Bougainvillea)

 

Day 11 - January 12th: Departures

Today we have a private driver scheduled to pick you up from the hotel and bring you to the airport.  Your driver will drop you off at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) for check-in 3 hours before your flight's departure.

(B at Hotel Bougainvillea only)

 

Important Notes & Conditions:

 

  • Meals are pre-arranged and prepaid so if the group wishes to make changes to the schedule that result in missing a pre-arranged meal, there will be no refund for the missed meal and guests will assume the additional cost of the missed meal elsewhere for themselves, the guide and driver.

  • We encourage guests to bring reusable water bottle and refill water bottles at filtered water dispensers in lodges and on the bus to reduce our use of plastic

  • Any additional airport transfers that are not on the arrival or departure date for this tour have an additional charge of $50 per transfer

  • Airport exit taxes are not included and are approximately $30 per person (Most airlines are including them now, so please check with your airline for details.)

  • International airfare not included

  • Cotinga Tours will not cover any additional costs that could result from flight changes such as schedule changes, flight cancellations, airstrip closures, flight rerouting or other situations that are out of our hands, including extra costs in transfers, lodging, or costs due to missed/rerouted flights that may result from these changes.  All additional costs due to flight related changes will be covered by the client

  • No refund for any unused entrances or tours

  • A non-refundable booking deposit of $650 is due upon booking.

  • Tips to guides and hotel staff not included Guidelines are available upon request

  • Alcoholic beverages and costs of a personal nature are not included

  • We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip
    cancellation, trip interruption, and loss or damage to optics and equipment, in order to protect your investment.

  • Cancellations and respective refunds are according to the following schedule (all cancellations must be received in writing):

    • Cancellations received before 90 days prior to the arrival date, the client receives a full refund less the non-refundable deposit.

    • Cancellations received between 90 and 75 days prior to the arrival date, the client receives a 50% refund of the total less the non-refundable deposit.

    • Cancellations received between 74 and 66 days prior to arrival date, the client receives a 25% refund of the total less the non-refundable deposit.

    • Cancellations received at 65 days or less prior to the arrival date, there will be no refund available.

COVID-19 Detailed Policies and Country Requirements​​

  • Medical costs and any extra costs associated with a medical issue (lodging, transportation, meals, etc) are the responsibility of the client. Cotinga Tours will not be responsible for any costs incurred. Cotinga Tours will assist clients in finding alternative accommodations if client(s) are denied entrance into a hotel in their itinerary due to illness.

  • If a COVID-19 test is necessary while in Costa Rica, extra costs incurred--transportation, medical costs, test cost (approximately $100), alternative lodging and meals will be covered by the client.

  • The above COVID-19 related travel requirements could change at any time please refer to this website for updates:https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements

  • In case of a travel emergency within Costa Rica, Cotinga Tours will keep communication with the clients. In terms of a travel emergency that affects travel to or from the country of origin, it will be the responsibility of HeatherLea to communicate with the clients.

  • Traveling during the COVID pandemic does come with risks. Cotinga Tours as well as the hotel properties, tour operators, and restaurants follows the sanitary policies enforced by the Costa Rican Ministerio de Salud.

  • Cotinga Tours is NOT responsible for the following:

    • The traveler's compliance or the consequences of non-compliance with United States or Costa Rica COVID-19 policies.

    • Costs associated with the required COVID-19 tests.*

    • Any delays in receiving the COVID-19 test results and any costs incurred due to delayed test results.

    • If the traveler tests positive for COVID-19.

    • Any costs incurred if there is delay in departure from Costa Rica.

    • Travel restrictions and entry policies for the United States of America can change without notice. It is the responsibility of the client to stay informed the weeks and days before and during their trip to make sure they comply with the most current United States policies. Here is a helpful link to the United States Embassy guidelines: https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/