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QUOTE: PROTEAU PRIVATE TOUR

Guide: Paco Madrigal

January 28 - Feburary 7, 2023

Discounted price per person based on 2 participants in double occupancy: $4,670

*applied when client pays by check or bank wire*

Regular price per person based on 2 participants in double occupancy: $4,880

*applied when client pays by credit or debit card*

Tour includes: 

  • 9 nights of lodging

  • All meals included starting with breakfast on Day 2, ending with Breakfast on Day 6 (Breakfast is included on Day 7, 8, 9, and 10 only) This allows for flexibility while at the beach.

  • 1 private airport transfer from SJO to Hotel Bougainvillea on Day 1

  • Full time guide, Bilingual expert birding guide/driver starting on Day 2, until Day 6 drop off at hotel

  • Full time transportation in a spacious, air conditioned rental vehicle starting on Day 2, until Day 6 drop off at hotel

  • 1 private airport transfer from Hotel Costa Verde to SJO on Day 10

  • Entrance fees to the parks and reserves specified below

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

  • Owling excursions will be available one night at each location weather permitting and if the guide deems the outing productive.

  • Meals are pre-arranged. All rooms are comfortable, clean and have en suite bathrooms.

  • Physical Birding Checklist

 

Tours and Entrances included:

  • 1 entrance to Bogarin Trails

  • Access to all the Arenal Observatory trails with spectacular volcano views

  • 1 entrance to Baldi Hot Springs with dinner included

  • 1 entrance to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

  • 1 entrance to Curricancha Reserve

  • Private tour with transportation to Manuel Antonio National Park

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Abbreviated Itinerary:

Day 1 - Jan 28: Hotel Bougainvillea - Garden View

Day 2, 3 - Jan 29, 30, 31: Arenal Observatory Lodge - Standard

Day 4, 5 - Feb 1, 2: Belmar - Peninsula Superior

Day 6, 7, 8, 9 - Feb 3, 4, 5, 6: Hotel Costa Verde - Studio Plus CVII

Day 10 - Feb 7: Departures directly to the airport

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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 28th: Hotel Bougainvillea (Garden View Room)

Arrive in San Jose where you will be warmly welcomed by your private chauffeur and escorted back to your hotel. 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 29th: Arenal Observatory Lodge (Standard)

After breakfast your guide Paco Madrigal will meet you at the hotel and you will begin your journey to La Fortuna, home of the famous Arenal Volcano. After a delicious lunch en route, you will explore the grounds of the lodge reserve with your guide. Afternoon area birding around the lodge will sure be a great way to spend your wonderful birding get-a-way.

(B at Hotel Bougainvillea, L en route & D at Arenal Observatory Lodge)

Day 2, 3 - January 30th & 31st: Arenal Observatory Lodge (Standard)

Spend two nights in 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. Paco will take you on a hike near the volcano. 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. One afternoon you treat yourself to the luxurious and famous hot springs at Baldi with dinner included.

(All meals at Arenal Observatory except for 1 dinner at Baldi Hot springs)

 

Day 4 - February 1st: Hotel Belmar (Peninsula Superior)

After breakfast head out to the beautiful cloudforest of Monteverde.  Before arriving you will be making productive birding stops along the way, as well as enjoying lunch en route. After check-in, Paco will take you out birding on the hotel grounds.

(B at Arenal Observatory, L en route, D at Hotel Belmar)

Day 5 - February 2nd: Hotel Belmar (Peninsula Superior)

Spend the morning exploring the famous Monteverde Reserve where you will be marveled by the lush cloud rainforest. Be prepared for rain, however it won't dampen the experience of being among  the old growth trees. Return to the hotel for lunch and to freshen up. In the afternoon, enjoy more birding adventures in the Curi Cancha Reserve. 

(B, L , D at Hotel Belmar)

Day 6 - February 3: Hotel Costa Verde (Studio Plus CVII)

Today after breakfast you will take the coastal highway alongside the Pacific Ocean to arrive to Manuel Antonio. Paco will make productive birding stops along the way, including a stop at the Tarcoles River bridge to observe the massive crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandbar. You will have lunch en route with Paco and arrive to your hotel in the afternoon. This is when Paco will bid you goodbye. Dinner will be on your own tonight as you explore Manuel Antonio and possibly view a sunset by the beach. 

(B at Hotel Belmar, L en route)

Day 7, 8, 9 - February 4, 5, 6: Hotel Costa Verde (Studio Plus CVII)

Enjoy the next three days at the beach. On February 4th, we have arranged  a privately guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park. There you can see White-faced Capuchin Monkeys, Scarlet Macaws and sloths if you are lucky! The rest of your activities can be self-arranges with local vendors on or near the beach. We only include breakfast these days to give you flexibility in scheduling and dining options. On February 5th, enjoy your birthday at the beach! Cheers!

(Only breakfast included at Hotel Costa Verde)

Day 10 - December 24th: Departures

Today after breakfast, you will make the journey back to San Jose.  You will have a private transfer pick you up and they will drop you off at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) for check-in 3 hours before your flight's departure.

(Only breakfast included at Hotel Costa Verde)

 

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/