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QUOTE PRIVATE TOUR 

Designed for: Potharlanka Family

Guide: Erick Castro & Driver: Ramon Vargas

December 30, 2022 - January 8, 2023

4 participants 

Total Price of Tour Package: $20,257

(paid by bank wire transfer)

Total Price of Tour Package: $21,168

(paid by Credit Card - includes processing fee)

Tour includes: 

  • 9 nights of lodging

  • Meals starting with Breakfast on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 10 (EXCEPT for Dinner on Day 4, Lunch and Dinner on Day 5 - to add to flexibility in dining options)

  • Full time Bilingual English-Spanish speaking guide, specializing in birds and natural history starting on Day 2 until drop-off at the hotel on Day 8

  • Full time ground transportation and driver in a spacious vehicle with large windows for wildlife and nature viewing (Hyundai H1 or similar) starting on Day 2 until drop off at hotel on Day 9

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

  • 1 private airport transfer on Day 1 & Day 10

  • 1 private airport transfer for Josh on Day 8 from Sarapiqui to the international airport SJO

  • All tours and entrances listed below

  • 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 Monteverde Reserve

  • One entrance to Curi Cancha Reserve

  • One entrance to Cope Gardens or Pierella Gardens

  • One shared Sky Trek Adventure admission (zipline)

  • One shared Sky Tram admission 

  • One shared Skywalk admission (hanging bridges)

  • One private Chocolate Tour 

  • One half day entrance to La Selva Biological Station

  • One private VIP City Bus tour with lunch included (Josh excluded)

    • Note: Day Pass to the Arenal Observatory Lodge is not included in package price to allow for flexibility in number of visits, number of visitors, and lunch included or not. No reservation necessary to purchase a Day Pass (Day Pass without lunch $15 + taxes a person, Day Pass with lunch included $32 + taxes per person)

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Abbreviated Itinerary:

Day 1 - Dec 30: Hotel Bougainvillea (1 Garden View Jr Suite with 2 double beds, 1 Mountain View Suite with 2 double beds)

Day 2, 3 - Dec 31, Jan 1: Hotel Belmar (1 Peninsula Superior & 1 Nicoya Suite) 

Day 4, 5 - Jan 2, 3: Hotel Royal Corin (1 Master Suite with King, 1 Deluxe King)

Day 6, 7 - Jan 4 & 5 : Selva Verde (2 Sarapiqui Rooms) 

Day 8, 9 - Jan 6 & 7: Hotel Bougainvillea (1 Garden View Jr Suite with 2 double beds, 1 Mountain View Suite with 2 double beds)

Day 10 - Jan 8: 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 - December 30th: Hotel Bougainvillea

(1 Garden View Jr Suite with 2 double beds, 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 & 3- December 31st & January 1st: Hotel Belmar (1 Peninsula Superior & 1 Nicoya Suite)

In the morning after breakfast on December 31st, 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. Bring in the New Year in a beautiful location of peace, solitude and incredible nature. 

(Day 2 - B at Hotel Bougainvillea, L & D at Hotel Belmar)

(Day 3 - All meals at Hotel Belmar)

Day 4 - January 2nd: Hotel Royal Corin (1 Master Suite, 1 Deluxe King)

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. There will be time in the afternoon to relax, enjoying the views of the Arenal volcano, or lounge by the pool. If you chose, you may visit the Arenal Observatory Lodge with your guide. (Day Pass paid out of pocket - allowing for more flexibility). 

(B at Hotel Belmar, L en route, D not included)

Day 5 - January 3rd: Hotel Royal Corin (1 Master Suite, 1 Deluxe King)

During your stay, you will get plenty of adventure and beautiful nature. This day in the morning, we have a shared zipline entrance planned for you paired with a shared Aerial Tram ride over the beautiful rainforest. While in the incredible forest you will also enjoy a hanging bridges walk with your guide. In the afternoon you have the option to go with your private guide to the Arenal Observatory Lodge to enjoy the lush nature and incredible wildlife on the grounds. The Day Pass to Arenal Observatory Lodge is paid out of pocket to allow you flexibility in the number of visitors and if you wish to dine on site before your afternoon packed with adventure. If anyone chooses to stay behind there are plenty of activities that are offered at Hotel Royal Corin that provide plenty of rest and relaxation such as a dip in the thermal waters or a treatment at the spa.While in Arenal  enjoy some birding, natural history and photo opportunities with your private guide.

 

(Only B at Hotel Royal Corin)

 

 

Day 6 - January 4th: Selva Verde Lodge (2 Sarapiqui Rooms)

After breakfast, travel to the tropical lowlands of Sarapiqui. 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  & D at Selva Verde Lodge)

Day 7 - January 5th : Selva Verde Lodge (2 Sarapiqui Rooms)

Spend the 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, 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 8 - January 6th : Hotel Bougainvillea

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

Today after breakfast you will have a visit to Cope's Garden or Pierella's Ecological Garden, both excellent locations for photography and wildlife viewing. After lunch in Guapiles, make your way leisurely back to San Jose, taking advantage of seeing more of the beautiful countryside. Upon arriving to the hotel is when you will say goodbye to your guid. Spend the evening reminiscing about your wonderful trip over a delicious dinner.

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

Day 9 - January 7th : Hotel Bougainvillea

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

Today in the morning, enjoy the early day activity of the birds that call Bougainvilleas 10-acre garden home. At 11:00am you will be picked up outside of the hotel reception for your private VIP CIty Tour. During this tour you be accompanied by your private local guide as you visit the San Jose area cultural hotspots. You will visit The National Theatre, Gold Museum, Art Museum, and National Monument. You will also have a chance to do some shopping at the Central Market. Lunch is included in your tour. You will be dropped off at the Hotel Bougainvillea around 3:30pm. Enjoy the afternoon by the pool or strolling through the gardens. 

(B at Hotel Bougainvillea, L included in activity & D at Hotel Bougainvillea)

 

Day 10 - January 8th: 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 (from San Jose area to/from SJO)

  • 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/