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Royal Flycatcher, Costa Rica by Keith Of

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TERRY FORD - SOUTHERN SENSATION

January 3-20, 2023

Discounted Price per person based on 2 participants in double occupancy: $6,470

(applied when paid by check or bank wire)

Regular Price per person based on 2 participants in double occupancy: $6,761

(applied when paid by debit or credit card)

Tour includes: 

  • 18 nights of lodging

  • All meals starting with Breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 12 (Except lunch and dinner on Day 2). Only breakfast is included on Day 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18. Day 18 All Meals Included

  • Full time Bilingual English-Spanish speaking guide/driver, specializing in birds and natural history starting on Day 2 until drop-off at the hotel on Day 11

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

  • Full time ground transportation in a spacious air-conditioned vehicle Day 2-11

  • 1 private airport transfer on Day 1 & Day  19

  • 1 private transfer from Club del Mar to Hotel Bougainvillea on Day 18

  • All tours and entrances listed above

  • 1 small chilled water bottle per person per day with the option to refill at filtered water dispensers

  • 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:

  • 1 visit to Paraiso Quetzal hummingbird gardens

  • Access to Oak Forest Reserve

  • 1 shared, guided tour of Sirena Station (if weather does not permit or minimum number of participants is not met for this shared tour, the alternative tour will be San Pedrillo Station or pay a supplement to make the tour private)

  • 1 shared, guided tour of Coastal Birding & Bird Island 

 

 

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.

Day 1 - Jan 2: Hotel Bougainvillea

Arrive in San Jose where you will be warmly welcomed by your chauffeur and escorted back to your hotel. Spend the afternoon 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 - Jan 3: Hotel Bougainvillea

This is a free day without guiding. Enjoy your time on the hotel grounds exploring the 10-acre garden or taking a dip in the pool. 

(Breakfast Only)

Day 3 & 4 - Jan 4, 5: Savegre

Travel to Cerro de la Muerte. We will spend the morning exploring the misty highland cloud forest reserve at the Finca Mirador de Quetzales, where up to 20 pairs of quetzals have been seen as well as fiery-throated hummingbird, Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, Large-footed Finch, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Robin, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Peg-billed Finch to name a few. 

 

Spend the next two days exploring the gardens, riparian highland habitats, and old growth tropical oak cloud forests. Walking through the gardens and along the Savegre river, we can hope to see Flame-colored Tanager, Collared Trogon, Torrent Tyrannulet, Volcano hummingbird, and Gray-tailed Mountain Gem, among many others.  Some of the other species we will be looking for include Black-faced Solitaire, Spotted Wood-Quail, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Ochraceous Wren, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, and of course the Resplendent Quetzal. In the evenings after a delicious dinner, we will go over the birds, reptiles, mammals, and any other wildlife seen that day. One morning we will visit the Paramo habitat at approximately 3500m above sea level in search of the Volcano Junco, Fiery-Throated hummingbird, Timberline Wren to name a few, as well as flowering plants and the amazing views of the Talamanca Mountain range.

(Day 3 - B at Bougainvillea, L at Paraiso Quetzal, D at Savegre)

(Day 4 - All meals at Savegre)

 

Day 5 & 6 - Jan 6, 7: Las Cruces

Travel to Las Cruces Biological Station home to Robert and Katherine Wilson Botanical Garden, run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. The station boasts an impressive collection of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including rare and endangered species from Costa Rica. Among the 1000 genera and 212 plant families represented at the station there is an astounding compilation of ferns, aroids, bromeliads, gingers, heliconias, marantas, and palms. The gardens and surrounding rainforest attract a wide variety of birds, many of which are exclusively found in the southern zone of the country. Some of our target birds while at the station include: Turquoise Cotinga, Fiery-billed Aracari, Masked Yellow-throat, Marbled Wood-Quail, Garden Emerald, White-bellied Emerald, Charming Hummingbird, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Speckled Tanager, Thrushlike Manakin (Thrushlike Schiffornis), Golden-naped Woodpecker, and Pale-breasted Spinetail, If we are lucky we may even see Crested Oropendula and Wattled Jacana.

(Day 5 - B at Savegre, L en route, D at Las Cruces)

(Day 6 - All Meals at Las Cruces)

 

Day 7 & 8 - Jan 8, 9: Esquinas

Travel to Esquinas Lodge on the outskirts of Golfito where you will spend the next two days. The lodge is surrounded by dense lowland rainforest, bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park. This a great area to look for Ruddy-breasted Seed- eater, Red-breasted Blackbird, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager (endemic), Baird’s Trogon, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Blue-crowned Manakin, Brown-chested Martin, Scrub Greenlet, and Thick-billed Euphonia among many others. We might even spot Pearl Kite and Uniform Crake.

(Day 7 - B at Las Cruces, L & D at Esquinas)

(Day 8 - All Meals at Esquinas)

 

Day 9 - Jan 10: Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Travel to Drake Bay Wilderness Resort, home to Corcovado National Park. You will arrive at the Palmar Sur airstrip and take a ground transfer to Sierpe. In Sierpe you will take a 1.5 hour boat transfer through the impressive Sierpe Terraba mangroves to get to the Drake Bay Wilderness Resort. Be prepared for wet-landing. This is one of the richest areas in the country in terms of biodiversity. It is the largest nesting grounds for Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. While here, we will explore one of the most extensive patches of primary rainforest in the South Pacific region of the Americas. This is the most likely place along the trip to see a Tapir or even a Jaguar or other types of wild cats. Among the great number of colorful birds that inhabit this region, we will enjoy seeing toucans, Blue-crowned Manakins dancing in their lek, a variety of trogons, possibly the Yellow-billed Cotinga in the mangroves, and many others. Snakes may also be a part of the adventure. Our hotel is situated on the coast, allowing for breathtaking views of the ocean from the pool area and open-air pool bar.

(Day 9 - B at Esquinas, L & D at Drake Bay Wilderness)

 

Day 10 - Jan 11: Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Spend the day in the waters enjoying Coastal Birding & Bird Island, approximately a two-hour boat ride from the lodge. In nearby waters, common bottlenose dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphin, Orca whales, humpback whale, false killer whale, and several species of turtle can be seen. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing some of these marine beauties from the boat. This is a full day tour so you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the boat. (Depending on lodge activity arrangements this activity could be on Day 10 - Jan 12)

(Day 10 - B, L & D at Drake Bay Wilderness)

 

Day 11 - Jan 12: Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

You will enjoy a full day trip to Sirena Station in the heart of Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is best known for the famous Corcovado National Park, truly a highlight of the itinerary. This requires an ocean boat trip to get there. Corcovado National Park is considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Truly a nature lover’s paradise, the park contains 2.5% of the planet’s total animal species. This list includes all four species of monkey found in Costa Rica, an enormous concentration of Scarlet Macaws, four species of turtle, peccaries, red-eyed tree frogs, Harpy Eagles, and a small number of jaguars. One of the few endemics to Costa Rica resides in the area: the Black-cheeked Ant Tanager. Here among the 400+ bird species in Corcovado, we may also see the Great Curassow, antbirds, tinamous, toucans, Fiery-billed Aracari and many others. (Depending on lodge activity arrangements this activity could be on Day 9 - Jan 11)

(Day 11 - B, L & D at Drake Bay Wilderness)

 

Day 12 - Jan 13: Club del Mar

Travel to Club del Mar, nestled in a secluded cove where Jaco Beach meets the rainforest. This is a long travel day. The guide will make various stops along the way to enjoy the costa views and natural wonders, stopping for lunch will be en route. Upon arrival to the hotel your private guide will bid you goodbye and return to San Jose.

(Day 12 - B at Drake Bay Wilderness, L en route, D not included)

 

Day 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - Jan 14, 15, 16, 17, 18: Club del Mar

Spend the next 5 days relaxing by the pool, visiting Jaco beach, or taking a stroll through town to browse the many shops and restaurants. You can decide if you would like to organize tours directly with the Club del Mar front desk staff during your time there. Only breakfast is included during your stay at Club del Mar, however with a 5 minute taxi ride (or a 25 minute walk) into town you will find a variety of cuisine options.

(Day 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - Only Breakfast Included)

 

Day 18 - Jan 19: Hotel Bougainvillea

After breakfast your private driver will arrive to take you back to San Jose for a relaxing afternoon at the Bougainvillea. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful 10-acre garden or soak in the sun by the poolside. 

(Day 18 - B at Club del Mar, L & D at Bougainvillea)

Day 19 - Jan 20: Departures

A private driver will pick you up from Hotel Bougainvillea and drop you off in time for check-in at the SJO airport. 

(Day 19 - Only Breakfast Included at Bougainvillea)

**Please let Ashley know if you are needing to coordinate a COVID test to enter either your country of return or a layover country. She will be able to assist you with further information.**

 

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

  • 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

  • A $600 non-refundable deposit is required upon booking
    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

  • To enter Costa Rica, guests must have a valid passport for the duration of their stay and proof of a departure ticket within 90 days or less of arrival date.

  • Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

  • 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.

  • 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/statement-costa-rica-tourism-board-covid-19 

  • 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.