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From: Oct-16-2015 to: Oct-31-2015

9 days / nights 8

Abbreviations: B: Breakfast, L:Lunch, D: Dinner,
TG: Transfer Guide, LG: Local Guide
People: 2
Price per person per day: $ 185
Price per person: $ 1,668

Total Package: $ 3,335

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Day 1     October 16, 2015

Private T.G. from International Airport to Puerto Viejo Sarapiqui


Driving time : 2 hours / Distance 10.1 Km




Lodging at OET La Selva


La Selva is the perfect paradise for birdwatchers, unique and wild.

At the confluence of two major rivers in the Caribbean lowlands of northern Costa Rica, La Selva comprises 1,600 hectares (3,900 acres) of tropical wet forests and disturbed lands. It averages 4 m (over 13 feet!) of rainfall that is spread rather evenly throughout the year.
We  have  61  km  of  trails  (16  km  are paved). All are signed each 50 m. indicating  the  acronym  of  the  trail  and  the  distance. The distance increases as you move away from the labs.

3 meals per day are included and a guided walk with bilingual staff of two hours in the property.

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)



Day 2     October 17, 2015

Lodging at OET La Selva

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)



Day 3     October 18, 2015

Private T.G. from Sarapiquí to Arenal


Driving time: 2 h 20 min/ Distance: 113.9 km




Lodging at Maquenque Ecolodge


Maquenque Costa Rica Eco Lodge is ideal for lovers of nature. We are strategically located within Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, bordering the San Carlos River. We have 14 bungalows of approximately 45 m2, equipped with: hot water (via solar panels), private bathroom, ceiling fan, closet, balcony with a beautiful view of the lagoon,you can relax in a hammock with a book or just enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature.  Our lodge has 68 acres of tropical rainforest, within which we have trails for you to enjoy alone or with one of our guides. There is a great variety of flora and fauna, making this the perfect place for bird lovers. Currently, we have identified more than 410 species of birds, including the Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao).

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)

- Amount booked (2): Lunch for (1 person)

- Amount booked (2): Dinner for (1 person)



Day 4     October 19, 2015

Lodging at Maquenque Ecolodge

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)

- Amount booked (2): Lunch for (1 person)

- Amount booked (2): Dinner for (1 person)



Day 5     October 20, 2015

Boat transfer from Arenal to Monteverde


Travel Duration: Approx 4 hours

A staff of Aventuras Arenal will pick you up and take you to the other side of the Arenal Lake. From there, you will be transferred by land, to your hotel in Monteverde.

NOW Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery of Arenal Lake and beautiful Arenal Volcano!! 




Lodging at Hotel Los Cipreses (B,L,D)


Owned by a family of the area, the Hotel Cipreses it has become the picked hotel among travelers in recent times for its proximity to the cloud forest reserve and commercial area, in a quiet and safe side, offers complete comfort in rooms and price.
This eco friendly hotel, strives daily to make the least possible impact on our environment, convey to our friends preservation messages in order to make us an unforgettable experience, book this hotel in the Cloud Forest and receive our greatest efford.
Hotel Cipreses offers 30 comfortable rooms in 4 different buidings, standard rooms in our Rustic block and Standard Superior which are more spacious, bedrooms on the second floor has a beautiful view, on ground floor view of the green area and  gardens, while the rooms in rustic block on his forehead showes shows  native plants including banana plants which attract attention of many birds.
Located 1km from the hotel, is the Monteverde Wildlife Refuge, this is an hotel protected property, in which you can observe a great Biodiversity of is a large area of ​​primary and secondary forest. In this forest you will observe monkeys, birds as the majestic quetzal, bellbird, armadillos, grey foxes and other species.



Vida Silvestre Walk Trails selfguided


Los Cipreses Hotel offers entrance to Vida Silvestre walking trails, self guided tour.



Night Walk Hotel Los Cipreses


Night walk in Monteverde.  Includes transportation and guide.  Don´t forget your head lamp and nocturnal view camera.

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (1 person)

- Amount booked (2): Lunch for (1 person)

- Amount booked (2): Dinner for (1 person)



Day 6     October 21, 2015

Lodging at Hotel Los Cipreses (B,L,D)



Birdwatching Tour Los Cipreses


The avifauna of Monteverde include permanent resident species, long distance migrating species and altitudinal migrating species, which is characteristic of areas in or near the mountains in the Neotropics. Ninety one (91) species, (21%) of the bird fauna of Monteverde, are long distance migrating species that mainly reproduce in North America and pass by Monteverde during migration or spend the winter in the area. Four species like the Tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), the Piratic flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius) and the cabecigrís Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis) reproduce in Monteverde and migrate to South America during the non-reproductive period. Sixty-eight (68) of the bird species in Monteverde are altitudinal migrating species in the Central Mountain Range and other places in Costa Rica and probably make similar seasonal movements in Monteverde. Most bird species in Monteverde are primarily insectivores given that plants offer a wide variety of fruit. Epiphytes are important resources for both frugivorous birds as well as insectivorous birds at Monteverde.

http://www.exoticbirding.com/costarica/monteverde/checklist.html

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (1 person)

- Amount booked (1): Lunch for (1 person)

- Amount booked (1): Dinner for (1 person)



Day 7     October 22, 2015

Private T.G. from Monteverde to San Gerardo de Dota


Driving time: 4 h 36 min / Distance: 224.9 km




Lodging at Savegre Lodge (B,L,D)


Eighty-nine kilometers (55.3 miles) south of San Jose in a private natural reserve of 400 hectares and just 9 km. (5.5 miles) from Los Quetzales National Park, Hotel Savegre is the ideal starting point for exploring Costa Rica's magnificent tropical cloud forest in all its beauty.

Hotel Savegre's services are the perfect complement for every nature lover seeking a memorable experience. We offer two standards from our 41 rooms, bar and restaurant, shuttle service, tours and related activities, as well as our beautiful gardens and impressive private reserve with its extensive network of trails. Our helpful and genuinely friendly staff are the hotel's signature feature.



Birdwatching tour half day Savegre Lodge


Bird watching is one of the fastest growing pastimes with more and more enthusiasts around the world. At Hotel Savegre, you arrive at a place that can offer superlative birding, so much so that San Gerardo de Dota is the only destination in Costa Rica mentioned in the book: Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations. Morning birdsong heralds the start of an unforgettable experience in the cloud forest. During breakfast the hummingbirds give you an indication of what your excursion will be like. After meeting your guide at the hotel reception, you out on your walk. Our bird list has more than 170 species and some are endemic to the zone. Along our trails, you will be able to find the most elusive and hard-to-spot species, real trophies for birders who want to increase their life list. The tour consists of short walks around the hotel or in our private reserve. Mornings, just after dawn, are the best time for seeing most species.

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)



Day 8     October 23, 2015

Lodging at Savegre Lodge (B,L,D)



Los Quetzales Reserve Savegre Lodge tour


This tour is 6 hours and includes, transportation and bilingual guide from Savegre Lodge.

Parque Los Quetzales is a magic place in San Gerardo de Dotathe birds are everywhere, andof course you could see the Quetzal.

Lodging details for this day

- Amount booked (1): Double room (2 person)



Day 9     October 24, 2015

Private T.G from Savegre to San José


Driving time: 1 h 30 min / Distance: 51.9 km




This transfer is to the International Airport, remember you need to be at the airport at least 2 hours and a half before your flight and the distance driving from San Gerardo to the airport is about 3 hours. Please make sure to request the pick up service with enough time for you to be on time at the airport.

Notes:
- Lodging as it appears on Itinerary.
- Meals (B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner)
- Transfers as indicated. (TG)