Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type ||Cost Per Person |
|Trip Cost, double occupancy ||$5,960 |
|Single Supplement ||$890 |
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement fee. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment ||Due Date ||Amount Per Person |
|Deposit ||Due now to reserve your space ||$500 |
|Second ||June 1, 2017 ||$1,000 |
|Final ||October 15, 2017 ||Remaining balance |
Payments will be due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
|Dates ||Forfeited Amount per Person |
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Temperatures vary greatly where you’ll be traveling – the Pacific coast is often hot while the cloud forests can be surprisingly cool. December through May is the dry season, but rain can be encountered any time. The average daytime temperatures in March are 80 to 84 °F (~27 to 28 °C), with highs in the 90s °F (~32+ °C) possible. It will be very humid in the afternoon throughout the lowland areas. In contrast, the highlands can be very cool and in the cloud forest temperatures can be in the 50s °F (~10 °C).
You will view most wildlife by walking along trails or from small boats. Walks are generally a few hours and include flat trails, uneven terrain, and hills. Paco will offer optional night walks when he thinks it will enhance your overall wildlife experience; if you have high energy levels, you might like to join him. Night walks are weather and moon dependent.
Airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in San José (SJO), Costa Rica, by the evening of March 11.
Depart from San José (SJO) anytime on March 26.
Why go to Costa Rica in March?
March is part of the dry season, giving more opportunity for rain-free days. March also is good for migratory bird species.
I’m not an expert birder; will I enjoy Costa Rica?
Birds are the main focus, so it is geared toward birders. That being said, you only need to enjoy bird watching to fully appreciate this tour. Our leader, Paco Madrigal, is very accommodating to both beginner and advanced birders. We do see mammals on this safari too.
Do I have to go on every bird outing?
We often go out to find wildlife in the morning, afternoon, and some nights, returning to our lodge in-between. If you choose not to join any of our outings, you can stay at the lodge or in and around our safari vehicle. Many of our lodges maintain bird feeders and gardens that attract a variety of birds and are sure to keep you occupied.
Is it safe to travel in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has always been safe and stable compared with other Central and Latin American countries. Our previous safaris have not had any issues, and our leader Paco Madrigal, who was born and raised in Costa Rica, knows the regions we visit very well.
Lodging ranges from rustic to modern, all with private baths. Most lodges do not have air conditioning in the rooms but will have fans. Almost all lodges have open-air common areas for dining and lounge areas.
Travel is by mini-bus and occasionally by small boat. The mini-bus is a modern and spacious air-conditioned vehicle.