Friday, March 9, 2018

Travel Specials for January and February 2019


Last updated:  April 21, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Here are tours that I am offering in addition to my regularly scheduled trips.  These extra travel tours usually happen as a result of a special request by one of you.

Please call me at 970-556-6103 or email me at info@KaiyoteTours.com for any questions.

Check the regular travel schedule at www.KaiyoteTours.com 

In additional to our annual trips at Kaiyote Tours, I currently have three new trips for 2019. These tours are not annual trips and will only happen once:

1) Argentina: a 10-day tour that includes visits to Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. This tour visits Iguazu Falls and the surrounding jungle. This area is an amazing paradise for birds, wildlife, butterflies and flowering plants.  It is a must see for everyone.

1a) The Argentina trip comes with an optional 4-day extension that stops in El Salvador on the way to Buenos Aires.  It is a nice stop and makes the trip to Argentina a lot more enjoyable. There are 3 days located along the Pacific Coast and one day in Buenos Aires. In El Salvador, we will be staying along an estuary that is full of birds and wildlife.

2) El Salvador: We will be spending 4 days in El Salvador on our way to Argentina and it is possible to join the trip only for the El Salvador part.  If you are interested in making this trip longer, we can do that upon request and availability.

3) Nicaragua: The Rum, Coffee & Cigar Tour.  Nicaragua produces world class rum, coffee and cigars. This very special tour is for all those aficionados who would like to roll their own cigars and learn about tobacco, rum and coffee production.  This tour also visits some of the most beautiful locations in Nicaragua and will be an interesting tour for anyone.  And of course, there will be opportunities for birding and nature exploring for those that are interested.

Deposits and Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable payment of $600 per person is requirement to reserve a spot on a trip. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure date. If you are reserving a spot within 90 days of departure, full payment is required to reserve a spot. There are no refunds within 90 days of the departure date.

Here are more details for each of the trips:


Iguazu Falls, Argentina



Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

Travel Dates:  January 18 – 27, 2019

Group Size:  6 Travelers plus guides:  4 spots left

Trip Length:  10 days** (possible 4-day extension listed below)

Rates
Rate per person = $3,750 (based on double occupancy)

Rates are:
Inclusive:  Domestic transfers within South America, lodging, meals, scheduled group tours, entrance fees and Allianz travel health insurance.

Exclusive:  International airfare, immigration fee, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs, expenses relating to personal choices during free time and tips for guides.  Visas needed for this trip:  Argentina (free) obtain at airport.  Paraguay (from Iguazu, free to enter Ciudad del Este only).  Brazil ($70 eVisa) obtain in advance on-line. Uruguay (free) obtain upon entry.  The visits to Brazil and Paraguay are activity options and are not required if you do not wish to visit those countries. 

Itinerary

Day 1:  January 18
Arrival in Buenos Aires. We will meet you at the airport with a shuttle to the hotel for one night in downtown Buenos Aires. We will be staying close to the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, which is a large nature reserve for birding and walking along the water front.  The hotel has a roof top swimming pool for viewing birds and city views. 

Day 2:  January 19
Buenos Aires is located along a large inlet from the Atlantic Ocean and just across the water, the Rio de La Plata, is Uruguay.  It is a 1-hour ferry ride to the city of Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay and a short 15-minute drive to Parque Embarcadero de Yates Riachuelo, where will be staying in cabins at the edge of this small reserve.

Day 3:  January 20
The day will be spent walking, birding and exploring Parque Embarcadero de Yates Riachuelo and the Rio de La Plata shoreline. There are numerous trails in the area which also connect to other locations along the river and bay. This area is partially an estuary as well.  Our place of lodging has wonderful gardens and a small swimming pool for relaxing.

Day 4:  January 21
We will be taking the ferry back to Buenos Aires and staying in the city at a great location near the botanical gardens and other numerous parks.  Buenos Aires is a city full of parks and natural areas which are great for birding and walking.     

Day 5:  January 22
From Buenos Aires it is a 2-hour flight to Iguazu Falls. We will have 4 nights and 3 full days to visit this extraordinary area.  The first 2 nights we will be staying within the national park at Hotel Melia Iguazu; the best place in town, which will give you unlimited access to the trails of Iguazu.

Day 6:  January 23
All day will be spent hiking the trails and visiting the numerous waterfalls within Iguazu National Park. The butterflies here are amazing, everyone you see is a different species. There are monkeys, critters and birds galore!

Day 7:  January 24
In the afternoon we will transfer to a new hotel at the edge of Iguazu. This area is close to walking paths and an animal reserve and there are great hiking trails here for viewing flora and fauna. The hotel itself is a great location for nature; there are nice gardens, a swimming pool and recreation area. 

Day 8:  January 25
Today is out last day in the Iguazu area and we will be taking a day trip to Brazil and Paraguay. This day trip is optional and you are welcome to spend the day in Argentina at Iguazu.

Day 9:  January 26
It is a 2-hour flight back to Buenos Aires and we will be staying in the city close to the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, which is a large nature reserve for birding and walking.  The hotel has a roof top swimming pool with great views of the reserve and water along Puerto Madero.  In the evening we will have dinner and see a tango show!

Day 10:  January 27
Fly home.  Travel to the airport and getting home is our only schedule activity for the day.


Rancho Estero y Mar, El Salvador 

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**El Salvador 

If you are interested in also visiting El Salvador, we offer a short stopover before the main trip to Argentina, but you can also sign up for only the El Salvador trip and we can add days to this trip upon request.

Travel Dates: January 14 – 17*** (airfare explanation listed below)

Group Size:   6 Travelers plus guides:  4 spots left

Trip Length: 4 days

Rates:  per person = $1,150 (based on double occupancy)

Rates are:
Inclusive:  Domestic transfers within El Salvador, lodging, meals, scheduled group tours, entrance fees and Allianz travel health insurance.

Exclusive:  International airfare, immigration fee, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs, expenses relating to personal choices during free time and tips for guides. 


Itinerary Days for El Salvador Extension

Day 1:  January 14
Arrival at El Salvador International Airport (SAL). You will be met at the airport and transferred to the place of lodging along the Pacific Coast. We will be spending three nights at Hotel Rancho Estero y Mar.

Day 2:  January 15
Hotel Rancho Estero y Mar is beautifully located on the Pacific coast, on the beach, but also at the edge of a wonderful estuary.  This area is great for birding, exploring, swimming, kayaking the river and relaxing.  Each day there will be boat tours, birding walks and night time exploring.

Day 3:  January 16
A second day of birding, exploring, swimming, kayaking, boat tours and night time exploring.

Day 4:  January 17
Fly to Buenos Aires or fly home

(Days 5 – 14:  January 18 – 27, Argentina tour)


***International Air Travel

There are two options for flights if you would like to stop in El Salvador on the way to Argentina:

1)  You can purchase a one-way ticket from your home city to El Salvador (United Airlines, via Houston, is good for this route), a one-way ticket from El Salvador to Buenos Aires (Copa Airlines, via Panama, is good for this route) and a one-way ticket from Buenos Aires to your home city  (United Airlines, via Houston, is good for this route).

2)  You can purchase 2 round trip tickets:  First ticket:  Home city to El Salvador (SAL) arrive on January 16 and return to home city on January 30th.  United Airlines, via Houston, is good for this route.  Second ticket:  San Salvador to Buenos Aires, depart on January 19 and return on January 29th. Copa Airlines, via Panama, is good for this route. I will be traveling this route with spending an extra night in El Salvador on the 29th and I can make hotel arrangements for you if you choose this route. 



Granada, Nicaragua
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Nicaragua Rum, Coffee & Cigar Tour

Travel Dates:  February 1 – 8, 2019

Group Size:  6 Travelers plus guides:  5 spots left

Trip Length:  8 days

Rates:  per person = $2,650 (single or double occupancy)

Rates are:
Inclusive:  Domestic transfers within Nicaragua, lodging, meals, scheduled group tours, entrance fees and Allianz travel health insurance.

Exclusive:  International airfare, immigration fee, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs, expenses relating to personal choices during free time and tips for guides. 


Itinerary

Day 1:  February 1
Arrival in Managua.  You will be greeted at the airport, followed by a very short shuttle ride to the hotel for the night.  We will be staying at Las Mercedes, which is a great hotel for birds, gardens, pools and relaxing.

Day 2:  February 2
It is a 1-hour shuttle to the beautiful historic colonial city of Granada, establish in the year 1524. We will spend one night here and have time to visit Doña Elba Cigars to visit the factory and roll a few cigars. Granada has several beautiful cathedrals to visit and is a great city for walking and seeing the sights.  There are a lot of artists and artesian shops in Granada as well.  Nearly 500 hundred years since settlement, the architecture and design of Granada is still true to the historic Spanish colonial times. 

Day 3:  February 3
Today we will travel to the Pacific coast village of Las Peñitas and spend two nights.  It is about a 2.5-hour shuttle ride and along the way will stop at the Masaya Volcano, which is the most active volcano in Nicaragua. The coast of Las Peñitas has warm water and great waves for swimming and surfing. There will be plenty of time for walking the beach and swimming.  There are several surfing schools on the beach for lessons and board rentals.  For the extreme adventurer, volcano boarding is available at the Cerro Negro volcano. 

Day 4:  February 4
Today we will take a half day tour to the Flor de Caña rum factory for a VIP tour.  Here you will receive a complementary bottle of the finest rum in the world.  The rest of the day will be spent at the beach.  Las Peñitas is home to the Juan Venado Nature Reserve.  Every year during the fall months, hundreds of turtles come to lays eggs.  The area is also wonderful for kayaking through the mangrove lagoons to view wildlife and birds.

Day 5:  February 5
From the Pacific Coast, it is a 3-hour shuttle ride to the mountain town of Estelí. Estelí is the main area where most all the tobacco is grown for the production of Nicaraguan cigars.  The elevation is 2,700 feet and the climate here is cooler and the surrounding mountains are cloud forests rising to nearly 5,000 feet.  This is a beautiful area to visit, we will be staying in town. In the afternoon, we will be visiting a tobacco plantation for a tour.

Day 6:  February 6
From Estelí, we will travel to the mountain resort of Selva Negra, located in the area of Matagalpa.  It is about a 2-hour drive to this wonderful cloud forest coffee plantation located at 3,500 feet.  There are a lot of birds and other wildlife here, including howler monkeys. There are nearly 10 miles of hiking trails and many miles of nice walking along the plantation roads. 

Day 7:  February 7
Besides growing organic shade grown coffee, Selva Negra is also a sustainable working farm and produces their own vegetables, meats and cheeses.  In the morning there will be time for a choice of coffee tour, farm tour or a birding tour.  There is a beautiful small lake at Selva Negra where the resort raises its own fish.  In the afternoon, we will travel back to Managua. From Selva Negra, it is a 2.5-hour shuttle ride back to Managua for the last night at Las Mercedes.

Day 8:  February 8
Fly home