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An 12-day birdwatching tour to Costa Rica

Extended to 12 days to take advantage of the new British Airways flights nonstop to San Jose´, our April tour to northern Costa Rica now features three nights amid the cloud forests of Monteverde, the Arenal and Poas volcanoes and the wonderful wetlands of Caño Negro. April is an excellent time to visit Costa Rica and this trip offers the perfect complement to our longer 'Classic Costa Rica' tour, with a wealth of species that will be new even to those who have birded there before.

Tour Dates

2017

  • Spaces
    4

Leaders
Mike Crewe
Herman Venegas

Max Group Size: 10
Duration: 12 Days

Cost: £3795

inc flights from London Gatwick to San José, nonstop with British Airways

Deposit: £500

Single Supp: £475 Land Only: £3195

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Silver throated Tanager Costa Rica Kevin Easley Costa Rica Gateway

The banana feeders at La Paz Waterfall Garden are attractive to a wide range of forest species - including the beautiful Silver-throated Tanager © Kevin Easley, Costa Rica Gateway

This superb April tour - extended in 2017 to take advantage of the new British Airways nonstop flights from London to San José, and to allow three nights in the spectacular Monteverde cloud forest - is designed not only for birders coming to Costa Rica for the first time, but also for those who may have already been to Costa Rica before and keen to discover other new and exciting areas this wonderful country has to offer.       

Our revamped itinerary focuses on the northern region of Costa Rica, taking in an excellent variety of habitats along the way to guarantee a truly amazing variety of birds - including plenty that will be new to birders who may already have taken our longer Classic Costa Rica tour. For 2017, we've also added a third boat trip at Caño Negro and switched the final night of our tour to the wonderful Poas Volcano Lodge, for the perfect finale - yet only an hour's drive from San José.

We begin by contrasting the dry Guanacaste along Costa's Rica's Pacific coast with the lush cloud forests of Monteverde, at an elevation of 1525m (5000ft); move on to explore the Caribbean foothill rainforest surrounding the impressive Arenal Volcano and the bird-rich Caribbean lowland wetlands and forest patches of Caño Negro; and conclude our trip with a visit to the highland forest of the Poas Volcano National Park, at nearly 2700m (9000ft).

From the moment we first step out into the garden of our San José hotel, we can expect to see a mind-boggling array of tropical treats - everything from motmots, trogons and toucanets to tantalising tyrannulets, spinetails and exotic tanagers. Emerald Toucanet, Resplendent Quetzal, Three-wattled Bellbird, Black-bellied and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds, Long-tailed and Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatchers, Long-tailed Manakin, Spangle-cheeked Tanager and Large-footed Finch are just some of the magical rainforest names to conjure with.

The splendid Caño Negro wetlands offers both a change of scenery and birds, bringing a host of specialities that includes Sungrebe, Boat-billed Heron, Pinnated Bittern, Black-and-white Owl, Great and Common Potoos, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch and the localised Nicaraguan Grackle. During our travels, we might also be lucky to find some of Costa Rica’s rarer residents, such as Chiriqui Quail-dove and Keel-billed Motmot.

Among many special highlights on this tour we include visits to two remarkable hummingbird galleries - at Monteverde and La Paz Waterfall Garden; three terrific boat rides in the Caño Negro area, plus a night drive there to look for owls, nightjars and potoos; and an opportunity to get up close and personal with treetop specialists on the unique rainforest canopy 'Hanging Bridges' in the shadows of Arenal Volcano. While more distant viewing is necessary here for the volcano itself, our visit to the dormant Poas Volcano above San José should reward us with some great birding and spectacular views of the crater lake on top.

Limosa has been operating bird tours to Costa Rica since 1996 and this will be guide Mike Crewe's third visit there. With brilliant birding further enhanced by our expert English-speaking Costa Rican bird guide, comfortable transport with a safe and dedicated driver, delicious food and some lovely accommodations, this 12-day April tour will provide a fantastic introduction to the birds of Costa Rica - with many localised specialities. Overall, this is such a terrific destination that those who have travelled there before have often been tempted to book again!

Resplendent Quetzal m Costa Rica Dr Kevin Elsby wildlifeontheweb.co.uk Apr 2011

No matter how hard one tries, it's nigh on impossible to fit the tail end of the exquisite male Resplendent Quetzal into the frame in landscape format! © Dr Kevin Elsby, wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

Day 1
FLY LONDON NONSTOP TO SAN JOSÉ

Our April birdwatching tour to Costa Rica begins with a morning departure from London Gatwick on British Airways new nonstop service to San José, Costa Rica. We’ll be met on arrival in San José this afternoon and transfer the short distance to our comfortable hotel nearby.

The Trapp Family Country Inn is a tropical oasis located just one mile from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (near Alajuela), in Costa Rica’s beautiful Central Valley. This colonial style hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and the perfect place to begin our tour. Night at Trapp Family Country Inn

Day 2
GUANACASTE, COASTAL MANGROVES & HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS AT MONTEVERDE

The gardens of our San José hotel will provide early risers with an exciting start to the tour as we get to grips with some of Costa Rica's more familiar birds. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Red-billed Pigeon, Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush and Blue-grey Tanager are among the many treats in store!

Our route to the lush cloud forests of Monteverde will take us through a very different environment: the dry Guanacaste, along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Within an hour of our departure from the hotel we will find ourselves birding this unique habitat in search of Double-striped Thick-Knee, Turquoise-browed Motmot, White-throated Magpie-jay, Banded Wren, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Scrub Euphonia and many more.

A stop at Caldera Bay will certainly produce meancing Magnificent Frigatebirds and the big Brown Pelican along with a fine assortment of terns, gulls and waders. The adjacent mangrove-lined inlets hold several specialities including the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird and Mangrove Warbler.

As the temperature starts to rise, so shall we - in altitude that is - as we make our way up the winding and very scenic mountain road to the cool climes surrounding Monteverde.

In the afternoon we will visit the Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, where no fewer than seven species of these beautiful winged jewels can be studied at close range. Specialities here include the lovely Magenta-throated Woodstar, the endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, the enormous (... for a hummingbird!) Violet Sabrewing and the vibrant Purple-throated Mountaingem. Other species to watch for in this area include the exquisite Resplendent Quetzal, Prong-billed Barbet, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and the spritely Slate-throated Redstart.

Our destination for this and the following two nights is a new and delightful timber lodge, with each guest room equipped with a private balcony giving views over the gardens to the cloud forest beyond. Night at Trapp Family Lodge

Days 3 & 4
CLOUD FORESTS OF MONTEVERDE

We will have two days in two different cloud forest reserves while in the Monteverde area in order to gain a comprehensive coverage of the range of species here. 

An early visit to the nearby entrance of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will always produce something of interest. Resplendent Quetzals feeding in a fruiting tree; Golden-bellied Flycatchers picking off insects at the night light; or Emerald Toucanets working on a nest hole are just a few of the possibilities. 

After breakfast, we will take in another reserve where we have another chance to see quetzal as well as an active colony of Chestnut-headed Oropendolas. Once inside Monteverde's forests we will be on the lookout for many species of furnariids (or ovenbirds), which are well represented here. Possibilities include Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Streak-breasted Treehunter and the elusive Grey-throated Leaftosser... you have to love those names! Mixed species flocks moving through the forest canopy and undergrowth may contain Spotted and Olivaceous Woodcreepers, Yellowish Flycatcher, Ochraceous Wren, Grey-breasted Wood-wren and Three-striped Warbler - along with the aforementioned furnariids.

Elusive skulkers to watch for on the forest floor include Highland Tinamou and Buff-fronted Quail-dove, while the handsome Azure-hooded Jay lurks in the canopy. With patience we will hope locate a few of these more difficult-to-find species. And there are some fascinating forest mammals to watch for, with chances of White-throated Capuchin, Central American Agouti and both Two-toed and Three-toed Sloths.

As night falls over Monteverde, we will return for delicious dinners and evenings at our lovely lodge - and an option afterwards to search for Mottled Owl and Bare-shanked Screech Owl; both are resident here. Nights at Trapp Family Lodge

Day 5
THE TOLLING OF THE BELLBIRD & TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

One key species we should see today is the amazing Three-wattled Bellbird. They are easily heard throughout the Monteverde area at this time of year and, with patience, we will enjoy excellent views of a displaying male with its three characteristic worm-like extensions dangling at the base of its beak. This remarkable canopy-dweller will certainly be one of the highlights of the tour. Other species to look for in the Bellbird reserve include the shy Chiriqui Quail-dove, Blue-crowned Motmot, Long-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-white Wren, White-eared Ground Sparrow and Elegant Euphonia. 

After lunch in Monteverde, will transfer to our next exciting destination: the Arenal Volcano. Soon, the pastures and farms along the route give way to a beautiful lush rainforest encircling the base of this impressive cinder cone volcano.

We will begin birding here along the entrance road to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, where new birds will likely come thick and fast! By late afternoon we will have arrived at our home for the next three nights, the beautiful Arenal Observatory Lodge. Perched high on a ridge less than two miles from the Arenal Volcano, the lodge offers stunning views of both the cinder cone and Arenal Lake. While for those that want, the hot tub by the pool might provide a relaxing finale to another great day of birding in Costa Rica! Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge

Days 6 - 7
THE ARENAL VOLCANO AREA

The Caribbean foothills of the Arenal Volcano are indeed spectacular and with two full days here we will be able to explore them thoroughly.

The gardens, woodland edge and forest trails of the Arenal Observatory Lodge are not only beautiful but provide excellent birding opportunities. Hummingbirds are abundant amongst the vervain (verbena) flowers. Stripe-throated Hermit, Crowned Woodnymph, Brown Violetear, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Violet-headed Hummingbird and the enchanting Black-crested Coquette are typical species to watch for. Around the edge of the garden and along Arenal's forest trails, we will endeavour to entice out 'skulkers' such as Thicket Antpitta, Spotted Antbird and no fewer than nine species of wren, including Song, Nightingale, Black-throated and Stripe-breasted, as well as the attractive White-breasted Wood-wren.

The fruit feeding station near the restaurant is a gathering place for our group... and for good reason! A ‘fruit salad’ of watermelon, papaya and bananas put out by the lodge staff attracts a fabulous variety of colourful birds. Here, the blues of Red-legged Honeycreepers and Golden-hooded Tanagers mix with the greens of Green Honeycreepers, yellow of Yellow-throated Euphonia, reds and blacks of Passerini’s and Crimson-collared Tanagers, and chestnut of Montezuma Oropendolas... to dazzling effect! Scraps that fall beneath the feeders attract engaging White-nosed Coatis, along with foraging Black-striped Sparrows and even the occasional Great Curassow. While all this is going on, we will enjoy our own breakfast in sight of the feeders.

Birding beside picturesque Lake Arenal is equally rewarding. Every stop is likely to produce new and interesting species. This is a superb area for Crested Guan and Grey-headed Chachalaca, and toucans are well represented with Keel-billed and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Collared Aracari and occasionally even the rare Yellow-eared Toucanet. We’ll also watch for three species of motmot: the big Rufous, Broad-billed and the rare Keel-billed Motmot. No less than four species of antshrike occur here, too: Russet, Great, Fasciated and Barred, while two more crowd pleasers - Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Long-tailed Tyrant - can often be seen hunting for insects beside the road. In the vine tangles we will search for Long-billed Gnatwren and Yellow-billed Cacique, while the ‘grassy bits’ hide White-throated Crake, Slaty Spinetail, both Olive-crowned and Grey-crowned Yellowthroats, and up to five species of seedeaters. Some very interesting raptors could also be seen overhead and possibilities include the beautiful White Hawk and Ornate Hawk-eagle. 

Costa Rica’s forest mammals are often tricky to find, but we could see three species of monkey at Arenal: Mantled Howler, Central American Spider Monkey and White-throated Capuchin. Two-toed (or Brown-throated) Sloths are also present in the trees - though not always easy to spot as they are not quite so active! 

On our second morning at Observatory Lodge we explore the nearby Arenal Hanging Bridges, which provides visitors here with a unique walk through the treetops. A trail system through the primary rainforest passes through steep ravines over which are suspended hanging bridges. These give an exciting, one-off opportunity to witness rainforest canopy species at eye level.

Mixed feeding flocks in this area can also carry with them an array of local specialities, with such treats as White-ruffed Manakin, Tawny-capped Euphonia and Emerald Tanager to check for amidst more numerous flock components such as Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Spotted Woodcreeper and White-shouldered, Bay-headed and Speckled Tanagers.

Whilst working Arenal’s trails we will keep watch for undergrowth skulkers such as Dull-mantled Antbird, Black-headed Nightingale-thrush and several of the aforementioned wrens.  A real coup would be to encounter an army ant swarm with its attendant Spotted, Bicolored and Ocellated Antbirds! Just walking through the canopy on the bridges is reason enough to visit this marvellous site, but the potential for finding such seldom seen species should make this a truly unforgettable morning of birding. 

All in all, our three-night stay in Arenal should prove to be very special, packed with dramatic scenery, good food... and plenty of great birds! Nights at Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 8
ARENAL TO CAÑO NEGRO WETLANDS

After savouring a final early morning near the Observatory Lodge, we will travel to nearby La Fortuna to visit a small reserve on the edge of town. Banana feeders attract a multitude of colourful tropical species making it an excellent opportunity to photograph them at close range. Other goodies within this reserve include the diminutive (for a woodpecker) Olivaceous Piculet, Slaty Spinetail and the localized Uniform Crake along with the sometimes more confiding White-throated Crake.

Following lunch we bid farewell to the Arenal area and travel to the far north-central sector of Costa Rica - and the wetlands of Caño Negro.

Late afternoon will find us enjoying a boat trip on a canal near Los Chiles. This new addition for birders has proved to be a gold mine for a number of localized specialities including Pinnated Bittern, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Plain-breasted Ground Dove, Nicaraguan Seedfinch, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater and the rare Nicaraguan Grackle to name a few. Crakes are well represented here so we'll keep alert for these denizens of the wet edges.  

Our destination for dinner this evening is Caño Negro, where we will spend two nights at the comfortable and air-conditioned Natural Lodge. Night at Natural Lodge Caño Negro.

Day 9
CAÑO NEGRO INCLUDING TWO BOAT RIDES & A NIGHT DRIVE

A major highlight of this area for visiting birders are the excellent boat trips on Lake Caño Negro. Birds are plentiful and the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge is home to a fine array of speciality birds. This and the surrounding area is the only regular site in Costa Rica for Black-collared Hawk, Grey-headed Dove and Spot-breasted Wren. But perhaps the most notable species here is the Nicaraguan Grackle, a species whose range is restricted to only three lakes and surrounding wetlands - two in Nicaragua, and the other being Caño Negro in Costa Rica. Even here, the grackle is present only as a breeding visitor from Nicaragua - but April represents the heart of the nesting season, so we should have little difficulty finding this localised speciality during our boat trips in the area.

During the morning trip, we will be keeping a keen eye open for the strange Boat-billed Heron hiding in trees on their day roosts. Other possible highlights may include the pied-footed Sungrebe swimming near trees overhanging the water, Grey-necked Wood Rail (plentiful here), the enormous Jabiru, Mangrove Cuckoo and up to 5 species of kingfishers. Spectacled Caiman are common, resembling a smaller, broad-snouted version of the more sinister American Alligator as they drift lazily in the water.

After lunch and a siesta (and even maybe a dip in the pool), we will enjoy our second boat trip near Lake Caño Negro, providing more sightings and photographic opportunities in this bird-rich environment

Caño Negro is also a superb spot for nocturnal species and we will conduct a night drive this evening in hopes of finding such highly prized species as Striped and Black-and-white Owls, Pacific Screech Owl, both Great and Common Potoos and the ubiquitous Common Pauraque. Night at Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Day 10
CAÑO NEGRO TO
LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS & POAS VOLCANO LODGE

This early morning, while it is still cool, we will bird the small forest patches near Caño Negro, which can be very productive. Woodpeckers are well represented here, with Lineated, Pale-billed and the amazing Chestnut-coloured as well as the more common Black-cheeked and Hoffmann’s Woodpeckers. Other, more widespread species found here include White-throated Crake, Olive-throated and Crimson-fronted Parakeets, Pied Puffbird, White-collared Manakin and the occasional Snowy Cotinga.

We will depart Caño Negro in time to arrive to La Paz Waterfall Garden, where a lunch fit for a king awaits us! After lunch we will concentrate on the incredible variety of hummingbird species that attend the garden’s feeders, enjoying the ceaseless comings and goings of Green Hermit, Green Thorntail, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Violet Sabrewing, Purple-throated Mountaingem and Black-bellied Hummingbird to name but a few. There are plenty of other birds in the area, too - from Silver-throated and Crimson-collared Tanagers to Sooty-faced Finches and Black-cowled Orioles. Along the forest trails we may well run into roving feeding flocks that can hold Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Spotted Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush and gorgeous Bay-headed and Spangled-cheeked Tanagers among many others.

From La Paz, we will make our way a short distance to Poas Volcano Lodge, located on the Continental Divide between the Poas and Barva. volcanoes. Set at an elevation of 1,850m (6,000ft), it will be quite cool this evening. Night at Poas Volcano Lodge

Day 11
MORNING AT POAS VOLCANO NP, RETURN TO SAN JOSÉ & FLY LONDON

After a good breakfast at the hotel, we set off for the nearby Poas Volcano National Park, which lies just 25 minutes drive from our lodge. This being our first visit to the highlands, new species will come with relative ease. The Poas area also gives us another opportunity to look for what many birders consider the most beautiful bird in the New World: the Resplendent Quetzal. But other highlights in this wonderful oak-dominated highland forest might well include Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Long-tailed and Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatchers, Sooty Thrush, Black-billed Nightingale-thrush, Yellow-winged Vireo, Black-cheeked Warbler, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, Large-footed Finch, Black-thighed Grosbeak... and perhaps even a rarity such as Zeledonia (or Wrenthrush).

Situated at an elevation of 2700m (8858ft), the impressive crater lake of the dormant Poas Volcano is another ‘must see’ today, with its turquoise and green waters and sulphurous fumaroles. We will take the trail to the overlook to witness this amazing natural spectacle.

Bidding a reluctant farewell to the majestic highlands after lunch, we board our bus for the transfer to San Jose airport and check-in for our late afternoon British Airways flight home.

Day 12
ARRIVAL IN LONDON

Morning arrival at London Gatwick, where our April birdwatching tour to Northern Costa Rica concludes.

Blue throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis formerly Emerald Toucanet Costa Rica Dr Kevin Elsby wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

Gotcha! A Blue-throated Toucanet (this species was formerly lumped with Emerald Toucanet) emerges from its nest hole © Dr Kevin Elsby, wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

What To Expect

With our itinerary extended to 12 days in 2017 to take advantage of British Airways new nonstop flights to San José, our birding tour to northern Costa Rica now features three nights amid the spectacular cloud forests of Monteverde, plus the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, and the wonderful wetlands of Caño Negro.

April is an excellent time to visit Costa Rica and this trip offers the perfect complement to our longer “Classic Costa Rica” tour, with a wealth of species that will be new even to those who have birded there before.

Costa Rica has a tropical to temperate climate. Our April tour runs during Costa Rica’s “major dry season” but rainfall can - and does of course - occur year-round in the country's mountains and rainforests! It can be cool and misty in the cloud forest at Monteverde; usually quite comfortable at Arenal Observatory Lodge, and generally hotter and sunnier in the lowlands of Caño Negro and in the Central Valley.

Birding in Costa Rica is outstanding year round, but we are frequently asked about the ‘best time’ to visit the country - particularly by those anxious to avoid the “rainy season”. To help you, our local agents in San Jose have provided the following climatic summary: 

“We have 2 “rainy seasons” and 2 “dry seasons” here in Costa Rica. The 2 rainy seasons can be separated into 2 catagories: Major Rainy Season - mid-Sept through Oct (except in far SE); Medium Rainy Season - mid-May through mid-July. The 2 dry seasons can also be separated into 2 catagories: Major Dry Season (or verano) - mid-Jan through April; Medium Dry Season (or veranito) - mid-July through Aug.

As with weather patterns anywhere, be aware that these may vary from year to year but they basically hold true.”

There is currently no malaria risk in any of the areas visited on our tour.

Birds

325-375 species

Mammals

We should encounter a good variety of mammals, typically seeing between 10-20 species. Possibilities include up to three species of Neotropical monkey, two species of sloth, White-nosed Coati, Collared Peccary, Central Ameican Agouti and Long-nosed Bats.

Accommodation

10 nights accommodation in Costa Rica, staying at a hand-picked selection of hotels and lodges, including 1 night at the Trapp Family Country Inn (San José); three nights at the Trapp Family Lodge (Monteverde); three nights at the Arenal Observatory Lodge; two nights at Caño Negro Natural Lodge (Caño Negro); and the final night at Poas Volcano Lodge (Poas). All rooms have private facilities. 

Meals

All main meals (with drinking water provided during the day) are included in the tour price, commencing with dinner in Costa Rica on Day 1 and concluding with lunch there on Day 11. Food is good to excellent in Costa Rica, with much that is locally grown - including the coffee. 

Walking

Altitude  Costa Rica is a mountainous country so all visitors should expect some trails to be steeper in parts - but these are always taken slowly, with frequent stops to bird. The walking effort is mostly easy, but can be moderate at times due to the terrain.

Monteverde is located on the Pacific slope near the Continental Divide, at an altitude of 1450m (4700ft), while Arenal Volcano Observatory Lodge stands at 730m (2400ft). Our birding at Caño Negro is much lower, at just 30m (100ft) above sea level. During our visit to the Poas Volcano we shall mostly be birding at elevations around 2400m (8000ft), plus about an hour or so spent at the crater lake at 2700m (9000ft).

As one would expect, rainforest trails can sometimes be muddy, so sturdy waterproof walking shoes or boots with good grip essential.

Maximum elevation this tour: 2700m (9000ft) around the Poas Volcano crater lake viewpoint area (for approx. 1hr only).

Travel

On this tour we use the scheduled services British Airways, nonstop from London Gatwick to San José (Costa Rica). Our flight-inclusive tour cost includes the Costa Rica departure tax (US $29).

Ground Transport   By comfortable Toyota Coaster (mini coach) with air-conditioning and driven by the same excellent local drivers that we've worked with for many years. (A minibus may be used in the event of a small group).

Boat Trips

Our tour price includes three special boat trips - two on Lake Caño Negro and one near Los Chiles (see main itinerary). Boats are large enough to accommodate our whole group. The boat trips on Lake Caño Negro usually lasts approx. 3 hrs, while the boat trip near Los Chiles typically takes approx. 2 hrs.

Emerald Tanager CRica 0413 RCresswell

The eye-catching Emerald Tanager is one of many tanager species to look out for © Northern Costa Rica tour participant Roger Cresswell

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A cookie is an alphanumeric identifier which asks permission to be placed on your hard drive through your web browser when you visit our Site. Once you agree (or your browser agrees automatically if you have set it up in that way) it enables our own system to recognise you when you visit our Site to track the pages you looked at while visiting our Site and therefore to improve our Site and tailor the service to you. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. For example, when you visit an electronic store such as ours a cookie makes it easier to shop by allowing you to place things into a shopping basket; the basket itself is not a cookie; the cookie is placed on your hard drive and keeps track of your basket versus others in use at the same time. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Denial of a traffic log cookie may prevent you from using the Site. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better Site by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you other than the data you choose to share with us. This practice is strictly enforced. We know that people have concerns about cookies but we believe that the benefit that you and we gain from their proper use is worthwhile.

You may set up your web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator) to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely (although you acknowledge that declining them may prevent you from being able to use the Site properly or at all). You can delete the files that contain cookies - those files are stored as part of your Internet browser. To remove cookies from your web browser or to obtain further details on cookies including information on persistent and session cookies please go to www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

This website uses Google Analytics which adds it's own cookies and is vital for our marketing and the continual improvement of the website. As such please read the Google Analytics privacy policy [www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html].

Protection of your personal information and retention

The internet is not a secure medium and Limosa Holidays cannot absolutely guarantee the security of your personal information provided over the internet. However we have put in place various security measures as set out below. The Limosa Holidays website and associated databases are protected by certified firewalls in order to protect your personal information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing. The website uses the latest technology with full backups. We also keep your personal information confidential. All outgoing and incoming email is scanned for viruses.

We also keep your personal information confidential. We will retain your personal information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.

Accessing and updating

You are entitled to see the personal information held about you and you may ask us to make any necessary changes to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date. If you wish to do this, please contact us by using the methods listed below. We are entitled by law to charge a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the personal information we hold about you.

If at any time, you would like to correct the personal information we have about you or if you would like to change your preferences for contacts from us or other members of the Limosa Holidays Family, you can let us know by contacting us by using the methods listed below.

Changes to our privacy policy

From time to time, it may be necessary for us to change this privacy policy, so we suggest that you check here periodically.

Links

This website contains links to other websites. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy policies of such other websites and we advise you to read the privacy policies of each website you visit which collects personal data.

Questions or complaints: contact us

We reiterate that by submitting your personal information to us you consent to the use of that personal information as set out in this privacy policy. If you have any questions, concerns, comments or complaints about this privacy policy and/or our collection or use of personal information, or if you wish us to stop processing your personal information for any particular purpose or purposes, then please contact us on enquiries@limosaholidays.co.uk or telephone us on +44 (0)1692 580 623.

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