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Final (maybe) MA / OSA Questions

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Again, my thanks to all who have previously offered their great advice and suggestions. This has been very useful and very much appreciated.

I have heard back from the three properties I contacted. Bosque Del Cabo is essentially sold out for three of the four nights I had hoped to anchor our trip around (May 2015). Arenas Del Mar and Lapa Rios are wide open. With work schedules defining our window of opportunity, there is no wiggle room on the date we have to be back at work but we can play with the front end by a day or two. I had hoped for a progression of 3 or 4 nights in Arenas Del Mar, 2 nights at Iguana Lodge (have not contacted them yet), 4 nights at BDC, and the final pre-flight night somewhere close to SJO (either Xandari or our old favorite Finca Rosa Blanca). I had dropped the idea of Lapa Rios but, given the situation with Bosque, Lapa Rios is back in the picture.

Assuming Iguana Lodge is a viable option, I am now working on two basic scenarios following the same progession:

3 nts Arenas / 2 nts Iguana / 3 nts BDC / 2 nts LR / 1 SJO
or
3 or 4 nts Arenas / 3 or 4 (or 5) nts BDC / 2 nts either Iguana or Lapa Rios / 1 SJO

Questions:

- Is 3 nights / 2 days in Manuel Antonio good enough or should we aim for 4 nights / 3 days? Arenas Del Mar may be running a "stay 4 / pay for 3" special in May.

- The first scenario above gives tastes of each property by not more than that. It also means checking in and out of 5 hotels over a 10 or 11 night span. Costs aside, if we cut either Iguana Lodge or Lapa Rios, which to cut? We would spend no more than 2 nights at either place. I like the idea of each experience building on the one before it, ending the adventurous part of the trip with a bang, and Lapa Rios seems to be more of a grand finale than Iguana. On that note, I like the idea of staying at Iguana before BDC but not after.

A few side notes:

- BDC might offer a stay 5 / pay for 4 next spring but is not planning on a 4/3 offer.
- Lapa Rios stated that flash photographer was allowed
- Lapa Rios stated that the rule about not being able to hike without a guide was more a very strong suggestion instead of a hard rule. Sounds like one of those pieces of information that might prove different once one arrives on site. If we only stay a single full day, following this rule would not be too odious. They did state that private or small group experiences could be arranged. We'd probably do their starfish thing and a private extended night hike.

Thanks Again!

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