6 independent reviews for Costa Rica tour

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review 15 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Mangrove tour in Quepos as wildlife was more accessible than in the forests. Zip lining.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

As no meals are included the cost of restaurants is approximately $10.oo-15.oo per plate. As portions are very substantial think twice about ordering a starter. Breakfasts are $6.oo Prices rarely include taxes. Alcoholic drinks are reasonably priced: beers app $1.50,cocktails $7-8.00. Not all tours accept credit cards. Throughout the 2 weeks costs begin to mount up.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely. Costa Rica is the most environmentally sympathetic country I have visited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

My only quibble is having to pay for breakfasts. These should be included as part of tour price even if it makes overall cost slightly more expensive. The tour leader, Wendy was first class.

review 15 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Watching seaturtles laying their eggs on Tortuguero beach and the homestay

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Have enough money, as most activities are not included in the holiday

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definitely

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The basic holiday was great. Very little culture but loads of fauna and flora. Disappointing that virtually nothing was included in the trip and had to be paid for locally. This added about $300 per person to the trip and we didn't do half of the activities on offer.Also only a couple of breakfasts were included in the trip price.Accommodation was great everywhere. Friendly people. Great group ranging from 17 to 67.Tour leader could have been a little more enthusiastic.

review 7 Apr 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Expect to take lots of photographs, light but well considered luggage to reflect the different climates and the fact you have to carry it, and that the US dollar and local currency are interchangeable virtually everywhere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent through the tours. It was also down to what individuals chose to do or purchase.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I would rate it very highly from a planning point of view in that we saw a fair variety within the country, beyond that, I can only imagine it was similar but possibly less developed. This appeared to be a confident, democratic and safe country which provided little culture shock to anyone with even the most limited travelling experience. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc.

review 15 Nov 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Donít know.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good & hotels good.

review 1 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was all excellent, so difficult to say. Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just go with it and enjoy. You don't have to be young - I'm 68.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I'm not sure that visiting anywhere can reduce environmental impacts, but we did little harm as we took local transport or walked. Ate local produce and did not demand any sort of special treatment. We benefited small businesses with our custom and respected the environment everywhere we went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent.

review 17 Nov 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the baby turtles in Tortuguero National Park.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Keep an open mind.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I had a wonderful experience with a very well trained, and experienced, guide. The communication was excellent.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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