2 independent reviews for Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history

Reviews for Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history

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review 17 Jan 2015

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

Being at the crater of Masaya Volcano at night, and also walking in the cloud forest on Mombacho Volcano

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

Learn some Spanish or take a phrase book.

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

yes, it definitely benefited local people using local tour guides and also the eco lodge definitely supported environmental concerns and the reserve supported conservation

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

Fantastic, absolutely loved it!

review 24 Feb 2014

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

There were so many highlights - and part of the pleasure was the variety of different experiences as we travelled around; more like six short mini-holidays all packed together. The very best moment was kayaking in Tortuguero: just four of us and a guide exploring the rainforest by river at dawn. The cries of the howler monkeys echoed across the morning mist, and we got up close to crocodiles, turtles and incredible water birds. Priceless!

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

Self-drive is a great way to travel - and driving in Costa Rica is not difficult. Choose an itinerary with a good balance of organised activity and free-time; it is much easier to see wildlife in the rainforests when you are with a local guide. We had at least one organised activity every day. Make sure you do at least one forest night walk - it's a different world at night. Take a good pair of binoculars for everyone in the party. As one guide said "we promised you wildlife, we didn't promise it would be very close!"

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

Yes. Costa Rica was the most environmentally aware country I have visited. Tourism and environmentalism are very closely linked - and as long as the country is able to benefit economically from the preservation of its fabulous natural habitats, it can continue to support conservation instead of other more environmentally harmful activities, and to employ many local people in the process.

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

Fabulous. An wonderful and unforgettable experience.

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