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review 29 Aug 2018

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

It is hard to choose between the many amazing experiences we had in Costa Rica. Our dawn kayak in Tourtuga National park spotting monkeys, sloths and caymen possibly stands out. Wiht our very own guide we were able to leave everyone else behind and truely experience this magical place at its best.

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

Bring plenty of clothes because it is wet and it can be hard to keep dry! Knowing Spanish also helps and is really appreciated by the locals.

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

Yes - Costa Rica is all about the ecological environment- its protection is real to everyone and everyone strives to care for their environment and all that lives within it. The attitude and enthusiasm of all our young guides was inspiring.

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

We had an amazing time- of course there were things we could do differently however we had such a wonderful and inspiring time that we will give it 10/10.

review 29 Jun 2018

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

Where to start? The riverboat ride in Tortuguero seeing sloths and howler monkeys? The hike on Arenal volcano learning about the 1968 eruption or the visit to the hot springs in Arenal? The night walk in Monteverde seeing the jungle night wildlife or the zip line rides at Aventura in Monteveede? The horseback ride in Manuel Antonio or the visit to the Kids Saving the Rainforest wildlife rescue center in Manuel Antonio? I choose them all!

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?

Yes. The UK operator and the local partner ensured that the providers adhered to sustainable ecotourism precepts. The providers provided information to guests confirming these practices.

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

Fantastic! A most memorable and enjoyable adventure. The planning and logistics were wonderful. All transports and accommodations were exceptional. The activities pre-booked and available at each destination were diverse and fun. Highly recommend to all.

review 1 Jun 2018

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

Travelling to the next place - Costa Rica is so diverse and awesome!

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

Take a rain jacket and plenty of sunscreen also - small dollar bills!

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

Absolutely, some of the local guides were really diligent about it.

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

It was awesome - thank you for the great planning RT, we covered six areas in 12 days and your planning made that seamless.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Daisy, Thanks so much for your positive feedback about your trip. There is so much to see in Costa Rica so its really nice to hear that you felt like you got to experience so much of what the country has to offer without feeling rushed. I'm glad you needed the sunscreen and hope you didn't need the rain jacket too much - but without the rain the country wouldn't be so beautiful and green so I'm sure it was worth it! It's really important to us to know that everyone we work with sticks to the high standards we set so it is great to hear your comments on the local guides. I will make sure to pass your comments on to our local partners as well. Welcome home and I look forward to helping you with your next adventure!! Kind Regards, Rob

review 5 Jan 2018

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

Tortuguero National Park early morning canoe trip was the most memorable.

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

Go a long as you possibly can as there is so much to see and do.

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

Yes. Tourism is definitely benefiting the local people and economy. The tours raise awareness of the conservation initiatives.

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

Absolutely amazing!

review 1 Jan 2018

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

The wildlife all around us, if you stood still it came past you. Amazingly beautiful birds, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. The accommodation, though on the basic side was right in the thick of it. You could wake with humming birds outside your door, monkeys swinging across your roof or frogs croaking and singing you to sleep. Most exciting was discovering animals and other creatures on our hikes and seeing Arenal volcano at close range as the clouds moved away in the evening sunlight. Most exciting but scary was the ziplining, especially the 1 km run. The hot springs at La Fortuna was a wonderful experience at night. Visiting the BriBri Tribe was a real insight into the culture and they were such wonderfully welcoming and friendly people. Visiting the Sloth Sanctuary is a must!

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

Do your research, there are so many regions of Costa Rica with so many different things to see. Be prepared with clothing, torches, footwear, binoculars etc. Enjoy the wildlife and have a real interest in the nature around you. Spend time to look and listen for yourself, don't rely on a guide all the time, in fact don't use a guide at Manuel Antonio.Just enjoy discovering animals yourself. Be wary of going out in San Jose, don't wear jewellery, carry handbags or cameras. Muggings happen in broad daylight too! Check on the type of accommodation you need to be comfortable with, the Eco-lodges can be very basic though clean.

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

Yes, we were so impressed that Costa Ricans really care what happens to their country. They are so eco-aware. You need to follow their rules about litter, their environment and the impact tourism can have. The trip to visit the BriBri was a way to put money directly into their pockets by buying handcrafted souvenirs and chocolate. Their ethics about their country invoked respect and you take some of that knowledge away with you.

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

An amazing adventure. We loved the variety, the range of different regions each offering something new. We were never bored couldn't wait to get up each day and have a new experience. Th tours were all good and the guides knowledgeable. We learnt so much about the animals and the environment alongside finding out about Costa Rica as a country. The wildlife was second to none. The only downside was that the accommodation was probably a bit too basic to even be comfortable but the trade in was the fantastic location.

review 27 Feb 2016

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

The night walk was a wonderful wildlife experience. Meeting the Ticos and feeling their pride in their country and how welcome they made us feel as tourists/guests was really special

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

Book in advance Learn some basic Spanish Take waterproof and warmer clothing than you think you may need for the volcanic area and cloud forest Use a rucksack rather than a wheeled suitcase! Use the Lonely Planet Guide

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

Yes to all of those - certainly hope so We travelled on the tourist buses which I guess was better than a hire car, but the latter would have been an advantage in some areas. We accept that flying to destination is not good from an environmental point of view, however.

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

A wonderful experience that makes us want to visit Costa Rica again (for longer)

Read the operator's response here:

Dear John, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your holiday for us. We're thrilled to hear that you're experience of travelling to Costa Rica with us was so incredible and that it has wetted your appetite for all things Costa Rican. Itís wonderful that you could see that our trips indeed benefit local people and that by travelling in small groups we do see to reduce the environmental impacts of tourism. It really is a gem of a country isn't it with such diverse ecology and incredibly friendly locals. We've certainly found this ourselves on our own travels and adventures over there. We hope you'll keep us in mind if you do plan to head over there again as we would love to help you plan another adventure meeting more Ticos and seeing more incredible wildlife! Kind regards Jo Ramsey

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