The trip planned by this Costa Rica travel agency was great! Although I'd been to Costa Rica 3 times before, this was my kids' first time, and my husband's second. We traveled to different parts of the country than I'd been to in the past. From my first phone call with Andrew at this agency, I felt like we were in good hands. After listening to a description of our preferences for activities and our limitations, he knew exactly what to plan. It took us several iterations to nail down the details, but he was very patient and helpful at each step. The hotels he reserved for us suited our budget and style quite well. The activities he recommended turned out to be very adventurous -- and probably ones we would not have chosen had we known what we were getting into (ziplining with a fear of heights)! However, it was great to push ourselves and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.
I have already recommended this agency to 3 friends/colleagues. Andrew also mapped out an itinerary for us for Macchu Pichu that we may take in the future; again, after one phone call he was able to plan out what looked like a wonderful trip. Having done CR through this company, I would be very comfortable using them again to plan another trip.
Canyoning near Arenal Volcano -- rappelling down waterfalls, doing the Tarzan swing and short zipline.
Ziplining near Arenal Volcano -- scary but oh-so-exciting!
Horseback riding at Rancho Margot -- first time on horses for kids and husband.
Hanging bridges at Monteverde Cloud forest -- so cool to be walking above the forest...
Locally provided lunch b/w Monteverde and Manuel Antonio -- a great, simple, homestyle lunch served at a small restaurant in a local fishing village.
Whalewatching/sunset catamaran cruise in a horrific thunderstorm in Quepo -- no whales, no sunset, no unlimited drinks/food (as promised), etc., but a first mate who passed around tamborines, shakers, and harmonicas for the 10 passengers, and played a banjo himself while singing Bob Marley songs as the rain beat down all around (yes, Andrew, the one activity we organized on our own was a total bust!).
Spend less time at Rancho Margot -- in the rainy season, it's buggy, dark and damp.
Choose a different national park than Manuel Antonio, which is very crowded -- people are tripping over each other and their guides on the one main path in and out of the park.
Go in the dry (or less rainy) season.
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