My husband and I have just returned from a three-week stay in Costa Rica, and couldn't have been happier with our trip! Costa Rica is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth; and their people are some of the nicest, and most welcoming we have ever met. Our travel company went over and above to make sure that our visit was perfect, calling throughout the trip to make sure everything was alright, and always ready to help if we needed it.
One night we wanted to try a new restaurant, and rather than call a taxi, Alex offered to pick us up and take us there! We ended up having dinner with him and his lovely wife, learning about their life in Costa Rica, and just having a wonderful evening. All of the guides that we encountered were a joy to meet, and so appreciative to be able to welcome tourists back to their country. Everyone there is very proud of their country, and rightly so. Pura Vida!!!
We were lucky to be able to travel to several different locations during our stay. San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. We wanted to be active so we booked all of the "adrenaline" adventures to cross off our bucket list. The ZipLine in Monteverde was incredible, waterfall rappelling was awesome, whitewater rafting was fun too!
We really enjoyed all of the hikes as well, usually ending up at some beautiful waterfall or other hikes in search of wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, birds, butterflies, we saw them all! One hike, in particular, stands out. It was a four-hour hike around the Hule Lagoon. The day we arrived to do it was very heavy rain, but we decided to do it anyway. When we were finished, and wet to the bone, we were to have lunch with a local family that lives at the beginning of the hike. When we arrived at their house, they gave us dry clothes to put on and put ours in the dryer. Then the wife made us the most delicious lunch. Having lunch in their house, with their family, who made us feel so welcome, was very special.
We also spent some time at Tabacon, the natural hot springs resort. It was truly magical there, especially at night. There are not many places you can have dinner in a robe! I also have to mention our driver/guide Alex, who we spent a good bit of time with throughout our trip, and really enjoyed his company.
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