Our travel agent did a wonderful job of planning our family trip to Costa Rica. We discussed things we would like to do in the time we were going to be there and then she arranged all the activities, hotels, and transfers. We were pleased with how flawlessly everything went and loved every activity she arranged for us. Every hotel and activity was top quality and all transfers were very punctual! We definitely would travel with Zicasso and this travel agency again!
Every day was memorable and each activity was fun! My husband and I spent 2 nights in Tortuguera (which can only be reached by boat or plane) before our daughter's family joined us at Arenal. We loved Tortuguera and thought the lodge gave the feeling of wilderness living with all the amenities of comfort and beauty. Our favorite activity at Tortuguera was a kayak trip early one morning which we booked throught the hotel.
The hot springs at the hotel in La Fortuna were beautiful and fun. Our family really enjoyed the float trip on the river near Arenal. Since we started later than some river guides we had the river to ourselves and still saw a small crocodile,(the one pictured is from our return trip from Tortuguera--much larger than the one we saw near Arenal), two different kinds of monkeys, two otters, iguanas,and many birds.
Of course, the zip lines in Monteverde were especially exciting and memorable, and as far as our family was concerned, a "must do." Even the rain and cold weather added to the excitement because we couldn't see the other end of the line so we didn't know how long it was or where we were going.
If anything, it would probably be to add two more days and go to the Osa Peninsula.
Also, even though the hotel in Monteverde was excellent with fantastic views, we probably would not stay there again because of the inconvenience of needing to call a shuttle (all were very prompt) everytime we wanted to go to our rooms. We were in the 800 building which was near the top of the mountain. When discussing the booking and reading reviews we thought the distance to the restaurant which was at the entrance wouldn't be a problem for us because we are a very active family and would love the extra walking. When we got there we realized it was a long way and straight up to our rooms. We seemed to forget things and then need to go through the effort of shuttles to retrieve them. Before our night hike we picked up some people at another hotel which looked like a great place to stay. Of course, I haven't checked prices so maybe it would be too expensive.
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