Perfect! This is the first time I've ever used a travel agent, but based on my experience with this company, it won't be the last. It was such a delight to have everything arranged by someone who really listened to what we wanted. From the pickup at the airport when we arrived until the drive back to the airport on our last day, everything ran smoothly. All of the tours were exactly what we wanted and gave us the opportunity to see so many animals, plants, trees, etc. and the guides were all incredible - knowledgable, friendly, and true nature lovers themselves. You know you're seeing wonderful things when the experienced guides got excited! Also, speaking with other travelers on the plane trip home, I realized that we saw so much more with our guides than they did alone.
The hotels we stayed in were beautiful, comfortable places. We loved going out on nature excursions in Arenal during the day and returning in the late afternoon and spending some relaxing time just soaking in the springs. In Guanacaste, we stayed at Villa Buena Onda, which really felt like an escape from reality. The hotel was small and I really felt like it created a much more intimate atmosphere. The people working there are just the nicest people, the atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing and we met some wonderful people. We also loved the inclusive food they served.
Our travel company was wonderful to work with. Our agent really listened to what I wanted, coming up with itineraries and fine tuning them until it was exactly right. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to spend a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica.
I was in Costa Rica last year on a large group tour and really enjoyed it, but there was no comparison to how wonderful this trip was. On this trip we went with Costour to Las Pumas Animal Refuge where we had a long visit learning about the diverse species of Costa Rica. Our guide was fantastic he answered all of our questions about the animals (we had a lot), which was much appreciated. They even took us for a stop at Cortes Waterfalls, which was one of my favorite places of the trip. I can't thank our guide and his team enough for that magical day.
The only issue I can think of, and one that is impossible to predict, was that there was a large group from South Dakota on a company trip at our hotel in Arenal who got pretty loud. Nice people, but we prefer it a bit quieter. However, we were able to find quiet places to get away when the noise (and the drinking) got a bit much for us!
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