First, everything worked perfectly! We were met on time every time, and all travel was efficient and comfortable. The lodging selections exceeded our expectations. The room at the Parador at Marcus Antonio was excellent; we had an ocean view out front and a forest (Howler monkeys) out back. The service was as expected and the food was very good. La Paloma at Corcovado was a nice change of pace (very nice, actually). The setting is gorgeous and the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The mention of "ticks" during the initial orientation freaked my wife out a little, but she got over that. We especially appreciated the "family style" dinner arrangements. We got to meet some very interesting travelers from around the world. The food was good, about what you would expect in the middle of the jungle, not gourmet quality. The Tabacon at Arenal is exquisite. We had a bridal suite with its own Jacuzzi. The hot springs were nice but crowded by visitors and many children.
All told, our Costa Rica travel agency understood the objectives of our trip and used that understanding to plan a vacation that exceeded our expectations.
The best part, of course, was "Nature" in Costa Rica. Our guides, contracted through our travel company, were all very knowledgeable, professional and, in fact, indispensable. The animals are so well camouflaged that amateurs like us can not spot them without help. And, it is important to me that the guides know a lot of stuff, which they did.
It helped, of course, that we had eight days of sunshine and only one of rain (at Arenal), but the bad weather was taken in stride - you can't get more wet once you are completely wet!
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