I would definitely book again with this travel agency. At every step of the way, the travel connections came off without a hitch. The drivers were pleasant, knowledgeable and fluent in English. The hotel recommendations were excellent -- I particularly loved the vistas from the hotel in Manuel Antonio and the private cabins in Arenal. The tours we selected from their recommendations were great. During the trip we made changes to the tour itinerary twice because of changes in our interests as we say more of Costa Rica. On each occasion, our agent made the changes immediately while maintaining his delightful enthusiasm and courtesy. Costa Rica itself was even more beautiful and magical than we had anticipated -- I hope we have an opportunity to return.
It is impossible to choose a favorite moment or experience from this trip.
I particularly enjoyed the hot springs in Arenal and the hanging bridges in the cloud forest of Monte Verde. We happened to be at Monte Verde during a late wet season storm which really emphasized the cloud aspect . And emphasized the microclimates, as the wind and rain created surprisngly chilling weather. It was astonishing how different the climate was a few short hours away at Manuel Antonio.
The hanging bridges themselves were beautiful -- we did them both in Arenal and Monte Verde. From above it is easier to appreciate the full lushness of the jungle. Every centimeter is green, with vines and bromelaids growing atop the trees. In the canopy we came face to face with a troop of howler monkeys! The swaying bridges across deep chasms were also enough of an adrenaline charge for me.
The hotel in Arenal was gorgeous, with its private cabins in jungle gardens. And everywhere through the complex were spectacular views of the volcano. The hotel in Manuel Antonio had spectacular 360 degree views of the Pacific ocean, cliffs and beaches. It also had the cleanest hallways I have ever seen--marble so polished I had to reach for my sunglasses.
I would do more research before leaving and would then make the trip longer, lingering longer at each place and adding time at the Osa Peninsula. Possibly other sites after I did the research.
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