Overall the entire trip was exactly as we expected. All the gentlemen who picked us up for the various excursions were always on time or early. We felt that the tour company was an excellent company. Very dependable, courteous, friendly and punctual. All the guides were very helpful and knowledgeable particularly our guide in Arenal.
The vehicles were clean and efficient.
We did not expect continuous rain in La Fortuna area for three days. All our trips including River Float, Sky Tram, Sky Trek including zip lining were all done while it was raining. The visit to the Arenal volcano and La Fortuna waterfall were also during rain. But we improvised and still had a great time. Zip lining was an exceptional thrill that all should try. I highly recommend that the visitors be told to bring a HIGH quality knee length rain jacket with a hood or a good quality pancho. This should be specified in no uncertain terms. And nobody should depend on the weather forecast from a few days ago as things change abruptly.
The travel agent selected world-class hotels for us. Hotel Kioro is an outstanding facility. This place was excellent all around. Thanks to our agent for choosing this place.
At Tabacon Springs the dinner there was excellent.
Our ride to Monteverde by boat and car was one of the best experiences as we got to see true mountainous part of Costa Rica and we were able to interact with local people. We found the people of Costa Rica to be proud of their country and they demonstrated a lot of integrity in dealing with us. Our stay at Monteverde Lodge was superb. The staff and the restaurant personnel were excellent. The food was very good and reasonably priced. We did a hike through the cloud forest, which was very good. Our drive to Tamarindo and was very good. Timely and punctual. I felt I was not in Costa Rica anymore until I left the place to go to Tamarindo. Rooms and food were excellent but pricey as you would expect at a five star place. We stayed at Casa Chameleon in Las Catalinas after Tamarindo. This was yet another superb hotel on this trip. They had million dollar view at this property that we really enjoyed. Their pool was fantastic! The location and surroundings really made us feel like we got an authentic Costa Rica experience. Everything at this hotel from the service to staff lived up to the hotel's fine reputation.
We also loved our Catamaran trip. The entire experience including the sunset was nothing short of fantastic. The crew was excellent. The scenery and the weather was exceptional. Highly recommend it. The Green Turtle tour was ok. One should be prepared to spend up to three hours at the beach at night to fully experience the event. But we did see the turtle create an egg nest.
Our Costa Rica travel company did an exceptional job in planning this trip for us. Our agent was superb without mincing words. It was good to have a summary of all the excursions finally. It allowed us to decide on which ones to commit to. Both of our agents were very patient with us in planning the trip. Overall price of the trip was very competitive and well worth it. I would very highly recommend this travel company to plan a trip for anybody who wishes to spend meaningful days in Costa Rica. They know the country well. All vouchers were precise. The company is well respected as we gathered from our escorts everywhere.
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