2 independent reviews for Family vacation in Costa Rica

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review 18 Sep 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our guide, Erick of from the vacation providers, knew almost everything about his beautiful country. We will remember all the wildlife encounters from Eyelash pit vipers to American crocodiles, the iridescent hummingbirds, the noisy monkeys. All the shades of green in the serene, cloud forests of Monteverde. All the spectacular sunsets. Seeing a sloth up close on a boat trip in Tortugero. Watching green sea turtles on a beach at midnight, Rafting down the Sarapiqui river trying not to capsize. The beautiful beach at Manuel Antonio. The rice and beans and fried plantains. The good traveling companions.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Invest in Rainforest Publications field guides, they are great value and incredibly useful. Visit the hummingbird garden at the Selvatura adventure park, Monteverde (after, or instead of, the zip wire). There is also a forest trail and reptile and amphibian exhibits where our guide Juan Carlos was very knowledgeable. The chocolate farm in Arenal is educational and great fun. Take quick drying clothes and enough socks as it is difficult to get things dry in the humid climate. Take a waterproof coat as it can rain spectacularly, although we only got wet twice in the rainy season. Take enough cash as all the additional tours prefer dollars to credit cards. Take a torch as it gets dark early.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All our guides were local and had a wealth of knowledge about the biodiversity of the ecosystems especially on a boat tour in Tortuguero and a night tour in Monteverde. We visited the Sea turtle conservancy project in Tortuguero. We picked up litter from the beaches. We stayed in a family run lodge in Sarapiqui. Costa Rican Trails have a sustainability award.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We would definitely recommend this vacation. We travelled a lot but it wasn't too tiring, even for the children, as we didn't have to worry about anything. Erick, and our driver Jose, arranged all the additional tours we wanted to do; rafting, turtle watching and a night safari and Erick took us out at 5.45 am for a specialist bird watching walk. They even took us to a laundry to get our clothes dry and bought birthday cakes for members of the group... twice!

review 2 Aug 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Tortuguero National Park-beautuful accomodation in the middle of the rainforest with howler monkeys and loads of birdlife very close-boat trip really quiet and special. Zipwiring incredible- Quite physically demanding but worth it as really long-I think 18 in total zip wires and run across a valley with the rainforest beneath you-Amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Great for teenagers- Busy itinary and good mix of wildlife walks/boat trips where you get really close and the adventure trips white water rafting/canopy walk and zipwiring- Which is incredible

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes the guide is very professional/well informed and respectful of the environmental issues.Costa rican people are very welcoming and friendly-they are encouraging tourism but protective of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb!

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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