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Holiday review by Mr. Andrew Thompson

Date of trip: 06/02/2018
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "A memorable, inspiring trip, with great wildlife!
An excellent choice of hotels/lodges (thanks Alex) for a first visit to CR – many different habitats and associated varied wildlife, especially birds. Favourite accommodations were Rancho Naturalista and Macaw Lodge, as their smaller set-ups allowed for greater attention to detail and care by the staff. The food at these two was excellent too. Another time, I would definitely stay at these two again..."
Tribes Service: "Excellent"


Hotel Presidente
We were given a double bed, though we had asked for a twin. They moved us to a twin room immediately. Neither of us keen on air conditioning, but we had to use this as window wouldn’t open. Otherwise, the room was clean and acceptable. We ate dinner in the city (Sylvestre’s – excellent) and the hotel breakfast was perfectly adequate.
Macaw Lodge
Isolated, stunning setting. Self-sustaining regime: impressive. Welcome and food = equal to Rancho Naturalista. 24 person capacity, in lodges built from the forest. Trip to Carara National Park ( 1 ½ hours: driver Carlos = v chatty, attentive and cheery), north sector, primarily to see scarlet macaws. Good guide (Franklin), but we weren’t expecting to be part of a group – another couple were also present. However, we had excellent sightings of scarlet macaws. Changed itinerary so we stayed at Macaw Lodge an extra day (as it was so beautiful there)instead of going back to San Jose. SwissTravel re-arrangement: fast efficient, easy!
Trapp Family Lodge
Spacious room, though rather cold; asked for space heater! Food 7/10 Guided walk of  Curi-Cancha with guide Eric = good, but wet, windy, cold conditions – not ideal! (Impromptu walk to) Hummingbird café 1km up the road from hotel = fun – a bit touristy, but so many hummingbirds !

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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