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Holiday review by Professor Brent Davies

Date of trip: 09/01/2019
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "All very good except last location - too long and too uncomfortable."
Tribes Service: "Very responsive"
Guides: "Galapagos guides and the individual tour guides all excellent."


Patio Andaluz
Great location in the heart of the town. Staff were very helpful and the dinning room was very special in the courtyard. Wine was ridiculously expensive with a mark up that was excessive. We had a duplex room with a very challenging staircase - I would avoid this type of room. Overall a good place to stay.
Great time at the Galapagos and the guides Roberto and Christina were excellent. Saw some stunning sights and animals. Two negatives the boat has no stabilisers and we should have been told about this by Tribes (one night it was very rough). Also, Tribes should have warned us about the Tip situation $200 for the Guides and $400 for the crew. We had to get the washout of a cash machine (very expensive) if Paul had told us about this we would have taken the cash!!

TRIBES RESPONSE: Some of the Galapagos yachts do give advice for very high "suggested" tips - Tribes has looked into this situation and the guides and crew are well paid in the islands and we think the recommended about can be extremely high and any tips should be at the passengers discretion.
Chayote Lodge
Our last night in Costa Rica. Great to be out of the city with such stunning views of the Central Valley truly breathtaking. Cool air after the heat was great. The staff were extremely helpful and welcoming. The room was large and very clean with panoramic view from the windows. Only downside they charged us for breakfast when is was supposed to be included!
Hotel Belmar
Stunning setting for the hotel with great vies from the dinning room. Great tour to the Curi Cancha reserve with a great guide Marvin. Expensive accommodation and full board so it was pathetic at breakfast if I wanted the mixed fruit juice instead of orange it would be extra!!! You cannot be serious a five star response it was not.
Finca Rosa Blanca
The Coffee Plantation tour was excellent we learn a great deal. The rooms in the hotel are a weird shape which takes some getting used to. A good two nights break when travelling but I am not sure we would have wanted to stay longer. The waiters at meals were surly and not into the service culture.
Arenas Del Mar
The setting for this hotel is stunning. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. The smaller beach had lots of shade and was excellent for lunch and the pool. The only downside was that the rooms were rather small for the money.
Nayara Springs
Very expensive but very good! Service was excellent and the food always good. This is a 6 star resort! The rooms are of an excellent size and the personal plunge pool is a slight. The free laundry when travelling is very helpful. Could not fault it in any way.
Lapa Rios
The pool is great - the best in our trip to Costa Rica. The lodge says it is on a ridge and there are sufficient breezes to not need air conditioning!!! Not true it is so hot and humid in the rooms to make it unbearable. 77 steep steps from our room to the main building in a very hot and humid atmosphere was not fun. Despite the rhetoric for the lodge about not many mosquitoes we got badly bitten. The food in the restaurant was good but more changes needed as the dinner menu got boring after a couple of days.

Our Memories

"Galapagos animals, the three parks in Costa Rica. The only poor one was the Volcano tour in Nayara Spring - little to see and hard climb."

customer rating

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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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