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Holiday review by Mrs. Lesley Wood

Date of trip: 05/02/2019
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "We went for the wildlife and it surpassed all expectations!"
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
Guides: "Our first guide Brian was knowledgeable but distant and did not engage with the group. Other guides were excellent, especially Allen in Manuel Antonio and Manuel in Drakes Wilderness lodge."
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "This is a country with ecotourism at the heart of its economy and it shows. Where else is absolutely no building or agriculture allowed inside national parks?"


Bosque de Paz
This was our favourite place. Your info told us it was boutique with gourmet food!!!!!! It most certainly was not. The rooms are basic with no heating for the cold nights and the food is wholesome home cooking with no choice other than take it or leave it. However, the peaceful, magical setting in beautiful grounds teeming with birds and other wildlife make it a very special experience.
Hotel Presidente
Comfortable and functional for a stopover
Mawamba Lodge
Good location and wildlife. Food very disappointing; it was identical every day. There are no feeders in the grounds to attract the birds. Ok but would not return.
Si Como No
A busy family resort hotel. We moved room as our original was right next to the children's pool and restaurant. Great views over the ocean and very helpful staff. Not the hotel for you if you like to get away from it all. Close to some excellent restaurants for dinner eg Cubre Libre for seafood.

Our Memories

"The people of Costa Rica are warm and friendly and go out of their way to be helpful and are extremely proud of their country. The wildlife viewing is second to none. The thrill of seeing a tapir, who could not tell the time, eating at the river bank one morning and then swimming to other side was amazing - even our guide was excited!"

customer rating

5/5 from 323 reviews

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facts and information

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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