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Holiday review by Mr. Adrian Davies

Date of trip: 17/08/2019
Number of people: 5
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "The great variety of experiences without overly long travel distances. Highlights included turtles and anteaters at Manatus, rafting in Sarapiqui, and dozens of macaws on the beautiful Playa Blanca beach near Carrara."
Tribes Service: "First hire car was booked for one day too long so left at Finca Rosa Blanca but without any problems. Other than that, all very efficient."
Guides: "Manatus guides excellent - even on the bus transfer. Maquenque guides good. Exceptional guiding at Tirimbina for day trip."
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Good"


Bosque de Paz
Quite rustic. Good food but set dishes, so some children might need a bit of practice elsewhere first. Very friendly staff. Amazing numbers of humming birds at feeders and flying right around you
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Very nice villa. Excellent location. Good restaurant and kids menu if a little large and impersonal. Excellent kayaking from Fortuna. Lots of wildlife in a rather tamer environment than Tortuguero although therefore easy to see.
Finca Rosa Blanca
Very convenient after the flight whilst being reasonably rural and very quiet. Good restaurant, good pool and spa. Handy for Central Valley whilst avoiding central San Jose but still took a while to drive out of the conurbation.
Macaw Lodge
Beautiful location. Set menu probably the least inspiring on the trip. Bungalows quite basic but great views. A bit of an end of season to the place with a few things not working (fans, tripping electric etc). Pleasant enough staff. Reasonably remote and a bit of a challenge getting back there last night after very heavy rain due to several fallen trees.
Manatus Hotel
Very high quality accommodation and guiding. Very good restaurant with kids menu. Great opportunities to see wildlife generally and turtles in particular. The lodge is very much set up for 2 night stays. If staying for longer you might feel a bit short changed or would have to be very clear what you were going to do beyond the ‘set’ activities.

customer rating

5/5 from 326 reviews

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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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