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Holiday review by Rebecca K

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Date of trip: 25/07/2019
Number of people: 4
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Alex Neaves was very helpful and friendly."
 
Guides: "The guides provided through Tribes all spoke good English which meant we got more out of the holiday, given our limited grasp of Spanish."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "On balance, probably not, owing to the huge amounts of carbon chucked out by the plane, the taxis, the extra laundry... but on the other hand, we paid admission to national parks and supported what is a major earner of foreign exchange for Costa Rica. And you do plant trees on our behalf..."

Accommodation

 
Alta Hotel
Very, very good, but not really there long enough to say much.
 
Mawamba Lodge
Probably the best-run hotel I have ever stayed at. The boat transfer was arranged so that your luggage was there waiting for you, and check-in had already been done: all you had to do was wait for your name to be called, get your bag and go to your room. The food was excellent, the guides brilliant, the room comfortable,the pool a lovely place to relax. When we came to go back, the guide explained that there had been a road accident at the other end which had delayed the coach, so he thought that we'd rather hang about at the hotel in comfort than in discomfort at the transit point.
 
Lomas del Volcan
The room was lovely, as was the garden, but we all found the restaurant a bit over the top... That's just a personal view, though. The staff were excellent and very organised.
 
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Lovely hotel, complete with hotel cats... Right on the beach, huge rooms, lovely food, a pool with lots of shade for those who need it.
 
Cariblue
The hotel was undergoing renovations, and there had been some confusion over our booking. However, the manager sorted it all out very quickly, and we ended with better accommodation than we had booked.

Our Memories

"There was so much that was really good that t's hard to select just one. The main things that in my mind are: Going kayaking in the early morning at Tortuguero. We booked it easily through the hotel when we arrived, the trip left punctually (6a.m., no messing about), the guide was very good and the place itself was beautiful. Riding on the beach at Tamarindo. The girls and I went back two days later for another go, and never have I had such a long, exuberant, yee-hah! canter on such an enthusiastic horse, and I've ridden since I was a small child. Swimming under waterfalls: we did this a lot, very cooling in the heat. And the wildlife, all over the place - peccaries at Arenal, spider monkeys at Tortugeuro and several other places, Capuchin monkeys at Cahuita, sloths all over the place, snakes, butterflies, incredibly varied birdlife (some of it watching and waiting as you ate your breakfast), insanely tame iguanas (including one swimming in the hotel pool at Tamrindo), and of course the dawn chorus of very vocal howler monkeys. I spent ages one morning watching howlers in the hotel grounds at Tamarindo, some of them maybe only 15 feet away."

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5/5 from 267 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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