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Holiday review by Mr. David Redwood

Date of trip: 06/02/2020
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "Really enjoyable, and most impressed by the country with it’s amazing diversity of flora and fauna, and very friendly people."
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
Guides: "On the whole very good, very prompt and apart from a very speedy trip around Lake Arenal with its multitude a tight bends felt quite relaxed despite heavy traffic and tricky conditions on many roads."
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Good"


Hotel Belmar
Enjoyed our stay here particularly as had good sightings of the resplendent quetzal in Curicancho Park, but had a very boring local guide. On our second visit on our own we enjoyed it much more. Good food, and nice room.
Finca Rosa Blanca
Enjoyed this stay despite a disappointing room, as all the other rooms seemed much brighter with good valley views. Had a very good guide for a bird walk, and saw many stunning butterflies in the quite extensive grounds. Motmots a plenty. Disappointed not to have been told previously about the volcano trip, which we would have found more interesting than the alternatives.
Selva Verde Lodge
Room appalling, but otherwise a lovely and very rich area for flora and fauna. Restaurant was good.
Si Como No
Nice room, good seafood restaurant and separate adult pool which was enjoyable. Local park was dreadful though did see several sloths along with the masses. Very expensive and poor guide. Would never go back to Manuel Antonio, though doubtless good for beach holidays.
Macaw Lodge
Beautifully landscaped gardens with many ponds attracting waterlife. Good birding opportunities here. Very simple lodges, and I did struggle a bit with the heat and humidity as much hotter than the Caribbean side of the country. Food ok, nothing fancy, but some interesting use of unusual squashes and fruit. The road up to the lodge was pretty terrible, and to visit the Park meant a two hour round trip.

Our Memories

"Amazingly colourful array of birds and butterflies, especially toucans, humming-birds and, of course, the quetzal, motmots and trogons. Enjoyable meeting so many people with a love and appreciation of nature."

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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