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Holiday review by Jane

Date of trip: 30/12/2016
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "We were expecting to see wonderful wildlife, but not everywhere. Seeing coatis at the road side, encountering 2 species of monkey on the track to the local beach and seeing poison dart frogs in the flowerbed at the hotel was really special. The best way to view sloths is definately from the poolside sunlounger ! You don't get a stiff neck and as they move so slowly , you can read a few pages of your book and they won't have gone far when you take another look. The biggest surprise for me was the country and the people. I was expecting "tico time " but found no evidence of it in any of the people that we came into contact with. They were all very efficient and hard working, while being friendly, cheerful, kind and polite. While we only saw a few places, which were quite touristy, everywhere felt safe and the general infrastructure was good. There was very little litter and the ticos seem to be right behind the green agenda."
Tribes Service: "Paul dealt with our tight time window and particular requirements really well and was unfailingly helpful. That's why we booked with you."
Guides: "Excellent"


Alta Hotel
Really classy. Excellent staff.
Parador Resort and Spa
More wonderful hotel wildlife including an iguana spat by the pool and some visiting raccoons.
Arenal Springs Hotel
Highlight -Hotel hot springs with included green iguana !!
Fabulous wildlife in the hotel grounds inluding a ground level sloth encounter and right by the beach.

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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