Holiday review by Mr. Alwin Hutchinson
Name: Mr. Alwin Hutchinson
Date of trip: 23/02/2017
Number of people: 2
Despite some irritations, (most of which with greater attention to detail could be easily resolved) , we very much enjoyed the opportunity to visit a country rich ( and proud) in bio-diversity and look forward to a return visit
Costa Rica is a fascinating, vibrant and diverse country, safe too. We look forward to a return trip
Booking service and preparation both thorough although internal flight options were not offered and there was no explanation of the internal minibus system, (the exchanges of buses/drivers somewhat bewildering at first.)
The arrival experience at San Jose airport was poor: the promised "local respresentative" was in fact from another company not from the anticipated company. The greeting system was muddled and disorganised with a consequent long delay which was not a good start especially after a very long flight. This did not properly reflect the " tailor-made" aspect advertised by Tribes.
Tribes Comment: The greeting service inside the airport terminal is arranged through a national company who is permitted inside the baggage area - other representatives must wait outside the terminal building. On this arrival there were delays processing the flights which caused hold-ups at the airport. We are in discussion with the local representatives to improve the service at the airport.
Very knowledgable, all deeply committed to matters "green" and the preservation of their natural heritage. A shame however that our guides had to try to cope with so many people at once.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
It would appear that Costa Rica depends on its well managed tourism as a principal income source and we were happy to contribute.
The places you stayed
A very peaceful and luxurious way to begin and end our visit
Tortuguero National Park
Comfortable, communal, very busy, far too many people, tours at wrong time of day and overcrowded.
Apart from the boat trips, it was rapidly clear that the best way to see birds/animals was to ignore the tours and remain at the lodge and let the wildlife come to you whilst all the visitors were elsewhere!
Loved the setting and the peace. Food average, public rooms atmosphere austere. However our "junior Suite" was very well placed and most comfortable and most of the staff tried very hard. A mini guide to alternative eating opportunities would have been most helpful.
However, this was a great way to end our visit and spend 6 days doing NOTHING,