Holiday review by Mr. Michael Benn

Name: Mr. Michael Benn

Date of trip: 13/09/2017

Number of people: 2

All the wildlife we got to see. The different areas we saw, it is a very diverse country.

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  • Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica © M2Photos

    Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

It was a truly wonderful stay. Super experience all round.

Hire car company: Superb, service, provided a charged emergency phone. We felt safe at all times The satnav was out of date though and we used our phone in the end. Good job we had maps down loaded. We mentioned this to them and they agreed.

Tribes Service:

All as expected. Vamoos app was really useful. Comprehensive info.


Guides at hotels that we met were great, knowledgable, passionate about their country and helped us spot dome amazing wildlife

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Beneficial to locsls in terms of bringing in income through tourism. Tortuguero especially.

The places you stayed

Chayote Lodge

Chayote Lodge

Costa Rica

Chayote Lodge was fabulous. Amazing rooms (although no hair dryer). Lovely balcony and views. Good for wildlife spotting in the trees.
No blackout blinds.
No AC but it wasn't needed. Food fresh and tasty, breakfast to order not a buffet.
Restaurant and bar shut at 10 sharp though, not sure if this was seasonal.
Jose our guide was really great. We hired him for a day and learned so much.

Hotel El Establo exterior

Hotel El Establo

Costa Rica

Great, everything we needed, rooms spacious, views good. Shuttle service to reception from rooms welcome as it is on a big hill and rooms are quite far from reception.

Standard double room, Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica © M2Photos

Studio Hotel

Costa Rica

Studio was good, very helpful staff and good food. Handy for airport. Rooms lovely, black out curtains. AC welcome. Hair dryer broke, it was replaced within minutes. Food nice, we ate here twice.

Manatus Hotel

Manatus Hotel

Costa Rica

Truly amazing. AC was a godsend. Food and guides (Lius and Luis) great. Could have stayed here for weeks. Flight in was part of the experience. Highly recommend the flight. The activities included were wonderful, extra ones we booked (kayaking, turtles etc) were really fun. Fab location for wildlife spotting .
As with everywhere, bar shut at 10pm. Not sure if this is seasonal or cultural.