Holiday review by Ray

Name: Ray

Date of trip: 07/02/2019

Number of people: 2

Seeing the birds and animals, the different modes of transport and the accommodations were generally of a high standard. The local agent was spot on, everything they arranged came on time and of a high standard.

  • Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica © AGMarks

    Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

  • Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de Paz

    Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica

  • Bosque de paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de paz

    Bosque de paz, Costa Rica

  • Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica © KarenCoe

    Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

  • Lunch by the pool at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica © KarenCoe

    Lunch by the pool at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

  • Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Parador Resort

    Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

  • Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

    Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Facade of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

    Facade of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

There were a couple of trips I would not want to do again but otherwise it was as expected

Tribes Service:

Paul Cook was efficient and we liked the Vamoos app.

Guides:

Most guides excellent but one or two a little less so. One, in particular, seemed not to consider the age group of his clientele. A night walk to see nocturnal wildlife turned into a route march!

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Tourism is important to Costa Rica so it must be beneficial in terms of the economy and that should be reflected in care for the environment but see my comments about Manuel Antonio park. The visit there was not beneficial to the visitors or the animals.


The places you stayed

Cabin at Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica © AGMarks

Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero National Park

This was a lodge with basic facilities, the restaurant was 'canteen' style. The pool had disco music which was not our idea of a 'jungle lodge'. In the 3 days, we had three short 'wildlife' excursions which included a village walk and a walk through the grounds of another lodge. the experience was not worth the time, distance and effort getting there. I would not recommend it.


Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de Paz

Bosque de Paz

Between San Jose and Arenal

The setting, accommodation, food and service were excellent. It was cold at night so some additional heating in the rooms would have been nice.


Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica © KarenCoe

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Excellent accommodation, food and service in a beautiful setting. The boat ride to and from the resort was very good, as was the boat ride to the snorkelling. The snorkelling experience was not as good as promised.


Pool and view at Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Parador Resort

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio

Nice hotel with good rooms, facilities and service, although not a lodge. Our only external wildlife experience here was the visit to Manuel Antonio national park which was terrible. Those wanting a better wildlife experience would do better choosing a different location.


Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

Hotel Presidente

San Jose

Ok city centre hotel in good location for looking around the city. Service at breakfast was poor but reception staff were fine.