Holiday review by Mrs. Lesley Wood

Name: Mrs. Lesley Wood

Date of trip: 05/02/2019

Number of people: 2

The people of Costa Rica are warm and friendly and go out of their way to be helpful and are extremely proud of their country. The wildlife viewing is second to none. The thrill of seeing a tapir, who could not tell the time, eating at the river bank one morning and then swimming to other side was amazing - even our guide was excited!

  • 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

  • Mawamba Lodge

     

  • 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

  • Si Como No, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Si Como No

    Si Como No, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

We went for the wildlife and it surpassed all expectations!

Guides:

Our first guide Brian was knowledgeable but distant and did not engage with the group. Other guides were excellent, especially Allen in Manuel Antonio and Manuel in Drakes Wilderness lodge.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

This is a country with ecotourism at the heart of its economy and it shows. Where else is absolutely no building or agriculture allowed inside national parks?


The places you stayed

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

Hotel Presidente

San Jose

Comfortable and functional for a stopover


Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Costa Rica

Good location and wildlife. Food very disappointing; it was identical every day. There are no feeders in the grounds to attract the birds. Ok but would not return.


Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica © Bosque de Paz

Bosque de Paz

Between San Jose and Arenal

This was our favourite place. Your info told us it was boutique with gourmet food!!!!!! It most certainly was not. The rooms are basic with no heating for the cold nights and the food is wholesome home cooking with no choice other than take it or leave it. However, the peaceful, magical setting in beautiful grounds teeming with birds and other wildlife make it a very special experience.


Si Como No, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Si Como No

Si Como No

Manuel Antonio

A busy family resort hotel. We moved room as our original was right next to the children's pool and restaurant. Great views over the ocean and very helpful staff. Not the hotel for you if you like to get away from it all. Close to some excellent restaurants for dinner eg Cubre Libre for seafood.