Holiday review by Mr. John Wilkins

Name: Mr. John Wilkins

Date of trip: 29/01/2019

Number of people: 2

We loved the variety of scenery,birdlife,kindness of the people,food. Fantastic country to visit.

  • Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel


  • The pool and restaurant at Alta Hotel


  • Alta Hotel bedroom


  • Alta Hotel terrace


  • Mawamba Lodge


  • Walkway at Selva Verde Lodge


  • Sarapiqur River by Selva Verde Lodge


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Tribes Overall:

It was great to see so many parts of the country with different landscapes and variety of flora and fauna especially birds

Tribes Service:

A positive experience and we received all the pre departure details Alex was helpful and knowledgeable


The knowledge was generally excellent especially the bird guides.
Not all the drivers spoke English but they were all friendly and enthusiastic about their country and keen to share information
All our drivers turned up on time and drove well.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Beneficial as the locals rely heavily on ecotourism

The places you stayed

Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel

Alta Hotel

Costa Rica

It was a shame we didn’t get the full advantage of this lovely hotel on our first night due to timings but we made up for it on our last night.
The staff were all really friendly and welcoming. It’s a lovely hotel, if a little way out of town.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Costa Rica

Great fun traveling by boat. Lovely gardens and pool. Good food with friendly staff.
Interesting canal cruise with interesting birds.

Walkway at Selva Verde Lodge

Selva Verde Lodge

Costa Rica

We were in the bungalows but the walk to the main complex was via a lit, covered walkway. Take your own drinks as you have a fridge and it’s a long walk to the bar. The pool was the only one we didn’t use, it didn’t look too inviting.
We weren’t too impressed that our bird Walk was going to be with about 10 other people. Luckily a couple let us join their private guide.

Playa Cativo

Playa Cativo

Costa Rica

We were upgraded to a room in the main building which was slightly noisy from the kitchen on the first night but it’s a fabulous place with great food and friendly staff. Again you get to it by boat.
We saw lots of dolphins and the bird guide was great.
Shame we didn’t do the kayaking but we relaxed by the pool instead.