Holiday review by Mrs. Wendy Butcher

Name: Mrs. Wendy Butcher

Date of trip: 21/02/2019

Number of people: 2

Gosh, so many different things! For instance, the flight in a little airplane over the rainforest from San Jose to Tortuguero; such a fabulous location between ocean and wetlands. Amazing wildlife (especially the sloths) and birds (toucans and macaws amongst them), much of it enjoyed from the water. Despite the rain, the fabulous Arenal volcano region offered so much on our itinerary and we added to that an exhilarating zip lining experience over the canopy! The Pacific coast was stunning in the warm sun! We loved the night walks, incredible creatures, and the relaxation. All ending with a parasail.

  • Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel


  • The pool and restaurant at Alta Hotel


  • Alta Hotel bedroom


  • Alta Hotel terrace


  • Mawamba Lodge


  • Pool at Lomas del Volcan, Arenal, Costa Rica © Fotokoky

    Pool at Lomas del Volcan, Arenal, 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 felt our bespoke itinerary perfectly met the needs we had to experience the wonderful diversity of Costa Rica.

Tribes Service:

Absolutely yes! Alex listened to our requests and offered his ideas based on his experience. We realized when we were in country just how fortunate we were. They kept us up to speed on any slight changes to itinerary times.


In general our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, particularly Jacqueline in Tortuguero, Dahlia on the Hanging Bridges tour in Arenal and Jude? on our 1968 volcanic walk.
One disappointment we had was our guide Eric at the horse riding stables in La Fortuna; he was disinterested and didn't engage with us, nor offer any knowledge throughout our ride. There are many other stables there which we might suggest are used in the future.
All our pick ups were spot on timewise; it was so slick we felt we weren't wasting valuable holiday time waiting around.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

The local people were very proud of their country and understood the importance of sustainability. On the whole the country was very clean of rubbish and there was a huge desire to protect the environment and wildlife. We relished that!

The places you stayed

Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel

Alta Hotel

Costa Rica

Couldn't fault it, superb location for our first night.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Costa Rica

All you would want a lodge to be. Very friendly staff, great food, lovely pool.

Pool at Lomas del Volcan, Arenal, Costa Rica © Fotokoky

Lomas del Volcan


Fabulous views of the volcano, despite it being under cloud! Great food, staff, facilities...the bar!

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

Si Como No

Manuel Antonio

Again, fantastic location with views over the Pacific. Super shuttle buses to the beach. Lovely staff ,nothing was too much trouble.