Holiday review by Mrs. Nicola Tallett

Name: Mrs. Nicola Tallett

Date of trip: 09/03/2019

Number of people: 2

1) using local guides to point out interesting wildlife - birds, insects, plants, monkeys etc. 2) staff in hotels going the extra mile in providing ideas for local sights, bars, and also to provide a vegetarian menu 3) confidence of knowing that hotels were booked and we had Tribes backing to ensure we’d get excellent service. 4) hotel Borinquen felt out of the way but is a little haven - natural hot spring sauna, mud bath, hot pools to relax and a rodeo horseback ride to the waterfalls to re-energise. Definitely use again.

  • Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel


  • The pool and restaurant at Alta Hotel


  • Alta Hotel bedroom


  • Alta Hotel terrace


  • Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela


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Tribes Overall:

Having 4 locations over 2 weeks was great and allowed us to pace the holiday well.
Self drive was easy so the car rental gave us good flexibility.

Tribes Service:

Some useful ideas on locations and pace, spreading our activities throughout the trip.


Great knowledge, good English usually. They understood our requirements and made each activity fun.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

We definitely understood that our tourist money was helping protect the wildlife and rainforests. In showing an interest in sustainability we encouraged local concern for the same.

The places you stayed

Restaurant and bar at Alta Hotel

Alta Hotel

Costa Rica

This was a good stop over from the flight. It felt too far from town to walk/see San José so we had a gap on Sat afternoon. However, it was an easy drive out on Sunday with our rental car as we got used to Costa Rica roads and signs. The food and service were lovely.

Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

Costa Rica

Good sized room and great location near 2 National Parks.
Restaurant was a little expensive, but the town was local enough for us to find other good options.
Staff very friendly and helpful, especially as our car needed replacing here.