Holiday review by Mrs. Karen Blake

Name: Mrs. Karen Blake

Date of trip: 26/06/2019

Number of people: 2

The beginning to end our trip was amazing. The diverse environment throughout had it’s own special moment. It was unfortunate we were unable to witness the turtles on Tortuguero beach, but we loved this beautiful place. We felt so at home here and were blessed by the incredible range of animals and fauna that surrounded us. The accommodation was just perfect. Delightful moments laying out on the veranda in hammocks surrounded by basking iguanas.... incredible! We enjoyed the walk along the beach to the town. The stormy elements provided an additional edge to our excitement. The boat trips was an added bonus as we motored along looking out for monkeys and sloths hanging in the lush forest. Thank goodness for these reserves! The guides were fantastic and very informative, friendly, and welcoming. Arenal was such a different experience, but ultimately brilliant in its own way. We felt in ore of the overwhelming volcano. The hanging bridges definitely met our expectations. Then there was the Cloud Forest of Monteverde. So peaceful, calm and homely. Beautiful sunsets with cooler air providing a varying degree of forestry. We loved our joint curiosity with swinging spider monkeys and spotting the range of orchids along with other flora and fauna . Finally we had a delightful ride across the landscape to Manuel Antonio. We enjoyed walks along the beach with a much needed chill out. We could watch the white headed capuchin monkeys and the occasional Toucan fly by from our room! This really was a perfect end to a perfect holiday. Thank you Costa Rica for the most precious memories - thank you Tribes Travel for making it happen

  • Hotel Presidente lobby


  • Twin room at Hotel Presidente


  • Park near Hotel Presidente


  • Breakfast at Hotel Presidente


  • Mawamba Lodge


  • Lomas del Volcan


  • Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela


  • Si Como No in Manuel Antonio


  • Si Como No in Manuel Antonio


  • Si Como No in Manuel Antonio


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Tribes Overall:

Well organised, safe and comfortable. Everything we hoped for from the trip. An amazing experience for us all.

Tribes Service:

Alex was very helpful and pleasant. He listened to our wishes and arranged a trip that was perfect for our needs. Tribes has been a positive experience proving to be knowledgable and dedicated to provide excellent holidays.


All the guides were very welcoming, informative and professional

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Totally! We felt immersed into the environment giving us appreciation of the ecosystems and the community. We were generally blown away by the stunning flora and fauna throughout the trip.

The places you stayed

Hotel Presidente lobby

Hotel Presidente

Costa Rica

Just right for our introduction to Costa Rica. Great location, clean comfy and welcoming - great breakfast

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Costa Rica

Very homely, welcoming and delightful place - we loved it here! Everything was perfect in our view. We loved the food, the location and the whole feel of the place

Lomas del Volcan

Lomas del Volcan


Very flash lodge in a amazing location. We loved the double aspect balconies. Best view of Arenal volcano and I was so touched to see humming birds drifting by the flower and fauna. There is even there own trail on the complex to explore. Lodges were clean and comfy and staff were very accommodating

Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

Costa Rica

Very pleasant area near the Cloud Forest. Felt a bit out of season and the pool and jacuzzi was cold.
There were a group of teenage girls that I assume were on a summer camp staying close to our room, proving to be a bit annoying.
I think we had been spoilt by the previous peaceful lodges, making it a bit of a shock to be surrounded by a group of teenage girls.

Si Como No in Manuel Antonio

Si Como No

Costa Rica

Wow,! Amazing view across the forest towards the sea. Great space and with regular transport to the beach. We made good use of the pools and jacuzzis.
There was an issue with the bill at the end for the restaurant. They had billed me for another room and double charged for one our meals.
Such a shame to end on a bad note as we had such a perfect time hear.
All got sorted in the end.