Holiday review by Ms. Gillian Elliott

Name: Ms. Gillian Elliott

Date of trip: 27/02/2020

Number of people: 2

We loved getting close up views of the wildlife. Our best moment was at the Monteverde Inn private reserve. We paid 15$ to walk around the reserve which has a path around the edge of a beautiful gorge complete with waterfalls and views to the Pacific coast. We saw a group of capuchin monkeys who were jumping and running through the trees just over our heads. It was a magical experience. Other highlights were whitewater rafting in Fortuna, zip lining in Monteverde and quad biking around the beaches in Guanacaste.

  • 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


  • Lomas del Volcan


  • Hotel Belmar


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Tribes Overall:

We had a fantastic time. Costa Rica is a wonderful destination. All our arrangements for hotels, transfers and excursions went really well with no hiccups. Thank you for making our holiday so perfect.

Tribes Service:

Brilliant service from Tribes. Rory McCormick was fantastic. Right from the start he responded to our requests and answered all my questions and worries. We were able to change hotels and select or upgrade. All our hotels were great, all our transfers happened on time and we were notified of any changes. Rory understood what we wanted and was able to reassure me that all arrangements were in hand. The Vamoos app was really useful. It had everything we needed on it so it was to hand. Well done Tribes!


All our drivers and guides were brilliant. They really went the extra mile to make our experience the best it could be. Guides were knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Costa Rica is super environmentally aware and we were happy to abide by their guidance and restrictions around wildlife

The places you stayed

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

Hotel Presidente

San Jose

Only had one night here but the room was perfectly adequate with a nice bathroom. Breakfast looked good but we left too early to enjoy it.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Costa Rica

The setting is amazing and the garden is beautiful. The cabin was a little basic in terms of lighting and sockets. The shower was hot in the morning but not the evening. Food choices in the evening were inadequate and people had to queue.
Excursions were great, in small boats up and down the lagoon. The garden tour was also really good and very informative. Laura did a great job as guide and mentor.

Lomas del Volcan

Lomas del Volcan


The hotel is in a great location, close to Fortuna so easy to access by taxi. Our cabin was really nice, good air con and great bathroom. There are excellent views of the volcano. Pool and jacuzzi were good. The restaurant was classy with good food. The outdoor terrace was lovely for lunch or breakfast.The private nature trail was tough but worth walking. Spotted some toucans.

Hotel Belmar

Hotel Belmar

Costa Rica

We loved this hotel. Staff were amazingly helpful. Rooms are beautiful with lovely terraces with views over rainforest to the coast. Food at the hotel was high quality beautifully served. Other nice touches were free yoga class, the juice bar, jacuzzi, free tea and coffee, complimentary snacks during happy hour. It’s in a great location with a small nature trail. Highly recommend this hotel.