We were in Guanacaste at Riu Hotel from August 2-7. We had pre-booked a tour with Eco Explorer for their all in one tour and could not have possibly had a better time.
We were picked up by our guide, Randall, promptly at 7:30 am as promised in a modern, comfortable and air conditioned van. Randall was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, informative...all the things that you would want in a guide. It was only me and my two teenage daughters on the tour, so we got excellent attention. This company specializes in small groups, so I think that this may be a common experience.
Our tour included a horseback ride to a waterfall for swimming; river tubing; a zip-line canopy tour that also had rappelling and a rock climb; mud bath and hot springs...and a very good lunch as well. The tour was at Guachipelín Lodge surrounded by the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The company who actually runs the adventures was excellent, safety conscious, fun...it was truly a great day and a great value considering it was nearly 11 hours of activity.
They do require payment in cash, US $, so be prepared. However, they did not require payment until the end of the day...now, that is trust. However, I paid at the beginning just because I did not want to have to worry about carrying all that cash throughout the day.
I talked to several people at our resort who booked other tours and none of them sounded as good as ours...particularly considering the fact that we had our guide to ourselves. Some of the other companies had large groups of 20-30 people.
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