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“Well run, professional company” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carrillo Adventures S.A. Day Tours

Carrillo Adventures S.A. Day Tours
Playa Samara Guanacaste Costa Rica | diagonal al BNCR, Playa Samara 5235, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0606
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Ranked #11 of 23 activities in Playa Samara
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Owner description: We are a transportation company dedicated to the safe and fun transport of tourists throughout all of Costa Rica to most of the major destinations this beautiful country has to offer. Located in Carrillo Beach, Guanacaste, on the pacific coast, Carrillo Adventures offers 10 years of experience in personal transportation. We offer private sightseeing tours and excursions accompanied by professional and authorized tourist guides or by knowledgeable and English speaking drivers
West Orange, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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“Well run, professional company”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The booking staff were very friendly and helpful. We only did one tour with them:

Arenal volcano tour:
I never saw a good description of the excursion on tripadvisor, so I'll try here:
It's a long ride and a long day - about 5hrs there and 5 hrs back. That said, it's an interesting drive through the heartland of Costa Rica. Our guide and driver were also good, which helped. First up was a hike to see La Fortuna waterfall - very impressive. Wear swimwear under your clothes (bring towels - there are no changing facilities down at the waterfall, but there are bathrooms at the car park you can use before and after the hike) and you can go in the waterfall pool - very cold, and rocks are pretty sharp so bring sandals if you go in. Just down from the waterfall you can go in the river too, which is far easier access. There are quite a lot of steps, so the old or not-so-mobile might not be suited for this. Next up, we were offered to go into the town, but we imagined it wouldn't be much more than souvenir shopping, so skipped it. This gave us more time at the next stop, which was Baldi Spa Resort (you know that swimwear and towel you brought? This is where you REALLY need it, and there's plenty of places to get changed). A gorgeous resort of manicured gardens and multiple pools of varying temps from cosy, all the way up to scalding, to relax in and melt. Included was lunch at the buffet restaurant there (you get a wristband when you enter the resort) - lunch was only until about 3pm I think, so don't miss it! Sitting there eating your lunch, looking up at the volcano as you sit on the side of it is a cool experience. Note: the water in the spa is heated by pumping it down to the vents and back up, so it's not a 'natural' hot spring - whether this makes a big difference is up to you. The only real disappointment with ALL the Arenal tours (not just this one) is that you can't go up to the caldera, apparently the out-gassings are so strong that you need respirators. The tour is $150pp if a group of four or more go. We waited a week for others to sign up, but none did, so they ran the tour for us two only and we paid $215pp - it was still very much worth it. All activities and food were included in the price.

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Monteverde Pura Vida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

My husband and I took the trip to Monteverde with the Carrillo Adventures Tours and it was pura vida! They were prompt in picking us up. We rode in a clean, comfortable van. Carlos drove us while Luis gave an informative tour about this beautiful country. Monteverde was amazing. We would highly recommend it!

Visited July 2013
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“Monteverde and La Fortuna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

A group of friends and I went on a trip with Carillo tours last weekend. We had a WONDERFUL time! We left early Saturday morning and enjoyed and interactive guided tour from Samara to La Fortuna. Our driver/guide's name was Roberto and he was very funny and informative. Some members of the group are Spanish teachers and some knew very little Spanish. Roberto did a great job juggling the languages to make the trip valuable for everyone.

We visited the beautiful La Fortuna waterfall where we hiked down to the waterfall and swam in the cool stream below. We took an ecotour where we saw sloths, frogs, birds, butterflies and other animals. Then we went to Baldi, a picturesque thermal spa with swim-up bars.

The following day we took a jeep-boat-jeep tour that landed us in Monteverde where we went to the Canopy Extremo and zip-lined. It was a BLAST.

The ride back to Samara was as pleasant as the ride there.

Carillo Tours is a realsonably priced, excellent company that really cares about its clients.

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“great one stop travel assitance!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Over the years I have visited Playa Samara many many times seeing as it is one of THE MOST AMAZING and energetically healing places in the planet!!! I have gotten to know the crew at Carillo adventure tours pretty well whether it be for a ride to the airport, help coordinating and Interbus shuttle, or one of their great, very informative tours! the sea turtle and monteverde trips are a must!! <3 baby turtles <3 amazing experience and canopy tour/ bungee jump in Monteverde over the lush jungle!! breath taking!! I would highly recommend using this company for any travel needs to make all a little less stressful so you can really soak in what Playa samara and costa rica has to offer!! A big thanks to Berny who works there for being a great guide! <3 See you next time!

Visited June 2013
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Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
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“Wonderful Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

In March I went with Carillo Adventures on a weekend trip to Monteverde. We left friday around 1 pm and returned Sunday around 6 pm at Samara. It was a wonderful trip! The tour guides Berny and Joel were really nice and made us feel really comfortable. We had a schedule, but we also had the opportunity to do something different if we wanted, so that was really nice. Berny also gave a lot of information about the places we visited. I would recommend Carillo Adventures to everybody!

Visited March 2013
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