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“Couldn't have asked for better!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arenas Travel Day Tours

Arenas Travel Day Tours
In front of the main gate of the Double tree Hilton Puntarenas, Puntarenas 1209-1100, Costa Rica
506 8366 76 95
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Ranked #1 of 22 activities in Puntarenas
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Owner description: Arenas Travel is a company dedicated to receptive tourism in Costa Rica. We have over 25 years of experience leading groups of tourists -local and foreign- throughout this beautiful country.Our main goal is to offer you a safe environment, full of unforgettable moments during your entire stay, becoming your preferred guide while you’re in Costa Rica.We offer you tours with unique experiences, customized itineraries and the highest quality professional services, always taking into account your needs and budget.
Burlington, Vermont
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“Couldn't have asked for better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

I read many reviews before booking transportation and day trips and ended up with arenas travel. I'm so glad we chose them! They were very friendly, prompt, knowledgable and courteous. I can tell they take pride in their work and country. Book with them- you will not be sorry!

Visited May 2013
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Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
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“Antonio Manuel National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We prebooked for a party of 6 to see Manual Park, mostly for the animals but also for a bit of beach time. we also wanted to see Crocodile Bridge and were told this could be added as a quick stop on the way. We were met at the dock by Charlie and his driver Ricardo with a beautiful roomy Mercedes van. Charlie was very friendly and informative. We saw many animals (Macaw, red backed squirrel monkey, many sloths (2 toed and 3 toed) golden viper snake, capuchin monkeys, Lizards and lots of Crocs. Charlie had an excellent eye for spotting these creatures. We got some good pics! Ricardo was an excellent driver as well. Lunch was included and was very tasty and we stopped at a lovely souvenir shop. This was an excellent tour!! It met and exceeded our expectations! Thanks Charlie and Ricardo!

Visited April 2013
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“Arenas Five Cities Tour -- An Excellent Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My wife and I took the Arenas Travel Five Cities Tour when our cruise ship docked for the day in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We thought the tour -- an overview of the mountainous area just inland from the port of Puntarenas -- was excellent.

The tour was in a small bus with about seventeen persons plus a driver and Charlie, our tour guide. The bus was modern and fairly new, and the air conditioning worked well (important in Costa Rica). The tour was supposed to be about seven hours long, but actually took about eight hours because of some unexpected traffic. Even with the delay we were back well before the ship was scheduled to sail.

We saw several beautiful churches, a short dancing demonstration by a group of local children, a guided tour of a working coffee farm, a tour of an ornamental ox-cart factory (a remnant of Costa Rica history), and a walk-through of a local farmer’s market. Of course, we also had a stop for some handicraft shopping – but this stop was mercifully short as my wife and I are not big shoppers. Included in the tour was an excellent lunch of local foods, including rice, beans, squash, salad, a meat choice (fish, chicken, beef, or pork), and some fried bananas. The lunch also included unlimited, scrumptious blackberry smoothies, wow was that good. I ate everything offered for lunch, as did my wife.

The best part of any tour, of course, is the interaction with the local tour guide. Charlie was very friendly with a good sense of humor. He did not talk much at first, but when prompted with questions about the countryside, the people, the culture, the economy, and the government he had some fascinating anecdotes and stories to tell. He was knowledgeable on numerous subjects, but was particularly expert on the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

Normally, the internet price for this tour was $74 a person. Because we had a large group, we got a discounted price of $62 a person. For a day-long, informative tour, including a great lunch, this was a tremendous bargain. My wife and I highly recommend Arenas Travel and the Five Cities tour.

Visited April 2013
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Bogota, Colombia
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“Excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Arena Tours proved to be reliable, well organised and corteous. The company is very service-oriented and the owner-manager was always available with advice and sound suggestions to plan our excursions. Thanks to Arena Tours, our short stay in Puntarenas was very pleasant and we could explore some nice areas of Costa Rica, which we will further visit in future.

Visited April 2013

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Los Angeles, California
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“Top notch service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Highly recommend! We used Arenas Travel for a 2 hour car ride from Puntarenas to Arena. Of the ~20ish cab drivers we had during our stay, Enoc (owner of the company) was by far our favorite. He was a wealth of knowledge (as most Costa Rican's are) and he really went above and beyond making a few unexpected stops for us. We were friends by the end of the trip an definitely was more than just a ride. Next time we return to Costa Rica we are going to use them exclusively for all of our tours and transportation.

Visited February 2013
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