We are a family of 4 adults on a one week vacation and wanted to book our tours & transfers prior to our arrival. There were several tour companies to choose from with positive reviews, but we decided to go with Bestrips because we liked the way they communicated via email. Other tour companies responded quickly, but many of them just copied and pasted their tour information from their website into their emails and really didn’t read our questions or concerns. However, Ariel at Bestrips always answered our questions and concerns thoroughly and in a timely manner. They are very organized and competitive with their prices (maybe even a bit lower than the other tour companies).
We booked 2 airport transfers and 2 tours. Ariel was our tour guide for everything we booked. He’s very friendly, professional, spoke English well, and was truly concerned about making sure we had the best vacation ever! We always had a private van and never shared a ride with anyone. He educated us with interesting facts about Costa Rica and we enjoyed our time with him very much.
We first met him on our 4 hour drive from the San Jose Airport to the Hilton Papagayo. He’s an excellent driver and never made us nervous. It wasn’t a problem to make stops along the way (bathroom, grocery store, Pharmacy, ATMs).
Our first tour was the White Water Rafting Class III & IV Tour on the Tenorio River. Some of us were a bit nervous about the “adrenaline” pumping, but it was fine. Maybe a different time of year the river might be scarier? The Tenorio River was not wide at all. In fact, it was quite narrow and hard to believe our raft could make it through some parts of it! The rafting on the river was about 2.5 hours. The joke from the rafting guides was that the river was Class III & IV, but the road you need to take with the rafts to get there and back was a Class V. That was a thrill in itself! However, the driver was excellent and had no problem maneuvering on the dirt roads to/from the river. After rafting the package included a delicious lunch with your choice of fish, chicken or beef.
Our second tour was the Mega Combo Borinquen, but since we are not fans of riding horses, we asked if we could ride ATVs instead. Ariel created a tour that fit our preferences. If there’s something you’d like to do or not do, just ask. They are very accommodating and will create a tour that works for you. We rode ATVs for 2 hours on some challenging but fun trails. We made 2 stops at 2 different waterfalls. One of the waterfalls had a natural waterslide next to it if you wanted to take a dip into the cold water below. We saw amazing butterflies on the ride, so make sure you bring your camera! Afterwards, not far from the ATV area, we rode 10 zip line cables that took about 1.5 hours. Then we enjoyed a Steam Sauna, Volcanic Mud Bath and Natural Hot Springs. This package also included a traditional Costa Rican Buffet Lunch that was excellent.
When we were checking out of our hotel, we had Ariel drive us from our hotel to the Liberia Airport (about a 20 minute ride). The cost of the ride to the airport was lower with Bestrips than a cab. And by now, it felt like Ariel was part of the family!
Do not hesitate to book Bestrips for all of your tour and/or transfer needs. It truly added to our fantastic Costa Rican experience!
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