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Eco Tico Tours

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Andrea D wrote a review Jan 2020
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My friend and I met Fransisco at the airport as he was picking us up to take to our hotel. We asked him how much it would cost to go to Arenal volcano and do a couple of tours. He instantly put together a plan and drove us to all the places we wanted to go. We cancelled all our plans and decided to stick with him. He drove us all through the country and down to Manuel Antonio, showing us a bunch of places we would have never had time for using a bus. On top of all of that he joined us at all the parks and taught us how to find birds and other wildlife. The customer service didn't stop there the whole time we were in Manuel Antonio he had friends with tour companies and helped us to do tours and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We were going to take an uber back to the airport but he helped pick us up and take us to the airport. All in all even though it may have been a little bit more expensive than a bus, the time we saved, the stress free travel and seeing more than we had originally imagined. I can't recommend Fransisco enough. Anything that we wanted or needed such as taking pictures hot-spoting us on his phone, choosing places to eat and making sure everything ran smoothly. Make sure you book a tour through him!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Bernardo wrote a review Jul 2019
Hialeah, Florida5 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family had an unforgettable stay in Costa Rica, not only for its beautiful landscapes and its formidable and welcoming people, but also, and especially for our guides Francisco and Eduardo. They are magnificent people, complacent, professional, respectful, charismatic. At all times they were attentive to satisfy our needs; They are deeply knowledgeable about the geography, history, culture and customs, the flora and fauna of their country. They always kept us enthusiastic giving us a humane and very familiar treatment. Francisco is an excellent driver, he knows every section of the roads we traveled and was aware of every detail so that we feel comfortable and happy. Eduardo was a magnificent and picturesque assistant who cooperated at all times to make us even more pleasant all our tours. In addition, we learned a lot. And the prices? Excellent! We want to return to Costa Rica but with only one condition: That Francisco and Eduardo are our guides! PURA VIDA!!! We are willing to share our experience with anyone who want to know more about it! Bernardo Reyes and family email: cienfueguero1949@yahoo.com Phone: (305)903-3168
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Date of experience: July 2019
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David Resseguie wrote a review Jul 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee4 contributions
e just returned from a two week vacation in Costa Rica with our family of six, including four young children. We were connected with Fransisco after our original pre-planned driver had maintenance issues with his van. We're so glad to have met him and used his services for the rest of our stay. Obviously reliability is critical when selecting transportation, and Fransisco was spot on for that. He was always where he said he would be, exactly when he said he would be (and usually early). But his services were so much more than reliable transportation. Traveling with four young children brings a lot of challenges, but Fransisco met them all. Great suggestions for food that meet all picky eating requirements? Check! Interesting stories about every town, wildlife, culture, and activity? Check! Ability to spot and point out every unique (but usually camouflaged) creature you pass along the way? Check! Patience dealing with temper tantrums of two five year olds? Check! And all of it was done with a genuine smile because it's obvious he loves his job and sharing his knowledge of Costa Rica. By the end of the trip he felt like and treated us like family. Our kids all gave him big hugs at the airport when he dropped us off to leave. He seems to be well respected in the community too because everywhere we went townspeople and tour staff alike greeted him by name and with a warm handshake or hug. We only wish we'd found Fransisco earlier to plan our whole vacation! Even fitting day trip tours into our already arranged accommodations, he was fantastic. I can only imagine how much simpler it would have been working with him from the beginning. The next time we visit, we're definitely calling him right away to assist in planning.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Katelynn Watson wrote a review Jul 2019
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Francisco was absolutely amazing. We made such a great friend with him while on our honeymoon. We had originally started to rent a car, but once we were driven from the air port to the rental car business & talked to the rental car business people, we were being charged left & right for fees that wasn’t disclosed prior to booking the rental car. Being desperate, they were nice enough to call a taxi service for us. THANK GOODNESS it was Francisco! His English was great, his stories were amazing & we got really close to him! He is such a kind, responsible, compassionate, trustworthy person. Being in a new country for the first time as newly weds, we were pretty anxious of the unknown, but Francisco assured us that we were safe in Samara, and that we could call him at any time if we needed him! We scheduled him to take us to the air port in San Jose (3 hours away) at the end of the week, & he was at our hotel early waiting for us. All in all: -very trustworthy -an exciting adventure -great English speaker -kind & caring Thank you for all you do Francisco! -Mr. Ryan & Mrs. Katelynn Rowe
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ashley Gurski wrote a review Mar 2019
McKinney, Texas2 contributions1 helpful vote
Francisco, you made all the difference on our vacation!! Francisco is simply amazing! So friendly and funny. He is very knowledgeable about Costa Rican history and he worked very hard to make sure our experience was unforgettable. He took us to so many incredible sites: animal rescues, Poas volcano, doka coffee farm tour, La Paz waterfall, Baldi hot springs, yummy restaurants and more! Not only did he book incredible activities for us, but he also stopped all along the way to point out interesting trees, fruits, animals, and more. He shared so many of his personal stories with us, and gave us tons of information and fun facts about Costa Rica. We asked many questions and you could tell he took great joy in answering them all. I can honestly say, our trip would not have been the same without him. There is no way we could have seen and experienced all of this on our own. We could have studied and read travel books, but the personal touch Fran provided is irreplaceable. Fran’s pride and love of his beautiful country was shining through everything he did for us. We can’t thank you enough Fran and you will be the only one we call anytime we come back to Costa Rica. We hired you as a driver and guide, but we truly gained a friend! Pura Vida!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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