Expediciones Tropicales Day Tours

Expediciones Tropicales Day Tours

Expediciones Tropicales Day Tours
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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YC C
Tampa, FL44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had a great time in Costa Rica, we were blessed with great weather the entire time of our tour, which we were told is not typical for September and October. We had a great group of people to travel with and made new friends. We had a great tour guide, G Jesús ( Chu ) very knowledgeable, gave us plenty of things to think about with folklore stories, history and information on geology and costarican culture. We do hope we can come back soon to enjoy another tour that this company has. Would recommend Expediciones Tropicales for your next trip adventure, ask for Jesús to be your tour guide. As they say in Costa Rica Pura Vida 😀
Written September 22, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind words, YCC . We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you. We hope you come back to Costa Rica sooner
Written October 20, 2022
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hartman_defender
Temecula, CA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I had a great time with Daniel as my tour guide!

He was my guide for the San Jose City Tour on day 1, and then on day 2 he was my guide for ziplining and river boat adventures in Braulio Carrillo National Park.

He was friendly, funny, informative, and helpful.

I highly recommend Daniel for any tour!!!!
Written June 10, 2022
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Andrew R
Brighton, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took the Tortuguero day tour from San Jose. Everything went according to plan and we had a fantastic day. Breakfast was followed by stops at pineapple and banana plantations interspersed with a stop to spot spider monkeys. Our boat trip was exciting and informative and the walk to the lookout was brilliant. Lunch at Tortuguero was excellent with time to look around the village and paddle in the Caribbean Sea. We returned on time and altogether had a great day. Our guide Oscar was superb - informative and friendly and this trip counts as one of the best we have done around the world! Thanks Oscar - you helped make this trip memorable.
Written May 8, 2024
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Dear Andrew, nice to hear from the overall experience in Tortuguero Trip! You are very welcomed! We are delighted to show you the natural resources of Costa Rica through our experienced staff at Costa Rica Guides by Expediciones Day Tours. Hope to see you again and we will be very open to meet your friends in Costa Rica,
Written May 14, 2024
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DjEmcee
Sacramento, CA1,321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Adrian is an OK guide and very knowledgeable but his English was hard to understand because of his thick accent.

There is a lot of traffic on the roads in both directions so we spent an unreasonable amount of time traveling to and from our destination.

The actual tour itself was enjoyable and the included lunch at Selva Verde was very good.
Written February 8, 2024
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Dear Matt: The comments from our valuable travellers are so appreciated to improve the quality of our tours. Hope you recommend us to other travellers coming to Costa Rica.
Written February 12, 2024
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Saleh N
Temple Hills, MD3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
Picked us up at 5:40 A and served us a sorry ham sandwich at boarding around 8:30 what a terrible start of the day because of the early pickup we had no access to coffee or breakfast and it was only ham option for the morning. Our day went on without breakfast. Lunch served on the beach was limited and had no deserts or coffee afterward as this was offered with another tour company I went for the same trip two years ago.
Written January 28, 2021
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Alec
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Manuel Antonio day trip

A fantastic day! Vladimir is a very good driver. José an amazing guide, so attentive in showing us monkeys, snakes, sloths. On the way to the park José showed us some crocodiles in the river as well and we were so lucky to see so many animals included many aras. You have free time as well and we spent 3 hours at the beach. Food was provided: breakfast and lunch. Even if it’s a long drive I highly recommend this tour, totally worth it. Jose’ made the difference though!
Written September 22, 2023
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Dear Alessandra: It is always nice to hear that our tours are running smoothly as promised in our advertising. Also, we will be so happy to hear from your friends in the future visiting us!
Written October 3, 2023
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Devika
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Took a day tour to Manuel Antonio from San Jose. Very well organized, smooth pickup & drop off from hotel.
It was a small group of 6 people. Our guides - Daniel & Jesus were very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. Breakfast & lunch was included, good service at the restaurants too.
Big thank you to Daniel & Jesus! Pura Vida!!
Written December 2, 2022
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JDubs605
San Francisco, CA52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
My husband and I went on this tour in early April 2012 on our honeymoon. Excited to see a volcano for the first time and having just spent 5 days trekking in a remote part of Costa Rica, our Doka/Poas/La Paz waterfall tour was unfortunately hugely disappointing. As the bus started to fill up with tour participants from different hotels, I correctly surmised that it was the perfect "grandma tour."

The main issues with the tour were:
- Our guide was: lazy, gunning for tips, loved the sound of his own voice, yet didn't impart much information about the sites to us, & provided more information to the Spanish speakers than he translated in English

- The coffee tour was cut short and the breakfast was horrible

- We were left on our own to explore Poas volcano

- The animals at Peace Lodge live in horrible conditions that have driven several of them to pace their cages apprehensively

Aside from two other young couples, we were the only young people on the tour out of 17 participants and we didn't get much out of the tour other than some picture perfect photos and a lesson in how capitalism spawns blind greed in poor countries. The guide for the tour, Maximo, was an absolutely repugnant man who loves nothing more than the sound of his own voice...and ensuring that he does everything he can to get good tips at the end of the tour.

DOKA COFFEE PLANTATION
When we arrived at the first stop, the Doka coffee plantation, the breakfast wasn't ready (my husband and I had been picked up first and had spent 90 minutes on the bus picking up the rest of the passengers in addition to the travel time to Doka), and we were starving. So Maximo took us on a 10 minute tour of the coffee-making facilities - which hardly seems like that was meant to be the full tour.

My husband loves coffee and it was his first time on a coffee plantation, so he was really excited to learn about it. But we didn't really get much info from Maximo. To make matters worse, we had a mixed language group. I can understand more Spanish than I can speak and Maximo would rattle on an on about something in Spanish and then give a brief explanation in English--not translating everything. And we were not the only English speakers left wanting. One time a woman asked a question in Spanish, which Maximo answered in Spanish for a few minutes and he wasn't going to translate until I prompted him. And then the response wasn't fully translated in English.

We were then rushed back into the dining hall for breakfast - I quickly learned that the whole operation is a business and they care more about ticking the boxes and making money than they do about the experience.

The breakfast was absolutely horrible. The best thing was the fresh melon. When Maximo came around to ask how we liked it, I told him honestly that it wasn't great. He was mock surprised at this and said they wanted to give us an example of the local cuisine - rice and beans and eggs. Yet, we had been enjoying amazing rice, beans and eggs all week elsewhere in Costa Rica. This was a poor, mass produced imitation of this. Sad for the people who didn't actually get to have the good stuff while in Costa Rica.

Refusing to buy any of the coffee and pad Doka's coffers - and my husband thought the coffee was horrible anyway - we were ready to head to the next stop - Poas Volcan.

But before we got there, we stopped at a gift stand so people could "buy rain ponchos" a.k.a. spend money with Maximo's friends on horrible souvenirs. (He or his company must have some deal set up with these guys where they get a cut of what the tourists spend there - there were tons of local people selling wares along the side of the road who would run after the bus - broke my heart. Yet, we were stuck with Maximo extolling the virtues of the magical strawberries and the caramels and the horrible strawberry liqueur, which tasted like cough syrup). I had also started feeling the unpleasant effects of altitude sickness, which I communicated to Maximo who could have cared less.

POAS VOLCANO
While Maximo did manage to make it to the actual Poas overlook (he was nowhere to be found during the strenuous portions of the tour), he imparted no knowledge to us about the actual volcano and did nothing but prance around taking credit for the sun shining, which meant that we could see the actual crater.

Having spent time elsewhere in Costa Rica with tour guides who love and live their surroundings and want to preserve and impart knowledge about the area to those who visit, this was wholly disappointing.

Anyway, we head back down the mountain on the way to Peace Lodge and the La Paz waterfalls, but have to stop back at his friend's gift shop where for some reason the company tried to remove a woman from another tour and put her on our bus - which she strongly objected to and ended up remaining on her bus anyway.

We then pass an area that had been devastated by an earthquake a few years ago and Maximo tells us that his tour company got the tours back up and running as quickly as they could in order to help the economy of the devastated community. I'm hard pressed to see how their tours in any way benefit these people - as evidenced by the shacks still standing along the route to Peace Lodge.

PEACE LODGE - LA PAZ WATERFALLS
We finally arrive at Peace Lodge where everyone is ready to have lunch (since most didn't eat much of the "breakfast") and get some time away from Maximo - most people on the tour were done hearing his voice by this point. Right before we had arrived, he actually gave us the line that he does lots of tours every week, but this tour is really special for him...because of US. Really?

Lunch was decent - the only issue was the fact that you were rushed along by a guy who came around to all the tables to immediately clear something as soon as you were done...or not.

We then had time to wander around the gardens, which proved to be the most depressing part of all. I had actually read about Peace Lodge and considered it when putting together the trip - so glad we didn't go there. We felt absolutely horrible for the poor animals that are caged there.

I've never seen animals in such small enclosures in the U.S. or in Europe and the effects were horrible. We also saw only a couple of "zoo" employees while we wandered around - leaving us to further wonder if these poor animals are looked after. I saw one small jungle cat repeatedly pacing his cage in the same pattern over and over. The large jaguar was way too big for his cage and it was absolutely tragic to see him relegated to his man made cage. The monkeys were extremely lethargic. We saw a lemur in a random room in the corner of the butterfly sanctuary who was also nervously pacing a pattern in his cage and who was none too happy to see us in his territory. And as we walked through the Toucan area, they seemed quite disturbed to have people around - calling out with alarm. I wonder if one of them had a nest they were protecting.

Ironically, the flyer with the map of the Peace Lodge gardens says that you can relax at the hotel with the sounds of the animals around you. Having woken up every morning elsewhere in Costa Rica to the happy sounds of animals in their natural surroundings, this is quite a joke. I can't imagine hearing the pained cries of the Toucans all day long.

We ended the day with the waterfalls, which were gorgeous and amazing. But it had been a long day. We were on the tour for 12 hours total. Way too much.

This tour really made me see how tourist dollars can be misdirected. And I feel bad that I gave ours to the operators of this tour. The people affiliated with this tour are well-paid and have no need for tips. It saddens me that we weren't able to buy from the local people along the tour route rather than Maximo's cronies.

Buyer beware.
Written April 20, 2012
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maunaloa3
Genoa, Italy180 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We bought trough the hotel the combo tour Poás, Doka and Waterfall gardens.
First of all the guide was very disappointing , all the time saying “if you want to buy coffee, if you want to buy strawberries, if you want to buy a poncho “... we spent 140 usd for the tour, it is not enough,??? I think I am able to decide myself if I want anything else.
The bus was old and dirt and I cannot understand why, if everyone knows that the best visibility at Poás Volcano very early in the morning we arrived there at 10.40 after a boring tour in the coffee plantations. Also: Poás has cameras that shows in advance if you can see it or not, why bring us there if possibilities are ZERO? Refund the ticket and avoid to go! Very disappointing.
The breakfast named as delicious was a normal breakfast you can find in any hotel with eggs, pico de Gallo and fruit. Nothing special.
On the road we stopped for having 2 minutes no more for taking a picture of a (nonsense) landscape and when I stay in the bus the guide say to me: “you won’t be here tomorrow” and I thought it was a very silly behaviour: I’m on vacation and I do what I want not what you want me to do!!!
The only thing that save the trip is the visit to La Paz Waterfall but you can do it yourself (and your times without having the guide pushing to stay together and not loose yourself) with a bus and 40usd entrance.
Finally the guide asked for the tip underlining NO COINS. For me it was very bad for two reasons: I decide if you deserve a tip, you are not allowed to ask me it! Secondly: if I have only coins?
For me this trip costs like two days of work so it is enough, in my country I don’t receive a tip if my job is good!
AVOID AVOID AVOID!
Written May 3, 2019
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Diane I
Flushing, NY53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
We took the combo tour, Poas Volcano-Doka Coffee-La Paz Waterfalls and had the best time ever in one day. Our tour guide was excellent, Adrian, and our driver, Edgar, was a boss. Even the cows crossing the roads stopped for him. It was a day packed full of nature, walking and fun! I would recommned it to all first time travelers.
Written June 25, 2012
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