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“Close to wildlife”

Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were a group of 5, who took the day trip to Tortuguero with Tomas and his team. While Tomas drove us to La Pavona, his teammate Rosalin guided us on the boat trip. We saw a lot of wildlife, including howler monkey, spider monkey, iguana, birds on the trip. The lunch at Evergreen hotel in Tortuguero was good too. Tomas had a lot of philosophical wisdom to share during the ride. While they were interesting, some may find it a bit out of the way.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We booked a 2 night-3 day trip to Tortuguero National Park with Tomás, the owner and virtual jack-of-all-trades of Jungle Tom. We were picked up promptly at our hotel at 0610 by Tomás and then headed away into the dense, snarled traffic to start our adventure. This turned out to be a philosophical journey more than anything else. Tomás proved to be a master of human nature, psychology and sociology, all mixed in with native intelligence, conservation biology and Costa Rican pride. We learnt much about human and wild life as our van headed down through the cloud forest to the breakfast stop for a delicious traditional meal and then on to our 20-man boat on the river. Another hour or two snaking through river bends and luscious vegetation took us via the main canal to our destination, the Evergreen Hotel lodge located right on the edge of the river. After lunch, an afternoon in brightly colored Tortuguero village with its murals and oversized bird statues, and then an evening tour with the huge green turtle, laying its large white eggs in a deep sandy nest which finishes with the turtle flipping sand backwards in a huge circle all around to disguise the nest site. This is a truly inspiring experience. Although one is very restricted in movements by the guide and darkness (you must use the guide's dim red light, no cameras), something greater emerges as you witness an ancient ritual being played out just as it has been for millions of years. It ends with the enormous turtle lumbering off across the narrow stretch of sand to slip into the sea to return later on in the season to repeat the nest building and egg laying. The morning boat trip through the narrow canals is excellent and we saw many birds, monkeys, sloths and caymans among other creatures. Make sure you get an uncovered boat as the roof is a major obstruction to an unimpaired view of the canopy above. The jungle walk later on is anticlimactic and doesn't reveal much of the park's denizens. Too late in the day and too little. In all it's a grand experience but could be improved by better guiding in the park during the day time visit. Less noise and hype would be a good start - the forest does not give up its secrets willingly to the indiscreet.

1  Thank maracoani
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We booked a 1 night standard accommodation tour via the website. We got a response from Diane really fast and she was really helpful in answering all our questions.
The minibus was spacious enough (far more comfy than some we've had on this trip) and Tomas was informative on the way. We stopped for a nice breakfast on the way too.
We didn't know which hotel we'd be staying at and we were very pleased with the Evergreen hotel. The rooms are spacious and set in nice grounds. There's lots of wildlife - a sloth was hanging just outside reception! It wasn't hot when we were there so we had no issue that there was only a ceiling fan rather than A/C.
The only thing that could have been better was the food - it was fine just not excellent.
We did a night turtle tour and it was well worth the extra $25 we saw 2 turtles laying eggs and returning to sea.
My tip is take lots of mosquito repellent on the walks, I wore shorts and got bitten lots even though I had spray on.

2  Thank rebecca1979
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The tour was definitely worth the money. We took a one day tour from San Jose to Tortuguero, and Tomas was smart, witty, and very informative. The ride was comfortable, and we pulled over for howler monkeys, beautiful views, and an unexpected sloth just hanging out in a tree by the side of the road. Tomas provided great advice for finding wildlife and great philosophies for enjoying life.

Thank Kyle A
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We did the 2 day trip to Tortuegera from San Jose with Jungle Tom. We reserved our place through their website, and paid when collected on the morning of departure. The transfer to the coast was quick and comfortable, and at a stop we were served a generous buffet breakfast. I enjoyed the free time in the afternoon in the town. The day 2 boat trip in the jungle was superb. The guide was knowledgeable and we were lucky to see plenty of animals. The walk thereafter was also fun. At about 1:30pm we headed back to San Jose and arrived at 5pm. At $120 per person including accommodation in a simple hostel, it was good value.

1  Thank GarethKZN
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