My mom and I vacationed in Costa Rica from March 16-21 and stayed at the Hilton Doubletree. Before we even got to Costa Rica I knew I wanted to zip line, but I hadn't thoroughly researched it. One day when we were on the beach, Greivin approached us and gave us his card. I saw that Tiquicia Tours offered zip lining so we inquired further and Greivin gave us his spiel.
Normally I would research something like this to ensure it would be worthwhile, but we were on the beach and it's what I really wanted to do, so hey, why not. Greivin mentioned other tours as well but we held back, saying we would do the zip line tour first and if we were completely satisfied, then we would consider booking more tours.
We ended up taking three tours with Victor and Greivin, so I think that speaks for itself. Here's a breakdown of the tours we did:
Zip lining: Pros - The best tour in my opinion, best value. We stopped to feed monkeys on the way there (extra $3) and see crocodiles which were cool experiences. Zip lining was a blast; staff was fun, informative, and made us feel safe. Very hot and humid; dress accordingly.
Cons - All pretty minor. We were originally told there would be fewer people on the tour, but it actually ended up being more fun in a big group. We also thought there would be animals/birds in the canopies but there were none, though I don't know if we just invented this thought or if it was advertised to us! We also got back later than expected due to the extra stops we made.
Snorkeling/Tortuga Island: Pros - My mom and I were both first-time snorkelers and had a great time since our guide explained everything in detail. We were also one of the first groups to the snorkeling area which was a huge advantage because towards the end it got pretty crowded with other snorkelers. The white sand beach afterwards was pretty and lunch was tasty.
Cons - Don't forget your towel for the beach! Chairs cost $$ to lounge on and if you don't want to do the other activities they offer on the beach like jet skiing, etc($$) then you will be lounging/swimming for a few hours.
Poas Volcano: Pros - Got to see a lot of villages/mountains on the drive there which I personally enjoyed because it was far more authentic to the country than tourist areas. Our tour guide Esteban was extremely knowledgable about Costa Rica's history, culture, politics, flora, you name it. He spoke English quite well and made the drive there and back a great leaning experience. Peace Lodge hotel was gorgeous, and being able to hold a toucan and see a jaguar were definitely highlights.
Cons - A long drive (~2 hours each way) and we didn't even get to see the volcano due to the clouds :( This one's a risk. Also dress warmly (sweatshirt and long pants) - we weren't informed and were left shivering in the cold mist!
In all, these tours really defined our trip to Costa Rica as we experienced and learned a lot in a short amount of time. Victor and Greivin genuinely care about providing their customers with a great experience and will go above and beyond for you. They even offered us transportation to get back to the airport when we were leaving.
If you have any doubts, give these guys a chance to prove themselves and I'm sure you will be as pleased as we were.
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