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“Would use CR Expeditions again IN A HEARTBEAT!”

Costa Rica Expeditions
Ranked #2 of 132 Tours in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Costa Rica Expeditions, unique travel experiences since 1978.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 30, 2015

We've traveled in Costa Rica several times in the past and always planned our own trips. We always enjoyed ourselves and had great trips. BUT this time we decided to try Costa Rica Expeditions and LOVED the wonderful service we got!! All the venues we visited on our private day tours were beautiful and filled with natural beauty - and our naturalist guides and drivers were all stellar! If this sounds too glowing, I assure you I'm not overstating the quality of the venues/guides/drivers provided by CRE. I will absolutely use them again on my next trip to CR - took ALL the worry our of our vacation which made it COMPLETELY relaxing!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with others that may be considering us for customized planning, arranging and operation of private day tours.

It’s especially telling that a person that had been to Costa Rica on her own several times decided to travel with us and plans to continue to travel in Costa Rica with us. The big advantage to planning your private day tours with us is that you will have peace of mind while you travel! There will never be something gnawing at you, you can relax, enjoy and spending time with your loved ones knowing that we have it all covered.

Our Naturalist Guides and our Spanish speaking drivers play a huge role in the service that we provide. All are professionals with years of experience delighting guests.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed March 24, 2015

I used CRE to plan a two-week, three-generation, six-person tour. I've never used a tour company before, but after this experience I believe that their services are well worth it. I'd agree with the other reviews: their responsiveness and customer service were outstanding from start to finish. We did not want the typical tour but had some specific off-path things that we wanted to do, and that was cheerfully arranged. Our driver and naturalist guide were professional, friendly, and endlessly accommodating of our desires and needs. They were in addition very open and shared their lives with us in a way that helped us understand many things about CR that we wouldn't have. I was especially nervous about what the vehicle would be like, but Carlos exceeded all possible expectations with his sparkling Hiace diesel van and eminently careful driving. As other reviews have said, CRE is not the cheapest option--but it is well worth it!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2015

Planning private day tours for a multi-generational family vacation can be challenging.
At Costa Rica Expeditions we design private day tours for this kind of vacation often, there’s nothing like experience to learn how to listen, read between the lines and suggest options that will set the stage so that an extended family can come together and have fun.

This may involve having more than one activity taking place on a given day, adding an additional guide so that grandparents or small children can explore at a more leisurely pace while teenagers and their parents can move faster or arranging for a surprise birthday party or other special occasion celebration.

We’ve planned many multi-generational family vacations, and take pride in doing everything possible to give you complete peace of mind so that you can concentrate on enjoying each other.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed March 24, 2015

Incredible personal service provided by the friendliest and highest quality guides and drivers who created daily adventures that we will never forget. Every minor detail was planned leaving us to enjoy the country, people and amenities. We highly recommend Toutouga Lodge and Gardens and Norya Gardens for the fantastic accommodations, service and food. And, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Johnathan our naturalist for a day and drivers Marisio and Goose who went beyond driving to personally embrace us as friends, answer our questions and provide little details of the country, people, environment and plants and animals that we would otherwise have not learned travelling independently. It truly was "legendary service" and a trip of a lifetime. If we are able to return to CR we will use Costa Rica Expeditions again.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2015

Thank you for sharing your experiences in Costa Rica with other guests that may be considering us for their private day tours. I am especially grateful that you singled out our guides and drivers and their caring personalized service.

When guests book their private day trips with us, we customize the experience so that guests are able to see and do what they want to do. We ask a lot of questions about interests and preferences and then hand pick the guides so that he or she can add more to your experience by focusing on the aspects that are of special interest to you.

Vacation Times is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed March 23, 2015

We used Costa Rica expeditions for a 10 day journey with our 4 boys ages 6-11. They set up a trip that started in San Jose, then went on to white water rafting on the Pejibaye River, where they made us feel that all of the kids were in good hands and safe (thanks Ricardo and crew!). We then on to Tortuguero, Monte Verde, Arenal and Playa Conchal. Norton at the Tortuga Lodge took us on an amazing morning boat cruise looking for wildlife, and we saw 3 species of monkeys, caimans, and a huge number of birds. We had a naturalist guide with us for a portion of the trip, and William truly made the difference between a regular vacation, and an extraordinary one. He took us on several jungle walks, and showed us more than 50 species of birds, coatamundi, agouti and other animals in their natural habitats. We also took part in multiple outdoor adventures, including zip lining at Monte Verde, horseback riding and river tubing in Arenal. Every transfer was timely and seamless (although I have to say - the roads in Costa Rica STINK - pot holes, gravel, windy - we did have a number of stops for carsick kids), and the drivers were also very kind to the children (thanks Max and Alberto!). Our hotel accommodations were all very nice. They really took care of everything, and as I looked at the line for the departure tax this morning before we boarded the plane, all I can say is, thank goodness they took care of that, as well! The boys are already asking when we can go back to see William!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2015

We are delighted to hear that you and your 4 boys ages 6-11 had a great family vacation!

Our Travel Planners strive to find the perfect combination so that the private day trips suggested to families like yours have the right combination of active and down time. By letting our guides and drivers take over the nuts and bolts of each activity, you can sit back and relax.
Costa Rica’s beaches, volcanoes and rainforests are wonderful places to explore and play. I’m thrilled to hear that the boys want to come back and continue exploring Costa Rica with William, there is so much more to learn and explore!

Vacation Time is Precious,

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed March 23, 2015

Used this company to plan 12 day trip, including drivers, hotels,and expeditions. Everything was flawless! Did not even have to bother with excursion vouchers. Very easy to work with, e-mailed me about 4 itineraries before we settled on final one. Highly recommend this company to anyone needing help planning a trip to Costa Rica. Top notch company!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2015

When you travel with Costa Rica Expeditions, we will plan your private day trips the way that best suits you. We take into consideration your interests and preferences, your budget and the best use of your time.

You’ll communicate back and forth with your Travel Planner and temper the private day trips they suggest, until it’s just right.

The days you spend on vacation are among the most important and precious of the year, we are fanatical about what’s best for our guests.

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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