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“Best Travel Experience Ever!”

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: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 5, 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions did a superb job of arranging transportation, tours & accommodations for our entire 12 day trip across Costa Rica. Transportation connections went seamlessly. Accommodations greatly exceeded expectations. Bi-linguial tour guides were easy to understand and very knowledgeable. We stayed at 2 of the properties that they own, Tortuga Lodge & Monteverde Lodge. Tortuga Lodge is where the TV show Fantasy Island was filmed back in the 70's. We were treated just like the millonaires that visited the island on the show and were delighted with all the wildlife that appeared right at our doorstep. At Monteverde Lodge we were treated to a private dinner one night. Thanks to Costa Rica Expeditions, we had the best travel experience ever. We highly recommend them.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2015

The key is to do the kinds of activities that you are interested in and to make sure that you’re going to spend the greatest amount of time each day having fun!

When your private day trips are customized to fit your interests, you don’t spend time in a 50 passenger bus picking up at hotels for way too long before starting your tour. You don’t have to listen to a guide that is talking to a general audience and you don’t feel like you’re being herded rather than guided.

Customizing your days, means that you get to spend the time you want with a guide that is specialized in the areas that you are hoping to learn about and is a perfect fit for you, in the ideal location with the right scenery, activity or wildlife. Top it off with a delightful meal.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was a 30th wedding anniversary and Costa Rica Expeditions made it spectacular! The rooms and hotels were outstanding, food fantastic, but the best part was the guides! Private tours and drivers made even the most mundane tour interesting and personalized to us. We even had the same outstanding guide named Roy for 3 days as we stayed at the lodge-talk about personalized! And that villa belong in the movies!! They kept us informed, on time (without being intrusive), and well educated and entertained from the moment we met and the airport to the moment we left again (at that was literally a 5 min drive around the corner to the main airport!. I can not say enough about the guides-they are worth every penny!

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank SStassen
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2015

I couldn’t agree more with these guests when they write:

“I cannot say enough about the guides-they are worth every penny!”

The right guide will elevate an already wonderful private day tour to a truly magical one for you.

He or she will insure that you see the "hidden Costa Rica," indeed "the real Costa Rica," because they all live here, study it, know it so well, and are totally dedicated to your private day tour of a lifetime.

If you're interested, your guide will take you to local businesses. They know where and when to go, and not go - including where "off the beaten track" adventures are. You'll see the country and its wildlife through your guide's eyes.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed May 4, 2015

We just wanted to say a big, big thank you to Costa Rica expeditions, a wonderful team of people who made our holiday very special. All of the drivers and guides we went with were friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. It made our two week trip much more enjoyable, and a big thanks to Miguel who met us at the airport and took us off to Tortuga Lodge. I cannot recommend this company highly enough - or the two hotels they run, tortuga lodge and monteverde lodge.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank JoMc86
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2015

We really appreciate you taking the time to share how much you enjoyed your private day tours here on Trip Advisor.

It’s great to hear that you especially enjoyed your day with Miguel; I know he will be thrilled that you remembered him and posted his name.

Please do come again, we go out of our way to provide even better service for returning guests.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
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Reviewed April 21, 2015

I would like to thank you and your team at Costa Rica Expeditions for making our vacation in Costa Rica outstanding. Eduardo was an amazing guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and personable, without him we would have missed out on so much of the history, culture and adventure your country has to offer. Ediverto, the driver, was excellent. He is a diligent, timely and careful driver who took good care of us and the vehicle in which he drove us.
We will most definitely recommend you to our family and friends and hope to use you again ourselves in the future.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2015

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your guide Eduardo and your driver Ediverto for your private day trips in Costa Rica!

It’s so important to have enthusiastic, qualified, personable, respectful people leading you through the process of discovering new things in a new country.

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
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Reviewed April 19, 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions planned our entire Spring Break trip --- hotels, activities, transportation, and several meals. It was a wonderful vacation. The drivers showed up on a timely basis and were so friendly and knowledgable. The activities were fantastic! We usually plan our own vacations so this was a new experience for us. Would absolutely use Costa Rica Expeditions again! Pura Vida!

Date of experience: April 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2015

When our guests send us feedback about their customized private day tours, one of the things that they comment on the most is how much they enjoy our transportation and drivers.

One of the reasons that people worry so much about the transportation is that Costa Rica is well known for our narrow mountain roads, our crazy drivers and our pot holes. Another reason is that it’s no secret that the pace of life in Costa Rica is quite different from what you are used to –it’s sloooooower. We inherited it partly from our ex-mother country Spain, and then made it worse ---or some would say better.

Our drivers are obsessed with being on time, the cleanliness of their vehicles, the route that they choose to take you, the quality of the food, smile with the service and usability of the restrooms at pit stops. They are also quite good birders and wildlife spotters. You are welcome to sit up front with them and practice your Spanish!

Vacation Time is Precious!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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