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“Trip of a lifetime!”

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 November 30, 2015

I would give Costa Rica Expeditions a 100 star rating if possible. Five dots/strats just doesn't seem adequate. Nadya planned a perfect trip for our group of 12. Gustavo Camacho, our guide and naturalist, felt like family by the end of the trip. He was helpful in every way and handled our large group of people (including five children) with ease. I learned a tremendous amount about the country's wildlife and culture. The entire experience was simply amazing. Andy, our driver was always pleasant and never once late. We enjoyed ourselves and the company immensely. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2015

Dear Jadaemhebl,

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your private day trips in Costa Rica as much as you did. Nadya and Gustavo were super happy to read your review. Gustavo was so excited to work on each of your day trips and making sure that your “must do’s” were customized specially for you!

We are very happy that you experienced a wide variety of activities while on customized private day tours with Costa Rica Expeditions. This is the greatest advantage of having us plan your private day trips, we’ll put together as many different kinds of activities as you want to experience while you are here.

Vacation Time is Precious!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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Reviewed November 27, 2015

Very prompt reply. Very helpful planning advice. Luis helped Tailor a trip specific to our needs, would highly recommend

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank SacLdc
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2015

Dear SacLdc,

It is great to read that you highly recommend us.

Luis Pablo has been working with Costa Rica Expeditions since 2006, and his responsiveness and warmth towards our guests is as impressive as his deep knowledge of the country and what it has to offer travelers. All that makes him a great person to help plan out your private day tours.

Thank you again for your review.

Vacation Time is Precious!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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Reviewed November 27, 2015

The agent we had and the naturalist guide she assigned to us hardly could have done a better job. Nadya (I hope I'm spelling her name correctly) put together a trip for 12 people, 7 adults and 5 children that was exciting, intense, fun and hugely informative. Our guide, Gustavo Camacho, seemed super-human. He had an answer to just about every question we had -- it seemed he could identify every blade of grass we came across, every tree and every creature -- and he was cheerfully honest when he couldn't give an answer (which was VERY rarely). Gustavo is young, smart and enthusiastic. He REPEATEDLY went above and beyond to do nice things for this large unwieldy group. He seemed genuinely determined for us to have the best time possible and yet always gave us options for doing a little less if we were tired or overwhelmed.

By the end of the trip, we were truly sorry to say goodbye to "Tavo" as he had come to be known to us (as well as our quiet but reliable driver Andy). This guy was not only unfazed by the chaos of a group that consisted of 5 children 13 and under, but seemed to really enjoy the kids as well as the adults.

Ask for Gustavo if you use this service for a trip of one day, two days or twelve. You will be in the best possible hands.

Our activities included hikes, zip-lining, waterfall rappelling and a good deal of traveling around Costa Rica.

Of the three places we stayed, by far the best was The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens which is owned and operated by this company. Can't say enough good about them.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank John C
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2015

Dear John C,

Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed working with Gustavo Camacho. He is really an excellent guide and very caring and attentive to what his guests are after. He has been with us since 2011 – his first gig out of college. Gustavo started joining our tours to Tortuguero National Park. At night he would study the birds, general rainforest ecology, and mammals and learn more about each of the examples that had come up during the tour he has joined that day. Before long, a new passion had been born. Gustavo has now been guiding for four years and loves “piloting” guests through Costa Rica’s diverse habitats.

Our motto is Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories. We believe that vacation time is precious, and shouldn’t be wasted worrying about the details – leave that to us while you relax and enjoy a new country and unique experience.

Thanks again!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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Reviewed October 27, 2015

I learned about Costa Rica Expeditions on Trip Advisor and contacted them to see if their suggestions would be useful. I was pleasantly surprised to get a full compliment of suggestions for anything I needed for my trip to Costa Rica, accommodations, activities, transportation, and the like. Priscilla, who handled my requests was wonderful, as was everyone else. I appreciated the quick responses, being able to responding to my questions, needs and concerns. Once all the arrangements were completed, there was follow up as the trip was approaching, and while in Costa Rica I received daily reminders of the next day's itinerary and schedule.

I started my plans with my local travel agent, but found more comfort with Costa Rica Expeditions and also found better ideas and pricing on some matters. Their knowledge is far superior than what i could expect from my local travel agent.

I strongly recommend using Costa Rica Expeditions, for friendly reliable service.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2015

Dear MARSImperial,

We are honored to read that you chose working with CRE over other private day tours companies. Priscilla has been working with Costa Rica Expeditions since 1997, and her responsiveness and warmth towards our guests is as impressive as her deep knowledge of the country and what it has to offer travelers. All that makes her a great person to help plan out your private day tours.

We’re proud of Priscilla and the rest of our team.

Thank you again for your review. We are really pleased to read that we were able to impress you with our service and availability.

Vacation Time is Precious!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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Reviewed October 26, 2015

From the initial interaction through to the vacation itself this company was a pleasure to deal with. We had our own custom itinerary designed for us taking into account our love of birdwatching and nature photography. The vacation was a real adventure we saw so many amazing things. The turtle nesting and hatching was so special and something that I will never forget. We stayed in Tortuguero and Rio Celeste and both locations were spectacular and the accommodation was great. We had tours with just us our own guide which is worth the small extra cost. I would highly recommend Costa Rica Expeditions. It costs more than some companies but it is well worth paying the extra.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Emma E
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2015

Dear Emma E,

It’s great to read that from the beginning of your vacation it was a pleasure working with CRE. Customize your private day tours throughout your stay is our primary job and we thrilled to know that you fill it was worth paying the extra.

Our motto is Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories. We believe that vacation time is precious, and shouldn’t be wasted worrying about the details – leave that to us while you relax and enjoy a new country and unique experience.

Thanks again!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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