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“The best way to experience Costa Rica!”

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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 17, 2015

Doing a lot of traveling, we wanted this anniversary trip to be low stress and full of adventure. That... was exactly what we got! Priscilla worked with me to coordinate an 8 day trip, experiencing East cost rain forests, central cloud forest and volcano activities, and ending on the Pacific coast relaxing on the beach and exploring the small towns. It could not have been a better vacation. CRE/Priscilla also added in a special package to our first night in Tortuga Lodge making it super unique, fun, and all the other couples jealous. ;) There is something pretty awesome about the attention we got throughout our trip and the feedback that even our drivers had delighted in the fact that they were working with CRE.

Some highlights:
- Tortuga Lodge - So much good to say about this place and the employees. Drinks getting off the boat, cold towels at dinner, great attentiveness and food. Super location, and beautiful area.
- Historic tour/Turtle tour at Tortuga were fun. We had rain, of course, but the group is readily prepared. We got to see a lot and then drive back in a rainstorm which ended in a nice cool evening cruising the rest of the river.
- Arenal Volcano area - Kioro - Absolutely stunning. There is nothing like waking up in bed, looking out the full windows past your feet at the cloud covered volcano. There are so many activities in that area, and we loved just about everything with them.
- Cloud forest, Nectandra, is a really great place for those that like enveloping yourself in the environment. It felt soooo much like walking in to jurassic park. Even the meal, and information we gained, was amazing.
- Hanging bridges bird watching - Of course it rained a bit, but we saw some cool birds, monkeys, and I got some great environment pics!
- Mountain bikes, well, that was the one tour I would not do again. It was fun, but whew it was hard. :)
- Ecotermales - It was beautiful, peaceful, and a really great way to relax.
- Sky Zipline - OMG how awesome that was! GoPro mounts, so I got some great videos of that trip. So fast and so high... and because of CRE we got an extra harness. Once again the other tour people were jealous!
- Transportation everywhere was almost like a personal tour. Private 4 seater plane, in the bus rides it was just my wife and I, and on the tours sometimes we were the only ones there. It was like a private adventure!!
- Tamarindo, Capitan Suizo, was a great way to end the trip. Very relaxing, wandering around by ourselves, sitting on the beach with a fresh coconut cut open, and walking through town daily.

I cannot give CRE and Priscilla enough praise for this trip. We always felt very safe, had great guides and drivers, and it was almost like a private honeymoon again. Thank you so much!!

Date of experience: December 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2015

Dear Eldros27,

WOW, thank you for taking the time to share the diversity of experience that you and your wife enjoyed on all the private day trips that you booked did with us. I'm delighted to hear that your anniversary trip felt like a private honeymoon!

You had a lot do do with this success because you shared your wishes and expectations for your vacation with us. That allows us to really tailor each private day trip so that it's just right for you.

Thank you so much for sharing! It's people like you that make it all worth it!

Natalie Ewing
Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

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Reviewed December 15, 2015

CRE knows the natural side of Costa Rica & has the professional staff to introduce you to it. Carlos Vasquez led my son & I through a full day & evening of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. His knowledge of the birds, mammals, reptiles & insects was encyclopedic and rivaled only by his kind & generous nature. He is committed to being the finest of guides and providing the most awe inspiring of experience. My son & I walked out of the cloud forest with appreciation for the forest ecosystem & respect for the man that led us there.
Mark Levy

Date of experience: December 2015
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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2015

Dear Mark L,

Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our Naturalist Guide, Carlos Vasquez.

Up until recently, Carlos worked as a free lance guide in Monteverde, but we recently have hired him to be with us full time and we are thrilled.

Carlos was born in the city of Quepos, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. His love of the outdoors was transmitted to him by his parents. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of looking for crab and shrimp the forests of Mangrove forests of Quepos and then back at home, his mother's delicious soup.

Carlos' father was a truck driver and for a time Carlos thought he wanted to follow in his footsteps. He then thought of becoming a doctor, but finally as an adult he realized that his true passion is conservation.

Although Carlos does not have a formal degree, he has 18 years of experience as a Naturalist Guide and countless hours in the forests of Costa Rica. After his family his love is nature and conservation. Guiding has given Carlos the opportunity to get to know guests from all over the world and all walks of life.

Not only does he enjoy interpreting the forest, tracking creatures and explaining he environmental phenomena that the world faces today, he also likes to hear of guests lives in other parts of the world and learn about what they are interested in, what they do and what made them decide to visit Monteverde.

When he's not delighting guests on the trails of Monteverde, Carlos enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his wife Martha and their daughter Jimena.

Thank you for sharing how much you and your son enjoyed your time in the cloud forest with Carlos. We hope that you will come and walk with Carlos again.

Natalie Ewing
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Reviewed December 10, 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions made our Costa Rica trip a blast. It will not be this great without them. We planned to have a small wedding ceremony in the volcano area and the Costa Rica Expeditions followed up with me for several months just to fulfill all my requirements and they planned everything well!!! Without them the trip will never be this good!!!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2015

Dear Marilyna24,

It is a great honored for us that you have choose us to planned your small wedding ceremony. It is one of your greatest days in life and how amazing that it took place in Costa Rica! The memories of this day will last forever!

Thank you for writing such an generous review!

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

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Reviewed December 9, 2015

I am so glad I decided to use Costa Rica Expeditions when planning our vacation! Gustavo was very prompt in replying, which was good since we were planning our trip just a few weeks in advance! He listened to what our priorities were and created a fantastic itinerary with all the adventures we wanted!
We had only one problem with one of the activities, and when I gave my feedback to Gustavo, he passed it on, and the amazing team at Costa Rica Expeditions listened and made it better.
We never had to worry about transportation and both places we stayed at were great! Our favorite place we stayed at was Volcano Lodge and Springs at Arenal Volcano. Our favorite activity was rafting. We had SO much fun, and the guides were amazing!
I highly recommend Costa Rica Expeditions for a stress-free vacation!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2015

I’m always happy to read how much our guests enjoy themselves on their private day trips in Costa Rica. From our perspective, Vacation Time is Precious and as a company, each of us strives to provide Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories to our guests.

These guests mention the Senior Travel Planner that designed each of their private day tours, Gustavo Mendez. He has been with us since 2010 and we are very proud of him. He especially enjoys designing vacations for families with children of all ages and honeymoons.

Gustavo's passion for travel planning stems from the satisfaction that it gives him when a guest tells him of the wonderful memories that they have of their experience in Costa Rica.

Vacation Time is Precious!
Camila Romero
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Reviewed December 8, 2015

Being very new to planning trips and vacations, I used Costa Rica Expeditions as the primary resource to making my travel plans to Costa Rica. My travel planner, Priscilla Jimenez, was very helpful throughout the entire process. She provided a vast number of different options, activities, and locations to visit and was very flexible when it came to itinerary changes. Her service was excellent, and the trip to Costa Rica was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

When planning a future trip to Costa Rica, I will definitely keep Costa Rica Expeditions in mind and will recommend them to friends and family. Thank you very much for the excellent service!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2015

Dear Joe T,

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your private day trips in Costa Rica as much as you did. We pride ourselves in customizing your days so that you are able to get exactly what you are dreaming of out of your vacation.

Priscilla Jimenez is a talented Travel Planner; she has been working for us since 1997, and we very impressed with her ability to learn quickly. Her dedication to “Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories,” and her ability to get things done, is what makes her very special to us.

I am sure she is thrilled to see your review!

Thanks for writing us!
Camila Romero
Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Specialist

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