I went on a day tour with San Jose Urban Adventures in January 2014. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Costa Rican tour companies are already have a considerable advantage because of the country's accessible and varied natural beauty, as well as its well-developed tourism industry. Even mediocre tour guides could thrive in this environment by leaning on these attributes. That's what made the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at Urban Adventures more impressive.
My guide (and owner of the company) Eric showed up as scheduled and even accommodated my request to pick me up at my hotel in Escazú. As I was the only one to sign up for that day's tour of the La Selva Biological Station, the itinerary was more flexible. At my request, we were able to stop for breakfast and go to the Central Market in San Jose to pick up some coffee from a vendor he recommended.
The tour was very illuminating. Of course, anyone could have a pleasant day walking the trails in the rainforest by themselves, but Eric provided the critical context to make sense of it all and answered all my questions. I was particularly impressed by his abilities to locate animals far off in the distance, and to differente species of toucans based on their calls.
My understanding is that Urban Adventures focuses mainly on tours of San Jose (as the name suggests). However, based on the proprietor's obvious passion for what he does - seriously, the guy's a workoholic - I would strongly endorse this company for any type of tour.
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