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“More than we bargained for”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tours Papagayo

Tours Papagayo
Ranked #17 of 30 Tours in Gulf of Papagayo
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“More than we bargained for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Atv / canopy tour started on roads but eventually turned to dirt roads as we made our way for about an hour to higher ground where the zip lining /canopy tour was to take place. Found myself wishing it would rain to keep the dust down. Definitely need to bring sunglasses or some form of eye protection to get maximum fun from the trip / keep dust out of eyes. The rivers we crossed and odd muddy patches were fun and a welcome relief from the dust. Saw skinny cows and skinny dogs on the way along with lots of chickens plus friendly locals. After a last river crossing we arrived at the canopy tour. The guides seemed a little jaded to start but warmed up and were quite entertaining as the trip progressed. Not a trip for those scared of heights but ok if you don't look down too much. Accessing the tree tops is from a ground based staircase that leads to a bridge and tree top platforms. After a quick safety briefing we were off zooming from tree to tree, efficiently hooked on by our two guides. My 14 year old son was quickly doing some of the rides upside down - he even did " super hombre" - where you lie flat and go face first with guide holding your legs. My 17 year old daughter gave that a miss. Anyhow the rides were good and occasionally fast without ever being terrifyingly high. We enjoyed an impromptue demonstration of how some plants fold up their leaves when touched, a tarantula in its hole, and howler monkeys before taking sme of the longer and faster zip lioness back to the start. No pressure to buy anything/ clean toilets to wash up in before ATV ride back to start - by a different route " over the mountain". Actually felt like we were following a small stream back to the shore most of the time. Lots of water and great big muddy splashes. Felt like we were avoiding being tracked - losing our deet sent - as we spent a fair percentage of time in streams. Highlight was getting stuck in mud in mid stream - got pretty mucky as we pulled and pushed to get our ATVs out. Made for some good memories great photos and muddy clothes. Highly recommended - with or without impromptu mud bath. People were great and were happy to pick us up and drop us off at our rental

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Pauline M
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Austin, Texas
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Thank you Yesi and Harold! - PURA VIDA!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

My friend and I booked the Arenal Mountain and Rio Celeste tours and it was awesome. Better than expected. We couldn't believe how much we saw in both days at such a reasonable cost. Yesi was awesome with communication (via phone and email) and her responsiveness was much appreciated. Harold was super informative and nice. He explained much culture and facts about Costa Rica in which we feel like we've been there longer than these 2 tours. On all the tours, he would point at many vegetation and wildlife frequently. He always stopped when we asked and even suggested some stops. On the Arenal, we went zip lining, toured a waterfall (this is not on the original itinerary but we wanted to see it and he made a stop for us - now that's customer service), had lunch, visited the hot springs, saw the town of Fortuna, and had dinner. He was so courteous even asking if we needed to stop at the Supermarket if we needed anything. On the Rio Celeste, he took us and showed us all the great sites especially the amazing waterfall. Then there was dinner which was delish. We couldn't thank him enough. This tour group is the best. They were attentative, communicative, professional, and super courteous. Paying for the tours were even easier. It was an easy and safe transaction. No fear of getting ripped off by them. They even email you a receipt immediately. It was great. Thank you Yesi and Harold for everything. You guys made our Costa Rican trip an A+++++.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank JoiseyPandy
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Waterford, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tours Papagayo JC (& Jesse)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Just returned from another wonderful vacation in Guanacaste Costa Rica. 2nd year using JC tours for our activities and once again they did not disappoint! Tours Papagayo JC is a tour company with integrity, honesty and a commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Alfredo, our ATV guide was once AGAIN a blast to be with & the tour itself was beyond expectations. We also booked the Catamaran sunset cruise which was beautiful and so much fun. The catamaran tour was actually ran by a different tour company but was arranged by JC. The guys on the boat were fantastic; however the coordinator of THAT company (I wont mention names, French chick with Jamaican accent) was a flea brain whose irresponsibility left us on Coco Beach (at night) instead of our resort beach as was promised and without transportation. She arranged transportation by pulling some guy, I assume, off the street, separating our group of six by putting 3 with him and 3 with her. Here we are, Coco Beach, at night, foreign country and we are separated. She drove like an idiot (I am being kind) forcing the strange guy (who was actually quite nice) in his vehicle to do the same. Finally we arrived, heart in stomach at the wrong resort, the night mare continued for 40 more minutes. Upon the next morning we described our "adventure" to Jesse of JC tours (she was our coordinator and contact from day one through day six), she was so upset we felt more sorry for her than we did ourselves. Jesse and Jose Cruz did everything they could to make things right and they were successful. We thank you Jesse and Jose for your kindness and for going above and beyond to make our visit a great one, we thank you "Taco" for you responsible driving, Alfredo....we will see you next year!! We all feel like we left Costa Rica having made a new friend in Jesse.

Jesse you are the best, we look forward to seeing you again!

The Heberling and Nibeck families

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Wendy H
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to work with Jose and his team at Tour Papagayo JC and had an amazing experience. We were looking for someone who was professional, safe and had great equipment. We were putting together a corporate program and required 15 jet skis and 24 ATV's and Jose made it happen. We were all very impressed with everything they did for us in helping make this program a success and we could not have done it without them. I highly recommend their services. Kevin J.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Kjackson03
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Glendale, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tours Papagayo JC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

I just came from Costa Rica. We spent a week there. We used Tours Papagayo JC. I arranged airport transfer with them and had ATV tours. They were both excellent. There was an accident and they could not make on time to the airport to pick us up but they made arrangements and somebody took care of us at the airport when we waited for them. Also the ATV tour was good.
I definitely will go back to Costa Rica and will use them again, excellent service.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Ewaw15
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