Everything was perfect!
Costa Rica | Jul 13 - Jul 26, 2022

John
John K.
Canton, GA | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

From the initial planning stage through the changes and modifications and until the final transfer to the airport, everything was wonderful. I always felt informed and up-to-date on everything thanks to Olman's prompt communications. We could not have asked for a better specialist to help us arrange this trip. read more

From the initial planning stage through the changes and modifications and until the final transfer to the airport, everything was wonderful. I always felt informed and up-to-date on everything thanks to Olman's prompt communications. We could not have asked for a better specialist to help us arrange this trip.

Hotel Reviews
Selva Verde Lodge
Sarapiquí

This was the last leg of our trip and the lodge was very different from the first two places we stayed. This felt like the least crowded place we stayed and we had a lot of peaceful time to ourselves and we enjoyed two guided tours, on one of which we had the wonderful guide Faviola all to ourselves and on the another there were just two others. The staff in the restaurant were lovely and friendly and made us feel very welcome.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Faviola is a wonderful asset to Selva Verde and her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm on the tours made each of them memorable and special.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cariblue Beach and Jungle Resort
South Puerto Viejo

We had a wonderful and relaxing 6-night stay at Cariblue - this was the middle leg of our trip and we enjoyed the extra time and lazy days that a long stay afforded. The accommodation was lovely, the air-con was a luxury and we enjoyed the pool and the restaurant. We were also able to experience the beach and the immediate location outside the hotel on foot. It was quiet and never crowded out and about.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mawamba Lodge
Tortuguero

We enjoyed our stay at Mawamba Lodge and were glad to have stayed three nights to allow us to take our time on tours and enjoying the grounds. We never felt that the place was crowded nor did we ever have to wait for anything. The staff at the restaurant and bar were very friendly and professional and welcoming. You can tell that they are being trained properly by a well-managed company.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel
San José

Though we stayed just one night, this was a lovely little hotel in central San Jose. If we ever return to SJ to explore the capital further, I would certainly stay here. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Enjoy the Beauty of Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero

The boat tour of the national park was wonderful - we were in a small group in an open top boat and we pretty much saw everything that we expected to see and more. I had binoculars and was able to help the guide with spotting and we were busy viewing wildlife almost the whole journey.

Quality of Experience
Food
There was no food on this trip
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Hike in Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

There were four adults and 3 children on this tour and that was a perfect size - any more people and the trail would have been crowded and we would have had difficulty spotting wildlife and hearing the guide. It was a long, hot walk in the rainforest with a welcome dip in the sea halfway through and some fresh pineapple to refresh us. We also had a boat collect us at one point to help speed up our return trip.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit Jaguar Rescue Center
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

This was the most crowded tour and place that we visited in our whole two weeks but it was worth it. The work they do here is incredible and the volunteers and staff are to be commended.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayak Adventure & Rainforest Hike in Punta Uva
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Our kayak trip was cut short because the river was high due to overnight rains - so we could only go a short distance upstream - and the seas was too rough for the second part of our paddle. we had a short hike around Punta Uva, but the guide seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else and he was much less engaging than any of the other guides we met on our holiday.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rainforest Guided Hike
Sarapiquí

The hike in Selva Verde's primary forest was fascinating. Faviola is an excellent guide and her knowledge of, and enthusiasm, for the flora and fauna is impressive. They even provided wellies for us to walk through the mud!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
There was no transport as the hike was at the lodge.
Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Hello John,

Thanks for your review.
I am so happy to know your wife and you had a great experience in our country!
She saw sloths, which was an experience she wanted to enjoy.

I hope you will visit us again in the future to continue exploring the tropics.

Pura Vida!
Olman