Natural wonders , Costa Rica - Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2019

Traveler: B P. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall and Kim Kim planned the perfect trip for my family of myself, my husband and three grown kids. It was just the right mix of adventure, exercise, nature, discovery and relaxation.

We particularly enjoyed the Mistico hanging bridges tour with Carlos (of Pura Vida Tours) near the Arenal Volcano area, which included seeing monkeys, snakes, tarantulas and so much beautiful scenery.

We also really liked our raft trip in that same area with George "2" as our guide from Canoa Aventura. He was a pro at spotting all kinds of wildlife including fascinating birds, monkeys and even a crocodile. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

One of my favorite places was Tabacon hot springs. I wish we had gotten there earlier in the day so we could see it in the daylight, but even sitting in the hot river and pools at night was wonderful! I wish I had known to bring water shoes here, the bottom is rocky.

We loved our hotel, Montana de Fuego, with lovely pools, spa and individual bungalows overlooking the volcano. The staff there was very helpful and friendly, especially Veronica.

Our two days in the Monteverde Cloud Forest were also fun and fascinating.
One of our favorite activities was the zip line tour at Selvatura park. Even my husband who is afraid of heights felt secure enough to do the zip lines. This is a huge and very well run operation and even with lots of tourists they moved us through quickly and safely. It was amazing "flying" over the forest. We also took the short butterfly walk there which was interesting and the butterflies were incredibly beautiful and even landed on your hand if you were still enough.

We took a night hike with a guide at the Monteverde Wildlife Reserve and got to see a sloth in (slow) motion thanks to the eagle eye and strong flashlight of our guide there.
Our final day was a nature hike with Javier of Monteverde Experts, and he certainly was one. He knew every tree, every bird, every reptile and again helped us spot a sloth high up in the canopy.

And finally, we took several lovely drives with the Coast to Coast driver, Jose, who navigated very bumpy roads and long distances with a happy attitude and willingness to answer all questions and stop whenever we wanted to take photos.
This was really a fantastic Costa Rican advanture.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Beth,

It is great to hear from you after your trip to my country and read your review - you just made my day!

I am so glad that you and your family have finally enjoyed the trip that we started planning for you many months ago and to confirm that the wait worths it :)

I will make sure to pass your comments to the people involved in the success of your trip, I know we are very lucky to have such a dedicated people working with us.

Finally, I want to wish you and your family a great... read more

Dear Beth,

It is great to hear from you after your trip to my country and read your review - you just made my day!

I am so glad that you and your family have finally enjoyed the trip that we started planning for you many months ago and to confirm that the wait worths it :)

I will make sure to pass your comments to the people involved in the success of your trip, I know we are very lucky to have such a dedicated people working with us.

Finally, I want to wish you and your family a great 2019 and we hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future.

Warm regards and Pura Vida!!

Randall