We, my wife, daughter and myself, had the greatest trip to Costa Rica. Everything, and I mean everything went smoothly from the time we arrived to the time we left. The guides were fantastic. They were informative, very personal and friendly, and got us to where we needed to be on time and without incident. We were picked up at the airport by a guide, Homer, who got us to our first hotel and then gave us a wonderful tour of the La Paz Waterfall gardens. He was very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and willingly shared the information. He was terrific and got us to our next location and made sure everything was taken care of before leaving us. We were very impressed.
We then stayed at Magic Mountain Hotel in Fortuna. The staff here was excellent, helpful and very warm and concerned about our needs and meeting our needs. One of the maids, Vanessa, even made an anteater out of towels, and left it on our bed. What a magnificent surprise when we got back from our day’s adventures. The water tubing and zip lining for the canopy tour was out of this world. The guides (Esteven, Jefferson, Miguel, Ramon) were fantastic. They were helpful, made both excursions fun and educational and made us laugh a lot. All of us could not stop talking about them, including my wife who was very hesitant about doing these things. She had a great time! Would recommend this excursion to anyone who will be close to the Arenal volcano area.
We then went on the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge excursion which was a land and water expedition. Joadan was our guide and Tonio was the driver. They were great also! Tonio could spot wildlife that we would have missed = sloths, iguanas, various birds. Joadan was very informative about Costa Rica, it’s vegetation and wildlife, and culture. We came away from this tour also very impressed and overwhelmed at the people we had encountered.
The next day we were off to the Arenal Hanging Bridges Natural History Walk with Bernardo as our guide. He helped us see things and experience things that many others missed not being with a guide. Seeing howler monkeys, a corral snake, a red eyed tree frog, a blue jean frog was tremendous besides the beauty of the landscaped and the hanging bridges. It was breathtaking and amazing. Bernardo made sure we hooked up with our next driver, Dennis Castaneda who had driven four hours to get us and return us to Tamarindo Beach and the Diria hotel. We stopped along the way and had a very delicious lunch of Costa Rican cuisine.
Dennis was just another example of the great service and friendliness that we had received on our trip. He made us feel at ease, was informative, willing to share and made sure our needs were taken care of. We had a great time on the beach at the Tarmarino Diria Hotel. The breakfast’s were nothing less than out of this world, the beach was breath taking and wonderful to experience, and the catamaran experience was just one more lifetime highlight. The crew was terrific. We got to see a hump back whale, sea turtles, schools of dolphins, colorful fish when snorkeling, and a large shark that swam up to our sailing boat. We were thrilled.
We can not speak highly enough of this trip and EcoAmerica Tours and the trip they planned for us. We were made to feel special and were taken care of like queens and kings. I would not hesitate at all in recommending their services to anyone. The people of Costa Rica were tremendous and this was a trip we will treasure forever. Pura Vida!!