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This was a very enjoyable and interesting tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and attentive the walk in the forest was great - we saw monkeys, toucans and a red frog and the chocolate tasting with explanations was great. Not only was it tasty, but we actually learned a lot about both ancient and modern chocolate production.
Highlight of our trip!! Wish we had done this one first, and booked all day trips with Viator.
Beautiful drive, knowledgeable guides, easy walking tour but truly through a rainforest! We ate in a small local place that was the best meal of the trip. Do this!
Going through the forests with a trained guide Mainor was nice. He was able to use his expertise to show me things that otherwise I would have not been able to do. The Chocolate teating was also excellent in that you got to learn the history behind chocolate and to actually see step by step the process of making cacao.
I loved it! I wanted to be in the middle of a rainforest, and that is where I found myself. I could easily do the hike, which was good because I had bruises on my left leg from another activity done elsewhere, so I couldn't have done a strenuous hike, and even managed to cross the suspension bridge despite a fear of heights! Manuel was a great guide and very knowledgeable, and my only regret is that we never did finish our last conversation because suddenly we were back in San Jose and the tour was done. The rainforest was quiet that day but I did see a sloth and three iguanas and many insects and a huge ceiba tree and lianas and walking palms...honestly just being there in the middle of the rainforest was wonderful! I also enjoyed the chocolate explanation and demonstration. Next time I'm in Costa Rica I will definitely use Viator when looking at tours - do you do anything else in the Caribbean region?
This tour was great! I would highly recommend it to anyone. I was picked up at my hotel and realized that since I was the only one to book it that day, it would be a private tour. We had an exciting drive through a beautiful rainforest, through pouring rain with many waterfalls falling off the hill sides, dodging landslides. It was a bit crazy, but I never fled unsafe. My guide was very knowledgable about the rainforest preserve, showing me frogs, millipedes, a snake, toucans, and a troop of howler monkeys. He obviously loves the rainforest and wants to share its beauty with others. The chocolate demonstration was very interesting and well done, and of course delicious. After a great lunch of typical Costa Rican food and a neat roadside restaurant, we had a much calmer drive back to the city with the rain gone. It was a day well spent!
This is more like a private tour guide for us. We were transported in a SUV by Urban Adventures Tour Agent hosted by Eric Gomez to Caribbean side of CR. There were a lot of information regarding rainforest and cocoa tasting. The hanging bridge was awesome if you hold your breath and look down the river. Bullet ant is about an inch and half, don't touch them with your finger. They are poisonous insect. We had local food for lunch next to the forest and after that it was pouring. May- November is rainy season however we love tropical rain.
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The chocolate tasting was nothing I expected but better. I was truly impressed with all the information they gave us. I got to taste chocolate from the very beginning the fruit to the last step of the process. Timbirina rainforest was also very impressive. If you are into hiking and seeing the forest, you should do this tour. I really want it to try one of Costa Rica hanging bridges and they have a very long and impressive one or maybe I am easily impresses. Our guide Eric was very nice and knew a lot about the area and San Jose in general. During lunch we got to try Costa Rica typical food, very delicious.
Our initial guide/driver was Carlos who drove us to the Tirembina Rainforest Centre and later for an excellent lunch at a local restaurant. Our guide at the Centre was Willy Willie?. He was excellent, extremely knowledgeable. This was the best part of the day. Willy pointed out and clearly explained everything around us. He helped us to develop our observational skills in looking for wildlife. As this is rain forest and not a zoo, you wont see everything - its best to enjoy the ones you do. After lunch we returned for the Chocolate tour, which involved a short walk through the rain forest to a covered seated area. Here Mariella gave a history of chocolate and showed us how it was extracted/processed with help from Giovanni and participants. It was interesting and entertaining, but maybe not worth an afternoon.
This was a fantastic tour! My friend and I were the only ones on the tour which made the overall experience very personable and enjoyable.
Both our driver (Carlos) and guide (Manuel) were professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Manuel was a great guide and taught us so much about the rainforest. It was raining quite heavily for half the tour so we may not have seen as much wildlife as we would have liked, but Manuel was very patient and pointed out many insects, plants, frogs, toucans, and a sloth when the rain finally subsided. (He was kind enough to provide us with an umbrella as we were not prepared and we also bought ponchos from the gift shop).
The chocolate tasting almost deserves another review on it's own- I loved it! They provided an in depth account of how chocolate is harvested and processed, and they gave out so many samples. It was honestly some the best chocolate I've ever tasted.
Before driving back to San Jose, we stopped at a small local restaurant and had a delicious and traditional Costa Rican meal. Not only was the meal fantastic, but Manuel and Carlos were great company, and it felt like we were having lunch with new friends rather than taking part in a tour.
Excellent tour! The guide Eric was very nice and knowledgable. He picked me up from my hotel in the morning, and took me to the Tirimbina biologic reserve. He was very good in spoting birds and animals. I had a great time. The lunch was excellent tradition Costa Rica food.
Eric Gomez who organized the tour was excellent - he picked me up at my hotel, was very informative and personable - I felt at ease the moment we met. I was only in Costa Rica for a few days and this tour was the main event of my visit - I am glad I chose Eric's trip - he made the visit worthwhile and I really enjoyed both the rainforest adventure and the chocolate tasting. I highly recommend this trip with Eric and appreciate his effort to make this a memorable and comfortable adventure in Costa Rica.
From start to finish, this experience was absolutely fabulous! My guide, Eric, picked me up in front of the National Theatre at the scheduled time. Because I chose to travel during their "slow season," I actually got to enjoy a private tour, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. Eric is an incredibly genuine, friendly person! He made me very comfortable and I can easily say that our conversation was one of my favorite aspects of the day. From the moment we got on the road, headed for the rainforest, he began informing me of little facts and history about Costa Rica and the different areas we were driving through, which was really interesting. We stopped to get some coffee, then headed off into the forest, where the learning continued. He is great at spotting different animals and wildlife, and stopped several times throughout the day to show me things. We saw plenty of birds, lizards, and frogs, and even "spoke" with some Howler monkeys. And the chocolate was AMAZING! I learned how the indigenous peoples actually made it, as we went through the history and different processes required to achieve that familiar and delicious flavor. I had a great time and walked away with some wonderful photos! Worth the money - best day in Costa Rica!
This tour was fantastic Mr. Gomez was very attentive and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this tour with Urban Adventure. There were great!
We enjoyed a great experience from the pick-up to the drop-off at our hotel. Eric from Urban Adventures is a biologist who is not only knowledgeable about the fauna and flora, but also informative about the culture of the Costa Rican people. Viewing Toucans, Poison Dart Frogs, Lizards, Baird's Trogon, Agouti, and other animals was amazing as well as crossing the suspension bridge over the Sarapiqui River. Learning about and taking part in the chocolate-making process at the Tirimbina Center was a wonderful experience as well. We also enjoyed a delicious local cuisine lunch with Eric. All in all, I highly recommend this enjoyable all day tour.
Eric, our tour guide and interpreter, went far beyond our expectations. The tour was extremely interesting and entertaining. Eric is very knowledgeable about the rainforest and picked my daughter and I up from our
hotel on time and made our stay in Costa Rica memorable. We will, of course, return and request Eric as our
This was a wonderful experience from the moment we were picked up at purr hotel till the time we were dropped off. Eric was so knowledge about CR and the rain forest. His guided tour thru the forest was an experience in itself. He was very easy to understand and offered a lot of information and history about the country. I wish we had met Eric our first day as I felt like our half day city tour was a waste- it was not with the company offered thru via tour, but thru a hotel desk. The chocolate tasting was presented better than. Any other I have had the experience of attending before. Highly recommend this tour.
Great day with Eric who is a biologist. We had an easy hike of the biological station (loved the suspension bridges) and saw some beautiful birds, white bats and a hummingbird sitting on her nest. The chocolate tasting was very well done and we finished up with a great lunch at a local Soda.
The excursion was one of the best in Costa Rica for me so far! Great friendly stuff, very small private group and outstanding locations! During this tour, I’ve seen more species of birds, mammals and reptiles than I’ve ever seen during my 10 days stay in Costa Rica! Different frogs, lizards, beetles, monkeys, caimans, iguanas, toucans, and dozens of different birds! I can’t enumerate all of the animals that I saw. Chocolate tasting was great: tons of facts that I didn’t know about it, and delicious raw chocolate tasting made everything better! Picturesque landscape around with sunny weather made this experience very pleasant. For lunch, we had a great buffet style meal with light salad and some pastry. For amateurs and connoisseurs of the nature and wildlife this tour would be perfect! And knowledgeable stuff with positive attitude made this experience unforgettable! Thank you a lot!
The only "problem" was 1/2 rainy day, but I knew November is the wettest of the year. Anyways, even the pickup locations were in downtown San Jose, my tour guide was extremely nice and picked me up from my hotel, located in Escazu. This tour was a lot more, it was almost a private customized day.
My tour guide, Mr. Eric Gomez was a 10+. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and flexible with the whole schedule. Tirimbina, rain forest biological reserve, was very interesting and informative. "Chocolate testing" was a lot more then testing, it was a full history, and a full presentation of chocolate making.
process in which we took part.
In short, I highly recommend this tour, Erick and Urban Adventures. Space and time does not allow to get into all details.
Excellent guide, Mainor, was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hiking through rain forest with him. The cacao bean processing demonstration was informative and presenters delightful. Met expectations based on Viator's tour descriptive.
This is a nice tour with a hike in the rainforest, right from Trimbina where the chocolate demonstration is given. They provide boots of all sizes so don't worry about your shoes. Also, the parking lot has a guard so I felt safe to leave some of my belongings in the car. This tour was a smaller group than the others with just 3 people and 2 guards. They said they try to keep it small so that attendees get personal attention, which is nice. They also walk at the pace that the group can handle. At one point, we split up and my group went with a guide on a more strenuous incline and the other guide took a more level stroll. The main guide Eric was fantastic and was smart and funny and knows a lot about the trees, birds, animals, etc. he also brought a telescope so he could show us some of the animals he spotted from far away. I am a single woman traveling alone and felt very comfortable and warmly welcomed by this group and all the other Viator guides. I definitely recommend them to everyone.
The chocolate demonstration was cute and the speaker was positive, upbeat, and funny too. We learned about the cocoa pods and watched the entire process from pod to chocolate. We sampled melted chocolate in a spoon, a small cup of hot chocolate, and a few chocolate samples and they were all so delicious, we were all in heaven. They have a nice gift shop too and such pretty grounds. There was a lot of rain recently and the suspension bridge was closed so we had to hike around it but it was still good.
This tour was conducted by Urban Adventures. It was a one-on-one with knowledgeable tour guide, Manuel. The drive is 2 hours each way. During that time Manuel informed of various facts about Costa Rica. We arrive at La Tirimbina lodge and nature preserve. As Manuel had worked there, I had a personal guide in the know'. We encountered the miniature, poisonous red frog. As he held it in his hand, Manuel informed me that the frog was of no danger to a human, but, if an animal ate it, there would be problems. We witnessed an army of cutter ants busily carrying leaves in a procession. A second ant, on the leaf, would taste the leaf if it were noteworthy to bring to their compound. There were bullet ants. These large ants' sting would be painful. Two mountain pigs suddenly raced by us. They were too quick for a photo opportunity! A bridge had to be crossed as we could see and hear the rushing waters below. Rafters were busy trying to navigate their course. Two lodge workers then prepared chocolate. they educated the crowd on how to grind and cook the cacao beans. Everyone got a cup of this tasty drink. The hike is not difficult for this tour unless you are afraid of heights going over the bridge. If you are lucky, you could see a sloth. We completed the tour by going down the street for an authentic Costa Rican meal with banana, rice, vegetables, and a choice of meat or fish. The natural drinkcantaloupe was outstanding and refreshing. I recommend this tour.
We were picked up by Manuel in a regular car that had seen better days but ran okay. He picked us up at a very convenient location instead of having to go to the National Stadium. The weather was warm but as we drove east approaching the mountains, it began to rain. During our trip I enjoyed the conversation and the numerous small waterfalls flowing beside the road. We went through the longest tunnel around San Jose. It was still raining while we were shown a butterfly collection station and while we walked through the rainforest. There are so many interesting plants to see. Unfortunately the rain kept the animals and birds hidden. We walked across the longest suspension bridge in Costa Rica twice. We then came to the chocolate making demonstration and tasting station. Very easy to understand the leader who made the presentation enjoyable and humorous. We really enjoyed this. The rain changed to a near downpour but we were still able to go outside and see cacao beans growing on trees. Manuel took us a to a very nice authentic Costa Rican restaurant nearby where they cooked a great meal on a wood burning stove. The three of us had an enjoyable conversation while we ate. We arrived by at our starting point ahead of schedule. The only reason I would not give this a 5 rating is the lack of animals and birds on our walk in the rainforest. This is not a reflection on the comany or tour but an advisement to others that there may be better times of the year to take the tour.
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