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This was a great trip. Our tour guide, Jose was excellent; he was knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy what he does. He's a great wildlife spotter! Good food at two different local restaurants. the only concern is the last hour of the drive is incredibly rocky and makes for a very rough ride.
Our tour guide Brian was a sweaty, he helped to spot birds, and wildlife such as a sloth, and monkeys. We were fed the most amazing food, they really have culinary skills. The hanging bridges were amazing we walked above the canopy on 10 individual bridges. We then went to a butterfly farm and hummingbird habitat, that was okay. Lastly we went to a coffee plantation where we were told how coffee was picked, how different roasts were made as well as cocoa and sugarcane. Very informative.
Viator always provides a first rate experience. They pick you up at your hotel and contract with the top local tour companies so the trip is flawless. Our trip to the cloud forest was amazing with a knowledgeable guide. In addition, we saw the hummingbird and butterfly gardens. And the bonus, on the way home in the van our guide spotted two toucans at the top of the tree -- not an easy find in Costa Rica regardless of what the tourist information says. My advice -- before you go somewhere, just book your trip with Viator online and they will get it done for you the right way. It beats the time consuming process of talking to all of the tour agencies once you get to your destination.
Our tour guide and driver were both VERY nice and friendly. They took great care of us. We went on a day where the sky was clear so we didn't see a lot of clouds, but instead we were able to see a lot of animals and insects instead. The drive to Monteverde was very bumpy so just expect that on the way. The butterfly garden was VERY interesting to see. They also showed us some insects that live in the Cloud Forest as well and told us interesting facts about each one of them. We also got to release new butterflies as well which was really nice.
James W USA
Best Tour Ever!!! We had absolutely the best tour guide and driver in the world! Carlos and Mauricio were amazing, and we had the time of our lives. We saw so much along the way, had an a fabulous breakfast and lunch, and the rainforest was just spectacular. It's a long day, but worth making the trip. The road to Monteverde is very bumpy, but half the fun. We loved this tour!.
Very long trip up to the cloud forest! The walk was too short45 minutes didn't get to go to the cheese factory!! Good trip though! I didn't get to see many animals, but I did get to have a hummingbird land on my hand!!!
Shelley R United States of ...
This tour was amazing, but tiring all the same. Be prepared to get up before dawn for your hotel pick up. The tour guide could have been more informative on the drive up Monteverde, but the views from the 6,400 feet elevation were spectacular. Our favorite part was the Don Juan Coffee, Chocolate and Sugar cane tour - our guide Hairo was attentive and fun! We did not get to cross the canopy bridges in the Cloud Forest as depicted in the pictures, so that was quite disappointing. Breakfast was good, and the lunch was fair. The lunch location was the hit with hummingbirds swarming all around the porch and great views down the mountainside. Driving through the small towns up the mountain was interesting - you see how the locals live. I recommend this tour for those that cannot do extreme adventure tours in Costa Rica - but to climb the trail in the rain forest does take some exertion. A for the Don Juan Tour...C- for the Rain Forest Tour and B for the Butterfly Garden Tour. DO NOT TRY AND DRIVE UP TO MONTEVERDE TO TAKE THIS TOUR ON YOUR OWN. Transportation is included for a reason!! There is NO WAY a regular vehicle can climb the roads up, and the guides are needed because this place is very remote.
Monteverde is a must see! The hanging bridges and lush forest are such a magical experience. Best part was getting to hold a hummingbird! So cool! Walking paths and bridges are really manageable. Only disappointment is that the tour description lists that we would be visiting a coffee plantation and cheese factory however, we did not get to do this. Not sure if it was because we had a small group and the guide thought it wasn't worth it? Regardless, tour description listed that we would be doing these activities and was included in what we paid for, so not getting to do them is really unprofessional. Butterfly garden is ok, not really worth seeing to be honest. I also hoped to see some sloths in Monteverde, but didn't. Saw more wildlife at Andaz. Ride to Monteverde is extremely long and bumpy roads. Well worth enduring, but be forewarned. This tour is great, just make sure to give everyone what you're describing. False advertisement, but still a really amazing experience. I recommend this one!!
The tour guide knows his botany of the area very well. He did a great job explaining the ecosystem of the cloud forest. The park is well maintained and a very pleasant place to spend a day in. The roads to the park are poor, but once you are there it is worth it. The entomologist at the butterfly park was very entertaining and talked a lot more than just butterflies. She went into depth about insects in the cloud forest and Costa Rica. In the butterfly park, they showed you how to get one on your hand for pictures. It was fun.
It was great! The views from the suspension bridges were fantastic. Both the tour guide and driver were knew their stuff and taught us so much. And the butterfly garden was much more interesting than I had thought it would be. On a personal note: I do wish this tour had more of a hiking component
This trip was very good. We were able to see monkeys in their natural habitat. The guide was terrific. The drive is very long but is an opportunity to see the beautiful landscape. I also enjoyed the butterfly garden. The meal provided was one of the best meals I had while in Costa Rica. It is worth your time.
Amazing sights and guide, didn't see many animals but beautiful sights, butterfly place was ok, but very informative. The long ride is a great story and adventure in itself, yes it's long (4 hours) and bumpy but you are in a third world country. Loved the small group we had.
Our guide was very very nice and informative but I wasn't impressed with the tour itself in that we never got to any of the hanging bridges, etc. I would choose another tour company
Our tour guide was great and very informative. However, I would not book again through Viator for the following reasons:
We did not go on a cheese factory tour, despite what was listed in the description. It was taken out of our itinerary without explanation.
There were NO aerial canopy bridges during this tour. Essentially we just hiked through a nature reserve for 1-2 hours in the morning but we did not get great views of the actual cloud forest of Monteverde. While Viator's description didn't explicitly say that there would be sky bridges, it appears from reading other reviews that some people did get to go on canopy bridges, while others did not. Also, the stock photo for this tour contains a sky bridge in it.
Overall, I was disappointed with Viator's false-advertising of this tour and I will not be booking any other Viator tours in the future.
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