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This tour is a bit long---12 hours from San Jose. Fortunately, the transportation was a van that was comfortable and the roads weren't too bad. The road back went over a mountain pass at 1800 meters which was an experience in itself. The staff at Cinco Ceibas were great---very friendly and helpful. We took the boardwalk tour of the rain forest, had a very nice lunch, and kayaked on the river. Very professional in every respect, I enjoyed the tour.
We had a great time on our tour, despite a couple of minor mishaps. The facilities at Cinco Ceibas are lovely. The snacks and lunch were simple, but delicious. We did our tour during the rainy season, and part of the boardwalk was flooded, so we could not go all the way around. It did not matter as we still saw a lot of poison dart frogs, 2 different kinds of snakes, bats, insects, flowers, and we heard howler monkeys all around us.
I chose to go kayaking as the second portion, and because of all the rain, the river was moving quite swiftly. Against my better judgment I still went, and tipped over and lost my kayak down the river. One of the guides walked me to a road where we called for help. So, despite that, we had a great day. Issac and Wilson at the Reserve were top notch. We did ask for an English speaking guide, which we didn't get, but he had some guidebooks in English so you could read about the things you saw. We were fortunate enough to be with Spanish speakers, so it worked out. The transportation was a bit lacking - a small, rickety tour van, but our driver got us safely through some very dark, rainy mountain roads, so I was glad in the end to be in a smaller vehicle. All in all, we had a great LONG day. We will definitely go back at another time to experience it again.
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