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This tour was fantastic. Our guide, Juan Carlos was great! He takes his job seriously and just loves nature. We saw lots of monkeys and birds and we got to swim in a waterfall! The hike is more like a walk, so don't be discouraged if you're not into actual hiking. Lunch was really good and the mud bath was a lot of fun too. It was a great way to spend the day and do a lot of things all in one tour!
I loved hiking at Rincon de La Vieja. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The sites were breath taking, swimming in the crystal clear water of the waterfall was so refreshing. Lunch was delicious. The hot springs were a relaxing treat.
Swimming in crystal clear waters was refreshing. The sights are breath taking. The hike was rejuvenating and lunch was delicious. Our guide was very knowledgeable and quite in touch with nature. I loved it.
Was fantastic, so glad we chose this!! Raphael was the best guide, so personable and informative. The sights were breathtaking.
This tour was amazing! Rafeal and our driver were great!! The tour was very informative. I loved the entire tour but the hot springs was by far the best part. You will definitely enjoy the costa Rican lunch provided. You must bring bug spray!!
This is definitely recommended. We had a good time and the sights are absolutely stunning, especially the waterfall. The tour guides were great, cheerful and informative and we could not have been happier.
Such an awesome hike! Our tour guide, Miguel, was absolutely amazing and informative. Loved the waterfall at the end of our day. The lunch was also amazing. I would highly recommend, although it's a little bit more aggressive of a hike than we realized!
After recovering from the disappointing fact that we waited at our hotel from 7:00 a.m. which was the time we were told to be ready until someone showed up at 8:00, the remainder of the tour was very good. Our guide was somewhat knowledgeable he said that before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, there were no indigenous people living in Costa Rica--which is totally inaccurate and he spotted monkeys in the trees before any of us saw them while I the jungle part of the tour.
Most of the tour was spent walking on very groomed trails, some of which were actually concrete. There was a lot of wind that day in fact, there was a lot of wind most days we were in Costa Rica, so we were told not to expect much in terms of seeing wildlife. We didn't see any tropical birds, which was disappointing.
After the walk through the jungle, we returned to our starting point, and from there we changed into bathing suits the only place to change was a rather dirty and tiny men's room--best to wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you don't have to use that place and we headed for a swim in a pool just under a lovely waterfall. The water was chilly, but the experience was delightful.
We were driven to a lovely hotel in the middle of nowhere, with exquisite grounds, and a restaurant, which served up a lunch which was
tipico, consisting of rice and beans, fried plantain, and choice of beef, pork, or chicken. Portions were huge, with plenty left over for the young woman from England to put everyone's leftovers in two plastic containers which would provide her, she said, with enough food for the next two days.
The final aspect of the tour was to head to hot springs, where we could relax in the warm to hot water, get out and paint mud from the volcano all over our exposed skin, let it dry, and then wash it off either in the river on the side of the hot springs, or an outdoor and not enclosed shower built for that purpose.
On the way to the hot springs, we stopped in our tracks, because there was another occupant that got there before us. It was a boa constrictor! That was one wildlife sighting we hadn't expected. Our guide solved the impasse by picking up a large portion of a fallen branch, walking up toward the snake, putting the branch underneath it, and flipping the boa off the trail into the vegetation at the side of the trail, after which the snake slithered away and we continued our walk.
There were about 10 of us in the group--a very nice size for an outing of this type.
WARNING! Although the brochure indicates you should bring along water, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, etc., our guide told us we would be fine just carrying the bottle of water he gave us.
Put on insect repellent before you start the hike! We were bitten by who knows what on our legs, arms, and face. The bites didn't seem so bad at first, but it is now over a week since I noticed them, and they are still itching like crazy!
Great trip! The guide were great and very accommodating. The variety of the trip was awesome! We really loved the day spent here!
The trip was spoilt by the poor communication from the tour guide. Another group sharing the transport were late and no attempt was made catch back this time by limiting the time spent at a planned stop. consequently what could have been a stop of ten minutes turned in to over 30 minutes which put us even further behind schedule. When we reached the Park the transfer bus for the activities group had already left so we were left waiting while the activities group got changed. No explanation was offered. As a result we were two hours late meeting our guide who was not in the best of humours - we spotted more wild life than he did during the walk. After the walk we transported to the restaurant where the food was passed its best as the we were still running late. We were left at the restaurant for a further hour with no explanation or updates. On the return journey we had to explain which hotel we were staying at to prevent any further delays to what was a very frustrating day.
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