Testimonial- the Joseph’s Vacation to Costa Rica
Ann designed an itinerary for Andrea and Dave Joseph’s Vacation
to Costa Rica January 2012.
Here is what they had to say.
We are back from our wonderful trip and want to thank you again for your help. We really enjoyed our tours (although that’s the first and last time I will ever do a zip line!) and found both Desafio and Iguana to be very good outfits with knowledgeable guides. The Volcano Lodge in Arenal was quite nice – the people were friendly and helpful and the room very clean and comfortable although I would grade the food as just passable. Tabacon was great – but in hindsight I would do that last to relax after the zip line. David enjoyed his canyoneering and said its good he didn’t try to convince me to go!
La Mariposa is a beautiful setting with the nicest people and the food was excellent. They upgraded us to a room with an ocean view so that was very nice. My only complaint is that their mattresses are very hard. We really enjoyed the tours of the Mangroves and the National Park and getting up into the rain forest area on horseback was fun – if a little challenging. The dinner that was provided after that at a ranch was quite delicious.
Ending the trip at Buena Vista was terrific – the rooms are so comfortable (and good mattresses!), and the food was delicious, and again the people were so gracious and helpful. We had the tour of Doka, which I did enjoy – just learning more about coffee for me was very interesting. I found it disappointing that all through Costa Rica the coffee is not very strong and they don’t have cream – only milk or hot milk, so I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped, but bought lots to make at home the way I like it and as gifts.
Here’s what I can tell you about shuttles: DO NOT RECOMMEND GRAY LINE TO ANYONE! It turns out that they combine tours and shuttles and if you happen to get on a shuttle with a tour, you get kidnapped! Maybe we should have been tipped off by the fact that there was a driver and a guide who proceeded to tell us about things as we were driving, but we thought maybe that’s just the way it was on shuttles. We got to La Fortuna where they dropped off several people staying in town, and then proceeded to drive right by our hotel and refused to drop us off because they had a family they had to take to Lake Arenal and then to Tabacon first.
Anyway, we loved Costa Rica and hope to return again some day and thanks you again Ann for all you knowledgable planning for us. I would not have gone as smoothly–we wasted no time.
If you are planning a vacation to Costa Rica Ann is the expert to set it up for you. It definitely saved us time and money and made our adventure vacation more relaxing and fun.
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