3 independent reviews for Costa Rica wildlife holiday, Coastal Secrets

Reviews for Costa Rica wildlife holiday, Coastal Secrets

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review 5 Feb 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing such a variety of animals and birds every single day. But the highlights must be the quetzals, the racket of the howler monkeys and of course the sloths.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for long long days in the mini bus when transferring between national parks. Still lots to see but through a window! Also very little downtime to just relax and enjoy your surroundings.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The majority of tourism of course benefits the local economy and must indirectly benefit the country’s goals for the environment and their conservation targets. Had little opportunity to meet and talk to Ticos.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A full-on trip! Wildlife galore. I will definitely be back in Costa Rica soon.

review 24 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were many as we saw several different habitats! I loved the Cloud forests and the rainforests especially being able to walk some of the trails on my own as then I can experience the forest more quietly and directly and see animals and bird life that is not possible when people on a group walk are chatting. The group were great too with lovely people to share experiences with.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Invest in a reasonably good pair of binoculars! Several people on my trip just had very small binoculars so struggled to see things, but when I lent them mine they would say "ohhh!!" Makes a big difference to your enjoyment of the wildlife.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent yes as there were several lunches and dinners when we ate out at local restaurants thus were spending money locally. Also we had a visit to a woman who ran her own small dairy farm and learned about her way of life which was really interesting. Several of the lodges we stayed at recycled and one made their own compost. We learned from our guide that the partner organisation supported a local rural school by getting them school supplies and by sponsoring and organising trips for the children to some of the best wildlife sites in Costa Rica.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very enjoyable indeed and would recommend it to anyone especially if this would be someone's first time in that area or first time someone would be doing a wildlife trip. The only reason I am not rating it with 5 stars is that I personally prefer to stay in much smaller lodges, whereas we often stayed in very large lodges although they were well run and well organised.

review 13 Mar 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sloths

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Drink lots at altitude; a number of us suffered from altitude headaches and nausea. A travel kettle and supplies were welcome as was that other travel essential, a wash basin plug.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Well, we spent some money. We also filled our water bottles from bulk water in the hotels rather than buying bottled water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Poor. Long bumpy journeys in a mini bus with uncomfortable front and rear seats. Didn't see as many birds as I expected; one needs to be interested in lichen, lizards, termites, ants, spiders etc as well! And I was also disappointed by the lack of mountain scenery.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Maryanne for her feedback regarding her vacation in Costa Rica, although we are very sorry that some aspects of the vacation did not meet her expectations. We regret that she found the journeys to be long and the transportation to be uncomfortable; the feedback about our ‘Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets’ tour is usually overwhelmingly positive, so we are very sorry that Maryanne’s experience was not so positive.

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