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review 2 Aug 2016

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

Seeing the lava flowing at the Masaya volcano is a wow! (45 mins from Managua/Nicaragua); zip lining above the tree tops at Arenal. Watching the beautiful sunset, glass of wine in hand, at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Seeing Quetzals close up in the cloud forest. Hundreds of fireflies lighting up and dancing in front if us as the sun set. Seeing all the wonderful wildlife on offer in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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

If driving use a satnav! Driving in Costa was easy an the road were very good. If visiting Nicaragua learn some Spanish before you go. If you have any spare time, even just 2-3 hours in Managua, go visit the Masaya volcano to see the river of lava flowing right in front of your eyes. One of only 3 volcanoes in the world where you can see lava.

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

Yes and particularly so in Nicaragua.

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

4 star. Costa Rica and Nicaragua are VERY different places and visitors should be aware of that i.e. in some remote areas, no running water and electricity at times (!) and where there was water, cold only - don't expect a hot shower! In some areas, literally no one spoke English. I strongly suggest learning some Spanish, esp if you want to use public transport or cross the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border without any assistance!

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