The first time I have used Exodus (or any organised tour), This holiday lived up to all my expectations. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and DCR allows you to see a great cross-section - the two different Coastlines, rainforest, cloud forest, meeting local people, and of course lots of wildlife - day and night time, and a lot of birding. The accommodation was very good, the food delicious and lots of. It is a leisurely paced trip.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Ooh, tough question. I loved every moment of it - even the cold, wet cloud forest of Monteverde!!! - the zip lining was fantastic fun!! Tortuguero - even though we were not there for turtle season, and Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is a special place - make sure you go on the guided nightwalk . Relaxing with cocktails in the hot thermal springs near Arenal, stunning sunset in Manuel Antoinio..... the list is endless.
Seeing and photographing the Resplendant Quetzal and his partner together in San Gerado de Dota was a special moment.
Being with a fantastic tour group made the trip even better.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader was Allan Vargas. He was great. Very personable, funny, full of information, very enthustiastic and keen to share his knowledge and the country he loves.
Our driver, Geraldo, although had limited English, was excellent. Felt very safe with him a the wheel, and he had a great sense of humour.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you bring as good a camera as you can afford, along with the biggest lens - I had 300mm and I would say that is the minimum.
That said don't worry if you only have a compact camera, you'll still get amazing photos (and you can take it ziplining...) and you can also photograh anything seen through the guide's telescope (so you may get better photos than those of us with slrs!!) Binoculars are very very helpful too.
Just enjoy the views, dont' get hung up on getting photos of everything or you may end up missing it in the first place!!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a fantastic trip, but it it goes sooo quickly. You'll miss rice and beans when you get back home. I would say prices are on par with the UK, ATMs are availalbe at the big towns. cards are widely accepted.
There was only one chance to do souvenir shopping, in the middle of the holiday, so get any goodies then. Prices are pretty much the same across the country (maybe a tad more in San Jose). I made the mistake of not buying a cookery book, and one on the country itself and I can not find them in the UK (online or other) and am very disappointed.
I booked my flights independently and had an extra 5days - before meeting the tour. I went to Caribbean side, and did snorkelling and white water rafting. Fantastic. So if you can afford the time and the extra few days, then I recommend this too.