- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing green sea turtles laying their eggs! - a moving experience!
After reading tour books and websites we did not expect to see Arenal Volcano at all - breathtaking views for the 3 days we were there!!!!
All the animals we got to see - sloths, caimens, tree frogs, monkeys, lizards, river otters, toucans, hummingbirds.....
- What did you think of your group leader?
Antonio - he is a star - we love him!
When we arrived in San Jose our luggage had been left in Houston (due to Continental staff not putting the transit labels on!) and Antonio pulled out all the stops for us to get our cases back by Day 3!!
It was my birthday during the holiday and Antonio arranged a huge chocolate (Mark's recommendation) cake for me!
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you have to fly with Continental (which I would strongly advise against!) ensure they put the transit stickers on your case or it will stay in Houston as you leave! Also on the way home my case did not make the connection on the way back so it was not at London when we were - we got it back 8pm the Sunday night. On complaining they offered $100 on our next flight! Never ever again are we going with that company!!!
Now the holiday we travelled half way around the world to see turtles nesting on a beach and the see Arenal volcano - neither disappointed - both took my breathe away! There are not words to describe either!
Also, I had read a lot about the bugs in Costa Rica and other than the hotel room in Manuel Antonio I did not get freaked out at all. Seeing all this wildlife in the wild where it should be, was a moving experience. Being woken at 5 am by Howler monkeys was amazing!
I hope future travellers get Antonio and Henry (our driver) - they make a brilliant team and Henry's driving on some bumpy roads was brilliant - I cannot thank them both enough!
Take a lot of cotton clothes, quick drying stuff, not jeans, hiking boots, raincoat, sink plug and a warm jumper (Monteverde is cold early morning!)
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our tour group was full at 16 and for some of the rain forest walks 16 people was a lot - most of the walks we were at the back of the group and it was hard to hear what Antonio said, and also by the time we got to where the animal was most had moved away - 17 humans must be scary!
If you love animals you must visit Costa Rica - it is a beautiful country with lovely people and amazing countryside.
I cannot praise this holiday enough!