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Costa Rica: Testimonials

It was a great trip to take my 9 year old daughter on. Our favorite things were all the scenery, and animals. White water rafting and zip lining were our 2 favorite activities. We would absolutely recommend Adventures Within Reach!

Wendy D.
9-Day Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure, August 2016

The trip was GREAT. The guides were 1st rate and really worked hard to make sure the kids saw a lot and had a good time.

The hotels and all the special events were tremendous successes (the cocoa demonstration was better than expected). We got lucky with the weather, apart from the day we were to do the hanging bridges at Monteverde, but the guides wisely chose to switch that walk for a trip to the snake and lizard display.

Mark B.
9-Day Custom Costa Rica, February 2016

The trip was great. AWR is awesome as usual! We loved the river rafting. The hiking was good, the accommodation were beautiful. All in all a great way to spend 3 days. Thx for all your help.

Joanne S.
4-Day Custom Costa Rica / Rio Perdido Experience, February 2016

100% likely to recommend AWR to all and everyone! My favorite part was Canon de la Vieja. The rafting (actually a blow up kayak) was totally fun, it was a nice resort. We also enjoyed the hiking there a whole lot, we did a hike on our own after the guided hike, which was really great.  Monte Verde was also great as was Arenal area!

Shari L.
10-Day Custom Independent Budget Trip, December 2015 - January 2016

Very glad we went with the zip lines at Sky Trek in Monteverde (per your suggestion). What an implausible thing that is. The walking tour hike through there (it included the swing bridges) also was excellent. Saw some howler monkeys and a coati in the trees. We spent an entire day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The guide turned out to be a son of one of the founders of the Quaker community there, and his comments and tour were just beyond stellar. I can't remember a time in many years when I have enjoyed a community experience more than with that tour with that guide.

Randy S.
9-Day Custom Independent Budget Trip, August 2015

We really liked our guide that accompanied us from the airport to Tirimbina and then from Tirimbina to Arenal.  Excellent English, shared information on the trip on what we were seeing, local culture, so it was not just a drive.  Loved Arenal.  Area is definitely touristy, but we will go back there when we visit again.  Would have loved another 2 days for exploring the volcano and doing some type of wildlife or rafting. My daughter fell in love with the swim up bar at the hotel where they fixed her a banana concoction that she ordered repeatedly. The ride from the boat drop off to Monteverde was beyond words.  Gorgeous. 

First of let me thank you for this trip, it was AWESOME. We would certainly recommend (already did :-) ) AWR to everybody even people we met there - it’s a 10. It is really hard to say which part was the best, but, probably the sight seeing of nature, the birds, monkeys, snakes, frogs, etc. Every part of the trip had something really special about it. Our trip went perfectly. Mélanie and me want to thank you for the great job you did planning this trip for us, we have memories that will last a lifetime and pictures to prove it :-)

Math P., St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada
15-Day Custom Family Trip, February-March 2015

Favorite part was in Manuel Antonio because that’s the place we finally got some good weather. The beach was great, and we went to the park and also did a boat trip. We also enjoyed an afternoon in San Jose after rescheduling our pickup in MA from afternoon to morning, saw the Gold and Jade museums and wandered around the town a little.

Richard F., Washington, D.C., USA
11-Day Custom Costa Rica Trip, February 2015

The selected venues, the quality of the hotels, and the efficiency and friendliness of the inter-bus drivers was excellent. As l have said in a previous email, your website, booking, and general care that you were offering what we wanted was also excellent. We both felt the trip represented very good value for money. We would and will unreservedly recommend you in the future.

Nigel B., Great Britain
15-Day Independent Budget Grand Explorer Trip, January-February 2015

I would be very likely to recommend AWR to friends and in fact I already have. Our arrival in San Jose was smooth and the pickup/transfer was easy. The hotel was very pleasant and I would recommend it. The rooms were pretty and the view was nice. Our transport the next day to Arenal was also easy and good. We liked the Arenal Springs Resort in terms of the rooms, the springs and grounds. The service was great and the facilities were nice. Our favorite part of the trip was Tamarindo. We really enjoyed Tamarindo. The hotel was great and the location was good. And, what's not to love about the beach. I liked Tamarindo because it didn't fee so commercial and stylized.

Edith R., Washington, USA
8-Day Custom Family Trip to Arenal, Monteverde, and Tamarindo, January 2015

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