- The tour started badly, there was NO welcome meeting & as we arrived early we had no idea who was on our trip - also bad weather lead to first day activities being cancelled. Our tour leader initially did not eat with us in the evenings & didn't offer to take us out - as a result we didn't get to know him very well & didn't get much information about the next days events, timings, equipment required, etc. This also meant we were stuck with poor but expensive hotel restaurants.
Eventually we were told by the tour leader that he wouldn't eat with us unless specifically invited! - something I've never heard of before & something that could have been sorted if we had met for a welcome meeting on the first evening.
This trip itinerary is good but the use of 'premium' hotels does have the downside of being miles 'out of town' and expensive for food & drink - all you seem to get for the extra cost is a slightly bigger room - not necessarily clean or well equipped though! A couple of the hotels were in serious need of some maintenance - patio doors which wouldn't close or lock, missing curtains, smelly bed linen, very poor showers, etc. Also, in Turrialba where we were invited to 'relax by the pool or watch birds in the gardens' we were faced with workmen using an angle-grinder cutting metal roof panels - not very relaxing to say the least and not many birds to see!!!
Published on: 08 January 2017