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Costa Rica: Coast To Coast DCC

Visiting: Costa Rica
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Costa Rica: Coast To CoastScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(8 out of 10)


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!!!
Confirmed traveller: 03 January 2017
Published on: 08 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


Highlights - all of the extras provided by our tour guide, Jose, who was friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

Also - Monteverde cloud forest, zipwire, all of the wildlife we saw - especially the hummingbirds!

Tips - remember waterproofs and insect repellant
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2016
Published on: 29 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


Ron, our tour guide was outstanding. One example of this was when we were travelling down an unmade road. He suddenly asked the driver to stop and back up. He had seen a small Caiman in a ditch by the side of the road, which we all missed, but subsequently photographed. His knowledge and recognition of birds was excellent, he often called to particular species to try to get them to appear. Through his expertise we saw several rare species including the Resplendent Quetzel. He also added optional trips for us during free time.
My wife had a medical emergency during the trip. Again Ron was excellent in supporting us communicating with the local doctor and insurance company in England. I am also very grateful for the support I received from both Nelsie in Costa Rica and Yvonne in the UK whilst my wife was in hospital.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


Excellent, a well organised tour. The major highlights for us were the variety of wildlife we saw, along with the diverse scenery and huge variety of plants. We were very impressed with our guide, Jose. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable, but he had a lovely manner and went out of his way to both spot and then identify all manner of birds, mammals and reptiles. We learned a great deal.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 27 February 2016
Published on: 07 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


Fantastic holiday seeing a good range of what Costa Rica has to offer. All of this helped along by our tour guide Ron and in the safe hands of our driver Macho. I think that the best tip is to '' Expect rain'' as Ron warned us every day- you'll not be disappointed though the rain is incidental to the wonders to be seen. The best day of the trip was white water rafting on the Pacuare river- grins on everyone's face despite being soaking wet!
Confirmed traveller: 31 January 2016
Published on: 28 February 2016
(3 out of 10)


We saw amazing wildlife: birds, reptiles, and mammals. It was also great to spend Christmas Eve in Tortuga, watching the children's marching band with the local people (but note that this was off-itinerary and something our group decided to do). I've always had professional, knowledgeable, likable tour leaders in the past, whether with Explore or other companies. This was the first group trip I've taken where I've had an experience with a knowledgeable but entirely unprofessional and unlikable tour guide. It taught me that if your tour guide has issues, then it can negatively impact the whole tour.
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 13 January 2016

Thank you very much for your feedback. While we’re delighted to read that you have returned with some positive memories of your time in Costa Rica, we were concerned to read your comments about your Explore Leader. We’d like to reassure you that our Explore Leaders receive comprehensive training either here in the UK, or locally, and are fully aware that we expect the highest levels of service and behaviour from them. Clearly this wasn’t your experience, and I am genuinely very sorry. When considering all of the points raised by various members of your group, we have taken the decision to remove this particular leader from all future Explore trips.

(9 out of 10)


So many animals, such a lovely trip. The first half of the trip can be quite wet, so bring a poncho raincoat, you won't regret it!
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 11 January 2016
(10 out of 10)


The highlights were the beauty of the country's natural features and the abundance of wildlife. We even saw newly hatched turtles making their first journey to the sea! The brilliant Explore Leader knew exactly where to take us to see the wildlife so we wouldn't miss a thing and we didn't.
No need to take loads of dollars - plenty of cash machines dispensing Dollars or Colones (again the experienced tour leader knew where was best.)
Take a camera - you won't be disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 22 November 2015
Published on: 24 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

A beautiful country with an array of marvellous wildlife and amazing plants. The accommodation was comfortable and varied, the tour was busy but well balanced, the guide and driver were excellent and the group was great company. Ron was a great guide; cheerful and helpful, knowledgeable and thoughtful. My husband is a keen birder and Ron went out of his way to support him and ensure he had the best experience he could, without (we think!) interfering with the enjoyment of the rest of the group.
Confirmed traveller: 26 February 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015