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Costa Rica Canopy and Coast CC

Visiting: Costa Rica
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Costa Rica Canopy and CoastScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 105 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Fantastic trip giving a taste of the different parts of Costa Rica. So much wildlife spotting, magical rainforests and cloudforests. Good mix of nature watching and activities. White water rafting and zip lining great adrenaline rushes. Watching a green turtle lay her eggs and then head back off in to the oceanin the moonlight a truly magicalexperience. Definitely take binoculars, and waterproofs/umbrella.
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2017
Published on: 22 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


So many amazing things to see on this tour ! We were so lucky with what we saw, from baby armadillos to an anteater, an otter, humming birds, toucans,monkeys, snakes and sloths this tour proved a wildlife paradise. A great range of things to do, including white water rafting, walking through stunning scenary and beautiful beaches are just a few highlights to take away. This was all added to by an amazing guide, Jose, whose knowledge and helpfulness made the tour even better.
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2017
Published on: 17 August 2017
(10 out of 10)


Bingley (West Yorkshire)
Too many highlights to mention. This is a great trip for those that like wildlife viewing combined with moderate hikes (or wildlife walks) with the odd adrenaline rush thrown in for good measure. Be prepared to go on optional tours as many of these, including hanging bridges, zip line and white water rafting were the real highlights. We also benefited from having one of the best Explore tour leaders (Jose) I have personally experienced on one of these trips. He was easy going, enthusiastic, environmentally aware and very knowledgeable (wildlife and local history). This is a tour that I would highly recommend.
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2017
Published on: 17 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


Overall the tour was really good. Everything ran to time and as it should, however there were a couple of the hotels that really let it down. Also, the number of extras or options, that were not really options put some people in the group in a difficult situation. Turrialba was a prime example of this. The hotel was situated in an extremely noisy town without anything interesting to see or do, not even anywhere suitable to eat. A free day was scheduled but with nothing to see and nowhere to event to spend a day relaxing there was no alternative to pay extra for one of the 'options'. Our group would have much preferred such options to have been included up front to help budget for the holiday (or alternatively a more suitable hotel used!). In another hotel, the room facilities were far from acceptable, dirty sheets and towels and unclean old beds. Fortunately, hotel facilities improved as we journeyed on and the amazing scenery and wildlife provided more than what we had anticipated and expected to see, so all in all a trip well worth taking. I hope that Explore will review the hotels on the trip in order to make it an amazing holiday for other travelers.
Confirmed traveller: 30 July 2017
Published on: 07 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


The variety of wildlife was excellent.
The pace of it was a bit slower than I expected and I was disappointed that there was no option to try to see leatherback turtles. Apart from that, good trip.
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 02 May 2017
(9 out of 10)


Ottawa Canada
Overall, very good.
Some closer research would have determined that the National Museum is closed on Easter. We went there but could not get in. Similarly, a reservoir near Turrialba was closed on Tuesdays, which might have been researched before we went there on a Tuesday.
Most days, good tours and timetable.

But the final day itinerary needs to be restructured. We had an aimless Friday morning in Manuel Antonio Park, with no particular activities identified. We left for San Jose at 11:30 am, which meant that we stopped late for lunch (1:00pm) and fought Friday rush hour traffic to get into the city. Then we had only 1/2 hour to see the National Museum before it closed. Clearly, if we had left Manuel Antonio at 9:30 am, we would have stopped for lunch at a convenient 12:00 noon and got into San Jose in time so spend much more time at the National Museum -- and maybe the Gold Museum too. The day was essentially lost.

Tickets and tours were well handled by the guide, who also was adept at spotting wildlife in forests.

Transfers were all good. The driver was terrific, on the available roads.

Accommodation varied a bit, but was all comfortable. Tortuguera was particularly good.

Group size was 11 - a good number, but probably 12 is a maximum
Confirmed traveller: 29 April 2017
Published on: 02 May 2017
(9 out of 10)


A fairly slow paced tour as the walks through the various forests is at a slow pace to enable the spotting of the various birds and animals living and feeding in the foliage.
Confirmed traveller: 23 April 2017
Published on: 26 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


Bradford, West Yorkshire
We booked this tour because of the wide variety of activities plus the chance to see a range of wildlife, especially the birds and this trip exceeded all expectations! We chose the end of March beginning of April and this was a good choice because the weather was excellent. We only had one cloudy day with light rain and the rest of the holiday was sunny. It was very hot on the pacific coast so take cool clothes for here at this time of year. At higher levels it was cooler and it was good to have trousers at night. We trekked in shorts and t-shirts for all the walks and you do need walking shoes. I contemplated taking walking boots but at this time of year these are not needed. We were only really bothered with mosquitos when we did a shaded walk behind the hotel in Tortugueo National Park and at night here when we sat out. Take clothes to cover up for this.

It is a must to take a pair of binoculars each for this trip. Jose, our guide, was a bird expert and we were amazed at his bird spotting skills. We wouldn't have seen most of the birds without his expert eye, hearing and knowledge. Jose could name all the birds and he showed us the incredible range of species we saw in his book - The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean. I can recommend this book as we are keen bird watchers and it was good to make a note of all the species we saw each day and then mark them in our book which coincidentally was the same one that Jose had. The icing on the cake was seeing the Quetzal- both male and female in Monteverde. Jose carried his scope with him on all our walks and due to his skill we all saw magnificent views of the birds. Other animals we saw were sloths, racoons, agoutis, coati, anteater and many different types of monkey. Costa Rica really is a wildlife lover's paradise.

The itinerary was excellent and as well as lots of wildlife walks there was the chance to take part in other sporting activities. The walking wasn't strenuous because rather than trekking, the purpose is to spot wildlife so you walk at a slow pace, observing nature. This is entirely what we expected. There are a lot optional activities in this trip so even though it's been said before, take plenty of dollars because we took the advantage of most of these. I can recommend the white water rafting, kayaking along the river in Tortuguero, the zip wires, the canopy bridges, the bird/wildlife watching tours. We also did the waterfall walk in La Fortuna. This is a spectacularly high waterfall and the walk consists of walking down lots of steps, bathing in the plunge pool, then walking back up the steps again - well worth it! Another good walk was in Tortuguero where I did an optional walk to the viewpoint. We saw lots of wildlife again here plus lovely views over the Caribbean.

Jose organised excellent lunch stops on the travelling days which had lovely, good priced food in good locations. The driving was always broken up with stops so it was never tiring. The scenery was amazing and Jose's commentaries about the country were very interesting.

Most of the hotels had large rooms and many had 2 double beds, in Monteverde, Hotel Heliconia, we were all upgraded to a junior suite which had large bath as well as shower, a mezzanine floor and large balcony. La Baula Lodge in Tortuguero did the most amazing meals in a lovely setting at the side of the river. All meals were included here so that was a bonus! El Faro Hotel in Manuel Antonio had the most amazing views of the ocean and the infinity pool was lovely.

In the evening Jose always recommended a good choice of restaurant to eat in and we did a mixture of group meals and also doing our own thing. The prices can be expensive, especially if you like a drink! We took our own duty free from the airport in the UK and it saved us a fortune! A bottle of wine often worked out at 30 dollars a bottle in the restaurants. Still, we were up early every morning so you can't go too mad anyway!

So in summary, this trip is a must for wildlife lovers who enjoy stunning and varied scenery and who also like to do some more adventurous optional activities. Those who want relaxing also have options to choose so there is something on this trip for everyone. We all commented that the trip seemed more like a month than 2 weeks because we fitted so much in. It is a well thought out itinerary, with well chosen hotels and as usual Explore gave us a leader who made the trip that extra special for all of us.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


Tour leader, Jose, was fantastic. Excellent knowledge of the wildlife and country. Informative, friendly and kind. We saw soooo many birds, including the quetzal. Also several sloths, monkeys, an anteater, coatis, agoutis, frogs, spiders and lizards. Loved the hanging bridge walks, the white water rafting and the zip wires, especially superman style! Lucky to have spent the two weeks with a fab group of people, too.
Confirmed traveller: 08 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(7 out of 10)


This is a well thought out trip, covers most things that Costa Rica has to offer. Paulo, our tour leader, was very experienced and helpful. The tour is 90% about wildlife and of that about 80% about birds (the ones that have wings). It was a good experience but for me that is more than enough bird watching. Sloths are tricky to find but we saw a few, one even turned around which is quite something as they are normally fund hunched up with their back to you high up in the trees. Monkey amusing as always. The evening/night walk is recommended as you will different species at that time of the day, even a tarantula if you are lucky or unlucky?
For me the highlight was the Cloud forest in Monteverde. Cooler up there and the largest rooms at the Hotel Heliconia. By the way ignore the reviews on a well known website, quite honestly this was one of the best hotels we stayed at during the trip. Luckily we had sun and no rain, the rain was mainly down in Tortuguero and did it rain. On that subject do not expect it to be rain free just because you are going in dry season, but we only had rain on the Caribbean side. We had temperatures during the day varying between say 20C up in the Cloud forest to 35C down in the Pacific area at the end. Coolest for evening was the Cloud Forest at say 13-15C, rest was 22C+. Take plenty of sun screen and deet mosquito repellent.
For costs while travelling think UK prices as Costa Rica is not cheap, they charge tax and service on top of most prices although some menus show with and without tax. A bottle of beer is about $3-4, lunch maybe $15 and evening meal with say 2 beers, $25-30. Wine is about $7-9 a glass and a bottle about $30+ at restaurants.
Considering the amount paid for the land trip (I bought my own flights) with a single room, which is obviously my choice, I think the hotels were poor. Thankfully we got upgraded for the first two nights as the Villa Tournon for one night was more than enough, no aircon working or hot water. Hotel Wagelia in Turrialba is really poor and the El Faro Beach Hotel is a container hotel that is noisy. Whilst I am happy to pay a single supplement, this is the second time on an Explore trip where people have had single rooms due to uneven numbers without paying the supplement. Somehow this does not seem quite right......
Confirmed traveller: 01 April 2017
Published on: 07 April 2017