- Highlights: seeing quetzals, the tour leader was (for the most part) excellent, lots of wildlife.
Tips: definitely pack waterproofs (jacket and trousers), hiking boots are also a good idea (waterproof ones for preference), since the rain forest can most definitely love up to its name. Suggest packing clothing in water-resistant pouches in case you stay somewhere damp. Worth also checking the age-range of the group before booking - our group was very-heavily weighted towards the older traveler and couples, which is fine if that's what you're looking for but it does tend to limit extra-mural activities in terms of doing things in the evening. Be aware that Costa Rica is definitely towards the "easier" end of the spectrum of Explore trips, so you may be less likely to find the "adventurous" types in your group.
Lowlights: I'll follow up with an email on this, but having 3 accommodation changes out of 6 hotels was really unacceptable.
Published on: 13 January 2016