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Costa Rica Canopy and Coast CC

Visiting: Costa Rica
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Quetzals Of The CloudforestScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 80 reviews
(9 out of 10)


An enthusiastic tour leader, proud of his country, and able to speak good English. The highlights were the number of animals, birds, butterflies that we saw. The one disappointment was not seeing a quetzal!
Confirmed traveller: 12 February 2017
Published on: 19 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


You get a good feel for the diversity, microclimates and different locations of Costa Rica on this Explore trip. You have to be prepared to move hotels every couple of days and spend some days travelling - but there are plenty of stops to break the journeys up. Rather than always going on the Explore organised trips it can pay off to research other options in each location you visit. In Monteverde we went on a sugar cane/coffee/cocoa tour at El Trapiche coffee farm which was extremely interesting and highly recommended. Another couple of tips to mention: drinking water is 99% safe in Costa Rica (apart from Tortuguero) and although mosquitos are irritating there does not seem to be any great risk of catching anything from them. Your guide would be the best person to ask for advice. There are several hikes on the trip - however with groups of people walking together sometimes you can get a little disappointed about not seeing as much wildlife as you had hoped for. My tip is to get out very early in the morning and have a look around on your own. Usually there is plenty of wildlife to see in the grounds of the hotels if you look out for it.
Confirmed traveller: 12 February 2017
Published on: 13 February 2017
(7 out of 10)


Really enjoyed the holiday but would have much preferred the 3 day stop on the Caribbean Coast and not in freezing and rainy Monteverde where there was little to do. Our tour leader was very knowledgeable and his English was excellent but the information we received on our itinerary was sketchy at times and we had to keep quizzing him regarding when we were next stopping and how long the journey would be. Our transfers were always excellent.
The driver was very helpful but his driving was sometimes quite scary - he did not like being behind another vehicle and had to overtake even if it meant breaking the speed limit or driving somewhat dangerously.
Confirmed traveller: 05 February 2017
Published on: 12 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


St Albans
Waking up to the cries of howler monkeys was brilliant. Walking through Monteverde cloud forest in the mist was everything I expected. Combined with experiencing both coasts and a couple of volcanos thrown in this was a really great introduction to Costa Rica. Our guide Mario was really knowledgeable and passionate about his country and great fun.
Overall a great trip
Confirmed traveller: 05 February 2017
Published on: 06 February 2017
(8 out of 10)


Victoria, BC
Great trip. We enjoyed the trip pace, never felt rushed and that we didn't get enough time to see all that we wanted. The bus journeys from one location to the next were broken up with walks and/or coffee lunch stops. Tortuguero was the highlight for us, lots of wildlife and a great local guide for the morning boat trip to see wildlife. Really enjoyed his stories. During the trip we saw an amazing numbers of birds, sloths and monkeys - which was one of my reasons for going to Costa Rica. On the last day our guide took those who wanted to snorkel in a small bay nearby, was fantastic. Was supposed to be a free day to do what you wanted, so we really appreciated him offering us that opportunity. Being a small group of 7 was an added bonus. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Confirmed traveller: 04 February 2017
Published on: 11 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


If you are interested in scenery, variety and wildlife this is the tour for you. Costa Rica did not disappoint. Felipe the guide shared his passion for the country and its wildlife at every opportunity and his wealth of knowledge is astounding. He made every effort to provide us with the trip of a lifetime and did not disappoint.
Our driver Alex made light work of the steep slopes and many unsurfaced roads. We felt safe in his hands and he was very much part of the tour as he often spotted wildlife from the bus. He and Felipe made a great team.
My favourite part of the trip was Tortuguero and the river trips where we were joined by the hotel guide Tony who shared his local knowledge to enable us to see amongst many others, a family of river otters and a caiman guarding her 3 babies. I for one paid for an extra trip because it was so incredible.
A couple of notes for those who are looking to go on this trip:
There are many early starts, but these are easier than you might think as the sun has already risen. They are so worth it as the wildlife is up and about at that time of day and you miss the other tourists. In some places you also miss the heat. Embrace them.
Costa Rica has many micro-climates, I expected constant heat and humidity but spent the first trip to the Poas volcano crater in woolly hat, poncho and gloves! A poncho is ideal but you may also wish to bring a thin waterproof jacket. We went in the dry season and were very lucky with the weather so be prepared for heavy rain. Felipe says he prefers the wet season as there can be more to see and everything is in bloom.
On a couple of early starts we also needed a light fleece for a walk through the forest or canopy.
We didn't get too bitten by mossies but make sure you take decent spray with deet for certain places. I recommend Boots Soltan Dry Touch sunscreen which dries beautifully and allows the mossie spray on top.
Tips: Generally in restaurants etc the service charge is included. You will be asked to contribute to a group kitty for tipping hotel staff (like chambermaids) etc. Any extra trips like white water rafting you will be expected to tip separately.
Most things (including food) are quite expensive - on a par with London prices. I recommend taking about $600 US and about 50,000 colonnes. Don't worry if you cant get the colonnes in advance as the currencies seem to be interchangeable and you will often get colonnes in your change when you pay in dollars. There are not many ATMs around so plan wisely.
Finally, if you chose this tour enjoy the trip. It's a corker!
Confirmed traveller: 28 January 2017
Published on: 03 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


The tour encompasses the principal National Parks of Costa Rica and we observed upwards of 150 different bird species as well as an interesting variety of mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. Both the Tour Leader and Bus Driver were superb throughout; at the beginning of the tour adverse weather curtailed the programme and they went out of their way to arrange substitutes and then at the end of the tour returned to the visits cancelled at the beginning of the tour. The hotels were of a reasonable standard, the food plentiful and even the tap water was safe to drink! Make sure that your camera has a good (optical) telephoto lens to ensure you obtain good pictures of the birds.
Confirmed traveller: 22 January 2017
Published on: 31 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


This was a very enjoyable tour with a group of 9, and an excellent leader and driver. It rained heavily during the first two days and high winds blew down trees. The weather prevented us visiting a couple of important sites, but the Leader improvised well with alternative activities. The weather was good for the remainder of the trip, although still cold in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. We stayed 2 or 3 nights at each location, which was good because it gave time to see the area, and it didn't feel as if we were moving on too quickly. There was a lot of emphasis on wildlife, particularly birds (124 species spotted, including the Resplendent Quetzal), about which the leader was extremely well-informed. The boat trips on the waterways around Tortoguero, with an expert local guide were a highlight. The bird-spotting often involved walking very slowly and quietly through forest, which might not be to everyone's taste, but I loved it!!!
Confirmed traveller: 22 January 2017
Published on: 31 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


A busy trip with plenty to see and do, highlight is Tortuguero, wildlife viewing is fantastic. The only complaint would be that 16 is too large a group for the wildlife walks as not everyone will get a chance to take a photo as the creature will have gone by the time the people at the front of the group have taken their shots, or the group will move on and leave the people at the back behind.
Confirmed traveller: 03 January 2017
Published on: 05 January 2017