- 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.
Published on: 13 February 2017