Excellent trip! Everything worked out smoothly. We especially liked the relaxed and engaging attitudes of all the guides and transfer personnel. There was never a feeling of panic or too-tightly wound control. A work of art, really!
We loved Tortuguero and the Adinga Lodge. It was a perfect setting to become immersed in the rain forest environment. The guides were relaxed, informative and personally engaging.
Arenal and Monteverdi were wonderful too. Our guide, "Ozzie", was terrific. He was an expert bird watcher. It was like traveling with our own personal naturalist. He was also informative about local cultural issues as well as the political/social challenges facing Costa Rica. Wonderful nature hikes and just the quiet presence of just being in the cloud forest were worth the whole trip.
Tamarindo was more touristy and we were on our own, but we found where to go to "chill out."
I think the only thing I'd change would be a different hotel (we stayed at the Diria) that was a little more low key and not as crowded.
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