There are not enough superlatives to describe how our travel agent created a fun filled and luxurious vacation for my wife and I in Costa Rica. The trip was truly outstanding. What made it most incredible is the process of planning the trip, and having every event go off without a hitch. My wife and I were looking for adventure, and our agent understood us immediately. We told her we like to white water raft, horse back ride, hike, rapelle, zipline and snorkel. We were planning on a 10 day trip, and that was all our travel agent needed to create a vacation of a lifetime.
Our travel agent first suggestion was to white water raft (up to class 3) into our lodge. The lodge is a eco-friendly environment on the Pacuare River. This is a luxurious resort, with individual cabins, overlooking the river valley. Accommodations, food and service were exceptional. We spent 1.5 days there, hiking, ziplining and rappelling. It was magical with wildlife all around. After our stay, we left via the river through class 4 rapids.
The second major stop was Arenal Volcano and hot water springs at the resort and spa. Horseback riding, hiking, nature viewing another zipline adventure (canopy tour) were in store. Truly remarkable. Again, communing with nature, seeing howler monkeys, sloths, various birds were just a few. Top it off with a couples massage and you'll be refreshed for the remaining adventures.
We then headed to the Pacific (Guanacaste) coast for some time in the sun and surf. We stayed at a very comfortable resort. Eating breakfast and lunch on the beach next to iguanas and howler monkeys is incredible. Right on the beach and walking distance to town. Hard to leave.
Our travel company arranged all the transfers and were all right on time. Drivers were personable and professional. And our travel agent called a couple of times to ensure everything was in order.
Costa Rica has so much to offer. It will be important to find a travel planner (travel agent) that will listen to you and design a vacation that meets all your wants and needs. This company and our agent exceeded all expectations. Great team, great service and customer focused. I highly recommend them.
If you don't do anything else, you must put Pacuare Lodge on your bucket list. This is a luxurious resort that is also very eco-friendly. Don't let that scare you. Electricity is mostly from solar power, and although it rained almost every day, we never were without power. The flora and fauna were incredible. If you need to stay connected, there is wi-fi in the lodge. I suggest you white water raft in and out. The trip in is a training course if you are unfamiliar with rafting, perfect for the novice. This will prepare you for the trip out, which has some class 4 rapids (not long runs though). The excursions while you're at Pacaure are exciting. The tour guides are professional and personable.
I would spend more time at Pacuare Lodge. Tranquil, majestic and adventurous. Great place to stay.
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