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A very interesting country to visit.

We asked to meet local people and find out what is important to them. We wanted to find out about the flora and fauna, and how such a small country has such amazing diversity. The itinerary planned for us by Mariana at Ecole Travel met and exceeded our expectations. Throughout the two week trip we were more than happy with the modes of transport - buses, taxis, boats and hire car with GPS; the guides and personal attention received throughout from them and, of course, the culinary experiences and quality of food and drinks.

Joan, from UK

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What was good about our local partner based in Costa Rica?

Personal attention throughout and having one agent throughout - Mariana- and finally getting to meet her at the briefing in their office on day 1.

What could our local partner based in Costa Rica improve on?

Very little. We enjoyed the blend of careful attention to detail which made us feel confident in travelling in a new country to us with a few spaces in our timetable to relax in the lovely accommodation in each area.

What did you think about the guides or drivers on your trip?

Almost without exception they were extremely knowledgeable, willing to speak in both Spanish and English, generally pleasant to be with and willing to ensure we were receiving the best attention. In particular, Jacky of Jacky's Tours, the guides who took us around SanJose including the market from Carpe Chepe and Antony on the day out that included Arenal Volcano, the Hanging Bridges and Waterfall Walk.

What advice would you give to other travellers planning a trip to Costa Rica?

All the places we visited had something different to offer so that we were made aware of the diversity of lifestyles and cultures, of landscape and climatic conditions. Advice? Be prepared for humid conditions, heavy rainstorms and enjoy the sun when it is it out. On this kind of trip it is good to have some knowledge of Spanish; although English is spoken by many, it is good to also converse in Spanish in the more rural areas, such as the agrocommunity we visited.

What was the most memorable part of your trip?

Hard to choose: the area around Arenal volcano was stunning; the Cahuita walk with Jacky and the visit to the Bribri indigenous village where we made chocolate - roasting over an open fire squeezing the paste through a type of mincer and of course tasting. Then my chocolate face, arm and shoulder massage by the waterfall.... Also the hospitality and excellent home cooking at the agrocommunity is a contender....though the annex toilet and cold shower seemed a touch inaccessible through the wet nights!! Only for those who really want to see real life....

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