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Mother/Son Custom Tour: March 2014

Hi Jane

It really was such an amazing time. You certainly picked the most extreme ziplining I've ever seen. Compared to the one at Los Lagos (lame), I couldn't have been more thrilled and terrified at the same time. I tell friends we were 1/3 the height of the CN tower off the jungle floor (which is true) and they are shocked. I can't believe I was risking life and limb, but we survived. The horseback riding was also a highlight. The guide was awesome and we had a fun experienced group so he let us run a bit. The hike down was easy and the waterfall impressive - Jason made it close to the centre as he's a strong swimmer, but I was amazed how strong the current was (and how flimsy my bikini was). Thank goodness I'm fit as the 375+ steps back up are challenging.

I can't say enough about the hotels. Certainly lots of hiking back up to our room at Los Lagos (again I'm fit), and being in the B-building at Costa Verde meant much less hiking. Not sure if you mentioned the local bus, but that should be a key selling point - 425 Colones is so cheap and the bus comes every 20 minutes. We only hiked up from the beach a few times and mistakenly took a taxi once.

We saw more wildlife at our hotel than we did at Manuel Antonio. We ended up taking the city bus there and not doing a tour because they are jam packed with people using telescopes to try and see a tiny spot of grey that's a sloth. Meanwhile the gardener showed us a sloth just next to the pool, the howlers howled every morning, a white-faced monkey walked by the pool one day, and a group of squirrel monkeys lived in a tree behind building B (we were lucky to see them swarm in one day, leaping and bounding). My friend jokes that the Slow sign is "Evolution in Reverse".

Truly an awesome vacation, so I've got to work a lot more to make some money to come back!

Alyson and Jason G, Mississagu, ON, Canada

   

 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Week of Rivers: 25 Jan-1 Feb, 2015

Since I hadn't kayaked as much lately as I had in the past, frankly, I was just hoping to survive!  I wondered if I have signed up by mistake!  But the guides made me feel sage and look after.  I paddled the best I have in five years.

I've been around whitewater outfitters for over 25 years and these guys are THE BEST EVER!  They are so professional, genuinely happy, yet hardest working crew I have ever had the pleasure to know.  I've paddled in Wales, England, France, Germany and all over the USA and these guys are simply fantastic!!!!!

John K, Boise, ID

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Week of Rivers January 18, 2014

I was hoping to see the wildlife of Costa Rica, paddle some exciting rivers and see some of the Costa Rican culture. Costa Rica Rios far exceeded my expectations! The foof, lodging and the paddling program was very well done - I don't know how you pulled it off!

Steph's enthusiasm really made the trip enjoyable. She was concerned with making sure everyone had a good time. I also enjoyed the knowledge of the plants and wildlife that Daniel and Walter shared with us.

Phil R, Freeport OH

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Week of Rivers January 18, 2014

My biggest expectation was to regain my confidence and enthusiasm for whitewater kayaking. The goal was met in spades and on top of that we saw beautful scenery and were well taken care of every step of the way.

Steph is a fabulous trip leader. She clearly loves what she does nad makde a big effort to connect with everyone in our group. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable as were all the guides. They provided provided lots of instruction and were always positive and friendly. We learned a lot.

Eric T, Shaker Hts, OH

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Week of Rivers January 18, 2014

The highlights for me were shuttling down the to the Upper Pacuare on horses, running the SPECTACULAR Upper Pacuare with Davies and Arnaldo (CRR guides) and the overnight at the jungle camp. Loved the jungle camp. I also really appreciated the extra coordination that allowed some of us to run the upper section. THAT MADE MY TRIP. Arnaldo took a lot of care to show us how to ramp up the run with more technical moves. I loved the trip, learned a lot and I'll be back.

Casey B, OH

Sunday, 26 January 2014

 

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