Jane and Fraser,
We would be happy to provide some feedback on how our trip was. Things we really were impressed by:
Thanks for the chocolates and wine when we first showed up. Also, thanks for bringing us to get liquor for our trip to the river. The usage of the bikes was a great bonus. These little extras were impressive. We both enjoyed the relaxing nature of Turrialba. We both loved our bike ride through sugar cane and coffee fields which was recommended by Davis. White water kayaking was pretty fun. We both especially enjoyed the stop for lunch at a sugar cane factory that was off the grid and completely powered by hydropower.
We were very impressed with all of our guides. They were extremely friendly! Not only were they good guides but they were great cooks and made some darn good jungle juice (good dancers too as Daniel's moon walk was amazing).
I think my favorite part of the trip was the hike to the indigenous village. It was a unique experience that helped to broaden my perspective. Everything from what their homes were made out of (bamboo, a certain type of leaf, some really strong vines used to tie things together) to how they moved across the river (a cable rather than a bridge) was different yet effective. As different as everything was, there was still basic things common to all societies and cultures. There was a bow and arrow use for defense (who knows if it was just there for show but it was still cool), colander, and a soccer field.
We enjoyed our rafting trip thoroughly. The area was beautiful and guides were awesome. They even brought a checker board for us to do stuff at night. We even watched the US vs CRsoccer match at Wilkey's house. Very cool. I felt like I needed to give more than just a tip to our guides so I gave them my five finger shoes which I thought would make good water shoes
The Manual Antonio area was beautiful. Si Como No Hotel was gorgeous and a very welcomed place to stay compared to the primitive jungle huts (which we also thoroughly enjoyed). There were good dining options there. We loved zip lining.
Zip lining was a blast. The guides were very good and the drive thru the palm plantation was very informative. This was Lauren's favorite excursion.
The jetski trip was cool because we saw a whale. The experience was positive overall.
We loved the swim up bar. The staff at Si Como No were great. The best French toast I've ever had.
Sorry it's so long but we had a lot of great experiences. As a result, we had a lot to talk about! Thanks a lot!
Jay and Lauren. Acton, MA, USA