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Birding Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 269 Great 55 Average 7 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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I really love this tours April 2018

5.0

Mindo Cloud Forest | Adventure & Nature

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I’ve just arrived from a mindo tour and it was the best tour I’ve ever had in my whole trip thanks Latin adventures for giving me this wonderful experience

Operator Latin Adventures

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Discovering Costa Rica (with a Bird watching guide) March 2018

4.0

Discover Costa Rica

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
As my personal interests are more history/culture/architecture I knew that by
choosing a basically wildlife/scenery holiday I was slightly pushing myself
out of my comfort zone but I had heard so much about Costa Rica I decided to
give it.a go. As I was travelling with two chums one of whom is quite a keen
bird watcher we picked a date where there would be a bird watching guide but
when I booked and from the brochure it looked as if the tour would be as
normal. I found this far from the case and this was as very much a bird
watching trip. I must be honest and say there were moments I was bored to
death! However, when I look back on the whole trip I did enjoy it and with
the exception of one day it was well paced and very varied. The day in
question (Monteverde - Manuel Antonio) where the journey time was shown as
4.5hours but due to frequent stops for bird watching it actually took over 8
hours and we effectively missed half a day at Manuel Antonio, a stop I had
been particularly looking forward to.
The two days at Esquina Lodge deep in the Equatorial Forest with the
deafening noise of the cicadas.

Zip lining at Monteverde


Johnny Villalobos was a delightful leader and very efficient and pleasant.
He is extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic about the birds of Costa Rica
and was, understandably very keen that we should all see as much as possible.
We had two very enthusiastic birders in the trip and possibly because they
were so keen they seemed at times to rather dictate the pace for the rest of
the group. After the extended day's travel to Manuel Antonio I think Johnny
realised that he had perhaps misjudged things and in the second week he
placed more emphasis on some of the non birding options available and from
that point I enjoyed things a lot more. To be fair, I think he misjudged one
day out of fourteen and that's not a bad average. He was approachable,
friendly and fun.

I would also like to make mention of Carlos our driver who was exceptional.
On road conditions that were far from easy he did his very best to make it a
smooth, safe ride and he was also good at spotting birds. He and Johnny
clearly often work together.


Yes, while you do not need any previous birding knowledge or experience if
you pick one of the special bird watching dates you need to be aware that the
emphasis will be on birding and that will impact on other activities on the
holiday. If you are not really interested in spending considerable periods
of time peering through binoculars, pick another date. If you do fancy a go
at bird watching buy or borrow the best binoculars you can afford.


1. This is the first trip I have done with Exodus and I have been very
impressed by the pre-trip communications and support. I suspect I should
have made more use of the support/advice available.

2. I very much enjoyed all the hotels/lodges we stayed in, the variety was
super but I would single out Hotel del Bosque at Manuel Antonio and Esquina
Lodge as being my two favourites.

3. On the final full day we were given a very large packed lunch from
Savegre Eco-Lodge. We all suspected that, at some time in the past other
travellers may have indicated that they were not given enough at our
farmhouse lunch with Aurora. This certainly was not the case with us.
Aurora had prepared masses of food so I suspect that many packed lunches
would have ended in the bin. Also, having carefully carried our own water
bottles for two weeks we had a bottle of water as well as a carton of juice
which seemed a shame having been trying to keep disposable rubbish to a
minimum.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Holiday of a Lifetime March 2018

5.0

Discover Costa Rica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have just returned from Discover Costa Rico Tour. The whole trip was amazing
from the moment I arrived until with a heavy heart I left this beautiful
country.The itinerary was perfect in every way.
We visited many different areas and saw the wonderful wild life and were
lucky e ought to see the Quezal which was beautiful and well worth the 5 30am
start .All the accommodation was lovely and each had unique features ,food
was great as well.
The holiday was made extra special by Alex our guide who was so enthusiastic
and knowledgeable and caring and funny and just great.Our driver Mal was
wonderful as well driving to perfection in sometimes difficult bumpy areas
but he always had a smile on his face.
All in all the best trip I’ve ever been on and can’t wait to go back to
explore more .
To many moments to mention really but loved the sloth just lying around on a
fence by the road,loved the canal trip ,loved the Cloud forest rope bridges
,loved meeting the people,loved the birds and loved Alex knowing every birds
name and where to spot them.All in all loved every second.


What did I think .Well he was amazing
,knowledgable,kind,professional,patient,funny,organised,caring,
He was our hero and our friend and our inspiration to find out more about
this beautiful country that he loves so dearly.
Each evening we were briefed for the next day of action.Suggested what best
to wear clothing footwear what we needed etc,in fact could do with him here
as never know what to wear !
He went out of his way to ensure everyone was fine.We went on numerous extra
walks etc and enjoyed every second.He is a true professional and Exodus are
so lucky to have him on there team .Well done Alex


Only advice is maybe go a day early to get over the long journey.We arrived
at 23 hrs having been up 27hrs then 5 30 am start. I didn’t really think of
this problem but in future will do.This is not a complaint just a thought as
to be honest I felt terrible on the first day .


No except Thank You for organising such a wonderful itinerary well done .


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Discover Costa Rica March 2018

4.0

Discover Costa Rica

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very varied trip with good range of experiences despite poor weather at the
start. Great accommodation though the breakfast at Arenal Montechairi was
poor.
Seeing a sloth and baby at very close quarters at Tortuguero National park.
The visit to Esquinas Rain Forest lodge and learing about the conservation
work.


Excellent local guide who dealt with an injured friend with sympathy and
efficiency. Excellent first aid knowledge. He was very enthusiastic about
his job and the wildlife,


Take capes or ponchos to Tortuguero. We had 5 days of heavy rain.
We took too many US dollars. There was good availability of ATM's.


The notes provided by Camino travel were very poor. They included a
reference to the tour starting on January 17th instead of the 18th (from San
Jose) and the following sentence which appeared to make no sense;
'Please note that we received a letter from Exodus for you from your mother:
go to Tortuguero as per the scheduled trip, and the rest of the family will
see you there.'

This was received by all the Exodus group.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Discover Costa Rica March 2018

5.0

Discover Costa Rica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fabulous holiday - due in no small part to our guide Katia, she went over and
above what could have been expected. It included early morning and late
evening walks to watch wildlife that weren’t included in the tour.
Also travelling with a great bunch of people absolutely made the holiday.
Can’t wait for my next Exodus trip.
Richard
Tortuguero was brilliant and Esquenas Lodge


Couldn’t have done more to make for a great holiday


Take a poncho


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