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1,436
Central America & the Caribbean Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,053 Great 325 Average 42 Disappointing 6 Terrible 10
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0

Cuba Today: People and Society: Cienfuegos to Havana

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common. Read more

Operator Road Scholar

SR

Recommends

Fantastic! It was an incredible experience April 2018

5.0

The Way To San Jose - 15 days

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The places included on the itinerary were just right. The right places in order to get a feel for the countries we visited. I can't stop telling my family and friends all about it. I feel like we did so much and saw so much. I was hesitant to book a group tour in case the group was too large or didn't have similar travelling styles. Perhaps it was a bit lucky, but we ended up in a group of only eight who were all very similar. With Cesar's leadership, it was a wonderful dynamic. Cesar was great to customise our tour by arranging private transportation with additional stops/sights along the way. His restaurant picks were so good! We ended up knowing that not only should you go with him for dinner, you should order what he ordered! Always delicious! I was interested in a couple excursions that no one else in the group wanted to do. Cesar was very helpful to arrange them just for me. The only negative was the one hotel in Copan. It didn't seem to have the same cleanliness standards as all the others and lacked AC (not terrible, but far more comfortable with!) Thank you! Read more

Operator On The Go Tours

A

Recommends

Lots of variety! April 2018

5.0

Active Costa Rica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting way to see the country - walking,
cycling, boat trip, ziplining, white water rafting, and plenty of jungle and
wildlife. All with a manageable amount of travelling to see very different
parts of the country.
Ziplining over the Costa Rican rainforest canopy, feeling liberated and
taking in the incredible views


Our leader Adriana was really lovely, had great English, and as a Biologist
by trade had an incredible eye for pointing out all sorts of flora & fauna as
we were partaking in our various activities. We saw monkeys, sloths,
crocodiles, coatis, as well as endless beautiful birds. Our driver Olivier
was also fantastic, taking great care of the minibus every day.


Pack a variety of lightweight clothes for different activities and quite
varying climates throughout different parts of the country. Wet shoes or
velcro sandals are useful for white water rafting, otherwise you will be
wearing your trainers and hoping they dry out for the next day! If you wear
glasses then best to take a strap to hold them on during rafting. Take a
water bottle with you as a water dispenser is available on the minibus so you
can refill as and when you like.


During the dry season, the river levels are quite low and the rapids are very
tame! If you're looking for true grade 2/3 rapids then best to go when the
river is a bit higher


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Operator Exodus Travels

A

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Watching a classy act April 2018

5.0

Active Costa Rica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip was good with Exodus staff doing a great job. Even our non-English
speaking driver, Roberto, always managed a warm "hello". Makes a lot of yards
in starting each day and making it into a great day.
Costa Rica is geared mainly for the American market - everything in dollars.
Sadly all things American includes plastic cheese and processed meat - makes
for a lousy omelette! Food was disappointing, largely because I expected some
elements of 'spice and fire'. Food was plain on the Caribbean (how does that
happen?). Sauces really shouldn't be offered in plastic bottles of 57 - no
names! And beer at London prices???? Prevented the group from bonding at the
bar on the first night. Some, like me, used the convenience store to stock up
and no garden, meant a bedroom snifter before dinner - pity.
Zip Lining and Rapid descent. The guy pulling the brake on time, when I
plunged (by arrangement) 150 feet - it gets higher in telling - from a cloud
forest tree to Mother Earth. Then, being told to climb back up there!


Splendid! As someone who has written and led tours, I can't speak more highly
of him. Great driver too!


Buy some Colonas (local currency) or you will be given change for dollars in
local money at variable rates.
Take Vitamin B6 for 2 weeks before trip, plus during visit (check with your
(GP) - mossies will positively spit you out!


Hotel in San Jose was utility. Better location might have been on city edge,
as we had no time to look around, so why choose there?. Better a more
peaceful setting. Also, insist on those bar prices being regulated for your
clients, if no-one else. As I said, it directly influenced some (not just
me) to avoid the bar and so delay the highly important getting to know our
fellow travellers.
I used to select trade shows my company attended and it was small things like
this and silly lunch prices, that influenced the decision makers. Earls Court
wouldn't listen, nor Olympia - said it was out of their control - REALLY? We
just didn't buy stand space.


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Operator Exodus Travels

ST

Recommends

Guide couldn’t have been better April 2018

5.0

Costa Rica to Panama - 14 days

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Tour well organised and gave opportunities to experience as much as possible within a limited time.

Operator On The Go Tours

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