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Whitewater river rafting -- especially class III and above, with plenty of churning rapids -- provides all the thrills most adventurous travelers could ask for. Long-distance river rafting trips are available in many countries; just grab a paddle and helmet and prepare to follow your river guide's instructions. It's a good multi-generational activity, too, especially with teenagers.

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99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 57 Great 13 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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Fantastic fun in absolutely stunning surroundings October 2018

4.0

Slovenia Mixed Activity

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was my first Exodus trip, and my first time travelling alone. I booked
onto the trip because of the wide variety of activities included and didn't
even pause to think about the surroundings. Slovenia is simply stunning and
Soca valley was breathtaking - many of our activities took place in the azure
blue Soca river whilst looking at lush mountains and countryside. Just
lovely. The activities were all good fun, though coming in July meant that it
was incredibly hot (upto 37 degrees though the river was a refreshing 12
degrees) - July was also arguably not the best time of year for white water
sports - the rapids were not so rapid; however, we were able to paraglide
which had not been possible earlier in the year. The guides suggested May was
when the water was fastest. We were kept pretty busy but there were several
gaps in the itinerary which we filled up with bike rides, hikes or extra
water activities - and paragliding. Activities were good value for money and
our guide was helpful in helping us add to our itinerary - but if you want
full days, you'll need some additional budget. I filled every moment and
added in an extra canyoning trip, paragliding, climbing and hired an eBike
(we took a trip up the mountain and also out to Tomlin Gorge - an eBike is a
great option if you want to enjoy the scenery without melting or if you're a
less keen bike rider than others) - I spent about €300 on top of the
original trip price. The only drawback to the trip is that the hotel is a
little way out of town - town has little eateries, bars and you can access
the river to chill out - it's a half hour walk or a five minute bike ride. If
I were to re-do the trip, I'd hire a bike for the whole week; several of us
kept hold of them for several days once we'd got them. The hotel are happy to
keep them in a garage so they are safe etc. The hotel also deserves a
shoutout - no pool and not the most atmospheric place, but good, clean,
comfortable accommodation and an incredibly kind and helpful hotelier. He was
more than happy to cater to a range of dietary requirements and gave us
better advice on bike trips and what to do than any of the guides. I'd
recommend it - a beautiful country, a wide range of really fun activities and
super friendly people.
Paragliding above the Soca valley and just taking in the amazingly beautiful
country I'd been blessed with visiting.


Tilen was great fun and was keen to ensure we all had a good time. He worked
hard to enable us all to do everything we wanted to do.


Budget for doing additional activities - the advanced canyoning was
incredibly fun and paragaliding was stunning. You can pay for most of your
extra activities in card or cash in town at the end of the week. Some
activities require cash - I had to pay cash for paragliding and climbing.
Consider hiring a bike for the whole week Cycle out to Tolmin gorge - 15km
and then take an hour or so to walk around, it's stunning. The trip up the
mountain is beautiful - the village at the top is beautiful thought the
waterfalls are a bit disappointing in summer - but the 5km up is worth it for
the 5km down (and more so if you do it on an eBike like I did - absolutely
brilliant and can be hired at no extra cost if they have one spare and you
ask nicely) I wish I had brought neopropene shoes with me - we spent a lot of
time hanging about in or near the river I also wish I'd had a GoPro or
similar - a lovely part of the trip was there was no attempt to sell you
photos/ videos of your experiences, but it did mean if you didn't make your
own, you didn't have a record The hotel will make you a good packed lunch for
€7 if you ask ahead - there is also a supermarket nearby if you want to
make your own If you like your own space, the single room supplement is worth
paying for - but if you are anxious about travelling alone then not paying
the supplement gives you a built in buddy you can arrive at meals etc with...


This was my first Exodus trip - many of the people on the trip had been
before and I can see why people would come back... I'll be looking to book my
next trip as soon as finances allow!


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Good Trip October 2018

4.0

Slovenia Mixed Activity

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trip was very good, when you are doing the activities it's great fun and
a beautiful country for being outdoors. The group was excellent (they always
seem to be, don't know why I worry before going) as was the group leader and
also the hotel staff and owner.
The reason I've scored it 4 out of 5, was I'm really activity and once you
have done your morning activity the rest of the afternoon is free. There is
little in the surrounding area to do and I found myself going for walks and
mainly getting lost. Would have just like a bit more action.
The best part of the trip was doing the paragliding, it was an extra 130
euros but worth every penny. If you haven't done it before I would recommend
doing it. The views are amazing when you are above 1000 meters and if you get
a decent pilot, he will do a crazy spin near the end and you get to feel some
G - Force.


The group leader isn't with you all the time and the company Exodus use is
called Positive Sports. However having said that 'Tallon' our lead was very
good, you could tell he's spent all his life of the water, and when doing
those activities felt very safe.


Take extra money to do additional activities (especially the paragliding) and
either books to read or some walking boots.
There is one whole day which is free, before going look online to see if
there is anything to do near by else it could be a long day (the hotel closes
on that day).


Great holiday, really glad I went and would recommend it as Exodus are
excellent


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Amazing Adventure with Teens October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A wonderful couple of weeks focusing principally on the wildlife of Costa
Rica. We went at the start of the rainy season and were lucky with the
weather, but don't think you'll be suthbathing (much) as Exodus keep you
moving!
My thirteen year old son told me that the Pacific coast beach we visited was
the most beautiful place he'd ever seen.


Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Gio has an exceptionally calm, professional and efficient manner. He's also
incredibly knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about his country. On top
of that, he understands the importance of group dynamics and ensured that we
formed a happy group.

I really don't think we could have asked for a more thoughtful, organised and
all-round nice guy to lead our holiday!


Two things -
1. If you're travelling in the rainy season, ignore the advice to travel
light as you cannot dry clothes (everything is constantly damp)
2. Ignore Exodus's terrible and costly advice to take dollars. You need
enough dollars to get you to a cash machine, then withdraw local Colones and
use them everywhere - otherwise you will be ripped off by terrible dollar
exchange rates offered in shops and restaurants.


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Wow, wow, wow!!! October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Costa Rica is a fabulous country and well worth the long flight. We went as
a family of 5, parents of nearly 50, my mum in her early 70s and 2 girls aged
10 and 12. We were looking for a change from the usual pool / beach holiday
and gosh, it was different!!!
The wildlife is nothing short of phenomenal. We saw spiders, snakes, macaws,
crocodiles, lizards, fantastic birds, frogs etc...... the list just goes on.
The plantlife was great - plants we have at home in pots in the house growing
tens of feet high in their natural habitat - it was quite something to see.
It was also very educational, not just seeing plants and animals in their
natural environment, but also other experiences such as the trips to the
chocolate / cacao plantation and the sloth sanctuary. And it was great fun,
especially the white water rafting and the zipwiring in Arenal.
It was however, quite exhausting. I must admit we were not quite prepared
for the pace, the early mornings and the long coach trips, but, in
retrospect, they were all for a reason and all worth it for the sights and
sounds and experiences in each location.
And of course, I must mention our guide Glenda and our driver Mauricio who
were quite simply, marvellous. Their professionalism, efficiency and
enthusiasm for their country made the holiday very special for us.
I think we all enjoyed the quiet boat trip in Tortuguero - how Glenda managed
to find a waterway all to ourselves given the amount of traffic on the main
river I will never know. But the chance to see turtles, crocodiles, various
birds including toucans and macaws, monkeys, lizards etc in their natural
habitat with the added highlight of the 2 dolphins was marvellous.
The white water rafting and zip wiring were such fun and we all enjoyed the
adrenalin rush!
And seeing something new almost at every turn was great. Traipsing back to
our room one afternoon we came across an armadillo, seeing a coati in the
grounds of the hotel, howler monkeys moving across in the trees above the
swimming pool... etc. I could go on.......


Nothing short of fabulous. Glenda was so knowledgeable and her telescope
managed to pick out things that we could not even see with the naked eye.
Mauricio was always there incase anyone wanted to finish a walk early and his
keen eye also spotted other treats hidden in the trees.

Glenda's enthusiasm for her country and her willingness to share this with us
was much appreciated. Our experience of Costa Rica would not have been half
as good without her...


It is hot and humid in August and clothes all get very damp. Anything that
gets wet, stays wet. So pack clothes in ziplock bags and keep them zipped
wherever possible. Dry-wicking clothes are perfect and do not bring anything
that cannot dry easily.
A ball or something for the kids to play with in the pools is a great idea.
And test your waterproofs before you travel. These need to be industrial
strength as when it rains I mean it really rains!! Stand in the shower for
15 minutes on full blast and check those seams!!!
If your kids are remotely travel sick - think about travel bands on their
wrists as the roads are windy and bumpy.
Connecting or family rooms are rare however if you have young kids the rooms
normally have 2 double beds so you could all sleep together although it might
be quite tight!
A zoom camera is a must and maybe, as we did, another soft bag to throw in
the washing and / or hiking boots when these are not being worn will keep the
suitcases relatively clean and organised.


Come with an open mind - this is not a five star country and yes it does rain
- loads!! However, the experiences are well worth the early morning starts
and the requirement to pack up and move on every 48 hours.
It is, admittedly, quite daunting. The concept of spending 2 weeks in close
proximity with 3 or 4 other families and hoping the kids get on and the
parents find common ground. However I feel we were incredibly fortunate on
our tour and met some lovely families. The kids had great fun together and
the parents did too! Looking at other reviews this seems to be a common
theme, so do not delay and book today, you will not regret it!!


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COSTA RICA FAMILY ADVENTURE October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a really memorable holiday. Costa Rica is an extraordinary country
with a plethora of fantastic birds, animals, and flowers to see - and the big
appeal of it when travelling with children is that on any expedition you
ALWAYS see something. Hotel gardens themselves are places where anything can
happen - I had one of the most exciting bird sightings (a trogon) in the
garden of our hotel in Dominical - where we also saw a boa constrictor in the
stream by the hotel. It really did feel like an adventure - the itinerary
packs so many experiences into a short space of time. It was great for our
11 year old daughter to have other children in the group to make friends with
- that made her braver and more tolerant of some of the long journeys and
physical challenges of so much torrential rain. What makes it all work is
the style of the tour - yes, there is a busy itinerary but our guide always
sought to offer choices of places to eat and things to do, so it felt quite
organic and we never felt over-managed or regimented. Her deep local
knowledge, and that of the driver made a huge difference. Costa Ricans are
friendly, efficient and proud of their country and that made this trip
special too.
My daughter and I loved the rafting trip at Sarapiqui - which was the
"floating safari" rather than the white water version as we felt too nervous
to do that. In fact, because of heavy rain the night before the water was
quite stirred up so it was actually quite thrilling. The guide on this raft
was wonderful - he made it really fun. She also loved the zip wiring at
Sarapiqui, and we all enjoyed the hot springs at La Fortuna - absolutely
magical in the twilight. But the stars of the show were all the animals we
saw - especially sloths and monkeys, and endless iguanas!


Katia was one in a million - so knowledgeable and such a brilliant
communicator. Long journeys were broken up with really good background on
where we were and what we were seeing, and she gave us really good
historical, cultural and social background too. - As a birdwatcher I really
appreciated her willingness to take us on 6am bird spotting strolls. I would
never have seen half so much if she hadn't shown me it - and her passion for
flora and fauna is infectious. I will never forget her detailed description
of the social organisation of the leaf cutter ant! She is a born leader -
always managing to make things feel organic and informal, while doing masses
of contingency planning behind the scenes. She also treated us all as
individuals and sought to offer options that would appeal to each of us. Her
local knowledge of restaurants was invaluable - she gave us choices and took
us to great places.


We went in the rainy season - and boy, did it rain. Not just an hour or two
a day, but torrentially for hours on end, especially on the Caribbean side
where it rains more or less all the year round. And when it isn't raining it
is more often than not very overcast. Once we got to the Pacific side the
weather was much better - sunshine for at least half of every day. So be
prepared for the weather - it can be demoralising. Others have mentioned the
difficulty in drying clothes out - our guide was ingenious and took us twice
to local laundrettes where a service wash was efficient and far cheaper than
in the hotels. Returned either same day or following morning. Hotels are
simple - but we liked the simplest one, at Cahuita, the best because you
could hear the ocean from the garden. We had a miserable time on the
optional turtle trip at Tortuguero locally run, not organised by Exodus. We
had to walk through rainforest to get to the beach and, because of heavy
rain, floodwater was nearly up to our knees - the pitch dark and the warnings
about going single file because of the risk of snakes resulted in our
daughter being absolutely terrified. We did see turtles but by this time she
was unable to enjoy and just wanted to feel safe again. It felt very
overcrowded and not really in the interests of the turtles. But the river
trips made going to Tortuguero worth it.

Do consider doing what we did: we booked a hotel on the Pacific coast and
stayed on for five more nights after the tour relaxing, swimming and whale
watching. Really worth it - after travelling all that way.


This is a really good way of seeing fantastic wildlife and visiting a
tropical country very different from our own, with children. The
organisation and the guide take all the stress out of this kind of travelling
leaving you all free to get the most out of the experience. The Caribbean
coast is wetter but it is really fascinating and shouldn't be missed - its
Afro-Caribbean heritage making it very different from the rest of the
country.


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River Rafting Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Whitewater river rafting -- especially class III and above, with plenty of churning rapids -- provides all the thrills most adventurous travelers could ask for. Long-distance river rafting trips are available in many countries; just grab a paddle and helmet and prepare to follow your river guide's instructions. It's a good multi-generational activity, too, especially with teenagers.

Whitewater River Rafting vs. Beginner River Rafting

No matter how much of a beginner you are, river rafting is always a thrilling experience. If you are not going whitewater rafting you’ll experience the joy of being outside, drifting through calm water in the sun, taking in the unique view of the landscape from the middle of the river.

Whitewater rafting is a bit less about gazing at the landscape and more about the adrenaline rush of soaring down the river through thrilling rapids, avoiding rocks and banks, and working with your companions to stay upright.

But the thrills are nicely intermittent with periods of calm, when you can gather yourself in preparation for the next whitewater section, and appreciate the surrounding landscape. Whitewater rivers - really any rafting rivers, are by nature situated in stunning landscapes so appreciate the beauty! 

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