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“My experience started with completing of a questionnaire that helped our travel expert to propose a very detailed proposed itinerary where I was able to clearly visualize our upcoming experience...Sooo easy!"
DMC 511 Stockton, CA
The questionnaire on their web site got me hooked.
December 18, 2015
“It was so detailed and they really got to the essence of what we wanted to experience. I really can't say enough good things about Costa Rica Expeditions.!"
Milesandwatson NY, NY
You may pay a bit extra for a tour company like CRE but it's well worth it.
January 12, 2016
“The time you will save on planning your trip alone is huge and you benefit from the expertise the experience of your guide and trip organizer. Gustavo quickly became like family and it was difficult to say goodbye at the end of our tour.!"
Feel Like Family Or Maybe Royalty
January 3, 2014
I am pretty good at planning awesome vacations to Hawaii or other easy destinations but could never have planned this or made it so easy. They give you a choice of price/luxury level and ask about your interests and then they work with you to plan a perfect trip in your price range. They meet you at every transition point in your trip and get you to the next place in an interesting way (in a private van or car, small plane etc). They accompany you and tell you so much. They make it all feel so effortless that you feel like family or maybe royalty.!
davidsol1 Cambridge, MA
For the first time that I can remember I prepared for a family vacation without stressing…
June 30, 2015
but when we arrived at San Francisco airport on the departure day we discovered that American Airlines had pulled our airplane out of service and we would miss our connecting flight. On any other vacation this would have been a major headache and I would have spent hours trying to reconfigure hotels, flights and ground transportation. Instead I made one very brief telephone call to Costa Rican Expeditions and explained we would be arriving a day later than planned. I gave them our new flight number and that was it. CRE took care of everything else.!
Ross D California
After a snow storm resulted in my flight being cancelled and rescheduled for a week later, they rearranged all my Costa Rica reservations within 24 hours.
February 15, 2016
The new itinerary clearly detailed the cost changes which were small.!
Nancy583, Morristown, New Jersey
CRE knows the natural side of Costa Rica & has the professional staff to introduce you to it.
December 15, 2015
Carlos Vasquez led my son & I through a full day & evening of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. His knowledge of the birds, mammals, reptiles & insects was encyclopedic and rivaled only by his kind & generous nature.!
Because every detail was handled by CRE, we concentrated on having fun together
January 11, 2016
I normally plan my own travel, but because I had never been to Costa Rica and we were bringing our three girls (16, 13,10) for a family trip, I wanted the most logistically hassle-free, safest adventure we could have. From the moment I began working with our agent Priscilla until our return home, it was exactly that- hassle-free, safe, and truly, a dream trip realized. Because every detail was handled by CRE, we concentrated on having fun together. Very quickly into the trip we realized that we were in for something truly unusual and special.!
I would give Costa Rica Expeditions a 100 star rating if possible.
December 8, 2015
Five dots/strats just doesn't seem adequate. Nadya planned a perfect trip for our group of 12. Gustavo Camacho, our guide and naturalist, felt like family by the end of the trip. He was helpful in every way and handled our large group of people (including five children) with ease.!
Jadaemhebl Vidalia, Georgia
We could never have coordinated everything we did.
February 11, 2016
Not to mention it would have been hit or miss for us selecting the right hotels, tour operators, transportation etc.!
Judy080360, Toronto, Canada
We wanted this anniversary trip to be low stress and full of adventure.
December 17, 2015
That was exactly what we got! Priscilla worked with me to coordinate an 8 day trip. CRE/Priscilla also added in a special package to our first night in Tortuga Lodge making it super unique, fun, and all the other couples jealous. ;) There is something pretty awesome about the attention we got throughout our trip and the feedback that even our drivers had delighted in the fact that they were working with CRE.!
Eldros27 Columbus, Ohio
They managed to seamlessly switch us to another airline
January 11, 2016
On one occasion, our flight from Palmar del Sur was cancelled (plane trouble in San Jose, nothing to do with CRE) and they managed to seamlessly switch us to another airline that landed at the smaller of the two airports in San Jose. Even though we should have landed at the main airport on the other airline, our driver was right there waiting for us as we got of the plane.!
Zimbach Bainbridge Island, WA
We Felt Safe and Secure
June 18, 2014
We have no doubt in our minds that we wouldn’t have seen or experienced half of the things we did if it weren’t for the expert knowledge and planning from Gustavo and CRE. They keep in touch and inform you about all you need to know every step of the way and we felt safe and secure at all times.!
Carmen E London, United Kingdom
It costs more than some companies but it is well worth paying the extra.
October 26, 2015
From the initial interaction through to the vacation itself this company was a pleasure to deal with. We had our own custom itinerary designed for us taking into account our love of birdwatching and nature photography. We had tours with just us our own guide which is worth the small extra cost. I would highly recommend Costa Rica Expeditions. It costs more than some companies but it is well worth paying the extra.!
Emma E Chicago, Illinois
They fixed the situation instantly.
January 6, 2016
The one time a guide didn't turn up was when the hotel was supposed to organize it, but as soon as I asked CRE what had happened they fixed the situation instantly.!
sarahg97 Bethesda, Maryland
An Amazing Job Planning Our Honeymoon
July 20, 2014
Costa Rica Expeditions did an amazing job planning our honeymoon. We worked with Elena Monge, who couldn’t have been more flexible and accommodating with our itinerary. The first itinerary that Elena sent us wasn’t quite what we were hoping for (we were looking to get outside, meet locals and get out of our comfort zone), but after explaining what we were looking for, Elena changed up the plan and it was fantastic.!
Adam P Somerville, Massachusetts
I was about to give up even going to Costa Rica.
April 8, 2015
I was about to give up even going to Costa Rica because attempting to do the travel planning myself was too time consuming and too hard to narrow down all the options. I read about Costa Rica Expeditions and filled out their questionnaire. The next day, our wonderful travel planner, Priscilla reached out to me and within a week of back and forth, she had put together a great itinerary and all the t's were crossed and the i's were dotted. What a relief!!
DVMRVA, Richmond, Virginia
Always planned our own trips
March 30, 2015
We've traveled in Costa Rica several times in the past and always planned our own trips. We always enjoyed ourselves and had great trips. BUT this time we decided to try Costa Rica Expeditions and LOVED the wonderful service we got!! All the venues we visited on our private day tours were beautiful and filled with natural beauty - and our naturalist guides and drivers were all stellar! If this sounds too glowing, I assure you I'm not overstating the quality of the venues/guides/drivers provided by CRE. I will absolutely use them again on my next trip to CR - took ALL the worry our of our vacation which made it COMPLETELY relaxing!!
It was well worth the money.... a trip like this could be a nightmare.
January 7, 2016
One of the kids cried when we had to say good-bye. Thank you CRE and we miss you already Gustavo!!
GBNorthstar Granite Bay, California
Why Using CRE Was So Great
February 15, 2014
It was clear to me why using CRE was so great… Chatting at breakfast in a hotel with a woman and her parents who had rented a car to drive around the country. They were excited but clearly completely distracted by trying to figure out how to get from one place to the next, and also in need of a lot of advice for how to enjoy their day. !
ardenp Boston, Massachusetts
Worth Every Penny!
July 28, 2014
At first when booking this I thought it was a little bit expensive, but soon realized it was worth every penny! I wish we had booked our entire Costa Rica vacation with them.!
katw291 San Carlos, California
We saw and did things that would not have been possible on our own.
January 7, 2016
We learned of Costa Rica Expeditions (CRE) through birding contacts, used their web site to outline our time frame and interests, and heard back within a day from Douglas Espinosa who put our itinerary together. His knowledge of the country and ability to match attractions, lodging, meals, and travel with our interests was impressive. The guides he scheduled for us - Fernando Perez` and Marco Morales were just outstanding. Their combined knowledge of birds, other wildlife, botany, culture, and logistics meant that we saw and did things that would not have been possible on our own. This superbly organized team looked ahead, made weather adjustments, found alternatives when needed, and provided value from start to finish.!
Daniel E Helena, Montana
By far the best travel agency we have used.
March 9, 2015
Based on the awards won by the company, I took a punt and asked Nadya of CRE to organise our holiday. It was the most successful gamble ever taken. The company is brilliant. Everything was organised to perfection. The holiday was pitched exactly as we wanted it and directed to please the three adrenalin loving teenagers as well as their conservative parents. It was not only the value for money that was so appealing. It was the extraordinary attention to detail with follow up emails and advice for every part of the tour. Further, we changed our plans a couple of times and this was dealt with efficiently and economically. Our family has done a lot of travel but this was by far the best travel agency we have used.!
A H Melbourne, Australia
We stayed at both their lodges and elsewhere. Their lodges had superb food, extremely friendly and helpful staff and wonderful guides. The accommodations were very good. The grounds of their two lodges have hiking trails and a vast array of wild animals wondering around on the premises.!
dickscha Seattle, Washington
Costa Rica Expeditions took away all of my stress…
January 13, 2015
and delivered a high-quality trip that ensured all of my objectives were met!
Kimberly R Washington DC, District of Columbia
We felt well cared for.
February 3, 2015
Our guide even came into the hotel with us to ensure that all was right with our reservation. Costa Rica Expedition staff were waiting for us at every transition during our trip. We felt well cared for. We'd definitely use them again for a trip to Costa Rica.!
They certainly earn their reputation and their fees.
January 9, 2015
At one point we had to test CRE's ability to make changes within a short time frame and they were able to do so perfectly. I would recommend CRE to anyone looking to travel to Costa Rica. They certainly earn their reputation and their fees. They made the entire planning process easy and the vacation better than we could have expected.!
Tracey B Los Altos, California
She planned each activity just as we wanted
January 24, 2015
Elena, our travel agent at Costa Rica Expeditions, worked with us to plan just the right tour for our family of 6 adults. She planned each activity just as we wanted.!
20jerry Wellesley MA
July 20, 2014
Eduardo was simply amazing in terms of being able to find great wildlife for me to photograph, and I was continually impressed by his ability to identify every bird by both sight and sound.!
Chuck M Athens, Georgia
Appealed to different generations
January 20, 2015
Costa Rica Expeditions listened to our interests and helped us plan a family trip that appealed to different generations.!
BvB6420 New York City, New York
As 2 women traveling together we especially appreciated…
November 25, 2014
As 2 women traveling together we especially appreciated the reliable, private transportation that was arranged for us. Every driver was punctual, courteous and very helpful. This company's communication with us during our stay was exceptional. Each afternoon we would find a letter in our room outlining our next days' activities including pick up times, transport company name and what to bring. Each of our hotels was also aware of our daily activities. We felt very well cared for during our stay and attribute this mainly to the planning by Costa Rica Expeditions.!
digger Minneapolis, Minnesota
It was like joining a tour, except we were the only members of the tour.
January 29, 2014
138Margaret Madison, Wisconsin
more than fair after minor glitch
January 11, 2015
Company was extremely responsive and more than fair after minor glitch.!
jen10583 Scarsdale, New York
We wish that we could use this company on every one of our vacations!
January 24, 2014
Our group consists of 2 families who travel fairly extensively together each year. We used them to book our hotels, our excursions, our transport, and used their guides along the way. Their recommendations were excellent, they showed us parts of Costa Rica that we would have never found without them, and their guides became like members of our family! Our guide Andrew and driver Ramon were especially fantastic. We were so sad to say goodbye to them at the end of our trip!!
Barbara A Laytonsville, Maryland
Attention To Detail Starting With The Online Survey
April 18, 2014
I immediately was impressed at the their attention to detail starting with the online survey about your personal interests. The communication between Costa Rica Expeditions and all of the local activity providers was flawless. We especially enjoyed all of the local nature guides that were recommended. We absolutely would not have seen as much in the cloud and rain forests if we had not opted for the guides.!