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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
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
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
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!!
The company and their hotel (Tortuga Lodge) offer a level of service that is unmatched (even by Disney service in its heyday).
Reviewed May 17, 2015
My husband and I wanted a special trip to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday and decided on Costa Rica. We could not be more pleased with the itinerary that Priscilla Jimenez of Costa Rica Expeditions planned for us. We started by filling out their questionnaire online, and by emailing back and forth, Priscilla gave us everything we wanted and more. The company and their hotel (Tortuga Lodge) offer a level of service that is unmatched (even by Disney service in its heyday). Where else can you get a completely customized itinerary, at the price you set yourself, and first-class service on top of it all? Nowhere else. I can't wait to plan another adventure.
2SeeTheW0rld Gordonsville, Virginia
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
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
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
Reflected exactly our requests and personal wishes
Reviewed May 13, 2015
We are two very seasoned British travellers in mid 60s who like the independence of a tailor made holiday with the back up of a good travel company. We couldn't have chosen a better company than Costa Rica Expeditions. From day 1 we received very prompt, friendly and informative responses. We had not one reason to complain or wish we had done something differently. Any minor change of plan that we decided upon, such as upgrading a room allocation, was efficiently handled by the wonderful Nadya Shaw who is such a treasure. Each day we received an e mail confirming the following days activities and timings etc. this trip is truly one of the best we have been on and is in great part due to this company.. Leighites
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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
Gustavo is a saint
Reviewed May 22, 2015
What terrific service from CRE. My friend and I had chosen Costa Rica for a celebratory "joint birthday" adventure - both of us are experienced travelers, and though we like finding our own way around a country that's new to us, on this occasion we knew we needed the direction of an expert. That's when we "met" Gustavo, the travel planner who responded to my first inquiry via the CRE website. Gustavo is a saint, fielding our many questions and changes to the itinerary with absolute professionalism (and dealing with travelers on two different continents!). He planned a trip of a lifetime for us, completely meeting every one of our "must-do's."
AprilBlossom2015 San Francisco, California
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.!
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
outstanding customer service.
February 9, 2015
My mom booked the entire trip through Costa Rica Expeditions for her and I as a graduation present. From the minute we arrived, my mom and I were incredibly impressed with the outstanding customer service. We were met by Nils, our bilingual guide, at the airport for our transfer for San Jose. Nils was kind, energetic, and made an effort to make our short transport to the hotel a great start to the vacation. He gave us great recommendations for things to do and places to eat in San Jose and we felt safe navigating the city with his direction.!
Michelle J Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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
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
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
I emailed them and within hours Gustavo Mendez replied and from the start he was fantastic.
January 4 ,2015
After reading two travel books and looking extensively online I read over and over again that Costa Rican Expeditions was a great company - knowledgeable, responsive and importantly, there on the ground in Costa Rica. We decided to approach them to help us design a tour with a range of activities. I emailed them and within hours Gustavo Mendez replied and from the start he was fantastic.!
seshrubb Sydney, Australia
Remarkable example of the service
July 14, 2014
The most remarkable example of the service we were given was when were starting the long drive/boat ride from SJ to Tortuguero, William had figured out that the highway would probably be blocked by a taxi strike and arranged a flight to get us there.!
Brian973 Morristown, New Jersey
Above and Beyond
July 17, 2014
The personal guides went way above and beyond by learning about each one of us and anticipating or responding to our every need and/or interest. The overall cost was more than we've ever spent on a family vacation, but in the end, we felt we got every penny's worth and more. This was the easiest and one of the most fulfilling travel experiences we have ever had.!
LindaShane1019 San Francisco, California
No Wondering What Happens Now
June 5, 2014
Upon arrival in Costa Rica every thing had been detailed…. No questions, no wondering what happens now. Because of CRE working with us before the trip, everything was taken care of to make our 10 days going from coast to coast in Costa Rica relaxing and stress free. we showed up, they made it happen.!
miacircleman San Jose, California
Normally Enjoy Doing The Trip Planning
July 23, 2014
I normally enjoy doing the trip planning for our vacations, but was uncertain of the best locations and activities for us as a family. We couldn't be happier that we used Costa Rica Expeditions to help us plan our trip.!
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
more than fair after minor glitch
January 11, 2015
Company was extremely responsive and more than fair after minor glitch.!
jen10583 Scarsdale, New York
Feel Like Family Or Maybe Royalty
January 18, 2014
CRE does everything and I mean EVERYTHING. From the initial planning (after they make absolute sure they understand what type of things you want to do or not do) to the transport from place to place, to the trouble shooting when a problem comes up (very important), to filling you with knowledge and awe, to joining your group when appropriate and not joining when they deem an event private.!
Lee J Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
A totally trustworthy class act.
August 4, 2014
Our luggage was lost and they intervened and brought it to us in Manuel Antonio with 24 hours. Their recommendations were fabulous. They are punctual. Their help in choosing accommodations and activities is invaluable. A totally trustworthy class act.!
the best vacation we've ever had.
October 6, 2014
Our 10-day vacation to Costa Rica was the best vacation we've ever had. Costa Rica Expeditions made it so personalized and easy. We had fantastic guides including Fernando, Willis and especially Andrew, who felt like a true friend! The hosts and staff at each location made us feel very special for our anniversary. And what delicious, healthy and fresh meals we had!!!
Patty W Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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.!
Chafffamilytravels Saratoga, California
It was like joining a tour, except we were the only members of the tour.