Costa Rica - Walks and Wildlife Adventure Holiday
Costa Rica, Discovery, 15 days - from £1,845 (land only) - from €2,490 (land only) - from $3,070 (land only)
By: Gorden Eldridge, Belgium
I have been on many, many walking holidays and have had some excellent guides on past trips with other companies, but Joe Bernini is far and away the best guide I have ever had on any trip. Joe has a passion for nature, for his country and its history. All good guides are knowledgeable, but Joe shares his with a warmth and excitement that is truly infectious. Everybody simply gets caught up in it and becomes excited about each new thing the group encounters. I can remember numerous occasions when one of his explanations started with "Remember when we saw". It is like he was born to work in the tourism and hospitality field. Joe went far, far beyond any guide I have ever experienced in keeping his promise and most of the time we did not even have to directly ask for what we wanted. Somebody mentioned they wanted to try Costa Rican chocolate. Next thing we knew we were in a chocolate outlet where we could taste and purchase local chocolate. I said I didn't really like cassava (a type of tapioca/arrowroot) ...next thing I knew, Joe had bought some fresh cassava and then that night he had the hotel kitchen prepare it in a way he knew we would all really like. Two people in the group caught a cold and were coughing. Joe bought herbs, honey and lemon and personally made them a herbal throat tea, not just once, but each night. At lunch one day, somebody asked if the restaurant had guacamole. They didn't. Joe disappeared and a few minutes later came back with fresh avocados he had bought just outside the restaurant. It felt like we were visiting a friend who was hosting us in his country for the first time and sincerely wanted us to have the best experience possible. You are lucky to have Joe working for you. It is people like him that will keep people coming back to Costa Rica and will ensure that the next time they do come back, they are likely to choose KE Adventure Travel as their tour company.
By: Christina Schonherr, Edinburgh, UK
The trip was well organised and we didn't have to worry about anything. Our guide Walter was really excellent, knowledgable and happy to share his knowledge with us, he never tired of trying to find the animals for us.
My original holiday had to be cancelled and I was rebooked on this one. I got really great help from KE staff (thanks a lot!) and the holiday was really a success!
A friend recommended KE Adventure Travel to me. I picked this trip as it was a nice combination of hiking, getting to know the country and wildlife. I really enjoyed the holiday and would highly recommend this trip to anyone!
By: Nan Pratt, Swindon, UK
I am thrilled with this holiday. It gave an excellent and varied introduction to Costa Rica. Wonderful!
The aspects I most enjoyed were: variety of locations from tropical rainforest to 'alpine' conditions, quality of our leader, different types of accommodation, including log cabins - particularly close to the forests / Pacific / the wild, meeting Ticos, especially those who are endeavouring to improve their lot with ecotourism off the beaten track, swimming in plunge pools, hot springs, the Pacific ocean (and hotel pools), walking through a wide range of ecosystems and landscapes, observing birds, mammals, sea-life, Gallo pinto! small group, sunsets.
Walter (our leader) was enthusiastic to show us as much as possible. His knowledge of wildlife and love of his country are exemplary. He appreciated our different needs and interests and tried effectively to engage us all.
There was even more diverse habitats than I expected. The level of walking was never too difficult - I feared it may have been. This was a superb experience. I loved every moment, even when I was physically stretched.