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Highlight reel: traveler reviews and photos from Costa Rica

Mar 02, 2020 by Jamie Mc Laughlin

Imagine strolling under rainforest canopies, letting hummingbirds land on your hand, and sipping a fruity cocktail or two, and that’s Costa Rica for you. Read on to find out why our travelers were wowed while exploring this unforgettable country on our Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife tour.

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This vacation sets the bar high (literally)

“I don’t really write reviews, but I cannot write enough about how awesome this trip was. I have never traveled in such a group before, and was a bit apprehensive about the idea. But to summarize, Go ahead really goes beyond. ... The icing on the cake was watching just hatched baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean. Once in a lifetime experience. ... That is how I want all my vacations to be.”

Photo and review by 5-time traveler Anindya S.

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Boat rides, hikes, volcanos—oh my!

“I really enjoyed everything about this trip! Boat rides, birds, monkeys, lizards, sloths, etc etc etc. Coffee and banana plantations were very interesting! The volcano was amazing and the hikes through the National Park and Reserves were great! The stop at the ranch with lunch and dancing with children was a blast. ...”

Photo and review by 8-time traveler Alice C.

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Kicking back is easy with experts in the lead

“Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing. Had a fantastic time. Our tour guide Rafa was incredibly helpful and knowledgable, he made it so that we could just focus on enjoying our time in Costa Rica. ...”

Photo and review by 1-time traveler Jared L.

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A birder’s dream come true

“My first EF Tour was a success! Our Tour Director Rafa set the tone and the entire bus bonded into an amazing, fun group. ... He also would make sure I knew there was a bird sighting and helped with my identifications. The best was a thoughtful nod to the hummingbird garden and a search for a Quetzal nest. ...”

Photo and review by 2-time traveler Mary B.

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Bungalows in the jungle? Yes, please.

“I loved Costa Rica! We had a great group and our tour director Diego was fantastic - very knowledgeable, charming, and patient. I'm glad this tour included 3 very different areas, but Tortuguero was the highlight for me - I loved the boat trips, the wildlife, and the resort with little bungalows in the jungle. ...”

Photo and review by 4-time traveler Julie W.

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Sunsets, sunsets, and more sunsets

“This Costa Rica tour is a nature lover’s delight. ... My favorite was the Monteverde area. We had a gorgeous view of the sunset each night and the accommodations were very spacious. Some highlights of the trip were planting a rain forest tree, learning about the banana and coffee plantations, the hanging bridges excursion, and the local children performing a dance for our group. ...”

Photo and review by 11-time traveler Pat A.

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No worries...it’s just a monkey on the roof

“I really enjoyed this tour! I saw so many animals and actually stayed in the middle of the rain forest, which was an amazing experience. Monkeys climbed on my roof! The food was so delicious! Some of the best dishes I have ever had. ...”

Photo and review by 12-time traveler Katie L.

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Every day is better than the last

“... I highly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys nature and eco-travel. You’ll experience Costa Rica in a very immersive way that will help you feel like you made the most of your time there. We took advantage of every add-on excursion. The Hot Springs was probably our favorite but it’s hard to pick just one because we loved every day on this trip of a lifetime! Pura Vida!”

Photo and review by 2-time traveler Carey T.

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“Costa Rica blew my mind.”

“... Loved the lifestyle of the locals. I would have never been able to do this much on my own. The tour really gets you out there in all different environments. The planning was perfect and accommodations exceeded my expectations. ...”

Photo and review by 1-time traveler Ashley G.

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First trip was a home run

“The tour gave a wonderful exposure to three distinct areas of Costa Rica. The pace was good, the tour director (Rafa) and driver (Victor) were great. My first experience with go ahead tours was spot on.”

Photo and review by 1-time traveler Douglas E.

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The best of the best

“Everything listed on the itinerary was delivered as promised. The accommodations were gorgeous, unique, clean and spacious. The pacing of the excursions had a good balance of making the most of your time there to see and experience different things, but with enough free time to enjoy some quiet or check out some local spots. ... I honestly can't think of anything that could have made this trip better.”

Photo and review by 1-time traveler Danielle K.

What’s one of your favorite travel memories? Tell us on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for next month’s highlight reel of traveler reviews!


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About the author | Jamie Mc Laughlin
It was Jamie’s homestay in Germany that made her fall in love with travel (and her studies in Florence that really sealed the deal). When she’s not writing and sharing the magic of seeing the world with others, she’s usually on the lookout for her new favorite memoir, testing out recipes at home, or visiting her family on Cape Cod.

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