Reviewer: Deb Brown
The guides were very personable and helpful. It’s not often you can be up close to native monkeys in a natural setting. We saw crocs on the river although other boats were closer to them. I enjoyed this excursion and would recommend it to others.
Reviewer: Jeff and Lynda
Our guide, Jesus, was awesome and the tour was the best. We saw so crocs, monkeys, and many different birds. We learned a lot about the beautiful country and the smaller van was easy to ride in.
Reviewer: Patricia Froelich
This trip was a good way to see the best of Costa Rica in a short amount of time. Our guide was great as well...
Reviewer: Mike Bale
Of all the tours we took, this was the best. We observed wildlife that doesn't always want to be seen. We gained insight into the country, I found interesting. Never a dull moment.
Reviewer: Kathi E
The part of the tour I thought I'd like the least - the visit to the monkey sanctuary - was actually VERY enjoyable. The entire excursion was top-notch and I'd do it again.
Reviewer: pauline marshall
Very knowledgeable guide. Good English ,explained well .Just the right amount of facts without being boring. Enjoyed the whole day.
Reviewer: Manuel Sam
This was more of a sampling of some Costa Rican attractions. It is not meant to be all-encompassing. The highlight, to me, was the cruise on the Tarcoles River to see crocodiles, lizards and diverse water birds, because it was wildlife in its natural setting. The stop to see the White-Face Monkey, while amusing and different, was nonetheless what I call a staged activity because it occurs within a private property as opposed to in the wild. Stops at a fruit stand and at a souvenir shop, were of interest and to be expected with any similar tours. But I think making a stop at a local supermarket was a bit overboard in terms of commercializing what is purported to be a tour. Making a stop at the bridge over the Tarcoles River to see more crocodiles, but in bunches, would have been a better use of the time. Sightseeing around the town of Puntarenas and from a hill overlooking the Tarcoles River were also of interest. The guides provided were helpful and informative.
Reviewer: Susan Materi
Tour was impressive from the minute Gio Tours picked us up to the end of the day. Jesus, the guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting. The eco tour of the river was awesome, lots of birds and crocodiles to see, again the guide knew everything. Lunch was delicious. We saw a lot of Costa Rica and the tour company and guide made it a perfect day.
This tour was great and well worth your time for the money. Our guide, Jesus, was young and energetic and was genuinely happy with his job. He was knowledgeable and funny. We visited a white faced monkey farm which was very entertaining. There was a nice drive thru the country that was very informative and time to shop. The lunch was very good and timely with the start time of the excursion.
Reviewer: Edward Hamilton
Well organized and informative
Reviewer: Deborah Costello
We arrived on Norwegian Jewel. Directions provided by Shore Excursions to find tour were not correct; however, there was a tour guide with their destination and the names of clients held high so we did not have a problem. Shore Excursions need to verify all the directions they provide because none of them were correct. This was an amazing tour. Dejesus was the guide (or something like that). He was efficient, friendly and very knowledgeable about his country. His passion for the culture shone through. Great croc tour with Jose's as well. Dinner/lunch at Steve/Lindas was really tasty--buffet style. Lots of local information an beautiful views. A short trip to a fruit market and a grocery. Thanks for a great tour.