It is without hesitation that I would recommend Arturo Napoles and Rain Forest Tours if you are considering a vacation to Costa Rica. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to reach throughout the planning process and while we were on vacation in CR. Every driver and tour guide was beyond kind and extremely knowledgeable about the forest, the animals, the topography, etc. We booked a wide range of activities through Arturo including ziplining, night hikes, natural hot springs, hike at the national park, hanging bridges, and more. He assisted us at a moment's notice when we wanted to change one activity to allow for another spontaneous activity we decided to try (waterfall rappelling- which I also HIGHLY recommend!). He was quick to reply, most helpful and always very kind and patient. All the hotels he booked for us were located close to town allowing us to explore the local culture, food, and shopping too! The information he provided prior to departing for vacation was thorough, and very helpful. In summary, I would definitely recommend Arturo and Rain Forest Tours if you are considering a Costa Rican family adventure! The hours I saved by choosing a travel company versus doing my own research/bookings was immense! THANK YOU!! Sincerely, Nancy C.
Arturo was great to work with in planning our first trip to Costa Rica. He was prompt in responding to all of my questions and helped rearrange some plans when our flights changed. He also provided some great information so we knew what to expect when traveling to a new country. We will definitely seek out Arturo again on our next trip to Costa Rica. We will be back!
We had a FABULOUS time in beautiful Costa Rica! It was my the first time using a travel agency to book an entire vacation for us and it won't be the last - it was flawless! Arturo and Rainforest Tours took care of everything and saved me countless hours of planning and stress both before and during the trip! We gave Arturo our budget and he arranged all lodging, transportation and tours for our 10 day vacation. A highlight of the trip was 3 days at Casa Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula. It was remote, incredibly beautiful and the jungle lodge was like nothing I have ever experienced - and we would never have known about it without Arturo!! Over our 10 day trip we went hiking, snorkeling, rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, spent a lot of time relaxing in Tabacon hot springs, saw the beauty of the country with knowledgeable guides and still had plenty of time to explore on our own. We never had to worry about transportation, every driver was early to pick us up, courteous and shared their love of Costa Rica with us! Arturo was also able to accomodate a last minute change request from me on our white water rafting trip. Highly recommend Arturo and Rainforest Tours!!
Hi Arturo, Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. Sophie and I had a great time and it was a wonderful trip. We'll certainly mention you if we talk to anyone interested in visiting Costa Rica. We really enjoyed the variety of locations and liked different things about each of them. For the most part the guides on the different tours were wonderful. Again we had a wonderful time, and we appreciate the work you did to coordinate everything and put together a wonderful itinerary for us. -Gabriel
Some pictures of my trip, sloth and monkey in Manuel Antonio and Pablo my guide
Hi Arturo, What a great trip. I enjoyed it all. Thank you for your support and attention. You did take away my worry and after 2 days I was completely relaxed. Pablo was wonderful!. Thank you again and I will definitely pass your name on to any of my friends who are considering Costa Rica. You are the best! Lynn
Arturo - Thank you for EVERYTHING! I’ll be honest I was very skeptical but you were a man of your word. Thank you soooo very much! Costa Rica will go down as one of our favorite vacations. God Bless! Amy Crawfis
Arturo was fantastic to work with while planning our trip for Costa Rica. For starters, he customized our itinerary based on what we were interested in seeing and doing. He was also very responsive while we were on our trip and checked in with us frequently to make sure everything was going well and as planned. He was very efficient with scheduling our itinerary, we kept plenty busy yet had ample downtime. He also gives a bunch of helpful tips and tricks for traveling to Costa Rica and makes sure you’re well prepared before leaving. If you are considering a trip to Costa Rica, especially if it’s your first time, don’t hesitate to reach out to Arturo / Rainforest tours as they will help make it an unforgettable experience! My fiancé and I had a wonderful trip and are excited to visit again.
Thanks Arturo. We are back and had a wonderful, immersive experience. Our driver Wil was terrific, as was our guide Ormon. We really enjoyed your suggestions of Volcan Poas and Sarchi. El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde was a bit sprawling for us (nearly a 1-mile uphill hike to our room, unless using the shuttle van) but the rooms were indeed very nice. Holiday Inn Express was perfect and terrific service there. Best wishes, Jennifer
Dear Arturo, thank you so much for understanding our requirements and organize the perfect trip for me and my family. Everything worked like a "Swiss clock". Special thanks for helping us throughout the trip and accommodating to changes based on our request (even in the last min). we couldn't do it without your help, it was amazing trip and amazing country- we will never forget it. Thanks a lot! (see you on our next trip :))
I had a complicated tour for 3 groups, lots of moving parts. Arturo was a faithful and dedicated planner. We ran into some unforeseen blips in the event but overall everyone had a great time largely due to his commitment to his excellence. He was available at all hours to meet the challenges of late and delayed planes, missed events, etc. I would not hesitate to recommend Arturo and Rain Forest Tours to anyone planning a fabulous trip to Costa Rica!
If you’re planning to go to Costa Rica, I highly recommend booking Rain Forest Tour. We have worked with Arturo (owner) when we sent our college aged daughters to CR. They had a blast so when my wife and I decided to go to CR in Sept 2021, we decided to give Rain Forest Tours another shot. And once again Arturo delivered. We told him what we wanted to do he arranged it and we got a better price than when I tried to book ourselves, tours, drivers, hotel and Sercrets Resorts in Papaguyo. The driver Gerardo was excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide. Arturo called us once when we first arrived to CR and gave us a call on our return. Arturo was available 24/7 which was comforting. Our trip was a big hit. Pretty simple, tell Arturo what you want to do in CR and he will work with you as and your budget. Very professional company.
Rain Forest Tours is one of the most professional, organized companies that I have ever worked with and that is dedicated to bringing amazing, high-quality tour packages to their clients. We started and ended our trip with tour packages through this amazing organization. They are two of the most memorable days of our vacation. We were so impressed with not just the variety of activities and knowledgeable expertise of the guide on the Authentic Rain Forest Tour, but also the great value. It began with a drive through the Cloud Forest and into the Rain Forest where we toured a butterfly pavilion and saw snakes and frogs. That was followed by a journey into Jurassic-looking terrain for an amazing aerial tram tour above the rainforest canopy. The variety of plants and animals is outstanding. We continued on to an exhilarating boat ride on the Sarapiqui River. The tour ended with a beautiful lunch. Unfortunately, it was raining really hard, so we skipped the river walk. Regardless, it was adventurous, memorable, and an absolute must for anyone visiting the San Jose area. We ended our stay in Costa Rica with a morning kayak adventure through the mangroves of Isla Damas in the province of Quepos. It was serene and a rare treat, with only the sounds of bird calls and our paddles swirling through the water. Our guide put even the novices at ease and provided great information about the animals and vegetation of that beautiful grove. The paddle was followed by a delicious typical breakfast. I am sure that if we'd had time for more tours, they would have all been of equally outstanding quality! We are so grateful to Arturo for adding such great memories to our visit and making the booking hassle free and simple. He is an absolute expert, trustworthy, prompt in answering questions and professional. I enthusiastically recommend giving him a call and booking one of his many outstanding tours!
Thanks for designing our travel itinerary. We enjoyed every minute of it. The pinnacle of the trip was witnessing the sea turtle laying eggs in Tortuguero. Every place we went, we were asked to wash hand and mindful of getting closer to people. Everyone was wearing masks whether it is in the supermarket or during hike in the wildness. We felt extremely safer in Costa Rica than in our home town. Thanks again for accommodating us and help design the itinerary to our maximum enjoyment.
I used rainforesttours.com to take a trip to Costa Rica and had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in eco travel. We spent all our trip in the national parks. Arturo organized a PRIVATE tour to customize our requirement. We went back and forth in selecting the places to visit and the activities. We had a private vehicle with a tour guide. All the trips are private and personalized to your taste. IF there are any organized specialized sightseeing tours such as white-water rafting, zip lines, ATV, etc, he will try to book those trips keeping the party size to a handful. IF you are resort type vacationer or beach and bear type, Arturo has the solution for you as well. He will be able to organize short day trips from your location to make your stay a more enjoyable and memorable one. FYI: at one of the national park, we were able to see the sea turtle laying eggs, covering the eggs, and then heading to the sea. It was an amazing 2½ hours that we will never forget. We did not have any fear about Corona Virus as the Costa Ricans were very careful about it. Even the small stores and restaurants not patronized by the tourist was very particular about sticking to the healthcare regulations.
Hola Arturo, Sorry about not getting back to you sooner. First, we want to thank you for a wonderful trip. The private drivers in addition became our tour guides. All the drivers/ guides were very good. One invited us to his home outside of Arenal when we come back. Our favorite hotel was Aguti and we all enjoyed all the guided hikes you set up. Friends of ours who went to Arenal never saw the top. We did! Great hotel. Manuel Antonio Park was fantastic. Our last night/ morning before 5:00am howler monkeys were screaming our our window. We saw both white and howler monkeys on our hike through the park. The hotel bar had a great view of the ocean and sunset.Our last full day we did an am catamaran ride and had a great time. The hotel in San Jose was very nice. If we had to do it over again we would have spent one less day there and one more at Monteverde. Highlight at the lodge was a garden walk we did with one of the staff. We enjoyed the lodge atmosphere. I would recommend people bring a white noise machine with them. (The walls were thin.) One disappointment we went on the morning boat cruise. I thought the morning and afternoon were the same when I talked to one of the staff.. We cruised past hotels, resorts and homes. The afternoon cruise went to the national park and amongst other things saw monkeys and crocodiles. (We saw neither.) We enjoyed the people, the countryside, culture, food and beer. And Cacique if I spelled it right. Pura Vida Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo Esteban y Barbara
Hi Arturo, Thank you for all your recommendations and work to put together a wonderful vacation for Katie and I. We both had the trip of our lifetime so far. We are in love with your country and will surely be back. Each reservation was expecting us and all transportation was was seamless. Everyone had great service and was extremely friendly. Fully exceeded our expectations and we were delighted to relax and not worry about the fine details. The timing was perfect, things were not to busy and the weather held off just enough to enjoy a wonderful last day at Manual Antonio in the park, beach, and enjoy a perfect sunset. I will be glad to pass your name and service on to others that I know of who will be considering traveling to Costa Rica. Thanks again and hope your holidays are pleasant with your family and friends. In Good Health, Matthew M. Lauck
Great Trip. Arturo at Rainforest Tours prepared an itinerary for us that was right on in many ways.Our trip focused on nature in three different areas.of the country.Our ground transportation was flawless. We were picked up in a timely manner by courteous and safe drivers.Our hotels were okay only one was great but not the reason we were there. All and all a great time and wonderful people all over the country.My second time there and will come back and use Arturo once again.
Just got back from a 10 day girls trip to Costa Rica. We visited Tortuguero National Park and Corcovado National Park. Stayed at Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero and Casa Corcovado in Corcovado. The accomodations were fabulous and the food and activities were wonderful. Rain Forest Tours booked everything for us including the transfers, local flights and all of our tours. They worked with us to customize everything according to our wishes and they did a wonderful job! I strongly recommend Rain Forest Tours is you are looking to go to Costa Rica.
Dear Arturo, Many thanks for organising our amazing trip to your beautiful country. We enjoyed every bit of the trip and loved the variety of activities and opportunities we had to explore so many very beautiful vistas. All of your arrangements worked like clockwork and everyone we met was courteous, welcoming and so full of pride for their country. Guides were knowledgeable so we had the opportunity to learn so many new things from them. I have already recommended your company to one set of friends and will not hesitate to do so in the future. Ken will be responsible for adding bits and pieces to your website as that is not my skills set! Thank you again it was wonderful. Kind Wishes and "Pura Vida" Ken and Chris Hawes
Good morning Arturo We had a great time in Costa Rica. The guides were very professional and extremely well informed about the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Manfred at Casa Corcovada was extremely helpful when John, my husband, was not well. All the transfers were on time. Once again we were impressed by the professionalism of the drivers. We finished our holiday with a very positive view of Costa Rica. For myself the variety of bird was the highlight. I would definitely recommend your company to people intending to travel in Costa Rica. yours Janice Carpenter
Amazingly, it all went well - no problems. Everyone went home happy. Your driver was right on time Friday morning, and everyone in the van liked him. They all loved the chocolate tasting at Sibu. I personally liked the lodge at Sarapiqui a lot, as did all the other nature lovers - I plan to go back sometime and schedule a bird walk. But even without a guided walk, we saw lots of water birds - jacamars, kingfishers, herons, egrets … We’re in California now, but will return in 2 weeks. After trying to coordinate with 13 guests, I can assure you that I’m not going to compete with your business - I don’t know how you do it without going crazy. Best regards, Bill
Hi Arturo, Thanks for following up on our experience of visiting Costa Rica. We definitely had a great trip filled with adventure and relaxation. We are really happy that we got a chance to explore the culture, food, places and wildlife of Costa Rica. With that I would like to thank you for helping us in planning our trip at such a short notice and taking care of all the bookings and reservations with last minute changes. We really appreciate your help and would definitely share your details with our friends who might be interested in planing a trip to Costa Rica in future. Will leave note on your facebook page about my visit. "Pura Vida" Thanks, Saurabh
Rain Forest Tours provided our group with wonderful experiences, from arranging our evening, incudling transportation, at Aserri outside of San Jose for dinner and a show, to a fabulous day tour complete with volcano, peaceful river ride, wonderful chocolate tasting and waterfall, and arrangements with an ecolodge. I was impressed with the drivers of our vans and boats. Guides were highly informative and took pride in their country, people, and natural resources,to which so many tourists are drawn. Sometimes it was the driver's job to get us from one place to another, so we didn't have a "guide", but the driver was so eager to tell us what he knew about the areas through which we passed. We may have only seen a few birds and insects on our ecotour through the rain forest canopy, but the guides extensive knowledge of the ecosystems and how they work and how the plants interact with each other was fascinating. To top it off, I left two items at one location early in our week stay. They were returned to me before I left Costa Rica. Rain Forest Tours did a terrific job of making my first trip to Costa Rica memorable. I love the country and the people!
Arturo, Thanks for all your guidance with our Costa Rica trip. You did a fantastic job matching our requests and specializing our trip for us. If our itinerary said that our transport would arrive, it happened on time. Everyday was an exciting adventure for us, a learning experience at every turn. Service was excellent at all our hotels. Costa Rica was gorgeous and we felt welcomed by everybody. Phil and I over estimated our mountain biking ability and cut a few biking trips short. We loved having room phones and TV with our first two hotels, and missed these with our last two hotels. The Eco Lodge had no air conditioning, which we missed. However, we understand the philosophy of the environmental impact these comforts bring. We had a wonderful trip and appreciate your making this happen for us. Claudia
Rainforest Tours planned a fabulous vacation for my family and I. Arturo was very accommodating and was available to us throughout the week. Even with a hiccup with one of our hotels, Arturo went beyond our expectations to assure my family and I were taken care of. Costa Rica is beautiful and the trip was well planned...allowing us to see multiple parts of the country with ease and comfort. We would definitely use Rainforest Tours in the future!!
15 years later… Fifteen years ago, in 2002, my husband and I visited Costa Rica on a private tour. Everything was arranged then through the local travel agency Rain Forest Tours. It was so successful that when we decided this year to organize a tour for our family, including our children and grandchildren, for my husband’s 70th birthday, we thought that for a group of 13 people with such a broad spectrum of ages (2, 3, 4, 6,7,10,14, 30’s. 40’s, 60’s and 1 very special 70) Costa Rica was the best option. We sent a mail to Rain Forest Tours. We received an immediate and friendly answer directly from the President of the company, Arthur Napoles. To make a long story… (12 days of touring around…) short, we had a family trip that no one in the family will ever forget. We had a very good choice of itinerary, hotels and activities, all at a very competitive cost, I assume that this is because we worked directly with the local office and all service suppliers had a high level of respect towards the Rain Forest Tours management; the daily transports with Eduardo (the bilingual driver/guide) were excellent, opening doors for us everywhere we arrived. By the way we also met Gerardo, the driver/guide who took us around 15 years ago and picked us up this time at the airport, and he was also excellent, then and today. All in all, we wholeheartedly recommend Costa Rica and Rain Forest Tours.
The tours he scheduled for us in Manuel Antonio surpassed all we imagined them to be. The guides for our estuary kayak (Gilbert) and catamaran/snorkel (Thomas) tours were exceptional. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather both days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. During the kayak estuary tour we saw an anteater, white-faced monkeys, bats and loved paddling through plenty of intriguing channels in the mangrove forest. If you like kayaking and don't mind a few tight turns under overhanging tree limbs and vines, you'll appreciate this tour. The guides were very accommodating and provided a delicious breakfast in Quepos after the tour. You don't need to be a skilled kayaker for this trip. The Catamaran/snorkeling tour was a major highlight of our trip. The catamaran was medium-sized and spotlessly clean. We had a small group so it felt like we were on an exclusive tour. The route the captain took from the Quepos dock was exciting and we had beautiful views of the coast going south down to Manuel Antonio National Park. We saw dolphin along the way. Snorkeling wasn't the reason we chose this tour. We were in the rainy season (June) so the visibility was only a couple feet. We did see Sargent Major, Red Snapper and a couple more species of fish but I wouldn't recommend this tour if you are primarily interested in world-class snorkeling. Our family (including a 2-yr old) had a great time, loved the crew and guide. Our first impression upon arriving at San Jose International was more than reassuring as Bernie, the driver Arturo arranged for us, was right on time, friendly and extremely helpful. His advice during the 2 1/2 hour drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio was an invaluable help during our stays in Manuel Antonio and Arenal. I will confidently recommend Rainforest Tours to anyone who wants a customized experience in Costa Rica. We appreciate them for exceeding our expectations.