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Wonderful immersive experience

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

Amazing Costa Rica.

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 :))

Relaxing and enjoyable

Arturo was able to take what we wanted to do and put it in a wonderful package with the right amount of relaxation.

Fantastic excursions!

We did the Zip Line Combo and Tenario White water rafting! Both excursions were amazing experiences. Our only suggestion would be for on the way back from the Tenario River to ensure there are adequate seats for all guests.

Arturo is there for you!

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!

Costa Rica, very 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.

Excellent in Every Regard

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!

Travel in Costa Rica during Covid19

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.

Great trip

I used 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.


We had the best time. Going from the volcano/rainforest down to the beach at Manuel Antonio. We stayed at Tabocan and loved every min of that. That I believe is the best resort up north. We also enjoyed our stay at the beach and all the experiences that Arturo helped us book.

Great trip

Arturo- We made it home and very much enjoyed our trip. Excellent itinerary designed by you! One minor detail- we forgot to gas the rental car before leaving for home. I'm quite certain Adobe will simply refund my deposit minus the usual inflated price for gas. Thanks again for all your help and advice! Rick

GREAT TRIP! No surprises is the best surprise

What a great trip we had! We did not want the hassle of driving in Costa Rica, and Arturo had wonderful, knowledgable english speaking driviers for us. He also knows great places to stay. I highly recommend booking through Arturo!

Wonderful Trip

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

An incredible trip to Costa Rica

Thank you so much to Arturo and Rain Forest Tours for the most fantastic trip to Costa Rica. Booking was completely stress-free - we just gave Arturo some suggestions for things we would like to do and he put together a custom-made itinerary of trips, tours and adventures for us. We experienced so much of the beautiful country and had so much fun. We will definitely be recommending Rain Forest Tours. Pura vida!

Wonderful vacation

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

Our trip to Costa Rica

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.

Wonderful Time in the jungles of Costa Rica!

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

Great time!

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

Thanks Arturo!

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

Amazing Trip!

Hola! The trip was amazing! Thank you very much! I'll definitely recommend you to our friends, who are planning on travelling next year, and others. Thanks! Ilana

"Great Planning on very short notice"

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

Full day Excursion

Great adventure beginning with Poas volcano, then on to beautiful LaPaz waterfall, boat ride on the Saripiqui River, and good typical lunch afterwards. Great guide and great driver. Turned out to be a longer day than we expected but worth it!

Wonderful trip! Wonderful people!

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!

Great Trip!

I'm totally satisfied with our journey arranged by Rainforest Tours! Arturo, the manager of this company, was very kind and thoughtful, and all of the guides and drivers of this company were friendly and reliable. Even though we had to change our flight just before the departure to Costa Rica, Arturo dealt with the trouble very swiftly. I'd like to use this company again when we come back to Costa Rica! Thank you!

Wonderful adventure!

Everything was wonderful! Only things that I would like to ask is to change the company of creek canyoning that suddenly cancelled our reservation without any notification.

Thanks for all your guidance with our Costa Rica trip

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

Costa Rica is paradise

Rain Forest Tours did a great job of putting together a top knot head itinerary of activities, restaurants and lodging for us, as it was our family’s first time in Costa Rica. We will travel with this company in the future!

Holiday vacation

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!!

Beautiful Costa Rica

My family and I had a great adventure in Costa Rica. Rainforest Tours arranged many wonderful Costa Rican activities for us to experience. The country is impressive and the people are extremely friendly. I highly recommend this company.

Gorgeous Costa Rica

This progressive country is extremely impressive from its natural beauty to its friendly people. Rainforest Tours did a great job for me and my family. We range in age from 8 to 70 and found ourselves experiencing a fabulous adventure. The guides were so knowledgeable and accommodating, they were great. Highly recommended!!!

Tortuguero Park

Great trip to Tortuguero National Park. Getting there half the fun. Great night walking tour with a very knowledgeable biologist using flash lights and shining eyes to identify various climbing, crawling, flying, and swimming critters. Stay at least two days to make the travel worth it.

Fantastic trip!

Hi Arturo, Fantastic trip! Thanks so much for all your help. A special thanks to your drive, really nice, informative and helpful. I will definitely recommend Rainforest Tours and contact you for future trips. Pura Vida, Mike

Testimonial #38

Nos ha sorprendido gratamente la perfecta organización de Rain Forest Tours, los hoteles muy bien seleccionados, los enlaces casi todos muy puntuales y todo el personal muy muy amable!.

Outstanding Service

Arturo with Rain Forest Tours was very helpful from setting up travel to multiple tours to and from our hotels. These tours were well organized, and the guide were very knowledgeable! This made our trip the most memorable ever!! Highly recommend this company!!

See you again soon!

Thank you so much for planning a perfect trip for us. The accommodations were excellent. The Arenal hotel was spectacular and the views from the hotel in Manuel Antonio were breathtaking. The cooler with refreshments was a special treat, enjoyed by everyone. All of the drivers were very nice and polite. Norman gave us a nature tour as we traveled from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. Expect to hear from me again in a year or two. Thanks so much. Pura Vida.

Amazing Trip!

Arturo, Wendy and I had an amazing trip. Thank you for all your hard work. It is very hard to say what was our favorite. Maybe when the howler monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park decided to pee on Wendy!!! All of the hotels were great. The Hot Springs were magical, especially at night. We will send you something a little more formal to use in your guest book.

Wonderful trip!!

Buenos dias! It was a wonderful trip!! Thank you so much. Haven't looked at my pictures yet, but if there are any good ones I will send them to you. Inta said it was the best vacation she has ever had, and I truly loved the natural beauty of Costa Rica. It was so nice to have everything planned out so well--completely stress free and we got to see so much. Best, Ginger

Great time in Costa Rica

Hi Arturo, We’re back in the U.K. safe and sound after a marathon of a trip back. All worth it though as we had a great time. The locations and hotel choices were just right and the room in the last hotel, The Costa Verde, was certainly the best in the place. The weather wasn’t always on our side but rain and wind never stopped us doing things and we were really lucky with our wildlife sightings. Other than tapir and the big cats (which even the guides seldom see) we saw pretty much all of the iconic wildlife including the quetzal which we saw on our substituted reserve tour in Monteverde. A big thank you for all of the effort you put in to making the whole trip go as smoothly as it did. Your flexibility and responsiveness easily sorted out any adjustments that were needed en route. Best wishes and thanks again Dave.

Whole experience was beyond our expectations

Thank You again for setting up our vacation. Tour guides, lodge employees and shuttle drivers were all very friendly and helpful. Shuttles were on time and dependable. I would recommend the lodges, very clean and excellent food. My favorite part of the trip was the lodge in Corcovado. The whole experience was beyond our expectations: the assistant manager greeted us when we arrived at the boat dock and rode with us to the lodge, the owner went back with us to meet the plane when we left. It’s so remote and independent but with every little detail taken care of to make the stay very special and memorable. The owner even ate lunch with us one day and told his life story and the history of the lodge he had dreamed of, designed and built. We have many other locations on our travel list so probably won’t be returning to Costa Rica. Each trip is a new experience to enter into our book of life. We are so blessed with the diversity of this earth God has given us to enjoy and take care of. Take Care - Shery

One of the best vacations we have ever had!

One of the best vacations we have ever had! Arturo arranged the best itinerary for us. We got to do everything we asked for in such a short time and everything went so smoothly. Enjoyed every minute. Filled our time with adventure, beauty and relaxation ....perfection! Thanks Arturo

Viaje a costa rica

Fuimos de viaje a costa rica durante semana santa. Don Arturo se encargo de nuestro itinerario. Desde que nos lo envío siempre estuvo preocupado de si nos gusto, si queriamos algun cambio. Al momento del viaje nos mando un mail sobre informacion general de Costa rica y nos mando nuestros numero de confirmacion de los tours de nuestros itinerarios. Durante el viaje siempre nos contesto nuestras dudas. solo puedo que recomendamos a Rain Forest y sobre todo a Don Arturo.

Segundo viaje a Costa Rica

Volvimos a este país cálido en su gente sencilla y amigable, con paisajes increíbles y hoteleria para todos los gustos y siempre asesorados por Arthur de Rain Forest que volvió a brindar un servicio impecable.

Pura Vida :)

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip in Nicaragua and Costa Rica! Arturo and Nereyda go the extra mile to plan for an exciting and adventurous stay. Nicaragua is definitely a gem, filled with rich history, beautiful people and so much to do! There are less crowds and it is more affordable than its nearby neighboring countries. We loved the colonial style housing and cultural dancers in Granada. It's a great place for some lively music and great food! Masaya and Mombacho volcanoes are awesome...get some zip lining in! We loved the market, too, where there are so many beautiful leather goods, local clothing and food. Ometepe is an adventure in itself! Rainforest Tours put together a great package that let us sample everything from a rustic cabin on a mountaintop rainforest with great wildlife and the best stars in the sky, to a modern hotel on the lake. We loved the waterfall tour and kayaking! We met so many nice people! Costa Rica has a different vibe. Arenal is a beautiful area with a million things to do! Be sure to visit Tabacon hot springs. :) We can't thank Arturo and Nereyda enough for their outstanding attention to all of the planning and details that made our trip so special. You will have a lifetime of memories, great photos and new acquaintances when you take your journey! :) Do it!

Pura Vida! :)

Our adventure began in Granada, Nicaragua , where we stayed close to town in a lovely colonial home. We explored the town, admired the architecture and history, while eating wonderful food and meeting the locals. We enjoyed an evening of cultural dance provided by an engaging group of young ladies. Don't miss the tour of Concepcion Lake and its many islands around the base of an inactive volcano. The monkeys were entertaining and seemed to enjoy the attention from everyone on the various boats. We zip lined on Mombachu, went horseback riding and to a local craft market, before heading out to Ometepe on a ferry boat. It is much quieter than Granada, but has great hikes and kayak tours. We stayed at the EcoLodge for a few nights, which is very remote and in the middle of the rain forest on a mountain. You'll hear lots birds and monkeys The night sky was stunning! The people of Nicaragua are the nicest people. They are fun, easily smile, and enjoy life. A good way to get ideas on what to do is to check out some of the YouTube videos. We then went to Arenal in Costa Rica after Nicaragua. There's a lot of great restaurants along the road and a ton of activities all around the Lake. We toured the volcano, went to waterfalls and went on the hanging bridge tour. It was good to have guides because they pointed out many things that we would have easily missed. The Tabacon hot springs are a must! Go in the evening for a fantastic meal and beautiful private atmosphere to enjoy the warm water. It's the perfect ending to a crazy day of physical activities! Arturo and Nereyda go out of their way to provide you great adventures, and all of the necessities for a perfect vacation. They know much about all of the areas in both countries. You will come away with great memories, new friends and awesome pictures! :)

Excelente servicio y cumplimiento

Hemos contratado todas nuestras necesidades de turismo receptivo en Costa Rica con Rain Forest Tours (hoteles, traslados, alguna excursión). Todo ha sido cumplido a satisfacción con puntualidad y calidad. Recomiendo sus servicios y su asesoramiento.

Excelente servicio y cumplimiento

Hemos contratado todas nuestras necesidades de turismo receptivo en Costa Rica con Rain Forest Tours (hoteles, traslados, alguna excursión). Todo ha sido cumplido a satisfacción con puntualidad y calidad. Recomiendo sus servicios y su asesoramiento.

Very pleased with service and attention

Hello Arturo, All is well and we are now well rested from our journey around Costa Rica. With such a large group and diversity of ages, it was a challenge but we all enjoyed it very much. Gerardo was great as our driver and coach and helped us overcome any of our issues here and there as we visited the different locations. We are very pleased with your service and attention to detail. You, mostly, and I, less so, planned and organized a journey which was enjoyed by all. We will be back and certainly will refer your services to our friends also.

Vacaciones Perfectas con Rain Forest Tours

Hemos disfrutado de unas estupendas vacaciones familiares de 10 días visitando los lugares más emblemáticos de Costa Rica. Un agradecimiento especial a Arturo Nápoles por la perfecta organización de todos los transfers, hoteles y excursions y a Gerardo Lara por llevarnos cuidar todos los detalles. Definitivamente es un viaje donde hemos convinado naturaleza, deporte y relax en su máxima exponencia.

Vacaciones Perfectas con Rain Forest Tours

La agencia rain Forest Tours, nos ha organizado 10 días de vacaciones por gran parte de este bello pais que es Costa Rica. Todo fue como un reloj. Desde los transfers a San Jos´´e, Tortuguero, Arenal, Playa negra y vuelta a San José, hasta los Tours y los hotels fueron de lujo. Cabe destacar la amabilidad de Gerardo Lara que nos acompañó por gran parte de las visitas. La verdad es que da gusto viajar con una compañía tan professional que cuida tanto los detalles y que conoce profundamente cada lugar del país. Espero poder repetir nuevamente. ¡Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!

Costa Rica Tour

We, my wife and I, were absolutely thrilled with Costa Rica and it is certainly the most exotic place we have ever been to, in the seventy four countries in the world that we have toured, and it was one of the most well thought out, superbly planned, and efficiently organized tour we have been on. Scenically beautiful beyond belief, with “prehistoric reptiles “and a myriad of colourful birds, frogs, butterflies, in mystical rain and cloud forests. Absolute enjoyment amongst delightful people.

Costa Rica Tour

We, my wife and I, were absolutely thrilled with Costa Rica and it is certainly the most exotic place we have ever been to, in the seventy four countries in the world that we have toured, and it was one of the most well thought out, superbly planned, and efficiently organized tour we have been on. Scenically beautiful beyond belief, with “prehistoric reptiles “and a myriad of colourful birds, frogs, butterflies, in mystical rain and cloud forests. Absolute enjoyment amongst delightful people.

15 years later…

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.

Wonderful experience in Costa Rica.

Ola Arturo, Manny and I had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica. Sights were unbelievable, accommodations were great as well as transportation to the various places we travelled. We found the people of Costa Rica to be so warm and welcoming. We especially loved staying at Osa Aguilla as we met wonderful people there and the staff were exceptional as well as the food! Thank You for your prompt responses to all my inquiries and the wonderful job you did in putting our trip together. We will certainly be happy to recommend you to our friends and family. Best Wishes, Elley and Manny Rosenberg

We were blown away by the experiences Arturo arranged for us in Costa Rica.

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.

Muchas Gracias!

Estimado Arturo. Ya estamos de vuelta por Uruguay y reintegrados a nuestras rutinas. Muchas gracias por los servicios prestados. Salió todo de acuerdo a lo previsto y estamos muy conformes con el viaje realizado. Sin duda hemos vuelto con muy bonitos recuerdos. Una pena no haber podido ver el volcán arenal porque el cielo estaba muy cubierto ese día y con nubes muy bajas. Igualmente se disfrutó mucho ese paseo. Queda pendiente para nuestra próxima vez en Costa Rica. Cordiales saludos. Fernando.-

We had one of the best vacations of our lives.

Everything went off without a hitch and the different tours and activities we had planned were perfect for us. Arturo did an excellent job of selecting wonderful tours and guides. The guides were terrific they knew so much about their country, the nature around and of course the activities they we guiding us in. The country is beautiful the people are fantastic. Hopefully we will get a chance to return to Costa Rica and if we do, we will certainly use rain forest tours again!


Estimado Arturo: Ya inmersa en mi rutina diaria, me pongo en contacto con vos para agradecerte el hermoso viaje que realice por tu bello país. No sé si algún día podré regresar, y si así lo hiciera me gustaría conocer el Poas (que por lo que se, está en plena actividad en estos momentos). De haberme quedado un día más en San José lo hubiera logrado. Te comento que, cuando llegaba a cada hotel de los asignados en el tour, pensaba: que selectivo que es Arturo, que acertada la elección!. En cuanto al Balmoral, ME ENCANTO! Y me arrepiento de haber ido al Radisson a mi llegada. En cuanto al Poor Man's Paradise, al que tantas objeciones puse, resultó uno de los que me brindó más satisfacciones en lo afectivo, por el trato especial que me dieron Doña Carmen y Consuelo, la hija. Lo único que no me resultó muy agradable fue el tener que caminar 2 km de ida (al amanecer) y 2 km de vuelta ( al mediodía), dos días seguidos, para llegar al punto en el que me recogerían para hacer las excursiones programadas. No sé cómo se manejan ustedes con Facebook, pero pueden copiar las fotografías que deseen de las que publico en mi página. Ya me encargué de comentar las bondades del tour y para eso, nadie mejor que Rafael Gómez, y su Agencia de Viajes. Te mando un afectuoso abrazo. Cristina

Arenal Rainforest mystico tour in early afternoon, and Tabacon spa late afternoon and dinner.

gorgeous park, quiet, awesome, lush, clean spectacular nad our guide Andres was attentive, helpful, bright. Tabacon is beautifully designes, hot to luke warm water, relaxing, and elegant.

Amazing Day in the Rain Forest

We booked a day trip to the rain forestry go zip lining. Our taxi driver picked us up early in the morning. It took about 2 hours from San Jose to get there.. We had the most amazing day zip lining.. A must do while in Costa Rica!

Desde ya muchas gracias

Buen dia Arturo la verdad que por una cosa u otra se me fueron pasando los dias. Nos llevamos una gran sorpresa , tienen un pais maravilloso lastima que en nuestra zona no esta muy promocionado. La pasamos muy bien, la gente muy amable y los servicios de lo mas cumplidores sobre todo la puntualidad para los distintos recorridos. Lo unico que no volveria es a alojarme en el centro, a la hora que llegabamos es una zona muy fea y peligrosa de andar, muy oscura , ya todo cerrado y gente que nos seguia pidiendo cosas. Por lo cual al ver ese panorama en San jose tomamos excursion de todo el dia para aprovechar y conocer cafetales y otros volcanes. Desde ya muchas gracias y no dudare en recomendar vuestros servicios saludos Susana

Se lo recomendare a mis amigos.

Buenas tardes desde Madrid, Arturo, muchas gracias por todo el viaje estuvo estupendo todo salió muy bien y nos gustó mucho. No hubo ningún problema ni con los hoteles ni tours ni traslados todo perfecto. Y el país es una maravilla pura vida como vosotros decís. En cuanto tenga tiempo hago algún comentario y bajo fotos. Saludos. Margarita Se lo recomendare a mis amigos.

We had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica!

Hello Arturo, we are finally back home. We had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica! All of our tours were just as you promised and more. Gerarado was the best guide ever, we have been several places since returning to the States, and have told everyone about you and how you made it so easy and enjoyable to visit Costa Rica. I will write a review on your Facebook page as well as Trip Advisor. Thank you again for all your attention to detail, it was a pleasure to work with you. Pura Vida! Sandi Harrison

Felicitaciones mexicanas

Que tal Arturo buen día El presente correo es solo para felicitarte por el gran trabajo que realizaste para que nosotros tuviéramos unas vacaciones increíbles la pasamos súper bien (pura vida) no tuvimos ningún contratiempo de nada la elección de los hoteles estuvo especial y las actividades superaron nuestras espectativas regresamos a México con mucha buena vibra y con ganas de volver pronto a Costa Rica todo el personal muy amable y muy servicial en especial Gerardo Lara que nos dio muchos Tip's para disfrutar nuestro viaje otro reconocimiento para Iovany de Desafio tour por la recomendación de llegar al salto y la recuperación de mi teléfono un abrazo y mi agradecimiento Ten por seguro que te recomendaré ampliamente para cualquier persona que quiera visitar Costa Rica Un detalle solo q quisiera comentar el día lunes que hicimos rafting con wave tours nosotros pagamos para que nos enviarán las fotos nos dijeron q nos iban a mandar un link pero no ha llegado ojalá nos puedas ayudar ya q fue una de las actividades que más disfrutamos te pasó dos correos a los que nos pueden mandar el link por si algo hubiera pasado Nuevamente muchísimas gracias por todo y nuestro agradecimiento PURA VIDA Saludos cordiales Gabriel Zorrilla

PURA VIDA!!!!! Mil millones de gracias

Buenas tardes Arturo.. Pues ya estoy de regreso en México.. Quedo sumamente agradecida y feliz con el servicio prestado. Cada uno de los tour, fue mágico y las compañías que lo ofrecen muy profesionales ademaa de tener a la mejor gente... Siempre con una sonrisa (no importaba el cansancio) siempre con disposición y buena energía.... El único que no se portó nada bien, fue el chófer del último tour.. No le puedo decir su nombre, porque ni si quiera eso nos dijo. ( Todo iba maravilloso y sin fallas hasta ayer) de ahí en fuera, una verdadera felicitación, agradecimiento y la certeza que no sólo los recomendaré sino que además, voy a regresar ;) PURA VIDA!!!!! Mil millones de gracias

Gracias por tus atenciones...

Querida Nereyda, Te agradezco muchísimo todas tus atenciones y te reitero que la organización que tu hiciste estuvo fantástica. Estamos muy contentos con el viaje y queremos repetirlo en un futuro próximo. Por supuesto que te contactaré para que nos ayudes a planearlo de nuevo. Un abrazo cariñoso, Citlali

We did a combo tour with them/ w lunch.

You can reserve about any level of activity you want. I actually got my wife to go on a zip line with me. Had the guide and the others in the group to work on her to get her to go. I think she still hates me, but I know she had fun. I know the others in the group had some that zipped for the first time also. Great guide and the ranch where we had lunch, good food included. Wish I could have done it more at other locations, but got the "look" when I mentioned it.

Un saludo y pura vida!

Arturo, Buenas noches, gracias por contactarse. La verdad que durante el viaje la pasamos excelente, estuvimos todos los días maravillados por la inmensa naturaleza de Costa Rica y por la generosidad de su gente. Estamos muy agradecidos por los hoteles que consiguió y las actividades, dado que, en todo, estuvimos cómodos y satisfacieron nuestras expectativas. Lo único para comentar es que el auto que alquilamos nos resulto de poca potencia para los caminos tan empinados que tuvimos que recorrer, la mayoría de estas las tuvimos que hacer en primera sino el auto se paraba, igualmente esto no opaco para nada el viaje en si! Ademas de la actividades que habíamos pactado con usted hicimos caminatas nocturnas en Monteverde y Arenales que nos resultaron excelentes y altamente recomendables, de esto no tenemos fotos porque no contábamos con cámara nocturna. Desde ya muchas gracias y adjuntamos algunas fotos que tomamos durante el viaje. Un saludo y pura vida! Sebastián y Ayelén

Estamos en casa, con …..frio.

Hola ¡! Estamos en casa, con …..frio. La hemos pasado requetebién, todo a funcionado a la perfección. Los guías de todas la excursiones han sido de alto nivel, y con ganas Nos ha gustado el país, y más que el país, su gente, nos han tratado como a reyes ¡!!, y plebeyos somos. Sólo un par de observaciones que pueda le sirvan; el desplazamiento de Tamarindo a San José fue de casi 6 horas, esto debido en parte a la semana santa, y en parte porque es una distancia larga a recorrer en una ruta difícil. Sugeriría ofrecer la posibilidad de transporte aéreo, que siendo más caro , ahorra tiempo, y cansa menos. Idem para el tema de Tortuguero a Volcan Arenal, aquí, como hemos viajado en lancha una parte, fue un poco más ameno, pero aún así se hizo muy largo. Y sólo queda agradecerle infinitamente por el error en la contratación de Monteverde; la idea mía era de hacer un paseíto por los puentes colgantes; y acabamos en la tirolina ( Canopy ); para nuestra sorpresa ¡!!! No hubo tiempo de pensarlo, y ya teníamos colocado el arnés, y estábamos en la fila; creo que todavía nos reímos cada vez que nos acordamos del tema; en fin, se dice que las cosas no suceden por casualidad………fue la guinda que coronó al pastel, nos demostramos que todavía no estamos tan viejos. Demás está decir que ya lo estoy recomendando; y que esperamos volver a Costa Rica en 2 años, a seguir conociendo vuestro hermoso país. Un cordial saludo José Julio

Canopy zipline & Sarapiqui boat tour

From the initial contact with Arturo at Rain Forest Tours, I was impressed with his interest in arranging what was right for me and my guests. Arturo arranged for pickup at the airport for transportation to our hotel. The Canopy zipline & Sarapiqui boat tour was a regular trip but we were picked up at our hotel driven by a very knowledgeable guide who gave us great information about Costa Rica throughout our tour. We had a great time on the boat and even more fun as we zipped through the rain forest trees on a very safety oriented experience. After a great dinner, we were dropped off at our next destination.

Costa Rica

We booked our trip with Rain Forest Tours after making contact with Arturo. I found him to be very responsive throughout the planning and during the trip. Our trip was amazing! He had everything planned and choreographed to the minute. We could not have been more pleased! I highly recommend the company and Arturo to anyone who is thinking about traveling to Costa Rica and wants to make the most out of their trip!