We are an adventure
travel company that has been providing quality small group
travel experiences for many years. We specialize in travel to
Africa, Asia and Latin America. These exciting
destinations provide us with an unbelievable number of
opportunities for adventure. Whether it is wildlife viewing,
photography, or interaction with the local peoples our trips
are always full of wonder and excitement.
Our Costa Rica Trip -
"Just thought I'd like to give you a reprise of
our wonderful week in Costa Rica. We actually had a
fabulous time -- from the moment our guide (Peter/Vladimir)
and our driver (Abraham) met us at the airport in San Jose,
CR, through the travels in national parks, rain forests, along
the volcano spine of the country, through rich agricultural
areas, and up to Cano Negro Lake and the Rio Frio River in the
north. We had our own taxi with a drive up ramp in the back. Just the four
We stayed in three lovely lodges, in
addition to a night each at the Hampton Inn near the airport,
coming and going.
After a city tour of downtown San Jose, we headed for
the rain forest.
Our first stop was for a tram ride, deep into the
forest with a special guide.
We rode under the
canopy and over the ground through every shade of green you
Then on to the La Quinta Lodge, not
to be confused with the motels of the same name in the
US. This was a
family owned former farm turned into a center for hospitality
The butterfly farm on the grounds was so lovely, as
were the gardens with all sorts of heleconium, breadfruit
trees and medicinal plants, and the frog land, where we
spotted a tiny 'blue jeans' poison dart frog.
disappointment was that our trip the next day to the La Selva
research center had to be cancelled because of extra heavy
rains (it was the rainy season, but they had a very serious
storm during the night including the loudest thunder we'd
heard, and cracks of lighting that sparked, so there was some
However, we instead visited a serpentarium, and had
lunch at a lovely river-side restaurant where,
by chance, we got to
watch the rescue of a cow stranded by the raging waters, along
with hummingbirds that entertained us throughout our
The walk through the Centro
Neotropico Sarapiqui was beautiful in the morning sunshine,
and our guide here was the head gardener, who told us through
our interpreter stories of every gorgeous plant growing in the
neatly tended beds.
After a leisurely cup of Costa Rican coffee on their
patio, we watched a Chorotega artist (one of Costa Rica's
native tribes) turn a piece of pottery on a hand wheel.
He spoke fine
English and had his two children playing around him as he
worked. We had
a fun visit and I bought one of his already completed
Next we drove through lush
countryside past pineapple, hearts of palm, and coffee
plantations to the Arenal Springs Resort at the foot of the
Arenal Volcano -- another beautiful setting, near the city of
took a drive into the countryside and marveled at the beauty.
After a lovely dinner (most of the dinner places were outside,
though covered) we explored the city square.
The next day we drove to Cano Negro
on good roads, but the last 20 miles were really rough -- so
we knew we were in the wilds.
The lovely lodge
there is used by researchers and other guests like us.
After lunch we went
down to the Rio Frio (river) and four men loaded Dave in his
wheelchair into the little boat.
The rest of us
climbed in and we had a three hour boat ride, low in the
water, up and down the river and canals and lagoons of the Rio
boatman was also our guide and pointed out the magnificent
bird life in the forests and on the lily pads.
We saw cormorants,
black vultures, aningas, northern jacona, kingfishers,
kiskadees, egrets, owls, parrots, white-tailed kites, and more
birds that I can name.
Then we (that is, our guide) spotted a boa constrictor
hiding in the green, who didn't move as we watched
saw two caiman (little alligator type critters), black
monkeys, two or three iguanas, and a green baselisk.
The next morning we
had a second boat ride, this time all the way up into Lago
Cano Negro (lake).
The down side was running into a wasp nest in one of
the canals, but the beauty outweighs the pain.
Back to Arenal Springs that
afternoon, and a short swim in their pool before the rain
started again in earnest.
We sat and sipped at
the wet bar and enjoyed visiting with other tourists,
comparing notes and travel stories.
The clouds finally disappeared from
the top of the mountains so we got a great view of the live
volcano Arenal from our bedroom window the next morning!
We could see the
steam coming from the top, though the lava went down the other
side. I sat on
the porch in a lovely rocker from 5:30 am to 6:00 am just to
watch the volcano sights and listen to the birds.
It gets dark around
six in the evening in Costa Rica, but the sunlight of the day
And the fresh fruit juices (papaya, mango, etc, along
with simmered plantains, egg omelets and CR coffee, made for a
wonderful way to spend the morning (well, not all of
savored this last day before heading back to San Jose.
The beauty of the trip, the
hospitality of the Costa Rican people, the excellence of our
guide and driver, and the total accessibility of the
accommodations and outings made for a real vacation for both
of us. We are
And we highly recommend Costa Rica as a great place to
Our Trip to Vietnam -
"We are back we had a trip of a life time , thank you. The hotels and accommodations were perfect ,
accessible bathrooms help ful staff. Our tour guides were exceptional we enjoyed each one of them .
The drivers did a great job getting through all the scooters, they were also very help full with the
wheel chair. I was able to do almost every thing on the tour,just the forbidden city had a few too many
steps but I saw 90% of it.
We would have liked to have had at least another night in Hoi An, the hotel by the river was great. I
cant tell you how much we enjoyed the adventure, the history and culture was fascinating . The people
were friendly informative and fun. Having dinner at the local restaurants was a highlight , so much more
interesting than eating at the hotels.
Thank you again for a wonderful trip please contact us at any time .
Bob and Sue