Costa Rica trip, Ian Hill (from UK) - December 19, 2005
Good day Mauricio, We did enjoy The Corcovado Tent Camp, we actually enjoyed the 3 klm hike on the beach to the Tent Camp, it was nice. Luckily we did not have those rolling suitcase, that might have been a problem. It was also too bad that the day we arrived , Corcovado National Park closed down due to monkeys dying. The camp was very quiet, and on the last day we had the tent camp to ourself until diner time, when 2 other couple showed up. We still managed to see lots of wildlife on the hike we took in the back of the tent camp. All in all I would give it a 4 out of 5, food was great and service was exceptional. Regards.
Chile trip, William N (from UK) - December 19, 2005
The Explora Patagonia did not disappoint despite high expectations following a trip to the Explora Atacama 5 years ago. In fact it was the high point of our trip.
Argentina trip, William P (from USA) - December 19, 2005
The trip to Peninsula Valdes was great. The hotel was incredible and beyond belief. Heaven can describe it. Best hotel of our whole trip to Chile and Argentina. The tour was great to the penguin rookery and Gaiman and the rest of the day. The tour the first day for the whales and other places was OK. It could have been the tour guide. Overall had a great time, thanks for the help. Really enjoyed the area, people, sights and food. Thanks again and have a great holiday.
Peru trip, Gordon S (from Canada) - December 15, 2005
Laura: I wanted to thank you for your assistance with our trip; it was great. The day we went to the Galapagos we discovered that we had been put on the Coral II instead of the Coral I; it was not a problem since the accommodations and personnel were fine but I just wanted you to know that the operator does do some switching without notice.
It turned out that the Coral I had been chartered by a group. All personnel people were great. Thanks again for your help; I would certainly recommend your company to any friends or acquaintances who are thinking of travelling to South America.
Chile trip, John P (from Australia) - December 12, 2005
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic trip. All the arrangements went well. Thanks.
Peru trip, Jamaal Rehman (from USA) - December 10, 2005
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help and making sure everything was alright with my trip every step of the way. Your emails and phone calls reassured me that I was dealing with a professional, responsible, and customer oriented agency and I want to thank you for that.
The trip was absolutely wonderful, the porters, guide, food, etc. Enigma did a great job, and I will send you some pics as soon as I get back in the States.
Once again, thank you so much!
Costa Rica trip, Nia Brown (from USA) - December 9, 2005
Mauricio, I am finally getting a chance to respond to you regarding our trip. First, let me say that Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Nia and I had a fabulous time in each of the places we visited on our journey. I would recommend this trip to my friends and I would certainly recommend you as their travel agent.
The hotels you selected and the suggested itinerary for each day was just what we were looking for. Probably the best thing we ever did was get the cell phone and you'll see why as I get into the details.
Arrival - We arrived at the airport and Adobe was there waiting to pick us up. After the short drive to the rental car facility we received our car and headed on our way. They were very good about giving us a map and directions to Arenal so I didn't have to use the one I purchased.
Arenal - The road to Arenal was as beautiful as you described. While we didn't get to actually see the volcano (too cloudy), we did have a great time hiking and seeing spider monkeys, doing canopy tours, getting spa treatments, and visiting Tabacon.
The Arenal Paraiso hotel was nice, the people were hospitable, and the food was good. It rained quite a bit while we were there but we were prepared so it didn't bother us at all. I can't pick a "favorite" for this part of the trip. Its a tie between the zipline canopy tours and Tabacon Hot Springs.
The Road To Monteverde - The road to Monteverde was as bumpy as you described. About halfway on the journey, the car broke down. It ran out of coolant and we later figured out that there was some sort of leak. This is where the cell phone came in handy. I called Adobe and tried to explain the problem. Ultimately, they agreed to bring us another car from Liberia. We were fortunate to have made it to the Hotel Tilawa near Tilaran where we waited for Adobe to bring another car.
The car arrived at about 2pm so we decided not to continue to Monte Verde but to stay at the Hotel Tilawa over night and then head to Monte Verde the next morning. During this experience, the rental car company did a great job of "solving our problem". We ended up having a wonderful evening at the Hotel Tilawa, spending time talking and dining with other travelers. They really made what could have been a nightmare a very pleasant experience for us.
Monte Verde - The hotel El Establo was beautiful and well worth the long bumpy road. It was a rainy day but we were still committed to seeing the cloud forest. Everything there was beautiful and the guides were excellent. I think the highlight was seeing a sloth at 11 am in the afternoon slowly walking across the telephone line. Apparently, this is rare so we were lucky.
Playa Conchal - After the adventures on the road to Monte Verde, our arrival in Playa Conchal was much needed. The Paradissus is an amazing resort. I must admit that we didn't do a lot of sight seeing. We just relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the 24 hour service provided by the hotel. It was a great place to unwind. My only feedback was that we wanted to participate in some of the activities offered by the hotel but everything was sold out for the days that we were there. This was unexpected especially since we weren't there over a weekend.
San Jose - We safely made it back to San Jose and returned the car with no problems. They drove us to the Hotel Le Bergerac where we were determined to get some rest to prepare for the rafting trip. Rafting the next day was a lot of fun. A couple of rafters in our boat kept falling out and making the experience more entertaining :) The Pacuare River was beautiful and again the guides were great. Very interesting, engaging and fun. I must say that after seeing the "city", that I really enjoyed the "country" better. It was a lot more peaceful and relaxing.
The itinerary you put together really provided a true "Costa Rica" experience for us and for that I thank you. If you would like more feedback on any area, please let me know. I have also copied Nia in case she wants to add anything. Feliz Navidad y Feliz año nuevo! Stacy
Ecuador trip, Alan G (from Other) - December 7, 2005
Laura We had a great trip. Many thanks for all of your hard work in making things run so smoothly. All of the arrangements worked really well. In particular, we enjoyed the Beluga trip and our stay at La Mirage, although our shopping contributed rather more to the Ecuador economy than was good for our bank balances. Again, to ensure I give the right message, the trip was great and your arrangements were flawless. I'd have no hesitation in asking for your help in future--so please let us know which countries you cover--you never know! Thanks again and kind regards Alan
Ecuador trip, Alan G (from Other) - December 6, 2005
Thank you Laura,
We had a great trip, and appreciate all your help in arranging it.
Regards & Best Wishes,
Carol & Alan
Costa Rica trip, Mike P (from Canada) - December 1, 2005
Mauricio, Thank you for your follow up.. We had a blast in Costa Rica...We are already planning to return with our kids. Thank you so much for arranging our vehicle. You were right about the roads however we did not mind and in fact we managed to laugh at the "road madness". We put 1400 km on the car by visiting both coast without incident. The worst part was returning home to -4c and 4" of snow.
The Daihatsu is a perfect vehicle for two passengers with luggage while traveling in Costa Rica. Mucho Gracias, y adios amigos. P.S. I hope one day I may be able to assist you when you travel to Ontario / Canada
Chile trip, Glenn F (from Australia) - December 1, 2005
Laura, My clients have returned and firstly I have to congratulate you, they were absolutely thrilled with all your arrangements and wouldn’t change anything, the accommodation was great , the pace of the trip was great . All in all a great job by you and your operators who he was also very happy with, thank you. Once again, thanks for all your efforts and I hope to business with you again. Kind regards Marianne
Belize trip, Jeremy Pearson (from UK) - November 29, 2005
Mauricio We are now back in a cold and damp Britain and our trip already seems long ago. The flights all went really well and we would again like to say how greatful we are for all your help. We would not hesitate to recommend you and hope to be able to use you again in the near future Best wishes Maggie & Jeremy Pearson .
Costa Rica trip, Matt Sargent (from USA) - November 29, 2005
Mauricio at Latin Discover made our day on Tortuga Island the best of our trip. He took car of all the details on very short notice, and all aspects of the trip ran smoothly and as expected. It was outstanding piece of mind to know that he had taken care of every detail for us. We will definatley use him again on our next trip to Latin America.
Belize trip, Ellen L - November 28, 2005
It was all just great. The van/bus, trip, boat ride, lunch...all very fun. Truly a well organized trip. Thank you,
Ellen and Randy
Ecuador trip, Joel D (from USA) - November 21, 2005
Laura, Everything went well on the trip and we were very happy with your services. The Eclipse is an excellent ship. I would definitely recommend you and hope to use your services in the future. Joel D.