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#1
10 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
We are doing a Island Princess cruse with Puntarenas, Costa Rica as a port. I am thinking about booking a tour with Odyssey tours. Has anyone done a shore excursion with them? Any other suggestions on tour operators would be helpful.
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Nancy

#2
369 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Nancy...you will not be sorry if you book Odyssey tours. Diego and Al are professional and caring ambassadors for their country. My husband, mother, cousin, and I spent May 3rd (our 40th anniversary) with Diego. He taylored a 7 hour tour to see many animals (monkeys and crocodiles included) and plants of the country. We also did shopping and had a great lunch. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare and he actually gave us a 9 hour tour!!! My mother is 88 years old and he was very attentive to her...but if you want a more adventurous tour he will arrange that too. They were so much fun!! Shirley
#3
Atlanta
2 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Hi Nancy, lucky you that you are going to visit Costa Rica. We just returned from 8 days in Manuel Antonio with my whole extended family of 13. We booked Odyssey Tours to take us from Manuel Antonio to San Jose and it was great. Alvaro was our tour guide and it was one of our highlights of the week. We learned so much about their beautiful country. The caravan used was clean and had A/C (which is important there!). The Driver was professional and we made stops along the way for photos and had a terrific lunch. You will be happy if you choose them for your shore excursion. Enjoy and Pura Vida!
#4
Tucson, Arizona
1 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
Nancy,
I can only affirm everything the others have already said about Diego & Alvaro with Odyssey Tours. They will make your trip enjoyable and will tell you and show you alot of their country. We stopped in Puntarenas on a Celebrity cruise and they really made our day special. We were a group of 4 and there was plenty of room for us and our things and the A/C van was great. We went to the beach, went zip-lining, saw crocodiles, had a great lunch along the beach, went shopping, fed monkeys along the roadside, and saw things we'd have never seen without knowledgeable guides. I would highly recommend that you go with them for your stop there.
Remember when you leave the ship, you will need to walk to the end of the pier to meet them. As soon as you leave the ship, you will likely have a few hustlers trying to get you into their small cabs at a high price - just politely decline and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the street at the end of the pier where you can meet up with Diego & Alvaro. You will be very glad you chose Odyssey.
Doug
Tucson,AZ
#5
10 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Thank you to everyone for the great recommendations of Odyssey tours! Now that I have the right tour guide, I just need to figure out what we want to do. Did anyone see the Crocodile man? Does it seem really just for tourist? Some of us want to do the zip line so I am worried about finding something for the rest of the group to do while the others do the zip line.
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#7
84 Posts
Joined May 2009
For me it is also interesting, any email adress or approximate cost - we´ll be there 02.10.09 from 7am-7pm
#9
Vero Beach
67 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
We are going to Puntarenas in December and are booking Odyssey Tours to take us to Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park. It looks beautiful and there are some other posts from people who have been there. Alvaro told me if you have a group where some want to zipline and others don't both can go on this tour together. There is an aerial tram that will take the people not ziplining and then the group will meet up in the park to walk around and eat lunch. Check out the park's website at www.turubari.com.
#10
11 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by shirleydee2
Nancy...you will not be sorry if you book Odyssey tours. Diego and Al are professional and caring ambassadors for their country. My husband, mother, cousin, and I spent May 3rd (our 40th anniversary) with Diego. He taylored a 7 hour tour to see many animals (monkeys and crocodiles included) and plants of the country. We also did shopping and had a great lunch. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare and he actually gave us a 9 hour tour!!! My mother is 88 years old and he was very attentive to her...but if you want a more adventurous tour he will arrange that too. They were so much fun!! Shirley
I just got back from a 2 day tour with them. It was pretty fantastic. It was so good I was willing to write them a review on trip advisor. THey took me to one of the best Zip Lines, a great restaurant in Arenal, the hot springs, the volcano and the whole time kept me amused and comfortable. At one point they heard I enjoyed the fruit and stopped off to buy me better quality more authentic tropical fruits. They get my picky thumbs up.

Dallan
#11
San Diego
534 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by dallan
I just got back from a 2 day tour with them. It was pretty fantastic. It was so good I was willing to write them a review on trip advisor. THey took me to one of the best Zip Lines, a great restaurant in Arenal, the hot springs, the volcano and the whole time kept me amused and comfortable. At one point they heard I enjoyed the fruit and stopped off to buy me better quality more authentic tropical fruits. They get my picky thumbs up.

Dallan
Could you please tell me what zip line you did? thanks, Lisa
#12
11 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
San Lorenzo located on the way to Arenal.

Nothing like going a million miles in the rain!!! it was the best!
#13
North Texas
1,175 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Didn't see prices listed on their website. Can you quote these. We are there from 10am to 6pm in April 10

Thanks
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#14
Ventura CA
7 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
We just got back and our trip with Odyssey Tour was fantastic. I have had to cancel two prior trips to Costa Rica and so to have finally made it and to see the beauty of this country was great. Crocodiles, sloths, lots of monkeys, toucans, beautiful beaches and macaws, we saw it all. When we got back to the ship and were talking to other people that took excursions that day, we quickly saw that our trip experience was far superior to theirs.
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#15
84 Posts
Joined May 2009
We had a magnificent tour with Odyssey tours at the end of september while staying in Puntarenas. We came first out of the ship and the guys were there !
We went to the Manuel Antonio National Park and on the way to the park Alvaro and his father showed us Scarlet Macaws, Crocodiles, Sloths and even a bar that is build around an old navy airplane. In the park we had fantastic wildlife watching, alvaro had a telescope and we could watch monkeys, sloths and other wildlife. After the park, where we had a wonderful swim on a virgin marvellous beach we got lunch in a restaurant nearby. Alvaro even managed to get Wifi access on a laptop for our friends there to check their email accounts. In general the tour was very impressive and Alvaro managed to get us back to the ship on time, we really had time and everything went so smooth. Believe me these guys are reliable and professional. Do You know why? We arrived with 10 people and they were expecting 6 ... but they organized a bigger bus in a second. The bus was really good, everyone of us had plenty of drinks from the cars´ cooler.
In general: if You are in Puntarenas ... go for Odyssey Tours ! You won´t be sorry about it!
#16
Utah
35 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Oddesey tours. What can I say, I booked them for a photography tour. They romptly met us at the cruise ship pier, we drove for an hour to a very very clean restroom stop, then on to the rian forest and beach. Well as far as photos we was able to photograph: Monkeys,many sloths,racoons,tree frogs,Jesus lizards, bats and many other animals. Then they took us to a lunch which was incuded, I have been on many excursuins that included lunch however this was a true great and nice resturant lunch Mine included Shrimp, others had fish and fajitas and it even included a great beverage. The trip laster literally all day from ealy morning to dusk I usually dont write reviews, however this was above and beyond. One more thing they also stopped and allowed us to photograph many large wild crocs. ODYSSEY A+
#17
2 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
One of the highlights of our Celebrity Panama Canal cruise (Jan. 2010) was the Odyssey tour in Costa Rico that we arranged with Alvaro. He and the driver (JC) were waiting outside the pier for the five of us. Before we started, Alvaro described what he had planned for the day. He included the stops we had requested and added several others. He knew that the volcano would be in clouds, so he recommended another stop. We spent a well-planned 10.5 hours with them seeing several different kinds of animals (mentined in other posts). We appreciated the scope Alvaro used to focus on animals that were in trees becaus we got great pictures by using it. Mid-day we stopped at a scenic restaurant that overlooks valleys and mountains...Great view, warm atmosphere, delicious food! In the afternoon, we visited a church, an authentic oxcart workshop, and Fair Trade coffee plantation. We saw parts of the land that ship excursions would never see. Alvaro was polite, thoughtful, accommodating to our needs, and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend Odyssey Tours and wish them the best with their business!
#18
Nevada
61 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Hi thebadpig,
We are going on HAL Feb6TH and made plans with Odyssey also. Going to Carara Park on the coast south of Puerto Caldera that I read about. Is this where you -- to quote you---"Well as far as photos we was able to photograph: Monkeys,many sloths,racoons,tree frogs,Jesus lizards, bats and many other animals" ? If not where did you see the tree frogs and Jesus lizards? I can't wait to go!!!
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#19
Utah
35 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Originally posted by 3bear
Hi thebadpig,
We are going on HAL Feb6TH and made plans with Odyssey also. Going to Carara Park on the coast south of Puerto Caldera that I read about. Is this where you -- to quote you---"Well as far as photos we was able to photograph: Monkeys,many sloths,racoons,tree frogs,Jesus lizards, bats and many other animals" ? If not where did you see the tree frogs and Jesus lizards? I can't wait to go!!!
Hi we went to a park called "Manuel Antonio" We did see plenty of lizards and the one red eyed tree frog, the guide said that they might be preparing to hybernate. It was a nice park i wanna go back!!!
#20
MA
490 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
We had a wonderful day with Odyssey tours in January. Our cruise on Island Princess docked at Puntarenas. Alvaro met us at the end of the pier holding a sign with my name on it. Our group of 16 did the Carrara Biological reserve and the Crocodile man boat tour with lunch. We went to the reserve first. Alvaro is an expert at spotting wildlife and had a scope with him so we could all have a close up view. It was windy that day and we did not see many of the scarlet macaws in the reserve so Alvaro took us to a few other places to see them. He really made a huge effort so we could see lots of wildlife. Lunch was buffet style at a local restaurant/house and was really good. We got to sample a lot of local items. The crocodile boat tour was really fun too. There were a lot of different species of birds along the shore of the river and we got great pictures of the crocodile feeding. Alvaro also took us to other stops including a resort, Villa Caletas, which had an excellent view from high above and to a village where we saw lots of large lizards. Alvaro was an excellent guide, polite and informative. It was really a fun day and we will definitely use Odyssey tours next time we are in Costa Rica.