Day 1 - We landed in LIR airport. We didn't know if we had to call for shuttle but the hotel shuttle was waiting right outside the airport (not just for us, I suppose it makes frequent rounds). The hotel is about 3 minutes from the Airport. We arrived at the hotel and our reservation was not in the system but our name was on a printed list. The food at the hotel was reasonably priced with a good variety. We did not go to the town but passed by it the next day and it's only a couple of blocks so we did not regret it. Hotel had free Wi-Fi.
Day 2 - The next morning after a very nice breakfast buffet at the hotel, the Monkey tours guys showed up and after a brief overview, loaded our luggage into the two vans (we were a large group). After a couple of hours drive we were taken to zip-lining. It's not as scary as it sounds. There were a total of 7-8 zip-lines and you are practically sliding on the line without too much effort. The only place of effort was rock climbing in the middle but that was optional. We did it anyway. It was our first time doing this and we really enjoyed it. You are harnessed every second from start to finish. Then we got our horses and went to a small waterfall. This is more scary than zip-line because my hours just wanted to overtake everyone for some reason. We did river tubing last and it was very fun - You will get soaking wet so wear your water shoes. You will check in at the Hacienda Guachipelin which is right on the property where you did all these activities. You will each lunch, dinner and next days breakfast at this hotel's restaurant (dinner on your own). DO NOT set any expectations for this hotel otherwise you will be disappointed. Remember you are there for fun and activities and not for luxury. We were so tired that we just crashed. Hotel had free Wi-Fi.
Day 3 - Its a long 4+ hour ride to the Cloud forest with every bumpy roads - enjoy the experience. We did the Sky Tram and Sky Walk, ate lunch in town and then opted to skip the walking around the town because it was raining. We did a coffee making tour instead in town. Then we were taken to hotel El Establo. This is a 4+ star hotel and is probably the best hotel room of the whole trip with a nice open view. The main door had a big glass window on top for all the light to come in from the lobby - They should do something about that. The restaurant was the most expensive of all hotels with limited breakfast options as compared to other hotels on this trip. Hotel publicized free Wi-Fi but there wasn't any signal in our building.
Day 4 - A long 3 hour trip again for the river boat ride. The river was a dump but I guess that is where you go to spot crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, all sorts of birds, etc. It was really fun. On the way back we stopped at the lunch place where we were served some real Costa Rican food with all sorts of side (all included in the tour). This was the best food for the trip in my opinion. Then 1 hour ride again to the pottery place and then 1-2 hours to the final destination Playa Samara.
Day 5-7 - Monkey tour has a reception/representatives 24/7 at this location. Upon check-in to Playa Samara we wanted to upgrade to the Ocean View room (We had emailed earlier and were told since this is not busy season we could upgrade when we got there). They wanted us to charge $20 more per night just because we didn't do it online. After showing proof of emails, we were allowed to upgrade for the regular online published price. The room that was given to us was probably build 100 years ago. It had a living room and bed room, but there was mold on the fridge, blinds would not close, lizards roaming around freely in the room, etc. I had read online that they have upgraded rooms so I wanted back and demanded to see some upgraded rooms. After some more arguments we where shown a couple of other rooms. We finally got an upgraded room view a new Ocean view. Although, Monkey Tour staff were very helpful, I am taking 1/2 star off because of this inconvenience. This was off season, they should have given us the best room available to start with - we were paying for it. A tip for whoever is trying to upgrade to Ocean View - Demand to see the upgraded rooms.
You can sign up for Kayak tours for any of the remaining days. There are 4 kayaks there so its a maximum of 6 people per trip. The Monkey Tour guide uses 1 kayak and goes with you. On the island he cut some fresh fruits for us and gave us bottled water. The water was not clear enough for snorkeling on any day.
On the 6-7 days we rented scooter and went to the town (5-7 minutes straight on one road), ate lunch and got some souvenirs. There is Mexican place - KoKo or JoJo something like that, that has amazing food.
We paid for the Pictures and Video from Monkey tours which is not cheap. We were disappointed to see that MOST pictures have a drop or two of water on the camera lens even though the pictures where taken on the dry land - it wasn't wiped from the previous activity/day. They don't look good at all. When they were being edited, the person doing it should have noticed it and should have offered for 1/2 price for their mistake. The Monkey Tour lady who was doing the editing was at the hotel with us for the last 3 days. I am taking 1/2 star off for this.
Overall it was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. We snagged a Groupon. Total five Monkey tour people were with us - 1 Guide, 2 drivers and 2 cameramen. Two people spoke fluent English while the others barely. We had a large group but regardless every Monkey Tour employee was committed to helping us in any way they can to make our trip enjoyable.
The next morning we were taken to the Airport. On we way we made a quick stop to spot a big family of hauler monkeys.
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