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Costa Rica c2c plus extra days

Faultless. Brilliant holiday with the Coast to Coast bike hike raft kayak as the centre piece and excellent more luxurious (and restful) lovely breaks at National Park, Caribbean, and Panama City old town. The C2C (with 5 like minded US and Canadian randoms) was amazing with a wonderful guide (Juan Carlos) and fabulous logistics. Incredible scenic, variety and wildlife experience. Good fitness needed and open mindedness to some roughing it a bit in accommodation (but never in superb food prepared by guide and others). Most suggestions came from the superb ever patient Laurenne at Pioneer Expeditions com and together an itinerary was created which was a spot-on 3 week trip to Central America which we gave us memories to treasure.


This was a really exciting expedition. It was a full on adventure from the High Andes to the Jungle. We learnt to cook the famous Ceviche and Lomo Saltado dishes in Lima. We drank tea made from coca leaves to help us manage the high altitudes. Our guides were all knowledgeable, very helpful and kind. They were always on time, drove safely and were well organised. Our amazing itinerary all went according to plan. Our hotels were all comfortable with plenty of character. The high Andes were spectacular and where we saw the impressive great Condors at Colca Canyon. There were numerous llamas, vicunas, and alpacas too. We took a boat to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and then onto Cusco, our stepping off place for Machu Picchu and the Inca trail. I enjoyed the spectacular mountain walk, with a sure footed guide, through the famous Inca ruins and up to the Sun gate where we looked down on Machu Picchu itself. We learnt a lot about the fascinating Inca culture. A wonderful experience. Finally to the jungle where it's hot and steamy until the storms cool the air. The Amazon tributaries are incredibly wide and the rain forests are wonderful. May we all be able to enjoy them in the future.

Kayaking to Komodo island

Hotels used before and after the excursions were clean and comfortable with a good selection of foods making the overnight stay a treat after the long flights.
The kayaking was strenuous at times but fun nevertheless. The guide had a great sense of humour and the boat crew could not do enough for there guests even though there English was minimal.
The food on the boat was very tasty and varied as well as plentiful.
Overall I was very pleased with the whole vacation and would not hesitate to return.

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