"Isn't it a joy when everything you ask for becomes reality? That's what we experienced with our tour last week with Jorge Ramirez Morales and his driver Vic on a tour of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.
We didn't care for the itineraries of the Princess Cruises tours, so we wanted something more custom. Jorge delivered. We wanted to see the Jaguar Rescue Center (1.3 hrs away) and also the canals, beaches and city - a lot in a day - but Vic delivered. And the views were so beautiful, we never minded the drive. Vic's English was terrific... no problems communicating.
They picked us up right at the port (just follow their email instructions) with their modern air-conditioned car (something I insisted upon, because it is HOT) - and off we went for stop 1... the Jaguar Rescue Center. What an amazing place. No jaguars (and that's a good thing) but plenty of sloths, monkeys, reptiles and other animals that are rehabbing there by dedicated volunteers, like our guide - Matt, who was so passionate about the creatures. We learned so much in the 2 hour walking tour.
Then the drive to the canal for a private boat ride. Along the way, Vic stopped to see an organic banana plantation and show us how bananas are grown - the male and female parts of the plant - so cool. Then a refreshing canal ride where we saw howler monkeys and other wildlife.
Then off to a lovely beach where we ate lunch with Vic talking about our cultures and enjoying a great meal and the seaside view.
Then Vic took us to the top of the city - a high point where we could see our ship and the beauty of his native city. What a vista! Then we wove the car back through the bustling city to the port, where there were great vendors in stalls for shopping for souvenirs, coffee, artwork... whatever. You can easily negotiate there.
One tip... bring your own toilet tissue. The restaurant was equipped... but other public bathrooms had none. Bring your own!
Otherwise, A++++++ on the tour. Now we understand what Jorge meant when he described his country as Pura Vida... because it is! Our favorite port for its natural beauty and wonderful people!"
These are comments made by some of our satisfied clients
We Almost Did It
We were in Port Limon in November aboard Zuiderdam. Other people had recommended to me Jorge Ramirez firstname.lastname@example.org He was very prompt about answering all e mails and set up what we wanted for the day; atour of the local area and a visit to Veragua. Upon arrival, it was POURING rain, so we re-negotiated a new price for just a local tour (3 hours). We had a lot of fun learning about his country and answering many questions about ours. I recommend him to you. He can arrange anything you want.
Don and Susan
17 Cruises, 5 Continents, 40 Countries, 74 PortsDon and Susan,
To: email@example.com Subject: Review of our day in Costa Rica Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:26:17 -0400Christine Voight,
Hello again Jorge I just wanted to forward a copy of the review that I posted on the Cruise Critic website. I also attached some photos of our day in Costa Rica. Feel free to use them to promote your business or website in any way. We had a wonderful day in Costa Rica and it was the highlight of our 10-day trip. The tour we took in Panama through the ship was terrible. You provide a wonderful service and are very attentive. We hope to meet up with you again soon. Puda Vida 🙂 Christine Voight