Once again Gate 1 planned a fabulous trip to Panama and Costa Rica. Guides Doris Navarro in Panama was an informative and friendly guide and Rafael in Costa Rica was an exceptional guide. We are planning our next gate 1 trip to South Africa for this time next year. Our first was to China. South Africa will make our third Gate 1 trip with many more expected after that. I am especially impressed with the Gate 1 Web site. It is user friendly, comprehensive, and thorough. I have looked into other travel company web sites and was quite unimpressed. When I needed help, the call center individuals have been helpful and courteous. I have been telling all my friends about how great Gate 1 is. I may have sold a few on trying Gate 1 for their next excursion.Melanie M. Loxahatchee, FL
It was fantastic! I have never been on an organized tour before and I had been a bit uneasy when I booked it. I usually make my own arrangements and rent apartments for my trips. I decided to try Gate 1 because I was not at all familiar with Costa Rica and wouldn't have known where to begin. Loved it! Loved the country! Especially loved the tour guide. She was excellent. I'll probably be booking an additional tour or two with Gate 1 in the near future.Elizabeth R. Surprise, AZ
It was wonderful trip and especially the tour manager. He was good with a lot of knowledge and the effort to make everyone happy. Thank you Gate 1 for making this package for us .Chang H. Hewlett, NY
Our trip was wonderful and our tour guide, Rafael, was amazing. It was our first Gate 1 tour and we were very pleased with the entire experience. Will plan on taking more travels with Gate 1 in the future.Paula D. Silver Spring, MD
Our trip to Costa Rica was awesome! We are really impressed and happy with the Gate1 travels. Our guide Manfred was excellent, very helpful, knowledgeable and very organized. A very memorable trip! Thank you!Sarwar A. Chino Hills, CA
It was Great! The country was beautiful and the people were wonderful. Our tour guide was excellent. Thanks to Gate 1 for everything.Lee K. Gilroy, CA
My trip was great - I loved it! Costa Rica is a very beautiful country - it's truly a nature lover's paradise and the weather was nice. We saw monkeys, sloths, turtles, iguanas, snakes, spiders and many beautiful birds. The hotels were great and so was the food and I liked all optional activities especially the hot springs. Gilberth is a terrific guide who truly loves nature and I learned a lot about plants, trees, birds, insects and animals from him. So overall, it was an amazing experience!Olga B. Jacksonville, FL
The trip was amazingly well organized. Gilbert, our guide, was a source of huge amount of information and support. He is an expert on all things Costa Rica. I have learned a lot from him. All the optional tours were very well organized and were worth every penny. The hotels were well located and extremely comfortable. I enjoyed this trip a lot and would recommend it to all my friends.Marina B. Buffalo Grove, IL
Our trip was absolutely wonderful! Accommodations were beautiful! The Costa Rican people were so warm and welcoming. My husband had such a great visit with the school children. He even asked them to get a soccer ball out and played with them. The country side was just beautiful. The bridges and zip lining in the Monteverdi Reserve was amazing. Our buss driver Max and guide Louis were so full of information and provided us answers to all of our questions. We would and have recommended Gate 1 to all of our friends and co-workers. We will be booking another trip soon!Maureen E. Sarasota, FL
Excellent. The guide really made it--Luis. He was so well-informed and organized. Trip went really smoothly, and we stayed in very good places.Marcia H. Greensboro, NC
My Costa Rican vacation was 10/10. The tours, optional tours, resort hotels, activities and tour guide (Rafael) were all stupendous. I cannot wait for my next vacation with Gate 1. Thank you!!!Erin M. Hyattsville, MD
The Costa Rica trip was awesome. My favorite place was Monteverde because of its pleasant climate and of course the cloud forest. Manuel Antonio was beautiful too. We met a lot of amazing people from this trip and we're very fortunate to have Rafael as our Tour Guide. He was excellent. Very knowledgeable and up to date with his information. It was a great trip.Maria-Elena B. Ottawa, Canada
This was my first experience with Gate 1 and it exceeded all expectations. We were impressed by the organization and the quality of the hotels and restaurants. Our tour guide, Manfred, was very congenial and made the trip informative and fun. The trip was a great value for the money.Ronald C. Tampa, FL
Once again, we had a great time. Luis, our guide was so knowledgeable of the birds, animals, insects and plants. He made a great trip that much better. Thanks Gate 1!Stephanie D. Carbondale, IL
The trip was wonderful, had a great time! I was very impressed with the Gate 1 company in operations and the guides all were extremely nice and very knowledgeable. I would travel again with Gate 1.Patricia D. Elmont, NY
It was awesome. Rafael was very knowledgeable about so many things about Costa Rica, from history to culture to flora and fauna. We learned so much in that short time. We highly recommend Gate 1 Travel to everyone.Richard L. Albuquerque, NM
Excellent fun trip. Ricardo our guide was knowledgable professional and helpful with everyone's needs. Costa Rica is a beautiful country!Thomas W. Ft Myers Bch, FL
It was really a lot of fun. Ricardo (tour guide) was great! Accommodations were wonderful!!! And the weather was perfect!Rebecca S. Pueblo, CO
Wonderful trip!! Everything exceeded our expectations. Ricardo our guide and Max our driver were great. Hotels, restaurants, locations and excursions were lovely. I am running out of superlatives. We will definitely use Gate 1 again!!Megan S. Lebanon, OH
The trip was great. We really liked Costa Rica. And Gate 1 delivers on their promises. We liked all the arrangements and will recommend Gate 1 to all our friends. We ourselves are frequent vacationers and will be joining you again.Ghazala S. Raleigh, NC
The trip was great. Our guide, Manfred, and coach driver, Randall, were super. Very helpful, knowledgeable, professional and all around enjoyable to travel with. Also, Monica, who we had on the last day was also a super guide. We thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Costa Rica, loved the accommodations, food and in general, everything about the trip. The highlight for me was having the humming birds land on my fingers and hands. We love them and have them in our yard. Not as many as you have but we love ours as well. This is a trip I would recommend and especially promote Gate 1. This is our 5th trip with Gate 1 and they all have been super and look forward to other Gate 1 trips.Paul T. Crofton, MD
We had a wonderful time. Great itinerary . Manfred our guide was outstanding -- knowledgeable, professional and very helpful to everyone. Our bus driver Randall was the best. We were happy with our accommodations in each place. Great trip.Carole T. Bristol, RI
Excellent Hotels, Great Tours and Excursions. Manfred was an outstanding Tour Manager, and the Bus Drivers were exceptional in looking after our safety. Costa Rica is gorgeous and I will return one day. The food was very good, particularly at the Tryp Hotel in San Jose. My favorite excursion was Zipline in the Monte Verde Cloud Forest.Searle H. Las Vegas, NV
The trip was great. It was very well-organized and efficient. Our tour guide, Rafael, did a great job of leading the group, educating us on Costa Rican culture and history, and showing great care and concern for the people on the trip. I am a vegetarian and I appreciated that he was sensitive to my and other travelers’ dietary needs. I also appreciated the time he took to explain our daily schedule and what we could expect for different meals and excursions. My friend and I had Monica as our tour guide for a half day as well and she was fantastic and very considerate of everyone’s needs. I also enjoyed all of the excursions we went on. I would not have been able to have had the same experience booking them and traveling to them on my own. I believe it would have been much more difficult considering the rough Costa Rican roads/driving conditions and the language barrier I faced not speaking much Spanish. The hotel accommodations were great and I appreciated that Gate 1 specified exactly which hotels we would stay at prior to booking the trip. This is not something that every tour company I looked into was able to do. Overall, the trip far exceeded my expectations.Alyssa K. Berkely, MI
Our trip was great. Costa Rica was so beautiful. Our guide, Jose, was excellent. He kept everything running smoothly and was very knowledgeable and friendly. We are looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip, probably to Iceland.Diana D. San Antonio, TX
Trip was excellent. Exceeded expectations. Ricardo was a wonderful guide. All hotels were great. Excursions were really nice. Had a wonderful time. Looking forward to our next trips in April to Ireland and in June to Africa. Just an overall fantastic experience once again.David W. Windermere, FL
Our trip was awesome! My girlfriend and myself loved Costa Rica! Our guide did an excellent job telling us the history of the country, as well as the animals that live there. He also gave some insight on who he was which built a relationship with our group! Everything went smooth and easy!Roman P. Gustine, CA
Christmas spent in Costa Rica did not disappoint. CR is a beautiful country, very diverse and with so much nature, and the Costa Rican people are lovely. The trip, my 22nd with Gate 1, was brought to life by a superb tour manager, Luis, who handled the group of 41 with ease, was funny, friendly, super organized, and above all a Wikipedia of the natural world, with info delivered in an interesting way that you never tired of. As soon as I met him I knew that I would return home wiser. Complemented by a safe and courteous driver, Max, nice hotels, delicious food and a well paced itinerary, it all added up to another winner. Thanks Gate 1 - see you in 2017 - already have four more trips booked for the New Year!Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
My trip to Costa Rica was wonderful! My tour guide, Luis, did an incredible job. He was very knowledgeable about the plants growing in the country and about the animals, and did an excellent job of describing other things related to Costa Rica. I especially enjoyed how truly excited he was about those things and how much he wanted to share his wealth of knowledge with the tour group. The trip route, hotels, and excursions were very well planned out. We saw a lot in our time in Costa Rica, with ample time to choose things to explore on our own and not with the entire group. Max, the bus driver, also did a great job! I was very impressed by other members of the tour group and did not, during the entire week, hear anyone in the group say something negative about another person who was a part of the group. I appreciated it that there was someone waiting with me from Gate 1 as I picked up my baggage at the San Jose airport upon arrival. It was also very nice that there was an extra person (local guide type person) along with the driver when I was driven from the San Jose airport to the hotel. I also appreciated having an extra person (local guide type person) in the vehicle both on my arrival in Bogota in June and as I went to the airport in Cartagena. This was during my Gate 1 tour of Colombia in June 2016. Costa Rica is an amazing place to visit. The people there have made some very good choices. I was extremely impressed by the organic farming, healthy and tasty food, and by the Costa Ricans excellent use of renewable resources. Their literacy rate is also very impressive. It is excellent that they have channeled funds that used to go towards the military into education. I have visited many other countries and have enjoyed them, but have usually thought that I was now ready to visit another country, and was not particularly interested in returning to the country I'd just visited. Costa Rica is definitely a place I'd like to revisit! Hopefully, this will happen soon. Gate 1 and Luis played a large part in my extremely positive experiences there.Alice T. Palatine, IL
The trip went very well and was fun thanks to our outstanding guide, Jose. Jose handled every situation professionally and smoothly, attending to the smallest details. We learned a lot about the history of Costa Rica, its way of life and uniqueness. Jose treated each one of us as a personal friend, not just as a tourist. He learned about the preferences, the interests and idiosyncrasies of each one of us and humored all of us. He always looks at you with a warm smile when he talks to you and does his best to meet all expectations and needs. I appreciated his valuable recommendations and advice about what to do during free time and how best to use your time. As a Gate 1 travel guide, Jose is in a class by himself. He is the best guide I have ever had and a great asset to Gate 1 travel.Yonka K. Wichita, KS
Our trip was great! We really enjoyed our tour manager and driver. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable about Costa Rica. He was a biologist who pointed out the many interesting plants and animals in the rain forest. Our fellow travelers were very nice, we all got on well, and I hope to travel with them in the future. This is my second Gate 1 adventure, and I plan on many more!Madeleine S. San Jose, CA
Our trip was wonderful! It exceeded our expectations. This was our first tour and I would do it again with Gate 1 and a different destination. Our trip was interesting, informative, adventurous, and lots of fun rolled into the beauty of Costa Rica. Edgar was a great tour guide which made all this happen with some added humor, patience, kindness, concern and much more. Our bus driver Max was exceptional at driving that huge bus through some precarious roads; we always felt safe and comfortable.Donna Y. Pelham, NH
We had an absolutely terrific time! We caught the very edge of the rainy season which straddled our second day into the third, but when we woke up on the third day the skies were blue and clear, and we were surprised to see Arenal Volcano right before our eyes--what a delight! Ziplining, the hanging bridges walk and the eco-thermal spas are real highlights of the visit. This trip to Costa Rica was different from most other Gate 1 trips we've taken, being that it was more of a "nature" trip than the others which show more "man-made" structures. Both types are wonderful, especially with the professional guides Gate 1 uses!Claudia P. Flagler Beach, FL
Very good! Jose was one of the best tour guides. He really does his reading in order to maintain the most recent information. I learned a lot on this trip!Rivera E. Bridgeton, NJ
Awesome! Adobe Car Rental was very pleasant and helpful. The car was excellent. The hotels were great and we experienced so much of the country and the people.Kelli S. Camp Hill, PA
My trip was great, enjoyed every minute of it. From the city to the forest, it was great. My tour guide Luis, is a walking Wikipedia, because of his knowledge and passion for nature made the trip a learning and great experience. Because of Luis i want to go back to Costa Rica to explore the beautiful country some more. I hope Luis will be my tour guide on my next tour, to soak in his knowledge. The highlight of the tour for me was visiting the children at the school in the remote village. They are so humble and grateful.Jose D. South Gate, CA
OMG..it was awesome,especially due to our guide, Luis.When I return for the Caribbean side, I sure hope to get him as my guide.He's a walking encyclopedia with the eyes of an eagle. Also,there were no worries,everything was perfect!!! Thank you Gate 1.Sandra Melbourne, FL
The trip from the planning stages, all the way to the last day was wonderful! Gate 1 Travel made planning and keeping track of all info very easy. The itinerary was fantastic, we would be hard pressed to say which was our favorite. Visiting the school was the icing on the cake. We would really like to say a special shout out for our tour guides and drivers, they did a remarkable job. Manfred and Mauricio are top notch! They deserve an A+. For the drive back to San Jose we had Ricardo and Jose, we were not with them long, but the time we spent with them was very enjoyable. We would enjoy a trip back to Costa Rica. Thank you for putting together such and well planned and enjoyable trip.Matthew T. Engelwood, OH
Trip was awesome. We had a great time. Some friends who have visited CR warned us that it rains a lot because it is rainy season. Mornings were sunny and it only rained late in the afternoon and in the evening. Zip lining, hanging bridges, boat tours and catamaran tour went without a hitch.Gilbert,our tour guide,did not only take care of us but he taught us a lot about his country. He is incredibly knowledgeable, soft spoken, kind and good sense of humor. I would recommend this trip to my friends.Alita S. Ontario, Canada
Our trip with Gate 1 was wonderfull!!! All the accommodations were great and everyone was very nice. The food was good the tour guides were awesome.Angela R. Lakeland, FL
It was amazing! Giovani, our guide, did everything within his power to make things perfect. He was so informative, knowledgable, and friendly that he totally made the trip one of the best I have ever taken. The accommodations exceeded my expectations. Everything ran on schedule and efficiently.Maureen T. Wichita Falls, TX
The country is beautiful and Gate 1 made it a pleasure. Our tour manager Giovanni was very, very good. His knowledge of the region and his personal perspective gave us insight to the people, the country and it's history. He really did a great job. All of the arrangements came off flawlessly, we enjoyed the hotels and their locations, the excursions (fun and exciting, zipline WHOOOO!!), and meals. A special shoutout to Juan Carlos and Roberto our drivers during the trip. This is our second Gate 1 tour and we are exploring for the next one.Robert K. Georgetown, SC
It was amazing. Highly recommend that season. Zip line/repel tour was just my wife and I and two guides- same with a croc tour we took. Costa Rica is also easily drivable, we probably logged 12 hours just driving all over. I hope more people become aware of that fact because it was the best way to see the country. Beautiful weather with afternoon showers and wonderful people. Thank you.Brandon S. Edgewater, MD
Had a really wonderful time. Edgardo was a perfect guide - informed, personable, and unflappable. Accommodations were clean and suitable for the areas we visited. Was our first Gate 1 trip - will definitely use Gate 1 again in the future.Jeffrey H. La Canada Flt, CA
Fantastic. Our Guide, Luis, was extraordinary. We have only smiles. A great way to spend our 50th anniversary.Ransford B. Phoenix, AZ
The trip was great and Rafael (our tour guide) was amazing. He is knowledgeable and took care of us very well. We are looking forward to use Gate 1 for our future tours.Subramani K. Basking Ridge, NJ
Fabulous! Our tour guide Giovanni and bus driver Roberto took such good care of us and our fellow travelers couldn't have been a nicer group!Beverly T. Saint Paul, MN
Thanks for the welcome message. We had a wonderful time. Our tour director Gilbert was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Costa Rica. Again many thanks.Teresita L. Ontario, Canada
It was a great trip. We saw both sides of the country and learned a lot from our excellent guide, Ricardo. He kept us up on history and current things going on in the country. He got along well with everyone. A beautiful place to go, but bring mosquito repellent if you ever go. Food and hotels were all first class also. Thank you Gate 1 for your help!Bonnie S. Huntingtn Bch, CA
The trip was fantastic. We enjoyed the country and the value we received from Gate 1. Our tour team was incredible. Rafael was our guide and our driver was Roberto. We would love to share feedback if there is a forum or survey.Elbert H. Davenport, FL
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