Connie

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35-year-old Female living in North York, Ontario Canada

Level 8 Traveler

8 tours

18 countries

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Trips I've Done

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Amsterdam to Barcelona

6 countries \ 11 days \ from US$565 per person

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Vietnam Experience

1 country \ 12 days \ from US$1491 per person

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Pura Vida! Up close with nature!

Costa Rica Unplugged 1 country \ 12 days

17 Nov 2012 - 28 Nov 2012 \ Costa Rica!! Pura Vida!! This was a great trip, highly recommend it if you’re seeking adventure and activity at a moderate pace and can handle a few different climates. Good stuff: Costa Rica is a great country. Unlike Mexico, its not built up so the accommodations are small and in lush natural areas surrounded by animals and lots of plants and trees, and it wasn't hot until we hit the low lands on the Pacific coast. Waking up to the sound of howler monkeys, being greeted by an Iguana at the hotel or hanging out poolside with Monkeys was quite common during my trip. The tour includes lots of activities such as White Water Rafting (which you can swap for ziplining, though zipling is way better in the Monteverde optional), bridge walks over the forests, a visit to a volcano and a coffee plantation, to name a few. There is a day at a nature park in Monte Verde where you’ll get to hang out with hummingbirds - by far the coolest animal on the trip! The accommodations were pretty good (some worse than others): decent bathrooms (hot water didn’t work in a few places, but the water is drinkable everywhere) and very close to nature. The hotel in San Jose was fantastic! Its brand new, has free WiFi and long distance calling. The optionals were amazing: the Rappelling/Canyoneering option in Arenal is not to be missed, neither is ziplining in Manuel Antonio or the catamaran trip into open water (with open bar). I could have done without the horseback ride in Arenal and the surf lesson in Manuel Antonio. The chocolate tour is good too, plus its one of those “if you don’t go you may be doing nothing for a few hours” moments.But i love chocolate so i'm biased. Bad stuff: the weather! I went in late November. All the books say the wet season is over by then, but we had nothing but rain the first week. It didn’t put too much of a dent in the trip (the night cruise in Tortuguero was cancelled but we partied at the hotel bar instead) though the stay at Sarapiqui in the jungle tents was a tad uncomfortable since there were only gravel paths to the tents – the tents were dry, thank goodness. The night walk there was in a deluge! Pack for rain on this trip, especially the cloud forest where it always rains from the trees. Pack rain ponchos (all our expensive ‘rain jackets’ were useless, we were drenched, only a plastic sheet can keep you dry and don’t bother with umbrellas in the parks) and pack shoes that can get wet: wet shoes stink and can’t dry because its too damp. Pack closed shoes for the walks and for the activities, you can’t wear sandals on the rafting or the zipling (my crocs were superstars). Pack long pants: jeans, convertible pants, yoga pants whatever. It gets cold at higher elevations. Suitcase or back pack? I had a suitcase, so did the majority of my group: it was just fine. The boat to Tortuguero doesn’t exactly have a dock but we managed to get the bags on and off ok. Same in Sarapiqui, there’s gravel paths and stairs. Just be ready to carry it for about 30 m. Budget: I budgeted about $80 USD a day and did ok, but the optionals and Tips were extra to that (~$500USD). They accept US Dollars everywhere interchangeably with the Colon. Conversion rate is 500 colons to $1USD. Group Size: we were 23. I think there’s only 24 spots available. Big coaches don’t travel well in Costa Rica – most of the roads are not paved. our coach was super comfy even on the bad roads. Ammenities: ATMs are a pain. Sure they are nearby but folks had a tough time with them. Use them in San Jose near the hotel (there’s a scotiabank there for my Canadian friends). The Tour manager gives you heads up about where they are if you are in a bind. Tortugeuro is pretty much all-inclusive unless you venture to town and do some shopping (and by town I mean the 20 huts that sell touristy things and food and drinks). food is ok, it was safe to eat anywhere and the breakfasts at all the stops were great. Stuff to pack: Beach towel, closed shoes, open shoes, long pants, short pants, rain poncho, jacket, stuff you don't mind getting wet in and stuff to keep your camera dry (bonus if you have a waterproof camera, you’ll get great shots). Free wifi at all the hotels so pack your smartphone/netbook/tablets even if you don’t want to use the Roaming feature. My Contiki Ekit SIM card was terrible down there. The calls were all broken up. Pack equal amounts of bug repellent and sunscreen. You’ll use more of the repellent especially at the start of the tour. Highlight: Manuel Antonio: warm, sunny, lots of fun, real close to the beach (ah the sunset!). Monteverde was a close second with the ziplining park and humming birds. Arenal was a blast at the bars and the cultural dinner. Lowlight: Sarapiqui! If you’re looking for a more chill vacation or more history/culture, consider Mexico Grande. Costa Rica unplugged will keep you busy and active in the most amazing greenspaces you will ever see! You will see tons of cool natural stuff, don’t let the threat of rain dampen your spirits, the monkeys don't seem to mind. Its called the rain forest for a reason! Enjoy!

Costa Rica!! Pura Vida!! This was a great trip, highly recommend it if you’re seeking adventure and activity at a moderate pace... read more

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Grande Good Times

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03 Mar 2012 - 15 Mar 2012 \ I just did Mexico Grande in March 2012 and totally recommend it. It was a terrific balance of culture, partying, relaxing and (of course) beach time! I chose this tour because being stranded at an all-inclusive didn't appeal to me: i wanted to see more than just baste on a beach at a resort in Mexico. Mexico is pretty safe, yes there's news about bad things happening to tourists, but its no different than at home: if you look for trouble, it shall find you! I was safe, everyone on the tour was safe and no one got food poisoning! Mexicans are super nice, everything is super cheap ($1USD for a can of Margarita) and the weather is fantastic! The hotels were good too and in great locations: Holiday Inns in Acapulco & Ixtapa and a quaint monastery-turned-hotel in Taxco. And the food on this tour was some of the best I've ever had (goat tacos on the side of the highway stole the show!!) Although operating in Mexico, the tour was just like other Contiki's - great tour manager, night life (five nights of clubbing), activities (optionals are only a few since activities are included: beach sports, horseback riding in Ixtapa, a night of Lucha Libre in Mexico City and an eco-park in Cancun) and free time to shop, tan etc. Mexico is one of those places where its difficult to get around and see everything so joining a tour is the best way to see Pyramids (Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza), sites (a Cenote, a carriage ride through colonial Merida, the cobblestone roads of Taxco) and beaches (Zihuatanejo, Playa del Carmen). If you have time, add on a few days in Cancun to really relax and take in the night life: its a crazy place! Consider a hotel closer to the night life with a real beach (the Contiki hotel is on the bus route but there's better beaches elsewhere). Our TM arranged for entry to Dady'O and Coco Bongo tickets: not to be missed in Cancun! I'm so glad i did this tour: Mexico is a great mix of old colonial, modern metropolis and beach bummin' good times. Happy travels!

I just did Mexico Grande in March 2012 and totally recommend it. It was a terrific balance of culture, partying, relaxing and (of course)... read more

Food Partying Beach

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Russia (Start Stockholm)

6 countries \ 14 days \ from US$2615 per person

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Wild Western

1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2127 per person

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Eastern Road

5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$2069 per person

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Eastern Road

5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$2069 per person

Favorite Tours

Wild Western

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1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2127 per person

Thoughts of an awesome threesome - California, Arizona and Nevada - have possibly entered your mind at least once. Start this boys and girls gone 'wild western' phase, beach-bound in beautiful San Diego. Back stateside, you're doing the desert - multi-cultural musings in Arizona, and multi-millions (you hope) along the Las Vegas Strip. Then you're going back to Cali to finish with Hollywood gli...

Southern Adventure (Start Los Angeles)

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1 country \ 13 days \ from US$1905 per person

Make your way through 11 of the USA’s southern states on this adventure ride. From heli-rides across the vistas of the Grand Canyon to the bright lights of Vegas, this is the stunning south at its best. Get on down with cowboys at a rodeo, dig into finger-lickin' good ribs at a Texan BBQ, steamboat down the mighty Mississippi & learn to cook the New Orleans way! You'll experience everything fro...

Spotlight on Greece plus 7 day Greek Island Cruise

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2 countries \ 12 days \ from US$2379 per person

Discover Athens, Olympia, Delphi & the Greek isles in depth when you combine the Spotlight on Greece tour with Greek Island Cruising! Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens, the first Olympic stadium in Olympia & the Temples of Hera and Zeus in Delphi, all with a local Greek Guide. Then it's time to soak up the rays as you float your way around the Aegean Sea. From Turkey to the islands of G...

Northern Adventure

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1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2308 per person

True to its name, escape for 2 weeks to some of the USA’s hottest destinations & experience what this amazing country has to offer. Start in Chicago & roll through America’s Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Salute Presidents past at Mt Rushmore, buckle up for a rodeo in Cody, then get back to nature on a hike through a National Park. Take it up a notch at the end as you rub shoulders with Ve...

Eastern Discovery (Start New Orleans)

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1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2244 per person

Contiki's Eastern America tour will give you action and adventure, as well as time to chill out and unwind. From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Northern hotspots, get a good taste of America! While you're up north, why not get consumed by the city that never sleeps, New York. And down South, get charmed by some traditional southern hospitality. Stil...

Asian Adventure

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3 countries \ 14 days \ from US$1987 per person

Get into the best of Thailand, Laos & Cambodia in 14 incredible days. Be part of the buzz & bright lights of Bangkok before a change of scene in the Mekong with its rice paddy & sugar fields & coconut palms. The low key vibes of Laos, with its small villages, saffron robed monks & French colonial past are up next, before Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm in Cambodia's jungle & a slice of Phnom Penh.

Costa Rica Unplugged

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1 country \ 12 days \ from US$2142 per person

This tiny country is a haven for discovery, so get ready to go in-depth on this 12 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.

Peru Uncovered

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1 country \ 14 days \ from US$3098 per person

Experience the best of Peru on this adventure into the country’s ultimate hotspots. From ancient Inca culture, the Andes & Amazon jungle to awesome locals, Peru has it all. See the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the cultural-hub of Cusco, the Colca Canyon & our highlight, Machu Picchu. When you’re done, sit back & re-live the memories over a perfect Pisco Sour. You can choose to either trek...

Amsterdam to Barcelona

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6 countries \ 11 days \ from US$565 per person

Get ready for some good times on your journey through Western Europe! Amsterdam & Barcelona are amazing, but it wouldn't be a proper holiday if you didn't pop into Paris, gaze at the Swiss & French Alps & experience the glamour of the French Riviera. Great destinations, awesome scenery & a top tour!

European Discovery (Winter)

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9 countries \ 13 days \ from US$1589 per person

If trips were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetiser. 8 countries in one shot gives you a taste of all the big cities plus some hidden treasures, so you know where to go next time! From Amsterdam to Rome to Paris, you won't want to miss a thing. In fact, sleep will probably be the last thing on your mind!

Inca Panorama

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1 country \ 11 days \ from US$2159 per person

Walk in the footsteps of the Incas & live it up on this 11 day adventure. Experience the Colca Canyon, see the King of the Andes at Condor Cross & get up close to the locals & their unique way of life on Lake Titicaca’s floating islands. Pump up the volume in Cusco where action & adventure await, then wrap up the experience at Machu Picchu. Wash it all down with some Pisco Sours & good times in...

Places I've Been (?)

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russian Federation
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Austria
  • Cambodia
  • Costa Rica
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Italy
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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