Before they left, I invited them to come see Hush Valley Lodge. Since the taxi driver's van was not 4x4, they all piled into our SUV (including the taxi driver, Carlos). I introduced them to Kevin and we gave them a short tour of our property. They all seemed impressed with the property and said they'd like to come back and stay in the guesthouse. Word of mouth is key in this business, so it's nice that they said they would spread the word. Even Carlos, who had never been in the Dota mountains, thought it would be a great place for honeymooners. He said he had guests coming to visit, but would need to accommodate eight people. Maybe next year, if we do well, we'll build another guesthouse. He also gave us his card and said he would be happy to drive any of our guests from the airport to Copey. He's a great contact to have because he speaks a little English and his van is spotless. All this positive feedback continues to encourage us. We're feeling optimistic about the future.
I drove them all back to Copey and they got back into the taxi van for their long journey back to San Jose. It was lovely to meet Arthur, Bob, Randy and Carlos, too. Hope to see them all again someday.