Testimonials of families who traveled with Dauren Hidalgo Torres

Gina, March 2024

Mom of 11 and 13 yr olds
8 day cloud forest and Samara beach

It was a great trip. Dauren was fantastic. We loved our time with him – just made everything easy. His car was great and he struck the perfect balance of touring talks with quiet time. Also LOVE Santa Elena and Monteverde.

We ended up coming home a day early from Samara. It was VERY hot so it was hard to do much though the beach cooled off later in the day. It was too hot to kayak or go fishing or anything like that. Diego was awesome and incredibly responsive. Being in the villa (as opposed to on site)

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Ned, January 2020

Ned traveled with his husband and a friend
9 day Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio Beach

Global Family Adventures had been recommended to me by multiple family members and friends who had utilized their services in the past and said we would miss things if we didn’t go through Jenny. They were definitely right! From the moment we met Dauren in San Jose, we had the best time learning about the culture and history of Costa Rica while getting to see the most incredible flora and fauna. Dauren had a keen eye for anything moving in the forests whether that was on a walk or when we were driving between destinations. He always seemed to

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Alan & Michelle, December 2019-January 2020

Alan, dad of 13 and 17 yr olds
10 day Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio Beach with eco-Upgrade lodging

We had a fabulous time! Travel to and from home was smooth. Dauren is the best!!! When we ate dinner the last night before our flight back home, we discussed our top three experiences – Dauren was in there with Zip Line and Horseback Riding. He made the trip!!! He always had great suggestions and helped us decide on activities and places to eat. Your family is going to love hime next Christmas when you go! He knows his craft and he knows all about the nature and history of Costa Rica.

I suggest you consider getting input from

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Catherine, June 2019

Catherine, Mom of 4 year old and 20 mo. old baby
10 day Volcano, Cloud Forest, Samara Beach itinerary with Upgrade lodging

We had such a great, and exhausting, trip that we spent the weekend recovering and sleeping 🙂


Senda Monteverde: staff was incredible, accommodations were great, food was really reasonable, wildlife on the premises (coati, armadillo, aguti)
Arenal Springs Resort: we loved the pools and the accommodations, great that they had a playground too!
Hanging bridges in Monteverde
Dinner at Villas Kalimba by Roberto and his sweet puppies (we were the only diners, so it was great given our squirrelly kids!)

FYI: The car seats in Dauren‘s van were really basic and didn’t quite

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Sarah, March 2019

Sarah, mom of 4, 9 and 12 yr olds
11 day Volcano, Cloud Forest, Samara Beach with combo lodging

We’ve been home for a week now and I finally have time to send you the email I wanted to send. The short version: this was a trip of a lifetime! I am so immensely grateful for the help you provided to us, the guidance in the documents you provided, and for having Dauren to guide us. It was amazing.

This email will be very long as I wanted to include everything we did in case you can glean any insights to pass on to others.

Day 1

We arrived on schedule and took a cab without incident to

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Merrill, February-March 2018

Merrill, Grandmother of two 11 yr olds
12 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach with Samara Beach with eco-Tico & Plus lodges

We had a fabulous time on our trip! Thank you so much for the planning you did to enable us to have such a memorable experience! There are not enough superlatives to describe Dauren, our guide. It was not just his immense knowledge of the flora and fauna, people and experiences, but his very personable nature. The girls really enjoyed him and were sad when he left us at the beach. He went out of his way to accommodate our wishes and his recommendations for activities like horseback riding and ziplining were much appreciated. He even went on the

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Stacey, April 2017

Stacey, mom of 5 and 2 yr. olds
8 day Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, Caribbean beach

We had an amazing time on our trip!
Dauren was absolutely fantastic with sharing his knowledge of all wildlife, plants, and history of Costa Rica as well as taking care of all logistics for our activities. He was super flexible and wonderful with our two girls as well. Extremely patient and caring.
We loved Silencio del Campo. The hot springs were perfect on site and great temps for our kids and we loved the farm too! We also loved El Encanto. The owner Alex was so hospitable and helpful, it was also so family friendly and we loved

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Maria, February 2016

Mom of 2 and 4 yr olds
9 day Volcano, Cloud Forest, Samara Beach Itinerary with Plus lodging

Thanks- we had a great time in Costa Rica. We loved the mix of adventure in the rainforest and relaxation by the beach.

Dauren, our guide, was terrific. He was extremely good at spotting animals on out hikes, knew everything that we wanted to know about the country and was very attentive and good at sensing our needs, preferences etc.

Our highlights were the hikes on the hanging bridges, the night hike, los Laureles hot springs (fantastic!) and of course relaxing at the pool and the beach with our kids. It’s really difficult to point anything out in particular. We

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