Testimonials of families who traveled with Kevin Herra Martinez

Ellie, March 2024

Ellie traveled with her mother and 14 yr old child
9 day Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, Playa Negra Beach with eco-Upgrade lodges

We had a great time on our multi-generational trip to La Fortuna, Sarapiqui, and Cahuita. Our guide, Kevin, was excellent, and we really appreciated having him help us choose activities along with his extensive knowledge of birds, wildlife, vegetation, food, and the local areas. On our trip from the airport, Kevin introduced us to Costa Rican cuisine, including casado, patacones, limonada with hierbabuena, and coffee as he pointed out coffee plantations and stopped along the way to see a waterfall. It was a pleasure spending time with Kevin, getting to see where he lived and meeting his family, and

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Vikas & Christina July- August 2023

Parents of 16 & 18 year olds
10 day Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, Tortuguero, Playa Negra beach with eco-Upgrade lodging
Dear Jenny – thank you for putting together an AWESOME ADVENTURE for us!
It was truly so memorable and fun and grateful for all your great suggestions and itinerary.
Ps. Kevin was a wonderful guide and very attentive. Venues was stunning and everything was just perfect.
We had a great time. Kevin is a wonderful guide. We would recommend him without hesitation.
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Carrenne July 2023

Mom of 15 yr old
9 day Rainforest, Caribbean Coast Beach, Rainforest, Tortuguero with eco-Upgrade lodges
We had a wonderful family vacation and the guides were truly incredible. It was such a personalized trip and we felt so VIP and taken care of. You have a wonderful team and support network down there.
I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much we enjoyed our time. Thank you for putting this all together for us.

Meredith, Dec 2015- Jan 2016

Mom of 6 and 8 yr olds
11 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach with Combo lodging
We had a great time on our trip and I have already recommended your tours to several friends.
Jose Pablo [guide] was fantastic.  Also we had a great experience with Kevin at Green River tours – we did a white water rafting tour and a wildlife tour. Sarapiqui rainforest was our favorite part of the tour. To be honest, the reviews for Cahuita were mixed.  The beach was beautiful and the hotel was nice, but the weather was soooo hot and with no air conditioning at the hotel – we were
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Rachel, January 2014

Rachel, Dai and Tal (4 yrs) from the UK
14 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with combo eco-Tico and eco-Plus lodging

Arrival/transfer/meeting:  Kevin [guide] all went without a hitch which was great after a looong journey. Monteverde Villas Lodge was fab, simple but very clean and excellent breakfast. We did a number of the recommended activities and the forest hikes were just beautiful. We also went on the little train- pricey but great fun for a train obsessed four year old, and spectacular views of Arenal for the grown ups. Kevin was great with our little boy Tal on all the hikes, showing him all kinds of plants and wildlife. We ate at Sabor Tico and thought the casado was excellent!

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Tina, August 2013

Tina, mom of 9 yr old
7 day Rainforest-Volcano itinerary with Eco-Tico lodging, August 2013

Our travels to and from CR went off without a hitch.

We loved Hotel Buena Vista.  It was breathtakingly beautiful without being the least bit ostentatious.  And the staff was so kind.  The dinners there are huge, so I might recommend if anyone chooses to eat there, they may want to share plates.

Within 10 minutes of meeting Kevin [guide and Andrea Cristina B&B manager], I was composing my recommendation in my head.  My in-laws would describe him as “un sol” — just an all-around stellar fellow who frankly could have taken us to the laundromat and made it seem

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Jen, April 2013

Jen, mom of 3 yr. and 6 mo. old
12 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest, Beach Itinerary, April 2013

“The main benefit to going to Costa Rica with Global Family Adventures was that Jenny provides an amazingly detailed itinerary, yet you have all the flexibility to pick and choose your activities.

She does all the research you would like to do if you were not so busy – you can relax and enjoy!

In Monte Verde / St Elena for example we did about a 2.5 hour walk. Both Kevin [guide] and Alice [sitter] interacted with our son a lot, showing him leaves, animals, seeds, trees that kids could walk through. They kept him so

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John, December 2012

John, dad of 9 and 11 yr olds
9 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Tour, December 2012-January 2013

“We had a completely wonderful trip!! Kevin is not only a phenomenal guide, but he is also a great guy.

He was terrific with the kids at all times, courteous, energetic, and knowledgable. It is obvious that he has a genuine love for his country and his work. When he dropped us at the hotel at the end of the tour, we felt like we were saying goodbye to family. My son, who is not a crier, actually cried after Kevin left.

We enjoyed all the areas a lot. My wife and I especially enjoyed the

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Molly, November 2012

Molly, mom of 13, 7, 5, 4 yr olds
11 day Custom Itinerary including Volcano, Rainforest, Beach, November 2012

“We had such an amazing time! It was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had-with or without kids.

Kevin was just amazing. We feel like he’s family 🙂 the kids loved him, we loved him……he was just great.

As far as the highlights:

When we were in Cahuita we took a taxi over to Puerto Viejo and went to the Jaguar Rescue Center. It was phenomenal. Everyone got to hold baby monkeys and we were able to get very up and close with the sloths. Lots of animals and a great tour. Taxi was $30 each way with a

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Alice, 2012

Alice, who traveled to Costa Rica with her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren ages 7 and 10, pictured here with their guide Kevin
15 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Tour with a mix of Eco-Basic and Eco-Plus lodges

“We visited such interesting places, our accommodations were first class and our guide, Kevin, was simply the BEST!

His knowledge and pride of his country, its birds and beasts and his constant advice and guidance were outstanding. His psychology with the kids was so perceptive, and his ability to accommodate the disparate ages {7 to 80} was masterful. We were amazed to learn that he’s only 23 years old. His family was also so good to us during our stay at their eco lodge.

The arrangement for us to visit a school [even though the kids were on vacation] and

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Kent, 2012

Kent, dad of 9 and 5 yr old boys, pictured with his family at Hotel Buena Vista, near the San Jose airport
Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with private guide

“As you suggested, Kevin was a wonderful guide.

He was always suggesting ideas of things we could do and kept us plenty busy. We got to see plenty of birds. It’s amazing how fast he can spot them and get them zoomed in on his telescope. My boys loved hanging out with him and my oldest is well on his way of becoming a birder himself. I could go on and on, but will wrap up by saying at only 23 years old, it is amazing how responsible and in touch with nature and his country he his.

The trip

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Erica, 2011

Erica, pictured here at Poas Volcano with her extended family and 5 year old twins
11 Day Custom Itinerary with private guide

“I just wanted to let you know our trip was GREAT!

We loved the country, loved Kevin, loved the hotels. Thanks so much for arranging.”

Kelly, 2011

Kelly, who traveled to Costa Rica with her husband and 3 and 5 year old kids
9 Day Custom Itinerary with private guide

“We’ve just returned […] I wanted to write to you right away to let you know that we had a fabulous time and that Kevin is truly an amazing guide

he was so great with the kids (and with us) and we felt very taken care of the entire time (well, until we were dealing with Aeromexico and staying extra night in San Jose!). All the hotels had our reservations, all of the rooms were the ones that we selected– perfect!

Thank you for giving us the confidence to travel abroad on an adventurous trip with a 3 and 5

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Alison, 2010

Alison, mom of Mason (8) and Adeline (11) pictured here at Arenal Volcano along with their guide Kevin
Custom Itinerary with private guide

“Our experience FAR exceeded our expectations largely due to Kevin’s outstanding guiding.

We feel so lucky that you connected us with him for our trip. We can’t thank you enough for planning and organizing such an affordable and family-friendly trip for us. You met every requirement we asked for—specifically, adventurous but safe. It truly was a life-changing experience for all of us!!”

Annette, 2010

Annette, who traveled to Costa Rica with her grandchild (11), her neice and her neice's 3 kids (7, 5, baby) some of whom are pictured here horseback riding in Sarapiqui along with their guide Kevin
Custom Itinerary with private guide

“It was a fabulous trip and we appreciate the planning that you did to make this trip easy and enjoyable.

Kevin [guide] and Alex [owner of Andrea Christina B&B] went above and beyond any expectation. Kevin is an excellent driver/guide/naturalist. He relates to all ages very, very well and picks up on US nuances nicely. We all fell in love with him.”

Kim, 2007

Kim, mom of Jacob (8) pictured here on the zipline at Monteverde
Custom Itinerary with private guide

“Our trip was excellent!

I can’t say enough about Kevin [guide] he went way beyond my expectations. He was very professional, knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile. He has a great personality for leading tours with adults and children. He is also a very patient driver and truly cares if everyone is enjoying the tour. His birding skills were superb and greatly appreciated by me. I am not sure if I told you…but I have led small group tours in N. America, Europe and Africa (for 16 years) thus my praise for Kevin comes with knowledge and

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