Testimonials of families who traveled with Luis Rodriguez

Christine, January-February 2019

Christine, Mom of 5 and 7 yr olds
10 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach tour with eco-Plus lodging

Our trip was amazing. We have so many pictures and stories, I don’t know where to start. We really enjoyed Luis‘ company. A couple days after he left us, my youngest (Zach -5) said “I miss Luis” – he never said that about anyone before.

Our personal highlights were:

Me: swimming in the river while feeding the fruit-eating “piranhas” during our raft tour in the rain forest near Sarapiqui; having monkeys throw figs at me in the Cahuita national park. Also, I brought a blacklight flashlight with me on a night walk with Luis and Xavier in Sarapiqui

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Suzanne, January 2019

Suzanne, mom of 10, 9 and 6 yr olds
10 day Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & Samara Beach custom itinerary

We had a fantastic trip! So glad we choose to go to Costa Rica

It was such a stress free trip since Jenny did all the planning and Luis made it so easy. He is great. We felt like we made a new friend. We kept our trip relatively simple – Rincon de la Vieja for 3 nights and 4 nights at samara. We spent a night on each end at a hotel in Liberia and we enjoyed it also. We spent one evening walking around Liberia, nice park and church.

Hacienda Guachipelin was beautiful, the adventure center, restaurant

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Alicia, November-December 2018

Alicia, mom of 7 and 10 year olds
8 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with eco-Plus lodging

We had an absolutely wonderful time. We had so many fabulous experiences that it is hard to pick out highlights. The kids tell me their favorite activities were the zipline/pools experience we had near Arenal, the jungle cruise on the Sarapiqui, and the horseback ride we went on with Brigette’s horses in Cahuita. Finding animals and learning about plants and Costa Rican history, culture, and language from Luis really deepened our experience. We all enjoyed our time with Luis and my husband and I remarked on his tremendous professionalism, incredible knowledge, and fun, easy temperament. We just liked being

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Kara, October 2018

Kara & Andy, parents of 15 month old, traveled with grandparents also
11 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach with eco-Plus lodges

We had a great time, and I can’t thank you enough for everything. Luis was a wonderful guide and we all learned so much. I have A LOT of thoughts on our experience and, with your permission, will dump them all here for you to take or leave as you will! I’ve been working in marketing a very long time so I can’t seem to prevent myself from weighing in when feedback is requested!

Overall experience:

Having a guide like Luis was so helpful – the minute we exited the airport we had a guy in our faces

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Trisha, August 2018

Trisha + Daddy + 9-6-4 year olds
8 day Rainforest, Volcano Itinerary with eco-Plus lodging

We are so very grateful for Jenny’s help in organizing our trip. Not only did she help us book everything and provide us with advice on everything from accommodations to site seeing and packing, she also patiently answered our questions each step of the way. When our departure was delayed at the last minute (by a full day) Jenny rearranged everything for us. Our guide Luis was also absolutely amazing. He ensured that we were comfortable each step of the way and guided us throughout our visit. It seemed there was not a question he did not know the

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Kyra, June 2018

Kyra, mom of 7 and 3 yr olds
12 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach with eco-Plus & Upgrade lodges

We had a fantastic and memorable trip, and enjoyed each place we visited. Although we traveled comfortably, we felt like we got a sense of the real Costa Rica and not some generic resort version of the country. Luis was knowledgeable, personable, and patient, and his advice about activities and pacing was spot on. We especially appreciated the flexibility and ease that came having Louis, we could adjust based on weather and how the kids were holding up, and we didn’t have to argue about directions! The people of Costa Rica were so warm, friendly, and welcoming to tourists.

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Kris, April 2018

Kris, Mom of 11 and 8 yr olds
9 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Itinerary with eco-Upgrade lodging

“We couldn’t be happier with our Global Family Adventure experience. From the start, Jenny was quick to respond to any questions we had, as trivial as they may have been. She was thorough and knowledgeable and made planning this trip a cinch! The only thing I wish I had realized when picking three destinations for our 9 day trip was road conditions. When looking on a map, through the lenses of US roads, distances seemed short. But the 70 miles from La Fortuna to Monteverde actually takes 5 hours. I might have only gone with two destinations as half our

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Cynthia, March 2018

Mom of 7 and 9 yr olds
11 day Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, beach with Tico lodging

We just returned home from the most amazing vacation! Everything was perfect. Thank you, Jenny, for the prompt responses to my numerous questions, for organising and booking our wonderful accommodations so quickly, and most of all, for pairing us with Luis.

Luis, this was our first experience with a private guide, and we could not have been luckier than to have had you to show us your beautiful country! From the moment you picked us up at the Hotel Aeropuerto until the day you dropped us off at the Playa Negra Guesthouse, all of us enjoyed every single moment. You

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Brooke, February 2018

Brooke, Mom of 3 and 8 yr olds
11 day Manuel Antonio, Cloud Forest, Samara beach custom itinerary with Upgrade lodging

We loved Costa Rica, and I see why you were so taken with the country years ago. It’s such a special place, since nature is right up in your face, and the people are so wonderful. My 8-year-old saw so many animals that he gave a presentation at school about them when he got home. They even picked up some Spanish. I think the kids were just as enchanted as we were.

We had a fantastic time with Luis. I found the entire trip so well-planned and we had a great time on the long drives, since Luis

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Katie, January-February 2018

Katie, mom of 4 yr old
11 day Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forest, Samara beach with Plus and Upgrade lodging

Just wanted to let you know that we are having a great time so far! We loved the Observatory and now we’re at Iris Arco and it’s gorgeous, and we are very happy to have healthy happy kitties and dogs to play with 🙂

Luis is so great, he’s been super friendly and I’ve loved all the wildlife he’s managed to find on our walks.

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Rose, August 2017

Rose, mom of nearly 4 yr old traveled with her family and mother
12 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Tortuguero with eco-Tico lodges

Thank you for a great trip – our guide Luis was fantastic and we had the best time. We will be back again! I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
We also met Diego? I think – in Sarapiqui, who was out for lunch while his group were resting

Overall the pace of the trip and the way it went – beginning with Monteverde and ending with Tortuguero- was great.

Tortuguero boat rides with 3.5yr old was no challenge!

All the accomodation was great – even the most “rustic” – Andrea Cristina B&B in Sarapiqui – ended

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Becca, April 2017

Becca, Mom of 11 and 13 yr olds
9 day Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, Caribbean Coast Beach with eco-Plus lodges

Some thoughts on our 8 days in Costa Rica…

Luis was amazing. He was a careful driver and managed well with our motion-sickness prone family. His van had wi-fi (which saved our 13-year old from social isolation), nice A/C, and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the view. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge about everything to do with Costa Rica–the wildlife, food, culture, history–and he conveyed the information in a way that was easy to understand and remember. He had a knack for being around when we needed him while also respecting our family time. We had

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Jen, March- April 2017

Jen, mom of 6 yr old, traveled with friends with 4 and 6 yr olds
8 day Arenal Volcano, Samara Beach itinerary from Liberia with eco-Plud lodges

We had a really nice trip! We loved the Volcano Observatory Lodge and Villas Kalimba and the first night at the airport hilton garden inn was perfect after a long flight – the breakfast was awesome and the pool was really nice for the kids before we hit the van for the long drive up to Arenal.

Luis was amazing!!! He was really personable and a safe driver – without him, we would not have seen half the wildlife we did at the Ecocentro Danus and the Hanging Bridges walk! I loved that he brought the scope and let

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Marcel, March 2017

Marcel, Grandfather planned trip for grandparents, parents and 5 yr old granddaughter
8 day Cloud Forest and Samara Beach from Liberia airport with Eco-Upgrade Lodges

We’re back, and thankful to you for organizing a wonderful trip. We all loved Santa Elena and Hotel Belmar, a true gem. Without doubt the ziplining in Selvatura was the highlight, our 5-year old grand daughter absolutely loved it, as did the adults. She also was delighted with the Herpetarium, looking for the frogs and snakes both during the day and in the evening (the little, and no so little, critters are incredibly well camouflaged, but Emme did an amazing job of finding them). We liked Morpho’s for dinner and the Orchid Cafe for lunch. I would not recommend the

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Nick, January 2017

Retired couple
14 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach itinerary with eco-Plus lodging

Dee and I enjoyed the trip very much and think Luis was a wonderful guide/driver. I really can’t think of anything to suggest to have improved our experience.

Cate, December 2016- January 2017

Traveled with family: 6 adults and 3 kids (ages 9-13)
14 day custom tour that included Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest, Baru at Dominical

You arranged a wonderful “cooks tour” of central and coastal CR and we just loved it! There were so many highlights I hardy know where to start. We left a snowy, cold monochromatic world to fly to a place of magic, color, and burgeoning life. It started and stopped at the Buena Vista which was luxurious and relaxing [with the tiny exception of the chronically barking dog just over the fence — but we have one of those here!].

Much as I loved the country, the bulk of my praise must go to Luis [guide] and David [driver]. Luis

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Jennifer, March 2016

Mom of 12 and 15 yr olds
8 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with Upgrade Lodges

We had a fabulous time in Costa Rica, and that’s saying something because I am a pretty anxious traveler. Not only was the planning and execution positively flawless and the accommodations distinct and unique and just perfect, Luis was a dream. Like literally, there was not one thing about him we would change. It takes a truly gifted person to be willing and able to sit in the car and hang out for days with a family and all its dynamics and just seamlessly fit in, like he’d always been there. He is so down-to-earth and knowledgeable about everything

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Sheri, February- March 2016

Mom of 6 and 8 yr olds
13 day Custom Itinerary Volcano, Rainforest, Beach, Peace Lodge with Combo lodges

Thanks Jenny! We did end up taking nature air from Limon to SJO and taxi to peace lodge-$60 for taxi (less than peace lodge transport). It was well worth the extra money and getting up early. The drive out to Cahuita was very long!
The Peace Lodge room was incredible, the kids really enjoyed the animals. It was too zoo like for me. I felt like a captive there with high prices for everything. I compare it to Disney! I just wanted typical casados for dinner instead of fancy dinners. But at this point we were low on cash

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Meggan, January 2016

Mom of 10 and 12 yr old
9 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach itineary with Combo lodging

First off, we loved it!!! We really enjoyed feeling like we saw a good portion of the country. The outdoor landscape with the mountains and beaches was fabulous. We spent as much time as possible outdoors and really loved every minute.

Hotel Aeropuerto: Loved this hotel! Looking back, it was funny how our first day there we were so excited to see “all of the” birds and wildlife. Staff was wonderful to deal with (we did so many 3 separate visits!) and very accommodating. Special thanks to Luis of HA for assisting us with taxis, directions and room accommodations.

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Jamie, November 2015

Mom of 6 and 8 yr olds
8 day Custom Rainforest, Volcano, Samara Beach Itinerary with Tico Lodges

Wow, what a great trip! Everything went so smoothly and we truly had a blast!!! Luis was a wonderful addition. We were lucky to have him on our trip. We would never have been able to see or do as much if he wasn’t there. Thanks for such a beautiful and memorable trip!!!

Some highlights/comments:

San Jose

· Buena Vista hotel was great! We had a small room for the first night & a larger one on the last night. I would definitely recommend booking a family of four in the larger room. We really enjoyed it! The restaurant

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Miriam, August 2015

Mom of 12 yr old and 10 yr old twins
13 day Custom Itinerary Volcano, Cloud Forest, Hacienda Baru, Osa with eco-Upgrade lodges
We had a fabulous, well planned trip. Luis was terrific! Knowledgable, sweet, calm and a pleasure to be with. It really felt like a vacation as parents to have someone else doing the thinking, driving, etc.
I know Copa de Arbol was new to you. We felt it was well worth our splurge. Accommodations were phenomenal as was food and staff. Beach was gorgeous. National Park and the guide we went with were amazing. He taught us how to survive on termites and coconuts. We saw many whales and dolphins on the boat ride there and
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Lise, July 2015

Mom of 6 yr old
14 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with Combo lodging and an added day at the start of the tour near the airport to recover from jet lag

Some feedback from Global Family’s first family from Norway:

1. Your service and how you responded my requests were well beyond
expectations! Your information both on your web-site and the e-mails you
have sent have been very detailed and informative.
2. I liked the flexibility in choosing both destinations and types of
accommodation.
3. We were very pleased with our guide Luis.
4. Monteverde and Arenal great places. 3 + 2 days perfect. The coffee farm
(El Trapiche) guided tour was really interesting, also for our daughter.
4. Sarapiqui

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Jennifer, April-May 2015

Jennifer, mom of 6 and 8 yr olds
7 day Rainforest, Volcano tour with eco-Tico lodging
It was SUCH a great trip and I thank you very much for your excellent service. Luis was wonderful and we were very lucky to have him with us. I know he showed us quite a lot that we would have missed. We do not have any complaints. It was incredibly hot for our time there – even the locals were complaining of the heat. But we managed with extra cold showers and water activities.
I already passed your name on to an acquaintance. Thank you again.

Tamar, February 2015

Tamar, mom of 1, 4, 8 yr olds
8 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary with eco-Tico lodging

We had a wonderful vacation. Luis was so professional and clearly loves what he does. We learned so much about the plants and animals we saw from him, and he was extremely patient with our unruly crew. The accommodations were lovely, as well, at all our destinations. For us, Playa Negra [Guesthouse] was a dream because it was safe and easy with a toddler and had a pool, the beach and everything we wanted within a short walk. After some more ambitious exploration in the pouring rain, those couple of days at the end were paradise!

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Frank, July 2013

Frank, dad of 6 yr old who traveled with his family and mother (aka grandma)
12 day Cloud Forest-Volcano-Rainforest-Beach Itinerary, eco-plus lodging, July 2013

“Here are our notes / tips from our trip:

  1. Buena Vista hotel
    Loved the location. Some rooms are fantastic (looking out over city). Some rooms are a little loud (rooms that are near front of hotel, right over where workers start arriving at 6am). Play area in back is nice, we didn’t realize it was there until our second stop on way out. Breakfast was great.
  2. Monteverde
    Loved Arco Iris EcoLodge, people at front desk were great, laundry was inexpensive (nice touch), breakfast was great, nice to be able to walk to things. We went zip-lining with
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Shelly, April 2013

Shelly, mom of 6 and 4 yr olds
8 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary, April 2013

“Overall, our trip was wonderful!

Our highlights were:

  1. Loved the Cultour at La Casona. We would recommend this very highly to everyone. Food was amazing (best we had in Costa Rica), hosts incredibly friendly and informative, and meeting the kids at the school just fabulous. Then the farm visit too. So much fun.
  2. We also loved Eco Danaus. It was a perfect setting to see such a variety of animals, insects and plants. So enjoyable.
  3. The beaches in Cahuita were right up our alley. The mellow feel of the town, the wonderful guesthouse, great swimming at the beaches made
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Christina, March 2013

Christina, mom of 4 and 6 yr olds
9 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Itinerary, March 2013

“We had an absolutely wonderful time. Luis was a fantastic guide- he was patient with our 6 and 4yo kids, and we all learned so much from him.

The home visit in Sarapiqui was really great [booked through Selva Verde lodge]. We visited a family with a 7yo child- our kids didn’t want to leave after a nearly 2hr visit! We saw their animals and crops- so in this case, it was more of a home visit (which was what we wanted) than a farm visit. I would highly recommend it- especially if you can specify visiting

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Dan, November 2012

Dan, dad of 5 and 13 yr olds, traveled with his family and the grandparents
10 day Rainforest-Volcano-Cloud Forest tour, eco-plus lodging, November 2012

“All in all, the trip was fantastic.

Luis was an excellent guide, both friendly and professional. We loved where we stayed, and the numerous hikes through the forests were wonderful. Even our 5-year-old kept up during those hikes.”

Karen, November 2012

Karen, mom of 10, 12, 14 yr olds
8 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Tour, November 2012

“Luis was just wonderful; what an encyclopedic mind!

A veritable wealth of knowledge of plants, animals, birds, history, geography, geology, current events, etc. and all in the most incredible detail! He was always very professional, friendly, and reliable. All of his recommendations for meals, activities, times, etc. were right on the mark.

Ok, highlights–we all LOVED the waterfall rappel/canyoning half-day trip (pricey at $85 or 90 per person w/lunch included, but well worth it, and guides were great) with Defasio outfitters in Arenal, and the ziplining canopy tour (13 ziplines, $45 per person) at Selvatura in Monteverde. I, who am

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Patty and Bonnie, August 2012

Friends Patty and Bonnie traveled with their families including 6 kids between the ages of 6 to 10
9 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Tour, August 2012

“Yes we had a great trip.

All went well. We loved Luis [guide] and would highly recommend him and our driver Victor was great as well. We felt like they were family by the end of the trip… Anyway keep using Luis he was great, attentive, good with the kids and very knowledgable about all things Costa Rica. ~ Patty

We had a wonderful time! Couldn’t ask for better guides in Luis and Victor!!! Will write in detail when we get home and settled. We are actually just getting in to Miami. Thank you for helping us plan a once

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Erin, July 2012

Erin, mom of 10 and 12 yr olds
10 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach Tour, July 2012

“David and I cannot say enough good things about Luis [guide]. He was truly exceptional!

We had never traveled with a guide before and were not quite sure about the protocol and what to expect. 😉 Luis was very happy to honor our requests about what we wanted to do or guide us in a better direction without having his own agenda and was completely accessible to us.

Since I received your email, I have been thinking of what I could tell you about ways your service could be improved, and I truly have not been able to think of

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Terumi, July 2012

Terumi, mom of 4 yr old twins
7 day Custom Itinerary including Rainforest, Volcano, Cloudforest and Beach, July 2012

Thank you so much! We had a great trip.

Luis was a great guide and the guys had a good time with him. They loved ziplining in Monteverde at the frog farm and Cahuita was very neat. We also tried the Monteverde Train-my guys loved it but it was a little pricey (we knew going into it) and we were surprised at how few kids were on it. There was only one other kid and mostly seniors so if my guys weren’t such train nuts we probably wouldn’t do that one.

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Sara, 2012

Sara, mom of 2 yr old
8 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Tour with Eco-Basic Lodges

“We had a great time in Cost Rica.

Everything went so smoothly which is more than you can ask when traveling with a two year old! Luis was great. We were impressed by his depth of knowledge and his own obvious enthusiasm for birds and other creatures. He was very patient and had a good idea of what a toddler was capable of. Your list for packing was also very helpful.

Sara, May 2012

Sara, mom of 7 and 9 year old
7 day custom tour to coincide with Dad's business trip in San Jose, May 2012

We had an incredible, life-changing trip.

Luis was amazing. He was patient and passionate about showing us all Costa Rica has to offer. We loved the balance of our trip- it was great to start “off the grid” in Sarapiqui. Tirimbina had tons of wildlife, none of which we would have spotted without Luis.

Our kids kept journals and logged something like 54 different types of animals we saw in about 5 days. Tremendous experience that would not have been as great without Luis. He helped us not only navigate the jungles, but also the necessary bathroom stops on the

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Michelle, 2012

Michelle, mom of 3 (6, 4, 2 yrs)
9 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest tour with combo of Eco-Basic and Eco-Plus lodges

“We had a great time! It is hard being back. […]

So many highlights! The first day of the tour we did Poas and then La Paz before heading to La Quinta. The second day we did a boat ride with just our family – it was great having the boat to ourselves – with someone that Luis [guide] recommended, lunch in town, some swimming for the older girls (6, 4 yrs) while the youngest (2 yrs) napped, then the chocolate tour. We ended that day with an evening tour of the La Quinta grounds with Luis, finding frogs, etc.

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Anette, 2011

Annette, mom of Ruben (15 months), pictured with her family at Arenal Volcano
12 Day Custom Itinerary with private guide

“Our holidays were great, everything worked out very well.

Luis is a wonderful guide, driver and photographer and showed and explained us all the plants, insects and animals. Definitely to be recommended! We were very happy with his service.”

Nirmal, 2010

Nirmal, who traveled to Costa Rica with her husband, two kids (1, 4) and parents, all pictured here at Tirimbina Wildlife Refuge
Custom Itinerary with private guide

“We really enjoyed CR and would easily go back.

Luis [guide] was good in every sense. On time, polite, worked with the requests of our kids, us, and my parents, treated our bags well. He was friendly to both our kids. His car was clean, comfortable, and safe, and he tied in our car seats very well. He knew everything we asked about and made real efforts to show as much as he could to us. A very good ambassador for CR.”

Helen, 2010

Helen, mom of twin 4 year old boys
Custom Itinerary with private guide

“We had a great trip.

The itinerary worked well for us and Luis was a wonderful guide. Highlights for us were: seeing Arenal laval flow at night, boat ride in Sarapiqui, zip-line in Monteverde (my husband’s fave) and flashlight frog tag at Alex’s inn (Andrea Cristina B&B). The boys had a lot of fun finding all the frogs/toads in the dark.”

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