Testimonials of families who traveled with Walter Hamm Davis

Brooke, December 2022- January 2023

Mom of 7 and 12 yr olds
9 day Arenal Volcano, Samara beach with eco-Upgrade lodging
We had an amazing trip — loved every minute.
We enjoyed SO MUCH of our trip, just as we did last time. This time around, we REALLY loved the ziplining tour through the canopy at Arenal. It was one of the most memorable things we’ve ever done, and my 7-year-old loved it as much as the rest of us. Walter took us to a wonderful place very close to The Springs that had a gorgeous view — but more importantly, the guides were extremely professional and GREAT with kids. We also had the best time exploring
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Antone, February- March 2019

Antone and Lauren, honeymoon
11 day Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano

Lauren and I had a wonderful time and can’t thank you enough for your efforts to make our honeymoon the best vacation yet. Both Walter and Gil were excellent guides, completely professional, and were great at their job. Gil especially was amazing. His passion for the country and the wildlife that call CR home is contagious. All hotels were fantastic and easy to use. The locations were fantastic and we have no complaints with the facilities. And thanks for letting Hacienda Guachepelin know about our honeymoon. They gave us a bottle of wine, chocolate dipped strawberries and flower

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Jennifer & Joshua December 2018

Jennifer and Joshua, parents of 7 and 10 yr olds
10 day Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, Playa Negra Beach with eco-Upgrade lodging

Thanks for following up. We had a wonderful trip and are so grateful for all you did to help make it happen. Thank you. Here’s some quick feedback.


We loved Walter! He was a great host and the perfect mix of adventurer and grandfather. He was terrific with our girls and really shaped our experience. We highly recommend him!
The girls particularly loved the adventure activities – ziplining at la linda and white water rafting with green rivers. We felt they were both challenging and age appropriate. The guides were terrific and made us feel

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Jackie, March 2016

Mom of 18 month old
9 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Itinerary with Combo lodging

First and foremost, thank you so much for all your help coordinating this
trip. This was an extraordinary experience for our family and far exceeded
our expectations. We did indeed have an uneventful trip home and all your
details you provided were extremely relevant and helpful.

Highlights from our trip:
It can’t go without mention how wonderful Walter was. This trip was
extraordinary because of him. He made us feel extremely welcomed, allowed me
to work on my poor Spanish skills while not making me feel insecure; by the

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Felix, July-August 2015

Dad of 5 and 3 yr olds
9 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach itinerary with eco-Plus lodging

The trip was great. The guide [Walter] was excellent and very accommodating. The two favorite locations on our trip were Fortuna / Arenal and Cahuita. To be honest, we were less than impressed with the Selva Verde Lodge in Sarapiqui. Overall everything went great!. The kids loved it and the 3 year old even cried when Walter was leaving. We had a great time and thank you very much for your help in coordinating. The sheets you send out are very helpful and we felt very prepared.

Lindsay, June 2015

Lindsay, mom of 5 and 8 yr olds
10 day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Samara Beach from Liberia airport
This trip was fantastic!!  My kids can’t wait to go back again.  First of all, Walter, our guide was beyond great!  He was patient with us and the kids and was the reason they were able to see as much wildlife as they did.
Fortuna: We all loved it and Hotel Silencio del Campo was great.  I had a massage that was good and we couldn’t get the kids out of the hot springs!  The hanging bridges and night frog hunt were definitely highlights.  Although we did also go to Danaus preserve and
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Debbie, June-July 2015

Debbie, mom of 4, 7 and 13 yr olds
9 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach itineary with Combo lodging
We had a terrific time in Costa Rica.  We loved seeing all the animals up close and getting an authentic view of the country.   The older kids, especially, could feel the difference when we went to Manuel Antonio at the end and understood more about what “touristy” means – which was educational and good for them.
Tour guide: We enjoyed Walter a lot.  He was professional, very knowledgeable and detailed.  He was a great driver and very conscious of safety issues.  Sometimes, he was a little rigid; you could tell if he was annoyed.
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