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.

We loved the house in Cahuita and I would

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Anne, June 2012

Anne who traveled with her husband and 11 year old grandson
8 day Rainforest, Volcano, Cloud Forest Tour, June 2012

“We did have a great time!

Here are the highlights of our trip:

  • Hiking the Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve which ended with a Chocolate making demonstration. Fun,informative, and Noah loved the tasty homemade samples.
  • Rafting the Sarapiqui river. Low key, fun guides and Noah loved it!
  • Swimming in the hole of the waterfall La Catarata de la Fortuna.
  • Salvatura skywalk was amazing. Dan and Noah also did the zipline.
  • Visiting the Trapiche coffee and sugar cane plantation.–recommended by Luis who knew well the guide Jorge (who was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English). Noah made his own candy from the
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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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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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Jen, April 2012

Jen, mom of 4 (13 months to 7 yrs)
8 day Rainforest and Beach Tour, April 2012

“We had a great time in Costa Rica!

I made a little video of our trip. We want people to see how great Costa Rica is and how rich of an experience it can be for kids!

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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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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Rachel, 2012

Rachel, mom of 3 (5 & 3 yrs, 6 months)
10 day Volcano, Rainforest, Beach tour with a combo of Eco-Basic & Eco-Plus lodges

“Thank you for planning the best vacation ever!

We had an amazing time: the places were breathtaking, the people were kind, everything was perfect! We enjoyed everywhere we stayed- each had their own charms. […] I think we enjoyed the hikes through the jungle the most. The hanging bridges were just indescribable. We loved the volcano, hopefully when we go back (we MUST go back!) it will be active again. The food was muy delicioso! The breakfast at Andrea Christina was among my favorites, just something about sitting outside in that garden eating fresh fruit and eggs with homemade bread-

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