Kimkim Trip Reviews for Costa Rica

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Overall, a terrific trip to Costa Rica, arran... · Costa Rica - Jul 21 - Jul 30, 2021

Traveler: Ian S. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

Overall, a terrific trip to Costa Rica, arranged by Alberto.
Diego at GWA was fantastic and helped on the couple of times we needed his assistance.
Only issue was a "no-show" for one of our activities when it had to be re-scheduled due to weather and Diego worked wonders to find a new guide and complete our activity.

Wonderful honeymoon · Costa Rica - Jul 5 - Jul 15, 2021

Traveler: Kelley S. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

My husband and I had an amazing belated honeymoon in Costa Rica thanks to Olman's help. Highlights included white water rafting on the Pacuare, ziplining in the cloud forest and nature walks all over. We did and saw plenty but also had a couple of days of leisure so the pace was just right. We'd love to go back and explore the Caribbean side, and will definitely use Kimkim for that trip, too.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Kelley,

Thanks for your review.
We are so happy you had a memorable honeymoon in this incredible country!

There are many other destinations and new activities you will discover in the future.
The Caribbean Coast is a magical destination, we will be more than glad to plan a new experience with you in the future.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Perfect itinerary! · Costa Rica - Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021

Traveler: Erika S. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

It was the perfect itinerary! Mix of exciting and relaxing activities! It all even worked out with the weather. Amazing trip.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Muchas Gracias Erika!!! I really appreciate your comments, it means a lot to me! It was a great honor to prepare this amazing trip plan for you. I hope you can come back soon. PURA VIDA :-)

Ameer

Costa Rica was beautiful and we did so many g... · Costa Rica - Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021

Traveler: Ameer S. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Costa Rica was beautiful and we did so many great activities ,and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Diego! Thanks again!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Ameer! I really appreciate your comment. It was a great pleasure helping you designing this amazing trip. I hope you can come back soon, and keep alive the Pura Vida spirit!

Everything he suggested was perfect and all w... · Costa Rica - Jun 26 - Jul 8, 2021

Traveler: Diane B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Everything he suggested was perfect and all went extremely smoothly! Our experience with Olman was great, he listened to our thoughts and desires and he made them happen. We had a truly amazing and memorable trip! Even his estimated travel times was spot on. If I go back to Costa Rica, I would definitely contact him again.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Diane,

I really want to thank your family for trusting in our experience and services.
I enjoyed planning this adventure in the tropics for you, can't wait to start assisting you with the next adventure in paradise!

Best,
Olman

Family trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jul 2 - Jul 10, 2021

Traveler: Sheri L. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We loved our trip that Olman planned for us to Costa Rica. Each place we visited was exactly what we had requested. The Hotels were all unique and very inviting. We were sad to leave. The Lost Iguana Hotel and Arenas del Mar were amazing places to stay. We saw more wildlife at these hotels then we did in the nature park! Being woken at 4 am to a howler monkey above our cabin in Tortuguero is something we will never forget! We have so many great memories from our trip. We only... read more

We loved our trip that Olman planned for us to Costa Rica. Each place we visited was exactly what we had requested. The Hotels were all unique and very inviting. We were sad to leave. The Lost Iguana Hotel and Arenas del Mar were amazing places to stay. We saw more wildlife at these hotels then we did in the nature park! Being woken at 4 am to a howler monkey above our cabin in Tortuguero is something we will never forget! We have so many great memories from our trip. We only needed to contact the travel agency once, but they immediately knew who I was and they were able to answer my next day pick up question. The local guides were passionate about showing us their part of the country. We will definitely be back!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Sheri,

Thanks for your kind message.
WOW! What great pictures, thanks for sharing them, you saw monkeys, sloths, and toucans, my favorite one is the one of the Volcano, amazing!

I am so happy your family enjoyed this adventure in Costa Rica.
The Howler monkey experience is something you will never forget.

I hope you will our country in the future for new experiences.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Amazing family experience · Costa Rica - Jun 26 - Jul 8, 2021

Traveler: Donna T. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Wow, nothing could have been more fun!! We traveled Costa Rica with our daughter and and two grandchildren, boys who have just completed four years of college. Our agent with KimKim was Olman and we was FANTASTIC. Our trip was wonderful in every way and we experienced an amazing country with unforgettable life time family memories . Our lodging was great giving us a new experience every night. Tours and the guides were wonderful and fun. The timing of each day was perfect, we had extra... read more

Wow, nothing could have been more fun!! We traveled Costa Rica with our daughter and and two grandchildren, boys who have just completed four years of college. Our agent with KimKim was Olman and we was FANTASTIC. Our trip was wonderful in every way and we experienced an amazing country with unforgettable life time family memories . Our lodging was great giving us a new experience every night. Tours and the guides were wonderful and fun. The timing of each day was perfect, we had extra time to explore on our own.
The Costa Rica food was delicious and we felt very comfortable at home with these perfect. Thanks again to this company, it was Great.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Donna,

I hope you are all well.
Our team is very happy knowing everything went very smoothly and your family had a great time in Costa Rica.

It is great to know you have enjoyed all the activities and the hotels.
I really like your friends' Boutique Hotel in Uvita, I am going to visit the property in the future to inspect it and send some of our clients to your friends.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Costa Rica - Arenal, Monteverde, Manual Antonio Trip Planned by Diego · Costa Rica - Jun 24 - Jul 4, 2021

Traveler: Denes M. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica planned by Diego. He stayed within budget yet was able to get us into very desirable locations. He was very responsive when we had questions/concerns. All the locations we stayed at were great for our family of 5. Every guide was on time and were all very professional and courteous.

Our first stop was Arenal at the Los Lagos resort where we had a tour with Marcos of La Fortuna falls and Arenal. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and pulled... read more

We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica planned by Diego. He stayed within budget yet was able to get us into very desirable locations. He was very responsive when we had questions/concerns. All the locations we stayed at were great for our family of 5. Every guide was on time and were all very professional and courteous.

Our first stop was Arenal at the Los Lagos resort where we had a tour with Marcos of La Fortuna falls and Arenal. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and pulled over a few times to get close up views of sloths along the road side. We also had a great time with our guide Luis whitewater rafting. He made the trip exciting yet kept everything very safe. We also had a great time canyoning in the area. Diego also scheduled a family photo session for us at the hotel which worked out perfectly with our schedule.

Next, we moved on to Monteverde where we stayed at the Cala Lodge with a deck view of the cloud forest. First, we had a night tour with Olman who located animals and insects that we would never have been able to see without him. From the lodge room deck we saw Toucans and various other wildlife and it was very peaceful. We had a great day there with a hanging bridges tour with Roy and ziplining which the whole family enjoyed.

Finally, we went to Manuel Antonio and stayed at the Gardens Espadilla Hotel. The first day we went with our guide Gilberto horseback riding who really knew his stuff as he is very experienced in training and handling horses. The horses behaved very well for us inexperienced riders and we were able to swim under a waterfall and had an excellent lunch prepared by the locals. We also went to Manuel Antonio National Park for a day of lounging on the beautiful beach and some hiking to viewpoints, which was located walking distance from the Hotel which was very handy.

All in all, the trip was great and Diego did an excellent job planning everything and providing the information we needed. Highly recommended.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Denes, it was a great honor helping you with this fantastic travel experience. I really enjoyed designing your family vacation, and I'm more than happy to hear that you had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. I hope you and your family keep alive the Pura Vida spirit!

Adele

Adriana organized an extraordinary tour of Co... · Costa Rica - Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2021

Traveler: Adele B. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Adriana organized an extraordinary tour of Costa Rica for my mother and me. Not only were our hopes for the trip surpassed, but the ease of travel was absolute perfection. We had a relaxing and adventurous time and we will definitely be recommending kimkim to our friends

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Adele,

Thank you very much for your message and kind comments,

I am so happy to hear that you and your mother enjoyed your trip to Costa Rica and that the trip & services full-field your expectations. I was more than glad to assist you and organize this family trip for you and if you decide to visit us in the future, contact me and I will organize a new great experience for you. :)

Warm regards,
Adriana

Unforgettable Costa Rica Family Trip · Costa Rica - Jun 12 - Jun 22, 2021

Traveler: Huyen C. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Our family travels often and this is the first time that our children (teenager and young adults) unanimously declared that this is the best trip.
Olman was extraordinary from the beginning - he was patient, answered all questions and tailored our trip perfectly to meet our need. From the time we landed in San Jose to our departure gate, all the details, small or big, were flawlessly executed , from transfer to our 4 different destinations to the hotels, to automatically upgrading us to... read more

Our family travels often and this is the first time that our children (teenager and young adults) unanimously declared that this is the best trip.
Olman was extraordinary from the beginning - he was patient, answered all questions and tailored our trip perfectly to meet our need. From the time we landed in San Jose to our departure gate, all the details, small or big, were flawlessly executed , from transfer to our 4 different destinations to the hotels, to automatically upgrading us to get a private guide (Manny) and a great driver (Leo) and arranging for our Covid test to be done at the hotel bypassing need to travel to clinic (all above and beyond our expectation).
Our favorite was the cloud forest zip line! And of course the warm hospitality of Costa Ricans welcoming tourists back. I am already thinking about for our next trip and definitely using kimkim

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Huyen,

All our team is so happy with your visit to our country.
It is great to know you liked the upgrade for the private driver and guide we offered to you.

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.
We are sure this was the first time using kimkim, hoping to work with you again in the future for the next adventure.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Amazing Costa Rica Family Vacation · Costa Rica - Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Melanie B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

What an amazing experience we had on our vacation. This could not have been done without the help of KimKim (Olman, our specialist). We had a family of 5 and 3 of them being teenagers. Our excursions and transfers all booked for us made our trip very relaxing not to have to worry about anything. The guides chosen by Olman could not have been better. Hotel Arenal Springs and Resort is amazing. The staff is there for your every need. Highly recommend staying there. Hotel LaMariposa has... read more

What an amazing experience we had on our vacation. This could not have been done without the help of KimKim (Olman, our specialist). We had a family of 5 and 3 of them being teenagers. Our excursions and transfers all booked for us made our trip very relaxing not to have to worry about anything. The guides chosen by Olman could not have been better. Hotel Arenal Springs and Resort is amazing. The staff is there for your every need. Highly recommend staying there. Hotel LaMariposa has what I would say the best view in Costa Rica. The rooms are minimal but the staff and view make up for that. I highly recommend using KimKim for a family vacation.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Melanie,

All our team is happy to know your family had a great vacation in Costa Rica.
I really want to thank you too, for always letting us know all the details and special wishes for your family.

Personally, I really enjoyed planning this adventure in the tropics for you.
I hope you will visit our country in the future so you can explore more amazing Costa Rica!

Pura Vida!
Olman

Perfection! · Costa Rica - May 15 - May 23, 2021

Traveler: Ryan D. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

The trip was incredible and Randall was incredible as well. There were lots of complicated logistics involved in this trip and everything (seriously, EVERYTHING) went off without a hitch. Transportation was perfectly planned and executed, and everyone he worked with for tours and transport was extremely friendly. The trip itself was SO fun. We couldn't have asked for a better week.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ryan,

I want to thank you for your review of the trip and the great experience that you and Shannon had in our country in May. The main purpose of us is to create great experiences for all travellers and to read messages like yours and to confirm that the trip ran smooth, fills my heart of entire satisfaction.

You know, anytime you want to take another week full of fun and also relaxation, just let me know, there are so many beautiful areas in our country that you would love to visit ;)

Best,
Randall

Corine

Amazing travels in Costa Rica! · Costa Rica - May 29 - Jun 5, 2021

Traveler: Corine F. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Absolutely wonderful trip! At the end of May 2021, we traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate our son's graduation from high school. From beginning to end, Olman ensured that our travel plans were both clear and streamlined. We started our adventure in San Jose, where we were picked up by the amazing and knowledgeable Fisroy who drove us to La Fortuna and Arenal. On the way, we stopped at the Doka coffee farm and a beautiful waterfall for local fruit. Once in Arenal, we spent a couple of... read more

Absolutely wonderful trip! At the end of May 2021, we traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate our son's graduation from high school. From beginning to end, Olman ensured that our travel plans were both clear and streamlined. We started our adventure in San Jose, where we were picked up by the amazing and knowledgeable Fisroy who drove us to La Fortuna and Arenal. On the way, we stopped at the Doka coffee farm and a beautiful waterfall for local fruit. Once in Arenal, we spent a couple of days in the area, exploring the volcano via moped, rafting down the Penas Blanca, and participated in a tour of an organic farm followed by a cooking class. All drivers were on-time and every adventure was both fun and educational. We then headed up to the Cloud Forest where we ziplined through the canopy of the rainforest and walked multiple bridges. We also participated in a night walk where we spotted multiple exotic birds and came face-to-face with a pit viper! The accommodations at the Senda were wonderful...amazing organic food and ecofriendly bungalows. I can't say enough good things about this adventure. We experienced the most delicious coffee, saw multiple sloths, snakes, crocodiles, exotic birds, and met so many wonderful people. Many thanks to the KimKim staff. We look forward to scheduling another adventure for 2022 to celebrate our second son's graduation!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Corine,

What beautiful photos! :)
All our team is very happy knowing you had a terrific time in Costa Rica.

We hope you have collected many incredible memories during this trip, and most important you had quality time with your family.

Thanks again for trusting in our team, I can't wait to start planning your second son's graduation in 2022.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Olman was extremely helpful with planning. Bo... · Costa Rica - May 26 - May 30, 2021

Traveler: Kimmy B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Olman was extremely helpful with planning. Both accommodations were just as described with friendly staff and nice rooms. The travel accommodations were also always on time and the drivers from each company were knowledgeable about the country and extremely friendly. The only discrepancy came to the nature hike in Manuel Antonio with Tucson Tours. Our itinerary said pickup time was 7:25; however the actual pickup time was 7:15 and the shuttle almost left without us. All in all it was a great experience. Thank you!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Kimmy,

Thanks for your review, I really appreciate it.
We are so happy you and Tori had a good time in Costa Rica, after a year without traveling due to Covid it is great to know and see on the pictures you had a great time in our country.

Thanks for traveling with us.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Maricruz planned a great trip for our family of 5 · Costa Rica - May 15 - May 22, 2021

Traveler: Vivian D. - Local specialist: Maricruz Pereira

Maricruz was a great resource and help for us when booking our family trip to Costa Rica. She was conscious of our budget and our interest. The best part of our trip was definitely our guide, Jose. He was very knowledgeable, patient, flexible, and a great companion throughout the trip. He recommended a lot of great places to eat at and also additional activities when we felt up to it. We enjoyed the different cities of Costa Rica that we were able to see, the hotels were nice to stay at, and... read more

Maricruz was a great resource and help for us when booking our family trip to Costa Rica. She was conscious of our budget and our interest. The best part of our trip was definitely our guide, Jose. He was very knowledgeable, patient, flexible, and a great companion throughout the trip. He recommended a lot of great places to eat at and also additional activities when we felt up to it. We enjoyed the different cities of Costa Rica that we were able to see, the hotels were nice to stay at, and the activities were very fun. Maricruz definitely made this trip a stress free experience from the initial planning stage all the way until the end of our trip. She was also very quick to respond to any questions we may have had.

Jackie

We enjoyed using this company! · Costa Rica - May 24 - May 29, 2021

Traveler: Jackie S. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Olman was very helpful in helping me set up an itinerary that best fit my family and I’s wants. I had never used a specialist to help plan my vacation but this time I wanted someone to set it for me since I was going to a new country and was not too familiar with the surroundings. It can be stressful planning activities and hotels on my own but this was such a breeze having someone do it for me! Our transportation to and from the airport/hotel/activities was on time every time. The activitie... read more

Olman was very helpful in helping me set up an itinerary that best fit my family and I’s wants. I had never used a specialist to help plan my vacation but this time I wanted someone to set it for me since I was going to a new country and was not too familiar with the surroundings. It can be stressful planning activities and hotels on my own but this was such a breeze having someone do it for me! Our transportation to and from the airport/hotel/activities was on time every time. The activitie tour guides were very kind to us and knowledgeable. I would definitely use KimKim again. This was my first time using them and I had a great experience!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for your kind review.
We are so happy and grateful to you.

It is great to know everything was good during your trip, I hope you will visit our country in the future, we will be more than glad to assist you.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Mom's Costa Rican Bday Celebration · Costa Rica - May 11 - May 16, 2021

Traveler: Nachelle A. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our local specialist, Randall, helped customize my mom's birthday celebration in Costa Rica. The only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer from our drivers picking us up from the airport to taking us on our adventures and other cities. We enjoyed our trip and will definitely be using KimKim again!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nachelle,

I want to appreciate your feedback about the trip that we organized for you to celebrate your Mom's Birthday, I really hope that she has also enjoyed the trip entirely and that we can have you again in the future.

All the best!
Randall

Wonderful Costa Rica experience !! · Costa Rica - May 1 - May 9, 2021

Traveler: Meralee B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

The planning was excellent! Olman was very helpful, and knowledgeable, with great suggestions, patience with adjusting itinerary, and attentive to our needs. He did an amazing job of arranging things, and dealing with the changes and requirements caused by COVID, including the testing issues. I have already recommended him to several people!
The places where we stayed, and the activities planned, were all good. We were pleased with Tirimbina, as we anticipated, with delicious food ad... read more

The planning was excellent! Olman was very helpful, and knowledgeable, with great suggestions, patience with adjusting itinerary, and attentive to our needs. He did an amazing job of arranging things, and dealing with the changes and requirements caused by COVID, including the testing issues. I have already recommended him to several people!
The places where we stayed, and the activities planned, were all good. We were pleased with Tirimbina, as we anticipated, with delicious food ad friendly staff; We loved the chocolate tour and our tour guide ( a young man) was excellent! and very informative!
We enjoyed the rainforest tour at Tortuguero, the dining area staff at Mawamba was very friendly and professional, the lodging was average. (There was a misunderstanding about the canal tour time, but Laura came and got us out of bed, and was very gracious about it.)
The Azania Bungalows turned out to be the best! with great food and lodging, beautiful gardens and wildlife, and right close to the beach. Staff was great! We highly recommend it! Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate, so we didn't get any relaxing beach time.
Jose drove us from SanJose to Tirimbina, and demonstrated much patience when he had to drive his vehicle over rough roads, out in the rural area of Tirimbina, only to find out that the Tirimbina Lodge was in a different location. It was a little rural "detour" but all ended well.
Fisroy was our primary driver, doing all of the airport arrivals and departure, as well as the trip to Puerto Viejo. He made himself available to us at all times and always went the "extra mile" to make sure things went smoothly. He gave us a great guided tour through Cahiuta National Park. He even offered to do Manzanilla the next day as well, but the weather did not cooperate in Puerto Viejo (clouds and rain). He also took the time to search out some restaurants with great local food. He added a real personal touch to all of our time with him. We so enjoyed it !
Thanks to everyone involved, including Alejandro who spoke with me on the phone within hours of our departure for Costa Rica, to assure us that our trip was still going to happen as planned (in spite of unexpected COVID restrictions).I am thankful that KimKim/ Amazilia provided direct phone access!
We look forward to another trip planned through you in the future!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Meralee,

Thanks a lot for your kind message.
I really enjoyed all the planning process with you, it is great to know you have recommended our services to friends.

Fisroy was always communicating with us, he did an amazing job, we are happy about that.

We hope you will be able to visit us again in the future.

Thanks for your message & Pura Vida!
Olman

We had such a great trip. Everything was plan... · Costa Rica - May 8 - May 14, 2021

Traveler: Jewel B. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

We had such a great trip. Everything was planned out for us and our local specialist Yenyi helped us with everything we needed including rescheduling multiple times due to the pandemic, arranging our covid testing and providing us with great recommendations while in Costa Rica. Would use kimkim again and recommend to others.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

So happy to hear that you had a great time in Costa Rica! Looking forward to helping you with your next trip soon!

Best,
Yenyi

Karen

First time in Costa Rica! My 2 teenagers and... · Costa Rica - Mar 19 - Mar 29, 2021

Traveler: Karen A. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

First time in Costa Rica! My 2 teenagers and I went to Costa Rica for 12 days. Olman and Alexander did a great job in scheduling all the places and adventures I requested. From the first day to the last day in Costa Rica went smoother than I could ask. The first official day was guided by Alejandro, he did an amazing job educating us about Costa Rica: the people, culture, animals and different terrain. Alejandro took us to La Paz waterfall gardens. #lapazwaterfall which was full of... read more

First time in Costa Rica! My 2 teenagers and I went to Costa Rica for 12 days. Olman and Alexander did a great job in scheduling all the places and adventures I requested. From the first day to the last day in Costa Rica went smoother than I could ask. The first official day was guided by Alejandro, he did an amazing job educating us about Costa Rica: the people, culture, animals and different terrain. Alejandro took us to La Paz waterfall gardens. #lapazwaterfall which was full of animals and 5 waterfalls. From San Jose we went to Manual Antonio. Manual Antonio was absolutely gorgeous, we went to the beach, kayaking and snorkeling on the Pacific Ocean and had a home made lunch after the advantage, which was delicious. The guide was very nice, pointing out wildlife, such as the Howler Monkey calling, birds overhead and the fish we saw snorkeling. #tucanestours We had a wonderful home made lunch after. We saw lots of different wild life on our own. From Manual Antonio we went to La Fortuna. No words can bring justice to the Arenal Volcano, we got there at night and weren't able to see anything. In the morning I open the curtains to our room and right in front of us was the volcano. Beautiful site, hotel room was amazing and all the wildlife around was crazy! We did a few activities while in La Fortuna, zip line and white water rafting, #waverarafting, with an amazing lunch at an organic farm. The next day was horse back riding to a waterfall #chaveztours and a hike to the farthest point on the volcano that you can hike, #eciterra,costrica. All the transportation, guides and adventures were amazing and happy we did all of them. From La Fortuna we went to Tamarindo. What a view! The sunsets were amazing! We took surf lessons, the surf teacher exceeded my expectations, he was so helpful and passionate about what he does, #surf.every.day. Arranging 12 days with pick up, drop offs, transportation to and from activities, scheduling required Covid testing and transportation to the airport, with an estimated 859.1km ( 533.8miles) only a few minor hiccups, we were always on time to everything and Olman and Alexander responded to messages in a timely manner. I would recommend using Kimkim for any type of travel, I would highly recommend Olamn and Alexander if you want to visit Costa Rica.
Pura Vida

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Karen,

Thanks for sharing your experience in Costa Rica, we are so happy you had a great time and happy to know you discover and learn about our country!

We hope this is not going to be the first and last visit to our country, we will be more than glad to assist you in the future to explore more amazing Costa Rica!

Thanks for traveling with us!

Pura Vida!
Olman

Best family trip ever! Pura Vida! · Costa Rica - Mar 26 - Apr 4, 2021

Traveler: Jeanette W. - Local specialist: Alexander Paulini

We can't thank Alexander enough for planning an amazing vacation for our family! Everything went incredibly smoothly. We visited the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manual Antonio Beach. Alejandro was the best guide anyone could ask for! His superior knowledge of the animals and the plants, the geology of the area, the climate and weather patterns and the general culture of Costa Rica helped us learn so much, while having a fun time. We got along so great with him and even... read more

We can't thank Alexander enough for planning an amazing vacation for our family! Everything went incredibly smoothly. We visited the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manual Antonio Beach. Alejandro was the best guide anyone could ask for! His superior knowledge of the animals and the plants, the geology of the area, the climate and weather patterns and the general culture of Costa Rica helped us learn so much, while having a fun time. We got along so great with him and even miss him! We were so impressed with how safe we felt in Costa Rica during the pandemic. Everywhere you go they take your temperature, have you wash your hands, maintain social distancing, and ask for you to wear your mask. We were happy to comply with these simple safety precautions, as they allowed us to relax and enjoy ourselves without any worries. Every hotel chosen for us was beyond beautiful and exceeded our expectations. All of the tours were informational and helped us to reconnect with nature. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank everyone at KimKim who helped us create such wonderful memories. Pura Vida! :)

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Alexander Paulini, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jeanette!
Thank you very much for your trip review. It makes us very happy to read about all your experiences while traveling around Costa Rica. Stay safe and we hope to greet you and your family one more time in our beatiful country.
Pura Vida!
Alexander

Carlos helped us plan our trip for March 2020... · Costa Rica - Mar 19 - Mar 31, 2021

Traveler: Teresa S. - Local specialist: Maricruz Pereira

Carlos helped us plan our trip for March 2020, but we unfortunately had to cancel due to covid. When 2021 came around, we rebooked our trip with Maricruz. She was incredibly accommodating and tolerated all my ambivalence about traveling during covid! She answered all our questions during the trip as well and even got us an incredible upgrade to a new hotel. We always felt like we had someone to help us out with anything and this was important to us since we'd never been to Costa Rica... read more

Carlos helped us plan our trip for March 2020, but we unfortunately had to cancel due to covid. When 2021 came around, we rebooked our trip with Maricruz. She was incredibly accommodating and tolerated all my ambivalence about traveling during covid! She answered all our questions during the trip as well and even got us an incredible upgrade to a new hotel. We always felt like we had someone to help us out with anything and this was important to us since we'd never been to Costa Rica and so wanted to move around a lot without much challenge (life in NYC is already challenging). Even when there was a problem with our itinerary, she fixed it up immediately

I want to assure you that Costa Rica is as safe a place as any to travel during covid - people wear masks everywhere, you must wash your hands before entering a restaurant or any place, and there is hand sanitizer everywhere. Plus you're almost always outside. They take yours and their health very seriously. Go now before the crowds return! We've traveled a bunch and Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and varied places we've seen.

That said, this trip was awesome from the moment we were picked up by Juan Pablo!
He was our guide for the first day - he was informative, engaging and kind. When we expressed interest in pejibaye, he took us to a road side stop to try some which was delicious and fun.

We stayed at Casa Luna the first two nights - wonderful hotel where we saw toucans and other amazing birds in our backyard during our morning coffee. We went to the rainforest and on our way to the hanging bridges our guide pulled over on the street because he spotted a sloth in the tree. So fun.

Always hire a guide for any of parks. They take you in, and find wildlife you'd never find on your own. They carry a scope and plop it down so you can see firsthand while explaining everything you could want to learn about the animals, ecosystem, etc.

From here we went to Monteverde - a beautiful area of Costa Rica. We loved the views from our hotel, El Establo and the proprietor was very accommodating and kind. Actually, we were met with knowledge, kindness and consideration all over CR. Take a night walk - the sounds of the forest will fill your soul.

Do the crocodile tour for sure in Jaco! Our guide Adrian and the driver of the boat (whose name I forget) were incredibly knowledgeable about the birds and the ecosystems. We met the crocodiles Osama Bin Laden, Mike Tyson and Bill and Hillary Clinton. More than we could have asked for.

We ended our trip at Manuel Antonio - beautiful beach and waves - surfing, swimming and relaxing under the trees. Monkeys and iguanas entertained us while we lay on our lounges listening to the sounds of the ocean. We stayed at Karahe for 2 days which was right on the beach but then upscaled to Sí Como No where we had amazing views, lots of wildlife to enjoy and wonderful service.
Either choice is worth your time.

Go now and book your trip with KimKim!

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Maricruz Pereira, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola, Teresa! Thank you so much for your review and report!! It was a pleasure working with you, and I'm super happy that you could take the trip and enjoy our country so much!
I will forward your nice words to José Pablo, Adrián and your local outfitters, they will really appreciate them.
Pura vida!
Maricruz

Our Flawless Costa Rican Vacation · Costa Rica - Feb 26 - Mar 18, 2021

Traveler: Chet G. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Kim Kim,
Diego was amazing! We told him who we were (old but not dead) and what we wanted (more forest than beach) and he listened. His plan was a 21-day drive and stay adventure that was perfect for us. Going on a great adventure means (safely) getting out of your comfort zone – anxiety without harm. Some of the roads were narrow, steep, and twisty, but traveled without incident and minimal held breaths. The fifteen-minute walk alone through the dark forest to our Treehouse was full of... read more

Kim Kim,
Diego was amazing! We told him who we were (old but not dead) and what we wanted (more forest than beach) and he listened. His plan was a 21-day drive and stay adventure that was perfect for us. Going on a great adventure means (safely) getting out of your comfort zone – anxiety without harm. Some of the roads were narrow, steep, and twisty, but traveled without incident and minimal held breaths. The fifteen-minute walk alone through the dark forest to our Treehouse was full of noises and imagination but also the satisfaction of finding some of the critters we had been shown on our guided night walk. Sure, the provided google map route took us on a 3k “short cut” on a one-lane stone road through a dairy herd, but it came out at
the right place and when was the last time you had cow breath in your window.
The trip was not all adventure, there was a lot of learning. We went on tours and saw frogs, snakes, butterflies, frogs, monkeys, sloths, frogs, dolphins, cacao plants, frogs, iguanas, coffee plants, frogs, spiders, one giant crocodile and heard the stories of each. Having a guide is a must. We could have traveled the same paths and we would not have seen a thing. The guides Diego found were terrific at explaining the fauna and flora and being patient while we took five minutes to see what they were pointing at. Sloths were really hard to see. I would find it, take my eyes off it, and never find it again. Maybe the guides have some secret power to “show” us what we want to see, even if it is not there. But then they take a picture of it – and send us the picture. Superb!
Finally, there were the accommodations that ranged from a “primitive” (not) treehouse with a king-size bed and full bath to truly luxurious room with a private hot tub. Of all the places we stayed my best memories were the showers. One shower had glass walls looking out into the forest canopy, one had two showers, one inside and one in an outside garden, and another shower had a glass wall viewing the forest and Avenal volcano.
Throughout our visit we were impressed with the sanitation measures in place at businesses and in the parks regarding COVID. Always someone at the entrance to make sure everyone has a face covering, and they wash their hands - at businesses both large and small.
Diego put all of that together for us and took the time to check in with us throughout the journey to make sure all was well. This adventure went off without a single glitch. Amazing, I cannot orchestrate my breakfast at home for twenty-one days without something going wrong. We are including a summary of some of the people, places, and things we enjoyed the most.
1 Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel 27-28 Feb
Kenneth and the staff at the hotel answered every question and request to make our 2-night stay hiccup free. Our bungalow was spacious and elegant, with lots of natural light during the day from floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as reading light for evenings. Two spacious showers, one indoor and one an enclosed outdoor shower complete with luscious flowering plants. A gorgeous, roofed deck so we could sit out even when it rained. Everything was supplied.
The open-air restaurant is surrounded by so many lush tropical plants it is like sitting in a garden, and the food. Well, one of us is an omnivore and one a vegetarian and we each had choices that were delicious, with some suggestions by the chef. They had positioned in the “garden” a stand with fresh fruit which attracted the birds so we could photograph them up close!
They arranged a guide, Joseph, to give us a night walk around the property where he explained what we were seeing, and hearing (very reassuring). We got to see colorful frogs and friendly snakes and even footprints in the dirt of something I do not remember the name of. Frosting on the cake was Joseph forwarding us the close-up pictures he took on the tour. He is an accomplished photographer!

2 Tenorio Volcano National Park Tour with Jonier 28 Feb
We were the only two people on this tour so we had the delight of Jonier telling us everything we were seeing and what to look for, the history and uses of the Park, some stories and customs of the area and foods we should be sure to try. He kept a good pace for us and made sure of our footing on some of the slippery or steeper parts, answering all our questions as we went along. He is so personable and knowledgeable it is apparent he enjoys his profession as a licensed guide.

3 Boca Tapada, Maquenque Ecolodge, Tree House 1-2 Mar
What an adventure this was! After driving twenty-five kilometers on a dirt road, we arrived in the Lodge’s parking lot with no hotel in sight. There was a restroom and a phone on the wall which connected us with Reception, who then sent a boat to pick us up (we could see the boat and landing across the river). Once across we walked 10 minutes along a gravel walk with lush Costa Rican “forest” on either side. At Reception we were greeted by Vicki who coordinated our entire stay beautifully and arranged for one of the staff to carry our suitcase up the gravel path for another 10-minute walk to our very own treehouse. Forty-eight steps up we found a gorgeous deck looking out over the jungle, and inside a king size bed in an amazingly comfortable room, with complete bath, including shower with windows on two sides looking out over the jungle.
The grounds are lushly forested with a beautiful “lagoon” complete with caiman whose eyes shine in the gleam of nighttime flashlights. The open-air restaurant serves
delicious fare for both the guests, and the birds who flock to a short platform covered with fresh fruits which attract them, making birding an up-close-and-personal experience.
During our two-night stay we took two tours, both with our excellent guide Jose. On the night walk he led us around the property where he pointed out the caiman’s shining eyes, plus colorful frogs, friendly snakes, and night-blooming flowers.
On our daytime boat tour up the river to the Nicaraguan border Jose pointed out iguana, crocodile, many types of birds, old homesteads along the shore, and gave us a snapshot of the history of the area – including the fact that his father made the furniture at the lodge, harvested from a local farm.

4 Tirimbina Lodge and Rainforest Center Chocolate Tour, 4 Mar
What a wonderful tour through the rainforest this was. Because of COVID we were the only two guests on the tour, so we were able to pepper our guide William with all our questions. He told the stories of everything (including the beautiful birds) we were seeing around us, both on the trails and across the hanging bridge that led across a deep ravine. When we reached the cacao plantation, he explained the history of chocolate cultivation and we saw cacao trees and tasted the white, sweet fruits inside the pods. Then there was a demonstration of the numerous steps the indigenous people followed to make chocolate. These same steps are followed today except using machines instead of using hand power. And then, the absolute best part, getting to taste the chocolate at several points in the process, including the so-marvelous, finished product of silky-smooth warm chocolate.
The Tirimbina Reserve is a scientific area, dedicated to studying butterflies, cacao, chocolate, and nutmeg. To preserving and understanding nature and its processes.

5 Pierella Butterfly Farm & Ecological Garden Tour, 5 Mar
From a 20x20 M plot of bare land in 1995 to the lush rainforest it is today, William and Krystal have grown a thriving butterfly operation and the tour they gave us was totally eye opening. How could the vegetation grow this lush in such a short time, with such an abundance of varieties of both flora and the beautiful butterflies?! It’s beautiful.
It is obvious this is more than a business to them as their passion for this forest and its residents suffuses all their stories and the excitement they express in their explanations. They are reclaiming the rainforest.
Beyond learning the lifecycle of butterflies and seeing so many varieties in their stages of development, William showed us a sloth, and found for us the rare white bats (tiny little white bundles nesting on the underside of a heliconia leaf). Then Krystal took over and pointed out colorful frogs and birds she located by their calls.
As if the personal tour wasn’t enough, Krystal showed us how chocolate is made, using cacao pods from the trees growing on their land, then fed us a delicious (and bountiful) typical casado lunch.

6 Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve 6-7 Mar
The 9K drive down to the hotel from the paved highway got our attention. Suffice to say the road is narrow, steep, and twisting (and even paved in sections) but totally manageable. The hotel and grounds are superb, from reception to the restaurant, trails, rooms (we had a junior suite), to the spa where I received a blissful massage. The entire staff made sure our 2-night stay put smiles on our faces.
In early March when we were there it got cool (40’s F) at night so the blankets on the beds were most welcome. And my jacket came in handy for my 0530 Quetzal Birdwatching tour when it was still dark.
The tour itself was an astounding success! My guide (Melvin I believe) drove us up the road a short distance, parked, got out his scope, heard a Quetzal calling and immediately sighted the colorful male bird in a nearby tree. We watched it long enough for M to take a video of it on my camera, through his scope, giving me both visual and audio. It then flew to another close-by tree where a female was perched and whose picture we also got, through his scope. What a morning! And what a considerate guide to get those photos for me!
Our room was very spacious and comfortable with lots of windows for natural light, bedside lighting for reading, and an elegant bathroom with candles beside the tub.
As a vegetarian I appreciated the staff and kitchen working with me on menu choices while my omnivore husband enjoyed the entire menu happily. The fresh fruit plate at breakfast was something to look forward to as well.

7 Cuna del Angel Hotel - Uvita 8-9 Mar
This is a lovely hotel, just north of Uvita town and quite near the beach, with beautiful grounds immaculately kept. The hotel restaurant is entirely gluten free and its open sides provide beautiful views of the lush forest and the Pacific Ocean. I also received a particularly excellent facial from Yolanda in their spa. The air conditioning was appreciated in this humid part of Costa Rica.
During our 2-night stay there we visited the nearby beach community of Dominical which we really enjoyed. So laid back – complete with natural foods grocery (Mama Toucans), a café with veg and vegan options and free wi-fi, and many vendors along the sandy beach drive (hippie comes to mind) shaded by palm trees blowing in the warm breezes. We had a good lunch at Phat Noodle too.

8 Bahia Aventuras 9 Mar
The crew from Bahia Aventuras led us on a snorkel tour in the warm waters of the Marino Ballena National Park. We were so impressed with their excellent equipment and the care they took to make sure we were at ease every step of the way, and to make sure we saw a variety of marine life. Our companion boat stayed near us the entire time and was our café on the water during our trip back to shore. It was an excursion I highly recommend.

9 Manuel Antonio National Park 11 March
Andray was our excellent guide for the morning through this park - the guy who was able to show us sloths in the trees - and any guide who can make it possible for mere mortals to discern a sloth high up in a tree, surrounded by leaves and branches, is a gem by any standard. All the way through the park he told us the history of the area, the natural habits of the creatures living in the park, and on to the beaches which are beautiful and situated in small coves where swimming is a treat! We highly recommend both Andray and this park as well worth it.

10 Amor Arenal Hotel 14-16 Mar
From the moment we arrived at Reception to the moment we drove away, the entire staff of this luxurious rainforest lodge made sure our 3-night stay was exceptionally enjoyable. The grounds, our “cabin”, the restaurant, pools, everything, put big smiles on our faces. Breathtaking was the jolt I felt when we entered our cabin and I saw the woods – in floor, walls, ceiling – stunning, especially when enhanced by the spacious windows and the lush greenery outside those windows. Simple, elegant, and totally fitting in the rainforest setting. Spacious enough in our room in fact, to use the yoga equipment supplied in the closet! So thoughtful.
The pools were refreshingly salt water and there was both sun and shade around them for enjoying them in any temperature. The open-air restaurant was its own tropical garden, complete with delicious food and beverages at every meal. We highly recommend this lodging to anyone staying in Costa Rica.

11 Organico Fortuna Restaurant 15-16 Mar
So good we went twice in two days! I’m vegan and was overjoyed to find an entire selection of vegan dishes and drinks. Plus, my omnivore partner got a delicious fish dish and, he thought, the best meal of our 21-day stay in CR. The service both visits was so friendly and helpful in describing the dishes it was simply hard to limit what we ordered!
The setting is relaxing with light, bright surroundings, and comfortable chairs. A definite recommendation to visit and dine.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for this detailed and useful feedback. It was a great honor to help you design this amazing trip. I really enjoyed meeting you, and I hope you can come back in the near future, there are other regions that you can explore during your next trip.
Keep your spirit of "Pura Vida" with you and please stay in contact!
Diego.

Family Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2021

Traveler: Cam B. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

First trip to Costa Rica and it was everything we expected and more. Have wanted to go there for years!

Costa Rica itself is beautiful and bother tourist and Covid friendly.

Our family is well traveled through Asia, Europe, and N America, and rank Costa Rica right up at the top.

Randall from KimKIm was great and all of the arrangements were perfect and everything ran smoothly.

Normally we would book and work the details of a trip ourselves, but with this being our first trip there and... read more

First trip to Costa Rica and it was everything we expected and more. Have wanted to go there for years!

Costa Rica itself is beautiful and bother tourist and Covid friendly.

Our family is well traveled through Asia, Europe, and N America, and rank Costa Rica right up at the top.

Randall from KimKIm was great and all of the arrangements were perfect and everything ran smoothly.

Normally we would book and work the details of a trip ourselves, but with this being our first trip there and with Covid, decided to give KimKIm and Randall a shot.

We definitely paid more for the trip than we would have booking it ourselves, but there is a lot to be said about hassle free trip planning and execution.

I would definitely use them again!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cam,

I want to thank you for your review about your family vacation in my country and I am glad to read that your trip was all that you were expecting and more.

I understand and respect, that some people make a decision of doing their own arrangements directly taking all the risks that are involved with that. It may be that they believe they would be getting the trip for a cheaper price, but it is likely that in the end, it could cost them more. By booking with Kimkim and Coast to... read more

Dear Cam,

I want to thank you for your review about your family vacation in my country and I am glad to read that your trip was all that you were expecting and more.

I understand and respect, that some people make a decision of doing their own arrangements directly taking all the risks that are involved with that. It may be that they believe they would be getting the trip for a cheaper price, but it is likely that in the end, it could cost them more. By booking with Kimkim and Coast to Coast, you had the assurance that you were dealing with a well-established company within Costa Rica. You also noticed that you were given an emergency number to contact in the event of problems so to pay some extra is really worth it.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you and your family again in the future.

Pura Vida!
Randall

I'm usually one to plan and book my own trips... · Costa Rica - Jan 28 - Feb 6, 2021

Traveler: Lindsey R. - Local specialist: Alexander Paulini

I'm usually one to plan and book my own trips without using a travel agent service. However, I was blown away by my experience with KimKim. I was able to customize and have as much say-so in the trip planning as I wanted. Alexander was amazing to work with and his expertise for Costa Rica was top notch. He was more than accommodating to our requests and helped plan the most amazing trip. He even helped arrange our COVID test for our return flight. I would highly recommend KimKim and Alexander to anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica.

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Alexander Paulini, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lindsey,

thank you very much for your travel review. We appreciate your trust in us and are very very happy that you enjoyed your trip through Costa Rica. We always try to give our travelers a memorable travel experience and if we made that happen for you then this was our goal.

I hope you remember Costa Rica for a long time and maybe we will see you again.

Best regards from tropical Costa Rica
Alexander

Randall was great and was available during th... · Costa Rica - Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2021

Traveler: Barry R. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall was great and was available during the trip to help us plan as well. My friends decided to go as well last minute and he helped them plan their trip as well

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Barry!, thank you so much for your feedback. I really enjoyed organizing your vacation and also the ones for your friends and arrange that you could meet all together one night in Arenal.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in a near future.

Best,
Randall

Kate

Thanks KimKim! Pura Vida! · Costa Rica - Dec 28 - Jan 5, 2021

Traveler: Kate B. - Local specialist: Emily Strauss

I had a great experiencing using KimKim for my Costa Rica trip! It was so nice to have kimkim take care of everything and Costa Rica was amazing! We will use this website for other trips!

James

We loved our trip that was arranged for us. R... · Costa Rica - Feb 20 - Feb 28, 2021

Traveler: James M. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

We loved our trip that was arranged for us. Randall did a great job. The top site seeing areas were seen plus they booked us in really nice rooms. That were unique except for first and last night which was in a typical 4 star American hotel the CROWN PLAZA. They gave us ample opportunity for free time as well. The guides were great. The vans the roads the restrooms were all cleaner than you typically see in the USA.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi James,

Thank you for the review after the trip to my country. I am glad to read that you and Donna enjoyed the trip that we organized for you and that you felt safe all the time, which is the most important thing to us.

I hope to have the chance to welcome you again in a near future here in Costa Rica and arrange a new adventure.

Best,
Randall

At first I was alittle hesitant to try a trav... · Costa Rica - Feb 10 - Feb 18, 2021

Traveler: Rani R. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

At first I was alittle hesitant to try a traveling agency to help put together my first trip in a long time. I’m glad I made the decision and tried Kim Kim. Olman who was the person helping me with my trip was with me and answered every single question or worry I brought to him. A 5/5 does not do justice for this company simply amazing ! And I recommend Kim Kim to everyone now

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rani,

Thanks for your review.
It is great to know you had an amazing time in Costa Rica!
I enjoyed planning the trip for Priscilla and you, thanks for trusting in us.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Hands down one of the best companies I've ever planned a trip with! · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 10, 2021

Traveler: Bryan M. - Local specialist: Alexander Paulini

Before the trip started, I missed my flight due to busy day at the airport and accidentally didn't read the memo about my car rental but despite that, Alex and crew were able to keep the trip from falling apart and did everything in their power to make my trip amazing, I spent 13 days in Costa Rica and did did a self drive everywhere from Liberia to San Jose while hitting places such as Rincon, Arenal, Monteverde, Samara Beach and Dominical to name a few and I was able to do pretty much... read more

Before the trip started, I missed my flight due to busy day at the airport and accidentally didn't read the memo about my car rental but despite that, Alex and crew were able to keep the trip from falling apart and did everything in their power to make my trip amazing, I spent 13 days in Costa Rica and did did a self drive everywhere from Liberia to San Jose while hitting places such as Rincon, Arenal, Monteverde, Samara Beach and Dominical to name a few and I was able to do pretty much everything I wanted to do in Costa Rica thanks to Alex's brilliant trip planning! On top of that, the hotels that were booked for me were all top notch and there were plenty of opportunities to have lunch and dinner no matter where I stayed. If you plan to stay in Costa Rica anytime soon, I highly recommend having Alex from Amazonia to plan your trip with you! My advice for trip planning are if you only drive automatic transmission, make sure you let Alex know so he can rent to best car possible for you and if you miss the flight like I did, make you sure you let Alex know so he can revise the plan accordingly!

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Alexander Paulini, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bryan,
we greatly appreciate the time you took to write this great review and are very happy we could meet your travel expectations. Thanks for trusting our expertise and please keep safe & healthy in these difficult times. Pura vida from Costa Rica. Alex

INCREDIBLE TRIP!!!! · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 13, 2021

Traveler: Matthew G. - Local specialist: Alexander Paulini

When I started planning my honeymoon in November I sent two emails. Alexander (Alex) from Amazilla Travel responded within 24 hours. I didn't know how lucky I was at the time.

I told him what I was interested in and off we went. We looked at attractions, activities, budget, time allotment, value, etc. From the start, and throughout the entire trip, Alex was a phone call away to answer any question, big or small, or to offer a suggestion. We went to Tamarindo for 6 nights, Arenal for... read more

When I started planning my honeymoon in November I sent two emails. Alexander (Alex) from Amazilla Travel responded within 24 hours. I didn't know how lucky I was at the time.

I told him what I was interested in and off we went. We looked at attractions, activities, budget, time allotment, value, etc. From the start, and throughout the entire trip, Alex was a phone call away to answer any question, big or small, or to offer a suggestion. We went to Tamarindo for 6 nights, Arenal for 4, and ended in Manuel Antonio for 4. His expertise allowed us to maximize our time and utilize our budget to have the best experience possible. Zip lining, white water rafting, boat safari, hanging bridges, scuba diving, rental car, accommodations. Everything was incredible. We couldn't be any happier. Thanks Alex and Pura Vida! We can't wait for the return trip!

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Alexander Paulini, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matthew,
we really appreciate your feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed so much your honeymoon in Costa Rica and all the activities we arranged for you and that we met or surpassed your expectations. Please keep safe and healthy and we hope you will have long-lasting memorable memories of this honeymoon. We will be more than glad to hear from you again if you decide to come visit us again. Thanks for trusting in our expertise. Pura Vida from Costa Rica. Alex

Sandy

All we can say is WOW RANDALL! · Costa Rica - Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2020

Traveler: Sandy H. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Wow we can't say enough good things about Randall and the trip he created for us. From start to finish it was amazing. It was exactly what we wanted and he even arranged some things we didn't even know we wanted that were perfect additions. During the trip, we made a few modifications like extending our time at the beach and upgrading our rooms and he took care of all of those things efficiently and professionally with exceptional communication. I can't recommend his services enough. THANK YOU RANDALL!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sandy,

Thank you for your kind comments, I really enjoyed planning this trip for you and Tracy and it makes me really happy that you have enjoyed it from beginning to end and if we have to assist you with some last-minute changes to get that, it worths all the effort from our team to give you two at the end a nice memory from your trip to my country.

We hope to have the opportunity to assist you again on a new adventure.

All the best!
Randall

Randall was great · Costa Rica - Nov 14 - Nov 22, 2020

Traveler: Jordan H. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall made a great itinerary we were both very pleased

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jordan,

I am glad that you and Owen enjoyed the trip that we arranged for you at the very last minute and that you could take some time off to relax in our country. We hope to welcome you again in a near future.

Best,
Randall

Visiting Costa Rica in Covid times...... · Costa Rica - Oct 1 - Oct 11, 2020

Traveler: Maureen D. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

We had a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica! Every site we visited was stunningly beautiful. The side trips to the coffee and living farms were interesting and fun to experience.

Alex and Alejandro (local specialist) made every effort to understand what we were looking for and did an amazing job planning out the itinerary in detail. I had a mix of phone/email interactions to finalize our plans.

I cannot say enough good things about Alejandro our guide. He was fantastic! He was... read more

We had a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica! Every site we visited was stunningly beautiful. The side trips to the coffee and living farms were interesting and fun to experience.

Alex and Alejandro (local specialist) made every effort to understand what we were looking for and did an amazing job planning out the itinerary in detail. I had a mix of phone/email interactions to finalize our plans.

I cannot say enough good things about Alejandro our guide. He was fantastic! He was incredibly flexible and creative to deal with the situations on the ground between the Covid restrictions and protests that were going on in various parts of the country. He took us to a range of interesting eateries where we experienced tasty local food.

Costa Rica is taking Covid seriously. Masks are very widely used and you have to wash your hands before entering any place. We are in the early 60ish age group and felt that we were not being put at risk.

We were one of the first international travelers that the country was seeing in seven months. They warmly welcomed us and were very appreciative that we were visiting.

For those of you thinking about going to Cost Rica, jump in! You will have a fantastic holiday with warm, positive memories in the year of Covid.

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maureen & Girard,

Thank you very much for your kind words and most important for trusting us your vacation. It is very nice to read about the success of your trip which encourages us to keep working hard towards the future.

We wish you all the best and hope to greet you once again here in Costa Rica.

Kind regards,

The Amazilia Travel Team

It was very easy to plan our trip with the tr... · Costa Rica - Feb 28 - Mar 10, 2020

Traveler: Fran D. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

It was very easy to plan our trip with the trip planner. We were able to choose the types of things that we wanted to do like hiking & eliminate those that we weren’t interested in doing such as no shopping. We could also choose the areas that we wanted to visit. Randall coordinated everything so we didn’t have to worry about transportation or guides. It was all included. It’s a great way to explore such a beautiful country. Our hotels were all very nice. I would recommend KimKim to arrange a trip to Costa Rica.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Fran,

What a nice surprise to hear from you after all these months. I hope you, Paul and your relatives are doing well.

I certainly want to thank your feedback for the trip that you took to our country last February and it makes me happy to read that you found the whole process very smooth, which is actually the main purpose of our service, to make the vacation arrangements to our clients an unstressful process.

We wish you all health and strength during these difficult times.

Best,
Randall

Where to start - this trip was perfection!!! · Costa Rica - Mar 10 - Mar 21, 2020

Traveler: Kimberley B. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

Where to start! This trip was perfection. From the greeting at the airport by an incredibly knowledgeable driver who gave us such insight into the area that we already felt at home by the time we arrived at Tabacon. Every tour guide we had was on time, extremely informative (not only about the specific adventure but about the country) and each one had an amazingly warm personality. We saw every animal that we had hoped to see and some we didn't even know about! We started in Arenal; then to... read more

Where to start! This trip was perfection. From the greeting at the airport by an incredibly knowledgeable driver who gave us such insight into the area that we already felt at home by the time we arrived at Tabacon. Every tour guide we had was on time, extremely informative (not only about the specific adventure but about the country) and each one had an amazingly warm personality. We saw every animal that we had hoped to see and some we didn't even know about! We started in Arenal; then to Monteverde and finished in Conchal. It gave us such an amazing appreciation of so many different aspects of Costa Rica.

When I started thinking about this trip, I had a fairly specific idea of what we wanted to do. This was a trip for me and my 24 year old daughter. Alex and Francisco came up with a custom itinerary that far surpassed anything I could have thought up. They listened to everything I said and turned my ideas into a trip that became a trip of a lifetime. During the planning process they were with me the whole time. Always available by email and phone, to go over any question I had. We were there when the Corona virus just started to impact the US. By the time we left we were one of eight guests at our hotel. During the last week of the trip, the Costa Rican government closed their borders to incoming non-residents. Not only did everything go as planned, but as they were trying to get people home and deal with all of the cancellations, we never felt like we weren't being taken care of.

I could write a book about this trip and how amazing it was and I have Alex and Francisco to thank for that. If I could - I would go back tomorrow morning and have them plan everything. I plan to do just that next year as soon as I possibly can.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Kimberly.

We are very glad to hear that you had a wonderful Adventure of a Lifetime here in Costa Rica. We were honored with the opportunity to host you in our country.

Lisa

Kim Kim exceeded expectations · Costa Rica - Feb 22 - Feb 29, 2020

Traveler: Lisa H. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

We had a great time in Costa Rica. Carlos did an excellent job organizing our trip. All of the hotels were wonderful and check-in was seamless. I am usually a do-it yourself travel planner, but would highly recommend KimKim for a work free trip if you would like to go multiple places.

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Good afternoon Lisa from sunny and shiny Costa Rica!
It was my pleasure make this trip come true for you, I’m si thankful for visiting our country and I ‘m happy about you because Got it!
Thank you for your feedback trip I really appreciate it, I hope you can visit us in the future when everyone will be safe and ready to travel again!
Take care and Pura Vida Amiga!
Carlos.

Erica

Wonderful Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 29 - Mar 11, 2020

Traveler: Erica D. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our trip was wonderful. We saw heaps of fauna and flora and were well looked after by knowledgeable, friendly guides & drivers.
Randall's activity suggestions were appropriate for our group, we enjoyed all of them.
Thanks Randall.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Erica,

Thank you for your comments, I am so glad that you and your party have enjoyed the trip that we organized for you and that you have had the chance to watch a lot of flora and fauna, which was the goal for you all since the very beginning.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again any other time in the future,

Best,
Randall

Our first driver Otto with Desafio was great!... · Costa Rica - Mar 10 - Mar 15, 2020

Traveler: Robert S. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

Our first driver Otto with Desafio was great! He practiced Spanish with us the whole time so we could converse better the rest of the time. Loved our white water rafting with Steven as our guide. Then Otto safely got us to the Baldi Hotel with s restaurant recommendation in LaFortuna—LaStreet—which we tried one night—wonderful. Really enjoyed the Hot Springs at the hotel! Had a nice hike on the lava flows of the volcano and then a nice dinner at Tabacon Springs and enjoyed their springs... read more

Our first driver Otto with Desafio was great! He practiced Spanish with us the whole time so we could converse better the rest of the time. Loved our white water rafting with Steven as our guide. Then Otto safely got us to the Baldi Hotel with s restaurant recommendation in LaFortuna—LaStreet—which we tried one night—wonderful. Really enjoyed the Hot Springs at the hotel! Had a nice hike on the lava flows of the volcano and then a nice dinner at Tabacon Springs and enjoyed their springs for an hour—not as hot as Baldi and more crowded. Crowded bus to Monteverde and very bumpy !! But got to Fonda Vela Hotel and enjoyed our Noctural Hike—didn’t think we got to see as much as we expected after we compared our evening with other at our hotel that had done a hike with another company, Really enjoyed the zip lining and since we were the last stop for the bus driver he kindly drove us another 1.5 km to the entrance to the Cloud Forest so we could see it and get a hike in. Were sad to have to head home—but in light of COVID-19 we timed our visit perfectly.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Robert,

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Costa Rica. It was really timed to perfection, such that you were able to see everything on your list.

Best,
Yenyi

Perfect planning, perfect execution, perfect vacation · Costa Rica - Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2020

Traveler: Sarah B. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Everything Adriana planned was exactly what we were looking for - we somehow managed to zip line, snorkel, go rafting, AND lay around on the beach. Schedules went smoothly, and when there was an update to our excursion (because of the tides), a new voucher was delivered to our hotel and we didn't miss a beat.
This was an incredible vacation. The transportation was great, the hotels were lovely, and the activities were perfect. I can't imagine planning another trip like this to Costa Rica without Adriana's guidance.
I cannot recommend this service highly enough.

Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2020

Traveler: Nancy A. - Local specialist: Yenyi Fu

Kimkim made my trip to Costa Rica a dream come true. I will be using them for my next trip—for sure!! My transportation, hotels and activities were first class, and they were not possible without Kimkim’s guidance and expertise.

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Yenyi Fu, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thanks for your lovely review, Nancy. I hope we will have a chance to help you with another trip soon.

Best,
Yenyi

Sarah

Tasmanian’s in Costa rica · Costa Rica - Feb 29 - Mar 8, 2020

Traveler: Sarah L. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

The guides were great. Getting to different locations was frantic.
We saw some great birds.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

We are happy that you have enjoyed the trip Sarah and we hope to have you back again in the future on a new adventure.

Best,
Randall

best of Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2020

Traveler: Carolynn O. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

We really enjoyed the itinerary suggested by Carlos. Our favourite place to stay was Senda, Monteverde.

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Carolynn!

This is Carlos from sunny Costa Rica!

Thank you for visiting us, thank you for thrust in our Travel Agency and my knowledge as a Travel specialist here in Costa Rica!

It was my pleasure having you here, I hope you can return in the future or recommend our country to your friends and family.

Pura Vida Amiga!
Carlos.

Pam

Top notch service and experience · Costa Rica - Feb 27 - Mar 9, 2020

Traveler: Pam R. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We had top notch service with kimkim and have already recommended them to several friends. I was a bit leery using this service without firsthand knowledge of what we were getting into. But I was worried for nothing. Kristy put together a great 12 day Costa Rican itinerary for our family of five, including three teenagers! And Monica booked all
of our lodging, excursions, and in-country transportation (we took three Sansa flights...an easy and quick way to get around...and had private drivers... read more

We had top notch service with kimkim and have already recommended them to several friends. I was a bit leery using this service without firsthand knowledge of what we were getting into. But I was worried for nothing. Kristy put together a great 12 day Costa Rican itinerary for our family of five, including three teenagers! And Monica booked all
of our lodging, excursions, and in-country transportation (we took three Sansa flights...an easy and quick way to get around...and had private drivers everywhere). Even when I had questions while on our trip, Monica was available and promptly responded to our needs. We started at Manatus in Tortuguero on the Caribbean and we loved our quaint bungalow there. In fact, we loved everything about the Manatus resort; the service, food and included wildlife tours. Next we went to the LaFortuna/Arenal area and stayed at the Arenal Lodge. We loved the area and all of our excursions (zip lining with Sky Adventures and volunteering at Proyecto Asis), but we were not fans of the Arenal Lodge. It’s pretty run down and in need of some major renovations and repairs. With only breakfast included there, we were interested in trying different restaurants for lunch and dinner. But the lodge is also extremely remote and was an expensive and long cab ride into town. Seems like there are plenty of nice places to stay that would have been a better choice. Next we went to Rafiki Lodge outside of Quepos, and this was a major highlight...camping in the rainforest. The owners and staff were wonderful, and the included excursions and food were outstanding. What a unique and neat experience at Rafiki! And finally we spent the last three nights of our vacation in Manual Antonio at Tulemar Resort. Wow. This was a perfect way to end our trip with some beach time, relaxation, and a last opportunity to see sloths and monkeys up close. Views here from our Villa were amazing. We did do one excursion in this area, the Damas mangrove tour. I’d probably skip that if I could do this trip over, mostly to give us more time at the amazing Tulemar beach. And it wasn’t all that well done.
All in all, we were extremely happy with our vacation, experiencing a new place we’ve never been, and will now most likely return, thanks to kimkim!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pam,
Thank you for your great feedback! I'm so happy you had an amazing time experience here in Costa Rica :) I'm sure you took many beautiful pictures in Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio and had a blast during the zip line tour!
Concerning the comments on Arenal Lodge and the tour at Damas Island, I will definitely keep them in mind for future bookings as well as pass them on in order to improve the quality of the services.
It was really a pleasure to help you have an amazing trip to Costa Rica and I hope you visit us again one day!
Best wishes from San José,
Mónica

Our Pura Vida guide in Arsenal, Christian was... · Costa Rica - Feb 28 - Mar 10, 2020

Traveler: Paul Z. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our Pura Vida guide in Arsenal, Christian was awesome and we were the only two people in our group that included hikes of Arenal and the hanging bridges.

Every aspect of our itinerary either met or exceeded our expectations. The one exception would be the night tour in Monteverde. We were not the only ones to say it was over-hyped. There were over 100 tourists in groups of 6-8 walking the same paths that reminded me of a “snipe” hunt.

Lodging at Arsenal was superb! Great complimentary breakfast and on-site hot spring.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paul,

Thank you for your review and feedback. I am glad that you and Fran had a good time during your vacation and I appreciate for sharing the information about the night walk tour in Monteverde, we will certainly contact the local tour operator to avoid the unpleasant experience you had, to future travelers.

Pura Vida!
Randall

Carlos was excellent! · Costa Rica - Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2020

Traveler: Lisa E. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos was so great! He gave us a ton of options before we booked our trip, and then made sure everything went smoothly thereafter. He also quickly jumped in to help out with any bumps in the road while we were on our trip.

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Lisa!
Pura Vida, I am proud of your feedback, thank you for thrust in myself to prepare and run your experience in our lovely country, thank you for visiting us.
Now you have a new friend here in Costa And do not hesitate in ask me if you need my assistance in the future.

Gracias y Pura Vida!
Carlos.

Carol

Highly recommend Green World Adventures and kimkim.com travel! · Costa Rica - Feb 24 - Mar 5, 2020

Traveler: Carol M. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

We recently used kimkim.com for our recent 11-day trip in late February/early March, 2020 to Costa Rica. Alberto Molina, the local specialist, was really easy to work with and easy to contact with any questions. A few days into our trip, we had a few questions and Karol with Green World Adventures, and she was very quick to get back with us. She helped us several times during our trip and adjusted our tours when we had questions. She was always handy and helpful.
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We recently used kimkim.com for our recent 11-day trip in late February/early March, 2020 to Costa Rica. Alberto Molina, the local specialist, was really easy to work with and easy to contact with any questions. A few days into our trip, we had a few questions and Karol with Green World Adventures, and she was very quick to get back with us. She helped us several times during our trip and adjusted our tours when we had questions. She was always handy and helpful.
The following tour guides were standouts on our trip:
Felipe with Green World Adventures: Great walking downtown tour of San Jose! He graciously gave us his own recipe of ceviche, and kept us entertained our our drive to and from the airport.
Axel and Victor with Desafio Adventure Pioneers: Hanging Bridges tour, Aerenal Volcano hike and La Fortuna waterfall. What a fun filled day with these guys! They were so accommodating during these fun adventures!
Javier with Iguana tours, our nature guide at Cari-Canche Private Reserve. He was full of knowledge about this beautiful area.
Yenaro Suarez, our guide who conducted our tour at the Don Juan coffee, chocolate and sugar cane plantation. That was such a wonderful, tasty treat!
"Professor" Andres, our very informative nature guide who conducted our tour at Manuel Antonio National Park.
Hector Altamirano of HecTours. He was our ultimate nature guide at Carara National Park. He was a marvelous tour guide, along with our driver Eddie, who spotted the macaws at the very beginning our our trip. This was our last tour and was such a memorable day.
We all hated to leave beautiful Costa Rica, but hopefully will return sometime soon.

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Carol,
It's lovely to know that you enjoyed your trip in Costa Rica. You really saw that our country has too much to offer. The whole team hopes to see you again here, traveling to wonderful areas. It's a pleasure for us to make the best trip possible for you.
Glad to plan another adventure!
Thank you so much for your time!

Bianca

The trip was beautiful. We saw amazing places... · Costa Rica - Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2020

Traveler: Bianca C. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

The trip was beautiful. We saw amazing places and were very happy with location, activity and settings. However going from Manuel Antonio to Arenal takes 5h and might be too ambitious for those on shorter trips

Carlos was very responsive.

What an unbelievable trip! Absolutely amazing! · Costa Rica - Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2020

Traveler: Aaron A. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

What an unbelievable trip! I’m not sure what was better; Costa Rica or Carlos! This was my first time using KimKim and it won’t be my last. Carlos planned the perfect trip. From starting out in the rustic Corcovado national park to the cloud forests and then ending at one of the nicest/relaxing hot spring resorts in Arenal. The trip had everything; rainforests, jungles, wildlife, zip lines, bungee jumping, volcanos, delicious food, amazing resorts, beaches, 6 seater airplanes, snakes, night... read more

What an unbelievable trip! I’m not sure what was better; Costa Rica or Carlos! This was my first time using KimKim and it won’t be my last. Carlos planned the perfect trip. From starting out in the rustic Corcovado national park to the cloud forests and then ending at one of the nicest/relaxing hot spring resorts in Arenal. The trip had everything; rainforests, jungles, wildlife, zip lines, bungee jumping, volcanos, delicious food, amazing resorts, beaches, 6 seater airplanes, snakes, night hikes, monkeys, birds, hanging bridges...I could go on and on. The best part was it was all planned by Carlos. We didn’t have to worry about anything. Pickups, transfers, logistics, all the boring stuff no one wants to take care of but needs to be done/planned for trips, Carlos did it. Whatever KimKim is paying Carlos, they should double it. What an amazing trip, all thanks to KimKim and Carlos. Pura Vida!!!!

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Aaron!

Greetings from sunny Costa Rica, I'm so proud of your feedback trip, It was totally a pleasure to assist you during your experience in our lovely country Costa Rica.

Now you have a friend here, I hope you can visit us again in the future and I hope I can show you other beautiful destinations.

Thank you again for visiting us, Pura Vida Amigos!
Carlos.

Truly the best trip ever!! From planning to e... · Costa Rica - Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2020

Traveler: Isabelle J. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Truly the best trip ever!! From planning to execution everything was flawless. 10 days 2 teens and a single Mom not a single argument, PRICELESS!!. Every excursion was amazing. Waterfall rappelling was our adventure highlight. Relaxing in Manuel Antonio was the cherry on top. Between the high end accommodation, fabulous food, wildlife and beaches couldn’t have asked for anything better. Can’t wait to book our next trip.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Isabelle,

So nice to read that you enjoyed the trip that we organized for you and your kids, I love all the pictures you took and I can see that you had the chance to see a sloth and not once but twice. I hope you, Owen and Aliya keep beautiful memories of this trip for many years.

Best,
Randall

Huan

Adriana was very resourceful and helping us plan our amazing trip to Costa Rica. · Costa Rica - Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2020

Traveler: Huan N. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Adriana was very resourceful and helping us plan our memorable trip to Costa Rica. The logistics was amazing we were picked up at our hotel at the specific times and dropped off as well.

The planning from Adriana was amazing. Everything was planned to the dot.

We both had an amazing experiences in Costa Rica. From the hike to Arenal Volcano, to the waterfall, hanging bridges, cooking class to the sea kayaking and snorkeling in Manuel Antonio beach.

We would like to thank for all the planning and logistics from Adriana.

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Huan,
Thank you for your comments and nice photos of your experience in Costa Rica. It was a pleasure for me to help you organize your trip and I am very happy to know that all the activities and services fulfilled your expectations. I look forward to serving you again in the future for a new adventure here in Costa Rica. :-)
Best regards,
Adriana

Pura Vida indeed! · Costa Rica - Jan 30 - Feb 15, 2020

Traveler: Angela B. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

From start to finish - the initial enquiry, through the planning and amendments to delivery and experience - just brilliant. Randall responded to my every enquiry, request and for reassurance. The mix of activities, rest days, hotels and places was just perfect. Driving ourselves gave us added freedom to see more of the beautiful country that is Costa Rica. We met lovely, welcoming people, ate good food and enjoyed the stunning scenery along the Caribbean coast, interior and Pacific coast. We... read more

From start to finish - the initial enquiry, through the planning and amendments to delivery and experience - just brilliant. Randall responded to my every enquiry, request and for reassurance. The mix of activities, rest days, hotels and places was just perfect. Driving ourselves gave us added freedom to see more of the beautiful country that is Costa Rica. We met lovely, welcoming people, ate good food and enjoyed the stunning scenery along the Caribbean coast, interior and Pacific coast. We loved the laid back feel of the Caribbean, the spinal mountain range, the warm waters of the Pacific coast and the fabulous OSA peninsula with all its wildlife above ground and below the sea. All the guides who took us on our hikes and snorkelling were gracious, knowledgeable, considerate and professional. Thank you for making sure our holiday was everything we wanted it to be.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Angela,

I have enjoyed so much watching all your pictures and comments about your vacation in my country, it is great that after all the work we did to guarantee a vacation of a lifetime for you and your friends, to read that you have a fantastic time here and everything run exactly as it was planned.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future in our country and explore some other areas.

Gracias,
Randall

Adriana did an extremely good job at tailorin... · Costa Rica - Jan 30 - Feb 8, 2020

Traveler: David H. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Adriana did an extremely good job at tailoring the trip to my desires. All the tours, hotels and transfers were excellent that were set up. Since I emphasized hiking and outside activities, all was perfect. She was receptive to my overall plans and her picks for my activities were excellent.
Thanks for you work on setting this up!

Awesome Experience in Costa Rica!!! · Costa Rica - Jan 21 - Feb 4, 2020

Traveler: Annie G. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

This was a fantastic trip! Our family was in Costa Rica for 15 days in January 2020. Our local guide was Randall Jiminez, and he was great.

The whole KimKim experience was really easy to deal with. We established how long we wanted to go for, as well as a preliminary budget. Randall gave us some ideas to start with, as it was our first time in CR.

We wound up doing what we later found to be (from other travelers) a pretty standard sampling of CR. We started in Arenal, staying in La Fortuna,... read more

This was a fantastic trip! Our family was in Costa Rica for 15 days in January 2020. Our local guide was Randall Jiminez, and he was great.

The whole KimKim experience was really easy to deal with. We established how long we wanted to go for, as well as a preliminary budget. Randall gave us some ideas to start with, as it was our first time in CR.

We wound up doing what we later found to be (from other travelers) a pretty standard sampling of CR. We started in Arenal, staying in La Fortuna, then moved to the Cloud Forest of Mote Verde, and finished up on the Pacific Coast, near Manuel Antonio National Park.

Almost all of our experiences were excellent. The highlights that we would recommend to others would be:
Arenal:
- Proyecto Asis rescue centre. This was one of the first things we did, and remained in our top 3 for the whole trip. If you do this, make sure that you do the volunteer feeding part - that was special. Carlos, our tour guide for this one, was nothing short of superb.
- Cano Negro: This is a must on any trip to CR. We took a bus up to the wildlife area at Cano Negro, and from there took a two hour boat tour along the river, very close to the border with Nicaragua. We saw sloths, monkeys, and more species of birds than I can count, including some very rare ones. Also saw Caimans, which were cool. Had one of the best Costa Rican meals on the way back (Cosado, which is typical. You have to try it).

Monte Verde:
- Don Juan coffee tour - amazing, very tasty all around. Coffee, chocolate, and cosado. Very informative!
- Zip line - super day, did bridges in the cloud forest and then ziplines through the trees.
- Monte Verde Park: This was not arranged by KimKim, but I highly recommend it anyway. Get a guide, either private or through the park. They know what to look for, and will help you immeasurably.

Manuel Antonio:
- a bit more tourist-y, but absolutely beautiful. We were in easy walking distance to the beach, and our hotel was great. We stayed at the Costa Verde hotel, which has several restaurants in easy walking distance. The collectivo bus is also easy and cheap, and I wish that we had used it more (the temps were 35+C every day we were there.
- a note of caution: The Catamaran Snorkling tour that we booked was really a booze cruise. Dance music and drinks were the focus, with very little time spent snorkling, and that required us to wear life vests (a number of passengers had indulged a bit). The cruise was well executed, for what it was, but it was not what we were looking for. In retrospect, we should have more clearly laid out expectations for this activity.

We will definitely visit CR again, and I would have no hesitation recommending KimKim, especially to first-timers. Pura Vida!

Thanks Randall!
Annie, Tom, and Joel

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Annie,

Thank you for your full feedback about your vacation in Costa Rica, it makes me so happy that you, Tom and Joel had a good time in our country and that you truly enjoyed all the areas that you visited.

I also appreciated the honest feedback about the catamaran tour in Manuel Antonio, we will make sure to provide more information about this activity to future clients to avoid any disappointments.

We will be happy expecting your next message to organize another great adventure in my country and explore the areas that you didn't have the chance to visit this time.

Best!
Randall

Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2020

Traveler: Gaby C. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

I had an amazing travel experience in Costa Rica! I was there for about a week and felt like I was able to see and do so much during my time there. During my trip I saw many different types of birds, sloths, monkeys, a Quetzal, and so much more. I traveled to San Jose, Monteverde, La Fortuna, and Arenal and saw volcanos, jungles and cloud forests. This was my first time booking with KimKim and it was relaxing to know that everything was booked and planned for by our travel specialist.... read more

I had an amazing travel experience in Costa Rica! I was there for about a week and felt like I was able to see and do so much during my time there. During my trip I saw many different types of birds, sloths, monkeys, a Quetzal, and so much more. I traveled to San Jose, Monteverde, La Fortuna, and Arenal and saw volcanos, jungles and cloud forests. This was my first time booking with KimKim and it was relaxing to know that everything was booked and planned for by our travel specialist. Carlos my travel specialist did an amazing job booking and planning my entire trip. He even called me during my trip to check up on how I was doing. Everything ran smoothly and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable about the biodiversity in Costa Rica. My guides Jorge and Juan Carlos did an amazing job teaching me about their culture and traditions. I would highly recommend booking with KimKim as they take care of everything and you get to enjoy your vacation. Thank you Carlos!

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Querida Gaby!

Pura Vida from Costa Rica!

Firstly I want to say thank you for visiting our lovely country.

I appreciate your great feedback review about the trip plan we prepared for you and companion, we always try with our best, I hope you have good memories from Costa Rica, It was my pleasure assisting you during your trip.

I hope you can return then in the future.
Pura Vida!
Carlos.

Sarah

almost all of Costa Rica in a week · Costa Rica - Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: Sarah B. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

Had an amazing time in Costa Rica! Loved all of our excursions! White water rafting on the sarapiqui River was my favorite! Hiking the 1968 lava field in Arenal was both amazing and disappointing as we weren’t one of the lucky few (per year! Haha!) to see a glimpse of the volcano’s peak. Ziplining in the cloud forest of Monteverde at sky adventures was an experience I will never forget because I was shaking from both fear, excitement, and the chilly temperatures. The Don Juan... read more

Had an amazing time in Costa Rica! Loved all of our excursions! White water rafting on the sarapiqui River was my favorite! Hiking the 1968 lava field in Arenal was both amazing and disappointing as we weren’t one of the lucky few (per year! Haha!) to see a glimpse of the volcano’s peak. Ziplining in the cloud forest of Monteverde at sky adventures was an experience I will never forget because I was shaking from both fear, excitement, and the chilly temperatures. The Don Juan coffee/chocolate tour is a MUST DO for anyone in the area and definitely gives me a different perspective every time I bite into a Hershey bar not to mention the amazing coffee and cocoa butter. We had the best 3.5 hours of fun on the ocean king in Quepos and thanks to the 8 drink tickets, it’s a good thing we purchased the $30 photo package so we have some great memories of the beautiful sunset! Costa Rica was the most memorable trip I have ever had and I can’t wait to use kimkim for my next adventure.

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Sarah!
Pura Vida? This is Carlos, thank you for visiting us, It was my pleasure having you in our country Costa Rica, I hope you can return in the future ...
Pura Vida Amigos!
Carlos.

Costa Rica is a magical place · Costa Rica - Dec 26 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: Bill M. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our local specialist, Randall helped to plan an amazing visit to Costa Rica that was just the right combination of relaxation and adventure! The adventure started in Rincon de la Viejo National Park for a great hike with Andre. What an amazing combination of landscape, forest, volcanic pools and an abundance of wildlife. Andre was extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun! The next several days were all about relaxation in Playa Hermosa with stops in Playa Coco and Tamarindo. We then... read more

Our local specialist, Randall helped to plan an amazing visit to Costa Rica that was just the right combination of relaxation and adventure! The adventure started in Rincon de la Viejo National Park for a great hike with Andre. What an amazing combination of landscape, forest, volcanic pools and an abundance of wildlife. Andre was extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun! The next several days were all about relaxation in Playa Hermosa with stops in Playa Coco and Tamarindo. We then headed to Arenal for white water rafting, exploring the hanging bridges and lots of time in the hot springs. Magical is the best way to describe the experience and we had such a great time with Jairo and Koki from Wave Rafting and Christian on our tour through Mistico Park. It was our first trip to Costa Rica, but won't be the last. The Costa Rican people are so welcoming and friendly, many thanks to everyone for a memorable vacation!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Bill,

It is so refreshing to return from my vacation and read your review about the trip. I am so happy that you, Michele and the kids have enjoyed your trip in my country and that you are considering to return someday, I will be more than happy to welcome you again and organize a new fun and relaxing adventure for your family in the future.

All the best!
Randall

Family vac in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jan 17 - Jan 24, 2020

Traveler: victoria m. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Kim Kim was amazing. Very prompt in responding to our request. The bookings and hotels were just what we wanted and perfect for our family vacation. The only challenge we encountered was several of the guides only spoke Spanish yet were very helpful to try and accommodate our needs. Costa Rica was beautiful! Great family place to vacation.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Victoria,

I am glad you are satisfied with the service that you received from us during the planning of your trip.

Thank you also for your feedback about the trip and I will contact you directly to talk a little bit more about who were the guides who didn't speak English.

Pura Vida!
Randall

Randall did a fantastic job setting up this t... · Costa Rica - Jan 8 - Jan 17, 2020

Traveler: David G. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall did a fantastic job setting up this trip for 2 couples. The hotels were top notch-Hotel Arenal resort- a very nice property with spacious rooms. Belmar Hotel-Monteverde great views, good food- an ecocentric property, very pleasant staff. La Mansion- Manuel Antonio- a nice property with great views. Staff are nice people but need significant training. The first room they wanted to give one of us had broken AC and a broken sliding door. It took some convincing to change rooms. Bar... read more

Randall did a fantastic job setting up this trip for 2 couples. The hotels were top notch-Hotel Arenal resort- a very nice property with spacious rooms. Belmar Hotel-Monteverde great views, good food- an ecocentric property, very pleasant staff. La Mansion- Manuel Antonio- a nice property with great views. Staff are nice people but need significant training. The first room they wanted to give one of us had broken AC and a broken sliding door. It took some convincing to change rooms. Bar service made mixed drinks with little alcohol. Hotel Grano de Oro -San Jose nice hotel, fantastic food.

Private and semi private rides between locations were fine. Some Costa Rican roads are better than others. Kim Kim arranged four events. Christian of Pur Vida led us on a hike through Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna waterfall. He was a little rushed at Hanging Bridges. Overall a B+. Oscar of Monteverde night tours led us on a night hike.Nice job- we actually saw wildlife - A. Carlos of Monteverde Experts led us on a tour of the cloud forrest was exactly that a well spoken expert- A+. Our last experience was a boat ride in a mangrove swamp led by a man from Tuscane tours. He was young and let one patron orchestrate the 2 hour tour. It was very frustrating- grade of C.

Everything that Kim Kim set up went off as planned. They deserve an A+.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi David,

Thank you for your review and comments. I am glad that you have enjoyed all the hotels that we arranged for you as well as the activities. I appreciate your feedback about the guides and I will make sure to pass your comments to the tour operators.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again and organize a new trip in our country in the near future.

All the best,
Randall

Amazing one-week trip to Costa Rica! · Costa Rica - Jan 8 - Jan 15, 2020

Traveler: Ariel H. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Adrianna was amazing throughout planning our trip.
Our drivers always arrived on time and ready to pick us up -- even for our delayed flight at the start of our trip!

All our guides were fun, exciting, and very knowledgeable.
Thank you Alfredo for showing us La Fortuna Waterfall and guiding us through the orchid path and bird-sightings.
Thank you Ignacio for a witty, wonderful tour through the Hanging Bridges and for spotting countless interesting animals.
Thank you Daniel for exploring... read more

Adrianna was amazing throughout planning our trip.
Our drivers always arrived on time and ready to pick us up -- even for our delayed flight at the start of our trip!

All our guides were fun, exciting, and very knowledgeable.
Thank you Alfredo for showing us La Fortuna Waterfall and guiding us through the orchid path and bird-sightings.
Thank you Ignacio for a witty, wonderful tour through the Hanging Bridges and for spotting countless interesting animals.
Thank you Daniel for exploring Manuel Antonio Park with us and teaching us about the various flora and fauna.

We really loved the views of the Arenal Volcano and of course the warm beach waters that hug you as you step in. Best of all, the locals of Costa Rica are so friendly and helpful.

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Ariel,
Thank you for your nice comments about your trip to Costa Rica. It is great to know that you enjoyed our country, our friendly people, locations and activities. :-)
It was my pleasure to assist you and organize a nice experience and unforgettable memories for you. I hope you visit us in the future to live a new adventure here in this little paradise.
Kind regards
Adriana

Not just a typical travel agency · Costa Rica - Dec 30 - Jan 8, 2020

We booked the whole CostaRica 10 days tour through KimKim. The people who helped us with planning and while we were on vacation were extremely helpful. They answered all our questions and made several changes to the itinerary, activities, and hotels to accommodate us. The activities were planned well, the travel from one destination to another was nicely arranged. We stayed at three hotels - Hotel Arenal Manoa, Senda Monteverde and Shana at Manuel Antonio. The hotels Arenal Manoa and Senda... read more

We booked the whole CostaRica 10 days tour through KimKim. The people who helped us with planning and while we were on vacation were extremely helpful. They answered all our questions and made several changes to the itinerary, activities, and hotels to accommodate us. The activities were planned well, the travel from one destination to another was nicely arranged. We stayed at three hotels - Hotel Arenal Manoa, Senda Monteverde and Shana at Manuel Antonio. The hotels Arenal Manoa and Senda were of luxury style. Senda's service was just extra-ordinary. However, the hotel Shana, its food, and its service are not of luxury caliber. My only suggestion is for the KimKim team to review this hotel before recommending it as a luxury option.

My family is a very active bunch and we love ... · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Eve B. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

My family is a very active bunch and we love adventure and keeping busy. We certainly had all of this on our vacation. Randall listened to what we wanted, and was easy to contact regarding changes in plans and what we wanted to do. We spent the first half of our trip at La Fortuna and the second half in Manuel Antonio. Our accommodations at Manuel Antonio were fabulous, with outrageous views, helpful staff, spacious for our family of 6. I usually like to plan my own trips, but having Randall took a lot of the load off and it was nice having someone to help out when issues arose.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Eve,

Thank you for your review of the trip and the service that you received from me before and during your vacation. It makes me happy that you have enjoyed your vacation, especially your last nights at Los Altos Preserve in Manuel Antonio, I know it is a gorgeous place to stay.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you and your family again in our country.

Best,
Randall

Costa Rican Adventure · Costa Rica - Dec 31 - Jan 11, 2020

Traveler: Deb S. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

I was hesitant about using an online travel agent but Randall was great; arranging and rearranging the schedule and activities as our plans evolved. The trip to Costa Rica was fantastic and is the best vacation I’ve had, ever! There is such a lush concentration of plants and every kind of living thing. Our accommodations were all first rate, we particularly enjoyed the El Establo Hotel at Monteverde. We traveled Jan 1-Jan 13 and enjoyed excellent weather, were never rained on in the... read more

I was hesitant about using an online travel agent but Randall was great; arranging and rearranging the schedule and activities as our plans evolved. The trip to Costa Rica was fantastic and is the best vacation I’ve had, ever! There is such a lush concentration of plants and every kind of living thing. Our accommodations were all first rate, we particularly enjoyed the El Establo Hotel at Monteverde. We traveled Jan 1-Jan 13 and enjoyed excellent weather, were never rained on in the daytime. We had several nature tours and a fab zip line excursion in Monteverde. Check out one of our guides Instagram sites: Jpablo_cruz226. We also visited the Mt Arenal area and a memorable highlight for us was the river cruise on the Rio Frío in the Cano Negro reserve with guide Joudan, who was especially knowledgeable. All the transfers and flights that Randall arranged for us went off without a hitch; we found two of the drivers, Jose and Jorge most helpful and professional. We also had a rented car and adventures driving the winding bumpy roads. If we had been choosing our own vehicle it would have been under powered and wrong for the terrain; but with a good travel agent to help we enjoyed the ride! We also had a cool domestic flight in a teensy plane to round out our transportation experience. It was great to see the ocean, jungle, crop lands, and mountains from a birds eye view. Sansa Air was excellent.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Deb,

Thank you for your feedback, I am glad that we didn't disappoint you with your decision of using a travel agent for the arrangements of your vacation and that you found useful the suggestions that I gave you along the process.

I really enjoyed reading your feedback and the experiences that you had during the different activities that we coordinated and also about the service received from our drivers.

I wish you and your family all the best in this new year and we hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future.

Best,
Randall

CR Trip · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 6, 2020

Traveler: Shiva J. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall, and the crew at KimKim did a great job in arranging a perfect trip to Costa Rica for our family. Randall was great in being flexible, and was accommodate all our requests in terms of the places and itinerary. He was very prompt in responding to the Emails, and providing the requested information.

I was amazed that they were able to pick the hotels that were just perfect for us for the location, for the most part. The hotels in Manuel Antonio (Karahe), MonteVerde (Ficus), and La... read more

Randall, and the crew at KimKim did a great job in arranging a perfect trip to Costa Rica for our family. Randall was great in being flexible, and was accommodate all our requests in terms of the places and itinerary. He was very prompt in responding to the Emails, and providing the requested information.

I was amazed that they were able to pick the hotels that were just perfect for us for the location, for the most part. The hotels in Manuel Antonio (Karahe), MonteVerde (Ficus), and La Fortuna (Montana del fuego) were excellent. The location of the hotel (Sleep Inn) in San Jose makes it a little less desirable for families (I think). Overall, the hotels were great, and their location made it possible to explore the place, find nice local establishments for food (and shopping) pretty easy.

The private transfers from the airport, and between the hotels were really nice. The drivers (Alex from Coast-to-Coast travels, Nelson and Diego from RideCR) were on-time, pointed out local wild-life along the way, and stopped at great fruit stalls, or coffee places when requested. one of the travel companies, RideCR, had Wi-Fi in their vehicles, so that was specially appreciated! Overall, there was a clock-work like quality for the travel arrangements, which was really nice. The car-boat-car transfer from MonteVerde to La Fortuna was a great experience, save the terrible condition of the roads in MonteVerde.

The guides in our tours were very passionate about their country, and what it stands for in the world (in terms of ecology, climate change etc.), and were very informative. Specially want to mention Aaron in Manuel Antonio night walk, Froy on boat trip to Cano Negro, and Horatio in hanging bridges tour in MonteVerde, as they were fantastic. I have to mention, the best meal we had in our entire trip was a home cooked meal on the Cano Negro trip!

The tours we have taken on the trip were ranging from very good to excellent, with a couple of exceptions. The hanging bridges, and canopy tour in MonteVerde was fantastic. Boat trip to Cano Negro was up there, as well as the trip from San Jose to Poas Volcano etc. Night walk in Manuel Antonio was great too. The Kayak trip to Isla Damas was a bit of a let down, and more adventurous (or risky) than imagined. And the night walk in MonteVerde was Okay as there were a lot of people, and not much luck with spotting wild-life on that night.

The early start times (pre-8:00AM) for some of the tours were a little difficult for the night owls of the family, and could have been managed better, in general. Usually, the tour guides pick-up people from various hotels before the tour started, and depending on the hotel, the pick-up time could be really early. It might be better to organize that differently to have a little bit extra time in the mornings for all, for example, by transporting the guests from their hotels to a central location where the tour started or something like that.

Overall, it was an excellent trip. Kudos to the KimKim team for their help and organization.

S.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Shiva,

First of all, thank you for your comments and feedback, I am glad that you and your family had a good time in my country and that you have enjoyed the activities that we organized for you despite of the early pickups some days :)

We hope to have the chance to organize a new adventure for you in the future.

All the best and Pura Vida!

Randall

OUTSTANDING TRIP · Costa Rica - Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2020

Traveler: Kyle E. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

OUTSTANDING TRIP

Our trip was fantastic, and was extremely well planned and well executed. Every excursion was exactly what was promised to us. Alex was truly outstanding. Will definitely use KimKim again, and would use Tachiz travel when we return to Costa Rica.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kyle,

Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic adventure here in Costa Rica.

We will be honored to help you again whenever you visit Costa Rica again.

Great 10-Day Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Dec 31 - Jan 9, 2020

Traveler: Jeremy B. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

My family of four (two grown daughters, my wife and I) just returned from a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. KimKim was very easy to deal with. Adriana was our main contact, but when she was off Olman responded and helped us with our arrangements. Both were knowledgeable and helpful and worked as a team. We spent 3 nights in Playa Flamingo (near Tamarindo), 3 nights in the Arenal area (near La Fortuna) and 3 nights in Manuel Antonio (near the national park). We had lots of adventures, but also... read more

My family of four (two grown daughters, my wife and I) just returned from a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. KimKim was very easy to deal with. Adriana was our main contact, but when she was off Olman responded and helped us with our arrangements. Both were knowledgeable and helpful and worked as a team. We spent 3 nights in Playa Flamingo (near Tamarindo), 3 nights in the Arenal area (near La Fortuna) and 3 nights in Manuel Antonio (near the national park). We had lots of adventures, but also found the trip very relaxing. We did not rent a car. KimKim arranged for our transports. I'm sure this is much more expensive than renting a car, but as first time visitors to Costa Rica, we were concerned about road conditions and getting around. We observed some other travelers having trouble navigating, but they all seemed to get where they were going eventually. The drivers were always prompt, friendly and pulled over to show us things, especially when they knew areas where sloths or crocodiles were typically spotted from the road. (Special shout out to Jonathan who was our driver on three days.) Having drivers definitely made it a stress-free vacation. It would have been helpful to have a car in Playa Flamingo as there were other beach towns just far enough away that you need to drive and it was not certain that we could get taxis back. We took a Catamaran sunset cruise with Panache sailing. The guys working the cruise were great and friendly. You stop and snorkel but it was not good snorkeling. We heard there was much better snorkeling spots back in Playa Flamingo, but you're really there for the cruise which is very relaxing (even though it felt like there were too many people on board). We stayed at the Lost Iguana in Arenal. Very very nice. It's remote and in the rain forest. Highly recommend. It's a 30 minute drive to La Fortuna. We just took all of our meals at Lost Iguana. We did the SkyAdventures zipline. Very thrilling experience. Even though we were scared to death by the heights and the speed, we highly recommend. Another highlight was the farm tour and cooking class as Vida Campesina. My family likes to cook. It was a fun, informative and delicious evening. We did a "hike" to the La Fortuna Waterfall. It's not a hike. You walk down steps to the waterfall. It's beautiful and we swam in the very cold water, but you don't need a guide for this. If you have a car, just drive there, pay the entry and walk down to see the waterfall. We went to the hanging bridges, which is set up like an amusement park. That was initially a turn-off, but once in we really enjoyed the walk through the rain forest, the views and bridges. If you go to the Manuel Antonio national park, you could skip the hanging bridges and do something more adventuresome. We stayed at the Mariposa Hotel in Manuel Antonio. It is perfectly located at the top of the mountain with great views (amazing sunsets every night), and walking distance to the best restaurants we ate at in Costa Rica (Emilio's Cafe, Agua Azul and Milagro). We only ate breakfast at the Mariposa. Breakfasts were nice at both hotels. We went into the National Park with a guide. You must have a guide or you won't see anything. They have special scopes and spot things animals that are camouflaged or too high up in the trees to see with the naked eye. Don't be turned off by the crowds. It's good to have a few guides around because they tell each other what they have spotted, so you are bound to see more things if there are other guided groups in the area. We spent a few hours at the Playa Espedilla Sur (beach) in the park. Great beach, but beware of the animals. The monkeys come down and try to steal from the tourists, we also saw a raccoon try to do the same. We also did the boat ride through the Damas estuary to see the mangroves. Very relaxing. We used Aventuras Tropicales. It's a family business. At the end you eat a home cooked lunch of typical Costa Rican cuisine at their home. The boat ride feels like the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. We saw many birds and some monkeys, but mostly it's just a relaxing cruise. We don't regret doing it, but it's not very adventuresome. Younger kids might get very bored very quickly. Note, the weather forecast often showed rain, but it mostly rained at night or while we were driving but never rained during any of our activities. Not sure if that was typical or we were just lucky, but the point is not to fret over weather. I'm sure we paid a premium to use KimKim's services, but we think it was worth it as they made it a seamless process and the result was a great time had by all. We would use KimKim again. Many thanks to Adriana and Olman.

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jeremy,

Thank you for sharing your nice comments and experiences in Costa Rica. :-)

I am so happy to know that your family enjoyed your trip and that all the services fulfill your expectations. It was a pleasure for Olman and me to help you organize your family vacation, I hope that you come back in the future to enjoy a new adventure here in our beautiful country and we will glad to assist you again.
Pura Vida!
Adriana

Taylor

AWESOME! · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 6, 2020

Our guides were awesome, such a fun and easy experience. It was a breeze

Great week in Costa Rica (with some minor caveats) · Costa Rica - Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2019

Our family (3 adults) really enjoyed our first trip to Costa Rica. The process of planning the trip with kimkim was very easy and convenient, and our specialist Yenyi was always very responsive and helpful with our questions.

Overall, we had a great time on our trip. We went to Arenal and Monteverde (one of our guides described it as going from the rainforest to the cloud forest), which were unique and beautiful. Our accommodations were wonderful, especially our stay at Tabacon resort in... read more

Our family (3 adults) really enjoyed our first trip to Costa Rica. The process of planning the trip with kimkim was very easy and convenient, and our specialist Yenyi was always very responsive and helpful with our questions.

Overall, we had a great time on our trip. We went to Arenal and Monteverde (one of our guides described it as going from the rainforest to the cloud forest), which were unique and beautiful. Our accommodations were wonderful, especially our stay at Tabacon resort in Arenal - which has the best hot springs facilities in town (the town is famous for the natural hot springs due to the nearby volcano). We ended up going to the hot springs every day! Our hotel in Monteverde - Fonda Vela - was also nice, although it was definitely a bit outdated (especially the bathroom) and they were actively doing construction during our stay (a bit dirty and loud at times), but our room had a beautiful view of the forests and Pacific Ocean.

Out of all of our activities, some of the highlights were zip lining in the cloud forest (10 different lines) and the nocturnal nature tour (we were able to spot snakes, birds, and unique insects in the complete dark with our guide). We also really enjoyed our Rio Celeste day trip - unfortunately the trip itself was cut short due to heavy rainfall closing off half of the park (and the river was brown instead of blue), but our guide Michael was so amazing he really made it a fun and educational trip (teaching us about local plants and insects), and the lunch was good too.

The parts we didn't enjoy as much/some issues:
- Our local tour operator was late several times and did not give us notice. For our boat ride, we waited 30 minutes in our lobby; the tour operator did not contact us, we had to ask the hotel to call them to see when they were arriving.
- The description for "Arenal to Monteverde by boat" is extremely misleading. The kimkim page described it as 3.5 hour boat ride, in reality it was a 40 minute boat ride followed by a 2 hour car ride on extremely bump roads.
- The La Fortuna Waterfall tour was also a disappointment. It was billed as a half-day tour, but the tour itself was only one hour (you climb down the steps, see the waterfall, then climb up the steps). We had to leave the hotel at 7:30 AM, the drive was an hour round trip, and the tour was an hour. We had to wake up so early but then were back at the hotel by 9:30 AM. Our tour guide didn't really explain anything to us, and towards the end he was rushing for us to leave even though the tour was much shorter than we anticipated.

Issues aside, we did have a wonderful time in Costa Rica. The majority of our guides were awesome and super knowledgeable. The accommodations were great and everything was nicely organized. We loved the food and the friendly people everywhere.

The team at Kimkim put together a fantastic i... · Costa Rica - Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Krishna P. - Local specialist: Lily Ulate

The team at Kimkim put together a fantastic itinerary which checks every wish box of our dream vacation. Thank you, Thank you!

I would definitely take their service for our next vacation.

Perfect Costa Rican vacation!! · Costa Rica - Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Scott G. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall did an excellent job and listening to what we were looking to for for our vacation. He put together a great vacation for us! We did whitewater rafting, tubing, horseback rides, zip line and repelling, catamaran and hiking tour. These excursions were fun, breathtaking and outstanding. I would highly recommend him for anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica! Thank you Randall!!!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Scott,

I appreciate your email and it is great to read that you, Fiona and your kids enjoyed the vacation that we organized for you.

I wish you all the best in this new year and hopefully, we will hear from you again in the near future.

Best,
Randall

Trip to Costa Rica was perfectly planned and executed with KimKim · Costa Rica - Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2019

Planning the trip with Kim Kim was excellent. I appreciated the advice that allowed us to customize a tour in a new country to us that allowed enjoyment and comfort for our group from age 12-84. The efforts from our advisor was excellent and the execution of the plans was flawless. We had one hitch that was taken care immediately with our KimKim rep, Yenyi- right away after one email.

We especially enjoyed the Hotel Ficus for its views in Monteverde and excellent staff support. The sloth... read more

Planning the trip with Kim Kim was excellent. I appreciated the advice that allowed us to customize a tour in a new country to us that allowed enjoyment and comfort for our group from age 12-84. The efforts from our advisor was excellent and the execution of the plans was flawless. We had one hitch that was taken care immediately with our KimKim rep, Yenyi- right away after one email.

We especially enjoyed the Hotel Ficus for its views in Monteverde and excellent staff support. The sloth tour with Daniel at Arenal was a highlight in Christmas Day. And while the rooms are simple at Hotel and Villas Huertes the staff and groundskeeper, Alberto, were amazing. That team and especially the maintenance of the pool, landscaping and environs made that simple hotel an excellent choice.

Surfing with Iguana Surf in Tamarindo was a great experience and introduction to the sport.

Best Travel Company Ever! · Costa Rica - Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2019

Traveler: Omar N. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

By far, the best travel company i’ve ever dealt with. My wife and I had a really great experience.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Omar. Thank you very much for your kind words.

We are delighted to hear that you and your wife had a wonderful trip here in Costa Rica.

Could have been better but not all on them · Costa Rica - Dec 19 - Dec 29, 2019

Traveler: David J. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

All the events were great and the accomodations were good. They planned the trip I wanted though it was a little too packed- almost stressful. That's on me though. The other thing was I had said that I didn't know how releastic it was for me to do all three things I wanted and was worried about logistics. I think they could have gotten me my itinerary a little sooner and if I knew that some days I would be in the car 5+ hours in a day I would say why don't we skip that. They did help me make... read more

All the events were great and the accomodations were good. They planned the trip I wanted though it was a little too packed- almost stressful. That's on me though. The other thing was I had said that I didn't know how releastic it was for me to do all three things I wanted and was worried about logistics. I think they could have gotten me my itinerary a little sooner and if I knew that some days I would be in the car 5+ hours in a day I would say why don't we skip that. They did help me make changes on the fly however. And I also should have told them that I didn't want to wake up at 5AM on vacation. I guess that's on me too but I would think they could have said- hey if you want to do this, you have to get up at 5. I would have said no thanks.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi David,

Thank you for your feedback and I agree with you that a trip with fewer activities scheduled in advance might be the best option for you. Unfortunately, because of the logistics for some of the activities, the pick-up times should be arranged quite early to guarantee the best operation for the activity. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have the option to put together a new experience for you taking into consideration the teaching from this past trip.

Best,
Randall

Megan

Costa Rica 2019 · Costa Rica - Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2019

Traveler: Megan T. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

My friend and I had a great experience using kimkim to plan our itinerary for an 8 day/7 night trip to multiple destinations in Costa Rica. It was a different experience than the guided tours that we are used to in that we didn't receive our voucher information until two days before the trip (though we knew our whole itinerary long before then). However, everything was beautifully orchestrated from the shuttles between locations, hotel accommodations, and quality excursions and tours.

Our... read more

My friend and I had a great experience using kimkim to plan our itinerary for an 8 day/7 night trip to multiple destinations in Costa Rica. It was a different experience than the guided tours that we are used to in that we didn't receive our voucher information until two days before the trip (though we knew our whole itinerary long before then). However, everything was beautifully orchestrated from the shuttles between locations, hotel accommodations, and quality excursions and tours.

Our only suggestion was that the itinerary include more detailed information about the tours. For example, we knew we were doing a tour of a volcano one day and there was some mention of visiting hot springs after that, but there were not many specifics. Thankfully we brought bathing suits with us on our volcano tour just in case, because we found ourselves being dropped off at a hot springs after the volcano and even being served a dinner we didn't expect. It would just really help to have some details about what clothing items to have packed (such as an extra change of clothes) for the tours or excursions which are included.

Otherwise, I would really recommend kimkim for anyone who doesn't want to go through the hassle of arranging multiple in-country transportation and excursion bookings.

Highly recommended for Costa Rica travel · Costa Rica - Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2019

Traveler: PJ A. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

I am very happy with the service KimKim provided in planning & booking our trip to Costa Rica. Randall was very friendly & knowledgeable and he was able to customize our trip to fit our schedule & needs. We had out flights to San Jose Costa Rica booked but we had not planned or booked anything further. Randall at KimKim made it very easy for us & took care of all the bookings including hotel, transportation, and activities. I highly recommend KimKim & Randall.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pankaj,

Thank you for your review and nice comments about the service that you and Uthra received from us before and during the trip that we organized for you here in Costa Rica.

We really hope to have the chance to organize another trip to my country in the future or to any of the other destinations that kimkim offers.

Regards and all the best for the two of you in 2020!!

Randall

8 days in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2019

Traveler: Elizabeth C. - Local specialist: Beatriz Villalobos

The trip was well planned and fantastic.! We loved the rafting in La Fortuna,. The hot springs were great. The zip-line in Monteverde and suspension bridges were fun. All transfer drivers were polite and on time. Instead of the Sloth Territory tour I would probably do the waterfall hike or a different sloth place since we didn’t see much. The hotels were fine and what I expected since that was not our focus. I would recommend Beatriz!

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Beatriz Villalobos, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am so glad that you enjoyed the trip and proud that our team has achieved our main goal...your satisfaction.
We really tried to match every experience that best suits your interests, and I am very happy that we have managed to do so. We will revise how we can improve the sloth tour for a better experience, I wanted you to enjoy it more. Thank you for your feedback.
Count on us whenever you need!
All the best!

9 day la fortuna/manuel antonio · Costa Rica - Dec 6 - Dec 14, 2019

Traveler: Rosalee S. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Great job randall!!! Everything went without a problem. The shuttle service was superb and on time. Even had 2 excursions that were just my husband and I with the tour guide.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Rosalee, I am so glad that you and Duane enjoyed your trip and based on the information that you shared with me on your other email, that you have had the chance to see a lot of wildlife during your visit to my country.

I wish you and Duane all the best during the holidays and in 2020.

Best and Pura Vida!
Randall

The trip was well organized and everything we... · Costa Rica - Nov 22 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Dennis M. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

The trip was well organized and everything went smoothly.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for your good review, I am very happy everything was perfect during your visit to this amazing country.

I hope you will visit us again in the future.

Thanks,
Olman

Great Family Trip · Costa Rica - Nov 24 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Laura M. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

This was our second trip to Costa Rica and Randall did a great job of organizing exactly what we wanted this time around. There was only one glitch when a river rafting trip was cancelled at the last minute, but Jimmy Villegas immediately found and booked an alternative tour rappelling down waterwalls which turned out to be a real highlight of our vacation.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,

I appreciate your comments about this second experience that you had in our country and it makes me happy to read that the change that should be done after the rafting trip cancelation become on a highlight for your trip.

If you consider coming for a third time :), we will be happy to welcome you and your family again.

All the best to you all and Pura Vida!

Randall

Costa Rica family vacation · Costa Rica - Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2019

Traveler: Yves B. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We organized the trip through Olman, and communication was very smooth (quick replies to questions). Hotels and transportation was all very good (in particular the hotels in Arenal and Manuel Antonio areas).

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Yves,

Thanks for your review.
We are very happy you had a great time and good to know you liked my service, offer the most personalized experience is what makes us the best option to take an amazing experience.
I hope you will visit Costa Rica in the future, we will be more than glad to assist you in case you need it.

Best,
Olman

Costa Rican Honeymoon · Costa Rica - Jul 1 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Matt H. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

My wife and I were unfamiliar with Costa Rica but she loves sloths so we selected this location for our honeymoon. With minimal details aside from sloths, Olman was able to plan a beautiful vacation for us. It included a romantic stay for a few nights at a resort as well as a multitude of excursions. Thanks to Olman, we had a great experience in Costa Rica with wonderful memories - we are now planning a trip to Hawaii because of our past experience with KimKim.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matt,

I am very happy you had a great time in Costa Rica.
That is great to know you saw sloths and had a great experience.

Also, that is excellent to know you are planning a trip to Hawaii, I hope you will have a terrific time in your next expedition.
I hope to see you again in the future in this paradise.

Thanks,
Olman

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, ... · Costa Rica - Nov 13 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Uli D. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, she was very helpful, especially when it came to last minute changes. The hotels where fantastic, all nature guides were awesome, very knowledgeable, pick ups were all on time and everyone was super friendly. La Paloma Lodge in Osa is outstanding, In hindsight I should have included a two night stay at Sirena Ranger Station, some people who stayed at Paloma did this and where blown away by this experience.
In Porto Viejo I would include a walk... read more

The trip was very well organised by Adriana, she was very helpful, especially when it came to last minute changes. The hotels where fantastic, all nature guides were awesome, very knowledgeable, pick ups were all on time and everyone was super friendly. La Paloma Lodge in Osa is outstanding, In hindsight I should have included a two night stay at Sirena Ranger Station, some people who stayed at Paloma did this and where blown away by this experience.
In Porto Viejo I would include a walk through Cahuita National Park rather than a walk at Punta Uva. ( this was very basic). The trip from San Jose to Porto Viejo was 6 hours due to road works......was not enjoyable but not much do be done about it. If I had to leave something out of the programme, it would be Porto Viejo and spend time in Arenal area instead.
The company at Monteverde who ran the zip line at Selvatura can be highly recommended.
All up, a fantastic trip, true pure vida........thanks a lot Adriana and the team, I will definitely recommend you......

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Uli,
Thank you for your feedback and nice pictures from your trip to Costa Rica :-)

I am very happy to know that you enjoyed your time in our country, your recommendations in regard to the locations help us to organize the best experiences each day. Please contact me if you decide to visit us back in the future and I will be more than glad to help you.
Pura Vida!
Adriana

Cycling Costa Rica coast to coast · Costa Rica - Nov 12 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Tommy H. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our driver (Mau) and our guide (Julio) we’re very friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to our requests and needs . They really added to the success and enjoyment of the trip. We would highly recommend this trip-especially with Mau and Julio.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tommy,

Thank you for your comments. It makes us so happy that you have enjoyed the trip that we organized for you, we know that we are very lucky to have such dedicated people like Mau and Julio working with us and it is great that you have had the chance to share with them your trip.

All the best!
Randall

One week in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Nov 17 - Nov 24, 2019

Traveler: Ron R. - Local specialist: Beatriz Villalobos

We booked two excursions for our one week stay in Costa Rica in November. One, out of San Jose, was to Poas Volcano and then La Paz waterfalls and nature park. Our guide was Edgar and we had a lovely time despite the rain and fog up in the mountains. Edgar was fun to be with and informative. I absolutely loved La Paz, especially in the mist and drizzle. Just magical! Our other excursion was from Puerto Viejo, the Cahuita national park. Our guide was Shailo Rose and he was charming and such a... read more

We booked two excursions for our one week stay in Costa Rica in November. One, out of San Jose, was to Poas Volcano and then La Paz waterfalls and nature park. Our guide was Edgar and we had a lovely time despite the rain and fog up in the mountains. Edgar was fun to be with and informative. I absolutely loved La Paz, especially in the mist and drizzle. Just magical! Our other excursion was from Puerto Viejo, the Cahuita national park. Our guide was Shailo Rose and he was charming and such a wealth of information about local plants and animals and growing up in the area. This was my wife's favourite day. To be honest we had two free days to walk around San Jose and I think one would have been sufficient. We would have loved to have had an extra day in Puerto Viejo!

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Beatriz Villalobos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ron, I am very pleased to hear that you had a nice time and that our team meet our main goal of satisfaction beyond the senses. We look forward to having you here again soon.

Costa Rica is a beautiful Country. The guides... · Costa Rica - Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2019

Traveler: Robin F. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Costa Rica is a beautiful Country. The guides were kind, the zip line experience was amazing, and the hot springs hotel was really pretty. I enjoyed kayaking in the river a lot. I was disappointed in the 3rd hotel for adults only; especially for a group of girls. It was highly geared toward couples and I feel we were treated differently there then the other places. I found a hotel that we moved to for the last 2 nights called the Carriblue which was my favorite one. I like the space, jungle... read more

Costa Rica is a beautiful Country. The guides were kind, the zip line experience was amazing, and the hot springs hotel was really pretty. I enjoyed kayaking in the river a lot. I was disappointed in the 3rd hotel for adults only; especially for a group of girls. It was highly geared toward couples and I feel we were treated differently there then the other places. I found a hotel that we moved to for the last 2 nights called the Carriblue which was my favorite one. I like the space, jungle and it was much roomier. Unfortunately it cost 500$ that I didn’t expect to spend but we felt highly uncomfortable at the other place and had to move. The last day was difficult with all the shuttle driving; it took 2 hours longer then we were told and we sadly missed our plane back to Liberia and had to rent a car. I felt we all were pretty positive and made the best of it, enjoying the natural beauty of Costa Rica. I believe we took good care of those guides/locals that helped us to enjoy our vacation. I’m not sure I would do anything as busy next time (going from place to place) and I’d like much less time actually “traveling.”

Will visit again! · Costa Rica - Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2019

Traveler: Varun K. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We had a terrific time in Costa Rica! Highlights included a bunch of hikes, amazing food, ziplining, snorkeling... it was beautiful. Definitely want to revisit the country!

Monica and Kristy were outstanding - they asked the right questions, found out what kind of a trip we wanted to do, and came up with an itinerary tailored for us. They were responsive, attentive, and most of all, patient - we wanted to make some changes last-minute and they were willing to listen and be flexible. Thank you for everything!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Varun,

It was our pleasure to help you organize this unique trip for you! I'm so glad you enjoyed every minute of your stay here and that you got to try new things - like the Caribbean Rice & Beans! You are definitely welcome back any time you like for more adventures and experiences in Costa Rica!

Best wishes and pura vida,
Mónica

Rodrigo was fantastic! · Costa Rica - Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Greg L. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Rodrigo was fantastic!

good Planning bad execution · Costa Rica - Oct 19 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Argy K. - Local specialist: Lily Ulate

In general it was easy to organise and good recommendations were given. The problem was that the hotels and experiences that were booked did not meet our expectations or the description provided by kimkim and once the issues were raised they were not addressed by Kimkim

Olman planned us an amazing trip in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Oct 16 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Sue M. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We would like to thank Olman for the amazing 11 day trip he planned for us with such short notice. Costa Rica has been on our list of places to visit but we only booked the flights 4 weeks before travelling. I was apprehensive about Travelling in October as it is meant to be the rainy season. Olman explained the weather is normally sunny in the morning clouding over in the afternoon. We seemed to be lucky as we only had 1 evening when we had a real downpour, which was quite an adventure. The... read more

We would like to thank Olman for the amazing 11 day trip he planned for us with such short notice. Costa Rica has been on our list of places to visit but we only booked the flights 4 weeks before travelling. I was apprehensive about Travelling in October as it is meant to be the rainy season. Olman explained the weather is normally sunny in the morning clouding over in the afternoon. We seemed to be lucky as we only had 1 evening when we had a real downpour, which was quite an adventure. The 5 hotels we stayed in were all different but each lovely. Pick ups and transportation excellent all on time and went without a hitch. We got to see so much wild life. Our favourites were the sloths and a turtle laying her eggs. The white water rafting down the Pacuare River and zipline tour in La Fortuna were so exciting and fun through beautiful scenery. Thanks again Olman and Kim Kim for planning a stress free amazing holiday

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue,

I am very happy you had an incredible experience in Costa Rica.
That is great to know you had good weather, that is another thing that makes Costa Rica one of the most famous places to visit in America.
I hope you will visit Costa Rica in the future, all our team will be more than glad to assist you.

Concerning the photos, thanks for sharing them, our future clients will look at them and will have a sense of what to expect when they will visit us.

Best,
Olman

My specialist, Randal, planned me an amazing ... · Costa Rica - Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Aiden D. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

My specialist, Randal, planned me an amazing trip to Costa Rica! This was my first time traveling alone internationally, and I wanted a mix of outdoor activities + leisure. Randall worked with me and happily tolerated it when I changed my mind about things periodically until the plans were perfect! I had no questions or issues along the way -- everything was planned from top to bottom.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Aiden,

I am so happy to read your review and to confirm that you had a good time in my country with the arrangements that we organized for your vacation last month. It was a pleasure to work together with you planning your trip and I am also glad that you felt happy along with the whole process.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the near future.

All the best!
Randall

Marimil

Impressive Nature conservation in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Marimil T. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We were met warmly in the airport by Ben. The driver to Monteverde stopped at a wonderful vista and helped us access the house. We loved the walk through the Cloud Forest and was very impressed by our knowledgeable botanist guide, Rodrigo. Rafa from the boat was especially helpful in locating our AirBnB which turned out to be farther. We loved Hugo and Jacob, our kayaking guides. Hacienda la Isla was a gem. The beach walk and snorkel at Cahuita Park was wonderful! Impressive conservation of nature, flora and fauna!!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marimil,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, I will pass on your kind comments! So glad that you guys had such a great time :) It was a pleasure to organize your trip here in Costa Rica and I hope you visit us again one day!

All the best,
Mónica

Pura Vida · Costa Rica - Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Karen G. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

What a wonderful experience! The hotel was amazing and the staff was so friendly. We loved all of our guides, especially Jose and Cesar. I miss the sounds of the howler monkeys. Also we were very lucky with the weather!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Karen,

I am very happy you had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica.
All our suppliers are very experienced, due to this we can offer incredible experiences for all people.

Regarding the sounds of the howler monkeys, you have one more reason to visit us in the future. Thanks for trus in us, feel free to contact us in the future for your other terrific experience.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Sep 21 - Sep 29, 2019

Traveler: Christopher C. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

We are very disappointed with our experience with KimKim on what should have been a great trip. Randall was helpful in laying out an itinerary that suited our needs. The quoted price seem quite a bit higher relative to the experience of friends and family who have been to Costa Rica, which prompted us to ask about any included fees. Randall said that all contracts with tour operators were "confidential" and that "all benefits are passed along to you." He insisted that there were no added fees... read more

We are very disappointed with our experience with KimKim on what should have been a great trip. Randall was helpful in laying out an itinerary that suited our needs. The quoted price seem quite a bit higher relative to the experience of friends and family who have been to Costa Rica, which prompted us to ask about any included fees. Randall said that all contracts with tour operators were "confidential" and that "all benefits are passed along to you." He insisted that there were no added fees beyond what was shown at the end.

The tours and experiences that Randall had booked for us were actually prominently advertised with their prices in every hotel we visited. All the hotels themselves also had their rates prominently displayed. Once we added it all up, we realized that KimKim had charged us more than a 30% premium on every activity and hotel as well as added on the fee at the end. Given the price, the lack of unique experiences that we all readily bookable everywhere, we would never use this service again. If you like the convenience and are willing to pay the huge premium, this is a great service. However, be aware that there is no transparency with regards to this premium and you can probably do just as well booking with your local reputable hotel from one of the major sites.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christopher,

I am sorry to hear about the feeling that you have after the vacation that we organize for you.

We always try to provide the best value for your trip taking into account the time and research we've done to ensure your trip runs smoothly, organize all the reservations, provide on-the-ground support, and, most importantly, to ensure that the experience is great.

The people, who make a decision of doing their own arrangements directly, take all the risks that are involved... read more

Hi Christopher,

I am sorry to hear about the feeling that you have after the vacation that we organize for you.

We always try to provide the best value for your trip taking into account the time and research we've done to ensure your trip runs smoothly, organize all the reservations, provide on-the-ground support, and, most importantly, to ensure that the experience is great.

The people, who make a decision of doing their own arrangements directly, take all the risks that are involved with that. It may be that they believe they would be getting the trip for a cheaper price, but it is likely that in the end, it could cost them more. By booking with KIMKIM & Coast to Coast Adventures, as the tour operator in Costa Rica, you would have the assurance that you are dealing with a well-established company within Costa Rica. You are given emergency numbers to contact in the event of problems and I have every confidence in our staff to be able to deal with all situations.

We believe our prices are fair based on this, and many of our travelers agree, leaving great reviews but I understand and respect your point of view.

Best,
Randall

Travis

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2019

Traveler: Travis B. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Our whole experience couldn’t have been more seamless. Our transportation, our lodging, our activities...everything was perfect. We had an amazing time in Costa Rica, and Randall made it happen!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Travis,

I appreciate your review of the trip and your kind comments, I am really glad that you and Rebecca enjoyed your vacation and that it covers all your expectations :)

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future and organize a new trip to our small but diverse country.

Pura Vida!
Randall

Costa Rica adventure vacation for a family of 4 · Costa Rica - Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2019

Traveler: Laura K. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. The communication with Olman during the planning process was excellent. He was extremely responsive. The trip was extremely well planned and well organized. All the transportation and transitions went off without a hitch. All of the hotels were lovely, but Tabacon was the winner. The rooms and grounds were beautiful, especially the hot springs and the breakfast was sumptuous. All of the tours were great and well run but the wildlife tour and turtle... read more

We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. The communication with Olman during the planning process was excellent. He was extremely responsive. The trip was extremely well planned and well organized. All the transportation and transitions went off without a hitch. All of the hotels were lovely, but Tabacon was the winner. The rooms and grounds were beautiful, especially the hot springs and the breakfast was sumptuous. All of the tours were great and well run but the wildlife tour and turtle nesting tour in Tortuguerro were incredible (and Willis, our guide, was extremely knowledgable) and the white water rafting trip with Wave Expeditions was the highlight for all of us. Our guide, Yorjani, was incredible. He made us feel safe and kept us laughing the whole time. And thanks to the kayaking photographer for preserving our memories (and saving our cameras and phones from being submerged). Thank you for a wonderful and well-planned trip. Our kids keep saying how much they miss being in Costa Rica and can't stop talking about all the animals they saw. thanks kimkim!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Laura!

Thank you very much for your good review, we appreciate it.
That is great to know you had a terrific time in Costa Rica, happy to know all tours, guides, and trasnportation were fine.
We hope you had incredible memories and hope to see you on your next visit to this amazing country, we will be more than glad to offer another experience in the future.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: Christie P. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

We had just 4 nights to explore outside of San Jose and no time to plan, so we took a chance on Kimkim and Randall after randomly finding Kimkim online. Randall put together a plan based on the info we gave him, tweaked a few things at our request and then put it into action via the local contractor Coast to Coast Adventures. Every activity on the pretty busy schedule went off without a hitch -- ALL drivers arrived on time (or early!), ALL activities were pretty much as described, ALL... read more

We had just 4 nights to explore outside of San Jose and no time to plan, so we took a chance on Kimkim and Randall after randomly finding Kimkim online. Randall put together a plan based on the info we gave him, tweaked a few things at our request and then put it into action via the local contractor Coast to Coast Adventures. Every activity on the pretty busy schedule went off without a hitch -- ALL drivers arrived on time (or early!), ALL activities were pretty much as described, ALL hoteliers were expecting us and the rooms were as described, and ALL the guides for the various activities were well-trained, knowledgeable and personable.

- Day 1 La Fortuna Arenal Volcano nature walk; Tabacon Hot Springs
> The nature walk was less of a hike than we were hoping for, but really beautiful scenery around the volcano and Nestor, the guide, was very knowledgeable and great at spotting birds/wildlife.
> Of all the experiences Kimkim/Randall/Coast to Coast Adventures arranged for us, we might have skipped Tabacon Hot Springs just because it was very expensive, crowded and super touristy (we live in Japan and the hot spring experience here is very, very different!), but it was good for a laugh just the same, with the wall of water and hidden nooks and crannies. Other visitors, beware -- the footing around some of the pools is very slippery and we really recommend water shoes or flipflops or something grippy to keep you on your feet. We were both fine, but we saw a visitor in bare feet slip and fall hard on some tiles, banging his head and tailbone pretty hard. A medic was called to tend to him.

- Day 2 La Fortuna Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge boat trip
> Hermann, the boat driver, didn't speak English but he was REALLY good at spotting wildlife even as he drove the boat, and Gustavo the guide was good at both spotting and explaining. This was a brilliant day -- we saw SO MANY birds/animals. Sloths, 3 different kinds of monkeys (we were actually treated to a big monkey drama as 2 troupes of white-faced monkeys shrieked at each other across the river), "Jesus Christ" lizards, snakes, tiny little bats, one caiman, and an incredible number and variety of birds. TAKE YOUR BINOCULARS if you do this trip. They were glued to my face the whole time. It was a rainy day but the boat had a roof and we were very comfortable. A tasty homemade lunch was also provided after the morning voyage.

- Day 3 La Fortuna & transfer to Santa Elena - Kayaking on Lake Arenal in the morning
> The kayaking was fun and easy, and the guide, Joseph/Jose was one of the nicest guys we encountered. Earnest, hardworking, friendly, knowledgeable, curious -- he was a great representative of Costa Rica. We really enjoyed spending the morning with him, while the views of the volcano towering over the placid lake were pretty spectacular.
> The bus/boat/bus trip to Santa Elena was a laugh -- the boat pulled up on a completely undeveloped shoreline and we were asked to get out with our bags. Without explanation, we were led down a dirt path, across a makeshift bridge and up to a dirt road were, magically, a bus appeared! Then off we went on the bumpy, mostly unpaved road to Santa Elena. Loved the green green green views of farms and jungle along the way. BEAUTIFUL Costa Rica...

- Day 4 Santa Elena / Monteverde Cloud Forest
> Morning hike in the reserve was great but here we did find our guide to be a bit ... what... jaded? Too used to tourists, maybe? Bored? All the same, he did spot some fantastic wildlife for us that we would never have seen on our own, including the Resplendent Quetzal (several, in fact...) WOW! On this hike, we found there was a lot of standing around -- we might have liked a smaller group that went a bit further afield.
> "Night walk" -- it POURED rain on us, but we were prepared with rain gear, etc. The animals were not so keen to be out in the rain, so it was harder to spot things, but we saw snakes, spiders, Costa Rican porcupines and sloths all the same...
> Our B&B -- Grace & Renzo B&B -- was excellent. We talked a lot with Grace and enjoyed their hospitality.

- Day 5 Aventura Ziplining and transfer back to San Jose
> Great thing for thrill seekers! Screaming through the canopy -- don't miss the Mega Tarzan Swing -- HEART STOPPING! Good fun for us and the weather cooperated. We enjoyed getting to know other travelers in our group.
> The Interbus transfer back to San Jose was punctual, comfortable, and uneventful.

SO, overall, we had a fabulous trip thanks to Randall, Kimkim, and all the local service providers. Randall arranged exactly what we asked for -- a taste of Costa Rica on a limited time budget -- so all in all, we are very satisfied.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christie,

First of all, thank you for your detailed review and feedback. It is very important for us to read from our customers their experience while they traveled in our country and to find out how everything works.

It makes me really happy to read that you and Phil have enjoyed your trip and the services that we arranged for you. We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future and explore some other areas of our country.

Best,
Randall

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2019

Traveler: Deborah K. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

This was my first time using KimKim and I was definitely leery. I usually book all of our trips by myself. I have to say though that Adriana, who booked our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. She answered all of my questions and rearranged our trip so that it fit what we wanted to do and our budget. She was even able to change a pick-up time in the middle of our trip when I requested it. All of the excursions we went on were run by top-notch companies and guides and the hotels she recommended and booked had amazing views. Everything was very smooth! I'd highly recommend her!

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Deborah,

Thank you for your nice comments, it was a pleasure for me to organize your trip to Costa Rica. I am very happy to know that all the services fulfilled your expectations. I hope to serve you again when you come back for a new great experience here in our country. :-)

Sunny regards,
Adriana

Well worth every dime · Costa Rica - Aug 22 - Aug 25, 2019

Traveler: Maria A. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Well worth every dime
Amazing place and people 💓

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Maria,

Thank you very much for your feedback, it makes me happy to know that you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica.
I will be more than happy to help you in the future if you decide to visit us back. :-)

Sunny regards,
Adriana

Osa Peninsula Luxury Jungle Adventure - 5 Days · Costa Rica - Aug 5 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: ANDRE Z. - Local specialist: Carlos Rodriguez

carlos helped us and made our trip memorable, thanks
we had the trip of a lifetime

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Carlos Rodriguez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Andre!

Greetings from Costa Rica, thank you for your feedback trip, It was our pleasure having you in our country. Pura Vida, I really hope you enjoyed Peninsula de Osa and other Destinations.

Now you have a Friend here and I hope you keep Costa Rica in your memories.

Thank you, Pura Vida!

Symphony

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Symphony S. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Monica was a true gem! She made my first trip to Costa Rica a lifetime memory. She was always available when needed. She ensured I received the best customer service. The trip plan she suggested was exactly what I wanted!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Symphony,

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are really happy you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica! It was my pleasure to organise your trip and you are welcome back anytime!