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Yuliana Valverde

I am originally from Tarrazú, a mountainous region where the best coffee of Costa Rica comes from. I also love to do extreme activities like bungee jumping, rafting and zip lining. I also like to relax in a nice hot springs resort or witnessing a beautiful sunset from the beach.
I really enjoy helping visitors planning their trips to Costa Rica and share with them the amazing experiences that I already had in my beautiful country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Hiking Expeditions
Birding Tours
National Parks
Beach Vacations
Nature Photography"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first job was at a incoming travel agency located in San Jose, I was starting my studies by that time but I felt in love with tourism and stayed in the industry already for almost my whole life. Over the last years, I traveled to many destinations, like beaches, volcanoes and rainforests and now I have a chance to offer these amazing experiences to people from around the globe."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget my first trip to Tortuguero National Park as a tour guide, that is my favorite rainforest place, the biodiversity and conservation efforts are unique. In addition, I love Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, where you can feel the volcanic activity and also see how the vegetation changes along the walk. "

Yuliana is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
Beaches of Puerto Viejo
Ultimate Guide to Puerto Viejo Beaches

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beautiful stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Costa Rica and near the border with Panama. Though many travelers stick to the country's Pacific side for beaches, Puerto Viejo is the prime destination on the Caribbean side. You'll find gentle beaches protected by vibrant coral reefs—perfect for snorkeling and swimming—next to some of the best waves in the region, attracting surfers from around the world. Whether you want an adventure or a relaxing getaway, we've rounded up the best beaches in Puerto Viejo.

View of Arenal Volcano from La Fortuna town.
Costa Rica Adventure: Papagayo, Monteverde & Arenal - 8 Days

Combine adrenaline-pumping adventure with a relaxing beach holiday on this 8-day active tour of northwest Costa Rica. Snorkel and sail in the turquoise Gulf of Papagayo, then transfer to Monteverde for an immersive rainforest experience. After touring a local coffee farm and soaring through the treetops of the country’s most famous cloud forest, you’ll end your trip in the shadow of Arenal Volcano—hiking the lush El Silencio reserve and rafting the rapids of the Rio Balsa.

A view over the beaches at Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Manuel Antonio spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, which usually includes some time in Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde as well. For travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio exclusively, plan about 5 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in 3 or 4 days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Manuel Antonio trips below.

Discover the lush rainforests and diverse wildlife of Arenal
Costa Rica Family Adventure: San José, Arenal & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

Add a little adrenaline to your family vacation with this 8-day Costa Rica adventure. Starting in San José, you'll set out to experience the rainforest and its hidden treasures first-hand in Arenal Volcano National Park. Raft the rapids of the Sarapiquí River, zipline through the jungle canopy, and visit with monkeys and parrots at a local wildlife center. End your trip where the rainforest meets the ocean at Manuel Antonio National Park, where kids can swim and snorkel, relax on pristine white sand beaches, and go dolphin-spotting on a catamaran cruise.

Arenal
Discover Costa Rica: Arenal & Monteverde - 7 Days

Tour two of Costa Rica’s prized gems on this weeklong adventure. Begin in La Fortuna and embark on a floating safari, followed by a cultural experience day covering food, the arts, and education. Next, enjoy the rush of the hanging bridges and hike around Arenal Volcano, visit La Fortuna Waterfall and soak in the local hot springs. Then take a boat over to Monteverde to visit the Cloud Forest Reserve and join a local coffee tour to learn all about the crucial crop. The trip winds down back in San José to enjoy the sights of the capital city.

Costa Rica
Ultimate Costa Rica Itineraries: 5, 7, 10, & 14 Days

Costa Rica looks deceptively small on a map, a fact many travelers discover when trying to choose which of its locales to visit on vacation. We've eliminated this paradox of choice by creating optimum itineraries based on the average length of time people spend in this amazing country and what they most want to see. We interviewed tourism experts, locals, and real-life travelers, taking their advice to heart in order to craft the perfect Costa Rica vacations spanning five days to two weeks. Read on to discover which is best for you.

Favorite experiences

Sky Tram, Sky Trek, & Sky Walk in Arenal/La Fortuna

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Costa Rica while on the sky tram and skywalk in Arenal/La Fortuna. You'll begin with a relaxing and scenic ride up a mountain by open-air gondola. The panoramic views expand the higher you rise, and when you reach the top observation platform, you'll have 360° views of...

Río Pacuare Whitewater Rafting

Located along Costa Rica's Caribbean slope near Turrialba is a deep gorge considered one of the best river-rafting sites in the world. The Río Pacuare runs 67 miles (107 km) from the Talamanca Mountains to the Caribbean in the southwest of the country. Along the way, it passes through some of the...

Whale & Dolphin Tour in Drake Bay

On the far side of the Osa Peninsula, you'll find one of the planet's most biologically intense places along the secluded and sandy curve of Drake Bay. In these unspoiled waters, enjoy a boat trip as your captain searches for several species of whales and dolphins. The bay is infamous as one of...

Birdwatching in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

When avian activity is at a peak in the morning hours, head out into the gorgeous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most popular protected areas in the entire country for birdwatching. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, this private tour will be tailored to your experience level...

Surf Lessons at Salsa Brava in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Salsa Brava is one of the Caribbean's most legendary surf breaks, and experts generally consider it Costa Rica's best area for surfing. Learn the sport with the help of a private instructor on the colorful shores of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca at the southern end of Costa Rica's Caribbean...

Organic Chocolate Tour in Arenal/La Fortuna

In this hands-on chocolate tour, you’ll learn about the origin, history, and production of one of Costa Rica's most famous exports: chocolate. While still in their pods, cacao beans are covered in a delicious fruity pulp that you can snack on before the beans are roasted—a tasty treat!You'll...

Recent trip reviews for Yuliana

Pura Vida in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica | Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2022

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Jenelle B.
Santa Monica, CA | Aug 09, 2022

We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica. This was our first time using kimkim and Yuliana of Amazilia Travel could not have have been more helpful with her suggestions and spot on with her itinerary. We visited three different parts of the country (Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) and thoroughly enjoyed all of the hotels and various activities that she had booked. 10/10 for Yuliana! Thank you so much! read more

We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica. This was our first time using kimkim and Yuliana of Amazilia Travel could not have have been more helpful with her suggestions and spot on with her itinerary. We visited three different parts of the country (Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) and thoroughly enjoyed all of the hotels and various activities that she had booked. 10/10 for Yuliana! Thank you so much!

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Lomas del Volcan

Fortuna

Fantastic hotel in beautiful surroundings. The bungalows felt very luxurious and the view of the volcano could not be beat. We enjoyed the swimming pool and hot tub and the breakfast was delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully appointed bungalows amid very carefully tended landscape.
Location
Overlooking the volcano and close enough to La Fortuna to not have to drive too far to restaurants and activities (too far to walk).
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El Establo Mountain Hotel

Monteverde

Unique and comfortable hotel. The views from the 800’s building were gorgeous and the shuttle busses made traveling the mile (up and downhill) between the rooms and reception/restaurants very do-able. Our only issue was that the wifi, including the premium option, did not work in our rooms. Delicious breakfast and very friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Unique layout
Location
Not really close enough to walk to restaurants in Monteverde but the views from the rooms are everything!
Staff
Very friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms do not have heat or ac so we layered our clothing indoors.

Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa

Manuel Antonio

Fantastic location right next to the National park. The hotel was comfortable, easy to navigate and only a few minutes walk to the beach and other restaurants. The hot tub did not appear to be working but the pool was lots of fun for the kids. The best part of the hotel was watching the monkeys and toucans in the trees next to the pool!

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Activity Reviews

Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike

Costa Rica

Danny of Toucanes Tours was a wonderfully kind and knowledgeable guide. His English is phenomenal and he clearly enjoys what he does. We saw many animals during our two-hour walk and enjoyed a brief break at the park’s beach. 10/10!!

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Aerial Tram, Zip Lining & Hanging Bridges

Monteverde

AWESOME experience! We were a little hesitant about zip lining in the pouring rain but it was such a great experience. There’s nothing quite like zip lining into the clouds. The guides at Sky Adventures took safety very seriously and their course and hanging bridges are well worth it.

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Coffee & Chocolate Tour

Arenal/La Fortuna

Rafael at Don Juan was a kind and knowledgeable guide who taught us so much about cacao and coffee. The kids loved making their own chocolate bars and we thoroughly enjoyed tasting the coffee. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

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Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde

Monteverde

Quite a unique experience to walk through the Costa Rican forest at night at Refugio de Vida Silvestre. We spotted a bunch of different animals during the two hour tour.

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Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus

Arenal/La Fortuna

Very enjoyable, basically private tour at the Ecological park. Karina of Ecoterra Tours was very knowledgeable of the local fauna and flora. The butterfly enclosure had been damaged and all of the butterflies had to be released but we saw many other animals on the tour. The Maleku presentation was interesting.

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Safari Float & Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal/La Fortuna

Great time rafting on the Peñas Blancas river with a snow Aventira. Our guides, Martin and Brian, were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Didn’t see any sloths but saw many other animals. The trip down to the waterfall was fun but, in hindsight, this was something we could have done on our own. Lunch at Cava Pizza was the only downer of the day - the guide called our order in ahead of time, sensing that the kids were hungry after a long day, but we still had to wait almost 1.5 hours for our food.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Aug 09, 2022

Hello Jenelle,
I hope you are well.

It is great to read your review, thank you for your time to live us these great comments. I will share all of them with our colleagues to take these important notes for our future travelers.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful time in our country, was my pleasure to assist you during this time. Will be great you could visit Costa Rica in the future. :)

Kind regards!

Yuliana

Totally customized 2 week family trip to Costa Rica (10 Jul - 23 Jul)
Costa Rica | Jul 10 - Jul 23, 2022

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Anna L.
United Kingdom | Aug 02, 2022

We've just come back from an amazing trip with another family to Costa Rica. Planned and supported by Yuliana, KimKim and Amazilia throughout. Fantastic service from start to end. Thank you Yuliana and KimKim/Amazilia.

From the moment I contacted KimKim with a speculative query, KimKim’s responsiveness was immediately apparent.

A local agent was assigned to help me plan the trip within 24 hours and thereafter, all queries were responded to, at maximum within 24 hours, or within... read more

We've just come back from an amazing trip with another family to Costa Rica. Planned and supported by Yuliana, KimKim and Amazilia throughout. Fantastic service from start to end. Thank you Yuliana and KimKim/Amazilia.

From the moment I contacted KimKim with a speculative query, KimKim’s responsiveness was immediately apparent.

A local agent was assigned to help me plan the trip within 24 hours and thereafter, all queries were responded to, at maximum within 24 hours, or within minutes if my queries were sent within office hours of Costa Rica time zone, which I've noticed can often run to 7 or 8pm local time. Our minds were made up to choose KimKim to help plan our holiday within the first few interactions and supported by the excellent reviews they've received for trips all over the world.

We were not disappointed. Yuliana was the local agent assigned to us, she has been professional, helpful, and responsive throughout; irrespective of the number of questions I had and boy, I had a few questions as we knew very little about Costa Rica. Whilst there were a few tweaks to her draft trip plan, it had met the brief straightaway. We played around with hotels, number of nights at each destination and activities to suit our families. We had some specific requirements and date constraints as two of our teenagers were volunteering at a Turtle conservation centre in Uvita, in week one, therefore we had to fit in with their timeline. Yuliana helped us arrange the private transfer to collect them up from the conversation centre before picking the rest of the party up to our onward destination. She changed things around, provided additional options or clear feedback on suggestions where things may not suit, we really valued the honesty and her local knowledge.

The trips and transfers were done with a mixture of providers but we felt reassured that KimKim/Amazilia were there in San Jose to support if there were issues. The trip ran like clockwork, transfers were prompt, activities were enriching and fun and the guides were knowledge and entertaining. There were only a couple of hiccups which were not the fault of KimKim but they were on the case promptly and helped us resolve.

Hotel Reviews

Hampton Inn & Suites San Jose Airport

Alajuela

Good hotel, room size and facilities as you'd expect of a large chain.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very convenient for the airport and the free shuttle was handy
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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Playa Ballena

Cristal Ballena is one of our favourites on the trip. The hotel was fairly small therefore an intimate feel. It was tucked away off the main road and had amazing views, floral, fauna and wildlife. We got best close up view of a sloth of the whole holiday at Cristal Ballena. The staff were attentive, the food was good. We had dinner at the hotel on all 3 nights we were there. Rooms were of a good size, with air con. We had a balcony with a view into the the hotel grounds, swimming pool, the ocean in the distance for incredible sunsets.

Authenticity & Character
Relatively small and intimate, with great staff.
Location
Tucked away from the main road. Well maintained and beautiful gardens. It would be 5 star if the beach was a bit more accessible. Great views and sunsets.
Staff
Friendly and attentive. They would often come over to let us know if wildlife had been spotted.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable.

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio

A large hotel, with beautiful ground and great facilities - multiple pools, 3 restaurants including a sushi bar, it's own crazy golf course and monkey trail. Rooms were not the biggest but adequate and well equipped. Small balcony, looking onto the courtyard. A wonderful local beach, Playa Biesanz which is walking distance but quite a steep walk. We felt the hotel was very security conscious, all entries and exits were questioned and confirmed for vehicles and pedestrian. Great ocean views. We loved the Pedro, the resident iguana!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Up a very steep hill, which put us off venturing out to try the local restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean and comfortable, however, there was a faint damp smell to the linen.

Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco

Monteverde Costa Rica

Not the biggest hotel. More basic than the previous two we'd stayed in. We ended up being allocated a room without air con although it did have a fan. The hotel room was quite small but adequate. Storage was a bit of a challenge in that the hanging space was limited, within a short cupboard where my husband was not able to hang his shirt up without being crumpled. We had an issue with our plumbing which was quickly rectified. The grounds were very well maintained with beautiful planting. The hotel had a covered pool area with a good bar, a large jacuzzi and a large fire pit with seating which were popular in the evenings. There was a short walking trail around the grounds and plenty of outdoor seating, which I made use of to compensate for the smaller rooms. It's the only hotel out of 5 that had a menu option for breakfast, which was lovely.

Authenticity & Character
lovely grounds, with plenty of outdoor seating and a walking trail within the grounds. It was also very handy to have ramp access for the heavy cases on check out!
Location
Great location for access to Santa Elena, where we were able to sample the local bars and restaurants of which there are many.
Staff
responsive and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort

Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Fortuna

Lovely hotel set in a lot of grounds. I like the lodge arrangements that was separate to the pool and restaurants. Good choice of restaurants, we particularly liked the Italian, the Sushi bar and the snack menu which was offered during the day. There was plenty of choice for breakfast and the service time from 6:30 helped with several of our early morning excursions. We preferred the evening meals from the other restaurants on site. There was a mix up upon checking where my acceptance of an upgrade for one of the rooms turned out to be a change the hotel had made, reducing our 3 room requirement to a single room which was upgraded to the Master Suite. Whilst this did come with a double room, it would not have worked accommodating with 2 families, 7 people. The hotel did insisted that we had to settle for this arrangement as they were full, fortunately KimKim were already on the case and by the time we went back to reception after assessing the room. Arenal Springs did provide us with another double room which we made work. That was an unfortunate start to an otherwise wonderful stay at Arenal Springs. We all loved the daily towel displays and chocolates and the Master Suite was luxurious with two in-room jacuzzis powered by Hot Springs, an indoor and outdoor shower and a hammock with a view of Arenal Volcano.

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Activity Reviews

Whales & Dolphins Boat Tour in Marino Ballena National Park

Costa Rica

A great adventure with a relatively small group. We were rewarded with sightings of plenty of dolphins and a turtle, even though the whales didn't make an appearance on that day. We liked the way the guide was in communication with all the other boats out with the same purpose so if one boat spotted wildlife, the others would rush to the same spot so others could also. It brought an additional element of excitement to the tour. We particularly loved the way the tour started and ended, where the passengers had to enter the boat from the beach rather than a jetty and surfing the waves to get back onto the beach! What fun. The fresh fruit was a nice touch.

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Damas Island Mangrove Kayaking

Costa Rica

Thanks Alain and the other guides for a wonderful experience. We saw lots of wildlife, had enough freedom to go at our own pace although there were some quite competitive kayaks :). We appreciated the food at the end of kayaking.

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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike

Costa Rica

Thank you to our wonderful guide, Carla for spotting all the wildlife (we don't know how you manage to see some of the well camouflaged insects and animals), flora and fauna and particularly for help us take some tremendous photographs through your binoculars with our smart phones.

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Sloth Watching Tour

Arenal/La Fortuna

We spotted 7 in all, two and three toed sloth. We also saw plenty poison dart frogs, a Jesus Christ Lizard, howler monkeys and a tiger heron. Thank you to our knowledgeable guide and the local spotter who'd spent hours before tracking down the animals.

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Guided Hanging Bridges Hike

Monteverde

Thank you to our guide Phillipe, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We learnt a lot about Costa Rica's eco system and climate. The transfer was a little confusing, as it was a bus full and no communication about where we had to go at the beginning so we joined the main queue, along with the other bus loads. However, all was clear when we got to reception. We were assigned Phillipe as our guide. It was really busy at the time so Phillipe suggested that we did the bridges backwards, ie. from 8 to 1 to avoid the crowds. That worked really well.

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Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde

Monteverde

3 star, not because we didn't see as much as we'd like but because our guide whilst informative was less conversational. Again, he tried to avoid the crowds and the searches felt a little desperate towards the end. That said, we did enjoy it and managed to capture great photos of a glass winged butterfly, pit viper, hummingbird amongst others. Thank you for providing torches.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Pick up was slightly late. We came to the realisation that this can happen where there are multiple pick ups. The buses can get very full which can be a challenge for those over 6 foot.

Arenal 1968 Hike & Visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs

Arenal/La Fortuna

Thank you Franklin, we believe he's one of the best. We were entertained. The teenagers even enjoyed the singing and the dad jokes ;). Hot and humid but we really enjoyed it. Franklin kept a good pace, although he did say at the beginning that we could ask him to slow down if we'd need him to. The heavens opened when we got to the thermal springs and for the most of our time in the springs but we enjoyed the experience nonetheless.

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Food
Good choice
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Safari Floating by Raft at Peñas Blancas River

Arenal/La Fortuna

What a finale activity for us. Once again, our guide was brilliant, knowledgeable, full of humour and chat thank you Martin. We had to do a little bit of work but not a lot given the flow of the river. Our activity was made some what more exciting by an unplanned rescue of a couple of stranded kayakers (both were rescued, unharmed and laughed about their experience).

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Horseback Riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal/La Fortuna

This was never going to be our favourite activity, as a group we're not experienced, therefore I don't review the horse riding part. The 3 star review is because of the mismatched in expectations around the La Fortuna Waterfall and optional opportunity to swim. We didn't expect this to be a hike (at least 30 mins) down steep steps (and back up for the return) to get to the waterfall. We were prepared for a short walk but not this level of difficulty. The walk also didn't bring us to the waterfall, whilst it was visible at the end of the walk. For those who had opted to swim, they can cross the water with a further short walk to get to the waterfall. For those who had opted not to swim, there was no way to get to the waterfall and there was nowhere to stand/sit and wait for the rest of the part. We collectively felt that this detail need to be reflected in the activity description.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Aug 02, 2022

Hi Anna,
I hope you are well.
I am so happy to know you have had a great experience with us, and you have collected beautiful memories with your family here.
Also, I hope the children had the best experience volunteering at a Turtle conservation center in Uvita.
It is great to read your comments and your experience during your stay here in Costa Rica. It is important to know how was everything during your stay.
I am sure it will help us to grow as a company and continue creating the best... read more

Hi Anna,
I hope you are well.
I am so happy to know you have had a great experience with us, and you have collected beautiful memories with your family here.
Also, I hope the children had the best experience volunteering at a Turtle conservation center in Uvita.
It is great to read your comments and your experience during your stay here in Costa Rica. It is important to know how was everything during your stay.
I am sure it will help us to grow as a company and continue creating the best experiences for all our visitors.
I appreciate your time to leave this amazing review.
I hope you could visit Costa Rica again in the future. 😊
Kind regards,
Yuliana

June Costa Rica Vacation
Costa Rica | Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2022

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Chirag B.
Springboro, OH | Jul 11, 2022

We visited Costa Rica the last week of June for a family Vacation. We had a great time. Yuliana and her company were wonderful to work with and helped us and were very responsive even during the trip when we had some questions regarding schedule and travel.

Even before we started, they were GREAT to work with and helped customize the exact vacation we wanted and made changes to hotels/resorts that we wanted.

Great experience all around and I look forward to using Kimkim again for... read more

We visited Costa Rica the last week of June for a family Vacation. We had a great time. Yuliana and her company were wonderful to work with and helped us and were very responsive even during the trip when we had some questions regarding schedule and travel.

Even before we started, they were GREAT to work with and helped customize the exact vacation we wanted and made changes to hotels/resorts that we wanted.

Great experience all around and I look forward to using Kimkim again for future travel planning

Hotel Reviews

Gran Hotel Costa Rica

San José

PROS - great location in central downtown San Jose - Customer service and staff were great and very helpful - The room was well stocked and prepped - Breakfast buffet was very good and enjoyable - The 5th floor and view from the top floor is really nice and wonderful CONS None

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center of town
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Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Fortuna

This resort is THE place to stay if you can fit it into your budget. AMAZING place PROS - BEAUTIFUL resort - Customer Service was absolutely amazing and the BEST. They took care of you from the moment you arrived to when you left - The food options and service at the pool was fantastic - The rooms are BEAUTIFULLY stocked when you check in - It is very easy to get around the resort - The staff is fantastic and they are very efficient in their work - The WIFI is absolutely insane. We tested it at various points in the resort and it averaged over 45 mb/sec which is MORE than enough for great video conferencing even - The restaurants and morning buffet is fantastic CONS - NONE We would come back here and stay in a HEARTBEAT. If you have the chance and dont stay here then you will be making a HUGE mistake

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El Establo Mountain Hotel

Monteverde

Overall. i think, objectively it is way too hyped. I would probably pick another hotel in the area to stay at if we come back again. PROS Property that we saw was quite beautiful Reception desk and staff are very friendly and helpful Food at the main restaurant for lunch was pretty good Bathroom in the room was well stocked and nice CONS - Wifi is SUPER SUPER poor. Measured it and for the rooms of 500-525 I was seeing at MOST 1-2 mb/sec. That's atrocious. You would think that they would setup wifi extenders at each building to boost their wifi signal but nope. i tested the wifi speed and uploaded the results to show for proof. The wifi at the resort in La Fortuna where we stayed before coming here was 45 mb/sec... more than enough for video calls and it was that speed throughout the ENTIRE property. - Fridge didn't work to keep things cool - The vents above the patio doors could not be closed so we had constant cool air coming in - Roach found - Property is huge and the roadway between sections is VERY poorly lit. It's VERY dark. - Main desk closes at 10p. Seriously???? - TV signal and TV picture for most channels was not even HD - The bathroom sinks are REALLY shallow. Because of this the water drains very very slowly because there's not a high degree of slope and it's very frustrating

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Jul 11, 2022

Hello Chirag,
I hope you are well.

Thank you for your time to leave this amazing review. I appreciate your comments to be better in the future.

We were so glad about your visit to Costa Rica, I hope you had a great time here, and I hope you could visit us in the future, and we will be happy to assist you.

Best,
Yuliana

Simply the Best!!!
Costa Rica | Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2022

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Julie G.
Lake Butler, FL | Jul 24, 2022

Where do I start?! This was the most amazing vacation, ever, and I could not have done it without Yuliana and KimKim! This was a very intricate trip to Costa Rica. We loved not only the hotels we stayed at, but all our activities and private transport. Arsenal Volcano and our guide for the day, Franklin, Jose our driver with Quality Transfers, Leo our driver with Amazillia, and all the staff at The Tabacon, El Establo in Monteverde and The Parador in Manuel Antonio. We are experienced... read more

Where do I start?! This was the most amazing vacation, ever, and I could not have done it without Yuliana and KimKim! This was a very intricate trip to Costa Rica. We loved not only the hotels we stayed at, but all our activities and private transport. Arsenal Volcano and our guide for the day, Franklin, Jose our driver with Quality Transfers, Leo our driver with Amazillia, and all the staff at The Tabacon, El Establo in Monteverde and The Parador in Manuel Antonio. We are experienced zip-liners, and had the most breath taking zip lining of our lives at Selvatura Park in Monteverde. Our night/nocturnal canopy forest walk and lastly our Catamaran tour with Planet Dolphin. We loved all the people we interacted with throughout our trip, the drivers, hotel staff, etc. , they were most welcoming and warm. I have never used travel planning/agent services before, and I won’t travel without them again!! Thank you so much for the wonderful experiences - everything was taken care of for us from door to door. I cannot recommend your services enough - I will most definitely use your services again. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Pura Vida!!

Hotel Reviews

El Establo Mountain Hotel

Monteverde

The property is so vast - as are the rooms, which is a good thing, and buildings, but very dim and dark. The staff was wonderful. Gorgeous views!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
More lights in rooms, and more seating in rooms as they are huge but there was only one chair! Carpet needed a change. It really just needs a facelift on the inside of the rooms - but tons of space for the family!!

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio

Quaint, gorgeous views, amazing staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Views - the small windy road leading to it was only downfall.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Turn down service!!!

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Fortuna

First class all the way. Loved the modern feel of the rooms, the hot springs were the best, and the restaurants simply delicious! Small and inviting, you feel like you’re in your own corner of the jungle.

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Activity Reviews

Monteverde Hanging Bridges + Zip Lining

Monteverde
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Arenal 1968 Volcano Hike & Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal/La Fortuna

Franklin, our guide was the best!!

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Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde

Monteverde
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Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

Manuel Antonio
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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Jul 11, 2022

Hello Julie,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for your time to leave us this beautiful review. It is helpful and I appreciate your comments to consider in the future.

I hope you have enjoyed your satay here, we were so happy about your visit, and I hope you could visit us again in the future, I will be more than glad to assist you.

Best,
Yuliana

We just arrived back from an amazing vacation...
Costa Rica | Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2022

Amy
Amy W.
Richardson, TX | Jun 17, 2022

We just arrived back from an amazing vacation experience in Costa Rica. Yuliana planned the perfect trip for our family. We enjoyed the white-water rafting, amazing tours to see wildlife, zip-lining...really everything. The highest praise came from my husband who signed up with kimkim while we were in Costa Rica to travel to another destination! Thank you for the wonderful vacation!
Amy read more

We just arrived back from an amazing vacation experience in Costa Rica. Yuliana planned the perfect trip for our family. We enjoyed the white-water rafting, amazing tours to see wildlife, zip-lining...really everything. The highest praise came from my husband who signed up with kimkim while we were in Costa Rica to travel to another destination! Thank you for the wonderful vacation!
Amy

Hotel Review

Hotel Koora at Monteverde

Monteverde

This hotel was perfect for our vacation to the cloud forest. The rooms were beautiful. We enjoyed being in the rainforest so much. The service and attention to detail was amazing. The food was some of the best we had in Costa Rica. Both my husband and my teenage son made sure they had the name of this hotel written down. Both apparently plan to return here specifically! :)

Authenticity & Character
Small, intimate experience
Location
One is in the cloud forest
Staff
Everyone knew our names
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were very comfortable
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Jun 17, 2022

Dear Amy,

Thank you for your time to share this beautiful review with us.

I am very happy you have a great vacation in Costa Rica. For me was a pleasure to assist you.

I hope your husband and your son will visit Koora Hotel again. :-)

Will be more than glad to help with this new visit in the future.

Best,
Yuliana

Costa Rica was a wonderful experience for me!...
Costa Rica | May 23 - May 30, 2022

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Roger D.
Sunland Park, NM | May 31, 2022

Costa Rica was a wonderful experience for me! Yuliana did a wonderful job planning the itinerary with all of my interest. Even some excursions/tours were included in the reasonable price.
I will come back to KimKim when I would decide to return to Costa Rica. read more

Costa Rica was a wonderful experience for me! Yuliana did a wonderful job planning the itinerary with all of my interest. Even some excursions/tours were included in the reasonable price.
I will come back to KimKim when I would decide to return to Costa Rica.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Magic Mountain

Fortuna

Hotel was ok, but the bar was closed or had private parties. I tried a couple of times, but was not successful. The spa was wonderful.

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Facilities, qualaity of food
Location
Staff
Friendly staff

Monteverde Country Lodge

Monteverde

Very nice little hotel! Excellent dinner.

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Character
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Hotel Playa Espadilla

Manuel Antonio

Excellent hotel, nice bar and dinner room

Authenticity & Character
Pool, bar, restaurant
Location
Close to the beach and restaurants
Staff
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | May 31, 2022

Hello Roger,

Thank you for your time in preparing this review.

It is good to read you have had a good time in Costa Rica.

It was my pleasure to assist you.

Best,
Yuliana

I am so grateful to Kim kim . They truly took...
Costa Rica | Apr 9 - Apr 20, 2022

Nicola
Nicola G.
United Kingdom | Jun 09, 2022

I am so grateful to Kim kim . They truly took the stress out of my trip to Costa Rica . I knew it was a difficult country to traverse but wanted to see as much as possible. The team at KK helped plan 9 different locations over a 2 week period . They even picked us up from our 1st week planned by ourselves in Nosara so we didn’t have to worry about transport . Every driver / shuttle bus was courteous, on time and sometimes even offered humour and added facts about Costa Rica along the way .... read more

I am so grateful to Kim kim . They truly took the stress out of my trip to Costa Rica . I knew it was a difficult country to traverse but wanted to see as much as possible. The team at KK helped plan 9 different locations over a 2 week period . They even picked us up from our 1st week planned by ourselves in Nosara so we didn’t have to worry about transport . Every driver / shuttle bus was courteous, on time and sometimes even offered humour and added facts about Costa Rica along the way . KK even organised a PCR test for us at our last hotel last minute when we discovered we needed it to fly home via USA . Always helpful and polite and took the stress out allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in enjoying the trip knowing everything that had been planned would flow smoothly and without delay or mishap . I can’t recommend them enough !!!

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Jun 09, 2022

Hello Nicola,

Thank you for your time to leave us this beautiful review.

It is great to read you had a great time in Costa Rica, and that you return with less stress on you.

It was our pleasure to assist you in this visit to our country.

Best regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

First Trip in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | May 6 - May 9, 2022

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Jocelyn P.
Spring Valley, NV | May 11, 2022

We enjoyed the welcome arrival with Roy, our Driver. The resort was great, very relaxing and food at the bar especially the pizza was something we will remember.
The coffee tour was very informative and fun with Rafael. The hiking at Tenorio National Park was ok because we thought we are also going to Celeste River but we didn't. read more

We enjoyed the welcome arrival with Roy, our Driver. The resort was great, very relaxing and food at the bar especially the pizza was something we will remember.
The coffee tour was very informative and fun with Rafael. The hiking at Tenorio National Park was ok because we thought we are also going to Celeste River but we didn't.

Hotel Review

Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

Fortuna

Good for family and couples

Authenticity & Character
No King Bed available
Location
A bit far from town and not as secluded like the other resort that are more close to nature
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review

Coffee & Chocolate Tour

Costa Rica

Great tour if you want to learn chocolate and coffee

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | May 11, 2022

Hello Jocelyn,

Hope you are doing well.

I am glad you enjoyed Costa Rica, thanks for your kind feedback.

Best,
Yuliana

Great trip, beautiful scenery fun Activities
Costa Rica | May 1 - May 6, 2022

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Michael S.
Fruit Cove, FL | May 10, 2022

Great trip, beautiful scenery with lots to do. Very affordable especially if you use cash.
All the activities were very good and well planned. If getting a rental car get specific instructions on where to return it to and watch out for the return fees.
Most people are very friendly and like to help.
Please don't use the Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort although gorgeous grounds the spa was closed, room service was unavailable and the front desk staff acted like you were doing them a favor by... read more

Great trip, beautiful scenery with lots to do. Very affordable especially if you use cash.
All the activities were very good and well planned. If getting a rental car get specific instructions on where to return it to and watch out for the return fees.
Most people are very friendly and like to help.
Please don't use the Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort although gorgeous grounds the spa was closed, room service was unavailable and the front desk staff acted like you were doing them a favor by staying there.
We drove from San Jose to Liberia which is an adventure in itself. Not for the faint of heart but was fun for us. A working GPS is mandatory and driving more than a few miles at night is not recommended unless using the highway. We had to reschedule one of our activities to the morning since it was a 3 hour drive at night.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

Fortuna

Looks like a 5 star resort but behaves like a Motel 6. Rude front desk staff, no spa, room service not available.

Tips for future travelers

Go some where else

Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Location and grounds

Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Great Hotel, good location. Beach activities by the locals right on the beach so can book an activity as soon as you step onto the beach(10 yards)

Tips for future travelers

Watch out for the Howler monkeys. They are entertaining.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews

Zip Lining - Hanging Bridges & Aerial Tram

Arenal/La Fortuna

Scary and fun at the same time

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Guides, drivers and staff

Catamaran Sailing Tour & Snorkeling

Costa Rica

Party Boat with great staff.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | May 10, 2022

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your review.

It is good to read, most of the trip was great.

Our apologies for the inconvenience at Los Lagos Hotel, if you had called us we can find a solution to offer a better experience when you visited La Fortuna.

Let's hope you will travel with us again in the future.

Best,
Yuliana