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Yuliana Valverde

I am originally from Tarrazú, located in the mountains of the Cordillera de Talamanca. Over these mountainous regions, visitors can find the best coffee in Costa Rica comes from.
Additionally, around the highest mountains, you could find the gorgeous Quetzal, where at a seasonal time of the year they nest in our beautiful cloud forest.

I also love to do extreme activities like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip lining. I also like to relax in a nice hot spring resort or witness a beautiful sunset from the most beautiful beaches around the Pacific coast.

I enjoy helping busy visitors plan their trips to Costa Rica and sharing 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
Hooneymoons"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first job was at incoming as a receptionist at a mountain hotel, also, start my adventure in a travel agency located in San Jose, I was starting my studies by that time but I fell in love with tourism and stayed in the industry already for almost my whole life.

Over the last years, I traveled to many destinations around Costa Rica, 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.

I can't leave Corcovado National Park, located on the south coast of our beautiful country, here you can find the most amazing fauna variety, such as Cougars, Tapirs, Snakes, Birds, etc."

Yuliana is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
Overnight in luxury accommodation in the Osa Peninsula (photo courtesy of Lapa Rios Lodge)
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 12 Days

Enjoy the best of Costa Rica on this adventurous 12-day itinerary featuring excursions with private guides and overnight stays in luxury hotels. Begin with a few days of birdwatching, snorkeling, and hiking on the Osa Peninsula, then transfer to La Fortuna, your base for exploring the Arenal area. Trek around Arenal Volcano and relax in hot springs before continuing to Monteverde for a coffee tour and an unforgettable trip through the cloud forest on horseback.

Beaches of the Osa Peninsula
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal & the Osa Peninsula - 7 Days

Get off the beaten path on this weeklong luxury adventure around Costa Rica's beautiful landscapes. After a day exploring the capital city, you'll travel to the Osa Peninsula for a sunset birdwatching tour around Drake Bay. Explore Corcovado National Park on a guided hike, then look for whales and dolphins in the wild on a boat tour. You'll sleep in luxury hotels throughout the week and finish the trip in the Arenal region with a visit to a sloth habitat and a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Snorkel in clear waters off the coast
Family Journey to the Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs of Costa Rica - 8 Days

Explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica on this exciting 8-day journey around the country's volcanoes, waterfall pools, and top snorkeling spots. Spend the first part of the week hiking through the rainforest and soaking in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Then you'll spend a few days wildlife viewing and boating through mangroves around the Gulf of Papagayo. Finish this family-friendly adventure with a couple of days in coastal Sámara, where a kayak and snorkel tour introduces you to the pristine Isla Chora and the underwater world that surrounds the island.

Splash and play with the kids at the base of a waterfall
Costa Rican Culture, Wildlife & Caribbean Beaches for Families - 8 Days

From the markets of San José to the rainforests alive with birds and frogs, the best of Costa Rica's culture and coastal landscapes await travelers on this 8-day trip. Ideal for families, you'll see historic San José and visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens. In Tortuguero, a region known for its vibrant wildlife—including resident sea turtles—you'll travel to the beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finishing the adventure in Cahuita National Park, where you'll have the chance to snorkel with tropical fish and visit a nearby jaguar rescue center.

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.

Favorite experiences

Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges Guided Walk

Enjoy a thrilling adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest! Begin the day with a scenic ride up a mountain in an open-air gondola. When you reach the top observation platform, you'll take in panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including Arenal Volcano. Next, it's time for an...

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

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica,...
Costa Rica | Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2023

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Lorenzo C.
Franklin, MA | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica, all planned through Kimkim and their agent Yuliana with Amazilla Travel in Costa Rica. Yuliana did a great job planning the trip following our, and our friends from Canada traveling with us, input on what to see and things we were interested in doing.
We travelled from Liberia to Monteverde by private transportation and knowledgeable guide that explained points of interest during the ~ 3 hour drive.
The Zip Line organized by Yuliana was... read more

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica, all planned through Kimkim and their agent Yuliana with Amazilla Travel in Costa Rica. Yuliana did a great job planning the trip following our, and our friends from Canada traveling with us, input on what to see and things we were interested in doing.
We travelled from Liberia to Monteverde by private transportation and knowledgeable guide that explained points of interest during the ~ 3 hour drive.
The Zip Line organized by Yuliana was fantastic. It worked out very well starting in the north cloud forest region first as it was a bit cooler but still very conformable mid 60’s to 70’s then making our way to lower elevations and south as the trip progressed. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and nice throughout the trip. Other main places visited included, La Fortune, Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Highlights were the Zip Line, Los Lagos hot springs resort, planned tours and hikes to beautiful water falls. Tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable which made the trip that must more enjoyable.
We learned a lot about the country, regions, culture, parks and animals through the organized tours so very glad we took them. All in all, it was a great trip, saw and did lots of things and had the right amount of down time. Would do it again.

Lorenzo & Helen C

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

This is a very nice resort with lots of hot spring pools, things to do and good restaurant. The rooms are spacious and clean as are the grounds and facilities. The town is easy to get to and Uber was a good mode of transportation. Great view of the volcano from the resort.

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Located at the foot of the volcano and 5 minute drive to the town.
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Monteverde Country Lodge
Monteverde

Good accommodations. Its on a hill so walking to stores and restaurants is very tough. Can take taxi

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Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

Well located in the heart of the city. Lots to see in within walking distance. As with many big cities, you will see some homeless people is some areas.

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Hotel Costa Verde
Manuel Antonio

Amazing view of the ocean. Located in the hillside and close to the beach. Walking distance if you're a walker that doesn't mind steep hills. Local bus passed and stops near the hotel and other places of interest. Hotel grounds are well kept and a number of pools and great views. Restaurants are close by. Rooms are clean, spacious and great A/C.

Authenticity & Character
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View of the ocean.
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Activity Reviews
Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Zip Lining
Monteverde

These were amazing zip lines, 13 in total. Some long some short. Well run and safe.

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Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde

Fun and tasty. Learned a few things about coffee and chocolate too.

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El Silencio Volcano Hike & Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park Guided Rainforest Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Timing was right, if too raining you won't see the turquoise color, we were lucky and it was amazing.

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Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Manuel Antonio

Fun kayaking here. The guide was good and water calm.

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San José City Tour
San José

City tour was informative and interesting.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde

CR 2022
Costa Rica | Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2022

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Alexis P.
Manchester, CT | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

Dear Yuliana,

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica! Thank you for managing our itinerary and coordinating reservations. Our group was made up of myself, my mother and boyfriend. Ultimately, you and the KimKim team provided us time back to focus on being present for each other throughout each excursion. One of my favorites was the boat tour of Las Catalinas Islands where we each plunged into open sea waters in search of sea dwellers. It all was possible thanks to the customizable itinerary... read more

Dear Yuliana,

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica! Thank you for managing our itinerary and coordinating reservations. Our group was made up of myself, my mother and boyfriend. Ultimately, you and the KimKim team provided us time back to focus on being present for each other throughout each excursion. One of my favorites was the boat tour of Las Catalinas Islands where we each plunged into open sea waters in search of sea dwellers. It all was possible thanks to the customizable itinerary and flexibility. The thoughtful work allowed us to feel pampered, and taken care of throughout our adventure.

A

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

Hi Alexis,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for this amazing review and for taking the time to leave us this.
It was my pleasure to assist you during this time, and I am so happy that you and your mother, and your boyfriend had a good time here.
Best regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we ...
Costa Rica | Jan 7 - Jan 15, 2023

Karen
Karen P.
Middletown, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we went through KimKim as our travel agency - would definitely recommend and use them again in the future. All our pickups were timely and all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves. Transportation between our destinations of La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were seamless. All recommendations from KimKim were excellent. What enjoyable family trip - thanks Yuliana! read more

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we went through KimKim as our travel agency - would definitely recommend and use them again in the future. All our pickups were timely and all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves. Transportation between our destinations of La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were seamless. All recommendations from KimKim were excellent. What enjoyable family trip - thanks Yuliana!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Fortuna

Loved the hotel and privacy of the hot springs. Would definitely stay here again.

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El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde

Hotel was literally on a mountain, but the transportation was very good up and down. Very minimalistic, but the view was amazing.

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Would have preferred less mountainous terrain, but overall hotel was very clean.
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Tulemar Resort
Manuel Antonio

Amazing location with wildlife and beach - would definitely recommend staying at Salty Breeze as monkey troops come through every single day. The amenities were top notch, but so was the price.

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Activity Reviews
Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde

Excellent tour - we all loved it! Take this tour.

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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna

Excellent tour made even better because they also took us to a sugarcane processing plant/coffee tasting. Saw a lot of wildlife.

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Food
Great food for lunch.
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Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Monteverde

Mixed reviews. 2 out of the 5 liked the tour. We saw a lot for the night tour, but it was very hilly.

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Guided Hanging Bridges Hike
Monteverde

We loved this tour, but not as much as the rainforest tour.

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Sky Tram & Sky Trek Adventure
Arenal/La Fortuna

Excellent excursion - very fun. Note that the trek is more mountainous than you might think. You have to be in decent shape. We saw so much in the rainforest - one of our best outings!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Maria was great!
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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Really enjoyed this tour - would have loved to have stayed longer. Very well organized and we saw a lot of wildlife. Flat trail was easy to navigate.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hi Karen,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for your time and leave us this nice review. It is great to know you had a good time here, and that you enjoy every destination.
I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore many different areas.
We will be more than glad to assist you during this time.
Regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her.
Costa Rica | Jan 1 - Jan 11, 2023

Joy
Joy E.
Kirkwood, MO | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her. She pays great attention to detail and returns emails and phone calls promptly. A+ service. read more

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her. She pays great attention to detail and returns emails and phone calls promptly. A+ service.

Hotel Review
Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo

Absolutely gorgeous hotel and absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean. Doesn’t get any better. Yes exceeded all expectations.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2023

Hello Joy,
I hope you are well.

I am so happy you had a great time here.
It was my pleasure to assist you during this planning.

I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore different destinations.

Best,
Yuliana

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the nex...
Costa Rica | Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2022

Blaire
Blaire W.
Lexington-Fayette, KY | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the next with Kim Kim. My husband and I were a bit worried booking online but Yuliana did an incredible job. read more

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the next with Kim Kim. My husband and I were a bit worried booking online but Yuliana did an incredible job.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa
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El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
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Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna
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Activity Reviews
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna
Transport
Rafting Balsa River Class III & IV
Arenal/La Fortuna
Catamaran Sailing Tour & Snorkeling
Costa Rica

This was my favorite part of the whole trip

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Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde
Sky Tram & Sky Trek Adventure in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi Blaire,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for your time and leave us this beautiful review.
It was my pleasure assisting you during this time, I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore many other nice places.
Best,
Yuliana

The only excursion we would not recommend is ...
Costa Rica | Dec 31 - Jan 8, 2023

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Gabriela W.
Alpharetta, GA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

The only excursion we would not recommend is the kayak and snorkel tour in Manuel Antonio. The guide was horrible and the snorkeling was a total joke. I’ve never seen such dead coral. Apart from that everything else was fabulous!

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi Gabriela,
I hope you are well and had a good time in Costa Rica.
Thank you for your time and leave us this review, it is very important for us our traveler's comments, as it will increase our service to our future visitors.
Also, I will share this important information with our colleagues.
Best,
Yuliana

Costa Rica 2022
Costa Rica | Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2022

Loni
Loni K.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Dec 06, 2022

Our trip was well thought out and planned according to what we like to do, see, and accomplish. Our guides were wonderful. Franklin at the Arenal Volcano was so passionate about everything nature. Karla at Manuel Antonio Park was great at spotting all of the wildlife. We even stopped the bus before the park because she and our bus driver George, spotted birds, sloths, and monkeys on our way. Jesus and Alexi were wonderful in the Mangroves. Again, so passionate about what they do. Our... read more

Our trip was well thought out and planned according to what we like to do, see, and accomplish. Our guides were wonderful. Franklin at the Arenal Volcano was so passionate about everything nature. Karla at Manuel Antonio Park was great at spotting all of the wildlife. We even stopped the bus before the park because she and our bus driver George, spotted birds, sloths, and monkeys on our way. Jesus and Alexi were wonderful in the Mangroves. Again, so passionate about what they do. Our vehicle served us well up and down mountain roads. We feel like we got a good feel for different parts of Costa Rica...Waterfalls, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach, etc. Our accomodations were on point and all of the food provided was tasty and good quality. We are grateful that we went with Kim kim to plan our trip so that our time was spent enjoying the sites and beautiful country and people. Everywhere we went, things were smooth.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Wonderful views of the volcano when not in the clouds. Fabulous breakfast buffet and lovely dinner in the evening.

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our room view, breakfast, outdoor patia
Jungle Vista Boutique Hotel
Manuel Antonio

this was very close to the beach but right in the middle of the jungle. Monkeys everywhere. Beautiful pool areas. lovely bar and cocktails. Close to our favorite restaurant....Emilios cafe. We could walk there. Woke up to beautiful bird sounds and some Howler Monkeys. Umbrellas available in the lobby for the guests which were big and nice. We needed them a couple of times and it was nice to have such sturdy big umbrellas to use. Nice balcony off of room to enjoy the jungle.

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Location
view from balcony.....watching birds, monkeys
Staff
They were available for anything at anytime. Made sure we were happy with our drinks poolside. made fresh gaucamole for us poolside.
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Activity Reviews
San José to Arenal with visit to La Paz Waterfall
Costa Rica

this was a nice self guided tour of this park. The waterfalls are beautiful. You should take time to see all 5. We spent about 3 hours including lunch here. We did the longer hikes which were right in the middle of the greenest forest.

Quality of Experience
Food
Nice buffet lunch.
Transport
We drove ourselves which is up mountain roads. beautiful drive from San jose
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna

We loved our guide Franklin. It was just the four of us and Franklin on our guided hike. We learned a lot and loved his description and passion for everything he shared. The Volcano was hidden behind clouds but Franklin was positive we would see it 100 percent as we acsended on our hike. He was right, A glorious site!

Quality of Experience
The hike, learning about the plants, animals, insects, volcano, etc
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Franklin was very passionate, kind, engaging and experienced
Transport
Our bus driver did a great job.
Visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs
Arenal/La Fortuna

We went to this in the evening when it was dark. I would have loved seeing it during the day, but our experience was very cool. While we were in the Hot springs, we were also in a thunderstorm and rainstorm. We were in the Hot Springs for about 1 1/2 hours and then had a nice buffet dinner afterward. This reminded me a bit of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, commercialized but a fun night and experience

Quality of Experience
Food
Good quality food with many choices
Guides, Drivers and Staff
self guided
Transport
WE drove oursleves.....10 minutes from the hotel
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

This was a great place to see all of the wildlife. Since it is the busiest park in Costa rica, there were a lot of people there. Our guide had 4 couples, which we appreciated in order to see and hear our guide at all times. There were many other larger groups of people. All of the guides were friendly to each other and helped each other spot specific animals. the beach here was busy, so we just walked the beach and put our feet in and saved our beach day for another time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Both our driver, George and our guide Karla were great.
Transport
George was as much on the hunt for wildlife as our guide
Damas Island Boat Tour
Manuel Antonio

this was other worldly. If you have not been in a Mangrove forest, it is so cool. We went late afternoon which was pretty nice for seeing birds, snakes, monkeys, etc. Even the bats at dusk were so cool to watch swooping close to the water

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Food
We had dinner with our two tour guides after and it was a very nice simple delicious dinner.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We had George our van driver, our boat driver and two guides for the 4 of us. They were all great.
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Dec 08, 2022

Hi Loni,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for your time and leave us this beautiful review.
It is great to know you enjoy every destination you have in your itinerary. I am gladly assisting you during this time.
I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future, and explore different areas of our beautiful country.
Kind regards,
Yuliana

What a great company!
Costa Rica | Nov 18 - Nov 28, 2022

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Melinda A.
Fremont, CA | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

we are a family of four, and I have never booked with a travel agency before. My kids are now 12 and 13, and for our trip to Costa Rica, I thought I'd give it a try.

Yuliana was lovely. We went back and forth many times making little adjustments to the itinerary, and talking about possible activities. Typically, our family just lands somewhere, and then tries to figure out what to do, and we never do as much because we are sitting in a hotel room trying to figure it out as we go... read more

we are a family of four, and I have never booked with a travel agency before. My kids are now 12 and 13, and for our trip to Costa Rica, I thought I'd give it a try.

Yuliana was lovely. We went back and forth many times making little adjustments to the itinerary, and talking about possible activities. Typically, our family just lands somewhere, and then tries to figure out what to do, and we never do as much because we are sitting in a hotel room trying to figure it out as we go along.

This trip was so different. Everything was taken care of for us, and there was so little stress. Yuliana knows the country, and each of the hotels and "adventure" companies that are available, so I didn't have to worry, and research every single thing.

We will use these guys again. Why didn't we do this before??????? Give Kimkim a try!

Hotel Reviews
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde

This hotel gets 3 1/2 stars on tripadvisor, which is astounding to me. It's beautiful, the rooms are huge, and have a magnificent view, and it's not super expensive. We loved it the best of all of our costa rica hotels. I read through some of the reviews that gave the place 1 or 2 stars, and people were complaining about things like the bathroom being dark, or whatever. And we wonder why Americans get bad reputations as travellers. My kids and I loved this place. We had a room in the lowest building, so maybe that helped (ask for something low on the hillside.). However, we did see aboutis in the lawn, and we had giant french doors opening onto the lawn. It was heaven.

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Espadilla Gardens Hotel
Manuel Antonio

Lovely hotel. We really enjoyed the location, since it's basically one of the closest hotels to the beach, as well as the the national park. Super easy to walk to the beach, and relax, or take a surf lesson. There is a bus stop, so if you want to go up the hill or to Quepos, it's like 350 colones to get on the bus, and it comes every 15 minutes. Super convenient. The rooms are small, but the air conditioning is good! The pool is warm, and the restaurant is at the sister hotel just down the road. Super convenient place to stay, and reasonable room rates.

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi Melinda,

I hope you are well.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this amazing review.
It was my pleasure to assist you during this process.
I hope you and your family had a great time in Costa Rica.
Maybe you could visit Costa Rica in the future. :)
Best regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

Costa Rica Trip August 2022
Costa Rica | Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2022

Jayshree
Jayshree D.
Berkeley, CA | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Costa Rica trip. All the planning of our activities and places to visit was done in conjunction with Yuliana and she was able to set us up with very comfortable, inviting and clean accommodations at every stop. All the hotels provided excellent breakfasts so we were well fortified for our activities
Our trip started in San Jose, then a private transportation to La Fortuna/Arenal area, boat transportation to Monteverdi area and finally a private... read more

Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Costa Rica trip. All the planning of our activities and places to visit was done in conjunction with Yuliana and she was able to set us up with very comfortable, inviting and clean accommodations at every stop. All the hotels provided excellent breakfasts so we were well fortified for our activities
Our trip started in San Jose, then a private transportation to La Fortuna/Arenal area, boat transportation to Monteverdi area and finally a private car trip to Tamarindo, a beautiful beach town on the Pacific Ocean.
We had excellent guides for all our activities which included hiking near The Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna water falls, riding class 3-4 rapids on the Balsa River, exploring Hanging Bridges and The Monteverde Cloud Forests, Ziplining and finally kayaking in the Pacific Ocean. We were able to see many flora and fauna, including the beautiful Quetzal, Howler monkeys and sleepy Sloths!
The whole trip was amazing, stress free with the excellent planning of Yuliana and her team at kimkim. Would highly recommend planning a trip with them.

Activity Reviews
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River Class II & III
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip Line Adventure
Monteverde

Daniel, our guide for the hanging bridges tour was extremely knowledgeable, patient and had great communication skills. The whole group of assistants working on the 7 different Ziplines were professional, caring and reassuring those who were a little scared of the Ziplines.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Kayak & Snorkel Tour in Tamarindo Bay
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tamarindo Estuary Boat Tour
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Hello Jayshree,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for the time to leave us this amazing review.
It was our pleasure assisting you during this time, it is great to know you had a good time in our country, and enjoy all the activities we planned for you and your husband.
I hope you could visit us in the future, and explore different destinations with us.
Warm regards from Costa Rica.
Best,
Yuliana

Our trip was INCREDIBLE! Adriana and Yuliana ...
Costa Rica | Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2022

Carolyn
Carolyn C.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Our trip was INCREDIBLE! Adriana and Yuliana were BEYOND helpful and had wonderful suggestions to make our holiday even more special! As a single
mom this was a very special trip and we felt safe and participated in EVERY adventure possible from ziplining to rafting to animal walks, a volcano hike, hot springs, surfing, parasailing, whale and dolphin watching to suspension bridges….
THANK YOU!
Carolyn

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Hi Carolyn,

I hope you are well.

Thank you for taking the time and leave us this amazing review.
I was more than glad in assisting you during this time.

It is great to know you and your kids enjoyed every destination you had included in the itinerary and have fun in all the different activities.

I hope you could visit different locations in Costa Rica in the future, we will be more than glad to assist you in planning the new adventure.

Kind regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

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

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Jenelle B.
Santa Monica, CA | Reviewed on 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
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 Lomas del Volcán
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).
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on 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
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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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.
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.
El Silencio 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.

Quality of Experience
Food
Good choice
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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).

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on Jul 10, 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

Authenticity & Character
Location
center of town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on Jul 10, 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
Staff
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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Zip Lining
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
El Silencio Volcano Hike & Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

Franklin, our guide was the best!!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jul 24, 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

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Amy W.
Richardson, TX | Reviewed on 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 José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on 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.

Authenticity & Character
Facilities, qualaity of food
Location
Staff
Friendly staff
Monteverde Country Lodge
Monteverde

Very nice little hotel! Excellent dinner.

Authenticity & Character
Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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 José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on May 22, 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 José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on 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 José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on May 07, 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
Location
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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Zip Lining - Hanging Bridges & Aerial Tram
Arenal/La Fortuna

Scary and fun at the same time

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Catamaran Sailing Tour & Snorkeling
Costa Rica

Party Boat with great staff.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on 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