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Bryan Leon

Growing up in a coffee plantation area near San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital, I was fortunate to have parents who instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for nature. As a certified eco-tourism guide with extensive travel experience throughout my country, I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge and expertise with others.

Whether you're interested in birdwatching, wildlife spotting, or simply immersing yourself in the stunning beauty of Costa Rica's forests, I can help you create an unforgettable itinerary that meets your interests and needs.

For me, hiking through the forest is not only a thrilling adventure but also a form of therapy that helps me connect with the natural world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"As a specialist in naturalist tours throughout Costa Rica's diverse forests, I'm passionate about sharing the country's unique beauty and biodiversity with visitors. Whether you're interested in cultural immersion or thrilling adventures, I can design a customized itinerary that meets your needs and interests.

With my in-depth knowledge of Costa Rica's rich culture and history, I can recommend hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations that will allow you to experience the authentic essence of this incredible country. Whether you're traveling as a couple, a family, or a work team, I can create a personalized adventure that will create lasting memories.

Having lived on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, I have extensive experience with local activities and can guide you to the best spots for surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and more. Let me help you discover the magic of Costa Rica!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"From a young age, I developed a deep passion for travel, immersing myself in various activities during my school vacations. Whether it was hiking through breathtaking landscapes, exploring on horseback, or indulging in refreshing swims in rivers, my love for adventure and exploration blossomed. As I completed high school, I knew that I wanted to turn this passion into a meaningful career in the field of tourism. It was during my studies, where I delved into courses centered around biodiversity and culture, that my fascination with the interconnectedness of these aspects grew even stronger.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of my most unforgettable experiences occurred while working in Tortuguero, a small village located in the North Caribbean of the country. During one of my daily tours, I spotted a jaguar basking in the sun on a huge stone. Witnessing this wild cat in its natural habitat was an awe-inspiring moment that will forever remain etched in my memory.
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Favorite experiences

Corcovado National Park Hike from San Pedrillo Ranger Station

Embark on a thrilling adventure starting at Agujitas Beach on Drake Bay, where you'll explore the remote Corcovado National Park by boat and foot. After a 30-minute boat trip to the San Pedrillo Ranger Station, enjoy guided hiking through the park's rainforest and along its pristine coastline,...

Birdwatching in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Embark on an early morning birdwatching adventure in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a popular birding destination in Costa Rica. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, spot various species, including the resplendent quetzal, highland tinamou, and Chiriqui quail-dove. Don't miss the chance to...

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...

Snorkeling or Scuba Diving at Isla del Caño

Board a 30-foot Island Hopper for a scuba diving excursion in the Caño Island Biological Reserve. Dive into the waters surrounding Isla del Caño and explore the abundant marine life, including reef sharks, sea turtles, and various fish species.  

Recent trip reviews for Bryan

One of our best trips
Costa Rica | May 11 - May 16, 2024

Iqbal
Iqbal R.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
The trip went well, way beyond expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the trip. I was a little apprehensive about going there due to concerns about possible safety issues in Latin America. Still, my daughter researched and found that Costa Rica is indeed very safe, like any European country. From the day we landed to the day we departed, the Serendipty tour was extremely well organized. The pick was smooth. All excursions started on time. All drivers were courteous and spoke... Read more

The trip went well, way beyond expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the trip. I was a little apprehensive about going there due to concerns about possible safety issues in Latin America. Still, my daughter researched and found that Costa Rica is indeed very safe, like any European country. From the day we landed to the day we departed, the Serendipty tour was extremely well organized. The pick was smooth. All excursions started on time. All drivers were courteous and spoke fluent English. We went to Arenal, Fortuna area, followed by Monteverde, and back to the Papagayo area. All the guides were excellent. The hotels were way beyond our expectations with excellent breakfast. Two lunches and two dinners were included. Bryan, Nancy, and the Wilman team were in constant touch with me. Response to any of my texts was instant! Highly recommended

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on May 17, 2024

Hello Iqbal,

I'm delighted to learn that your journey to Costa Rica surpassed your expectations!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience, and I wholeheartedly join you in recommending this unforgettable adventure!

It was my pleasure to assist you throughout this process.

Perhaps you'll consider visiting Costa Rica again in the future!

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🦀

A truly special trip which will stay with us for many years.
Costa Rica | Mar 30 - Apr 12, 2024

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Maya M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 15, 2024
We travelled to Costa Rica from the UK with our two children aged 11 and 8. Bryan (and Nancy) did a fantastic job of recommending and organizing a range of hotels and activities for us over the two-week trip. Everywhere we stayed was brilliant in its own way -- Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero was rustic and remote, Las Lagos in Fortuna was family-friendly and fun, Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio was uniquely quirky, and La Mariposa was sleek and stylish with incredible views. All of our trips... Read more

We travelled to Costa Rica from the UK with our two children aged 11 and 8.

Bryan (and Nancy) did a fantastic job of recommending and organizing a range of hotels and activities for us over the two-week trip. Everywhere we stayed was brilliant in its own way -- Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero was rustic and remote, Las Lagos in Fortuna was family-friendly and fun, Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio was uniquely quirky, and La Mariposa was sleek and stylish with incredible views.

All of our trips were pitched perfectly for us & the kids. We absolutely loved the white water rafting and seeing all the amazing wildlife Costa Rica has to offer. All of our guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Shout out to Mariano and Alex for their hospitality on our drives, even stopping to show us the local crocodiles and buy us fruit.

Wilman was a great help as a point of contact while we were there and kept us on track with all of the details.

A special mention also for our guide in Manuel Antonio National Park who kept us all engaged with his infectious passion for the local flora and fauna!

It was a truly special trip which will stay with us for many years.

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on May 15, 2024
What a heartwarming review, Maya! Pura Vida🦥 We at Serendipity Adventures are thrilled to learn that you and your family had such a fantastic experience exploring Costa Rica. Our team worked diligently to craft an itinerary that met your needs, and we're pleased to hear that each accommodation and activity was a perfect fit for your family's preferences. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the white water rafting and wildlife encounters, and we're grateful for the positive impression... Read more

What a heartwarming review, Maya! Pura Vida🦥

We at Serendipity Adventures are thrilled to learn that you and your family had such a fantastic experience exploring Costa Rica. Our team worked diligently to craft an itinerary that met your needs, and we're pleased to hear that each accommodation and activity was a perfect fit for your family's preferences.

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the white water rafting and wildlife encounters, and we're grateful for the positive impression left by our guides. Should you wish to continue your exploration of the country, we would be more than happy to assist you again.

Thank you for sharing your review,
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica✌️

We had an amazing trip! The resorts were terr...
Costa Rica | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

Mike
Mike M.
Hartford, CT | Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024
We had an amazing trip! The resorts were terrific. All the activities were fun and exciting and everything went seamlessly. We especially loved the white water rafting in La Fortuna. Kimkim delivered on another amazing and memorable family trip for us! Read more

We had an amazing trip! The resorts were terrific. All the activities were fun and exciting and everything went seamlessly. We especially loved the white water rafting in La Fortuna. Kimkim delivered on another amazing and memorable family trip for us!

Hotel Reviews
Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience
San Carlos, Alajuela
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Mariposa Hotel
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River, Class II-III
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River, Class II-III
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sukia - Night Tour
Sukia - Night Tour
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 21, 2024

Hola from Costa Rica, Mike,

That's fantastic to hear! It sounds like you had an incredible time full of adventure and relaxation.

We're thrilled that Serendipity Adventures could help make your family trip unforgettable.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Pura Vida!
Bryan León,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🌋

Costa Rica was indeed pura vida!
Costa Rica | Mar 30 - Apr 7, 2024

Jeremy
Jeremy R.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2024
Our trip to Costa Rica was so seamless, thanks to the collective efforts of the KimKim and Serendipity team. We had all of our needs met and then some, both with the hotels we stayed at and the activities that they coordinated for us. We couldn't have had the trip we did without their help. Ending our trip in Guanacaste was an incredible recommendation that made our stay so relaxing. I was especially impressed by the quick responsiveness on the ground during our week in Costa Rica, as... Read more

Our trip to Costa Rica was so seamless, thanks to the collective efforts of the KimKim and Serendipity team. We had all of our needs met and then some, both with the hotels we stayed at and the activities that they coordinated for us. We couldn't have had the trip we did without their help. Ending our trip in Guanacaste was an incredible recommendation that made our stay so relaxing.

I was especially impressed by the quick responsiveness on the ground during our week in Costa Rica, as we encountered a few questions along the way that were all immediately addressed. I look forward to planning our next trip, wherever that may be!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel
Playa Hermosa

Amazing views, food, drink, and pools. Everything we needed and more.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience
San Carlos, Alajuela

The rooms themselves were pretty average but the hot springs were the standout! We spent a ton of time outside and enjoying the proximity to Fortuna.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Be prepared for insects and lizards invading your space!
Senda Monteverde Hotel
Monteverde

So peaceful and attentive. Loved it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Morning Sailing Tour
Morning Sailing Tour
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

This was our family's favorite activity!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private: Guided Sloth & Bird Hike
Private: Guided Sloth & Bird Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Guided Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Private Guided Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Less animals than anticipated given the hot weather
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day at Selvatura, Hanging Bridges and Fauna Exhibitions
Day at Selvatura, Hanging Bridges and Fauna Exhibitions
Costa Rica

The sloth exhibit was so impressive, as they were very active and right next to us. This was our daughter's favorite part of the trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private: Night Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Private: Night Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde

So many wonderful surprises on this first night for us, especially the mother sloth carrying her baby across a power line in the dark. What great luck!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Palo Verde National Park Boat Exploration
Palo Verde National Park Boat Exploration
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
The hike was very hot and pretty strenuous but the zip lining was unreal.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 08, 2024

Hola Jeremy,

It brought us immense joy to hear about your wonderful experience in Costa Rica!

We're absolutely thrilled that your trip was seamless and enjoyable. Knowing that we exceeded your expectations by ensuring your needs were met and by coordinating memorable activities and accommodations warms our hearts.

Addressing your questions promptly was a top priority, and we're delighted that it contributed to the smoothness of your week in Costa Rica.

We're already looking forward to assisting you with your next adventure!

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🌿

Costa Rican Adventures
Costa Rica | Mar 8 - Mar 17, 2024

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Nicole L.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 24, 2024
The local specialist at Serendipity Tours made our first trip to Costa Rica so memorable.
Not having to worry about all the planning details took such a load off my mind as I was busy working up until the minute we got on the plane!
They created an itinerary that was well balanced with adventurous activities, learning and downtime.
We were able to see different areas of the country without feeling like we were running ourselves ragged.
The guides and our drivers were so friendly,...
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The local specialist at Serendipity Tours made our first trip to Costa Rica so memorable.
Not having to worry about all the planning details took such a load off my mind as I was busy working up until the minute we got on the plane!
They created an itinerary that was well balanced with adventurous activities, learning and downtime.
We were able to see different areas of the country without feeling like we were running ourselves ragged.
The guides and our drivers were so friendly, knowledgeable and kind.
Our main driver, Alex, was awesome and made us feel so comfortable.
River rafting on the Balsa river was the highlight.
There were no issues with reservations or logistics.
Wilman helped arrange last minute changes in our activities and was very attentive, checking in to make sure our trip was going smoothly.
Thanks for a wonderful trip.

Hotel Reviews
Cloud Forest Lodge
Monteverde

The room was so spacious, modern and clean. We overlooked the parking and the registration so that wasn't ideal, but the overall property was so lovely, it didn't matter. The lodge is tucked up in the mountains and has several paths to hike. The restaurant has beautiful views and delicious food. Saw a lot of birds and some other wildlife. Very relaxing stay in the cloud forest.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Falls at Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio

Food and service were great. We did not have a very nice room though. There was no privacy as the room was right above the restaurant. The door was a big sliding glass door and anyone walking by can see into the room. So we had to keep the curtains closed. There was only a tiny window so there was minimal light with the curtains closed. The bathroom could use an update. There are other more private rooms that would have been much nicer.

Hotel Magic Mountain
Fortuna

Great views of Arenal volcano. The pool area is nice. Easy walk to some tasty restaurants. Breakfast buffet was nice. The room was clean.

Activity Reviews
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

The walk was just ok. Nice views and learned a bit about the rain forest. The real highlight is the zip lining of course.

Private Guided Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Private Guided Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Arenal/La Fortuna

Not much to see here. Could have done without this.

Ecotermales Hotsprings
Ecotermales Hotsprings
Costa Rica
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River
Arenal/La Fortuna

So much fun and the guides are terrific. Great for kids. The rapids are fun but not super scary. The class 2 section is gorgeous.

Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

Fun learning about coffee and chocolate. Good for kids. We did the night walk as well and it was fun searching for wildlife.

Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

You definitely need a guide to see the animals. Don't expect a relaxing time though until you get to the beach. We were running from one place to the next trying to spot the birds and other wildlife. Our guide was very good at making opportunities for use to see animals, but there are so many guides and groups it feels like a competition. We saw a mother and baby sloth very close up which was awesome. The beach is lovely. Despite the crowds, this is definitely a must see place.

Local Flavors Cooking Class
Local Flavors Cooking Class
Manuel Antonio

This was really fun. Our guide, Karla, from Toucanes tours was so funny and friendly! The food we helped cook was delicious and I am inspired to try making the dish at home. My son enjoyed cooking as well. It was just my son and I so we got all the attention.

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Mar 25, 2024
Thank you for your kind words, Nicole! We're thrilled to hear that your trip to Costa Rica with Serendipity Tours was so memorable and stress-free. It's fantastic that you were able to enjoy a well-balanced itinerary with exciting activities, learning experiences, and relaxation time. We're glad our guides and drivers, especially Alex, made your journey comfortable and enjoyable. River rafting on the Balsa river sounds like an incredible highlight! We appreciate your feedback and hope... Read more

Thank you for your kind words, Nicole!

We're thrilled to hear that your trip to Costa Rica with Serendipity Tours was so memorable and stress-free.

It's fantastic that you were able to enjoy a well-balanced itinerary with exciting activities, learning experiences, and relaxation time. We're glad our guides and drivers, especially Alex, made your journey comfortable and enjoyable. River rafting on the Balsa river sounds like an incredible highlight!

We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for another wonderful adventure in the future.

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🌋

Everything was great. Bryan was most helpful....
Costa Rica | Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2024

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Virginie d.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 10, 2024
Everything was great. Bryan was most helpful. The itinerary you planned for us was very good. All focused on nature, which is what we wanted. We could have used a guide or a nature specialist on all the hikes.
The drivers were all good, especially Alex who is a real gentleman. He was very helpful and very knowledgeable. The river tour was exceptional. I wish it had been longer. The hotels were great, especially the second one.
One thing that was not planned well was the day we drove from...
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Everything was great. Bryan was most helpful. The itinerary you planned for us was very good. All focused on nature, which is what we wanted. We could have used a guide or a nature specialist on all the hikes.
The drivers were all good, especially Alex who is a real gentleman. He was very helpful and very knowledgeable. The river tour was exceptional. I wish it had been longer. The hotels were great, especially the second one.
One thing that was not planned well was the day we drove from papagayo to the hike where there is a waterfall. Almost three hours one way! Moreover the guide in that hike could barely speak English. He gave us all a headache. That was crazy. Was too long for a hike that was not really worth it.
Otherwise all good. We loved Costa Rica. People were incredible. We saw amazing animals. Saw the beautiful quetzal three times.
We loved the trip. Pura Vida.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
La Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Grounds were beautiful. Loved the cabins.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Koora Hotel at Monteverde
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
In the trees
Location
Fabulous place
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were fabulous.
Bahia del Sol Hotel
Guanacaste

Location was amazing. Best beach.

Authenticity & Character
Could be modernized a bit
Location
Excellent
Staff
All kind and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private: Arenal Volcano & 1968 Reserve Guided Hike
Private: Arenal Volcano & 1968 Reserve Guided Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
No
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cultural Experience
Cultural Experience
Arenal/La Fortuna

Wonderful people. Excellent meal.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private: Night Walk at Children's Eternal Forest
Private: Night Walk at Children's Eternal Forest
Monteverde

Did not see many animals

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Palo Verde National Park Boat Exploration
Palo Verde National Park Boat Exploration
Costa Rica

Fabulous. Many animals. Too short. Should be st least 2 hours.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike to Las Pailas, Rincon de la Vieja National Park and La Oropendola Waterfall
Hike to Las Pailas, Rincon de la Vieja National Park and La Oropendola Waterfall
Costa Rica

Nothing exceptional. Too many hours to get there. Terrible guide who spoke bad English.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Alex was terrific. Drove safely.
Private Chocolate Farm Visit & Workshop
Private Chocolate Farm Visit & Workshop
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day at Selvatura, Hanging Bridges and Fauna Exhibitions
Day at Selvatura, Hanging Bridges and Fauna Exhibitions
Costa Rica

Amazing scenery

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Private Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Mar 11, 2024
Hola Virginie, Thank you for your detailed feedback! It's wonderful to know that the itinerary we planned aligned well with your interests in nature. We're delighted to hear that the drivers, especially Alex, provided exceptional service. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. It's fantastic that you enjoyed the river tour, although we regret that it couldn't be longer. Your positive comments about the hotels, especially the second one, are greatly appreciated. Regarding the long... Read more

Hola Virginie,

Thank you for your detailed feedback! It's wonderful to know that the itinerary we planned aligned well with your interests in nature.

We're delighted to hear that the drivers, especially Alex, provided exceptional service. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. It's fantastic that you enjoyed the river tour, although we regret that it couldn't be longer. Your positive comments about the hotels, especially the second one, are greatly appreciated.

Regarding the long drive to the waterfall hike from Papagayo and the language barrier with the guide, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We'll review our itineraries to ensure that future journeys are more efficiently planned and that language barriers are addressed appropriately.

Overall, we're thrilled that you loved your time in Costa Rica, appreciated the incredible people, and enjoyed seeing the amazing wildlife, including the beautiful quetzal. We're delighted that you loved the trip and embraced the Pura Vida spirit!

Thank you for choosing us to organize your Costa Rican adventure!

Best regards,
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🦎

Just an average trip
Costa Rica | Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2024

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Rakesh R.
Kearny, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024
I booked for the first time with Kim Kim .
First the good :
all the bookings of my daily tours, cars and accommodations were in place. Had no problems anywhere .
We had one person from their contracting company which had one person available on what’s up sending us reminders and directions and we could occasionally get some recommendations.
Not so good :
1. The overall experience , the accommodations, tours were just about an average . Nothing which kind of wow’d us.
2. went by...
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I booked for the first time with Kim Kim .
First the good :
all the bookings of my daily tours, cars and accommodations were in place. Had no problems anywhere .
We had one person from their contracting company which had one person available on what’s up sending us reminders and directions and we could occasionally get some recommendations.

Not so good :
1. The overall experience , the accommodations, tours were just about an average . Nothing which kind of wow’d us.
2. went by their recommendations for accommodations and felt that we were forced to stay in remote hotels , that included lot of driving around
3. Lack of transparency in terms of the individual cost, we were given 1 price for overall trip. So it was hard to decide which activities we can keep or remove. Whenever we asked for a change, the trip prices fluctuated a lot , and I got tired . So went ahead with their recommendations.

They were already charging a price for the service , so I was expecting a little more transparency.

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Feb 28, 2024
Hola from Costa Rica, Rakesh, Thank you for sharing your experience with Serendipity Adventures. We're thrilled to hear that all your bookings for daily tours, cars, and accommodations were seamlessly arranged without any hiccups. We greatly value the convenience of having a dedicated contact available on WhatsApp for reminders and occasional recommendations. We're truly sorry to hear that the overall experience regarding accommodations didn't meet your expectations. We understand your... Read more

Hola from Costa Rica, Rakesh,

Thank you for sharing your experience with Serendipity Adventures. We're thrilled to hear that all your bookings for daily tours, cars, and accommodations were seamlessly arranged without any hiccups. We greatly value the convenience of having a dedicated contact available on WhatsApp for reminders and occasional recommendations.

We're truly sorry to hear that the overall experience regarding accommodations didn't meet your expectations. We understand your concerns about being directed to remote hotels, which led to more driving than anticipated. We planned this trip close to your arrival, and regrettably, the hotels we typically recommend, which are better located, were fully booked during your stay.

Regarding transparency in pricing, we apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused. While hidden fees and taxes are common in online rates, our approach focuses on personalized Trip Plans that align with travelers' preferences, budgets, and travel goals. We handle all reservations and coordination, saving our clients time and ensuring a seamless travel experience.

Thank you once again for choosing us for your travel needs. We genuinely hope to have the opportunity to exceed your expectations in the future.

Pura Vida 🦥
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica

16 days in beautiful Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 15 - Jan 30, 2024

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Sandra K.
Bellingham, WA | Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024
We spent 16 days in Costa Rica and Kim Kim was invaluable, helping us plan our trip, booking accommodations, car and tour guides. Thank you, Bryan ! We started our trip in San Jose and had a day to acclimate to the time change after a late evening arrival the prior day. Stayed at the El Presidente hotel, which has a very nice breakfast room and a wonderful little restaurant upstairs which we’d recommend. The gem museum and Stiffel pub would be our two recommendations in San Jose. Up... Read more

We spent 16 days in Costa Rica and Kim Kim was invaluable, helping us plan our trip, booking accommodations, car and tour guides. Thank you, Bryan ! We started our trip in San Jose and had a day to acclimate to the time change after a late evening arrival the prior day. Stayed at the El Presidente hotel, which has a very nice breakfast room and a wonderful little restaurant upstairs which we’d recommend. The gem museum and Stiffel pub would be our two recommendations in San Jose. Up early the next morning for our long bus trip and boat trip to the Mwamba Lodge in Torteguero. Highly recommend the Mwamba Lodge , the guides and scenery of Torteguero. Back to the mainland to rent a car and off to Arenal. Three nights at the Los Lagos resort enjoying the grounds and the natural Hot Springs, recommend . Alberto and Mao top flight guides on the Arenal,hanging bridges tour, recommend.
Off to Rio Celeste to stay 1 night at Casita Tenorio (highly recommend) and wonderful waterfall hike with Mariano. Next 2 beach days out on the Guancaste peninsula, which we planned on our own. Up next two nights in Monteverde to tour the cloud forest with Jorge who is very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. Recommend Hotel Ficus for accommodations, wonderful staff and location. Walk to the Morphus restaurant for dinner. Tip- the road we took up to Monteverde was challenging for the last hour, gravel road and lots of potholes, but manageable. However, coming back down two days later different road, which was paved and in great condition. So something to talk to KimKim about if you have options and that’s a concern. If you’re a good, confident and respectful driver, then renting a car is a good way to go, as it gives you a chance to enjoy a lot of the back roads and view life in Costa Rica away from the tourist spots. Just need a good copilot. Google maps or something similar and avoid driving at night and in bad weather.
Next up was Manuel Antonio Park , and a wonderful wildlife tour with Andres Sosio. We chose an 11 o’clock tour time to sleep in a bit and it worked out great as Andres already had one tour under his belt that day and knew where all the animals were and also much less crowded late morning. Something to consider.
We stayed at Hotel La Mariposa- incredible views sitting on top of the highest point in town, beautiful dining area and pool area, and the majority of the rooms have great views. Cannot recommend this place enough. In fact, we cut our Uvita stop one day short to spend another day at La Mariposa. Finally back to San Jose with a 1:30 AM flight to LA the next day. Highly recommend the Marriott Hacienda Belen in San Jose, coming or going, if you have the better part of a day to enjoy their property .
We want to acknowledge how helpful Wilman at Serendipity is when you’re in country when any issue comes up, he’s a pro. Lastly want to say how welcoming the people of Costa Rica are, without exception, and how much they appreciate visitors after a couple of lean Covid years. Please tip well and often.
Peter and Sandra
Seattle WA

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Feb 21, 2024
Hola, Peter and Sandra, Thank you for sharing your incredible journey through Costa Rica! We're thrilled to hear that Serendipity Adventures played a key role in crafting unforgettable memories for you. Your thoughtful recommendations for accommodations, guides, and activities will undoubtedly be a treasure trove for future travelers. It brings us joy to know that you immersed yourselves in the beauty of our diverse landscapes and experienced the exceptional hospitality of our locals. Your... Read more

Hola, Peter and Sandra,

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey through Costa Rica! We're thrilled to hear that Serendipity Adventures played a key role in crafting unforgettable memories for you. Your thoughtful recommendations for accommodations, guides, and activities will undoubtedly be a treasure trove for future travelers.

It brings us joy to know that you immersed yourselves in the beauty of our diverse landscapes and experienced the exceptional hospitality of our locals. Your insights on renting a car and navigating the roads are incredibly helpful for those planning their own adventures.

We hope your travels continue to be filled with wonder and discovery! Remember, should you wish to explore more of our beloved country, we're here to help you every step of the way.

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🌿

Great trip to Costa Rica thanks to KimKim and Serendipity Adventures!
Costa Rica | Jan 30 - Feb 16, 2024

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Kevin S.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024
Great trip thanks to KimKim and Serendipity Adventures. Everything was very well planned and hotels were all as, or better than expected. They did a great job arranging all the private/shared transfers between all six destinations so all we had to do was show up on time and be ready to move. Wilman was our main contact in CR and he did a great job checking in periodically. He also arranged a tour for us with little notice and accommodated our request to change the itinerary and stay an extra... Read more

Great trip thanks to KimKim and Serendipity Adventures. Everything was very well planned and hotels were all as, or better than expected. They did a great job arranging all the private/shared transfers between all six destinations so all we had to do was show up on time and be ready to move. Wilman was our main contact in CR and he did a great job checking in periodically. He also arranged a tour for us with little notice and accommodated our request to change the itinerary and stay an extra night in one spot in record time. Couldn’t recommend KimKim and Serendipity enough.

Hotel Reviews
Casa Turire
Turrialba

Great hotel, restaurant and staff. Nice place with an old school Spanish vibe to chill and watch the birds or horseback ride. Only warning would be the water pressure. There is none. If showers are important to you, you might want to stay elsewhere. If not, this place is quite charming and worthy of 2-3 nights to enjoy the birds and the volcano.

Authenticity & Character
Small boutique style hotel. If you don’t like crowds and you want a charming experience, this is the place for you.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice room and balcony. Could use much better water pressure.
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

Great rooms, perfect view of the volcano, great hot springs and pools. Affordable prices at the pool bar. Close to everything. Very high recommendation, would come back in a heartbeat. Most people take the shuttles to and from the rooms up in the hills but they work very well.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Ficus
Monteverde Costa Rica

Nice view, good location and very clean large rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Costa Verde
Manuel Antonio

Great room, location, food and lots of monkeys that you can enjoy on your balcony. Highly recommended.

Authenticity & Character
Airplanes in the jungle! Very cool.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Loved the room and large balcony.
La Foresta Nature Resort
Quepos

Very clean, comfortable rooms. Nice staff with a good restaurant and decent pool. Not much to do close by and didn’t see any monkeys but nice place to chill and relax.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Not much to do close by.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice clean room and very good food.
Studio Hotel
San José

Great art and good breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
It’s better than most art galleries. If you like art you gotta stay here.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Laguna Lodge
Tortuguero

Nothing fancy but nice room and good food. Perfect place to stay to see the canals for a day or two.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Feb 20, 2024
Hola Kevin, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great trip and that everything was well planned and exceeded your expectations. It's fantastic to know that the private/shared transfers between all six destinations went smoothly and that Wilman provided excellent service, checking in periodically and accommodating your requests efficiently. We truly appreciate your recommendation and are delighted that Serendipity Adventures could make your... Read more

Hola Kevin,

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great trip and that everything was well planned and exceeded your expectations. It's fantastic to know that the private/shared transfers between all six destinations went smoothly and that Wilman provided excellent service, checking in periodically and accommodating your requests efficiently.

We truly appreciate your recommendation and are delighted that Serendipity Adventures could make your Costa Rican adventure unforgettable. If you ever decide to visit again, we'd be more than happy to assist you with another amazing experience!

Pura Vida!
Bryan and the Serendipity Adventures Team🪲

Sadasivan family trip
Costa Rica | Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2024

Sushma
Sushma S.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024
We went for a family trip to Costa Rica in February, we had our 3 grown children with us, and we added my sister after booking. We had prompt communication from Bryan- our travel agent from Serendipity tours. I was able to modify recommendations easily. Both hotels we stayed at were great- Mariposa in Manual Antonio and Mano Hot Springs resort in Arenal area.
Transportation pickup was also great. We had, Alex, as our driver majority of the long drives and also one day of our...
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We went for a family trip to Costa Rica in February, we had our 3 grown children with us, and we added my sister after booking. We had prompt communication from Bryan- our travel agent from Serendipity tours. I was able to modify recommendations easily. Both hotels we stayed at were great- Mariposa in Manual Antonio and Mano Hot Springs resort in Arenal area.
Transportation pickup was also great. We had, Alex, as our driver majority of the long drives and also one day of our excursions. He is amazing. Informative and punctual.
We went to state park in Manual Antonio and our guide was very passionate about nature- his name was Susio.
We went on a river rafting tours and few of us had never done river rafting- was grade 1-2 and was perfect, on the way and back from the river, we went through some small local villages and saw unique plants and animals. Our lunch afterwards was good, ate local food.
All tours recommended were great, only tour I would have skipped was hanging bridge tour, only because our Manuel Antonio guided stated park tour earlier in the week was better. The hanging bridges were ok, we have seen better in Whistler, Canada. Because this tour was booked in the afternoon, animals were sleeping.
Zip lining in Arenal was good with Sky Adventure.
We added a chocolate/coffee tour on our last day, this was fun, me made our own chocolate bar. Coffee, per my husband was very good that we grinded in the tour. He usually doesn't drink it black, but he said it didn't need any sugar of milk.

Only glitch was our driver was 30 minutes late going to the airport he apologized profusely, and we made it in enough time for our flight.

Hotel Reviews
La Mariposa Hotel
Manuel Antonio

Views from the hotel were amazing. We had issues with staff leaving enough towels in our rooms daily. We had 3 people per room. Hotel grounds had cool animals walking or flying around- macaws, lizards, monkeys etc. Their food was expensive for dinner but bland. Breakfast was good, with an omelet bar, fresh fruits. Liked location, can easily walk i to town and we caught the local bus to Quepos and saw the sunset and ate at Sanchez- a local restaurant. Falafel place was great in Manuel Antonio and Angels restaurant. All of these recommended by our Serendipity driver- Alex.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
four star because of issues with room staff. Servers at restaurant/pool area were great
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Amazing view of volcano from our room. Liked that are rooms were next to each other. Had shuttle service from our room to front of resort, if were too tired to walk the distance. Grounds were beautiful, we saw many different plants and animals. Rooms were clean. The restaurant had amazing food for dinner. Breakfast was good, with many different varieties and open to nature, saw many plants and birds while eating. We ate at the pizzeria twice, enjoyed playing cards at their large tables in evenings. Hot spring were amazing, nice to soak after all our adventures. I would suggest the hotel acquire a shuttle to La Fortuna area for guests, taxi ride prices added up easily.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

It rained so hard to see volcano after we went to base. Guide was good and informative. For the water fall, amazing. Steps up were hard because of the humidity but did it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

Loved zip lining, sky tram ok, sky walk was ok also. We have seen better hanging bridges in Whistler, Canada. Hike was ok compared to Manuel Antonio hike

Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Susio, our guide was great, very passionate about nature. Saw a lot of animals with his help.

Savegre Whitewater Rafting
Savegre Whitewater Rafting
Manuel Antonio

Rafting was great, not to hard, got wet. Ride to river was through some villages. Lunch after was good local food.

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Mar 09, 2024
Dear Sushma, Thank you so much for sharing your detailed feedback about your family trip to Costa Rica in February. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience overall. It's fantastic to know that both hotels, Mariposa in Manuel Antonio and Arenal Manoa Hot Springs Resort met your expectations and contributed to a comfortable stay. We're glad to hear that your transportation pickups, especially with Alex as your driver, were punctual and enjoyable. Your adventures,... Read more

Dear Sushma,

Thank you so much for sharing your detailed feedback about your family trip to Costa Rica in February. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience overall.

It's fantastic to know that both hotels, Mariposa in Manuel Antonio and Arenal Manoa Hot Springs Resort met your expectations and contributed to a comfortable stay. We're glad to hear that your transportation pickups, especially with Alex as your driver, were punctual and enjoyable.

Your adventures, from the passionate guided tour in Manuel Antonio sound absolutely delightful. It's great to hear that the river rafting experience catered to varying levels of experience and that you got to immerse yourselves in the local culture with village visits and delicious local cuisine.

We appreciate your honest feedback about the hanging bridge tour and are sorry to hear that it didn't meet your expectations, especially regarding animal sightings. However, we're glad to hear that the zip-lining experience with Sky Adventure in Arenal was enjoyable.

The addition of a chocolate and coffee tour on your last day sounds like a delicious and fun way to end your trip, especially with the opportunity to make your own chocolate bar and enjoy some excellent coffee.

We apologize for the glitch with your driver being 30 minutes late for your airport transfer but are relieved to hear that you still made it to the airport in enough time for your flight.

Thank you again for choosing us to help plan your family trip to Costa Rica. We hope to have the opportunity to assist you with more adventures in the future!

Warm regards,
Bryan and the Serendipity Adventures Team