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.
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.
Bryan's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
Experience the best of birding in Costa Rica on this 13-day journey through tropical paradise. In Tortuguero, learn about turtle conservation and spot dozens of birds and other...
Hilly nature walks are practically guaranteed while visiting the rugged terrain of Costa Rica. While some travelers prioritize beaches and water sports on either coast, many...
On this 13-day Costa Rican adventure, you'll get the adrenaline pumping by day and relax in luxury accommodations at night. You'll visit three distinct areas of the country—the...
On this family-oriented 8-day adventure, you'll explore Costa Rica's top natural attractions, from the towering Arenal Volcano and its nearby hot springs to the beautiful...
Spend eight days exploring Costa Rica's beaches, volcanoes, and cloud forests. These family-friendly itineraries offer both adventure and education. Divide your time between...
Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous areas. Arenal and Manuel Antonio are some of the best representations of Costa Rica; Arenal area...
The Osa Peninsula is located in one of the most remote areas of Costa Rica and is home to windswept beaches, virgin rainforest, and exotic wildlife. Over five days you'll...
Whether you're drawn to wellness retreats in lush surroundings, chartered flights over tropical landscapes, or beautiful hotel properties that blend with the environment, you'll...
When you have to get away from it all yet you also hunger for adventure, there's only one place to go: Costa Rica. On this nine-day itinerary, you'll experience the best of both...
Road trip itineraries
Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to...
This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature, beaches, and adventure activities. It covers all of Costa Rica's highlights, starting at the famous Arenal...
Explore the highlights of Costa Rica, from volcanoes and jungles to beach and surfing in one self-drive vacation. Arrive in Liberia and head to Tenorio National Park, where...
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,...
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...
Embark on a mystical kayaking adventure through the serene waterways of Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica. Paddle through the peaceful Caño Chiquero or Caño Mora canals, designated for non-motorized boats only, and immerse yourself in the lush rainforest surroundings. Keep an eye out for...
Embark on a two-hour kayak tour through the beautiful mangrove forests of Boca Nosara, where the Río Nosara and Río Montana rivers meet. Paddle along the waterways and mangrove tunnels, spotting exotic wildlife such as blue herons, roseate spoonbills, howler monkeys, and crocodiles with the help...
Recent trip reviews for Bryan
Amazing trip!!Thank you the excellent guides...
Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2023
Thank you the excellent guides and personalized itinerary read more
A serendipitous Tropical Discovery in Costa Rica :)
Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2023
Our 8-Day visit to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica made us realize that life is good, it is very, very good.About the size of the American State of West Virginia, Costa Rica is a legend for its natural beauty, biodiversity and of course, its people.
It's our first time to use KimKim as a travel planner app when planning this trip. It matched us with a Costa Rican travel outfit, Serendipity Adventures. From the initial planning stage to the final execution, our local contact, Bryan... read more
Working with KimKim and Serendipity Adventures made for a Wonderful Trip with my Family
Jul 5 - Jul 13, 2023
I went into this without any knowledge of KimKim or using a service to plan our trip to Costa Rica. I'm more excited to use it again now that I understand the process and what to expect. We were routed to Serendipity Adventures to plan our trip and Bryan Leon was the organizer for the trip. He was very patient with me as I wasn't sure what our family wanted to do. He offered many suggestions, even events I hadn't considered that ended up being some of our favorite parts of the trip. First of... read more
This was the most organized trip I've ever ta...
Jun 24 - Jul 2, 2023
This was the most organized trip I've ever taken. The team was very communicative and responsive. They were also able to modify changes we requested for different with times. All the drivers were professional and on time at each point. The hotels were all great and waiting for us, no issues with check in. The activities are all great top notch tour guides. If anything we had a lot of similar activities, but that was more our doing than theirs. Safari Float(Diego & Mariano) and Volcano... read more
Thanks to Bryan and Nancy and the entire team...
Jul 4 - Jul 11, 2023
Thanks to Bryan and Nancy and the entire team who helped make our Cost Rica Bird Watching journey truly memorable! We are amateur birders who saw 100 new species. KimKim matched us with expert, patient and friendly guides who answered our many questions. All the transportation was on time, professional and safe. The accommodations were wonderful. Many many thx! read more
Costa Rica - a must return destination
Jun 24 - Jul 2, 2023
The trip was seem less as it pertains to the travel arrangements and punctuality of all of the transportation vans that were provided to us. All of the drivers were courteous and Proffesional.
We had many memorable moments. The hike to the volcano was beautiful and our guide Mariano was excellent. He was funny and engaging. He gave us many tips as to what to do and what to be careful of.
The River excursion was also memorable. Stopping and taking a break was fun while Mariano provided... read more
We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. It was...
Jun 18 - Jun 29, 2023
We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. It was great to work with KimKim on the planning and execution of this trip. We visited 4 regions and stayed at 4 resorts so the logistics were significant. The resorts we stayed in were terrific. Loved the hot springs at Los Lagos. We stayed in the villa at Los Lagos and there was plenty of room for the 9 of us. We greatly enjoyed the white water rafting. Our guides were awesome! The experience was a ton of fun for kids and adults. The river... read more
Bryan and his team were great. Stress free out of the country travel!
Jun 18 - Jun 29, 2023
Bryan and his team were great. They made planning our Costa Rica trip easy and fun. When we were there all of our guides, and transportation were on time, very nice and professional and very knowledgeable of the towns we were staying in. The adventures we booked were so much fun and run by reputable companies.
When we had questions we messaged the kimkim team and someone responded very quickly with an answer. Using this company literally took all of the stress out of traveling with a 2... read more
Worry free vacation
Jun 24 - Jul 2, 2023
I wanted to take the time to praise the experience we have had with Kim Kim Travel. The whole trip was seamless and amazing! We traveled to 4 destinations throughout the course of our vacation and the booked private transportation has been phenomenal! During the vacation, we made two small changes to the itinerary and Kim Kim made those changes happen without hesitation. I highly recommend using Kim Kim to book your next travel experience if you do not want to stress and worry about how to... read more
May 29 - Jun 8, 2023
Very well planned. All our guides we top notch. It was a fantastic trip! read more
Brilliant Costa Rica experience!
Mar 23 - Apr 8, 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our whole Costa Rica experience. The wildlife, people, hospitality and food were fantastic. All the guides displayed a wealth of knowledge and spoke very good English. We were particularly impresssed with Randy at Selva Verde, Kike at Aguila de Osa and Agneli at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge who stepped in at the last minute due to the illness of our intended guide, Carlos, who had nonetheless got up to take us to see quetzals at 5.30am. Agneli then took as for an... read more
Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2023
We had an amazing time in Costa Rica and greatly appreciated the work Bryan did to plan and coordinate all of the incredible experiences. While we are traveling, any time we had a question, issue or needed to make a change, the Kim Kim team was responsive and helpful- which made us feel like we had a friend in Costa Rica to ensure we had a great time. Overall- truly amazing experience and once in a lifetime adventure for our family!
Beautiful Costa Rica
Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2023
This was a once in a lifetime trip for our group of friends to be able to take together and using Serendipity Adventures with the help of Bryan Leon made our trip the best we all have ever experienced.
Bryan was very helpful and quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns. And the whole team at Serenity Adventures were very attentive and helped to fix any issues we had.
We did a 7 day tour through multiple cities in Costa Rica with 1-2 excursions almost every... read more
Highly recommend visiting Costa Rica!
Apr 6 - Apr 14, 2023
Bryan did a great job in mapping out our first trip to Costa Rica. It was an amazing experience to say the least. He certainly helped us get a flavor of the country and we are looking forward to our return! read more
Family Spring Break in Costa Rica
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2023
I had never used a travel agency before while planning a trip. I will never not use one. KimKim was outstanding from beginning to end. The planning was easy and their assistance on the trip was invaluable (arranging transfers and even facilitating refunds when a tour got canceled).
All the guides were great but especially Kenneth, our hiking guide, around Arenal and Hector our guide with the horseback riding in Uvita. Hard to pick out favorite experience, but repelling down the waterfalls... read more
First time using KimKim and had a great exper...
Apr 4 - Apr 12, 2023
First time using KimKim and had a great experience using the platform. Kudos to Bryan, Nancy, Charlotte and the rest of the Serendipty Travels team for helping us coordinate an itinerary for a multigenerational trip to Costa Rica with travelers flying in from different cities on different days. The hotel and activity recommendations were spot on for our families (each with 3+ school aged kids). The transfers from airport, hotels, and activities were seamless. We felt we were taken care of... read more
I have just returned from an amazing family trip to Costa Rica
Mar 30 - Apr 10, 2023
I have just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica.
Bryan was our local specialist and was on hand to organise everything.
HIs advice, planning, flexibility and response speed was outstanding and I cannot recommend the service enough.....and I am fussy!
Costa Rica was fabulous for our family with a 7 and 10 year old, we had apacked set of activities but it all worked out perfectly.
Any small issue we had, which was frankly minor, the local team addresses within 20 minutes and... read more
We had a fantasic trip to Costa Rica! Our gu...
Apr 1 - Apr 7, 2023
We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica! Our guide, Bryan, was fantastic. He was super responsive before and during the trip, and he was very patient in answering all of our questions. The KimKim service was well worth the fee and led to a more relaxing, enjoyable vacation for our family. We would not hesitate to use KimKim again for our next trip!
We had a great time in your country, but accommodations had issues but got resolved
Mar 15 - Apr 4, 2023
We had a great time in your country, but had issues with some of the accommodations. We loved Congo Bongo, but had only one night stay in the 1 story dream deluxe cabin., which we liked. The other 3 days was in the bigger 2 story river dream cabin. Had to climb stairs to the kitchen. As we requested we got a bungalow at Selva Verde. The view from the Bungalow was of the roof of the path leading to the bungalows and was about a mile from the main lodge. Upon our request they moved us to the... read more
Welcome to Pura Vida!
Mar 6 - Mar 16, 2023
The moment we decided in November 2022 that Costa Rica was going to be our honeymoon adventure vacation set for March 2023, I set out to create an itinerary that would be a blend of natural, cultural, and heart-pumping experiences that would fit our time and budget considerations. Since this would be our first visit to Costa Rica I sought the expertise from a couple of tour agencies which included kimkim. At kimkim we were introduced to Bryan, a specialist on his home country of Costa Rica.... read more