I was born in San José, Costa Rica. I have always felt passionate about my country, and enjoy showing it to others, which is the reason why I studied Tourism. I started as a tour guide, and later I had the opportunity to work for different tour operators and inbound travel agencies all around Costa Rica.
Now, I live in in the mountains of Coronado and enjoy as much time as with as possible with all my family and friends. When I’m not busy working, I take my CrossFit kit and teach some classes, get some hikes in the mountain or take my fat bike and go for a ride!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in all things Costa Rica. I’m a specialist in custom-made itineraries, adventure, and wildlife programs."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I got involved in travel because of my desire to know every hidden corner in my beautiful country. I knew I needed to show-off those special places!"
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I will never forget when I was in charge for the first time of a group of paddlers in a white-water rafting trip… It was my first time running the Pacuare river as a head guide…to this day I can still feel that thrill! That day the rafting trip was a success and my visiting friends had one of the best days in their lives."
Featured trips & expertise
Combine adrenaline-pumping adventure with a relaxing beach holiday on this 8-day active tour of northwest Costa Rica. Snorkel and sail in the turquoise Gulf of Papagayo, then transfer to Monteverde for an immersive rainforest experience. After touring a local coffee farm and soaring through the treetops of the country’s most famous cloud forest, you’ll end your trip in the shadow of Arenal Volcano—hiking the lush El Silencio reserve and rafting the rapids of the Rio Balsa.
This whirlwind 5-day itinerary is perfect for first-time travelers who want to experience quintessential Costa Rica nature and rainforests. You'll take in awe-inspiring views of Arenal volcano and have an exciting day of zip lining before heading to Manuel Antonio to explore the jungle and white sand beaches of this nature lovers paradise.
Embark on an active, weeklong adventure to three different regions of Costa Rica. The journey begins in La Fortuna—home to Arenal Volcano—where you can cross the hanging bridges, discover a beautiful waterfall, and soak in the natural hot springs. Then, head to Montverde to explore the Cloud Forest Reserve, along with an adrenaline-pumping excursion to Sky Adventures Monteverde Park. Next, spend some time lazing on Guanacaste's stunning Playa Hermosa. With some free time, soak up the sun, go kayaking, and board a sunset catamaran, before departing out of Liberia.
This birding and nature adventure through Costa Rica covers five biodiverse areas in 10 days. Enjoy some post-travel relaxation in Heredia, and do your first round of birding at Tapantí National Park. Stay in Turrialba for the next two nights, and enjoy the great outdoors of Rancho Naturalista and Braulio Carrillo National Park. From Sarapiquí, visit the famed La Selva Biological Station, and then spend time in stunning La Fortuna, home to Arenal Volcano. In Tárcoles, board a riverboat tour, then enjoy time spotting species at Carara National Park.
Even with a mere six days at your disposal, you can rejuvenate your mind and body while enjoying exciting adventures in Costa Rica. This itinerary begins with some luxury spa treatments followed by long soaks in the natural volcanic hot springs in the Arenal region of the country. You'll then learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican chocolate before finishing the trip with more pampering at a wellness retreat.
All you need is a week to replenish your body and soul on the trip of a lifetime. The destination is Costa Rica and over seven days you'll enjoy whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and luxury accommodations in the best eco-lodges and wellness retreats in the country. You'll even take part in a hands-on course where you learn to prepare artisanal chocolate.
Recent trip reviews for Carlos
Kim Kim exceeded expectations · Costa Rica - Feb 22 - Feb 29, 2020
We had a great time in Costa Rica. Carlos did an excellent job organizing our trip. All of the hotels were wonderful and check-in was seamless. I am usually a do-it yourself travel planner, but would highly recommend KimKim for a work free trip if you would like to go multiple places.
best of Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2020
We really enjoyed the itinerary suggested by Carlos. Our favourite place to stay was Senda, Monteverde.
Carlos was excellent! · Costa Rica - Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2020
Carlos was so great! He gave us a ton of options before we booked our trip, and then made sure everything went smoothly thereafter. He also quickly jumped in to help out with any bumps in the road while we were on our trip.
The trip was beautiful. We saw amazing places... · Costa Rica - Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2020
The trip was beautiful. We saw amazing places and were very happy with location, activity and settings. However going from Manuel Antonio to Arenal takes 5h and might be too ambitious for those on shorter trips
Carlos was very responsive.
What an unbelievable trip! Absolutely amazing! · Costa Rica - Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2020
What an unbelievable trip! I’m not sure what was better; Costa Rica or Carlos! This was my first time using KimKim and it won’t be my last. Carlos planned the perfect trip. From starting out in the rustic Corcovado national park to the cloud forests and then ending at one of the nicest/relaxing hot spring resorts in Arenal. The trip had everything; rainforests, jungles, wildlife, zip lines, bungee jumping, volcanos, delicious food, amazing resorts, beaches, 6 seater airplanes, snakes, night... read more
Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2020
I had an amazing travel experience in Costa Rica! I was there for about a week and felt like I was able to see and do so much during my time there. During my trip I saw many different types of birds, sloths, monkeys, a Quetzal, and so much more. I traveled to San Jose, Monteverde, La Fortuna, and Arenal and saw volcanos, jungles and cloud forests. This was my first time booking with KimKim and it was relaxing to know that everything was booked and planned for by our travel specialist.... read more
almost all of Costa Rica in a week · Costa Rica - Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020
Had an amazing time in Costa Rica! Loved all of our excursions! White water rafting on the sarapiqui River was my favorite! Hiking the 1968 lava field in Arenal was both amazing and disappointing as we weren’t one of the lucky few (per year! Haha!) to see a glimpse of the volcano’s peak. Ziplining in the cloud forest of Monteverde at sky adventures was an experience I will never forget because I was shaking from both fear, excitement, and the chilly temperatures. The Don Juan... read more
Osa Peninsula Luxury Jungle Adventure - 5 Days · Costa Rica - Aug 5 - Aug 18, 2019
carlos helped us and made our trip memorable, thanks
we had the trip of a lifetime
Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2019
We couldn't have been more pleased with our trip. We took a 12-day family trip with 3 teenagers (18,16,13). All of our accommodations were perfect, from the hotels, the excursions, and the included meals. It was the perfect mix of adventure and fun with learning about the history of the country, the agriculture, and seeing all the plants and animals in their natural habitat. All of our drivers, guides, and excursion leaders spoke perfect English, and were so friendly and eager to tell us... read more
One Week in Costa Rica : 5 Unique Itineraries · Costa Rica - Jul 21 - Jul 28, 2019
Carlos was always very responsive and a pleasure to work with. He had many good ideas for the trip, and most importantly, he chose a perfect guide and driver for our family trip. Our guide, Margarita, was a biologist who had a vast knowledge of bird, plant and wildlife, but she was also great with kids, making up various games and contests to keep them engaged. Enrique was also very knowledgable and accommodating to kids and my mom, who is 85 and couldn't participate in many of the... read more
Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jun 10 - Jun 16, 2019
Carlos arranged an amazing trip for my family that captured all the best things about travel: opening hearts and minds, meeting new people and some great fun! I'd say that the trip included something for everyone, but it actually included everything for everyone. We all - myself, my wife and my 10 and 8 year old kids - loved rafting on the Balsa with Carlos T., a chocolate tour near Arenal with Katherine and surfing (or trying to, anyway) on Playa Blanca with Walter and Niels. Along the way... read more
Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour · Costa Rica - May 10 - May 17, 2019
This was my first experience with booking a trip through Kimkim and I happy to say that it was an absolute pleasure. The website was very informative and extremely transparent. Their curated tours is an excellent starting place to plan and then customise a trip.
My expertise with Carlos was also fantastic. Carlos is extremely knowledgable and very cooperative. He really helped my customise my holiday down to the smallest details. He was very patient and helped my make several changes to... read more
Costa Rica Adventure Trip · Costa Rica - May 11 - May 15, 2019
Costa Rica Trip
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My wife and I are from California, and we decided to take a trip to Costa Rica. We were looking for an adventure trip that would involve enjoying the Costa Rican rainforest. KimKim made this trip happen! It was such a comfortable, stress-free, and convenient way to book all our travel arrangement in one convenient site!
As I never used KimKim before, I was doubtful that it was this easy to book an adventure. However, it was this simple. It was merely... read more
Costa Rica - 7 - 10 Days · Costa Rica - Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2019
We had one of the best trips. Hotels were all great and activities were perfect. Transportation was all planned very well and on time. Overall, we are very happy with our first Kimkim experience and will be using Kimkim for our future travels. Thank you very much.
Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2019
The trip was for the most part very good. We were met upon arrival and taken to our overnight hotel in San Jose.
The private transfer (drive) to our main destibation point, Arenal, was great, the driver/guide (Jorge) suggested that we could visit a coffee plantation on our way and we took him up on that idea. It was great! (Dona Estate). We also stopped at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and that was also great! Beautiful place, well worth the visit.
At Arenal, we did many things that had been... read more
Costa Rica Family Vacation - 6-Day Itinerary · Costa Rica - Feb 12 - Feb 19, 2019
Carlos was very communicative with us and flexible. He made our itinerary changes whenever we requested them and did his best to accommodate our schedule and interests. He made himself available via text message as soon as we arrived and was very helpful whenever I needed some local advice.
costa rica · Costa Rica - Jan 17 - Jan 24, 2019
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Overall I would suggest Carlos for my friends and families.
Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Dec 19 - Dec 19, 2018
We stumbled upon KimKim while looking for ideas for our Costa Rica trip. By the end of the trip, we were completely glad for going ahead with KimKim to plan the trip. KimKim was very prompt in coming up with the itinerary and the costs. Our local specialist, Carlos, was very helpful in answering all our questions in a short time. Carlos was able to adjust the itinerary according to our needs and plans. The hotels that they chose were just perfect for our budget and needs. Our driver/guide in... read more