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Francisco Herrera

I am Costa Rican born and raised in Barva, the oldest settlement of the Central Valley. I was a Foreign High School Exchange Student to the State of Oregon before earning my degree in Business Administration. My brother Alex and I have served in the young Costa Rican Inbound Travel Industry since the late 80's working for the pioneers of ecotourism in Costa Rica and we've worked extensively and passionately in all capacities before starting our own Team Tachiz Travel Costa Rica in 2002. Through the decades, we have orchestrated vacations for general interest travelers as well as the most discerning, special interest travelers and have worked with groups of all sizes. We have become friends and developed profound and authentic personal connections with most of the current managers and owners of the hotels, tourism suppliers and communities' members who are key for our crafted unique itineraries. They help us in making sure you enjoy a wonderful Costa Rica experience. We live in Costa Rica. We also constantly travel throughout the country and really do get to know and stay up to date with what only Costa Rica can offer and what it cannot offer at any given time.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Tropical Rain Forests, Tropical Cloud Forests, Dry Forests, Volcanoes, Beaches and all unique places within Costa Rica´s 84 micro-climates. As far as activities, we specialize in unique, memorable, authentic guided adventures to enjoy Costa Rica’s wildlife and nature for the most discerning high-end travelers."

How did you get involved in travel?

"After being a high school foreign exchange student in the State of Oregon in the mid-eighties, I returned to Costa Rica and started serving visitors from all over the world with life-enhancing and mutually rewarding experiences for the visited and for the visitors. My brother Alex and I are very dedicated 24/7 as you can see on our reviews and we truly stay up to date with what only is possible in Costa Rica at any given time. We also enjoy very strong connections with hundreds of key suppliers and communities' members which have naturally developed for over 30 years. They really help us to orchestrate our Unique Tachiz Handcrafted Costa Rica Itineraries."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My first canopy zip-line adventure in 2001 in Arenal. I went with a group of co-workers and I was a little afraid of doing it as I had never done it. It turned out to be an awesome experience and I really enjoyed it. I loved the beautiful scenery and the sensation of flying over the top of the trees. I have now tried most of the zip-line adventures all around Costa Rica with my daughter Daniela. We both enjoy hiking, hanging bridges, canopy zip-lines, visiting different waterfalls and traveling to different National Parks during the weekends."

Francisco is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
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Costa Rica Luxury and Adventure: Vara Blanca, San Isidro, & the Osa Peninsula - 10 Days

In 10 days you can not only embark on wildlife excursions around Costa Rica and immerse yourself in its local culture, but you can do it all while staying in luxury accommodations. This is a packed itinerary that involves horseback riding, visiting a working coffee farm, and plenty of bird-watching and wildlife spotting. Keep your camera ready because you'll be visiting tropical waterfalls, too.

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Costa Rica World-Class Wildlife, Nature, and Cultural Experience - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Costa Rica, you'll enjoy exciting wildlife hikes, tropical waterfalls, and luxury accommodations in unspoiled rainforests. More than that you'll discover the soul of the country on nature hikes, horseback rides through local villages, and visits to family-run farms. Add in some beach time on the Pacific coast and you have the makings of a perfect holiday.

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Costa Rica Luxury Mountains, Beaches and Eco-Adventures - 15 Days

This unique 15-day Costa Rican holiday mixes equal parts adventure and luxury. Besides staying in four-star accommodations, you'll enjoy thrilling activities such as horseback riding, a tour of exotic bird sanctuaries, private waterfall hikes, and much more. The journey will take you from the central highlands to the Pacific coast, and by the time you're done you'll have accumulated memories to last a lifetime.

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Costa Rica Private Tour: Volcanoes, Rivers, & Secluded Beaches - 6 Days

Recharge your batteries with a quick six-day jaunt to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. This luxury holiday in the north of the country covers the major highlights, like Arenal Volcano and the unspoiled beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. Not only will you get to view exotic wildlife on various nature tours, but you'll also get some exercise in with rainforest hikes and kayak excursions along the coast.

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Luxury in Costa Rica: Jungle Paradise & Exotic Wildlife - 9 Days

This tropical getaway will appeal to anyone who's ever wanted to experience Costa Rica's most famous sites as well as its exotic wildlife. Over nine days you'll travel through the north of the country and stay in luxury accommodations between embarking on active excursions. This includes such diverse activities as hiking and nocturnal nature walks to kayaking and horseback riding on the beach. 

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Luxury, Adventure, & Wildlife in Northern Costa Rica - 10 Days

10 days is enough to enjoy Costa Rica's immense natural beauty and exotic wildlife. This combined luxury/adventure itinerary allows you to experience it all, first in Arenal Volcano National Park, and then by visiting the rivers and waterfalls of the Tenorio region. You'll finish on the unspoiled coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula, riding horses at sunset, kayaking through mangrove forests, and snorkeling at coral reefs.

Recent trip reviews for Francisco

Where to start - this trip was perfection!!! · Costa Rica - Mar 10 - Mar 21, 2020

Traveler: Kimberley B. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

Where to start! This trip was perfection. From the greeting at the airport by an incredibly knowledgeable driver who gave us such insight into the area that we already felt at home by the time we arrived at Tabacon. Every tour guide we had was on time, extremely informative (not only about the specific adventure but about the country) and each one had an amazingly warm personality. We saw every animal that we had hoped to see and some we didn't even know about! We started in Arenal; then to... read more

Where to start! This trip was perfection. From the greeting at the airport by an incredibly knowledgeable driver who gave us such insight into the area that we already felt at home by the time we arrived at Tabacon. Every tour guide we had was on time, extremely informative (not only about the specific adventure but about the country) and each one had an amazingly warm personality. We saw every animal that we had hoped to see and some we didn't even know about! We started in Arenal; then to Monteverde and finished in Conchal. It gave us such an amazing appreciation of so many different aspects of Costa Rica.

When I started thinking about this trip, I had a fairly specific idea of what we wanted to do. This was a trip for me and my 24 year old daughter. Alex and Francisco came up with a custom itinerary that far surpassed anything I could have thought up. They listened to everything I said and turned my ideas into a trip that became a trip of a lifetime. During the planning process they were with me the whole time. Always available by email and phone, to go over any question I had. We were there when the Corona virus just started to impact the US. By the time we left we were one of eight guests at our hotel. During the last week of the trip, the Costa Rican government closed their borders to incoming non-residents. Not only did everything go as planned, but as they were trying to get people home and deal with all of the cancellations, we never felt like we weren't being taken care of.

I could write a book about this trip and how amazing it was and I have Alex and Francisco to thank for that. If I could - I would go back tomorrow morning and have them plan everything. I plan to do just that next year as soon as I possibly can.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Kimberly.

We are very glad to hear that you had a wonderful Adventure of a Lifetime here in Costa Rica. We were honored with the opportunity to host you in our country.

OUTSTANDING TRIP · Costa Rica - Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2020

Traveler: Kyle E. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

OUTSTANDING TRIP

Our trip was fantastic, and was extremely well planned and well executed. Every excursion was exactly what was promised to us. Alex was truly outstanding. Will definitely use KimKim again, and would use Tachiz travel when we return to Costa Rica.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kyle,

Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic adventure here in Costa Rica.

We will be honored to help you again whenever you visit Costa Rica again.

Best Travel Company Ever! · Costa Rica - Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2019

Traveler: Omar N. - Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

By far, the best travel company i’ve ever dealt with. My wife and I had a really great experience.

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Francisco Herrera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Omar. Thank you very much for your kind words.

We are delighted to hear that you and your wife had a wonderful trip here in Costa Rica.