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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, Costa Rica Luxury Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Francisco

I had such a great experience in Costa Rica. ...
Costa Rica | Mar 3 - Mar 12, 2024

Joyce
Joyce C.
San Mateo, CA | Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024
I had such a great experience in Costa Rica. Tachiz Travel was my local tour guide company who arranged all my transportation, hotels, and adventures. They did a great job and everything went well. My drivers: Oscar, Alex, Tony, and Bennie did great driving me from place to place on sometimes difficult roads. I loved the places that I stayed at: El Silencio del Campo, Aninga Lodge, and Trogon Lodge. The highlight of the trip had to be Tortuguero with my guide Miguel Circuito. He took me... Read more

I had such a great experience in Costa Rica. Tachiz Travel was my local tour guide company who arranged all my transportation, hotels, and adventures. They did a great job and everything went well. My drivers: Oscar, Alex, Tony, and Bennie did great driving me from place to place on sometimes difficult roads. I loved the places that I stayed at: El Silencio del Campo, Aninga Lodge, and Trogon Lodge.

The highlight of the trip had to be Tortuguero with my guide Miguel Circuito. He took me up and down the canals to see a wonderful collection of animals and birds. It was just fantastic!

And I got to see the Resplendent Quetzal at the Trogon Lodge, which was one of my goals for the trip!

I had a fantastic time and I will visit Costa Rica again.

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

The trip planned by Francisco was excellent. ...
Costa Rica | Nov 20 - Nov 25, 2023

donald
donald h.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Nov 26, 2023
The trip planned by Francisco was excellent. Each of the outings (adventures) was exactly what we wanted. In many ways it was like taking a graduate course in biology, botany and zoology. We particularly enjoyed the morning birdwatching with Josee. He was extremely well informed and gracious. Our driver, Alex, to and from airport/hotel, was superb. The roads were terrible. On arrival, we met Alex around 11pm as our flight had been delayed. He drove the difficult mountain roads to LaFortuna in... Read more

The trip planned by Francisco was excellent. Each of the outings (adventures) was exactly what we wanted. In many ways it was like taking a graduate course in biology, botany and zoology. We particularly enjoyed the morning birdwatching with Josee. He was extremely well informed and gracious. Our driver, Alex, to and from airport/hotel, was superb. The roads were terrible. On arrival, we met Alex around 11pm as our flight had been delayed. He drove the difficult mountain roads to LaFortuna in fog and rain. Tip for the future, have your clients arrive at SJO in the afternoon to avoid the drive in the dark. We arrived at hotel at 2am and were picked up that morning for horseback riding at 8am (not much sleep). The hotel El Silencio was fine, not special. The Danus outing was good. The butterfly garden was not special. The transfer to Monteverde was fine and a nice boat ride with an attempt to find shorebirds. The hotel Fonda Vela was fine, not special; but the location was far from the activities because of terrible roads. It took about 45 minutes to go 5 miles. The sky walk adventure was worth the time; and the tram not particularly interesting. The Curicancha hike was very interesting with a wonderful guide. The night walk in the cloud forest was a highlight of the trip with a superb guide, Oscar. We took all our meals at the two hotels. The food was OK but nothing special or memorable. I forgot to ask Francisco about tipping. We did tip each guide $20 and also Alex. At meals, we tipped 20%. The drive from Monteverde to JSO was long and difficult but Alex did a great job. The daytime scenery as very interesting. Unfortunately the trip home took 16 hours -door to door- due to delays and long waits at airports. Not your fault. In all, we enjoyed being in Costa Rica and will surely recommend your agency and Francisco to our family and friends. Thanks for all you did for us. These are just my thoughts. My wife, Jan, will send her own review.
Donald Hamburg

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

Stellar trip!
Costa Rica | May 5 - May 18, 2022

Scott
Scott S.
Atascadero, CA | Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

We booked a 12 day (it was supposed to be a 14 day trip but American Airlines screwed us out of two days and Francisco with Tachiz Travel did an amazing job adjusting the itinerary in real time) trip across Costa Rica from coast to coast and places in between that went off beautifully! We highly recommend Tachiz Travel for anyone interested in traveling Costa Rica in good hands!

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

Incredible Last Minute Costa Rican Vacation
Costa Rica | Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2022

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Charles J.
Lake City, FL | Reviewed on Mar 09, 2022
We booked an incredible 7-day Costa Rican vacation inclusive of daily private excursions with Tachiz Travel, through KimKim. It was truly by far one of the easiest and most professional travel agencies we have had the pleasure to work with over many years traveling across the world. From first contact to our final farewell, Alex and Francisco went above and beyond to ensure our adventures in Costa Rica were well organized and memorable utilizing the best tour operators in country. Due to... Read more

We booked an incredible 7-day Costa Rican vacation inclusive of daily private excursions with Tachiz Travel, through KimKim. It was truly by far one of the easiest and most professional travel agencies we have had the pleasure to work with over many years traveling across the world. From first contact to our final farewell, Alex and Francisco went above and beyond to ensure our adventures in Costa Rica were well organized and memorable utilizing the best tour operators in country.

Due to our last-minute decision to travel to Costa Rica for vacation, the accommodations we had selected were unfortunately not available for our entire stay. Therefore, Francisco recommended The Springs Resort & Spa overlooking the Arenal Volcano; what a fabulous resort! It is centrally located to the many activities available in the area including hiking, rafting, ziplining, bird watching, horseback riding, ATV excursions, or just relaxing in the hot springs. The Springs staff was not just accommodating but very friendly and happy to share incredible stories of their beautiful country and make sure our needs were met every step of the way. The resort has several onsite restaurants that are world class. Specifically, La Ventana restaurant, was phenomenal with an incredible chef (Jason Roja), sommelier, and staff. Maikol and Armando went out of their way each day to make our dining experiences special. The menu was extraordinary, creative, and diverse to meet anyone’s palate. We enjoyed every meal and experienced many customary dishes.

Francisco, Tachiz Travel, really listened and understood our interests and goals for the trip. He and Alex developed the perfect itinerary personally design for us. Every excursion guide and driver were exceptionally knowledgeable and spent quality time explaining the local history, customs, culture, and significant landmarks. The guides were true subject matter experts sharing their knowledge and showing us amazing birds, wildlife, and topography. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. World-class trip.

We are planning on returning to Costa Rica soon and will leave the planning once again to the incredible team Tachiz Travel Team.

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera

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

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Kimberley B.
Larkspur, CA | Reviewed on May 05, 2020
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.

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera
Francisco
Francisco Herrera
Local specialist in Heredia, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 02, 2020

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

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Kyle E.
San Marcos, CA | Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

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.

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera
Francisco
Francisco Herrera
Local specialist in Heredia, Costa Rica | Replied on Feb 10, 2020

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

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Omar N.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Jan 01, 2020

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

Local specialist: Francisco Herrera
Francisco
Francisco Herrera
Local specialist in Heredia, Costa Rica | Replied on Feb 10, 2020

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.