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."
Featured trips & expertise
This 11-day itinerary celebrates Costa Rica’s remarkable biodiversity and highlights four of the country’s magnificent national parks. Traverse the coastal Caribbean waterways of Tortuguero, see the mythical quetzal bird in the cloud forests of Los Quetzales, and search for jaguars and tapirs in the remote habitats of Corcovado. After a day of snorkeling with colorful sea life at Caño Island, travel up the Pacific coast to the white sand beaches and lush jungles of Manuel Antonio.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Costa Rica on this unforgettable 16-day itinerary. Focused on the country's spectacular northwest, you'll hop between three secluded destinations—Rincón de la Vieja, Río Celeste, and Nosara. By day, embark on a series of adventurous excursions like ziplining through cloud forests, horseback riding to hidden waterfalls, and surfing on tropical beaches. In the evenings, you'll relax and unwind at luxury eco-lodges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent trip reviews for Francisco
Incredible Last Minute Costa Rican Vacation
Feb 24 - Mar 2, 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
Where to start - this trip was perfection!!!
Mar 10 - Mar 21, 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
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2020
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.