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Gustavo Camperos

I was originally born in Colombia but at a young age moved to Costa Rica with my family. As foreigners, we were inspired to get to know our new home as much as possible and through those travels, I fell in love with the place and its people. Costa Rica is richer than most countries in raw natural beauty, given its concentration in such a small land extension, but an even greater asset is its people. They are always ready to go out of their way to make you feel at home and the Pura Vida motto is highly contagious.

As my career progressed, I joined kimkim to bring my local knowledge of Costa Rica and expand my horizons by servicing Greece as well. Since then my main goal has been to dive into this destination as if it were my home, learning all about its history, its people, and all its most recent trends. My local knowledge of the destination has also expanded with development trips that have allowed me first hand to fall in love with Greece and motivated me to share with travelers what the birthplace of democracy has to offer.

How did you get involved in travel?

"Being born in Colombia and moving to Costa Rica at a young age allowed me to experience the benefits of cultural exchange. I was able to observe both cultures as a foreigner and a local, learning about their similarities and contrasts, and seeing how this exchange can enrich people's lives. This is one of the things that inspired me to create experiences that can help people grow, expand their horizons, make new friends and fall in love with customs and cultures that may even be completely opposite to what they believe. For me travel is a tool for a more tolerant and united world. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget my stay at the Llao Llao Hotel in La Patagonia. It was right at the beginning of winter and I have the clear memory of swimming underneath the barrier that separated the indoor pool from the outdoor pool, feeling the piercing cold in the face as I emerged out of the water and seeing the sun set between the snowy peaks at a distance. It is a sight I do not think I can ever forget, and Patagonia is one of the places I always keep in my heart. "

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Favorite experiences

Río Pacuare Whitewater Rafting

Located along Costa Rica's Caribbean slope near Turrialba is a deep gorge considered one of the best river-rafting sites in the world. The Río Pacuare runs 67 miles (107 km) from the Talamanca Mountains to the Caribbean in the southwest of the country. Along the way, it passes through some of the...

Nighttime Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Experience

Witness hundreds of green sea turtles coming onshore to lay their eggs. First, you'll register at the ranger station before waiting for the turtles to come onshore. Once they do, you'll observe as they dig a hole in the sand and lay between 65 to 90 eggs before covering the nest with sand to...

Sloth & Bird Hike

Embark on a two-hour hiking excursion along the "sloth trail" with a bilingual guide. Discover the tropical forest while spotting sloths, birds, and reptiles in their natural habitat.

Catamaran Ocean Safari & Snorkeling

Hop aboard a catamaran to explore the inviting blue ocean in the Sámara Beach area on a guided tour with chances for dolphin and whale sightings as well as snorkeling.

Sunrise or Sunset Horseback Ride

Saddle up for an adventure on horseback! Choose between a morning or sunset ride and explore the unspoiled tropical beach near Nosara. Trot over jungle trails, cross the river to the Gulf of Nosara, and gallop along Playa Pelada's white sands as blue waves crash nearby.

Recent trip reviews for Gustavo

Kim Kim and Gustavo really listened to us and...
Greece | Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2024

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kris c.
Kansas City, MO | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2024
Kim Kim and Gustavo really listened to us and planned the perfect trip to Greece for our family. We were blown away that after telling them we wanted a Mamma Mia style experience we had two surprises waiting at different destinations with the Mamma Mia theme in mind. Great job Kim Kim!! Read more

Kim Kim and Gustavo really listened to us and planned the perfect trip to Greece for our family. We were blown away that after telling them we wanted a Mamma Mia style experience we had two surprises waiting at different destinations with the Mamma Mia theme in mind. Great job Kim Kim!!

Hotel Reviews
Narges Hotel
Paros

Wonderful little boutique hotel in Paros with the best staff! Loved it!

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Walking distance of the sea and many shops.
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Staff was incredible - very sweet and helpful
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Adriani Hotel
Naxos Town

Incredibly small room for a family and only bedding was a sheet. However the staff was nice and breakfast was good

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Has character and very clean
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Staff was nice and accomodating
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Sofitel Athens Airport
Athens

Beautiful hotel next to the airport but you would never know it - quiet and very comfortable!

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Activity Reviews
Traditional Greek Cooking Class
Traditional Greek Cooking Class
Paros

This was one of our favorite activities! Maria and her team were gracious cooking hosts and we learned how we can bring Greek cooking back home!

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Private Exploration of Naxos's Old Town and Castle
Private Exploration of Naxos's Old Town and Castle
Naxos

Wow- this was incredible! Katiana (?sp) was so knowledgeable and had so much passion for her city and her country. She went above and beyond by arranging for special music from Mamma Mia for our daughter during this visit.

Quality of Experience
Chalk full of history and information about the country the island and the city
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Katiana was awesome!
Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos

Trip to Paros and Naxos
Greece | Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2024

Morgan
Morgan C.
Kansas City, MO | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2024
Every detail was attended to on our trip. I mentioned to my trip planner Gustavo that I’m visiting Greece due to my love of Mamma Mia, and sure enough our hotel had the soundtrack playing for me when I arrived. Not only that but our tour guide in Naxos, Katia, hired a musician to play ABBA songs for me in the beginning of our tour. All of this was a surprise to us and we are so grateful for the attention to detail that our trip planner provided us. So glad we planned our trip with KimKim! Read more

Every detail was attended to on our trip. I mentioned to my trip planner Gustavo that I’m visiting Greece due to my love of Mamma Mia, and sure enough our hotel had the soundtrack playing for me when I arrived. Not only that but our tour guide in Naxos, Katia, hired a musician to play ABBA songs for me in the beginning of our tour. All of this was a surprise to us and we are so grateful for the attention to detail that our trip planner provided us. So glad we planned our trip with KimKim!

Hotel Review
Narges Hotel
Paros

This hotel was so beautiful, with incredible customer service and a well maintained property. If you are looking for a place that truly makes you feel like you are in Greece, this is the place for you!

Authenticity & Character
Loved the colors of the hotel, the beautiful flowers, and the cozy feeling of it all.
Location
Short walk to the beach, restaurants, and other nearby shops.
Staff
All staff from the front desk to the bar were very helpful and kind. They even gave us breakfast before it opened when we had to catch an early flight.
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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos

We seemed to email with various Kimkim staff ...
Greece | Jun 25 - Jul 5, 2024

Penny
Penny H.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2024
We seemed to email with various Kimkim staff while we were on our trip. There were a couple of small hitches which were resolved very quickly. Great service! Overall we enjoyed ourselves and the accommodations, excursions and transfers went well. Read more

We seemed to email with various Kimkim staff while we were on our trip. There were a couple of small hitches which were resolved very quickly. Great service! Overall we enjoyed ourselves and the accommodations, excursions and transfers went well.

Hotel Reviews
Asha Suites
Fira

A fabulous hotel with beautiful view of the Aegean. Nice balcony overlooking the sea where we watched the sunsets. In a central location for restaurants and shopping. The best of our hotels on the trip. Very helpful staff. Lots of steps to and from room (which allowed for a great view). Very quiet despite being in a noisy location. Lovely breakfast served on our balcony.

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very helpful.
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Sofitel Athens Airport
Athens

This is an international hotel chain very top of the line. You can literally walk across the street to the departure gates for the airport. Very top of the line fabulous breakfast. A long way from the city. Good only for arrival and departure from airport. Expensive.

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far from city and sites but near airport.
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Adriani Hotel
Naxos Town

Near shopping and attractions. Lovely breakfast spread each morning. Pleasant staff.

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Garifalakis Comfort Rooms
Milos

A lovely small hotel run by a very friendly woman who couldn't have been more helpful and pleasant. It is far from the Port and in a smallish village "Polonia". About a 15 min. walk to restaurants. Small beach nearby. Cab ride (20 euros each way) for nicer beaches. ). No shopping to speak of and other sites accessed by car. The only hotel that did not include breakfast.

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One should just know it is quite a long way from the larger city.
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Attalos Hotel
Athens

Adequate small room. Clean. Helpful staff. Central location with view of acropolis from rooftop bar.

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Activity Reviews
SouthSide E-Bike Tour
SouthSide E-Bike Tour
Santorini

This tour was the highlight of our whole trip. VERY knowledgeable, friendly and skilled guide - the owner, Katarina. We saw places and small villagers and even inside homes that we would never have seen otherwise. Tour included the guide taking photos of you and then giving you a video of your route along with the photos. Pretty much did the half of the island you dont' normally see by bike. Very doable. We were a group including a 14 year old, a 42 year old and a 77 year old. Katarina made it work for all of us. The bikes made the hills very manageable. Terrain was rough but she coached us how to approach it. Highly rec. this tour!!

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Morning Caldera  Catamaran Cruise
Morning Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Santorini

Unfortunately, we happened to do this tour on a very windy day with v very rough seas. People were getting seasick and you should know that it is not a sail. It is motoring on a catamaran - with not too many places to sit where you have back support. Boat anchored three different times for swimming - but most people did not swim as the water was so rough. Nice lunch prepared on the boat but so windy that food was literally flying off our plates. It is probably a good tour on a calm sea day.

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Self-Guided Beach Day by Boat
Self-Guided Beach Day by Boat
Naxos

We did not do this as it was very expensive and not included on our package. Roughly $359 to rent a boat plus $100 for fuel. Plus more of course if you hired a driver.

Private Day of Highlights
Private Day of Highlights
Milos

This was an amazing tour and very worthwhile. Our guide Ian's drove us around a good portion of the island explaining history and answering our questions. We saw the place where the Venus de Milo statue was disco verde, went into some catacombs, had a chance to jump/dive off small cliffs into the ocean at an amazing beach, with fabulous white stone landscape. We had time to swim and time to lunch on our own and shop. A highlight of our trip.

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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos

The trip went without a hitch. I will definit...
Greece | Jun 12 - Jun 24, 2024

Russell
Russell L.
Wake Forest, NC | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2024
The trip went without a hitch. I will definitely use Kim Kim in future trips! Read more

The trip went without a hitch. I will definitely use Kim Kim in future trips!

Activity Reviews
Athens Mythology Walk
Athens Mythology Walk
Athens

We really enjoyed our tour guide, Alex. He was informative about the history of Athens. He showed empathy towards our daughter. He took notice of her heat exhaustion and quickly responded to it by offering her water and a snack.

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E- Bike Tour Around Acropolis
E- Bike Tour Around Acropolis
Athens

George was a great guide. We traveled effortlessly for 7KM around the Acropolis and other historical neighborhoods. Saw the changing of the guard at the presidential palace. Unforgettable.

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Private Greek Cooking Class
Private Greek Cooking Class
Athens

Fun experience! Learned about the local cuisine and hope it would be prepared by the locals

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Morning or Sunset Cruise to Delos and Rhenia Islands
Morning or Sunset Cruise to Delos and Rhenia Islands
Mykonos

Beautiful scenery and a great crew. Highlight of the trip.

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Private Excursion to Santorini's Villages
Private Excursion to Santorini's Villages
Santorini

We did this tour on the first full day in Santorini and it gave us a great knowledge of the island and helped us plan the next several days.

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Sunset Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Sunset Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Santorini

What a great way to end our time in Santorini. The geology of the island OD without equal. And the sunset … Wow!

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Self-Guided Acropolis Visit
Self-Guided Acropolis Visit
Athens
Horseback Riding Adventure in Mykonos
Horseback Riding Adventure in Mykonos
Mykonos
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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos

We had an amazing Costa Rica adventure! Our K...
Costa Rica | May 26 - Jun 1, 2024

Whitney
Whitney Y.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2024

We had an amazing Costa Rica adventure! Our KimKim specialist, Gustavo, listened to our (very long!) dream list of activities and patiently worked with me over several weeks to fine tune and work out the details. Each activity was perfect - from the arranged transportation, length of excursion, tour guide (each of them were AMAZING), and what we saw or experienced - and I would not have changed a single thing. We will definitely be working with KimKim again!

Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Hello Whitney!

I hope you're now resting well at home after your Costa Rican Adventures :)

It was a pleasure to integrate your wishes into your itinerary. It's one of the most satisfactory things to be able to see how itineraries come to life in these beautiful adventures that allow you to experience Costa Rica.

I wish you even more adventures in your future :)

Our Costa Rican adventure
Costa Rica | May 26 - Jun 2, 2024

Howard
Howard L.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2024
Huge thank you to Gustavo for planning a fantastic trip to CR. The hotels and activities were just top notch. I also must recognize RideCR for getting to all locations safely and promptly. We met other visitors from the US that also worked with KimKim Team and we agreed that you did a great job. We are recommending you to our friends. Read more

Huge thank you to Gustavo for planning a fantastic trip to CR. The hotels and activities were just top notch. I also must recognize RideCR for getting to all locations safely and promptly.

We met other visitors from the US that also worked with KimKim Team and we agreed that you did a great job. We are recommending you to our friends.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Beautiful grounds, great breakfasts, and meals by the pool and springs.

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View of Arenal Volcano
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Koora Hotel at Monteverde
Monteverde

We stayed 3 nights and ate most meals at hotel. The food was truly superb and we wanted to try everything offered. We stayed in the Cloudforest Bungalow and it felt like we were in the middle of the trees. The staff would great us by name and quickly knew what our favorite items were.

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The restaurant staff was amazing. There were several but Allison and Eric were a few standouts.
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Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel
Tamarindo

Perfect location being further from town but walkable to everything. Grounds are beautiful with monkeys and iguanas present.

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Activity Reviews
Treetopia Zip Lines
Treetopia Zip Lines
Monteverde

We highly recommend this zip line tour. Staff was superb and the views are exhilarating.

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Arenal Hanging Bridges & La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hikes
Arenal Hanging Bridges & La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hikes
Arenal/La Fortuna

Our naturalist guide Maloney made the experience. She pointed out toucans, monkeys, frogs, and other animals. So informative.

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Food
Very nice touch to have fresh fruit after our hike.
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 El Tigre Waterfalls Exploration
El Tigre Waterfalls Exploration
Monteverde

We were hesitant at first since we had seen a waterfall in La Fortuna. However this is a must do hike. It is very strenuous and we welcomed the provided walking stick. Very much enjoyed the horseback ride back up.

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Private Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach
Private Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo

We had Keki and Moses ans instructors and they did their job to perfection. We both were surfing within 30 minutes. Iguana Surf is a must do.

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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 05, 2024

Hi Howard!

It's always great to hear that travelers had a good time during their trip, but even more so when you're from Colorado, where kimkim is based. In the end, it is the collaboration between the Colorado team and the team here in Costa Rica that makes all these adventures possible.

We will continue to work hard so that we can participate in future trips for you and your friends, anywhere you go! 🧭

Jessica was also helpful. Good service from ...
Costa Rica | May 21 - May 31, 2024

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William L.
| Reviewed on Jun 01, 2024
Jessica was also helpful. Good service from both, patient with our planning efforts. Read more

Jessica was also helpful. Good service from both, patient with our planning efforts.

Hotel Review
Mar Inn Costa Rica
Monteverde Costa Rica

Nice place!

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Activity Review
Private Nocturnal Frog Excursion & Traditional Costa Rican Dinner
Private Nocturnal Frog Excursion & Traditional Costa Rican Dinner
Arenal/La Fortuna

Good guide, nice place, good dinner.

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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 05, 2024

Hi William!

Thank you so much for your review and for allowing us to be part of your trip.

I will make sure to let Jessica know about your mention, as I know she works very hard to be through with all the details of trips :)

Looking forward to join you in another adventure!

The trip was amazing. Our drivers, Daniel, Hu...
Costa Rica | Apr 22 - Apr 27, 2024

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Lawrence B.
Slidell, LA | Reviewed on May 03, 2024

The trip was amazing. Our drivers, Daniel, Hugo, and Greddy, were all excellent and ensured we were comfortable as we made our way to our destinations. The itinerary created by Kim Kim was perfect and ensured that we were able to experience the beautiful countryside of Costa Rica.

Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 05, 2024

Hi Lawrence!

I am glad that you enjoyed your drivers. They're such a vital part of all trips and work hard to give you a smooth ride as well as make sure that you're finding the best stop spots along the route.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Mar 31 - Apr 10, 2024

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Meg R.
South Windsor, CT | Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024
Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing! We went for 10 days and spent time in San Jose, La Fortuna, Arenal and Tamarindo. We stayed at Volcano Lodge in Arenal and Wyndham in Tamarindo and both were awesome. The CR travel used for our private transfers were amazing- very personable and allowed us to stop if we needed to and they showed us all around on our drives- stopping for fruit, wildlife. The excursions we booked were also wonderful. I highly recommend the zip line through SkyAdventures. Read more

Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing! We went for 10 days and spent time in San Jose, La Fortuna, Arenal and Tamarindo. We stayed at Volcano Lodge in Arenal and Wyndham in Tamarindo and both were awesome. The CR travel used for our private transfers were amazing- very personable and allowed us to stop if we needed to and they showed us all around on our drives- stopping for fruit, wildlife. The excursions we booked were also wonderful. I highly recommend the zip line through SkyAdventures.

Hotel Reviews
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
Alajuela

This hotel was fine. I wish we only stayed here one night as there is not much to do in this area and it is not a walkable area. The included breakfast was good with an omelet bar but the dinner and lunch we had here was just ok.

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Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience
San Carlos, Alajuela

We loved staying here! The view of the volcano was incredible. All hotel staff were incredibly friendly. Breakfast and all meals were great as well as drinks at the swim up bar. Not too far from La Fortuna, Ubers were cheap if you don’t have a car. Our only complaint was how uncomfortable the mattresses were in our room.

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Very uncomfortable mattress
Wyndham
Tamarindo

This hotel was awesome! We loved that we were in a secluded place with incredible views but also had access to downtown and the beach club for free with the hourly shuttle. Views at the pool can’t be beat.

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Activity Reviews
Doka Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano National Park
Doka Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano National Park
Costa Rica

Coffee tour was awesome! Our guide was so thorough and friendly. The volcano tour was not worth it in my opinion. You can only stay at the site for 20 minutes due to the gases and we could no see anything on the day we went. I would have preferred to transfer out of San Jose quicker than staying for this tour.

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Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

Highly recommend this zip line- the views were absolutely stunning and there is a restaurant/bar with amazing views of Arenal Lake and volcano where you can eat after. The hanging bridges were great and our tour guide was awesome however we did not see any wildlife.

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Paradise Hot Springs & Meal
Paradise Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna

These hot springs are gorgeous !! When we got to Costa Rica people seemed to recommend Tabacon or Eco Thermales the most for hot springs. We also had hot springs at our hotel (volcano lodge), so I am not sure this was worth it. The dinner included was not good. Food was cold, not many options, it’s buffet style.

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Good was cold! And there was barely any left when we got there
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Catamaran Sailing Adventure
Catamaran Sailing Adventure
Costa Rica

We loved this! Snorkel was great and so nice To get On the water.

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Traditional Cooking Class with Dinner
Traditional Cooking Class with Dinner
Arenal/La Fortuna

This was amazing! One of the best parts of our trips. My partner and I had a blast making homemade tortillas and Casado.

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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 24, 2024

Hello Meg!

This picture of the sun making the coffee look golden brown is so mellow; I love it! Your casado also looks amazing! 🍛 Now you can include some delicious tortillas in your menus at home :)

Excellent trip with great guides
Costa Rica | Apr 3 - Apr 17, 2024

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Ken H.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
Excellent trip with great guides and efficient comfortable transfers. All local tour operators did a great job. Highlights were Manuel Antonio and La Fortuna. Read more

Excellent trip with great guides and efficient comfortable transfers. All local tour operators did a great job. Highlights were Manuel Antonio and La Fortuna.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Heliconia
Monteverde Costa Rica

On steep hill out of town, so taxis needed for transfers. Family room was large but had a huge bath in the bedroom itself and nowhere to sit indoors. Wildlife in the gardens a big compensation. Coatis and many birds.

Authenticity & Character
Characterless restaurant
Location
Isolated but great views
Staff
Friendly and helpful
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Hotel Kokoro Mineral Hot Springs
La Fortuna

Extensive gardens and birdlife made up for pretty basic accommodation. Restaurant was not Japanese fusion as described. Hot springs uninviting.

Gran Hotel Costa Rica
San José

Good quality Hilton hotel in great central location. Comfortable rooms with all facilities.

Villas Lirio
Manuel Antonio

Good pool surrounded by palms. Our accommodation was a huge apartment on upper floor but we didn't use the dining area or kitchen. Hotel a bit dated with lots of mismatched decor/ornaments. Quirky. Lots of steps everywhere. Staff a bit unapproachable and unhelpful. Restaurant/bar a bit messy and staff appeared particularly unprofessional. Prefer staff who don't sit around on the bar counter area singing along to the piped music, or who clear tables with a lollipop stuck in their mouths. 😯

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Dated
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Lots of restaurants within 5 minutes walk.
Staff
Unhelpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lots of space but also lots of steps and lots of engine noise from the road.
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

Great location and helpful cheerful staff. Super open air terrace restaurant/bar on 4th floor. Great food and drinks. Industrial feel of entrance and front desk area, and bare tiled floors in room a bit unwelcoming on late evening arrival, but the whole hotel grew on us. Striking bold murals as decor for our room. No mirror. Quirky.

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Close to all downtown landmarks
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Great
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Super comfortable bed
Activity Reviews
Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Walk
Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

The rain took the gloss of this tour a little. Great views over the rain forest canopy all the same. With guides help spotted poison dart frogs and an eyelash pit viper. Also spider monkeys very high in the canopy. Animals and birds a bit thin on the ground though despite guides efforts to help us find them.

Night Walk in the Children's Eternal Forest
Night Walk in the Children's Eternal Forest
Monteverde

Great visit. Guides were terrific and took good care of us in the dark. Saw loads of tarantulas and other creatures including sleeping birds and butterflies.

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Treetopia Hanging Bridges
Treetopia Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

Best ow the two hanging bridge tours we took. Maybe the weather helped. Saw plenty of birds but no sloths. Had chance to walk parts of the trail in our own time without group company. More relaxing experience on narrow bouncy bridges.

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Visit Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary
Manuel Antonio

Great visit. Lovely to talk to people who are so enthusiastic about rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife.

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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

Excellent guides. Showed us birds and wildlife we could never have spotted alone. Opportunity to relax on the beaches in your own time. Smallish park but with loads to see.

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Full Day Waterfall Adventure
Full Day Waterfall Adventure
Costa Rica

Something for everyone but mainly for 15-35 age group and those keen on jumping/diving into pools. Spectacular waterfalls and spacious sandy beach to end with. Lunch included.

Quality of Experience
Spectacular waterfalls
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very attentive. Made sure no-one slipped on way to/from waterfalls and pools. Informative commentary on bus but a bit like a group outing with obligatory audience participation.
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Day Trip to Doka Coffee Plantations & La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Day Trip to Doka Coffee Plantations & La Paz Waterfall Gardens
San José

Enjoyed Doka Plantation tour. Gardens not so much. Felt had to move at guide's speed and shere guides personal interest in animals and plants.

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Doka Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano National Park
Doka Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano National Park
Costa Rica

Cancelled due volcanic activity - sulphurous fumes.

La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hike
La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Mix up between tour operator and KimKim over pick-up time led to rushed start. Good visit though. Helpful guide. Steps down were were more difficult than up. Not much chance to observe wildlife.

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Visit to Maleku Indigenous Reserve
Visit to Maleku Indigenous Reserve
Arenal/La Fortuna

Really enjoyable visit, made all the better by welcoming hosts and really enthusiastic helpful guide. Amazing insight into language, culture and way of life of indigenous people from 300 years ago. Great chance to try skills needed to live to survive by subsistence hunting, fishing and farming.

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Local specialist: Gustavo Camperos
Gustavo
Gustavo Camperos
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 24, 2024

Hi Ken!

Thank you so much for your review and for traveling with kimkim.

We hope to join you wherever your next adventure takes you!