John Rabenau

Listening in order to fully understand your goals for visiting Costa Rica is the key element as I prepare myself to ensure that we make the absolute best of your travels. In a destination that has developed at a rapid pace, I want to show you the unique & genuine side of Costa Rica by pointing out the true gems of this magnificent country. I encourage my travelers to get-to-know a few areas of the country as opposed to constantly moving around. "Less is more & small is good" I want to make you aware of all the offerings in Costa Rica, the activities, tours & locations that you might not have heard or read about in your own research. I understand that certain areas are popular for a reason and I want to show these to you without the large crowds or over-developed aspects. I encourage my travelers to get slightly-off-the-beaten-path and explore an area or two they haven't necessarily heard of - overnight white-water rafting on the Pacuare, Homestays or house rentals in local communities & visits to remote National Parks like Corcovado are what I like to promote and encourage my travelers to explore. Just because you are going to remote areas doesn't mean you can't have upscale and high quality services.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Our goal is to create a travel experience that works for you and your personal interests. We listen to your thoughts, ideas and desires for your trip and will work to match you with the best itinerary to suit those needs. We want to involve you in the planning process as much or as little as you want. We believe that direct communication through personal interaction is the best way to ensure your travel goals are properly illustrated and met. We understand that the popular destinations are popular for a reason, and we want to show them to you without large crowds in an authentic manner. Many of our itineraries combine these destinations with ones that are slightly-off-the-beaten-path, where our travelers are able to see a genuine Costa Rica, interact with the locals and experience some of the under-discovered adventures and regions this country has to offer."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Born and raised in the United States, I visited Costa Rica in the spring of 2002 to begin a career in the outdoor education industry. Having the wonderful opportunity to work with many different types of educational and leisure-based travel organizations, my wife/business partner and I opened Costa Rica Explorations in 2006. The specialized curriculum for middle school and high school students that we developed for this program combines what we believe to be the most important elements of travel: Culture, Language, Service, Nature & Adventure in an authentic environment. A short while later, our sister company, Costa Rica Escapes was born. This company fulfills the complimentary need to assist families and leisure/adventure-based travelers to have a meaningful and authentic travel experience. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My wife (and business partner) Molly, who is also from the United States, and I are raising our 2 young children (4 & 2) in the small, agricultural town of Turrialba, Costa Rica. We are sharing our love for the country, culture and scenery with Winnie & Johnny on a daily basis. We are able to see them grow up with a very unique perspective of life as they integrate into a foreign society and learn to be member of a larger global community."

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Storm clouds over Arenal volcano

Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one territory. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.