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Maricruz Pereira

I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. I always felt a deep passion for travel and foreign cultures, which led me to study Tourism, back in the days when it was a brand new career in the country. I have had the opportunity to work in different branches of the tour business: hotels, airlines, events, but I found my true calling in eco-tourism, which has been my field in the last 20 years.

Twelve years ago I co-founded Unique Adventures Costa Rica, an inbound travel agency with very high standards of service and a deep commitment to the conservation of the country's natural and cultural environment. I live in San José with my husband Danilo and our three children, Irene, Ignacio, and Fabiola. When I'm not busy working or driving my kids around to their multiple extra-curricular activities, I enjoy running, having already finished a few marathons, several half-marathons, and quite many 10K races.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in Costa Rica. It is small enough that it can be covered in a couple of weeks, but offers enough activities to keep anyone busy for days! My field of specialty is custom-made experiences, which include from soft adventure and nature exploration to bird-watching, cultural interaction, family fun, and everything in-between."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got involved in travel in the same way we all do: by traveling! Since I was very young I had the fortune to visit far away places and different cultures, which opened me to the wonders of the wide world. When the time came to choose my career path, I was quite sure I wanted something that had to do with people and places, so travel was the logical choice."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Visiting Scotland for the first time. As I made my exit out of Waverley Station, I looked up into the city and got struck by the most amazing feeling of belonging I have ever felt. It was as if every cell in my body was screaming "I'm home". I love living in Costa Rica, and have never contemplated moving away, but I will never forget how it felt to have such a strong connection to a new place. "

Maricruz is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
Wild beach in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
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