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Mónica Meneses

I love traveling! I believe traveling is essential to discover other cultures and realities as well as to experience your inner self in different ways. Whenever I travel I like to think that I will always carry a piece of that place with me. That's exactly what I want to share with other people: the passion for learning and experiencing new things within other cultures.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Costa Rica. We specialize in tailor-made travels to Costa Rica to fulfill every expectation and make your travel adventures in Costa Rica unforgettable!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since very young I was able to travel to other countries in Central America and the United States and I became very interested in exploring other countries and other cultures. When I was finishing the university I decided to take a year to travel through Europe and that's when it all started. I got to know other countries: trying their local food (it's a must for me), going to events and talking to locals as much as possible. That way I got to know so many friendly people who shared their knowledge and culture with me. When I came back I realized I wanted to do the same for travelers interested in Costa Rica."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On my trip abroad, my cousin joined me for a week travel through Belgium. We arrived at Brussels and decided we would only hitchhike from then on. We walked to the E40 motorway with just our backpacks, some cardboard pieces and a pilot. It was an exciting and fun experience. We met so many friendly and travel-loving people on the road who had also hitchhiked before and who shared their stories and recommendations with us. We made some unexpected stops in towns we didn't even know existed but we enjoyed every minute of it."

Mónica is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

Red-eyed tree frog
Costa Rica Natural Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde & Sámara - 8 Days

As one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world, Costa Rica makes an effort to protect its natural resources and biodiversity. Travelers on this trip will be able to enjoy the many facets of this beautiful country. You will hike up the Arenal volcano, relax in natural hot springs, zip-line through the forest, and snorkel the pacific. You will also do a behind-the-scenes tasting tour of a coffee and chocolate farm, which will stimulate all your senses.

Pacific Coast Waves
Costa Rica: Nicoya Peninsula Tour - 10 Days

This 10-day vacation includes a self-drive road trip through some of Costa Rica’s most notable beaches. Take in the sites along the Nicoya Peninsula, including plenty of opportunities to snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, and swim your way through each stop. Surfers can catch breaks at several destinations on the list–Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Teresa. Take some time to relax, stroll each beach town, and enjoy local Costa Rican fare along the way.

Spot howler monkeys among other wildlife
Costa Rica Road Trip: Arenal and the Pacific Coast - 14 Days

Costa Rica's rainforest, volcanoes, and beaches are yours to explore on this two-week self-drive tour. First, you'll take in sweeping views of Arenal Volcano as you zip-line over the treetops and even take a hands-on chocolate making class. Then, it's on to the Pacific Coast to explore three of Costa Rica's most beloved surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Teresa. These coastal towns offer a lot more than just surfing though.  With world-class yoga studios, pristine nature reserves, and breathtaking sunsets, the Nicoya Peninsula offers something for everyone.

Yoga on the beach in Santa Teresa
Arenal and the Nicoya Peninsula Road Trip- 16 Days

Experience the best of Costa Rica's rainforest, volcanoes, and Pacific beaches during this 16-day self-drive adventure. You'll explore the jungle via suspension bridges and zip-lines, and even have a free day to go whitewater rafting or relax in the charming town of La Fortuna. Then, it's time to head westward to the Nicoya Peninsula where you'll adjust to the laid-back vibes of three quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Teresa.

Admire Costa Rica's diverse wildlife
Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 16 Days

Explore many of Costa Rica's off-the-beaten-path destinations on this 16-day self-drive tour. You'll travel to all corners of the country, from the surf town of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast, to Arenal Volcano in the north, and to Pacific beaches and protected areas home to exotic wildlife like scarlet macaws. The final leg of this adventure will be a trip to the far south and the remote and beautiful Osa Peninsula.

Scenic canyon along the Pacuare River
Multi-Sport Adventure: from Jungles to Beaches - 13 days

This 13-day itinerary allows you to experience the full scope of Costa Rica's wonders. In almost two weeks you'll visit the capital of San José, the tropical jungles at Pacuare, the iconic Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde, and many wide and inviting beaches, from the north of the country to the south. There are plenty of activities along the way, from white water rafting to soaring over the cloud forest canopy on a zip-line tour.

Recent trip reviews for Mónica

Will visit again! · Costa Rica - Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2019

Traveler: Varun K. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We had a terrific time in Costa Rica! Highlights included a bunch of hikes, amazing food, ziplining, snorkeling... it was beautiful. Definitely want to revisit the country!

Monica and Kristy were outstanding - they asked the right questions, found out what kind of a trip we wanted to do, and came up with an itinerary tailored for us. They were responsive, attentive, and most of all, patient - we wanted to make some changes last-minute and they were willing to listen and be flexible. Thank you for everything!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Varun,

It was our pleasure to help you organize this unique trip for you! I'm so glad you enjoyed every minute of your stay here and that you got to try new things - like the Caribbean Rice & Beans! You are definitely welcome back any time you like for more adventures and experiences in Costa Rica!

Best wishes and pura vida,
Mónica

Rodrigo was fantastic! · Costa Rica - Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Greg L. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Rodrigo was fantastic!

Marimil

Impressive Nature conservation in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Marimil T. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We were met warmly in the airport by Ben. The driver to Monteverde stopped at a wonderful vista and helped us access the house. We loved the walk through the Cloud Forest and was very impressed by our knowledgeable botanist guide, Rodrigo. Rafa from the boat was especially helpful in locating our AirBnB which turned out to be farther. We loved Hugo and Jacob, our kayaking guides. Hacienda la Isla was a gem. The beach walk and snorkel at Cahuita Park was wonderful! Impressive conservation of nature, flora and fauna!!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marimil,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, I will pass on your kind comments! So glad that you guys had such a great time :) It was a pleasure to organize your trip here in Costa Rica and I hope you visit us again one day!

All the best,
Mónica

Symphony

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Symphony S. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Monica was a true gem! She made my first trip to Costa Rica a lifetime memory. She was always available when needed. She ensured I received the best customer service. The trip plan she suggested was exactly what I wanted!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Symphony,

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are really happy you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica! It was my pleasure to organise your trip and you are welcome back anytime!

costa rica family vacatioin · Costa Rica - Apr 11 - Apr 19, 2019

Traveler: Scott K. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

I liked the interface--communication was very easy and consistent.

Yenyi did a great job setting up the overall plan and activities in Costa Rica.

Monica coordinated the travel plans locally and solved a couple of minor problems along the way. Our rides were always on time for pickup, the drivers were cautious, and the drivers and guides were always friendly.

Our favorite activities were the float on Penas Blanca river, the hikes in Monteverde, and the tour of Manuel Antonio National... read more

I liked the interface--communication was very easy and consistent.

Yenyi did a great job setting up the overall plan and activities in Costa Rica.

Monica coordinated the travel plans locally and solved a couple of minor problems along the way. Our rides were always on time for pickup, the drivers were cautious, and the drivers and guides were always friendly.

Our favorite activities were the float on Penas Blanca river, the hikes in Monteverde, and the tour of Manuel Antonio National Park (and beach), though we also loved Campesina Vida farm and the chocolate tours!

We would suggest that the timing of the events should be more explicit. For example, we were scheduled for a tour in the morning and a tour in the afternoon. The planned pickup times were indicated, but the duration or return time was not consistently indicated. As a result, we were sometimes stressed about the transitions between activities and had to change clothes and/or devour a meal in very little time. We also missed one activity because our transfer took longer than planned. They were kind enough to offer to reschedule, but it just didn't work out for us. (I know that we asked to push back our early morning schedules because of the children, but we relied on your advice about how much flexibility there was.)

The hotels, Arenal Springs and Parador in Manuel Antonio, were both terrific. However, Los Pinos in Monteverde was really not ideal for us. The staff there was incredibly kind and helpful, but the cabin was just too challenging for a group of 6 that included 2 grandparents and 2 children. It was up a steep hill, cramped quarters, small and somewhat uncomfortable beds, poor water pressure in the showers, and no food options on the premises.

Lastly, it would be helpful if the roadbook included all the information in the kimkim trip summary. The two components have complementary information and it would be more useful if all the info could be available in one place.

Overall, I would be glad to use kimkim again, but would more carefully review the timing and other details before the trip.

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Scott,

Thank you so much for your review and helpful feedback. I'm glad that your overall experience was good and that you had great times with several of the activities we booked for you!

Concerning the activity you missed, I originally advised leaving earlier to avoid exactly this situation. As you insisted to delay it as much as possible, I managed to do it by still giving you some spare time in case of delays. Unfortunately, traffic can be quite unpredictable and it was out of my... read more

Hi Scott,

Thank you so much for your review and helpful feedback. I'm glad that your overall experience was good and that you had great times with several of the activities we booked for you!

Concerning the activity you missed, I originally advised leaving earlier to avoid exactly this situation. As you insisted to delay it as much as possible, I managed to do it by still giving you some spare time in case of delays. Unfortunately, traffic can be quite unpredictable and it was out of my hands to control this situation.

As per your comment of Los Pinos, we would have liked if you had informed us about your complaints during your trip. We would have looked for the best solution to make your stay in Monteverde as great as in the other hotels.

I would also like to let you know that we are working to improve our roadbook as we take seriously each comment you made and we agree that details like the ones you mentioned need to be more explicit.

We thank you again for your positive feedback and we'll be happy to have you again for another adventure in Costa Rica!

Best regards,
Mónica

How kimkim Trips Work in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 8 - Mar 17, 2019

Traveler: Aletha H. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Overall, the planning for the trip was done well. Monica was very good about answering questions and making changes as we did the plan. The activities were as expected.

It would have been helpful to have more information about what was involved in some of the activities. e.g. we arrived at Sky Park to find out that we were going on a 3-hour hike to the hanging bridges before the zipline. There was not a great deal to see on the hike. There was no time to eat before the zipline at... read more

Overall, the planning for the trip was done well. Monica was very good about answering questions and making changes as we did the plan. The activities were as expected.

It would have been helpful to have more information about what was involved in some of the activities. e.g. we arrived at Sky Park to find out that we were going on a 3-hour hike to the hanging bridges before the zipline. There was not a great deal to see on the hike. There was no time to eat before the zipline at 1:00, and 2 of our party were so tired or slightly ill that they didn't go. The ziplining was great for the 2 of us who went.

similarly, the instructions for what to bring could be clearer. It said to bring hiking shoes and a bathing suit for the river trip. We did not need either. Water shoes would have been better.

the tour to Manuel Antonio was well-done with an excellent guide. We were not quite prepared for the long wait to get into the park. Also, you might tell people to wear a bathing suit if they expect to swim. There is no place to change. The hike itself was great with lots of wildlife.

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Aletha,

I'm really glad you had a great experience in Costa Rica. It was definitely my pleasure to help you plan it and assist you during your stay here.

It's unfortunate that you didn't see much on the hanging bridges. Normally you can spot several birds, monkeys and reptiles, however, as they are in a natural reserve we can't guarantee this will always be the case as the animals are free to roam the whole area.

I absolutely appreciate your feedback on the trip planning details, it... read more

Hi Aletha,

I'm really glad you had a great experience in Costa Rica. It was definitely my pleasure to help you plan it and assist you during your stay here.

It's unfortunate that you didn't see much on the hanging bridges. Normally you can spot several birds, monkeys and reptiles, however, as they are in a natural reserve we can't guarantee this will always be the case as the animals are free to roam the whole area.

I absolutely appreciate your feedback on the trip planning details, it will definitely help me improve as a local specialist and help each traveler reach the best itinerary possible.

We hope you visit us again soon to explore new areas of this amazing country!

Kind regards,
Mónica

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 1 - Mar 9, 2019

Traveler: Nicole S. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Monica helped us plan an absolutely amazing 10 day trip to Costa Rica for our anniversary. Her communication before and during our trip was excellent. The trip was truly perfect, from accommodations to activities-everything was top notch and exactly what we wanted had we planned it ourselves! We couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much Monica and Kimkim-we definitely plan to use your services again for our future international travels.

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicole,

I'm really happy that you had an amazing anniversary trip! It was my pleasure to help you put together the best itinerary for your trip here. I trust you created amazing memories and took beautiful pictures.

We hope to have you again in Costa Rica to explore new destinations!

Kind regards,
Mónica

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2019

Traveler: Chris K. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

We really enjoyed Monteverde forest walk and zip lining. The sloth trial was amazing and the guide there was super knowledgeable but low key. Traffic was horrendous, so hats off to our drivers who dealt deftly with the mayhem.

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your comments, they really help us grow as local specialists. We're really glad to know that you enjoyed your visit to Monteverde and the sloth trial. I'm sorry you had to deal with traffic during your trip, this situation might be stressful but is frequent when you stay in a capital.

We're happy that you had an overall great experience in Costa Rica and we hope that you visit us any time soon!

Best regards,
Mónica

Osa Hiking + Monteverde/Santa Elena + Arenal · Costa Rica - Dec 9 - Dec 19, 2018

Traveler: Michelle E. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Monica did a great job organizing all our transport including transfers, flight, and set up with a rental car, making it easy and stress free to get from place to place. Our favorite parts of the trip were staying in Bahia Drake to explore the deserted beaches in our free time and exploring the cloud forests in Monteverde and Santa Elena. The freebie from Kim Kim to Tabacon Hot Springs in Arenal was also much appreciated at the end of the trip :) All the staff at the hotels were friendly and accommodating. It was a great trip!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for your comments! We're very glad to know that you enjoyed your trip to Costa Rica and that you could experience so many diverse areas of this country! It was also our pleasure to arrange a relaxing trip to Tabacón for you and assure you have the best memories of this trip. We hope to have you again soon in Costa Rica, don’t hesitate in contacting us!
Best, Mónica

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2018

Traveler: joanne r. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Everything was well planned out for us which made the trip so easy. We had a few challenges with the EcoLodge in LaFortuna - while breakfasts were excellent , the lunch we had there was BAD, fish was old and made our stomach upset. Also the hair dryer burst into flames while in use. The receptionist had the hair dryer replaced but we were nervous about the electrical outlet being hazardous and were unwilling to use any others nor would we use the replacement hair dryer - there were NO... read more

Everything was well planned out for us which made the trip so easy. We had a few challenges with the EcoLodge in LaFortuna - while breakfasts were excellent , the lunch we had there was BAD, fish was old and made our stomach upset. Also the hair dryer burst into flames while in use. The receptionist had the hair dryer replaced but we were nervous about the electrical outlet being hazardous and were unwilling to use any others nor would we use the replacement hair dryer - there were NO compensation offered for this. All other hotels had no issues and were very nice. All excursions were enjoyed ( rafting, zip-lining, nature tour, boat tour/snorkeling, turtle watch). The nature walk in Monteverde was nice - however the tour was regarding plants, insects, and birds and we'd asked to see wildlife (sloths, monkeys, tucans, mackaws) so that was a let down - park informed us we should have been signed up for a night tour to see that. I'm glad Monica really encouraged us to get the hot spot Wi-Fi and the GPS - they were extremely beneficial!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joanne,
We're so happy that you had a great and calm trip here in Costa Rica! As I mentioned to you, we will absolutely keep in mind your comments about the incident with this hotel to keep providing the best services possible in each area.
We hope you come back and visit us again for new experiences!

Kind regards,
Mónica

Karen

Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Karen C. - Local specialist: Mónica Meneses

Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing thanks to kimkim. We had no idea what to expect and from the moment we were picked up in the airport, we new we made the right choice. A representative greeted us and introduced us to our driver & from that moment on it was a carefree and memorable vacation. Our trip guide helped us plan it from beginning to end! Customizing it to our liking every step of the way. (If you will be visiting, make sure to check out La Fortuna waterfall...it is absolutely... read more

Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing thanks to kimkim. We had no idea what to expect and from the moment we were picked up in the airport, we new we made the right choice. A representative greeted us and introduced us to our driver & from that moment on it was a carefree and memorable vacation. Our trip guide helped us plan it from beginning to end! Customizing it to our liking every step of the way. (If you will be visiting, make sure to check out La Fortuna waterfall...it is absolutely breathtaking!) This was our first time using kimkim, but after the service they provided...it won't be our last! I already started spreading the word to my family and friends about kimkim!!

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Mónica Meneses, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Karen,
On behalf of myself and the team, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip here in Costa Rica! It was really a pleasure for us to help create the best experience possible for you. We hope you visit again soon in Costa Rica for new adventures, don’t hesitate in contacting us!
Best, Mónica