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Olman Romero

I was born in Turrialba, it is a region famous for hosting the Guayabo Archeological Monument, which is the oldest and most important pre-hispanic archeological site in the country. Turrialba is also known for the active Turrialba Volcano, and for offering the best river in the country to do white water rafting, the Pacuare River.

Since I was little I liked to experience new places and cultures, when I grew up and studied tourism I felt that people should be allowed to know the wonders that our country has to offer.

I have discovered many places, from mountains, beaches, and national parks to cities. Likewise, I love doing adventurous activities such as zip lining, canyoning, rafting, climbing, and horseback riding. I have the experience of having done most activities that Costa Rica is known for, so I can help travelers make the most of their time so they can have an unforgettable experience!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Family Experiences
Honeymoons
Adventure Travel
Self-drive adventure packages
Luxury Trips
Wellness & Yoga
Birdwatching"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I was a kid, I loved to explore new adventures, when I was 15 years old, I had to decide for choosing a carreer for a technical degree for the last three years of the school, so I decided to go for tourism, during that time, I learned a lot about tourism in Costa Rica and its great diversity.

At the same time, I traveled to many destinations such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforest, city, and many off the beaten path places, but the difference was that I visited those destinations for learning, not just for pleasure.

When I finished school, I knew I wanted to continue in the travel industry, so I started working as and adventure guide in a adventure park, then, a good opportunity to start working hotel came to me, so I started working in a hotel amnd continue studying.

The studies led me to work in a travel agency, which is something I love to do, see people happy about their trips makes me happy too."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are many experiences!

Trips to the Caribbean Coast, Corcovado National Park, Northern Plains, and Central Pacific Coast, however, one of the best experiences was when I was 19 years old, I visited the Guanacaste Province on the North Pacific Coast for a week.

During that week I rented a motorcycle and explored as many beaches as possible. I discovered beaches like Langosta, Brasilito, Playa Grande, Conchal, Tamarindo, Potrero and Brasilito.

I even was able to snorkel on Capitan Suizo Island and kayak in the ocean, and every day surprised me with incredible sunsets. It was an unforgettable experience."

Olman is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents, Costa Rica Family Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Olman

Costa Rica Family Vacation
Costa Rica | May 18 - May 25, 2024

Kevin
Kevin N.
Fruit Cove, FL | Reviewed on May 27, 2024
We had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and this is the second consecutive international trip we have used KimKim to make the arrangements. It saves considerable time doing research and hoping you are choosing the right hotels and experiences. Websites for vendors can be highly deceptive and using someone like KimKim who knows the country and various locations, resorts/hotels and excursion experiences is incredibly helpful. And never having to worry about transportation between locations,... Read more

We had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and this is the second consecutive international trip we have used KimKim to make the arrangements. It saves considerable time doing research and hoping you are choosing the right hotels and experiences. Websites for vendors can be highly deceptive and using someone like KimKim who knows the country and various locations, resorts/hotels and excursion experiences is incredibly helpful. And never having to worry about transportation between locations, airport, etc. is a huge relief when traveling in a foreign country. I would highly recommend KimKim.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Fortuna

This hotel was beautiful, the grounds were amazing and close to La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano. The villas were great and the staff was extremely friendly. We saw several other hotels in the area but I doubt any were nicer than Arenal Springs Resort.

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Staff
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Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo

Excellent location with plenty of dining options on the premises and close to other shops and restaurants. The facilities were great and staff was very friendly. Highly recommend the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna

The walk through the park was fine, nothing super special but a relaxing couple of hour nature walk.

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Tamarindo Horseback Riding to Conchal Beach
Tamarindo Horseback Riding to Conchal Beach
Costa Rica

A very fun morning ride on some beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. Very enjoyable.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Zip Lining - Hanging Bridges & Aerial Tram
Zip Lining - Hanging Bridges & Aerial Tram
Arenal/La Fortuna

Very cool experience. The views from the gondola, zip lines and walking bridges were amazing. Our guide for the bridge and country tour was incredibly knowledgeable about both wildlife and the fauna and made it an enjoyable experience.

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Food
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Snorkeling to Catalina Islands
Snorkeling to Catalina Islands
Costa Rica

This snorkeling trip was one of the weaker ones we have been on. The company used caters principally to divers so a lot of time was spent dropping them off and picking them up. Our snorkel guides were very nice, no issues at all but the underwater snorkeling wasn't that great. And it took quite a while to get to the boat since you have about a 30 minute drive from Tamarindo Beach with the traffic, then stop at the dive shop to get fins, then shuttle to the beach where you have to go in groups out to the boat on small tender barge since the dive boat is not in a marina. And then all in reverse at the end. And no cocktails and limited snacks at the end. All of our other snorkeling trips have been on better boats and for snorkelers with nice amenities.

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Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on May 28, 2024

Hello Kevin,

Thanks for your good review!
I am so glad to know you had a fantastic trip to my country.

I look forward to your new adventure!

Best,
Olman

Olman did an outstanding job meeting our obje...
Costa Rica | Apr 15 - Apr 30, 2024

Frank
Frank H.
Winchester, VA | Reviewed on May 08, 2024
Olman did an outstanding job meeting our objectives for the itinerary. All aspects of the itinerary were achieved and experience exceeded our expectations! Read more

Olman did an outstanding job meeting our objectives for the itinerary. All aspects of the itinerary were achieved and experience exceeded our expectations!

Hotel Reviews
Trogon Lodge
San Gerardo de Dota

All aspects were good, except the dining room was chilly and the food selections limited.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Piedras Blancas National Park

A great experience. Food choices were adequate.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Immersed in the rain forest with beauty all around.
Staff
Very helpful and accommodating in answering questions
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parador Nature Resort & Spa
Manuel Antonio

Five star hotel with exceptional service and care. Excellent food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Koora Hotel at Monteverde
Monteverde

Outstanding location and accommodations

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Went over and beyond our expectations
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Quetzal Safari Quest
Quetzal Safari Quest
San Gerardo de Dota

An adventure with an outcome of 5 Quetzal sited.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Early Birdwatching Tour on the Southern Pacific Coast
Early Birdwatching Tour on the Southern Pacific Coast
Costa Rica

The guide was outstanding and birding exceeded our expectations

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate,  and Spice Guided Tour
Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate, and Spice Guided Tour
Manuel Antonio

Did not meet our expectations based on what we thought would occur.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Group was large

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Early Birdwatching Tour at Curi-Cancha Reserve
Early Birdwatching Tour at Curi-Cancha Reserve
Monteverde

Overall the best birdwatching experience. Exceeded our expectations. Knowledgeable and professional guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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El Tigre Waterfalls Exploration
El Tigre Waterfalls Exploration
Monteverde

We cancelled this event as we were scheduled for La Paz. We went to Monteverde Forest Biological Reserve and Cafe Colibri instead.

Quality of Experience
Better detail of the walking/hiking requirements.
Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on May 10, 2024

Hello Frank,

Thanks for your review.
Your two weeks in Costa Rica went super fast.

I am glad to know you had a great time exploring some of the most incredible destinations of this little paradise.

I will share your reviews with my team as part of our improvement strategy.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Kimkim made my honeymoon in Costa Rica so eas...
Costa Rica | Apr 27 - May 4, 2024

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Patrick M.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on May 05, 2024
Kimkim made my honeymoon in Costa Rica so easy to plan, and so easy to glide through wonderful experiences, the majority of which they planned. We did not worry about a single thing, outside of excursions we planned ourselves once in country. Even then, all of the operators and hotels booked by Olman were extremely helpful and made every experience awesome. Highly recommend the Costa Rica adventures and Olman. Read more

Kimkim made my honeymoon in Costa Rica so easy to plan, and so easy to glide through wonderful experiences, the majority of which they planned. We did not worry about a single thing, outside of excursions we planned ourselves once in country. Even then, all of the operators and hotels booked by Olman were extremely helpful and made every experience awesome. Highly recommend the Costa Rica adventures and Olman.

Hotel Review
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
Fortuna

Spectacular resort with amazing amenities, experiences and service.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
San José - Arenal - Visit to La Paz Waterfall & Gardens
San José - Arenal - Visit to La Paz Waterfall & Gardens
Costa Rica

For nature lovers, the La Paz conservancy was a perfect introduction to the biodiversity of Costa Rica. The waterfalls are absolutely stunning as well. The conservancy has one of the best frog exhibits I've ever seen!

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Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on May 06, 2024

Hello Patrick,

Thanks for your review.
I am glad your honeymoon trip to my country was incredible.

I am sure Costa Rica will be in your mind and heart forever, let{s hope you can visit the country once again to explore new destinations!

Best,
Olman

PURA VIDA
Costa Rica | Apr 14 - Apr 22, 2024

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Kathy B.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

I feel like I really experienced the pura vida vibe of the Costa Rican people, the exotic wildlife and countryside! Thank you, Olman! The Arenal Observatory Lodge, volcano, and activities in that area were my fave!

Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 26, 2024

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your review.
I am glad to know you experienced the Pura Vida vibe and the activities and regions you visited.

I hope you can visit us once again to continue exploring the tropics.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Anniversary Trip to Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Apr 2 - Apr 11, 2024

Ashley
Ashley S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024
We took a trip to Costa Rica for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Olman did a fantastic job helping us plan the trip of a life time. We didn't have to worry about a single thing. All the confirmations and reservations were available at the tip of our fingers. Everything was arranged and paid for prior to arriving. Our favorite experience was our two day white water rafting trip down the Pacuare River. Our rafting guides, Edwardo and Luis, were hilarious, a fantastic chefs. Very... Read more

We took a trip to Costa Rica for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Olman did a fantastic job helping us plan the trip of a life time. We didn't have to worry about a single thing. All the confirmations and reservations were available at the tip of our fingers. Everything was arranged and paid for prior to arriving. Our favorite experience was our two day white water rafting trip down the Pacuare River. Our rafting guides, Edwardo and Luis, were hilarious, a fantastic chefs. Very knowledgeable and made us feel safe the entire trip. I will definitely be booking our next big trip out of the country with Kim Kim.

Hotel Reviews
Autentico Hotel
San Jose
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mawamba Lodge
Tortuguero
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pacuare River Lodge
Bajo Tigre

What an amazing experience to enjoy the sounds of nature as you fall asleep at night. The beds were not comfortable, but the experience made up for the lack of comfort from the mattresses.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were not comfortable at all. The water from the shower was ice cold.
Hotel Lomas del Volcán
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
Monteverde Costa Rica
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Inn San Jose by Radisson
San José
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
 San Jose - Tortuguero
San Jose - Tortuguero
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day 2 Pacuare River Lodge - Rafting Adventure - Transfer Arenal
Day 2 Pacuare River Lodge - Rafting Adventure - Transfer Arenal
Costa Rica

Edwardo and Luis were amazing rafting guides, chefs, and company. I felt so safe as we rafting down the rivers enjoying beautiful sceneries, lots of wildlife and a cool hike to a swimming hole. The guides were very knowledgable and competent in their abilities to lead our group. They made us delicious meals as we arrived at the lodge for the evening.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Horseback Riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall
Horseback Riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

The pineapple treat prepared for us after we completed the long hike to the waterfall and back was a nice treat!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Monteverde Self-Guided Hanging Bridges & Zip Lining
Monteverde Self-Guided Hanging Bridges & Zip Lining
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 17, 2024

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your review.
It is great to know you had a terrific time in Costa Rica to celebrate your anniversary.

I see you enjoyed every activity and hotel you visited, which makes me so happy.

Let's hope you can visit my country once again to explore more destinations.

Best,
Olman

Great for booking, but very disappointing in country
Costa Rica | Mar 28 - Apr 6, 2024

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Marc H.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2024
Prior to getting to Costa Rica the process with Kim Kim was fantastic. Unfortunately when we got two Costa Rica the whole process fell apart. We were extremely disappointed with the lack of communication and lack of availability of anyone at Kim Kim while we were in country. The number one reason we used a local travel agency was for the in-country support and that completely fell flat. The best support we got was from someone in finance who happened to pick up the phone on Friday when we... Read more

Prior to getting to Costa Rica the process with Kim Kim was fantastic. Unfortunately when we got two Costa Rica the whole process fell apart. We were extremely disappointed with the lack of communication and lack of availability of anyone at Kim Kim while we were in country. The number one reason we used a local travel agency was for the in-country support and that completely fell flat. The best support we got was from someone in finance who happened to pick up the phone on Friday when we were there. She was wonderful but completely under trained in order to actually help us with the concerns that we had. Absolute fail for in-country support. This will be the number one reason we do not use Kim Kim again in the future.

Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 19, 2024
Hi Marc, Thank you for your feedback. Concerning our after-hours line, we had a technical issue affecting the incoming calls during Easter Week. This was likely the reason why you couldn't reach us initially. Additionally, you spoke with Mrs. Adriana Jimenez, owner and head of finance at Amazilia Travel who kindly explained to you that it was a national holiday and that she would address the issue with our operations department as she was not in front of a computer at that moment. We... Read more

Hi Marc,

Thank you for your feedback.

Concerning our after-hours line, we had a technical issue affecting the incoming calls during Easter Week. This was likely the reason why you couldn't reach us initially.

Additionally, you spoke with Mrs. Adriana Jimenez, owner and head of finance at Amazilia Travel who kindly explained to you that it was a national holiday and that she would address the issue with our operations department as she was not in front of a computer at that moment.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you and hope to greet you again in Costa Rica in the future.

Best Regards,
Olman

The trip to Costa Rica was amazing! The plac...
Costa Rica | Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2024

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Lara W.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2024
The trip to Costa Rica was amazing! The places we visited were beautiful and the balance was great between adventure and relaxation. The tours and tour guides were fantastic and not only shared their expertise for the activity (snorkeling, whitewater rafting, biking, and zip lining) but also details about their country and culture to enrich the experience. All of the hotel accommodations had beautiful views, delicious food, and great service. The shuttle transportation was safe and... Read more

The trip to Costa Rica was amazing! The places we visited were beautiful and the balance was great between adventure and relaxation. The tours and tour guides were fantastic and not only shared their expertise for the activity (snorkeling, whitewater rafting, biking, and zip lining) but also details about their country and culture to enrich the experience. All of the hotel accommodations had beautiful views, delicious food, and great service. The shuttle transportation was safe and reliable. Olman was patient with my questions and planned a vacation my family and I will remember for a long time. I would recommend Kim Kim and Olman to anyone looking to travel to Costa Rica.

Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 09, 2024

Hello Lara,

Thanks for your kind words. I am so happy you enjoyed your trip to my country.

I am sure you will visit us once again to continue exploring the incredible Costa Rica.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Amazing trip! Everything was planned down to ...
Costa Rica | Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2023

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Saida N.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2024

Amazing trip! Everything was planned down to detail. Transportation was efficient and reliable. 10/10 recommend.

Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 01, 2024

Hello Saida,

Thanks for your review.
I am so happy to know you had a great time exploring some of the most incredible destinations in Costa Rica.

Let's hope this won't be the last time you visit us.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Abenteuer
Costa Rica | Mar 10 - Mar 24, 2024

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Brigitte D.
Kanab, UT | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2024
We have had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and want to thank Olman for making it possible. Olman was very helpful in getting our trip together by offering lodging, guided activities and transportation from one place to the other. He adjusted to our wishes and budget and was quick in answering any questions we had. Everything generally worked out smoothly: we got picked up on time, the transportation vehicles were very comfortable and modern, the groups were small as advertised and and the... Read more

We have had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and want to thank Olman for making it possible. Olman was very helpful in getting our trip together by offering lodging, guided activities and transportation from one place to the other. He adjusted to our wishes and budget and was quick in answering any questions we had.

Everything generally worked out smoothly: we got picked up on time, the transportation vehicles were very comfortable and modern, the groups were small as advertised and and the guides were ready to guide us.

We had four excellent guides:

One women (name?)in the bus driving from San Jose to Guapiles..

The Guide (name?) for the “Garden Walk” at the “Mawamba Lodge”

“Kendall” for the “Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Hike” and

“Werner” (real name?) at the Manuel Antonio National Park.

We want to acknowledge their deep knowledge and expertise!

So overall the trip was a very good experience for us.

Since we we can imagine that you are interested in learning more about the details, we will mention the following.

It was disappointing that we couldn't stay a second night in Tortoguero especially when we learned there that the pick up for La Fortuna was at 9:00am instead of 1:35 pm as listed . The itinerary said 1:35, but not where or when, so it was an unpleasant surprise when we were picked up at 9:00 after a hurried breakfast, then went by boat to the dock and then by bus to Guapiles and then at 1:35 to La Fortuna.

The Lodging in La Fortuna “Hotel Campos Arenal” was excellent,and we highly recommend it especially when you stay a few days there. With the swimming pool and outside area it makes a wonderful place.

The El Silencio hike was cut short. It was planned to be a 1 km hike followed by another 1.5 km hike. But the guide skipped the second one saying he didn't have the order to do a second one. That was quite disappointing. We felt that he and the driver just wanted to go home. Arranged by “North Adventures”.

The owners of the “Dreams Lodge Monteverde” are very accommodating and helpful to their customers. But the rooms we had were very small and there is hardly an outside area to sit. If you spend more then one night, it would be better to have another accommodation.

The other accommodations were very good .

In advertising: it would be better to recommend good ponchos, not just rain coats. We had quite a few rainy days in the beginning. The raincoat doesn't protect the pants and the backpack as a poncho would.

So thanks again for making it possible for us to have a memorable trip!

Brigitte and David

Hotel Reviews
Park Inn San Jose by Radisson
San José
Authenticity & Character
Location
Closer to downtown
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mawamba Lodge
Tortuguero
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dreams Lodge Monteverde
Santa Elena
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
See our written review
Karahé Beach Hotel
Manuel Antonio

Make sure to get a Beach Front room ( and not one next to the road). Our pickup time for San Jose got delayed. For one hour. The staff of the hotel helped to find out where the driver was. They arranged for a driver who took us a few miles and connected us to a van who drove us to San Jose. The driver of the van was an excellent driver!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Campos Arenal
La Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hampton Inn & Suites San Jose Airport
Alajuela

Unfortunately: when we arrived we learned that the Hotel was booked for the following night ( the wrong night!). But the Hotel staff was helpful in arranging a room ( one of two rooms left to book for the night!). So it avoided a situation which could have been very disastrous for us since we had to leave at 4 am the following morning for the airport.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
 San Jose - Tortuguero
San Jose - Tortuguero
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
See. Our review
Wildlife Boat Tour in Tortuguero
Wildlife Boat Tour in Tortuguero
Tortuguero

See our review

Quality of Experience
El Silencio Hike & Visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs
El Silencio Hike & Visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs
Arenal/La Fortuna

See review: second hike was cancelled. Guide was little motivated. Ecotermales was very good: better at daytime to see the environment

Quality of Experience
Better guide and coordination which hikes were scheduled
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Hanging Bridges Hike
Guided Hanging Bridges Hike
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Wonderful place, but too many tourists and groups

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Celeste River and Tenorio National Park Hike
Celeste River and Tenorio National Park Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Rainy day, hike cut short: just to Laguna.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 01, 2024

Hello Brigitte,

Thanks for your review.
I am so happy to know you had a great time exploring some of the most incredible destinations in Costa Rica.

I am going to share this review with all my colleagues!

Let's hope this won't be the last time you visit us.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Superb holidays
Costa Rica | Mar 2 - Mar 23, 2024

Milan
Milan Š.
Czechia | Reviewed on Mar 30, 2024
We have spent 3 weeks in total in Costa Rica together with my wife - travelling and exploring and thanks to Olman we have made itinerary in accordance with our wishes and we have enjoyed a lot.
We have been recommended to visit several different places across the country (Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Arenal/La Fortuna, Rincón de la Vieja, Sámara, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) together with some activities at each location and everything went very well.
No issues at all with car...
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We have spent 3 weeks in total in Costa Rica together with my wife - travelling and exploring and thanks to Olman we have made itinerary in accordance with our wishes and we have enjoyed a lot.
We have been recommended to visit several different places across the country (Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Arenal/La Fortuna, Rincón de la Vieja, Sámara, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) together with some activities at each location and everything went very well.
No issues at all with car rental, accommodation, pick-ups etc., everything was perfectly organized - and Olman or Graciela were always available for any help or fine-tuning.
Thanks for making great holidays for us.

Activity Reviews
Enjoy the Beauty of Tortuguero National Park
Enjoy the Beauty of Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero

We love wildlife and Tortuguero is full of animals. Our guide was also great and could spot animals which we would hardly spot by ourselves.

Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
El Silencio Volcano Hike
El Silencio Volcano Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

We have enjoyed the hike, unfortunately weather was not really on our side, so we could not see the Volcano peak for our entire stay in La Fortuna. Nevertheless we have enjoyed it a lot.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Peñas Blancas River Safari Floating by Raft
Peñas Blancas River Safari Floating by Raft
Arenal/La Fortuna

It was interesting experience, but due to rainy weather we didn't enjoy it as much as we could in case of good weather - but as our guide said - this is a rain forest and rain is good for nature :-) Because of weather, I also think we have not seen so many animals as we could see under different weather conditions. At the end of the tour there is half an hour session about the chocolate production with chocolate tasting. Since we have been visiting chocolate plantation already with really dedicated guided tour including tasting, this half an hour could not compete with proper chocolate tour, which we highly recommend.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
 San Jose - Tortuguero
San Jose - Tortuguero
Costa Rica

It was a transportation from point A to point B with the lunch on the way, but due to very good guides (Lars in bus and Freddy on the boat) we have learned a lot about the country and nature and they have made the trip very interesting. Without them this would be a bit boring.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Monteverde

We like Monteverde a lot - it was not so hot in comparison with other locations, however mist and rain can occur at any time. Night Tour was a little bit overcrowded, but we had a great young guide who was able to keep distance from other groups by selecting different trails and was able to make this tour very pleasant. He could spot animals we would not be able to spot at all and he was also making pictures for us using his telescope - so overall great experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

We were surprised by heavy crowds in the park - especially at the entrance. It took us at least 30 minutes to get through the gates and if we would not have a guide with us who knew what to do, we would spent there 1 hour easily. One of the reasons is that park rangers are checking backpacks and confiscating prohibited items (food, single used bottles, knifes, plastic, etc.). Park itself is great and despite of the people crowds, we could spot a lot of animals, which was the main purpose of our visit. Our guide was making pictures and videos through his telescope and he was sharing these pictures with the rest of the group. He was also able to spot animals which we wouldn't have chance to see - so I very recommend to have local guide there. There is one official place (in the big cage) where you can buy some meal and drinks, but everything has to be consumed inside of the cage. Unfortunately they are not very organized there and there is long queue to the cashier. Fortunately there are several spots in the park with drinkable water from the tap. There is also nice beach in the park, so it's possible to bring swimming suit and spend some time there.

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Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Replied on Apr 01, 2024

Hello Milan,

Thanks for your review.
I am so happy to know you had a great time exploring the tropics with your wife!

Let's hope this won't be the last time you visit us.

Pura Vida,
Olman