I am from the coffee-producing town of Santa Maria, high in the mountains of the central mountain range of Costa Rica. I grew up here thinking that there was nothing beyond the endless rows of coffee plants until, at a young age, I went on a family trip to the beach. It was such an eye-opening experience and all I could think about was – where to next? From that moment on, I have continued to travel whenever possible. Now my favorite traveling companion is my daughter and we love to travel and explore.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"“All area of the country – from the warm beaches of both coasts to the cool cloud forests of Costa Rica’s mountains and volcanoes. I love putting together unique trips for families, couples, groups of friends, students, and special interest groups. Multi activity trips are my favorite and I love including new activities."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue a career in tourism so after high school I took a 4-year university course and graduated with a degree in Tourism. I have worked in the industry for over 20 years. Most of my experience has been in operations and reservations which has been a great asset to my work in sales that I have been doing for the last 5 years."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I have been very lucky to have had many unique travel experiences over the years. One of my most memorable was a mountain biking trip close to the Turrialba Volcano. It was the toughest day of my life and I really struggled to complete the route but I did and it felt amazing.
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This 8-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to experience Costa Rica's highlights. Go for a dip in Arenal's hot springs and spot monkeys and other wildlife on hikes around the famous volcano. Continue to Monteverde, where you'll discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the cloud forest. Finally, spend a few days in Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking through turquoise waters and relaxing on pristine white sand beaches.
Six days is a great amount of time to experience Costa Rica—you can easily combine two of the country's biodiverse national parks with a day of exploration in San José. Visit the cloud forest of Monteverde, take a surf lesson at Playa Manuel Antonio, zipline across the jungle at Arenal, or cycle the Continental Divide with the five unique itinerary ideas below.
This itinerary is specifically tuned for wildlife lovers. Expect to get up early and stay out late to see monkeys, lizards, birds, insects and other spectacular fauna that inhabit the virgin rainforest, cloud forest and swampy estuaries covered here. The trip begins with a southwest journey from San José to Parque Nacional Corcovado (Corcovado National Park) before continuing northwest along the Pacific coast. Next head inland to Monteverde for birdwatching and spotting wildlife in the unique eco-system of the cloud forest.
The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers an array of adventures, from city to cloud forest to sea. This weeklong itinerary includes trekking near an active volcano, some of the world’s best bird-watching, and snorkeling with sea turtles. It's a trip that encompasses the country’s most spectacular and varied landscapes, plus an opportunity to savor the culture of local villages as well as that of San José, Costa Rica’s dynamic capital city.
Cycle from coast to coast, take a culinary journey, chill on the beach, or have a world-class whitewater adventure: there are countless ways to spend a week in Costa Rica. These 5 itineraries pair the country's biodiverse regions with activities that offer a deep dive into culture, nature, and adventure—read on to find your perfect match.