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Ryan Grabowski

Exploring the world has always been a top priority of mine. I believe through travel people can not only learn a lot about other cultures but learn about themselves as well. My travels have taken me on some fun adventures from hiking in the mountains of Colombia to touring ancient cities in Portugal. As a Travel Specialist it's my job to use my knowledge and experiences to put you on the best trip for you.

How did you get involved in travel?

"It started with family trips but when I got into college at Colorado State University I decided to take my travel career to a new level with a tourism degree. Once I started down that path my trips became more international and I was hooked!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Africa has been a top destination on my list since I was watching travel shows as a kid. The culture and wildlife have always interested me. When I was in college I had an opportunity to take a trip to Ghana, Africa. Obviously, I jumped all over it and about 3 months later I was headed to Ghana.

After a 9 hour bus ride we arrived at Mole National Park, exhausted. When we got out of the bus a ranger asked if anyone wanted to go on the last walking tour of the day. Of course I was the first to volunteer. We headed out into the wilderness with a ranger leading the way.

Suddenly out of nowhere he froze, the bushes 30 feet in front of us started shaking. Out walks the biggest bull elephant I had ever seen with nothing standing between us but a few twigs. The ranger told us to stay calm and we just stood there for about 10 minutes as he checked us out and moved on. It was one of the most magical experiences of my life to stare into the eyes of a wild elephant in his natural habitat. "

Relax in an infinity pool overlooking the Costa Rican rainforest
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 16 Days

Experience Costa Rica in style, enjoying excursions with private guides and overnight stays in luxury hotels on this wide-ranging itinerary around the country. Start with birdwatching and snorkeling on the Osa Peninsula, then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll take surf lessons. Go horseback riding in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, hike around Arenal Volcano, and relax in natural hot springs before heading back to San José for one last night out on the town.

Go rafting on the Río Pacuare
Discover the Best of Costa Rica - 16 Days

Offering an appealing mix of outdoor adventures, relaxation, and cultural experiences, this 16-day itinerary around Costa Rica is a traveler's favorite. Start with volcano hikes and hot springs in Arenal, then explore Monteverde's cloud forest on a canopy tour and an excursion on horseback. Go whitewater rafting down the Río Pacuare, visit a wildlife rehabilitation center in Puerto Viejo, and enjoy a boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero National Park before heading to San José, where the trip ends.