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Sergio Bolaños

I studied Eco-Tourism Management and I love my country’s natural treasures, cultural spots, and off-the-beaten-track attractions. I am convinced that travel can change lives for the better and that is why I bring my insights and passion for my country to our travel plans.

I was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, but my home has been on the Caribbean coast of the country for the past 13 years. I am an adventure enthusiast, history buff, sunrise stalker, everyday reader, bass player, and surfer; with a strong passion for environmentalism, cultural heritage, and music.

I strongly believe that the true nature of travel planning is to help people have meaningful experiences in their journey and opportunities for discovery and self-reflection.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I can create all types of tailor-made trips such as; culture, gastronomy, outdoor activities, nature-based, off-the-beaten-track, adventure, and luxury trips. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I first got involved with travel when studying Eco-Tourism Management at the University of Costa Rica. Since then, I have found a deep passion to explore, discover and experience new locations, cultures, and natural environments. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In Costa Rica, we have Indigenous Reserves where natives still live as their ancestors did, I had the opportunity to stay in Talamanca (one of the reserves) for a week experiencing the culture, food, social activities, the whole way of life, and cosmovision of its people. To discover this nature-driven culture and its beliefs was one of the most nurturing experiences I have ever had. "

Sergio is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
Take in views of Arenal Volcano at sunset
Discover Costa Rica's Natural Highlights - 6 Days

Explore Costa Rica's great outdoors on this lively six-day tour around the country's natural highlights, from volcanoes and hot springs to forests and beaches. Start in Arenal with a visit to the Hanging Bridges, a hike around Arenal Volcano, and a dip in the Tabacón Hot Springs. Then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park for snorkeling, hiking, a sunset catamaran cruise, and a boating excursion in the Damas Island Estuary.

Endless beaches in Costa Rica
Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 14 Days

Hiking in the jungle, soaking in hot springs, snorkeling with tropical fish, horseback riding to waterfalls—these are just a few outdoor adventures that await travelers on this thrilling 14-day itinerary around Costa Rica. After a day in San José, you'll head to the Caribbean coast and spend a few days exploring Tortuguero National Park. Discover the natural wonders of Arenal and Monteverde before finishing up the adventure on the Pacific coast at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Cross the Hanging Bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders - 7 Days

See Costa Rica's outdoor highlights on this weeklong adventure around the country's volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests, wildlife habitats, and beaches. After spending a few days exploring Arenal Volcano and its surroundings, you'll move on to Monteverde to sip locally produced coffee and trek through the cloud forest. Then finish the week in Manuel Antonio National Park for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.

Share in a Costa Rica sunset with the kids
Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 10 Days

On this fun 10-day adventure created for families, you'll swim in waterfall pools, spot sloths in the trees, and sample homemade chocolate while learning how it's made. The itinerary takes you from the bustling streets of San José to the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, then onward to the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the rivers, volcanoes, and hot springs of Arenal. Highlights include a safari-style boat ride, a nighttime jungle hike, and a visit to a jaguar rescue center.

Sail along the coast at sunset
Family Trip to the Cloud Forests, Rivers & Beaches of Costa Rica - 6 Days

Venture into Costa Rica's pristine landscapes on this 6-day itinerary featuring boat tours, jungle hikes, and wildlife viewing. An excellent choice for families, the adventure begins with a day of cultural sightseeing in historic San José. Then you'll move onward to the cloud forest of Monteverde, where you'll trek to waterfalls and visit the country's largest butterfly garden. Base yourself in Tamarindo for the last part of the trip, enjoying a sunset catamaran tour and a safari-style float down a jungle river to spot crocodiles in the wild.

Snorkel with the kids in Costa Rica
11 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Outdoor adventure, wildlife viewing, and relaxing beach time await families on these exciting 11-day itineraries around Costa Rica! Travelers with younger children might opt for a trip featuring sunset sailing, farm tours, and easy walks through the rainforest, while those with older kids may prefer an itinerary with zip-lining and snorkeling around a coral reef. Whether you spend your time around Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest or venture further to the beaches of Sámara and Palo Verde National Park, these trips offer fun for the whole family.

Recent trip reviews for Sergio

Great trip to discover Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2022

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Clement R.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Dec 08, 2022

The trip designed by Sergio and his team was perfect.
A combination of active and relaxing areas, great hotel selection, and super high quality activities!
We couldn’t be happier with how our trip went.
We traveled to La Fortuna, Monterverde and Manuel Antonio, and got to discover a ton of wildlife and beautiful forests. read more

The trip designed by Sergio and his team was perfect.
A combination of active and relaxing areas, great hotel selection, and super high quality activities!
We couldn’t be happier with how our trip went.
We traveled to La Fortuna, Monterverde and Manuel Antonio, and got to discover a ton of wildlife and beautiful forests.

Hotel Reviews
The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano
Arenal/La Fortuna

Our guide, Kenneth, was fantastic. We had him as our private guide for the days and he made our first contact with the rainforest and its wildlife fantastic.

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Sky Adventures Zip Lines
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Night Walk: Children's Eternal Forest
Monteverde
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Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
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Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños

11 days in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Nov 17 - Nov 27, 2022

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Audrea H.
Brenham, TX | Reviewed on Dec 02, 2022

Can't express enough of how wonderful Sergio was in helping us plan our trip. Sergio easy to contact and there to answer all our silly questions and make changes when needed. He was even available during our trip and after we returned home. I will be returning to Costa Rica and will defiantly be using Sergio to help with planning. EVERYTHING was taken care of and we had zero issues. Best trip of my life.

Thank again!
Audrea Hiatt read more

Can't express enough of how wonderful Sergio was in helping us plan our trip. Sergio easy to contact and there to answer all our silly questions and make changes when needed. He was even available during our trip and after we returned home. I will be returning to Costa Rica and will defiantly be using Sergio to help with planning. EVERYTHING was taken care of and we had zero issues. Best trip of my life.

Thank again!
Audrea Hiatt

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Balmoral
San José

Okay hotel but didn't like San Jose. Had free breakfast and staff was friendly. A/C didn't work in our room the first night.

Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
La Fortuna

AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!!! Beautiful hotel and staff. Everyone went above and beyond to make our stay one to remember. Can't wait to go back. Loved the town and the local people. Everyone was so nice and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Just beautiful. Sitting on the porch and watching all the wild life was amazing. I could sit there for hours.
Location
Great location, close to the town. $7 taxi ride into town. Felt very safe at this hotel.
Staff
Nice beautiful people. Even the lawn crew smiles and says hello and welcome.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very Clean and comfortable.
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
Monteverde Costa Rica

Did not like walking up 4 floors to our room. Other then that the staff was nice and hotel was walking distance to the town. Food and shops were great as well.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lots of floors to walk up.
Hotel Costa Verde
Manuel Antonio

Beautiful hotel, great views(pool, patio, ect), nice staff, town foods and shopping are over priced. Walking distance to the beach.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super super hard bed. Rooms are beautiful and big with small kitchen though.
Activity Reviews
La Fortuna Waterfall, Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Ecotermales Hotsprings
Costa Rica

Great experience, would do this again. It was raining very hard and we did not get to go down to the waterfall but we did go to the over look. Ecotermales hot springs was AMAZING! We got to swing in the hot spring and order drinks. Then had a nice all inclusive dinner. Must do if you visit La Fortuna.

Quality of Experience
Food
Lunch was included at the hanging bridges and it was fantastic. We even had coffee and desert after. Dinner at the hot springs was amazing as well.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Loved our private tour guide Raul. He was very knowledgeable and we learned so much from him. He truly loves his job and teaching people everything he knows.
Transport
We had Raul as out pirvate tour guy for the day and it was worth the extra money.
Sloth Observation - Day or Night Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

We saw a momma and baby sloth. The tour guys great and were able to find sloths just driving down the road. We got to see 5 different sloths. Learned a lot about 2 and 3 toed sloths. We even saw other animals like a howler money. So cool!

Quality of Experience
Seeing a baby sloth with his momma.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
So smart and ready to teach you everything they know.
Transport
Had water and umbrellas available for everyone.
Horseback Riding to Nauyaca Waterfalls
Costa Rica

Breath taking experience. Horses are so fun and make the travel to the falls so easy. You fall in love with your horse and get to know there personalities. Horse guides are fun and make you smile. Horse guides also teach you a lot about riding a horse. Lunch after visiting the falls is amazing as well.

Quality of Experience
Food
Lunch made by local woman was amazing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dennis was a super fun horse guide. He always had a smile you his face and answered all our questions.
Transport
Private transport stop at his house to give us fresh made ceviche his wife made. BEST CEVICHE EVER! Nicest couple you will ever meet. They would of invited us in for dinner and made us feel welcomed.
Private: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

This was not on our visit at first. Then after arriving and speaking to the locals and visitors. We learned how amazing the national part was. We opted to do a private tour and it was better then we could of hoped for. Wish we would of had time to enjoy the park beach, but we will for sure next time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private tour guide was one of the best in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. His love for this area shows. He loves to teach and wants you to learn everything possible able the jungle.
Transport
100% Aventura Zip Line and Hanging Bridges Monteverde
Monteverde

Do it! I got to see flying toucans while ziplining.

Quality of Experience
Amazing! Was scared but I overcame my fear and I don't regret it.
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Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Dec 06, 2022

Hi Audrea! I am so happy that you had a great time while in Costa Rica!
It was my pleasure to help you plan the best trip for you and Brittany.
Pura Vida!

My family and I travelled to Costa Rica in Oc...
Costa Rica | Oct 6 - Oct 18, 2022

Jody
Jody R.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 05, 2022

My family and I travelled to Costa Rica in October 2022. We had the best time! Sergio and his team made our experience completely seamless and yet adventureful. My husband and I are used to blazing our own trail when we travel, but this time having our 10 & 7 year old daughters along with us we wanted to capitalize on our time and have activities that they would find engaging and provide them opportunities to learn along the way. Sergio and the team at Serendipity provide this and so much... read more

My family and I travelled to Costa Rica in October 2022. We had the best time! Sergio and his team made our experience completely seamless and yet adventureful. My husband and I are used to blazing our own trail when we travel, but this time having our 10 & 7 year old daughters along with us we wanted to capitalize on our time and have activities that they would find engaging and provide them opportunities to learn along the way. Sergio and the team at Serendipity provide this and so much more!

We visited Tortuguero, Turrialba and Puerto Viejo. Each location had well thought out activities that allowed us to explore the local culture and environment.

While in Tortuguero we enjoyed a canal tour and learnt about Costa Rica's conservation efforts and national parks. We watched a turtle lay her eggs on the beach and our highlight was an evening walk where a bunch of baby turtles were hatching and making their way to the ocean.
Our guide Jose engaged with the kids and made sure they felt safe, he also helped them spot some tree frogs and bull frogs by the pool at our hotel. It was a rainy couple of days but Jose showed up with ponchos, a sense of humor and a whole lot of fun!

On our 4th day we said goodbye to Tortuguero and met our driver Andres. Andreas was our driver for the duration of our stay in Turriabla and further to Puero Veijo. Andreas was such an amazing guide, he was incredibly knowledgably about Costa Rica and was very helpful translating for us when we needed some help. He safely delivered us to our hotels and always stayed to make sure we got checked in safely. He was wonderful with our kids and even had Disney radio cued up for them in his car!

In Turriabla we went rafting, canyoning and for a farm tour. Our guides while we were rafting, Jonathan and Poco were amazing! Jonathan had a great sense of humor and painted or faces with mud and taught us how to balance rocks on the shore line. The river was beautiful and warm. Poco was great to point out wild life along the shore. While were were rafting, Andres drove down stream and took some action shots of our family to share with us. Andreas also capped the day off by making us the most delicious and beautifully presented picnic we've ever had, he'd made pasta, salads, fresh fruit and even dessert!

The following day we enjoyed a canyoning trip and farm tour with our guides Ceasar and Sergio. They were also very knowledgeable. Our youngest was scared during canyoning and Sergio, who also has young kids got to her level and explained what would happen, how he would keep her safe and also confidently assisted her down the falls. But the last waterfall she was laughing and having the best day! We enjoyed lunch with Ceasar and Sergio at their family farm and then proceeded to a farm tour with Sergio, where we were able to sample fresh fruits and home made coffee. It was a day for the books!

Andreas safely delivered us to our final stop, Puerto Veijo, we were sad to say goodbye, over the last 3 days Andreas had become a trusted friend along our adventure. We arrived at Congo Bongo where we met the owner, Marisol, she was so welcoming and we felt like family instantly. She was an amazing host, providing free laundry service (which was much needed after a few days of rafting and canyoning!), farm fresh eggs, clean accommodations and an amazing eco-village for us to enjoy. Puerto Veijo was a great place to cap off our trip, it was laid back and we enjoy time playing in the ocean, walking to Manzanillo (If you're there check out Colores, the local Greek restaurant - great staff and good food!). Our days were enjoyed touring a chocolate tour at a local indigenous farm, our guide Theresa was incredibly caring. She spoke the local Bri Bri language which added so much value to our tour. We attended a cooking class with a local chef, Glenda and made a traditional Rondon Soup. The following day we went snorkling and on a light hike through the national park where we swam with a lemon shark, sting ray, a variety of fish and coral.

Our final stay before departure was at the Studio Hotel in San Jose. the roof top pool, art, food and Piano / Violin show we were treated to on our last night perfectly summed up our family vacation.

We came home with so many amazing memories and stories, we could never have planned a trip like this on our own. We met amazing people and experienced so much of Costa Rica! We are so grateful to Sergio and the Serendipity team for creating a memorable family vacation. If you are considering Costa Rica, reach out to Sergio, he will enhance your experience and take away the stress of traveling.

Sergio - Thank you for being a phone call or message away whenever we needed to adjust timing, ask advise and for easily rearranging activities based on the weather.

Pura Vida!
Jody

Hotel Reviews
Autentico Hotel
San Jose

We weren't here very long, just slept and left, but the room was clean, the hotel was beautiful and the waiter at dinner was very friendly.

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Laguna Lodge
Tortuguero
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Jose and the tour guides were very helpful. The front desk staff was not overly friendly or helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Turire
Turrialba
Authenticity & Character
We loved the Cuban feel and 1950's vibe this space had
Location
Staff
The staff was so helpful, friendly and accomodating, they offered games for the kids and suggested local scenery to take in
Cleanliness & Comfort
Congo Bongo EcoVillage Costa Rica
Manzanillo, Limon
Authenticity & Character
Marisol has done an incredible job with this eco-village I found her entrepreneurial nature and creativity refreshing. The world needs more people like Marisol
Location
A close walk to Manzanillo, but about 15-20 min drive to Puerto Viejo. This was nice as it was quite and away from the business of Puerto Viejo, although if your looking to be closer to the action and restruants in Puerto Viejo you'll need to find transport.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Marisol cleaned our house every day and helped with our laundry. Thank you!!
Studio Hotel
San José
Authenticity & Character
The art, piano, violin players were all incredible!
Location
about 40 mins to the airport
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable
Activity Reviews
A Journey into the History and Culture of Tortuguero Village
Tortuguero

Cute town, I wouldn't recommend going at night. No street lights and it would be very dark and unsafe.

Nighttime Turtle Nesting Tour
Tortuguero

Super cool experiance!

Guided Boat Tour through Tortuguero Canals
Tortuguero
Private rafting on the Pejibaye River with children
Turrialba

Our guides were incredible!

Quality of Experience
Food
Best picnic lunch ever!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canyoning in Turrialba
Turrialba
Local Farm Experience
Turrialba
Cooking Classes and Afro-Caribbean Culture
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica
Hiking and Snorkeling at Cahuita National Park
Costa Rica
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2022

Hi Jody!

Thank you very much! I am so glad that you had a great time in Costa Rica!
I hope you can come back in the future to explore more of our country!
Best regards,
Sergio

Costa Rica - Pura Vida!
Costa Rica | Aug 13 - Aug 21, 2022

Donna
Donna G.
Chino Hills, CA | Reviewed on Sep 03, 2022

This was truly a vacation that was filled with fun, adventure, delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful nature and animals, peace of mind, and memories to last a lifetime! Thank you KimKim and especially Sergio for making this such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciated Sergio’s patience and perseverance as we carefully refined our itinerary!

When we landed at San Jose’ we found our driver easily. After a red-eye flight it was a treat to be driven to our first destination,... read more

This was truly a vacation that was filled with fun, adventure, delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful nature and animals, peace of mind, and memories to last a lifetime! Thank you KimKim and especially Sergio for making this such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciated Sergio’s patience and perseverance as we carefully refined our itinerary!

When we landed at San Jose’ we found our driver easily. After a red-eye flight it was a treat to be driven to our first destination, Nayara Springs! We were greeted by Andreas and escorted to a comfortable chair in the lobby where we enjoyed a cool cloth to refresh and a sample of their delicious drinks. Here is where we checked in to our room and were introduced to the many amenities of this beautiful hotel. We enjoyed a delicious lunch overlooking the Arenal Volcano and infinity pool. Our room was more like a luxury apartment! Their were two vanity areas in the bathroom, an indoor shower, private outdoor shower, large bedroom and sitting area, private patio complete with lounge bed, table & chairs, hammock, plunge pool, and the most beautiful landscape complete with birds and other creatures that graced us with their presence! Our stay here was outstanding! All of the hotel staff were super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The head chef was friendly & made creative dishes. It was here that we had some of the most unique and delicious meals, and the service was exceptional! Above the lobby is where I was able to get some of my first Costa Rican Coffee! Amazing! Andreas was always available to help us and even found the sloth we so wanted to see! The hotel even surprised me with a happy birthday decoration, card, and champagne in our room when we arrived home from our first tour.

Kenneth Arenal Guide was awesome! He and Pablo (great driver) provided us with our Arenal Volcano Private Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour. Kenneth was truly amazing as he shared his knowledge of Costa Rica and guided us to the base of the volcano. He brought his scope along and was very talented at taking photos and videos through it to share with us. Kenneth has a passion for his work and has an incredible ability to seek out all kinds of wildlife. We had a delicious snack that Pablo had prepared for us at the end of the hike, and then we headed for the Waterfall. The 500 steps down with the cool mist of the fall was peaceful, and we stopped to take more photos of course! Kenneth was always patient, helpful, and never rushed us. What a way to begin our tour experience! I highly recommend Kenneth and also left him a 5star review on Costa Rica Travel.

Safari Float at the Penas Blancas River was also a fun. We grabbed our paddles and enjoyed a float with a small group to observe more wildlife. The guides on this float were fun, informative, and also had a great ability to find alligators, iguanas, herons, and so much more! After, we enjoyed lunch and had our first intro into extracting the juice from the sugar cane. Lots of pictures! Lots of Fun!

The transfer to Monteverde I would categorize as fun! Our driver had a new vehicle which he took pride in, and was kind enough to make a couple of stops for us to get coffee. We were enjoying the music he played as he expertly avoided as many pot holes as possible. At one point we were all singing the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now” at the top of our lungs… we were truly “having such a good time”. :)

Senda Monteverde Hotel was like being nestled in a little mountain cabin. Again we were offered drinks when we arrived and the friendly staff checked us into our room. The rain that was promised finally arrived! We had quite a down pour, but we were thrilled to be safe in our room and enjoyed watching the rain. After all it was a perfect time to relax after our long drive. By the way… I give this hotel the “Softest Robe Award”! Truly the softest and coziest robes of all the places we stayed. There were even hot water bottles at night and complimentary snacks in our room. The bartender and servers here were so friendly that we enjoyed all of our meals here!

Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges - YES! YES! YES! This is a definite must if one visits the Monteverde area. We definitely chose to enjoy the hanging bridges with a guide. Again the guide was instrumental to finding interesting creatures and fully enjoying the experience above the jungle canopy. The zip lines were truly exhilarating! What an adventure! Again - lots of photos…. Lots of laughs! The staff here works hard to make this a safe and fun experience.

Coffee & Chocolate Tour - Very enjoyable! It was nice to be in a small group. Our guide was so informative and we learned so much about coffee and chocolate. It was here where I felt I was able to learn more about the culture and people who work in these areas as well. Yes, we bought lots of coffee and chocolate for gifts … and ourselves too!

Transfer to Gulf of Papagayo - again another wonderful driver. He was super kind and stopped to show us monkeys and picked a small orchid for me along the roadside. At one stop we were able to see some beautiful McCaws too!

Casa Chameleon Hotel Las Catalinas was another gorgeous hotel with an incredible view of the ocean. Again we were welcomed with a refreshing cloth and special drink. Our luggage was carried to our room for us… thankfully! Fortunately we enjoy walking and hiking and the 75 steps down to our room … and back up….well… let’s just say we stayed in shape! Our room was well decorated, complimentary snacks and drinks, and even hot tea and treats were left at night! Here we experienced still more amazing staff, food, and scenery! The servers all work so hard! I looked forward to the delicious fruit plate, coffee, specialty juice, and pastries that were served every morning. There was also entertainment at night, and they made a delicious Negroni too! William at the front desk helped me to pack some gifts that I purchased there to take home safely. There were so many extra touches… ones that might go unnoticed… such as something as simple as insuring that when we were leaving for a tour that we were notified when the driver arrived and confirmed that it was the correct one. We really appreciated all of the kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff!

Wetlands Boat Ride and Rum Tasting at Hacienda El Viejo - loved this tour too for so many reasons. Carlos/Charlie was our driver and was friendly, patient, & thoughtful too! We enjoyed our time with him in the car and also at the Hacienda El Viejo. Our guide (Daniel, I think) was exceptional as well. Helping us to find more wildlife as we toured the wetlands by boat. After we took a side tour through another section not often traveled and were able to spot so many more birds and even a rare Jabiru’! After another delicious lunch we walked down to meet our tour guide Roberto for the Rum Tasting. Roberto was also passionate about his work and shared so much information with us. We even got to blend our own rum to take home! I definitely would go back here on another visit. Hacienda El Viejo is such a beautiful place with such history, and I hear that they are adding beer tasting room soon too!

Our last tour was the Sunset Catamaran Sailing Tour. The crew was awesome and worked hard to insure everyone had a great time. Drinks were served right away and the sailing began. We even spotted turtles in the water as we sailed. When we reached a cove the crew offered snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. They were so helpful providing equipment and assisting all of the passengers. I enjoyed kayaking and just relaxing on the boat realizing this was our last full day in Costa Rica. The crew provided some delicious snacks/dinner too! We saw a beautiful sunset and then returned to shore. Although we really enjoyed this tour, I think we would have enjoyed a more romantic type sunset cruise for our last evening here.

Thank you for helping to make this trip to Costa Rica so memorable! Even the weather was wonderful. We were expecting lots of rain, and we only experienced it a few times - once in Monteverde and then a couple of evenings in Nayara Springs. We are so grateful!

Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Dear Donna and Greg,

I am so happy you had a wonderful time during your trip to Costa Rica! It was a real pleasure to be able to help you plan the perfect vacation. So many wonderful photos, I can tell you had a great experience! Thank you so much for your trust and your kind words.

Best regards,
Sergio

An Ideal and Well Planned Vacation
Costa Rica | Aug 13 - Aug 25, 2022

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evelyn w.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Sergio was terrific in helping plan a trip for my husband and myself to Costa Rica. We were to be in CR for about two weeks and he had to work out an itinerary that involved a commitment in Playa Hermosa, near Santa Teresa. The arrangements were ideal and proceeded seamlessly with an abundance of good suggestions. Accommodations were all excellent. Throughout the trip, Sergio was available to help or answer questions and was always accommodating. He is also very knowledgeable and knows... read more

Sergio was terrific in helping plan a trip for my husband and myself to Costa Rica. We were to be in CR for about two weeks and he had to work out an itinerary that involved a commitment in Playa Hermosa, near Santa Teresa. The arrangements were ideal and proceeded seamlessly with an abundance of good suggestions. Accommodations were all excellent. Throughout the trip, Sergio was available to help or answer questions and was always accommodating. He is also very knowledgeable and knows his country extremely well.

We flew from Denver to Liberia, where we were met by our driver, who took us to Monteverde, which was fantastic. Sergio convinced me to do the zipline above the cloud forest, and I was happy he did. Our privately guided hike was perfect with an extremely knowledgable fellow, who managed to find exotic birds, even one quetzecoatl.

Drivers were arranged to and from our assorted destinations, always punctual, and excellent and friendly. Our stay in Playa Hermosa (near Santa Teresa) was independent and I do not especially recommend that nor Santa Teresa unless the objective is to surf. Getting around means negotiating mud during rainy season and flying dry sand in summers with the smell of gasoline from zooming dune buggy vehicles.

Our driver picked us up from Playa Hermosa and drove us to a private island to Isla Chiquita, which is a fabulous resort with kayaking, whale watching, and a host of other activities. It was great and I would not mind returning.

So all and all a superb holiday with Sergio making ideal choices that were efficient and made the best use of time as he needed to plan around Playa Hermosa.

Hotel Reviews
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Monteverde

The hotel is well situated with beautiful surroundings. Not a luxury hotel, but adequate. The staff was always available and very helpful. I was quite happy with the restaurant and menu choices.

Authenticity & Character
A pretty hotel with stunning grounds.
Location
Staff
They were available and did their best to make you comfortable and to address any concerns.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Isla Chiquita

This is a private glamping hotel off on a tiny island, which is leased from the government. It is quite top notch with lots of staff always available and doing their utmost to make sure your stay is perfect and wonderful, which it was. The glamping tent was beautiful, roomy, spotless, and very private surrounded by jungle--quite idyllic. There were plenty activities to keep us busy for four days. The hotel is immaculately maintained with gorgeous plantings and flowers everywhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Isla Chiquita is in the middle of a jungle and extremely safe, not a thing to worry about. No need to lock up anything.
Staff
Staff was always there wanting to be sure that we were happy and doing everything we wanted. They bent over backwards. Everyone seemed happy, calm, and never rushed,
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Cloudforest Reserve Privately Guided Hike
Monteverde

Our guide, Andreas, was great and very interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about all of the plants, vegetation, and wildlife in his region, as well as the history. He loves what he does and loves sharing information, which is obvious. It is great to have a guide to provide information about plants and their habitats and can spot birds and animals which are camouflaged in trees.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Isla Chiquita Optional Activities
Isla Jesusita
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bioluminescence & Sea Life Tour
Isla Jesusita

Totally enjoyable and a fun thing to do in the evening. We even saw a manta ray.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Adventures: Tram, Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

This was totally fun. I can't think of improvements other than the hanging bridges are kind of sketchy for overweight people.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
They all had a good sense of humor and made everything fun.
Transport
We had a private driver to take us there and to our next destination, and I recommend that.
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

This was great, entertaining, and educational. I will be ordering chocolates and coffee directly from Don Juan. I never knew anything about coffee making processes, the holy coffee, in particular. And their chocolates are fabulous.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Hi Evelyn!

I am so glad you had a great experience, for me, it was a real pleasure to work with you on planning your vacation, and also practice a little your Spanish :)

De verdad muchísimas gracias Evelyn, espero que usted y su esposo tengan muy buenos recuerdos de su viaje por Costa Rica.

Saludos especiales,
Sergio

Our trip was awesome. We had zero issues, it ...
Costa Rica | Jul 20 - Jul 31, 2022

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Les A.
San Fernando, CA | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2022

Our trip was awesome. We had zero issues, it went very smoothly. read more

Our trip was awesome. We had zero issues, it went very smoothly.

Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2022

Hi Les,

I am so glad you had a great experience!
I saw a couple of photos of you kayaking in the mangrooves :)!

Thank you!

Great family trip (last minute planning)
Costa Rica | Jun 22 - Jul 1, 2022

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Jackie J.
Medford, MA | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

We had a spectacular time in Costa Rica. Sergio assisted us in an itinerary that met our interest in adventure, variety and family time. He was there through the entire time as things needed to shift because of weather or road closures - and also just to provide recommendations as we went along. The tours and guides he matched us with - from rafting to hiking to surfing - were all wonderfully competent and personable. read more

We had a spectacular time in Costa Rica. Sergio assisted us in an itinerary that met our interest in adventure, variety and family time. He was there through the entire time as things needed to shift because of weather or road closures - and also just to provide recommendations as we went along. The tours and guides he matched us with - from rafting to hiking to surfing - were all wonderfully competent and personable.

Hotel Reviews
Autentico Hotel
San Jose
Casa Turire
Turrialba

Nice place, pool / bikes are great additions.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Congo Bongo EcoVillage Costa Rica
Manzanillo, Limon

Amazing experience - but be sure to note that you are living "outside" for much of the time - and will likely want to bring your own food. The walk to the beach is spectacular.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Pacuare River Rafting
Turrialba

Wonderful guides. We didn't get to do the Pacurare but they made the best of if.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Long Nature Hike at La Selva
Costa Rica
Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

Loved their enthusiasm / knowledge and the story of how they are making a difference in their community. Will change how we choose/eat chocolate!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Surfing on the Caribbean Coast
Costa Rica

Super accommodating and encouraging staff - wonderful place for beginners to feel successful.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Hi Jackie!

I am so glad that you had a great experience, I hope you have many lasting memories with your family about your trip. to Costa Rica.

Cheers!
Sergio

Exciting Vacation In Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jul 2 - Jul 13, 2022

Craig
Craig W.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

We had a great vacation with the help of Sergio and his team.

We had to make changes due to weather and Sergio was able to rebook transfers and added an additional tour. It was so nice to be able to have all this done after a simple phone call.

We also had a medical issue, and Sergio was able to provide support.

Having someone local who can make arrangements behind the scenes was invaluable.

We called Sergio often, and he was always pleasant and helpful.

Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Hi Craig,

I am so happy to know that you and your family had a great time in Costa Rica!
For me and the Serendipity Adventures team, it was a pleasure :)

Sergio