I am passionate about creating memorable and fun vacations in Costa Rica! During my free time, I love going outdoors and exploring new destinations. I´ve been in the travel business for over 30 years designing amazing trips for families, honeymooners, nature lovers and adventurous travelers. Let me share with you my expertise and design an amazing itinerary based on your interests and budget!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Due to my extense knowledge of my country, I have visited almost all tourist destinations such as rainforests, cloudforests, volcanoes, both the pacific and the caribbean coasts . I specialize in family experiences, honeymoon vacations, nature and adventure lovers, wellness, multi-generational trips, couples, seniors, "
How did you get involved in travel?
"My first job was in the hotel business back in 1980 and was until 1986 that I started working at Horizontes Nature tours for almost 4 years and tought me the importance of protecting our enviornment and made me fall in love with my country! After working at other tour operators I returned to Horizontes my home, a couple of months ago."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I think that each trip is a unique experience! Costa Rica has so much to offer...volcanos, rivers, mountains, beaches! But maybe one of my favorite destinations is the remote Osa Peninsula... exploring its pristine rainforest with inmense and tall trees, hearing the sounds of nature in the solitude of this national park...with abundant flora and fauna was a unique experience, plus combined with a visit to the Caño Island for snorkeling was unforgetable experience."
Featured trips & expertise
With your kids in tow, get out and explore Costa Rica's capital city before making your way through the lush lowlands towards the Caribbean Coast in this adventure tour. From nature treks, to river rafting, to pristine beaches, this weeklong itinerary is created for families who want to experience Costa Rica's splendid scenery, wildlife, and distinctly laid-back culture.
Hilly nature walks are practically guaranteed while visiting the rugged terrain of Costa Rica. While some travelers prioritize beaches and water sports on either coast, many will want to save space on the itinerary to explore the vast interior and myriad of wildlife. Good news for hiking enthusiasts: The majority of Costa Rica's 27 national parks offer well-maintained trails. From volcanoes, to tropical dry forests, to remote rainforests, here’s a list of the country’s 10 best national parks for hiking.
On the northwestern edge of Costa Rica, Nicoya Peninsula features a spectacular beach scene attracting young expats who are spoiled for choice with year-round swells and seaside open-air yoga studios. With 10 days to explore the region by four-wheel drive, you’ll base yourself in three quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Teresa.
With ample mountains and rainforests, Costa Rica’s fortunate topography is a breeding ground for rivers and streams that turn into rushing waterfalls. Climbing these picturesque cascades will reward you with stunning views from the top and refreshing pools below. (In other words, pack a swimsuit and towel.) Here’s a list of the country’s best waterfall hikes ranging in difficulty for young and old alike.
Recent trip reviews for Sylvia
Adventure in costa rica, Costa Rica - Aug 3 - Aug 12, 2018
Sylvia is amazing! She is pleasant and easy to work with. We missed our flight and Sylvia rearranged pick-up and transfers from the airport with no fuss. She surprised us with a last minutes city tour of San Jose and dinner at Tiquicia Restaurant. The view of central valley from Tiquicia Restaurant was spectacular! It is truly a million-dollar view. The food was delicious and the traditional dance was fantastic.
Tabacon Resort , all I can I say is " Wow, wow, and wow... read more
Nature and adventure tour, Costa Rica - Jul 26 - Aug 7, 2018
We had a truly amazing time in Costa Rica. Sylvia organised everything so well. It's hard to know what the highlights were as there was so much which was just fantastic, but here are some that stick most in our memory:
• The first very rainy boat trip through the rainforest to Laguna Lodge, with Clarence taking good care of us throughout.
• The butterfly garden at the back of the Selva Tropical restaurant
• Witnessing a giant turtle laying her eggs (so many of them)
• Mauricio the driver... read more
Trip to costa rica, Costa Rica - May 21 - May 26, 2018
Amazing trip ! Everything was perfect!
Good hotels selection .
Thanks a lot
Trip to costa rica, Costa Rica - May 21 - May 26, 2018
Everything made by Sylvia was perfect there is nothing to say, perfect Is the word
I strongly recommend Sylvia for anything you want to plan in Costa Rica
Costa rica highlights!, Costa Rica - Apr 14 - Apr 21, 2018
My girlfriend and I booked a week's vacation in Costa Rica through Sylvia. It was super easy and Sylvia customized a great trip for us! We flew into San Jose from Toronto on April 14 and spent time in 3 spots - San Jose, Arenal and Manuel Antonio. It was an amazing experience and I felt like we had 3 vacations in one! Everything including the transfers, hotels and excursions was organized and we just had to turn up! Our guides were all fun, knowledgeable and gave us an exciting and authentic... read more
Costa rica surfing adventure, Costa Rica - Mar 30 - Apr 10, 2018
Great trip! Thanks for the change in transportation to Tamarindo as the ride was awesome with the forst half hour on the beach and the most of the rest on backroads thru the countryside. On reflection i would have stayed an extra day at Flor Blanca versus goign to Tamarindo which was too touristy for me but great for my 16 year old. Thanks for your help!
Classic costa rica: 7-day self-drive tour, Costa Rica - Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2018
Sylvia was very patient and help us a lot with the tour. We had a great time and will use the service again in the future.
Best of costa rica in 7 days: explore jungles, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica - Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2018
I would wholeheartedly recommend kim kim and particularly Sylvia Durado.
My flight over to Costa Rica was delayed due to adverse weather conditions. Sylvia was a lifesaver, altering my booking accordingly. No stress, no hassle.
When i finally got to Costa Rica, everything was seamless!
I had an amazing trip and I cant wait to return!!
Costa rica, Costa Rica - Mar 5 - Mar 21, 2018
A great time was had in a wonderful country. We travelled from San Jose to Tortuguero national park where all arranged tour were perfect. The lodge we stayed in was great with good food. From there we were transferred to Arenal where the accommodation was wonderful and all tours again were perfect. From there we went to Monteverde with swinging bridge and night walk tours and again it went perfectly. We then went to Playa Hermosa for our final 5 nights and had a lovely time relaxing in... read more
Siteseeing and hiking most of costa rica, Costa Rica - Feb 10 - Feb 24, 2018
Accomodation at Montechiari was very nice and the people were friendly with one exception. Management handled the exception very well.
The hike into the Hule Lagoon was great, Andre was an excellent guide.
He did at times seem to be in a bit of a rush. It was scheduled to be a four hour hike and we completed in just over three hours.
The pace was manageable but not leisurely. It was just the two of us, great.
The host family at the farm were wonderful and the food was awesome.
The mountain... read more