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We are GWA, a Costa Rican boutique tour operator. Our values and qualities are what make us unique and ensure that we always provide a high-quality, personalized service.
We focus on providing attentive customer service and offering innovative trips that are designed according to the preferences of our travelers. We always strive to ensure the complete satisfaction for each of our clients and we are committed to offering sustainable services that respect the environment and the local populations.

Green World Adventures is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents

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Costa Rica's active Turrialba Volcano
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Rainforests, Mountains & Beaches -15 Days

Take an epic road trip through Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes on this 15-day self-drive adventure. Starting in the capital of San José, you'll drive from the sapphire rivers of Río Celeste to the lush lowlands of Boca Tapada, tour the farms and forests of Sarapiquí, and head for the Talamanca Mountains to birdwatch in Quetzales National Park. Then make your way to Uvita to unwind on the beaches of the southern Pacific coast, exploring the protected seas and rich marine life of Marino Ballena National Park.

Snorkel through coral reefs on Tortuga Island
Costa Rica Family Adventure: Arenal, Guapiles & Tambor - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica off the beaten path on this family-friendly 8-day itinerary. Start with some rainforest adventure as you hike to waterfalls and volcanoes in Arenal and zipline through the forest canopy in Guapiles. Then shift gears and head to the pristine Nicoya Peninsula, where you'll relax on golden beaches, snorkel the coral reefs of Tortuga Island, and spot dolphins, sea turtles, macaws, and monkeys at the Curu Wildlife Reserve.

Hike to the Río Celeste waterfall
Costa Rica Rainforest & Beach Escape: Río Celeste & Playa Conchal - 5 Days

Escape to the lush rainforests and blissful beaches of northwest Costa Rica on this relaxing 5-day itinerary. Explore pristine cloud forests and brilliant blue rivers in the Río Celeste area, then transfer to the coast, where the white sands and crystalline waters of Playa Conchal beckon. With a perfect blend of laidback activities and lots of downtime, this quick Costa Rican getaway is sure to recharge your batteries.

The resplendent quetzal
Costa Rica Birdwatching Experience: Arenal, Monteverde & Tarcoles - 6 Days

Home to over 900 rare and resplendent species, Costa Rica is a paradise for bird lovers. Visit three distinct ecosystems and experience unforgettable guided birdwatching excursions on this 6-day itinerary. Hike past parrots and toucans in the volcanic jungles of Arenal, search for the iconic quetzal in the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest, then head to the coast to spot flocks of scarlet macaws in the biodiverse eden of Carara National Park.

Suspension bridges in the cloud forest canopy
Costa Rica Jungle & Beach: San José, San Ramón, Arenal, Monteverde & Jacó - 11 Days

Discover northern Costa Rica's lush cloud forests and pristine beaches on this active 11-day adventure. After a day spent in the capital of San José, you’ll transfer to San Ramón for two nights at an eco-lodge deep inside a private nature reserve. Visit Arenal to explore the rainforest canopy and hike to the famous volcano, then head to Monteverde to horseback ride through rare cloud forests and tour coffee and chocolate farms. End on the beach in the quiet surf town of Jacó, where you’ll embark on guided hikes to see monkeys and macaws in Manuel Antonio and Carara national parks.

Aerial View of Poas Volcano
Best of Costa Rica's Nature: Poas, Arenal, Rio Celeste, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This 13-day trip is packed with the best that Costa Rica's nature has to offer: volcanoes, cloud forests, coastlines, and more. You'll start in Poas to see the Tenorio Volcano and visit the La Paz Waterfall, then continue north to Arenal for a look at the iconic volcano and a chance to learn about coffee and chocolate production. Continue to Rio Celeste to see the spectacular blue water for yourself, then end your trip in Monteverde and Manual Antonio for sunny beaches and wildlife walks.

Recent Trip Reviews for Green World Adventures

What a beautiful country filled with the nice... · Costa Rica - Dec 17 - Dec 25, 2021

Traveler: Beth B. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

What a beautiful country filled with the nicest people on the planet! Diego helped our family plan a memorable trip to Costa Rica. We trekked through the rainforest, swam in the waterfalls at La Paz, zipped lined for forever (terrifying but incredible), walked around the Arenal Volcano and ended that day at the Tabacon Hot Springs (so awesome). Our last three days were at Samara where we swam, kayaked and snorkeled on the most beautiful beach (Playa Carrillo). Our guides along the way--... read more

What a beautiful country filled with the nicest people on the planet! Diego helped our family plan a memorable trip to Costa Rica. We trekked through the rainforest, swam in the waterfalls at La Paz, zipped lined for forever (terrifying but incredible), walked around the Arenal Volcano and ended that day at the Tabacon Hot Springs (so awesome). Our last three days were at Samara where we swam, kayaked and snorkeled on the most beautiful beach (Playa Carrillo). Our guides along the way-- Jorges, Philipe, Ray, Walter, Samantha-- all so knowledgeable about the rainforest, plants, animals, history--and so full of love for their country. All our transfers around the country were seamless and easy, and the hotels were so sweet-- especially Hotel Arenal Montechiari, complete with a resident sloth. Diego was incredibly helpful and available throughout the whole planning process, and during the trip when I had questions. Will definitely book another trip through kimkim! Thank you Diego!!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your comments Beth! I hope you can come back in the future, there are many more places to see and explore. Pura Vida :-)

Kelly

Best Vacation Ever! · Costa Rica - Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2022

Traveler: Kelly J. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Our 14 day trip to Costa Rica was the best vacation we have ever had! Diego planned a trip that had a perfect balance of fun, adventure, relaxation, beauty, and learning! He was very easy to work with during the planning stages - and very kind and affable. Diego was also very accessible and responsive during the trip. I would highly recommend KimKim for planning your next trip and for working with Diego if your plans take you to the incredible country of Costa Rica!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Kelly, thank you sooo much for your special review. I highly appreciate the honor of trusting your family vacation with me. I hope you and your family keep alive the Pura Vida spirit!!!

This was just an overall incredible experienc... · Costa Rica - Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2021

Traveler: Peter K. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

This was just an overall incredible experience for us. Diego really listened and set up an extraordinary 7 day trip for our family. It was an outstanding blend of fun, culture, relaxation, and excitement.

There was one little hic-up with one of the drivers, but Diego and the team responded very quickly... we didn't miss anything.

My 7 year old daughter could not have enjoyed it more. We'll be going back and will trust Diego with all our plans.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Peter,
Thank you very much for your comments. I've enjoyed creating this amazing trip for you and your daughter. I'm very happy you have had a great time and I hope you can come back soon.
PURA VIDA

The Best Honeymoon Ever · Costa Rica - Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021

Traveler: Cyrus I. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

We trusted Alberto, Diego (with GWA, who will be one of your main contacts once you're in CR), and KimKim as a whole with our honeymoon, and they knocked it out of the park. Booking everything was seamless, as we were able to adjust lodging and activities to fit our desired budget and pacing of the trip. Alberto was exceptionally responsive and accurate with his information. Every tour guide, every transfer/ride, and every hotel/resort were exactly what we'd hoped for. We ended up with the... read more

We trusted Alberto, Diego (with GWA, who will be one of your main contacts once you're in CR), and KimKim as a whole with our honeymoon, and they knocked it out of the park. Booking everything was seamless, as we were able to adjust lodging and activities to fit our desired budget and pacing of the trip. Alberto was exceptionally responsive and accurate with his information. Every tour guide, every transfer/ride, and every hotel/resort were exactly what we'd hoped for. We ended up with the honeymoon of a lifetime, rich with wildlife, adventurous experiences (including horseback riding through the cloud forest and countryside, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and swimming in a waterfall), and most importantly, ease. I strongly recommend using KimKim to book your Costa Rica experience without hesitation.

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cyrus and Heena
I am glad you enjoyed Costa Rica and that you had a great honeymoon.
Pura vida
Alberto

Anita

Just terrific! · Costa Rica - Nov 19 - Nov 28, 2021

Traveler: Anita L. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

Costa Rica is a true tropical paradise with an incredible flora and fauna. Our trip was filled with endless breathtaking views and experiences. And the people were incredibly friendly, courteous and helpful. Thank you so much to Alberto, all of our guides and drivers, and Kimkim for making our trip to Costa Rica so well-planned and smooth. Everything went according to plan. The communication with Alberto was without any problems, and he came up with a really nice itinerary for us after two... read more

Costa Rica is a true tropical paradise with an incredible flora and fauna. Our trip was filled with endless breathtaking views and experiences. And the people were incredibly friendly, courteous and helpful. Thank you so much to Alberto, all of our guides and drivers, and Kimkim for making our trip to Costa Rica so well-planned and smooth. Everything went according to plan. The communication with Alberto was without any problems, and he came up with a really nice itinerary for us after two days. He managed to squeeze in so much in just 10 days, but without it being too much. It was the perfect balance between activities and leisure. Our drivers David and Felipe, were exceptionally nice, and we had so many good conversations with them. Our other guides and drivers were all really nice and knowledgeable too. Our guide, Donald, in Monteverde's cloud forest was especially knowledgable and enthusiastic. He was also really good at spotting quetzals! Everywhere we went, the wildlife was in proximity: macaws flying by at breakfast, monkeys coming up to the pool, a beautiful blue bird joining us for lunch at the beach, snorkling and seeing reef fish and a turtle, passing by a crocodile in a river on our way back to the hotel from the beach.

We had a mid-range budget, and the hotels Alberto picked out for us were all great. We had big rooms/bungalows with two BIG twin beds. Hotel Lomas del Volcán in La Fortuna was particularly nice, and the food there was delicious. Hotel Nimmbú in Playa Carrillo (Sámara) was also beautiful, but the food could have been better. It wasn't bad, but it didn't quite live up to the standard that we expected from such a nice hotel.

We loved La Fortuna and its volcano. Monteverde was breathtaking and perfect to see from the horseback. The cloud forest there is also absolutely a must to see. It was perfect to end our holiday at the beach in Sámara, which was such a quaint little community with breathtaking and almost empty beaches.

We will definitely visit Costa Rica again! Also because we didn't get to see a sloth which we really really wanted to see :)

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anita
Thanks a lot for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed Costa Rica, and it will be a pleasure having you again in the country to find the sloth!
Pura Vida,
Alberto

One of the most authentic places i have ever stayed · Costa Rica - Nov 11 - Nov 16, 2021

Traveler: JOSE I. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

The trip was great, we stayed at amazing hotels and had very good activities in general.

We stayed in an absolutely beautiful treehouse that was chosen by Diego.

I think the follow-up during the trip could have been better, and the details in the trip guide were not as accurate, for example, in one activity that included swimming it wasn't stated that we should have brought swimming suit!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jose,
Thank you very much for your evaluation and all your feedback. It makes us create better programs and better services for our travelers.
I hope you can come back in the future!
PURA VIDA!
Diego.

Amazing trip to Costa Rica! Easy, fun and beautiful · Costa Rica - Oct 22 - Nov 1, 2021

Traveler: Emily B. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

Thank you so much to the kimkim team and Alberto for organizing such an amazing trip to Costa Rica! We got to go to 3 amazing and beautiful areas ( Fortuna, Monteverde and Playa Carillo) and try a number of fun and exciting activities. Transports, transfers and activities were extremely organized and easy. We loved Rob our hilarious guide for the Pacuare river rafting and 1968 hiking tour in Arenal with Hansel through Desafio - just incredible. Playa Carillo was gorgeous and not crowded. We... read more

Thank you so much to the kimkim team and Alberto for organizing such an amazing trip to Costa Rica! We got to go to 3 amazing and beautiful areas ( Fortuna, Monteverde and Playa Carillo) and try a number of fun and exciting activities. Transports, transfers and activities were extremely organized and easy. We loved Rob our hilarious guide for the Pacuare river rafting and 1968 hiking tour in Arenal with Hansel through Desafio - just incredible. Playa Carillo was gorgeous and not crowded. We got treated extremely well by all guides and hotel staff. I highly recommend kimkim and Alberto. They made planning a breeze and we didn't have to worry about anything. We will definitely recommend kimkim to our friends and family and use them again as well. Pura Vida!

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Emily for the feedback, I am really glad you enjoyed the trip in Costa Rica.
Pura vida,
Albertp

Everything was amazing !! From our drivers, t... · Costa Rica - Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2021

Traveler: Rosemarie N. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

Everything was amazing !! From our drivers, to food, to the resorts, excursions, etc. everything was perfectly scheduled and prompt. Thank you!!!

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot for your feedback, I am glad you enjoyed Costa Rica.
Alberto

Great Trip! · Costa Rica - Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2021

Traveler: Cosette M. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

This is my first time using KimKim. I was a little hesitant at first, but once I filled out the questionnaire and got matched with Green World Travel, we were in good hands. Our specialist was Diego and he was fantastic. He was very quick to respond to all of our questions and comments. The itinerary he planned for us flowed very nicely and all the activities were great. Starting off with our driver who picked us up from the airport Felipe. Felipe was great! We had a 3 hour car ride to... read more

This is my first time using KimKim. I was a little hesitant at first, but once I filled out the questionnaire and got matched with Green World Travel, we were in good hands. Our specialist was Diego and he was fantastic. He was very quick to respond to all of our questions and comments. The itinerary he planned for us flowed very nicely and all the activities were great. Starting off with our driver who picked us up from the airport Felipe. Felipe was great! We had a 3 hour car ride to Arenal, and during this ride he told us all about Costa Rica. It was a great introduction! After that we spent 3 days in La Fortuna. Diego suggested we go waterfall rappelling and zip lining; activities I would have never picked for myself. I am happy we did them. The rappelling was great and the zip lining was a true adrenaline rush. The companies Diego picked for our activities were awesome and their equipment was high quality. After La Fortuna we went to Tortuguero. This was the highlight for my trip. Diego picked out great accommodations (Mwamba). The wildlife in Tortuguero is fantastic and so were our guides from the hotel especially, Mariso. In Tortuguero we were able to see spider monkeys, white face monkeys, howler monkeys, and many other animals as well as see the sea turtle nesting which is a once in a lifetime experience. After Tortuguero we went to Puerto Veijo absolutely stunning beaches. There we went on a tour of Cahuita. This was the only hick-up of our trip because we were unable to snorkel because the ocean was too cloudy and rough. Diego and the tour company did a fantastic job of communicating with us the changes that were needed. Last and best activity we did was going rafting on the Pacure river. I highly recommend this activity had a great time and our guide Andres was fantastic! Throughout this entire experience the Covid per cautions were fantastic. Everybody was wearing mask and there were hand washing stations at every restaurant and every where in the hotels. I felt very safe. Diego was also very helpful in helping us organize our Covid test to come back into the USA. Overall, I would high recommend booking a trip to Costa Rica with Diego!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cosette,
Thank you so much for your comments. It was a great pleasure organizing your vacation in Costa Rica. I really enjoyed preparing this trip plan proposal and I'm so happy to know everything went well!
PURA VIDA!
Diego

Kevin

Diego and GWA were fantastic! · Costa Rica - Sep 25 - Oct 3, 2021

Traveler: Kevin H. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Diego and Green World Adventures did a great job helping us plan our honeymoon. We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica and Diego tailored our itinerary to exactly what we were looking for. In the process he was helpful in giving us all the information we needed to optimize our trip/timing and avoid travel pitfalls. He also coordinated all of our transportation and found amazing accommodations that were within our budget. During our travel we felt well supported and assured without the hassle... read more

Diego and Green World Adventures did a great job helping us plan our honeymoon. We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica and Diego tailored our itinerary to exactly what we were looking for. In the process he was helpful in giving us all the information we needed to optimize our trip/timing and avoid travel pitfalls. He also coordinated all of our transportation and found amazing accommodations that were within our budget. During our travel we felt well supported and assured without the hassle or worry of conventional international travel. Finally, we were extremely impressed with the sustainability initiative as well. I would recommend Diego and or GWA to anybody thinking about traveling to Costa Rica.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kevin & Molly,
It was a great honor to help you with the preparation for your honeymoon in Costa Rica. I enjoyed working with you guys and I wish you the best for this new phase of your life!
Keep alive the Pura Vida Spirit!
Diego.

Overall, a terrific trip to Costa Rica, arran... · Costa Rica - Jul 21 - Jul 30, 2021

Traveler: Ian S. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

Overall, a terrific trip to Costa Rica, arranged by Alberto.
Diego at GWA was fantastic and helped on the couple of times we needed his assistance.
Only issue was a "no-show" for one of our activities when it had to be re-scheduled due to weather and Diego worked wonders to find a new guide and complete our activity.

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ian
I am glad you enjoyed Costa Rica.
Pura Vida
Alberto

Perfect itinerary! · Costa Rica - Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021

Traveler: Erika S. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

It was the perfect itinerary! Mix of exciting and relaxing activities! It all even worked out with the weather. Amazing trip.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Muchas Gracias Erika!!! I really appreciate your comments, it means a lot to me! It was a great honor to prepare this amazing trip plan for you. I hope you can come back soon. PURA VIDA :-)

Ameer

Costa Rica was beautiful and we did so many g... · Costa Rica - Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021

Traveler: Ameer S. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Costa Rica was beautiful and we did so many great activities ,and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Diego! Thanks again!

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Ameer! I really appreciate your comment. It was a great pleasure helping you designing this amazing trip. I hope you can come back soon, and keep alive the Pura Vida spirit!

Costa Rica - Arenal, Monteverde, Manual Antonio Trip Planned by Diego · Costa Rica - Jun 24 - Jul 4, 2021

Traveler: Denes M. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica planned by Diego. He stayed within budget yet was able to get us into very desirable locations. He was very responsive when we had questions/concerns. All the locations we stayed at were great for our family of 5. Every guide was on time and were all very professional and courteous.

Our first stop was Arenal at the Los Lagos resort where we had a tour with Marcos of La Fortuna falls and Arenal. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and pulled... read more

We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica planned by Diego. He stayed within budget yet was able to get us into very desirable locations. He was very responsive when we had questions/concerns. All the locations we stayed at were great for our family of 5. Every guide was on time and were all very professional and courteous.

Our first stop was Arenal at the Los Lagos resort where we had a tour with Marcos of La Fortuna falls and Arenal. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and pulled over a few times to get close up views of sloths along the road side. We also had a great time with our guide Luis whitewater rafting. He made the trip exciting yet kept everything very safe. We also had a great time canyoning in the area. Diego also scheduled a family photo session for us at the hotel which worked out perfectly with our schedule.

Next, we moved on to Monteverde where we stayed at the Cala Lodge with a deck view of the cloud forest. First, we had a night tour with Olman who located animals and insects that we would never have been able to see without him. From the lodge room deck we saw Toucans and various other wildlife and it was very peaceful. We had a great day there with a hanging bridges tour with Roy and ziplining which the whole family enjoyed.

Finally, we went to Manuel Antonio and stayed at the Gardens Espadilla Hotel. The first day we went with our guide Gilberto horseback riding who really knew his stuff as he is very experienced in training and handling horses. The horses behaved very well for us inexperienced riders and we were able to swim under a waterfall and had an excellent lunch prepared by the locals. We also went to Manuel Antonio National Park for a day of lounging on the beautiful beach and some hiking to viewpoints, which was located walking distance from the Hotel which was very handy.

All in all, the trip was great and Diego did an excellent job planning everything and providing the information we needed. Highly recommended.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Denes, it was a great honor helping you with this fantastic travel experience. I really enjoyed designing your family vacation, and I'm more than happy to hear that you had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. I hope you and your family keep alive the Pura Vida spirit!

Our Flawless Costa Rican Vacation · Costa Rica - Feb 26 - Mar 18, 2021

Traveler: Chet G. - Local specialist: Diego Rivera

Kim Kim,
Diego was amazing! We told him who we were (old but not dead) and what we wanted (more forest than beach) and he listened. His plan was a 21-day drive and stay adventure that was perfect for us. Going on a great adventure means (safely) getting out of your comfort zone – anxiety without harm. Some of the roads were narrow, steep, and twisty, but traveled without incident and minimal held breaths. The fifteen-minute walk alone through the dark forest to our Treehouse was full of... read more

Kim Kim,
Diego was amazing! We told him who we were (old but not dead) and what we wanted (more forest than beach) and he listened. His plan was a 21-day drive and stay adventure that was perfect for us. Going on a great adventure means (safely) getting out of your comfort zone – anxiety without harm. Some of the roads were narrow, steep, and twisty, but traveled without incident and minimal held breaths. The fifteen-minute walk alone through the dark forest to our Treehouse was full of noises and imagination but also the satisfaction of finding some of the critters we had been shown on our guided night walk. Sure, the provided google map route took us on a 3k “short cut” on a one-lane stone road through a dairy herd, but it came out at
the right place and when was the last time you had cow breath in your window.
The trip was not all adventure, there was a lot of learning. We went on tours and saw frogs, snakes, butterflies, frogs, monkeys, sloths, frogs, dolphins, cacao plants, frogs, iguanas, coffee plants, frogs, spiders, one giant crocodile and heard the stories of each. Having a guide is a must. We could have traveled the same paths and we would not have seen a thing. The guides Diego found were terrific at explaining the fauna and flora and being patient while we took five minutes to see what they were pointing at. Sloths were really hard to see. I would find it, take my eyes off it, and never find it again. Maybe the guides have some secret power to “show” us what we want to see, even if it is not there. But then they take a picture of it – and send us the picture. Superb!
Finally, there were the accommodations that ranged from a “primitive” (not) treehouse with a king-size bed and full bath to truly luxurious room with a private hot tub. Of all the places we stayed my best memories were the showers. One shower had glass walls looking out into the forest canopy, one had two showers, one inside and one in an outside garden, and another shower had a glass wall viewing the forest and Avenal volcano.
Throughout our visit we were impressed with the sanitation measures in place at businesses and in the parks regarding COVID. Always someone at the entrance to make sure everyone has a face covering, and they wash their hands - at businesses both large and small.
Diego put all of that together for us and took the time to check in with us throughout the journey to make sure all was well. This adventure went off without a single glitch. Amazing, I cannot orchestrate my breakfast at home for twenty-one days without something going wrong. We are including a summary of some of the people, places, and things we enjoyed the most.
1 Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel 27-28 Feb
Kenneth and the staff at the hotel answered every question and request to make our 2-night stay hiccup free. Our bungalow was spacious and elegant, with lots of natural light during the day from floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as reading light for evenings. Two spacious showers, one indoor and one an enclosed outdoor shower complete with luscious flowering plants. A gorgeous, roofed deck so we could sit out even when it rained. Everything was supplied.
The open-air restaurant is surrounded by so many lush tropical plants it is like sitting in a garden, and the food. Well, one of us is an omnivore and one a vegetarian and we each had choices that were delicious, with some suggestions by the chef. They had positioned in the “garden” a stand with fresh fruit which attracted the birds so we could photograph them up close!
They arranged a guide, Joseph, to give us a night walk around the property where he explained what we were seeing, and hearing (very reassuring). We got to see colorful frogs and friendly snakes and even footprints in the dirt of something I do not remember the name of. Frosting on the cake was Joseph forwarding us the close-up pictures he took on the tour. He is an accomplished photographer!

2 Tenorio Volcano National Park Tour with Jonier 28 Feb
We were the only two people on this tour so we had the delight of Jonier telling us everything we were seeing and what to look for, the history and uses of the Park, some stories and customs of the area and foods we should be sure to try. He kept a good pace for us and made sure of our footing on some of the slippery or steeper parts, answering all our questions as we went along. He is so personable and knowledgeable it is apparent he enjoys his profession as a licensed guide.

3 Boca Tapada, Maquenque Ecolodge, Tree House 1-2 Mar
What an adventure this was! After driving twenty-five kilometers on a dirt road, we arrived in the Lodge’s parking lot with no hotel in sight. There was a restroom and a phone on the wall which connected us with Reception, who then sent a boat to pick us up (we could see the boat and landing across the river). Once across we walked 10 minutes along a gravel walk with lush Costa Rican “forest” on either side. At Reception we were greeted by Vicki who coordinated our entire stay beautifully and arranged for one of the staff to carry our suitcase up the gravel path for another 10-minute walk to our very own treehouse. Forty-eight steps up we found a gorgeous deck looking out over the jungle, and inside a king size bed in an amazingly comfortable room, with complete bath, including shower with windows on two sides looking out over the jungle.
The grounds are lushly forested with a beautiful “lagoon” complete with caiman whose eyes shine in the gleam of nighttime flashlights. The open-air restaurant serves
delicious fare for both the guests, and the birds who flock to a short platform covered with fresh fruits which attract them, making birding an up-close-and-personal experience.
During our two-night stay we took two tours, both with our excellent guide Jose. On the night walk he led us around the property where he pointed out the caiman’s shining eyes, plus colorful frogs, friendly snakes, and night-blooming flowers.
On our daytime boat tour up the river to the Nicaraguan border Jose pointed out iguana, crocodile, many types of birds, old homesteads along the shore, and gave us a snapshot of the history of the area – including the fact that his father made the furniture at the lodge, harvested from a local farm.

4 Tirimbina Lodge and Rainforest Center Chocolate Tour, 4 Mar
What a wonderful tour through the rainforest this was. Because of COVID we were the only two guests on the tour, so we were able to pepper our guide William with all our questions. He told the stories of everything (including the beautiful birds) we were seeing around us, both on the trails and across the hanging bridge that led across a deep ravine. When we reached the cacao plantation, he explained the history of chocolate cultivation and we saw cacao trees and tasted the white, sweet fruits inside the pods. Then there was a demonstration of the numerous steps the indigenous people followed to make chocolate. These same steps are followed today except using machines instead of using hand power. And then, the absolute best part, getting to taste the chocolate at several points in the process, including the so-marvelous, finished product of silky-smooth warm chocolate.
The Tirimbina Reserve is a scientific area, dedicated to studying butterflies, cacao, chocolate, and nutmeg. To preserving and understanding nature and its processes.

5 Pierella Butterfly Farm & Ecological Garden Tour, 5 Mar
From a 20x20 M plot of bare land in 1995 to the lush rainforest it is today, William and Krystal have grown a thriving butterfly operation and the tour they gave us was totally eye opening. How could the vegetation grow this lush in such a short time, with such an abundance of varieties of both flora and the beautiful butterflies?! It’s beautiful.
It is obvious this is more than a business to them as their passion for this forest and its residents suffuses all their stories and the excitement they express in their explanations. They are reclaiming the rainforest.
Beyond learning the lifecycle of butterflies and seeing so many varieties in their stages of development, William showed us a sloth, and found for us the rare white bats (tiny little white bundles nesting on the underside of a heliconia leaf). Then Krystal took over and pointed out colorful frogs and birds she located by their calls.
As if the personal tour wasn’t enough, Krystal showed us how chocolate is made, using cacao pods from the trees growing on their land, then fed us a delicious (and bountiful) typical casado lunch.

6 Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve 6-7 Mar
The 9K drive down to the hotel from the paved highway got our attention. Suffice to say the road is narrow, steep, and twisting (and even paved in sections) but totally manageable. The hotel and grounds are superb, from reception to the restaurant, trails, rooms (we had a junior suite), to the spa where I received a blissful massage. The entire staff made sure our 2-night stay put smiles on our faces.
In early March when we were there it got cool (40’s F) at night so the blankets on the beds were most welcome. And my jacket came in handy for my 0530 Quetzal Birdwatching tour when it was still dark.
The tour itself was an astounding success! My guide (Melvin I believe) drove us up the road a short distance, parked, got out his scope, heard a Quetzal calling and immediately sighted the colorful male bird in a nearby tree. We watched it long enough for M to take a video of it on my camera, through his scope, giving me both visual and audio. It then flew to another close-by tree where a female was perched and whose picture we also got, through his scope. What a morning! And what a considerate guide to get those photos for me!
Our room was very spacious and comfortable with lots of windows for natural light, bedside lighting for reading, and an elegant bathroom with candles beside the tub.
As a vegetarian I appreciated the staff and kitchen working with me on menu choices while my omnivore husband enjoyed the entire menu happily. The fresh fruit plate at breakfast was something to look forward to as well.

7 Cuna del Angel Hotel - Uvita 8-9 Mar
This is a lovely hotel, just north of Uvita town and quite near the beach, with beautiful grounds immaculately kept. The hotel restaurant is entirely gluten free and its open sides provide beautiful views of the lush forest and the Pacific Ocean. I also received a particularly excellent facial from Yolanda in their spa. The air conditioning was appreciated in this humid part of Costa Rica.
During our 2-night stay there we visited the nearby beach community of Dominical which we really enjoyed. So laid back – complete with natural foods grocery (Mama Toucans), a café with veg and vegan options and free wi-fi, and many vendors along the sandy beach drive (hippie comes to mind) shaded by palm trees blowing in the warm breezes. We had a good lunch at Phat Noodle too.

8 Bahia Aventuras 9 Mar
The crew from Bahia Aventuras led us on a snorkel tour in the warm waters of the Marino Ballena National Park. We were so impressed with their excellent equipment and the care they took to make sure we were at ease every step of the way, and to make sure we saw a variety of marine life. Our companion boat stayed near us the entire time and was our café on the water during our trip back to shore. It was an excursion I highly recommend.

9 Manuel Antonio National Park 11 March
Andray was our excellent guide for the morning through this park - the guy who was able to show us sloths in the trees - and any guide who can make it possible for mere mortals to discern a sloth high up in a tree, surrounded by leaves and branches, is a gem by any standard. All the way through the park he told us the history of the area, the natural habits of the creatures living in the park, and on to the beaches which are beautiful and situated in small coves where swimming is a treat! We highly recommend both Andray and this park as well worth it.

10 Amor Arenal Hotel 14-16 Mar
From the moment we arrived at Reception to the moment we drove away, the entire staff of this luxurious rainforest lodge made sure our 3-night stay was exceptionally enjoyable. The grounds, our “cabin”, the restaurant, pools, everything, put big smiles on our faces. Breathtaking was the jolt I felt when we entered our cabin and I saw the woods – in floor, walls, ceiling – stunning, especially when enhanced by the spacious windows and the lush greenery outside those windows. Simple, elegant, and totally fitting in the rainforest setting. Spacious enough in our room in fact, to use the yoga equipment supplied in the closet! So thoughtful.
The pools were refreshingly salt water and there was both sun and shade around them for enjoying them in any temperature. The open-air restaurant was its own tropical garden, complete with delicious food and beverages at every meal. We highly recommend this lodging to anyone staying in Costa Rica.

11 Organico Fortuna Restaurant 15-16 Mar
So good we went twice in two days! I’m vegan and was overjoyed to find an entire selection of vegan dishes and drinks. Plus, my omnivore partner got a delicious fish dish and, he thought, the best meal of our 21-day stay in CR. The service both visits was so friendly and helpful in describing the dishes it was simply hard to limit what we ordered!
The setting is relaxing with light, bright surroundings, and comfortable chairs. A definite recommendation to visit and dine.

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Diego Rivera, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for this detailed and useful feedback. It was a great honor to help you design this amazing trip. I really enjoyed meeting you, and I hope you can come back in the near future, there are other regions that you can explore during your next trip.
Keep your spirit of "Pura Vida" with you and please stay in contact!
Diego.

Carol

Highly recommend Green World Adventures and kimkim.com travel! · Costa Rica - Feb 24 - Mar 5, 2020

Traveler: Carol M. - Local specialist: Alberto Molina

We recently used kimkim.com for our recent 11-day trip in late February/early March, 2020 to Costa Rica. Alberto Molina, the local specialist, was really easy to work with and easy to contact with any questions. A few days into our trip, we had a few questions and Karol with Green World Adventures, and she was very quick to get back with us. She helped us several times during our trip and adjusted our tours when we had questions. She was always handy and helpful.
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We recently used kimkim.com for our recent 11-day trip in late February/early March, 2020 to Costa Rica. Alberto Molina, the local specialist, was really easy to work with and easy to contact with any questions. A few days into our trip, we had a few questions and Karol with Green World Adventures, and she was very quick to get back with us. She helped us several times during our trip and adjusted our tours when we had questions. She was always handy and helpful.
The following tour guides were standouts on our trip:
Felipe with Green World Adventures: Great walking downtown tour of San Jose! He graciously gave us his own recipe of ceviche, and kept us entertained our our drive to and from the airport.
Axel and Victor with Desafio Adventure Pioneers: Hanging Bridges tour, Aerenal Volcano hike and La Fortuna waterfall. What a fun filled day with these guys! They were so accommodating during these fun adventures!
Javier with Iguana tours, our nature guide at Cari-Canche Private Reserve. He was full of knowledge about this beautiful area.
Yenaro Suarez, our guide who conducted our tour at the Don Juan coffee, chocolate and sugar cane plantation. That was such a wonderful, tasty treat!
"Professor" Andres, our very informative nature guide who conducted our tour at Manuel Antonio National Park.
Hector Altamirano of HecTours. He was our ultimate nature guide at Carara National Park. He was a marvelous tour guide, along with our driver Eddie, who spotted the macaws at the very beginning our our trip. This was our last tour and was such a memorable day.
We all hated to leave beautiful Costa Rica, but hopefully will return sometime soon.

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Alberto Molina, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Carol,
It's lovely to know that you enjoyed your trip in Costa Rica. You really saw that our country has too much to offer. The whole team hopes to see you again here, traveling to wonderful areas. It's a pleasure for us to make the best trip possible for you.
Glad to plan another adventure!
Thank you so much for your time!