Pura Vida in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica | Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2022

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Jenelle B.
Santa Monica, CA | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica. This was our first time using kimkim and Yuliana of Amazilia Travel could not have have been more helpful with her suggestions and spot on with her itinerary. We visited three different parts of the country (Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) and thoroughly enjoyed all of the hotels and various activities that she had booked. 10/10 for Yuliana! Thank you so much! read more

We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica. This was our first time using kimkim and Yuliana of Amazilia Travel could not have have been more helpful with her suggestions and spot on with her itinerary. We visited three different parts of the country (Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio) and thoroughly enjoyed all of the hotels and various activities that she had booked. 10/10 for Yuliana! Thank you so much!

Hotel Reviews
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde

Unique and comfortable hotel. The views from the 800’s building were gorgeous and the shuttle busses made traveling the mile (up and downhill) between the rooms and reception/restaurants very do-able. Our only issue was that the wifi, including the premium option, did not work in our rooms. Delicious breakfast and very friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Unique layout
Location
Not really close enough to walk to restaurants in Monteverde but the views from the rooms are everything!
Staff
Very friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms do not have heat or ac so we layered our clothing indoors.
Hotel Lomas del Volcán
Fortuna

Fantastic hotel in beautiful surroundings. The bungalows felt very luxurious and the view of the volcano could not be beat. We enjoyed the swimming pool and hot tub and the breakfast was delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully appointed bungalows amid very carefully tended landscape.
Location
Overlooking the volcano and close enough to La Fortuna to not have to drive too far to restaurants and activities (too far to walk).
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa
Manuel Antonio

Fantastic location right next to the National park. The hotel was comfortable, easy to navigate and only a few minutes walk to the beach and other restaurants. The hot tub did not appear to be working but the pool was lots of fun for the kids. The best part of the hotel was watching the monkeys and toucans in the trees next to the pool!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Danny of Toucanes Tours was a wonderfully kind and knowledgeable guide. His English is phenomenal and he clearly enjoys what he does. We saw many animals during our two-hour walk and enjoyed a brief break at the park’s beach. 10/10!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Aerial Tram, Zip Lining & Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

AWESOME experience! We were a little hesitant about zip lining in the pouring rain but it was such a great experience. There’s nothing quite like zip lining into the clouds. The guides at Sky Adventures took safety very seriously and their course and hanging bridges are well worth it.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna

Rafael at Don Juan was a kind and knowledgeable guide who taught us so much about cacao and coffee. The kids loved making their own chocolate bars and we thoroughly enjoyed tasting the coffee. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Monteverde

Quite a unique experience to walk through the Costa Rican forest at night at Refugio de Vida Silvestre. We spotted a bunch of different animals during the two hour tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Arenal/La Fortuna

Very enjoyable, basically private tour at the Ecological park. Karina of Ecoterra Tours was very knowledgeable of the local fauna and flora. The butterfly enclosure had been damaged and all of the butterflies had to be released but we saw many other animals on the tour. The Maleku presentation was interesting.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Safari Float & Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

Great time rafting on the Peñas Blancas river with a snow Aventira. Our guides, Martin and Brian, were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Didn’t see any sloths but saw many other animals. The trip down to the waterfall was fun but, in hindsight, this was something we could have done on our own. Lunch at Cava Pizza was the only downer of the day - the guide called our order in ahead of time, sensing that the kids were hungry after a long day, but we still had to wait almost 1.5 hours for our food.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Hello Jenelle,
I hope you are well.

It is great to read your review, thank you for your time to live us these great comments. I will share all of them with our colleagues to take these important notes for our future travelers.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful time in our country, was my pleasure to assist you during this time. Will be great you could visit Costa Rica in the future. :)

Kind regards!

Yuliana