Author Archives: Marina Kuperman Villatoro

About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

Spotlight Guatemala – Hotel Meson de Maria, Antigua Guatemala

Hotel Meson de Maria is a wonderful luxury hotel in Guatemala’s jewel, Antigua Guatemala. This is a place to relax and enjoy the local culture between mountains and volcanoes.   Let me tell you that when you get to this … Continue reading

Weekly Travel Tip – Kid Essential

I’m a freak. I’ll admit it! Even knowing that Costa Rica is one of them most kid friendly countries in Central America I’m ridiculously paranoid my son is either going to get lost or kidnapped. Yes, I have serious issues … Continue reading

Baby Boomer: Learning or Enhancing a Skill

Fourth in a series on traveling with a mission in Costa Rica by Doris Gallan. One of the fastest ways for Baby Boomers to immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Rica is to come here to learn a new … Continue reading

Family Travel – Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

If you’re new to Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, chances are you will hear about Panajachel and think this is the biggest town on the lake. Well, it’s not. It may be the most notable one for the foreigners that … Continue reading

Photo Friday- Behind the Scenes of Antigua Guatemala’s Central Market

Market day is a hodge podge of different vendors selling more vegetables and flowers and fruit than is humanly possible to consume. Yet barely anyone makes it all the way back. Here come face to face with reality! Tons and … Continue reading

Costa Rica Wildlife – 8 Quick Facts About the Tayra

Bet you never saw one of these guys. The Tayra, also known as Perico ligero, is part of the weasel family and thrives in Corcovado National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica. So when you have a … Continue reading

Foodies Delight – Colorful Sweet Pepper Salad

The extravagant color combination of this salad and its brilliant presentation are to die for. INGREDIENTS 1 sweet yellow pepper 1 sweet red pepper 1 sweet green pepper 1 sweet orange pepper 2 tablespoons of olive oil Cut every pepper … Continue reading

Spotlight Costa Rica – The Springs Resort Hot Springs and Wildcat Sanctuary

The Springs Resort Hot Springs is a top of the line resort in Arenal Costa Rica. You will find it so close to the Arenal Volcano that the property, as the name implies has its own naturally heated hot springs … Continue reading

Baby Boomer Traveling: Making the World a Better Place

Third in a series on traveling with a mission in Costa Rica by Doris Gallan. Non-profit – and some for-profit – organizations in Costa Rica offer travelers the opportunity to work in helping orphans, organic farms and preserve animals and … Continue reading

Weekly Travel Tips – More Traveling with Kids

This might sound super obvious, but I find my husband constantly forgetting to do this easy but insanely necessary act: Ask my son before we head off in car, bus, or train if he has to PEE! And, of course, … Continue reading

Family Travel – Atitlan’s Villages, Guatemala

After a successful bargaining deal with the head hancho of the Panajachel Piers in Guatemala, we were on our way. Find the best Mayan Villages to visit around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.   The tour was to take us to 4 … Continue reading

Photo Friday – Billboards in San Pedro La Laguna, Atitlan Guatemala, Who Wants to Advertise Here?

If you want to market your business in San Pedro, a small town in Guatemala, you have a lot of competition. This is the Times Square of San Pedro de la Laguna, Lake Atitlan. On top of that, can you … Continue reading

Costa Rica Wildlife – 9 Reasons the Baird’s Tapir has Changed Its Behavior

One of the largest mammals to be found in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, the Baird’s Tapir, was named after the American naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird who traveled to Mexico in 1843 and observed the animals. Since then the Bairds … Continue reading

Foodies Delight – Avocados with Cream Dressing

INGREDIENTS 2 avocados 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1 cup of light mayonnaise 1 teaspoon of jalapeño ½ cup of chopped onion 1 teaspoon of smashed garlic 1 teaspoon of salt ¼ teaspoon of pepper 3 tablespoons of finely chopped … Continue reading

Spotlight Costa Rica – Exclusive Beach Resort, Manuel Antonio

Villas Tranquilas is located in Manuel Antonio’s rain forest, Costa Rica, just a few minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. It is a lot more than a family friendly, exclusive beach resort. It is a true champion of … Continue reading

Weekly Travel Tip – Flying with Kids Can Be Fun!

Before child I remember my flying time was full of catching up with my journal, or reading a good book, or just plain sleeping. Now, I have to have EVERY SECOND of plane time accounted for or the trip above … Continue reading

Baby Boomer: Gaining a Better Understanding of the World

Second in a series on traveling with a mission in Costa Rica by Doris Gallan. Baby Boomers are quite different than Golden Agers in key areas of their lives which greatly impact what they want out of travel. As a … Continue reading

Family Travel – Evening Trip to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan – Guatemala

Panajachel is the bustling city of Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. It’s not the biggest city, that would be Santiago, but it’s by far the nuttiest because of all the foreigners that have settled in this area. On top of … Continue reading

Photo Friday – View of the Panajachel Pier in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

This pier is the pulse of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala! Here all the wheeling and dealing is done for your trips to the remote and beautiful indigenous villages that are tucked away amongst the volcanoes surrounding the ancient volcanic crater … Continue reading

Drinks ‘Round the World! – Strawberry Diaquiri

Hey fellow cocktailers! Welcome back to the monthly International Cocktail Hour – Drinks ‘Round the World. Your two lovely hostesses Lifecruiser and Travel Experta (Me) are super happy to have you here. This month I’ll it’s time for a yummy … Continue reading