Costa Rica Family Vacation Testimonial

Hi Marina!

Our trip was just absolutely wonderful! Just trying to come back down to life in the real world-wondering who is enjoying my beach chair in MA now 🙁

Absolutely everything went smoothly! All the transportation you scheduled was on time, polite drivers who were happy to help us with our struggling Spanish and eager to stop and show us anything along the way they thought we might be interested in. The lodging choices-oh my goodness. Each one was perfect in a way of its own and we loved each of them!

The family in Monteverde at Valle Campanas made us feel like we had come to visit friends. They could not have been more welcoming, even Reina’s husband who spoke no English seemed to warm up when he realized we were willing to try and communicate with our meager Spanish vocabulary and were interested in his beautiful land. He just kept showing us things:) I have this sweet memory of their little daughter Nazareth playing a counting game with all four of us-making us count in Spanish aloud as we followed in line behind her!

El Silencio was so gorgeous and the people at the desk so helpfulWe also decided at the very last moment to go canyoning with Desafio. Glad we did it that way so I didn’t have time to get terrified:)

And what can you say about Casa Panorama-thought I’d died and gone to paradise! Wish I could somehow keep that feeling of wonder and pleasure that I had as Diego showed us around for the first time. My kids said “mom you have outdone yourself!” The beach access there was worth any difference of money in my opinion! Sitting on the balcony, listening to the jungle sounds, drinking a glass of wine, watching the sunset-I wonder how long you would have to do that before you tire of it?

Our weather was just about perfect too! We took rain ponchos and NEVER even took them out of our backpack. Only time it rained during the day was when we were rafting and we were already soaked!

The tours and the hikes were all good-so glad we had guides because we really would have missed so many things!

Thank you one last time for your guidance! You made things flow seamlessly! I knew I could choose most of the activities and lodging by doing some research, but it was wonderful to have your input as I did. And the help with the transportation was priceless.

I remember landing in SJO, having just a little bit of trepidation about all the arrangements being done over the internet, and paid up front, and the delight seeing a young man holding a sign up with my name on it held in the airport window! And it just got better from there! Can’t believe it is over-my daughter who choose the location was thanked over and over.

We loved it all!
Lea Sneller

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, 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!

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