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!

Costa Rica Family Vacation Testimonial – Kathi and Worth Saunders

We loved our trip!! Our last private driver was the best (the one from Arenal to San Jose) – he was awesome. Loved the last hotel in San Jose, Casa Bella Rita and the one in Monterverde, Hidden Canopy. Such … Continue reading

Spotlight Guatemala – Hotel Gil Resort in Livingston Guatemala

This time my family and I visited Livingston Guatemala, a town in the Caribbean side of the country, Department of Izabal. For our adventure to this side of the country we stayed in a beautiful hotel called Hotel Gil Resort. … Continue reading

Costa Rica Festivals – Limon Carnaval – Limon, Costa Rica

Carnaval as the Costa Rican pronounce it is an annual event held every October and was celebrated in Limon, Costa Rica in honor of the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It was a unique Tico celebration for Culture Day as it … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Exploring The Atlantic Lowlands – Guatemala’s Caribbean

You know What makes this area so special? It’s the different water cruise adventures to be had: A beautiful boat tour along the Rio Dulce to visit the bustling town of Puerto Barrios then sail on over to the isolated, … Continue reading

Guatemala Travel – SPA Day in Antigua Guatemala

I still can’t believe how many different things are packed into a super tiny city like Antigua. I say that because I have found countless hotels, restaurants, bars, dance schools, Spanish schools and handcrafts stores. But now I found something … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – South Caribbean Region, Costa Rica

Brace yourself! This region will overwhelm you with its warm sea breezes, misty mountains, crashing surf and living coral reefs. In the South Caribbean you can try your luck at the famous Salsa Brava surf break, the best break on … Continue reading

Costa Rica Family Vacation Testimonial – Rachel McClelland

Our trip was AWESOME! We had a great time. We loved The Peace Lodge and Casa Panorama. We spent every morning at an activity and every afternoon at the beach at Panorama. The house was great. Diego and Christopher were … Continue reading

Spotlight Guatemala – La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

This time let me introduce you to La Reunion Golf Resort, a hotel located 20 minutes outside of Antigua Guatemala. It has the Agua Volcano in one side and the active Fuego Volcano at a safe distance. It is called … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Panama

Panama – So Much More than just the Canal Panama is the southernmost country of Central America. It is home to the famous man made canal of Panama. It is also home to a huge rain forest filled with many … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Dominical Beach in the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica

Dominical, a tranquil beach town 28 miles south of Quepos, might become your favorite hideaway. It is a place of breath-taking scenery and killer waves that has escaped the mass development on other Pacific Coast beaches of Costa Rica. Wildlife … Continue reading

Dancing Lessons for Kids – Salsa Classes in Antigua Guatemala

Last week I wrote about a private salsa lesson my husband and I had in Antigua in a Dance school called Salsa Chapina. That time our instructor mentioned that they also had dancing lessons for kids so before arranging a … Continue reading

Costa Rica Restaurant Review – Mac’s American Sports Bar in San Jose, Costa Rica

Cost: $10 to $20 Food Quality: Average Decor: Regular bar decoration Service: Average Cuisine Type: American Location: 100 m south of La Contralor’­a, South Sabana, San Jose Costa Rica Phone: 2231 – 3145 Website: Mac’s American Sports Bar Take a … Continue reading

Costa Rica Vacation Testimonial – Susan and Dennis Billings

We had an absolutely fantastic trip! Thanks so much for setting things up for us. It made it so easy to have the cars waiting at the airports. We had a wonderful welcome at Casa Bella Rita. Rita and Steve … Continue reading

Spotlight Guatemala – Filadelfia Coffee Resort & Spa in Antigua Guatemala

This time I want to take you to a beautiful resort located five minutes away from Antigua Guatemala called Filadelfia Coffee Resort & Spa. This is a gorgeous, family friendly hotel with colonial decoration located in the middle of a … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Another Incredibly Bio Diverse and Beautiful Central American Country – Nicaragua

This time I have for you another great option for a wonderful vacation in Central America. This is a country that you will find north of Costa Rica and south of Honduras with coasts on both, the Caribbean and the … Continue reading

Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – A trip to the past in Antigua Guatemala

Sitting beautifully between three volcanoes: Acatenango, Fuego and Agua, Antigua is more than just a fabled colonial, cobblestoned street filled with delicious restaurants, luxury hotels, colorful homes and popular Spanish Schools. It still preserves the same majesty it did when … Continue reading

Guatemala Travel – Private Salsa Lessons in Antigua Guatemala

Finally my husband and I had some time to spend alone and together and we wanted to do something extra fun. After a lot of thinking we decided to go for something I have never tried before: A private salsa … Continue reading

El Salvador Festivals – Lantern Festival, Di­a de los Farolitos – Ahuachapan

In Ahuachapan, a city about 100km west of El Salvador‘s capital, people celebrates the Lantern Festival annually every September 7 to honor the Virgin Mary’s birth. Learn more about the culture of El Salvador. Catholic Tradition started about 159 years … Continue reading

Costa Rica Family Vacation Testimonial – Suzy Jacobsen

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! We had a fabulous time in Costa Rica. We loved Puerto Viejo. We had some of our best meals there. Magali and her sister were very sweet of Namuwoki Lodge. They showed us our … Continue reading

Interesting Facts About Belize – Welcome to the Caribbean!

Belize is the smallest of all the Central American countries but don’t let that fool you because there are lots of fun facts about Belize, miles of beach, Mayan archaeological sites (Caracol, Xunantunich and Lamanai), rain forests, lots of animal … Continue reading