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We were two couples traveling together. We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica planned by Priscilla. We spent 6 nights, arriving very late on a Saturday night and leaving late on a Friday night. We stayed in Bajos del Toro as our first stop, with horseback riding, bird watching, and fishing at El Silencio, which was wonderful and peaceful. At El Silencio, all tours were through the hotel. Our next stop was the Arenal area, which is much busier and touristy (for justiable reasons), and we had great activities recommended by Priscilla, including a night walk, a twilight float tour, and coffee/chocolate tour. All the tour operators selected for us by Priscilla were wonderful — a testament to her and her team’s expertise. We appreciated the drivers, who were all courteous, on time, and professional, and saved us the stress of driving/navigating through busy (and sometimes very pot-holed) streets.

My wife and I, along with our three children (elementary, high school, and college age), worked with Priscilla Jimenez in the planning of a trip to Costa Rica in March. Based on our desires and interests, Ms. Jimenez provided options to meet our needs and ensured all the things that were important to us were included in the itinerary. We were able to mix in plenty of activities with some relaxation. Our first stay was at The Springs Resort and Spa in the Arenal Volcano area. The room was nice and the thermal pools were great. The hotel offered plenty for the children to do beyond swimming. They were able to play billiards, darts, chess, ping pong, and miniature golf as well. The waterfall rappelling excursion Ms. Jimenez recommended was very fun. Prior to the tour, we stopped to see a mother and baby sloth in the area. At the hotel, we spotted sloths and toucans as well. The view of the volcano from the hotel room was spectacular. The staff members at the hotel were responsive to needs and friendly.

Our next stop was La Paloma Lodge in Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula. From the time we arrived, we were greeted with enthusiastic, welcoming individuals. The Sunset Rancho offered a fantastic view of the ocean. The meals at the lodge were great. The excursion to Caño Island for a snorkeling tour was well-planned and enjoyable. On the way, the guide stopped the boat to see a pod of dolphins. While snorkeling, we were able to see whitetip sharks, several hawksbill turtles, and many types of fish. The guide ensured the group remained together and assisted in spotting sea life. The excursion to Corcovado National Park was a highlight and we were able to see howler monkeys, and troops of both white-faced capuchin and spider monkeys. We also saw an arboreal anteater, coatimundis, many birds, spiders, and a saltwater crocodile. Ms. Jimenez set up a wonderful night tour where we were able to see snakes, frogs, spiders, a scorpion, and even a fleeting glimpse of a kinkajou. Cocolito Beach, by the lodge, offered some great waves for boogie boarding and never felt crowded. The staff members at the lodge did a great job in keeping things organized and provided a high level of service. From beginning to end, Ms. Jimenez and the team provided a lot of details/organization so we could just enjoy the trip. The individuals who work with the team were friendly and offered a high level of service as well.

We contacted Wendy to seek a recommendation for a multi-generation trip to Costa Rica. Wendy suggested Priscilla. We gave Priscilla some guidelines & challenges, and she was more than equal to the task.

Her team planned and executed a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The needs and wants of teenagers, adults and seniors were all addressed. We were fortunate to have William as our guide and Rafa as our driver. As everyone knows, the guide and driver can make or break a trip regardless of the itinerary. We will be forever grateful for the knowledge, expertise and patience they displayed.

Our well-located facilities (appreciated by Linda, who is recovering from recent hip surgery) and well-planned activities met the approval of everyone. We saw too many “creatures” to list, but a breaching whale, dolphin pod (thanks, Wendy, for the marvelous WOW Moment multi-hour sea voyage that enabled us to visit with the dolphins while learning the area’s history from the charming captain), sloth facility, quetzals and trogons, etc., etc. Something for everyone, which isn’t easy given the age difference and some dietary restrictions.

Priscilla ensured we saw the area highlights yet had sufficient time to just relax and enjoy where we were. I was able to reunite with guides I had first met in the early 90s. Also spoke with the owner of the local coffee company established in 1994 and selling me beans ever since. In thinking about highlights—the hanging bridges at Monteverde and the whale breach rise to the top of the list, unless you count the smiles of the grandchildren throughout the day….every day. Who says you can’t relive the past. We did!

Leslie Thomas | March 21, 2023

Everything was very well organized and well thought out for our family. It was a great experience.

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