“On behalf of the Crean family, I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica!! It definitely goes down as one of the BEST vacations we have ever taken as a family. We are so grateful to you as our guide to help navigate all the decisions we had to make during the planning phase. The Springs Resort was unbelievable (a splurge, but totally worth it). The excursions also amazing – the customer service we received throughout was top notch. Our favorite excursion was probably the white water rafting trip – exciting rapids and breathtaking scenery. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with wonderful people who genuinely seemed to appreciate our tourism. I will happily forward your contact information to friends and family who wish to visit in the future.” Crean Family, August 2017.
“I couldn’t agree more with Amy. Our entire family voted this as our best vacation ever! My husband said he “couldn’t believe it actually exceeded the hype.” Everything was fantastic, from the accommodations to the people we encountered. I’ve already told several friends to put Costa Rica at the top of their list for vacation destinations and have explained that working with you beforehand made the entire trip effortless and exceptional. I do hope that we’ll be able to return someday. Thank you!” Buchanan Family, August 2017.
“Hi Nichole and Eliot. On behalf of my entire family, I want to say thanks for an incredible vacation in Costa Rica! We can’t begin to express how much we enjoyed our time in Arenal/La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. From our first transfer to the last, everything went smoothly. You put us in the perfect accommodations, and we especially enjoyed the view at Villas Nicolas and the beautiful surroundings at Hotel del Silencio. You lined up the greatest tours, but also provided us with time to just relax. We were so impressed by Marcos during our day with him as our guide in Monteverde. We continue to talk about him and all that he showed us. Wow! What a vacation! Thank you so much!” Kelly, Randy and Family, June 2017.
“Thanks for reaching out. We got in and out of Costa Rica smoothly and the holiday was great. All the accommodations you booked for us were great and exceeded our expectations. The tours were also great with a lot of free time in between. The white water rafting was a highlight! Thanks again for all your help!” Paula & Eugene , April 2017.
“Thank you for checking in with us. We arrived home a couple of hours ago. Our only disappointment was that we had to leave Costa Rica!
The trip was a great success, and everything was perfectly executed. We don’t have anything negative to report and I would not have changed any part. We loved the activities and the room at the Springs, the food at Arenas, and the views and service at both hotels. All the guides were friendly and well-informed. We particularly liked Edgar who took us on the Manuel Antonio tour. Overall, the trip was fabulous and the best vacation yet for our family.
Thank you for making the wonderful trip effortless!” Christine, Brent & Family , April 2017.
“We had an AMAZING trip and thoroughly enjoyed your recommendations. We said, “Thank you, Eliot!” many times throughout our trip. The waterfall rappel was a favorite and the ATV Guaria Farm with La Fortuna Waterfall hike was perfect for us. Our 15-year old son saw no reason to leave Silencio del Campo. La Paloma was so fantastic with all the tours – especially “Daniel Moreno,” the snorkeling guide. Our last night at the #1 villa at Buena Vista was a great trip ending.
Thank you for your great work which helped us have a trip-of-a-lifetime!” Torres Family , April 2017.
We made it back safe and all is well.
The entire trip and our experiences exceeded our expectations. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you again for all your expertise.
We enjoyed each place we stayed and all the experiences at each. The zipline was way fun and I am so glad I did it. We saw the Resplendent Quetzal with our most awesome guide Marcos. We ate like royalty and loved all the outdoor activities.
Traveling from place to place is a little tiring, but glad we did it. Next time we may not travel around as much. But It was a good way to see the countryside.
I have already referred you to family/friends who are interested in going to Costa Rica. I posted lots of pics on FB.
Thank you so much, it would not have been a good trip without you!” Dawn & Brian , February 2017.
We are somewhat settled back at home, so here is a short recap of our fantastic Costa Rican vacation.
All of the transfers were seamless and comfortable, and all three of the hotels you recommended were fantastic. Hidden Canopy- and Jen King in particular- were awesome as was her staff. The transfer to Arenal was definitely an experience but without any hitches. Nayara is beautiful, the food was excellent, and we thoroughly enjoyed it despite the rain. The plane ride to Quepos was easy and we were so glad we did it instead of the long drive. Arenas del Mar was also fabulous- what a unique, gorgeous place. We were very impressed with the service at both Nayara and Arenas del Mar, as the staff was so well-trained and very personable and attentive. We loved the tour through Manuel Antonio National Park, and although the Mangrove boat tour and the guides were good, we felt it was nothing special. We did enjoy the meal at Pablo’s house afterwards, and then we went to Juan’s restaurant to have a drink and watch the gorgeous sunset.
Please feel free to use me as a reference if needed. Thank you, again, for all of your assistance.” Nancy & David, February 2017.
“Thanks very much for organizing our trip. We have arrived back home to a huge snow fall. The kids are happy!
I really appreciated everything you did for us and particularly being so accessible. The high lights were the rappelling, zip lining and the horseback riding (because of the laughs with my parents and kids); in addition to seeing the quetzal, toucans, sloths etc!!
Our transfer rides and tours were remarkably on time and professional. We loved Finca Rosa Blanca…a great treat for the last night.
Thank you again.” Leila & Family, February 2017.
“Everything was INCREDIBLE. My only complaint about the whole trip was having to go back home to the cold. Erica’s car battery died and my phone kicked the bucket the day we got back and we just looked at each other and said, can we please just go back to Costa Rica?!
Seriously, we had such a wonderful time.
Every company was excellent -we loved Desafio and Exploradores, the guides and drivers were great. Being Spanish speakers and big talkers, we had lots of in depth conversations with them that really helped us get to know the country better. They were so generous with sharing info and stories.
The extra honeymoon touches (wine and chocolates) at Tabacon were lovely (and delicious!). And you were absolutely right about canyoning being more exciting than ziplining!
The Pacuare river trip was such an unexpected delight. We’d never rafted before and the Pacuare was unbelievably gorgeous and fun. The 2 day in particular was great because it was a small group with just one other couple, whereas we noticed the one day trip groups were huge. We admit – sleeping in a screened-in room in the jungle was a little scarier for us city folk than we expected. It might have been good to have a “heads up, this part is pretty rustic” warning, but honestly, I’m glad you didn’t because we might have chickened out and that would have been a big loss because we loved it!
This really was a dream honeymoon for us. THANK YOU for making it all happen! Pura Vida.” Erica & Jessica , January 2017.
“Thank you so much for helping us plan our most recent adventure. Yet again, Costa Rica (and all the details you put together) did not disappoint!
La Paloma was everything we remembered and our other hotels were very nice as well. We ventured into the towns for some of our meals and we got a great flavor for the culture as well as the natural beauty and bio-diversity. All of our drivers were reliable, on time and easy to work with so we could stop when we needed a break from the very windy roads.
All of the days were great, but I want to particularly mention how wonderful Marcos is as a guide– especially with our children. He kept them so engaged and they really enjoyed their time with him. The other thing that was an absolute must see was the Tucan Rescue Ranch you suggested. We kept “breakfast with the babies” a surprise from the kids and their reaction was priceless. They are doing such amazing work there and seeing the animals so up close was a rare opportunity. And the babies were the absolute cutest things we have ever seen!
Thank you for your many suggestions which made our trip so amazing. All of the details were in place and we all enjoyed our time in your beautiful country.” Marc & Rachel and Family, December 2016/January 2017.
“Again, our sincere thanks for all of your help and fabulous planning for – Costa Rica Round #2 !!
Everything was lovely…… Desafio drivers were, each and every one, timely, friendly, helpful and accommodating. We wouldn’t travel any other way. Traffic was a beast but they were troopers!
Hidden Canopy was exactly as you knew it would be. We enjoyed the remodel of her Neverland Treehouse and our girls were overwhelmed with her courtesy and the grounds/view.
Villa del Sueno was a perfect little spot! It felt homey and personal and was only a very short walk to the beach. We did take a cab over to Coco Beach one of the days we were there and enjoyed it even though it was considerably more tourist oriented. Randall at Villa del Sueno is a gem for that establishment! I’m sure that they know this!
All in all, we love the country and the people. We have enjoyed getting to know Costa Rica in 2016 and look forward to a return trip in the future. Your service has been invaluable.
Best wishes in 2017 and THANK YOU! ” Scott & Michelle, December 2016.
“I may have already told you that everything exceeded our expectations. What a beautiful country! We all had an awesome time! We are so glad that you recommended the Paquare trip – it was possibly the highlight although we all enjoyed everything, the trip seemed to build momentum in excitement and natural beauty. All of us want to come back and see more and will certainly contact you and recommend you to others as well. Mucho gracias again for helping us with great choices and making it one of our most memorable family vacations!“ Lori Diamand & Family, August, 2016.
“Thanks. We had a wonderful trip and appreciate all your help in creating it for us. All the arrangements worked well and we felt very taken care of. I’m glad we did not rent a car!
Everything was great and the people were terrific as well. It was a fun way to start our trip in Tortuguero. Laguna Lodge was great and we enjoyed all their food and guides. Throughout our time, we enjoyed the tours, food, accommodations, etc. In hindsight, I would have enjoyed an extra day in Arenal and one less day in Manuel Antonio. Silencio del Campo was a favorite of ours and we loved the serenity and beauty. “ Gail & Gregory, August, 2016.
“I can not even begin to express how much I loved Costa Rica! I knew we would have a fun trip, but this exceeded every expectation I had! The hotel staff at both locations were so nice and helpful! And we kept saying how lucky we were to have such great guides & drivers. Everyone we interacted with went above and beyond our expectations. I loved being able to ask the drivers and guides questions about Costa Rica.
White water rafting was definitely our favorite activity. Everything from the staff, the lunch, seeing animals and to the transportation was beyond our expectations. What a fun group of guides!
We can’t wait to come back and explore more of the country!
Thank you again for all your help in making this trip so amazing. We are already telling everyone how wonderful it was. “ Kristi, July, 2016.
“Few people in Costa Rica know the country and its people as well as Eliot. He can show you the authentic and off the beaten path Costa Rica. “ Hans Pfister. Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality
“This was one of our best vacations ever and everything went so smoothly. Everyone we met and talked to in Costa Rica was so nice and helpful. We loved all the hotels but would have to say Arenas Del Mar was our favorite. They went far beyond our expectations in every regard.
It was so nice to have our transfers and transportation taken care of in advance. They were all on time and went perfectly.
Marcos Mendez was an excellent guide in Monteverde. He tried his best to find specific animals we asked about. For the evening tour he picked us up a little earlier so we could go by a coffee plantation he used to work at. We loved the rappelling in Lost Canyon and rafting trip.
Again, this was a wonderful vacation and we really hope to return to Costa Rica. Thank you for all that you did to make it such a memorable time. I will definitely recommend you to anyone planning a trip to CR.” Joan, Nick & Audry, June 2016.
“Working with Eliot and his team, we are gradually discovering the full range of great places and adventures that Costa Rica offers. Each year we make deeper connections with the people, learn new things about the culture and history, and experience more of the country’s magnificent natural riches.” Jon & Sylvia, May 2016, (Repeat customers).
“We are “back in the saddle” and missing the jungle!
We had a fabulous week in your Costa Rica – so many wonderful experiences, meals and memories….we realized while we were there that we have not taken a full week together (without our girls) since our 5 year anniversary. Lots of long weekends, but not a full week so it was a treat to be sure!
Where to start? I guess let me say that every private transfer you had arranged was on time & eager to please us. It was distressing that the gentlemen (due to the roads) had such long drives to help us get from point A to point B but all were gracious and kind! Hidden Canopy – as you would expect met or exceeded all expectations. Jenn, Gary and staff have a beautiful thing goin’
Rios Tropicales rafting – overall awesome! Many kudos to the guides Noni & Walter! From their river expertise to their cooking we loved every minute of it. Helped by the fact that we were a group of only 5 at camp that night and a nice hard jungle rain that lulled us to sleep but was gone by morning …… couldn’t have been better!
Lastly, Hotel Grano de Oro – a wonderful suggestion on how to end such a special week. We felt totally pampered, had a lovely meal on the patio at the restaurant and gently allowed civilization to seep back into our bones!
It goes without saying but I will say it anyway – this trip went splendidly from start to finish and could not have gone that smoothly without your expertise! We thank you again for all of your help, patience and guidance in even the smallest of the details. Should we hear of anyone planning a trip, you can rest assured that we will eagerly pass on your contact information!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Pura Vida!,” Michelle & Scott, May 2016.
“You couldn’t have planned a better trip for us!!! We loved everything about Costa Rica and its people. Tours, sites, adventures, hotels, restaurants, guides and you exceeded our expectations. We especially loved LaPaloma and Drake Bay Area. What a way to end the vacation! We hope to get back next year. Have become accidental birders! Who new? Your guide choices were exceptional as well.” Bob & Jeanne, April 2016.
“We had an absolutely amazing time! We both agree that Nayara is probably one of the best hotels we have ever been to and agreed it was a great way to start our honeymoon. Although we enjoyed both excursions, I think the rappelling/ canyoning was our favorite but we saw so much wildlife while rafting down the river. On our way to the rafting site we stopped at a little store one the side of the rode to pick up to fruit for a snack. It might sounds strange but I loved that it because all of the guides had us try some of the fruit we don’t usually have in states like passion fruit and I was able to put a straw right into a coconut, which is one of the things I was looking forward to!! (Which might sound a little silly).
I think it is safe to say we will be back again soon. Honestly we loved this country so much that we have talked a little about moving here for a couple years! But now that we are back and the high from the honeymoon wears off, we will see if we are still feeling that same way. Life is so peaceful and the people really do love their country.
I can’t thank you enough for everything and answering all of my many emails. You were a pleasure to work with. “ Cristina & Ryan, April 2016.
“Eliot, appreciate the follow up an this trip exceeded all our expectations. Best trip we ever took! All of your recommendations were spot on relative to what we wanted to experience. All of the transfers were on time and professional. Every tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, passionate about their country and engaging. If I learned any more I’m pretty sure my head was going to explode.
We got home last night and couldn’t think of anything that didn’t go well thanks to your guidance.
Last day morning in Arenal and first time the clouds disappeared for this spectacular view from our porch. This is what I was expecting to see.
We saw every imaginable creature and more on our trip. Yes, this croc was just above us while we were swimming in the waterfall with our guide in Corcovado Park – very cool! All of the details you gave us were fantastic. I’m going to recommend you to my friends and family. I also want to post my positive comments on your website if possible. Amazing trip, thank you!!” Bob C & Family, March 2016.
“We all loved the trip, it was wonderful! your selections and coordination were completely fantastic! We loved the split time between the rainforest and beach and thought the balance was perfect.
I think everyone’s highlight was the safari float transfer, believe it or not! we were about 5 feet from a crocodile (my kids were freaking out :)) We saw so many monkeys, an owl, tons of birds… it was all such a nice experience! and I do highly recommend it rather than the 4 hours straight in transit.
All in all, it was a really terrific trip, definitely exceeding expectations and we’re very thankful for the wonderful advice and guidance from you! We’ll definitely be sending friends your way in the future! We’ll also very likely be back for ourselves as well!
Thanks again for everything!” Nancy & Family, March 2016.
“The trip was wonderful. An added bonus – it did not rain once.
All the transportation you arranged was just perfect. Everyone showed up exactly on time and the drivers were all very pleasant.
Silencio de Campo is beautiful and was our favorite hotel. We loved the room we had. We ended up going to Proyecto Asis while we were there. Took a tour and stayed longer as volunteers to feed the animals. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. We would highly recommend a visit to Proyecto Asis.
All in all, a very successful, fun trip. Costa Rica is very beautiful, the food was very good and the people there are very friendly. We certainly would highly recommended your travel services. Thanks again for arranging a great trip.” Marie &John, March 2016.
“The trip was fantastic – you helped us make great choices! Each location was unique – there were so many varied highlights we can’t even choose a favourite from the destinations. Having Tortuga Lodge the first destination was perfect – travelling by boat first was amazing- it immediately got us into the mood spotting not one but 2 crocodiles on the river bank!
The passion of the people we met for sustainable living was impressive. By the end of the trip it didn’t seem at all unusual to see cars/taxis pulled over at the side of a road and everyone pointing out a sloth or a troop of monkeys. Great fun and an unforgettable experience!
Thank you for your assistance in putting this trip together – we appreciated the seamlessness of the travel arrangements!” Pauline & Jim, January 2016.
“Hola. Just arrived back last night from our trip, we wanted to thank you for making the arrangements. We had a fantastic trip! All the hotels chosen exceeded our expectations. The drivers you arranged were punctual and drove safely. The highlights of our trip included rafting, waterfall rappelling and hiking in Arenal. As a family we really enjoyed the hot springs in Arenal, seeing the quetzal birds and zip lining in Monteverde and the wonderful beaches in Guanacaste. Thanks again!” Doug & Kristine, December 2015.
“It was a great experience working with you and with the efforts you had put in everything went as per plan. All the travel arrangements – Transfers, Hotels, tours were excellent and we didn’t have any hick-ups. I will definitely recommend your name to anyone I know who would be traveling to Costa Rica. I must say that the tour / transfer operators and the local guides you have are absolutely professional, they arrived on time. The vehicles were comfortable, most impressive fact is that most of the vehicles had wi-fi available and it worked! Your guide book came handy in making choices in Tamarindo for dinner. Thanks again for all the help and looking forward in getting touch with you in case we decide to visit Costa Rica again.” Pat Gharpure, December 2015.
“Thanks so much for your terrific recommendations regarding our CR trip. We have had a wonderful time and no glitches. We especially appreciate you taking care of Kate’s passport situation. Totally enjoyed the coffee tour, monkey show (saw about 20-30 monkeys – 3 kinds- as well as 2 sloths, 4 toucans, and many other birds and critters) from our balcony. The sunsets from Villa Nicolas and Santa Juana Lodge were the best I think I’ve seen in my entire life. Just spectacular. The waterfall swim was refreshing and beautiful. Costa Rica is really a special place. So glad some people here are trying to preserve these amazing ecosystems. PS We saw 2 resplendent quetzals in Monteverde. Enjoyed the cool weather there and our nature guide was very knowledgeable.” Bill, Robin & Kate, November 2015.
“Our trip really was awesome – probably our best vacation ever. All of our transfers and tours were perfect. We really really enjoyed the rappelling adventure the most and it was a great way to kick off the trip. The guys from Desafio were awesome. I think we enjoyed our time in Arenal the most and Arenal Nayara was phenomenal.
We also really enjoyed Manuel Antonio and it was great to end our trip at the beach. We saw a lot of great wildlife around the hotel and the staff was always eager to show us animals when they spotted them. The guys that did our National Park tour were really great and after the tour the driver even took us into Quepos and made a great recommendation for us to eat at a local soda.
Again, the trip was really great and we appreciate all of your guidance and expertise. Thanks again for all of your help. If we venture back to Costa Rica to visit some other areas then I will certainly be back in touch.” Lyndsey & Sam, May 2015
“Eliot Greenspan and Costa Rica Custom Trips mapped out a dream vacation for us that was perfectly customized for our interests and lifestyle. We were able to have the journey of a lifetime with a minimum of hassle, world-class hotels and restaurants, safe and reliable transport, and friendly, expert guides. We saved a ton of money compared to a do-it-yourself approach and enjoyed a seamless itinerary that blended pampered relaxation with fun and adventure.” Jon & Sylvia, May 2015
“We had a fantastic time! Definitely one of the best vacations we have ever taken.
All of the arrangements you made for us were as described or better – everyone was friendly, on time, knowledgeble and fun! The accomodations ranged from great to amazing. Even the weather was perfect! How did you do that?!
We saw more animals than we dreamed we could – I think a total of 6 Quetzals, two varieties of Toucans, several 2 toed and 3 toed sloths, 3 varieties of monkeys, a Margay and of course many, many more insects, reptiles and amphibians. We feel very fortunate.
Our adrenaline adventures – canyoneering, rafting, zip-lining, kayaking and surfing, which we added, were all so much fun and in the most beautiful setting. All of the guides and instructors were just right.
Anyway, we are still floating in the bliss of just returning from one of the best trips ever and thank you so much for all of your expertise and help in making it so.” Rachel & Colin Zac, April 2015
“Yes, yes, yes, we had a great trip. I don’t know how you managed to have the trip meet everyone’s wishes, but you did it and we had a spectacular time. I was particularly interested in the adventure excursions like zip lining and white water rafting. As it turned out, everyone’s favorite activity was the canyoneerying. The guides at DesAfio were great with the three of us “chicas.” The rafting guides and everyone associated with the company were great, too. In fact, we didn’t meet anyone who was less than spectacular on the entire trip.
I have already given your name and number to several folks who have asked me about the trip.
Thank you for planning the perfect trip for us. It will live in my memory for a very long time, or, at least until I get to Costa Rica again.” Colleen Widlak, March 2015
“We made it home safe and sound and we were welcomed with -15 F and snow piled up over the windows.
We had a wonderful vacation. I would say the entire experience exceeded our expectations. The transfers were always on time and were professional, courteous, friendly and informative.
Overall, I can’t say enough how much we enjoyed the entire trip. I cannot think of anything negative to say (except standing in line at immigration and customs).
We would happily return to Costa Rica again. Pura Vida!
Thank you for helping us plan this special vacation!Rusty and Georgia, February 2015
“W-O-W. An absolutely wonderful Costa Rica experience. We all created lasting memories. There were no hitches or other issues whatsoever. All your arrangements came together like clockwork. The accommodations at all three locales were spot-on.
It goes without saying, the main reason our family holiday was as close to perfection as possible, was due to the genuine warmth and humbleness of all the people we met. The guides, lodging staff, taxi drivers et. al., were all salt-of-the-earth. Pura Vida isn’t simply a tourist catchphrase — it comes from the heart. Wonderful people; awesome country. You’re one lucky dude to have found true paradise in all forms.
Thank you Eliot, for all you tasked through for us. We would unhesitantly recommend your services to anyone that might desire a positive, effortless custom Costa Rica adventure.
Thank you!” Mark, Chris, Adam and Levi, December 2014
“Eliot – We are home and still basking in the glow of our trip. The two weeks were so incredible, so filled with outdoor activity and adventure….. it will be difficult to re-engage at our desk jobs tomorrow. Honestly, the trip went off without a hitch — which we credit to your planning. “ Jody & Sharon, Honeymooners, November 2014.
We got home safe and sound! A big thank you for organizing our trip in such excellent way! Everything was simply perfect! We really loved the country and its people!
It was a wonderful experience and we’re already recommending you and the country!
We were impressed by the level of the hotels you suggested us, the tours you arranged for us and the impeccable transport service that we got over there to move from a place to another! As you said, everything went exactly as you described it!
And at last, thank you again for re-arranging the trip when we missed our connection in Miami… Really hope to get the chance to deal with you again in the future.
All the best and hasta pronto” Giorgia & Fran, September 2014
“Nichole, It turned out that we were one day short on our SIM card so I could not call you before we left. We had a great vacation, all the arrangements were perfect, all the pickups were on time and we are sad to be home again. This was my first time that I used a travel agency, we used to always organize everything ourselves, feeling that a travel agent was a luxury that we could not afford. I think differently now, there is no way we could have seen and done so much if we had organized this ourselves. We don’t get to spent much time with our children anymore. You have made this a great experience and I am very thankful.” Marie-Cecile, August-September 2014
“When we were on the plane coming home, I asked Jodi, like every vacation and trip we take, were her expectations met. Was it like she thought it would be? After all, she had concerns about this trip, not knowing much about Costa Rica, not sure of the places we were going or staying and why we needed 2 weeks. At first she told me what a great trip I had planned and then she corrected herself to say what a great trip Eliot and I had planned. We discussed how you were able to understand how we like to travel and provide a level of accommodations that met that level.
Little did we know that you were “Mr. Costa Rica”, the author of a name brand travel book. When I started my research last year for this trip, I contacted a number of travel companies, including you. I selected you to plan our trip because you asked the right questions of what we were expecting and worked within our budget. I had no idea who you were but your knowledge and professionalism were far and away “5 star”.
The four of us could not have been more pleased with the results. When we wanted to make changes on the go, you were able to make it happen.
Eliot, thank you very much for a unforgettable vacation. It will be an experience that we will not forget and you helped made it happen.” Alan & Jodi Melcher, August 2014.
“Nichole, I wanted to thank you for putting together such a good trip. I made it back in one piece and the camera equipment even managed to survive the deluge in Tortuguero. My Corcovado guide, Vincent, was excellent. He was up before dawn and searched for wildlife until dusk when we had to return by park rules–exactly what I was hoping for. All the transfers were on time and got me where I needed to be. The flight turnaround on the way home that had concerned us turned out to be a nonissue and I breezed through the lines with time to spare. I am grateful that you were able to help with this itinerary. I went through 4 or 5 of the larger (in web presence anyway) companies who seemed somewhere between frustrated and dumbfounded at what I wanted to do. Luckily with some email persistence, I was able to get in contact with you and had the trip I was envisioning.” Rahn, July 2014
“I want to thank you again for all your help and advice. We had a fabulous time and everything went smoothly. All the arrangements you made for us were perfect. And to top it off, our oldest son, Matt, asked his girlfriend, Jennifer, to marry him while we were at the Nayara!” Cathy Armstrong, May-June 2014.
“Eliot, I can’t add much to the great job Cathy did, but want to say thanks for assisting us in having one of the best vacations ever. I have stayed in thousands of hotels all over the world and can say the Nayara was one of the best ever. Our room was really unbillable and the staff there is fantastic. Thanks again and if we return, we will let you plan it all!” Terry Armstrong, May-June 2014.
All is well here. Made it home just fine (about 8pm last night after a delay in Dallas)…
Thanks SO much for your help on our trip. Everything was just great – the transportation you arranged, the condo (FANTASTIC), the touristy recommendations. We had a ball!
We would love visit your country again…. and when we do, count on getting a call from me. You were so helpful that we’d love for you to get everything happening for us again!
Muchas gracias!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Will Press, May 2014.
“I am sorry it has taken me so long to write. We got back from our trip and hit the ground running but I wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip you arranged for us. Every part of it was perfect and every part of it went smoothly from the pick ups, drop offs and etc.
It was everything I have ever hoped for in a vacation. So, many, many thank yous.” Cindy Bater, May 2014.
“Our trip was nothing less than amazing! We really want to thank you for helping to make what was by far one of the best experiences we all agreed having on vacation. We also really understand now why you live in CR as it is a truly beautiful country with wonderful people. We really felt as though the trip could not have gone any smoother. Our days were filled with taking in the beauty around us while enjoying fun adventures, great food, and the incredible people we had the pleasure to meet. Again, thank you for everything Eliot!!” Anneke Chewning, February 2014.
“We had a fantastic time and were very pleased with the arrangements that you made for us. We were particularly impressed with Desafio – they were always on time, had comfortable transportation, and the staff were informative and engaging. I am glad that you recommended that we stay at Vista del Valle on the first night as we enjoyed our stay there and would have missed the BEAUTIFUL drive to Arenal during the daylight hours. We also loved Tabacon’s accommodations and the hot springs were wonderful. The tours you booked exceeded our expectations and provided unique insight into Costa Rica’s culture, adventure, and natural settings. Your advice sheet was helpful in preparing us for the trip. To sum it up, it was one of the best experiences we ever had and we are exceedingly grateful for your role in making my 40th birthday an unforgettable experience!” Kim Roberts, February 2014.
“I wanted to thank you for planning our amazing trip to Costa Rica back over New Years. I know that we booked late and availability was tight, yet it was still the best family vacation we’ve ever taken. Your descriptions of the establishments and activities were spot-on. and La Paloma – Wow! I can’t thank you enough for encouraging us to go there. My family never wanted to leave. We’re already figuring out how to get back there sometime. I’ve already referred you to several of my friends and will continue to do so. You were easily the best travel agent we’ve ever worked with.” Marc Abrams, January 2013.
“First and foremost, we want to thank you for all your help in planning our trip to Costa Rica. Your knowledge and experience was a tremendous asset to our seeing and enjoying the things that were of most interest to us throughout the places that we visited. As you had advised, while Costa Rica is a small country, there is an abundant amount to see and experience yet, given the topography, it is quite time consuming to travel from one place to another, and it is of critical importance to allow enough time in each place to experience and enjoy everything. We were terribly impressed with the manner in which the activities were planned and the transfers were accomplished. Every event was as timed and we were picked up exactly as planned without any mishaps whatsoever. Quite a feat!
All in all, we had a fabulous time and are most grateful to you for helping us arrange everything. Needless to say, I would refer your services to anyone seeking to travel in Costa Rica…your help was really invaluable. Thank you so much Eliot.” Michelle Cooper & Robert Hunter, December 2013.
“We are all in Houston, happy and relaxed after spending a great week in Costa Rica. I cannot speak for the Biens (the best travel companions anybody could wish for!) but I can say that this was one of the best vacations Luis and I have had.
The timing of the rain was almost perfect. This is to say that the weather was fantastic. We were able to do everything we planned for and the rain just made it more special. Like cooking Costarrican food while it was pouring outside and after approximately 30 minutes being able to enjoy the Arenal Volcano in its full majestic beauty.
We truly enjoyed the “Costarrican Massage” during our trip to Monteverde, the crossing of Lake Arenal on a clear and crystal morning, the rainforest, the ocean, the hotels (in particular the one in Arenal…), the little churches everywhere, in particular the one in Zarcero (with the landscaping of all those trees and bushes), the food, the views! I got great pictures of Tucans, Macaws, Sparrows, Spiders, Crocodiles, Hawks, Garzas, Butterflies, pink birds, yellow birds, purple birds, flowers, and the beautiful Costa Rica.
The people we met were truly special and unforgettable: Scott (amazing coocking class), Bob (chocolate tour), Susana (Argentinian cuisine in Monte Verde!), Conrad (an incredible sommelier whose wine selection gave us hours of true enjoyment – we drank all the wine!), Junior (coffee tour guide who taught us the difference between light roast and dark roast coffee), Jeffrey (our drink maker and waiter at the Monte Verde Lounge), Jose (crocodile tour guide), Francisco (the best driver our group could have ask for, a true gentleman, we hope to see him again in other trips to Costa Rica).
And of course, this trip would have not been possible without Eliot’s hard work. We are truly thankful for treating us as family, and not just as your clients. We will make sure that all of Texas knows about you and your organization skills. Your human touch makes all the difference!” Marisa Bascope, Texas, Costa Rica Custom Trip October 2013.
“Eliot Greenspan has been a great supporter of our organization and many other conservation causes in Costa Rica. As a writer for Frommers, Eliot promoted our efforts to recruit volunteers for our turtle conservation program. He also took great care to highlight ways tourists could better impact their host communities. Eliot personally supported the Corcovado Foundation, helping us start up our wine fundraiser, and contributing his own time and effort to make it a success.” Alejandra Monge, Executive Director of the Corcovado Foundation.
“Eliot – everything went fantastic. The rides were on time, the drivers friendly. The excursions were great…the hotel was great. The only marginal thing was fishing….we only caught one that was anything to look at….. But I found and booked the fishing guide on my own.The restaurant recommendations were spot on. I will definitely use you again, if we travel back to Cost Rica. Feel free to use me as a reference, or any of the comments….thanks much.” Rich Williams, Costa Rica Custom Trip, July 2013
“I have been living in Costa Rica since 1994, and have been to practically every corner of the country but, whenever I am helping one of my family or friends plan a trip and I have a question, I consult Eliot. He’s been there, he knows, and he has good judgment.” Abby Daniell, News Anchor, Canal 9.”
“The trip was fantastic, we did not have any issues our entire trip. The rafting, canyoning, Sky Trek/Tram and the hike were all perfect. My wife’s favorite was the zip lining and mine was the Rio Celeste hike! I would recommend that hike to everyone. The Costa Rican people were another highlight. They were very friendly and I am set on getting better on my Spanish now!
Thank you so much for all your help planning and booking our honeymoon for us. It was great to have all the details taken care of and to just be able to enjoy the beautiful country and each other. Your recommendations were spot on and would not have changed anything about our trip except making it longer. ” Mark & Caitlin, Costa Rica Custom Honeymoon, June 2013.
“Simply put….Eliot is your ‘Go-To’ person for the beautiful country of Costs Rica. No question about it! He has served as a resource and guide for my tour groups for almost 20 years and knows practically every hotel owner in the country….not to mention all of the little secret spots that can make your trip extra special. And…to top it off…he has a great personality….always a joy to work with! Get a hold of this man…you owe it to your vacation!” Chris Luth, Owner, Tai Chi In Paradise Retreats & Tours
“Eliot is basically the don of Costa Rica travel. Because he’s played such an important role in the country’s tourism industry for so long, no one–no one–knows the terrain like he does. His inside connections will get you deals and set up adventures that no one advertises. He’s set up tours for me in Costa Rica and a couple other places in Latin America, he’s been absolutely reliable and the trips have been the most memorable of my life. It doesn’t really make sense to set up a visit with anyone but Eliot.” Timothy Josiah Pertz
“Eliot doesn’t just live in Costa Rica, he sleeps and breathes it. He has always been my go-to guy for advice about traveling to any corner of the country; what to see, where to stay, where to eat. Moreover, as a fillmmaker, I rely on his first class location scouting skills. He’s the consummate guide – no one knows Costa Rica better.” Percy Angress, filmmaker.