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5 - Excellent
"I reached out to Jose at the end of January (2 months before our planned trip) after getting a recommendation from a friend who had used his travel company for their trip a year ago. Jose was GREAT to work with. He himself was not available but it's a family company and we booked for 7 d/6 nights with Marvin (Jose's Dad) and a guide, Yarenis. We are a family of 5 with 3 kids, twins who are 11 and a 7 yr old. We spent 2 nights in each of the locations - Rio Celeste, Monteverde and Arenal. Jose arranged for accommodation in each location and helped to plan an itinerary. Marvin and Yarenis picked us up in San Jose and were with us from Sunday am pick-up until Sat morning when we were dropped off at the airport. Our vacation was wonderful, in large part to Marvin and Yarenis. Our kids attend a Spanish immersion program at school and were able to speak Spanish all week. Marvin was, most of all, a safe driver and punctual for all our excursions and trips. He was warm and funny too -- every day, several times a day he would joke with the kids "Vamonos a la playa!" (no matter where we were heading!). Yarenis connected with the kids and would give Costa Rica info and quizzes along the drives (and would hand out treats such as candy, chocolate and other treats). She accompanied us on hikes and adventures and helped us spot wildlife and learn more about Costa Rica. She gave the kids all a bookmark with a personal note before we said goodbye. If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, I highly recommend it."
5 - Excellent
"We had a GREAT time with the local travel specialists. Jose was prompt, spoke excellent english and most importantly was GREAT with my twin boys. He accommodated our family requests and last minute changes based on weather, fatigue etc.
Prompt and knowledgeable and had A/C filled vehicle.
Would Highly recommend using their services."
Costa Rica Family Adventures is a family business with more than 20 years experience in the tourism industry. The dream that has led to Costa Rica Family Adventures was born in 1988 when founder, Marvin Ugalde Arguedas acquired his first vehicle, equipped and licensed for tourist use.
Marvin’s son, Jose Pablo Ugalde Aju, has accompanied his father on various tours since he was six years old. As a result, Jose has become one of Costa Rica’s finest travel guides. Together, Marvin and Jose are running Costa Rica Family Adventures striving to create and execute on first-class travel itineraries, especially for families who come to explore Costa Rica’s culture, rich history, and natural beauty.
We look very much forward to helping you and your family discover the real Costa Rica.