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Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides

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Address: Escazu, Costa Rica
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+506 8812 4756
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Hi! Travel Around Costa Rica it's what I have done for the last 25 years,...

Hi! Travel Around Costa Rica it's what I have done for the last 25 years, first as a Nature Interpreter (tour guide) bringing all this experience in hand 10 years ago I started Travel Around Costa Rica a Tour Operator that covers the needs for authentic Costa Rican experiences, our customized tours will for sure allow you to interact and definitely get to know the Ticos (Costaricans) in a special way.Let me take you to the areas that are seriously off the beaten path and show you the real deal

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Can't imagine a better guide choice

Finished up a little early and had time for a one day tour with Orlando. Luckily he was available the next day and gave my elderly father and myself approx. 8 hour CR volcano and... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2014
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Finished up a little early and had time for a one day tour with Orlando. Luckily he was available the next day and gave my elderly father and myself approx. 8 hour CR volcano and highlands tour. Extremely informative and enjoyable fellow. Answered about a million questions and seemed like old friend by the end. Speaks 5 languages, good driver,... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Amigo! Thank you so much for your kind review, regardless of the little time we spend together on a One Day Tour it was my pleasure sharing a bit of Costa Rica with you guys. Orlando Vargas More 

Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Orlando made our trip to Costa Rica so easy and perfect for the whole family. This was the first time we traveled with a guide, and Orlando was was the perfect choice. He struck a balance always being present and helpful with giving us space and time. The hotels he chose were great- friendly and allowed the kids to explore... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Hello Family! Thank you so much for your great review and kind words, please thank again and again your beautiful daughter for the nice Father's Day Card, I will treasure that for ever. Hopping to see you in the future and do the South Part of Costa Rica. Orlando Vargas B. More 

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65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

My family traveled with our friends to Costa Rica in June. Four adults and four young kids. We had a great time. Orlando is a superb host and guide. He was great with the kids and wonderful to spend time with. It felt like traveling with a knowledgeable local friend. He put together a trip that worked well for all... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Dear Friends! Thank you so much for your kind review and for letting me sharing a little bit of Costa Rica, I had a great time driving you and guiding you around, my best and favourite time was the birding time with the kids it was very meaningful to me. Thank you again and looking forward to a future trip:... More 

Hollywood, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I must admit that I was very hesitant about booking transportation service in Costa Rica and had absolutely no idea what to expect. I read the reviews for Orlando Vargas on Tripadvisor and emailed Orlando several times before booking his services. From the moment the 11 of us met Orlando at the airport until we said goodbye, he showed us... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Amigos Pura Vidaaaa! Still enjoying our great deal at the World cup, I wanted to thank you for all the Support and mostly for your kind Review, I was so lucky to have met you all and will always think of you when going around Arenal and the other great places we Traveled Around. Thank you for your Friendship and... More 

Camino
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

All I can say is if you are going to Costa Rica, you have to hire Orlando Vargas with Travel around Costa Rica. Not only did he plan the trip after I told him what we would like to see, but he booked everything. The hotels were superior, the restaurant's outstanding. His knowledge regarding the wildlife is unbelievable. It was... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Dear Friends: I can't thank you enough for your kind review, it was for sure a great experience Traveling Around Costa Rica with you, I will for ever treasure the time we spent together and will think of you every time I go back to Tortuguero National Park, that was the best time ever. Looking forward to seeing you again:... More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

After reading all the amazing reviews here, my boyfriend and I contacted Travel Around Costa Rica hoping that we could get Orlando to show us around on our first day in CR. From the very first email we wrote, we have experienced nothing but excellent customer service! Orlando confirmed his availability promptly, and also kept in touch via email the... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Dear Friends! Thank you so much, I appreciate your time giving us the great review. I for sure had a great time driving you around and showing you some parts of our Country, I hope we get to see you in the future and take you on a different adventure. Orlando More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2014

On our recent trip to CR we travelled with Orlando Vargas for nearly 2weeks and had a fabulous time. All aspects of the trip were spot on ( hotels, activities, balance between driving time and chilling time etc). Orlando is professional, knowledgeable and totally into showing people his beautiful country. If you are going to CR do yourself a favour... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Hola Amigas! Again Thank you Thank you! I absolutely loved the time we spend Traveling Around Costa Rica with both of you, I will treasure those days for ever. Thank you for such a laid back trip and the chance to actually enjoy myself!! Great knowing you: Orlando Vargas More 

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2014

The minute you decide go to Costa Rica, contact Orlando Vargas at Travel Around Costa Rica. We first reached out to Orlando about transportation during our stay, but then decided to hire him as a private guide. Orlando has been guiding families through Costa Rica for 20+ years; he knows every inch of the country and made our stay more... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Dear Family! Thank you so much for the great review and kind words, I will treasure our time together and hope to see you in a future visit, it was so nice to show you around! Please say hello to everyone Orlando More 

Mission Viejo, California
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Lets get right to it. If you don't hire Orlando for your visit to Costa Rica you are not going to see Costa Rica. Period. Without Orlando as our "Concierge Guide" I can not imagine our recent vacation to Manual Antonio would have been as enjoyable and exciting! Orlando enhanced every activity we did. Everything we saw. Everywhere we visited.... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Dear Friend! Thank you so much for your amazing review, I was so glad to hang out with you and the amazing group of people you were traveling with, thank you for welcoming me as part of the family and for all your generosity, I can't wait to your next trip and a new adventure. Orlando More 

Peterborough, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2013

I had the Amazing opportunity to experience this wonderful country with simply the best guide imaginable. Orlando is nothing short of exceptional, he took care of every request, planned every excursion and booked the best meals at the best restaurants. I'm still dreaming of chocolate soufflés. Orlando made our trip perfect, he is a man who is full of knowledge,passion,... More 

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Orlandovargas, Manager at Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, responded to this review

Amigoooo! Thank you so much for your kind review, it was so nice to meet you and your lovely wife I for sure had a wonderful time touring you and the group you were traveling with. Thank you again! Orlando Vargas More 

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