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Arts & Crafts, Decorating, Food, Gardening, Hiking, Local History & Culture, Mountains, Music, Party Planning, Photography, Reading & Writing, Sightseeing, Sports & Fitness, Theater & Concerts, Wine Enthusiast, Boating, Fishing, Scuba/Snorkel, Beach, Skiing, Horeseback Riding, Museums, Tennis, Spa
Rachel Gelfer Hornaday
Local History & Culture, Photography, Sports & Fitness, Theater & Concerts, Wine Enthusiast
“Mention Costa Rica and people think paradise.”
I've traveled the world over, but the beauty and magic of Costa Rica brings me back year after year. Selected by Travel & Leisure magazine for its exclusive "Five to Watch" list of agents on the rise, I have a BA in anthropology and studying indigenous cultures is a passion of mine. I have had the pleasure of experiencing the finest luxury resorts and eco-lodges Costa Rica has to offer, and seen off-the-beaten-path parts of this country many travelers have never heard of. Let me help you enjoy the same: my travels and experiences allow me the knowledge to assist my clients in planning their dream trip to Costa Rica, as well as suggesting possibilities they didn't know were available to them. Drop me a line today, and let's see where your Costa Rican adventure will lead you.
Boating, Fishing, Food, Gardening, Photography
“Costa Rica is hot, hot, hot.”
Costa Rica is hot, hot, hot: but if you're traveling to this popular destination, you'll want more than a guidebook in your pocket. I've traveled to all parts of this wonderful destination and done my homework. I can direct you to just the right region of Costa Rica depending upon your interests; and expound on the hotel scene which I know inside and out. I've worked in the travel community for almost 30 years, taking in as much adventure as I can whenever I travel to Costa Rica, from zip-lining to hiking with a private guide and more. Whether you want to forge your own path or join in a fun tour group, I can help make it happen. I truly care about giving people the best experience possible when visiting Costa Rica. You really have to get to know your clients a bit before planning a trip for them. Contact me today, and I'll show you why my vacations begin with questions about your dreams and desires - and end with making them a reality.
Beach, Boating, Scuba/Snorkel, Sightseeing, Skiing
“For an authentic Costa Rican experience, visit a local coffee plantation and savor a cup o’ Joe made from homegrown beans.”
As a certified Costa Rican specialist, I can create a journey full of surprises-the good kind-and devoid of hassles To really experience Costa Rica you must embrace the flora and fauna; I've got opportunities galore for outdoorsy types to enjoy this country's natural habitat. Get a bird's eye view of the rainforest from a "hanging bridge," ensconced in a treetop canopy. Or float lazily along the river, trying to catch a glimpse of a two-toed sloth or caiman-a cacophony of howler monkey chatter the only soundtrack to your adventure. I'll tell where to find the dry weather and where to plan for humidity, and I'll remind you never to leave home without insect repellent. I'm as knowledgeable about the currency as I am about which hikes reward you with the best views.. Whether you thrill from catching endangered green turtles nesting or you seek that rare specimen from your bird book, I'll make it happen. It's high time you answered the call of the wild-so start today, with a call to me today.
Arts & Crafts, Beach, Local History & Culture, Photography, Sightseeing
“Stay in beautiful, romantic casitas overlooking the volcano at Arenal Nayara.”
When you've worked in the travel industry for two and a half decades, it takes a rare destination to turn your head. But despite thinking I'd seen and done it all, I fell madly in love with Costa Rica while planning my daughter's wedding. You've probably heard it's a premiere ecotourism destination - this is the place for you if you like to be among nature; want to hike trails deep into the mountains, savoring stunning lakes, waterfalls, and rainforests along the way; or think zip-lining and whitewater rafting make for a fun-filled afternoon. But that's not all Costa Rica has to offer - there are exotic animals, jaw-dropping flora and fauna, and friendly locals to be met. Drop me a line now, and let me take you to the Costa Rica you've been dreaming of.
Arts & Crafts, Food, Reading & Writing, Sightseeing, Skiing
“A place where time seems to slow down and Pura Vida is on everyone's lips.”
Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers: Walk the hanging bridges in a cloud forest, visit an active volcano, and relax on a tranquil sandy beach-all within a week. Through many visits to this amazing country, I have learned firsthand what survival items you must pack, and I'll clue you in on how to handle the special departure tax. Come experience a place where time seems to slow down, and where "Pura Vida"-an expression that essentially means, "This is the life"-is on everyone's lips. I pursue the most unusual activities when I travel, so I can create a tailor-made adventure: whether you seek the excitement of zip lines and whitewater rafting, or the serenity of a water safari. I'll set you up with my favorite quirky finds-like the cheese factory in Monteverde known for its awesome coffee milkshakes-or a night hike through the rainforest, with only flashlights and the nocturnal jungle animals as companions. I can offer all this and more-just contact me today to get started.
“Costa Rica is an adventurer's paradise that I've experienced firsthand.”
I love adventure travel and nature, and with my firsthand experiences in Costa Rica, I can help you see and do so much. You can float down the Palo Verde River, swim in the hot springs, explore the rainforest in Monteverde with a private guide, stroll suspension bridges over the forest canopy and dine in a little cafe where they cook on wood fired stoves. You can also experience what the Amazon feels like as you travel down a canal in Tortuguero National Park to get to your lodge, where you may get a glimpse of a manatee. There really is something for virtually everyone in Costa Rica. Since I've personally experienced the different regions of Costa Rica, and know which travel suppliers to use to tailor a vacation package for you, I can help to ensure you're going to the right areas for what you want to do and see. Contact me for a vacation that blends culture, nature and adventure all in one visit.
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"Mention Costa Rica and people think paradise."
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