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Good morning!

Thanks for the welcome back and for all the great excursions we went on. We loved the hotel Alta in San Jose very much. The rooms were very nice, the service excellent. The food and drinks were Very expensive there tho. I like a martini at night and didn’t expect to pay $30.00 for one. lol That is my only complaint for hotel Alta, we really enjoyed it. We also left them with a lot of clothes we donated. The rainforest was a great excursion that the whole group enjoyed, seeing Toucan’s and the butterfly garden was beautiful.

Hotel Aguila de Osa was very beautiful as well and had excellent service and the food was a real treat! I miss their meals now! The workers were very kind and had a fun atmosphere. We spoke with the owner the first night and enjoyed being with him as well. The first night Sienna’s room was over run by bugs and had bugs all over her pillow and floor but the staff came in and handled it quickly and efficiently. The view from the rooms was wonderful and we did see a lot of wildlife, but not having a/c in the rooms was rough! About 4 am it cooled down enough to sleep comfortably. Also, the book they had in the rooms had much higher tipping prices, it was a bit hard to navigate.

We all laughed that they had the worst coffee ever but the Best food! On the last day with them they went on a fishing excursion and caught a Lot of fish! My son Brock got a large tuna and Savana got a big wahoo that the chef cooked that night amazingly! We left the Inn with enough fish to feed all the guests for the next few nights! A great trip and great memories! Thanks!

Kim Van Sant

Peter Berkowitz's Family

McNease Honeymoon

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Hi Stasha

Hi Stasha, We had the most magical first day here possible. William is lovely. The Peace Lodge was everything I dreamed for the boys. And we had this incredible guide there named Johnathan who took gorgeous photos of all we saw and did. Hotel Alta is so elegant and stylish. So far we are in heaven. Thank you so much.

Shea

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Hello Stasha

I had an absolutely fabulous trip! The resorts were all really great - great service, great food. The diving was good even though visibility got bad last two days. A pair of Harlequin shrimp made the whole trip worthwhile! The humpback whales were fun to watch, too. I think I liked the hiking almost more than the diving. All the animals and nature was new to me. Just loved the monkeys! We talked to some other guests at Aguila who suggested the Corcovado hike to the Sirena ranger station, so we made a last minute change and did that hike instead. It was wonderful, great guide and lots of wildlife. Hanging Bridges was beautiful, and another great guide. The Springs were pretty but had a "water park" atmosphere, and buffet dinner was marginal. I wish I could have spent more time at The Lost Iguana, just beautiful! The Toucan at breakfast there was one of the highlights of the trip! Weather was perfect, no rain at all. Transfer drivers were very friendly and accommodating.

Thanks so much for your help putting together this trip. You did a fabulous job! Looking forward to my next trip!

Pura Vida! Lynette Rudd

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Hello Stasha

Sorry for the delay in sharing with you our experience in Costa Rica since we returned from our trip. It took us awhile to get caught up and get back into our daily activities. Of all the vacations that we had taken over the years, Costa Rica is one of the best in terms of overall experience, enjoyment, sceneries, and the friendliness of the people. Our stay at the Peace Lodge will remain in our memories for many years to come- starting with the lodge that we were in (I suspect, it may be a once in a life time experience; Margaret and I would be willing to make a return trip just to stay at the Peace Lodge again), to the butterfly farm, animal and bird sanctuaries, the frog station, the waterfalls, the plants and flowers on ground, the cloud and rain forests.... Then there is Xandari- the modern/contemporary theme of the villas was enlightening and the panoramic view from our unit was breath-taking; we stayed up at nights just to take in the view. The tropical breakfasts at Xandari- Margaret and I really like the fresh fruits in the mornings. Then there is the zip-line/canopy tour- we felt like kids again. The tour to Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester Garden- it was wonder full; we were lucky in that the weather was clear that day and as a result, we were able to see the inside of the crater and the water at the bottom of the volcano. Being that it was the "off-season," we were the only people on the tour and it was like a private tour; we were able to ask many questions of our tour guide. On the City Tour, we were just one of two parties attending the tour; again, it was leisurely and again, we were able to ask many questions. The drivers from your sister company you work with, were on time, professional, friendly and personable; clearly, a cut above average. And before I forget, the massage at the Peace Lodge- we definitely needed it and it was wonderful. All-in-all, one of our best vacation ventures ever.

There is no question, Costa Rica is one place we want to come back to. There are a number of other places in the world that we want to visit; we will make every effort to visit Costa Rica again.

Lastly, Margaret and I want to thank you so much for getting us into to the Peace Lodge and Xandari, for designing our trip and for putting together a well thought out itinerary. Your knowledge of Costa Rica, your relationships with the various ecotourism providers made our trip memorable and most enjoyable and your insight into the needs of the travelers are clearly reflected in the planning. We will refer members of our families and friends to you and we will give you a call when we visit Costa Rica again. With best regards,

Donald and Margaret Wong

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My name is Jennifer Tietz and my family and I used Stasha for scripting out our Costa Rica vacation 2 summers ago. We just wanted to pass on to you what a wonderful, ethical and reliable service she provides to her clients planning trips though her company.

We decided at the very last minute (maybe less than 3 weeks in advance) to plot a trip to Costa Rica for our summer trip with our 2 kids, ages 12 and 14. We asked a bunch of our friends for travel tips and we found 3 of our family friends in our neighborhood in San Mateo who had used Stasha and her company Costa Rica Deluxe Tours. All 3 of these families had gotten Stasha as a reference from their friends who had been super happy with her planning and executing. Stasha planned the trip of a lifetime for our family in a very short amount of time without one hitch or misque. We were not very familiar with the lay of the land in CR but she listened to what we hoped to do and see and the kind of accommodations we wanted. We had the benefit of chatting with several first-hand customers of hers to compare notes, pricing and business practices so we felt very reassured that we would not be disappointed or short-changed in anyway. Our friends couldn't say enough good things about her so we had faith that the trip would be fabulous. I can only tell you that 2 years later, my kids are still chatting about the fun and adventure they had in CR. Truthfully, we had never used a trip company to plan a vacation because we are quite competent travelers on our own but I have to say this trip made me a believer in the benefits of using an experienced person to plan a trip to a foreign destination. Our accommodations were perfect, every driver showed up exactly on time and on point for each leg of our trip and the spots she picked for us to visit were outstanding. Our trip was extremely well organized without one hitch or disconnect.

We would highly recommend Stasha and her tour company without one ounce of hesitation. I have since given her company name out to many of my friends planning trips to CR. She is honest, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable about the in's and out's of CR. Her guests are greeted warmly at all of the properties she books and she did not leave one detail unplanned. I forget to mention that we paid by check for all of our services and travel arrangements. It has been her company's policy for many many years and it might appear strange but we saved money and it keeps expenses down for all parties involved.

If you would like to chat live about anything concerning her company, please let me know. We can't say enough good things about the company she runs. Again, I would be happy to chat with you anytime.

Jennifer Tietz

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Dear Stasha D., I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "Stasha's experience and knowledge of Costa Rica was very helpful in planning a perfect trip.

Her recommendations were cost-effective and I believe we received value for money and maximized our exposure to the varied attractions of northern Cost Rica.

Thank you Stasha for all your personalized help" Service Category: Travel Agent Year first hired: 2011 Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value

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Greetings from Ocotal Beach Resort! Mrs. Stasha from Adventure and Dive Tours of Costa Rica told me you wanted a reference from her and her company. We have worked with her and Adventure and Dive Tours for over 25 years now. It is a well-known company in Costa Rica and provides excellent service to the customers. In these 25 years they have shown commitment and honesty to all of their customers and our hotel. We gladly recommend her.

If you have any questions please don´t hesitate to contact me. Kind Regards,

Andrea Vargas S.