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Elena Monge
Senior Travel Planner
Born July 13, 1975, Elena is from San Marcos de Tarrazu, a mountainous region in the Costa Rica central highlands that is renowned for its award winning coffee. As a child, Elena spent most of her summers working with her family on their coffee plantation. To this day, she says that she is passionate about all things coffee and one of the things she most enjoys is spending her summer weekends with her Dad, brother, nieces and nephews picking coffee. It was in the coffee fields that Elena learned to interact from people of all walks of life, from the hard working labors to buyers.

Elena's second passion is languages. Aside from her native Spanish, Elena speaks English, French, some Italian and basic German. Her love of people and languages combined perfectly for her career in the travel business. Although she has only been with Costa Rica Expeditions since August of 2010, Elena has been a Travel Planner since 2000. When not following up with guests that are in Costa Rica, designing itineraries or surveying the coffee plantation with her Dad, Elena enjoys music, catching up with friends and dancing.


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Dec 8, 2011.- our time here in Costa Rica has been one of our best vacations
Good Morning Elena.

I'm still thinking about how special it was for you to come to the hotel after your long work day to bring me the coffee from your home area. I'm so excited to get home and try it!

It was a wonderful, thoughtful gesture and now I can experience what you and Julian say is "the best" coffee in Costa Rica.

Please forward this email to him and thank him also.

Again - our time here in Costa Rica has been one of our best vacations and we'll definitely tell people to come to visit your country and to meet the beautiful Costa Rican people. We'll be back!!!

Feliz Navidad to you and your family! Gracias, Di



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