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luz elena alpizar
Guide Scheduling & Reservations Coordinator
Luz Elena has been with us since 1992. She is responsible for many things but, most importantly, for keeping track of every room reservation Costa Rica Expeditions makes. Her other role is to keep our guides in line: juggling their schedules, organizing jobs and often acting as surrogate mother. When she is not working, Luz Elena dedicates time to her son Alejandro, 11. She also enjoys swim class, running in the morning and decorating her house.


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Mar 22, 2006.- ''Tortuga Lodge was the highlight of our stay.''
Our two-week trip was wonderful from beginning to end. We used Costa Rica Expeditions for only part of our trip as we stayed with friends part of the time and "roughed" it for part of the time.

Our trip to Tortuga Lodge was the highlight of our stay. We were treated like princesses from beginning to end. We enjoyed every moment of our two-night stay. The accommodations were first class and very unique with no glass in the windows so that we could hear the sound of the birds 24/7, in addition to being awakened in the morning by the Howler Monkeys. The boat trips to Tortuguero National Park were awesome with knowledgeable guides pointing out the abundant wildlife. The food was excellent and the service without fault.

The charter flights arranged by Costa Rica Expeditions to/from Tortuguero and to Tamarindo were wonderful with fantastic views and very friendly helpful pilots who pointed out all the landmarks to us. First Class all the way.

When in Monteverde, we stayed at the Hotel Belmar because your hotel, Monteverde Lodge, was full. Our excess luggage was forwarded to Monteverde Lodge by road for pick-up. When we went there to retrieve it, we fell in love with your Lodge and Gardens and ate there on several occasions. We will certainly use Costa Rica Expeditions to help plan our next Costa Rica trip.

I send a special thank you to Luz elena Alpizar who worked with me on our plans in a helpful, polite, professional, efficient manner before we even arrived in Costa Rica.
-Carol, Darlene, Elaine & Carolyn (4 ladies from Miami)

Jan 7, 2006.- We had an amazing experience.
Dear Mrs. Alpizar: We had an amazing experience. Every tour guide, driver, hotel and tour company your company provided did an outstanding job. I'm convinced our trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable if they had not been as well informed and professional as they were. We were particularly thrilled to not have to drive anywhere. We probably would not have made it to half of the destinations if we had had to drive ourselves.

I will have my sister, Denise Himelhoch, and our business partners, Rick & Jill Goldberg, contact you to set up trips in the near future. Thank you for the beautiful bowl and the wonderful job you and your entire company did making our stay unforgettable.
-Noel Glab

Jul 27, 2005.- ''The guides were so helpful and friendly.''
Dear Luz elena: Thank you for arranging our incredible trip to Costa Rica. The country is so beautiful and we enjoyed all the wildlife, the rainforests, the coastlines and the friendly people. The hotels were delightful. I particularly loved Drake Bay and La Paloma. All the guides from Costa Rica Expeditions were so helpful and friendly and were all prompt and waiting for us at every location. I feel like we got to experience a good variety of the country. I will recommend you to friends and family.
-Robin Hayes and family

Jan 20, 2005.- ''Monteverde Lodge was wonderful! We loved it! The food was delicious and the people kind...''
Dear Michael and Natalie: We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and will definetly be planning a return trip! I was a little hesitant in using your services because all correspondences were through e-mail, making it hard for me to get a sense of how reliable you would be. My comfort level rose when we were greeted in the San Jose airport and everything was so well organized. Additionally, Mauricio, our driver was so kind and knowledgeable about the country and it's wildlife that we felt the drive to Monteverde was an adventure in itself. Mauricio even pointed out our first monkey sighting and numerous birds along the way. Once in Monteverde, the Monteverde Lodge was wonderful! We loved it! The food was delicious and the people kind and interested in our satisfaction. We will include it in our return trip. I miss sitting by the fire! I'd like to also say that Luz was wonderful in helping us and we appreciate all her efforts in making this a great trip! We look forward to our next trip and will be getting in touch to schedule.
-Maria Lyons

Sep 15, 2004.- Without a doubt the best food we had in Costa Rica we had at your lodge.
It is difficult to put in to words how wonderful Costa Rica was and how much more we enjoyed it due to Costa Rica Expeditions. Your friendly, courteous and incredible staff made the trip so much more memorable and easy it is hard to imagine how we would have managed without them.

In particular we want to thank Luz elena Alpizar for her assistance in avoiding the truck strike and rearranging our itinerary and tracking out luggage that was left behind in San Jose. Aaron and his staff at Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp are incredible. To think things can run so smoothly on the edge of a primitive rainforest is mind boggling. Without a doubt the best food we had in Costa Rica we had at your lodge, every meal was a feast.

All of the local Ticos were friendly and kind, but the staff from Costa Rica Expeditions have definitely made a special place for Costa Rica in our hearts and we plan on returning frequently. As for pictures we have placed some on the web at:
http://photos.yahoo.com - Username: cstrica - Password: password
Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to your entire staff. Hopefully we will be seeing you all again soon.
-Kathy Donahue & Alan Brown


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