Paul DenenfeldUnited States
Jorge was great. Easy to spend time with, flexible and happy to accommodate, very knowledgeable about the history of Costa Rica and San Jose, well-known and liked by the owners of the coffee and chocolate tours. Two good local meals as well. It was an easy and very enjoyable two days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your words Paul, it is a very huge compliment coming from such a well traveled person. It was a nice two day tour indeed. I enjoyed your company and our conversations. I am very glad to read you had a good time.
Mark DaneUnited States
Jorge, our full time guide in Costa Rica was by far the best guide our group of eight people have ever had. He was extremely knowledgeable and made all our tours informative, interesting, and fun. He was courteous, thoughtful, and always on time. He introduced us to the local cuisine by taking us to outstanding yet inexpensive restaurants. Jorge is an excellent driver and easily navigated the difficult roads of Costa Rica. He speaks and writes English fluently. We highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark and group, Thank you very much for your kind words, it makes my day! It was a pleasure taking you on tour and I am really glad to read you had a good time in Costa Rica. I appreciate you recommending me to other people and I hope to see you soon.
Lynde BurasUnited States
Wonderful tour with Jorge. He was personable and very knowledgeable of the area. He took us for a private tour of a coffee plantation where we had coffee at the end with the owner with local cheeses and breads. What an experience. We also went to a local market for lunch and got to see such wonderful vibrant fruits and veggies. We felt like locals amidst the hustle and bustle of the daily trading . Jorge has a beautiful clean bus with air conditioning. We highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynde, Thank you so much for making the time to write these kind words. It makes me very happy to know you enjoyed the tour with me! Hope you visit again. Kind regards, Jorge
This was a wonderful tour. Jorge was just great taking the four of us up into the mountains for a fabulous 90 minute horseback ride at the Rancho Amalia Lodge with lunch afterwards at the lodge. While it was probably 90 degrees at the Puntarenas dock where our ship was, it was perfect weather in the 70s at the lodge. After that we had a very interesting tour and tasting at a local coffee plantation. All in all a great day with an excellent host. We will strongly recommend this tour and Jorge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Allen, thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate your kind words and I am happy to read that you enjoyed your tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet you all and hope you come back to Costa Rica anytime soon.
Jorge is a very knowledgeable, easy going person. We spent 4 days with him and he as was always helpful and at our service and he never overdid it. However, you need to know what you wanna do and have him organize this on time, otherwise it might be that places are fully booked.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vielen Dank Frau Rechberger! I had a good time with you and your family. And you are correct, it is always advisable to book activities in advance, specially in the high season from early December to late April.
Linda HarrisUnited States
best of all the tours. local flavor and friendliness of the tour guide and everyone we encountered gave us a warm and welcome feeling of Costa Rica.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda, thank you very much for your kind comment. It was a pleasure taking you and your fun friends on tour. Hope you visit again.
Kay MooreUnited States
This was an excellent tour. Jorge and Coro (the driver) did an amazing job. We had a very good lunch at the Floating Safari Adventure and then our floating trip down the river. We saw monkeys, birds, lizards and crocodiles while floating down the river. We stopped and had snacks of watermelon and pineapple which were very good. We were running out of time to get back to the ship so we skipped the Feline Rescue Center and went to an ice cream shop which we all enjoyed. Jorge was very easy to understand
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mrs. Moore, Thank you very much for your kind comment. It was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad to read you enjoyed the tour.
Rachel StephensUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Rachel, I am so glad to read you had a good time! I did as well in the company of you and your lovely family, and will be looking forward to your next visit. Pura vida, Jorge
William DohertyUnited States
Jorge was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. The river raft trip was great and he really helped my wife(who uses crutches) have a successful and enjoyable trip. I recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Doherty for your kind words! I am glad to read you liked to river raft. I am grateful and blessed for the wonderful people I continue to meet through TBL. Pura vida and hope you come visit again!
Nicole PrestonUnited States
Jorge was great and the tour was amazing! Jorge shared some hidden gems around San Jose and it was great to see the country side and meet the small coffee, chocolate, and beer producers. I would HIGHLY recommend any tour with Jorge! His experience and knowledge were fantastic and he definitely made the day special!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nicole for your kind words, it was a pleasure to meet you both and I am glad to read that you enjoyed the tour! Pura Vida!
Nicholas IgneriUnited States
Booked the tour before leaving. Jorge was very responsive. We changed the itinerary a couple of times and he accommodated us each time. Jorge was an amazing guide. Friendly, knowledgeable and easy going. I highly recommend booking with Jorge. Pura Vida!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Nicholas for your kind comment, It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am glad to read that you liked the tour. Hope you guys continue enjoying Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
Pamela A.United States
We can't say enough good things about our tour with Jorge. His knowledge of San Jose and Costa Rica overall is extensive, his English is excellent, and his demeanor kind, thoughtful and fun. Our experience with him was fulfilling, fun, comfortable and safe. His tour exceeded our expectations and he went beyond the call of duty to make it so. And, we all feel we now have a new friend in San Jose! We highly recommend him without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Pamela for taking the time to write such a kind comment, I really appreciate it! It was a pleasure to meet you all and take you on tour and I am glad to read that you enjoyed it. Hope to see you guys again. You do have a friend in San Jose. Pura Vida!
Mike HarrisUnited States
Simply outstanding! Jorge expertly identified and arranged activities our teenage daughter could do while recovering from knee surgery and made her Costa Rica vacation a dream come true. His knowledge of Costa Rican history, culture, plants and animals was excellent and he managed to balance being informative and fun. English was great, and taught us some Spanish as well. We spent two terrific days with Jorge around Manuel Antonio and Jaco and I couldn't recommend him more highly. Gracias por todo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mike, the pleasure was all mine. You guys are an amazing and inspiring family. I learned a lot from you as well and I am so happy to read that you enjoyed your time with me. I would love to take you on tour a again to keep discovering Costa Rica. Thank you and Pura Vida!
Amos HalevyRamla, ISRAEL, Israel
Hello good people!! If you are interested in a fun trip to Costa Rica ask about "Jorge Varela" a charming and intelligent person A professional guide Most courteous and polite. he Conducted the trip perfectly to the last detail, It was important for him to enjoy the trip perfectly, we are Enjoyed being in his company. many thanks Amos, mazal,moshe and levana
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Amos for your kind comment. It was a pleasure to meet the four of you. I am glad to know you enjoyed our multi day adventure around Costa Rica. Hope to see you again, PURA VIDA!
This tour covers the must-sees of San José. Jorge Varela was friendly and knowledgeable. He had answers to all our questions and we learned a lot! We highly recommend him as guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tusen tack Marie! I really appreciate you taking the time for writing me a review. I enjoyed your company very much today! Pura Vida!
Margaret HarrayUnited States
Jorge was a terrific guide- knowledgeable, entertaining, professional. We 6 had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mrs. Harray for your kind comment, I am glad to read that you enjoyed the tour. I had great time with the 6 of you as well.
George OverendUnited States
Jorge provided an excellent city tour of San Jose! I have used Tours by Locals guides more than 25 times the past three years. ALL have been excellent, so I hesitate to say any one guide was "the best." However, I am eager to say that Jorge did a superb job and is as good as any guide we have had anywhere and I recommend him to others without hesitation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words George, I appreciate you have taken the time to leave a review. I enjoyed your company very much during our city tour and I am happy to read that you liked the experience in San Jose. It was a pleasure to meet you and Carol. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Pura Vida!
Peter BlackUnited States
Jorge was right on time and picked us up at the Marriott about 8-10 miles out of San Jose. We enjoyed the walk around San Jose and found Jorge very knowledgeable and up beat about San Jose and Costa Rica.. A very pleasant morning walk and tour around downtown San Jose. Jorge joined us for lunch as well as a coffee and tucked us away in a cab to get back to the Marriott. A very very positive experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Peter for reviewing my tour. I enjoyed the company of both of you very much and I am glad to read that you had a good time during our tour around San Jose.
Janet MurphyUnited States
Jorge was an excellent tour guide. He took us to many interesting places in San Jose, provided us with excellent history and facts about Costa Rica and took us to a wonderful pottery making factory in Santa Anna. We really enjoyed our tour and would recommend Jorge
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Janet thank you very much for your comment, I really appreciate it. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your day in San José and Santa Ana. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Kind regards and Pura Vida!
Kimberly CaulfieldUnited States
As experienced travelers that have hired local guides around the world, Jorge is the best guide we have had. Corrospondance was timely and without confusion. His knowledge of flora, fauna, animals and all things Costa Rican in general was incredible. It's obvious he loves helping people experience his country and his passion is infectious. Jorge is a fabulous person to hang out with in general, and he provided us a truly personal and unique experience—exactly what we had wanted.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kimberly, thank you very much for such a kind comment. I am happy to read that you enjoyed your day and liked my service. It was a pleasure to meet the three of you and I had a great time taking you on tour. Hope you guys come back to keep exploring Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
Ramesh R.United States
Our first trip to Costa Rica (family of 4). We stayed in San Jose . Jorge was very approachable and planned a 4 day tour by email before we arrived. We covered a lot including zip lining, Mount Arenal, river rafting, hot springs, visit to coffee plantation etc. We had a wonderful trip, Jorge was very knowledgeable and flexible and it made a huge difference to have a personalized small tour. We had a very good, safe driver and a comfortable mini van. Highly recommended for a family/friends group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ramesh, thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you, Jothi, Nitya and Ruben. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. There were four really good days indeed. I would be glad to be at your service when you visit again, P U R A V I D A !
Scott BaymillerUnited States
Jorge was very accomodating to our requests. We liked the central market and jade museum. His English speaking is excellent. He helped us with other recommendations for the rest of our trip. The tour did involve a little walking, but we had an 84 yo on the tour that did fine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr. Baymiller, Thank you very much for your review. I had a really nice time with all of you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
Belma RodriguezUnited States
We ended up doing the La Fortuna waterfalls and a tour of the city of La Fortuna instead of San Jose City tour. I appreciate Jorge's flexibility and his willingness to adjust the time of the tour when requested. His knowledge of the area is extensive and he made our group feel very comfortable about asking anything that was not covered. Very personable and pleasant and has a positive attitude.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback Mrs. Rodriguez, I appreciate it. We had a great time in La Fortuna indeed. I truly enjoyed meeting all your family. P U R A V I D A !
Wayne RudisillUnited States
Our day with Jorge was beyond our expectations. He took us to the rain forest park that was near Puntarenas. He was very good at locating and pointing out the local animals and even found one of the poison dart frogs for us to see. We got to see the agouti and monkeys also. We then went to a local village and enjoyed having lunch with Jorge at one of the local spots. Wayne and I are both tall people and we enjoyed the fact that Jorge had a nice size car and we were quite comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for reviewing my tour, I appreciate your kind words. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your day in Costa Rica. It certainly was a nice day exploring the rainforest and it was a pleasure to take you on tour. Best regards
Tamara WynnUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for rating my tour Mrs. Wynn.
Robert KochUnited States
Our excursion and Tour Guide Jorge was EXCELLENT. It included everything that we expected and more. Jorge was extremely prepared, showed his technical expertise in the rainforest. His eyes in pointing out nature was tremendous. He used his diversified skills as a barista to assist my sister in selecting local coffee beans. He had a full understanding of the geography, socioeconomic aspects of Costa Rica. His English was excellent as well. We would recommend Jorge to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words Mr. Koch, I had a great time with the three of you. I am glad that you enjoyed your day in Costa Rica and our tour in Carara. I hope to see your around here anytime soon, Kind regards and Pura Vida! Jorge V.