Testimonials

“Love the live chat feature! Very helpful advice, especially for travel when weather isn’t ideal.
We will be using the Mapache code for the car rental. and we will probably ask more questions as they come up! It’s great to have real-time answers! Awesome!”

SG, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

“I realized that I never said thank you.  You were wonderful to deal with, and we had a great time in Costa Rica.  If there is any sort of formal review I can provide I will do so, and I will recommend you to everyone.  Please let me know if I can help in any way.”

TS, Richmond, Virginia, USA

“Thanks for everything. We had a wonderful time at the white water rafting, our guide (Kenda) was the coolest. He really added to our experience. We finally are settling down and enjoying our time in Costa Rica. Thanks for all the discounts and your help with our bump in the road. 🙂 Now if you can stop it from raining during our excursions we would be forever grateful LOL!!! Pura Vida!!!!!”

SS, Whitehouse, Ohio, USA

“We had an amazing trip in Costa Rica and are thankful for all of the assistance that Pura Vida! Eh? has given us! Nikki was very friendly, helpful, and prompt with replies. We really liked the simplicity and flexibility when booking and changing the tours. It truly felt as if she was working with us to create our ideal vacation! It is awesome how Pura Vida! Eh? is also donating money on our behalf for great causes. We very highly recommend Pura Vida! Eh? for anyone who is interested in visiting Costa Rica. What could be better than having a customized and affordable vacation while knowing that you are supporting a valuable philanthropy project? Pura Vida!”

KO, Flushing, New York, USA

“I just wanted to say thanks for helping us book a river rafting trip. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. Your website was so helpful in our trip planning and the booking process for the rafting trip was easy! We had a wonderful vacation and I’m sure we’ll be back someday! Thanks!”

RM, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Thank you Nikki for having such a great blog. First, it is chock full of helpful tips and information for anyone traveling to Costa Rica. Also, you helped us schedule a tour while in Tamarindo that went seamlessly. Thank you for your responsiveness and your great pricing. Will use you in the future for sure.”

SH, Tega Cay, South Carolina, USA

“Thank you pura vida eh for the great online information provided on all the different adventure tours in Costa Rica. The great service saved us money and helped us plan our amazing holiday. Thank you!!”

JL, Embrun, Ontario, Canada

“I am so glad we came across your website and I cannot say enough about how easy it was to work with you, especially given the late notice. My only regret is that we didn’t find your site earlier and didn’t book as many aspects of our vacation with you as we could. We will definitely not make that mistake again for our next trip to Costa Rica! You are so helpful and friendly and working with you really exceeded our expectations. We cannot thank you enough!”

RW, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“Without PV! Eh? I would not have known where to start in planning our first trip to Costa Rica. Their site is a wealth of information and is perfect for helping on to narrow down the myriad choices and if you have any questions- I mean any- they can certainly answer them with aplomb. Being able to book our tours through them saved us a lot of hassle and potential heart ache. We got better deals than folks we encountered on similar tours. I can recommend this service for anyone planning a trip regardless of whether you need suggestions and guidance or full-on hand holding. Pura Vida!”

JS, Bronx, New York, USA

“We really appreciated the time you put into creating thoughtful and useful blog content. Your transparent business model made us feel very comfortable in dealing with you, which allowed us to save a lot of effort compared to booking things on our own. We know that travel doesn’t always go exactly to plan, and your willingness and ability to deal with issues on the fly proved very helpful. We would certainly recommend you to anyone who asks. Keep up the good work! Pura vida!”

TS, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Thank you for all your help! I was recommended to this site by a friend who had recently gone to Costa Rica, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone going in the future. Your site has tons of useful information and you made the process of booking shuttles and activities easy. Any changes that we wanted to make to our itinerary, you would do on our behalf, and that made it much easier! Thanks again for everything!”

SW, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated was a very convenient and friendly service to book our tour for the Arenal Volcano, hanging bridges and Baldi Hot Springs. Nikki was very responsive, prompt and extremely helpful with all my questions. The tour also was an excellent experience and our guide was attentive and entertaining.”

AC, New York City, New York, USA

“I just returned from the beautiful Costa Rica yesterday and am already missing it! I was very happy with the services provided by Pura Vida! eh? and would certainly use them again and recommend them to family and friends. The tours reserved through Pura Vida! eh? were great and very well-organised. Knowing that the tours were planned and reserved allowed me to go to Costa Rica with greater peace of mind and enjoy my holiday even more. Initially I was not sure whether to book my tours online or decide once I got there, but I made the right choice deciding to reserve them through Pura Vida! eh? I am also very happy that Pura Vida! eh? will be donating to one of its Philanthropy Projects and this makes it even more worth it! Thank you very much for all your help!! Pura Vida!!”

GA, London, UNITED KINGDOM

“We had an amazing time on our rafting trip! I cannot even explain how awesome our guide was. I fell out of the boat but the operation is very safety conscious and had me back in in no time! Thank you again for handling our car rental mix-up — you saved us a huge headache. Thank you again!!!”

RM, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

“Our trip to Costa Rica was a success.  The vehicle you arranged was exactly as represented — we got the specific vehicle at the price agreed without any hassles.  In fact, the vehicle was relatively new (3k miles), in good shape, and impeccably clean.  Thanks again for all your support in steering us through the vehicle rental morass in Costa Rica.”

PL, Frisco, Colorado, USA

“My family of 4 just took an 8 day trip to Costa Rica, staying in Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio.  I booked ALL of our activities through Pura Vida Eh? – seven trips including rafting, zipline and rainforest and coffee tours. Everything was perfect: not one glitch in any activity – and we did an activity every day.  Often the prices were less than booking directly through the tour companies – and you pay the tour companies directly which helps relieve any “too good to be true” anxiety. For the cash back discounts (where you pay full price upfront), I got the cash back without asking.  Nikki also provided a lot of usual information when I was planning, including explaining the differences between trips.“

JG, Plainview, New York, USA

“It was both of our first times in Costa Rica and we loved it! Your blog was an invaluable resource I used in trip planning from figuring out where we even wanted to go in the first place all the way through reserving our last night’s hotel. That’s great that you donate to charities, we’d like our donation to go to the “Save the Turtles” charity as seeing the arribada in Playa Ostional was one of the highlights of our trip! Thanks again for all your help, until next time, Pura Vida!”

BH, Los Angeles, California, USA

“We have returned and our stay was wonderful. Thank you so much for your assistance and advice in helping plan out our itinerary in Arenal. You were very informative and I appreciate your patience and willingness to help. Our itinerary was seamless and couldn’t have worked out better… And since I’m now in love with your beautiful country, I’ll surely use your services even more when I visit again!”

DN, New York City, New York, USA

“Thanks so much for your great service. I’m not kidding when I say that my vacation in Costa Rica was the most planned out and well organized of all my life! I am a savvy planner and thanks to your website I could learn a lot about CR (which I knew only the name, not even its location) I was able to find out what were the activities offered and also to book them for the cheapest prices on the market. This is the first time that I use only one provider to book all my activities and I am super pleased of the outcome. I am really tempted to share my trip itinerary with other people because it worked very very well for us! You do a great job. [donation organization selection omitted] I wish you were in each country! Best and pura vida!”

LF, Long Island City, New York, USA

“The trip was our best vacation ever! One of the highlights was the ziplining we did through the rainforest and over the waterfalls with the Arenal Mundo company. They were professional and courteous. We booked our adventure through the website puravidaeh.ca. Along with making reservations easy, this website offers a huge amount of information which was invaluable to me as I planned the trip from 2000 miles away. Nikki and her team give a personal view of the numerous activities and beautiful places found in Costa Rica, and will take the time to answer questions you may have. This website was one of my main resources in planning our great adventure. Thank you!”

CG, Springville, New York, USA

“We did enjoy our CR vacation very much and we certainly expect to return in the future. Thanks to your help, everything went well. Particularly, we really enjoyed staying at the La Mansion Inn as the view is incredible. We did not realize that it’s one of the favorite places of celebrities too.”

DN, Bellevue, Washington, USA

“Just got back from our week in Costa Rica and everything went smoothly. Thank you for all the help in planning this trip- we would not have done as much as we did in Arenal without the Pura Vida eh Inc website. We had an awesome Costa Rican adventure! We already want to go back. 😊 Thanks so much.”

MC, San Diego, California, USA

“Nikki from Pura Vida eh! was very helpful in organizing our rental car for our trip to Costa Rica in November. Renting a car can be a daunting and complicated task but Nikki did all the hard work for us and everything worked out as planned. Nikki sent us very detailed emails about everything I needed to know and helped arrange for a late drop off with the car which was perfect. I would highly recommend booking through them! Thanks again Nikki and everyone at Pura vida eh!”

VM & MS, Kamloops, British Columbia, CANADA

“Pura Vida! eh? is simply the best! Their multiple informative blogs really made my Costa Rica vacation much easier to plan. Based on their online recommendations, I was able to settle on a Pacuare whitewater rafting tour. The reservation process was very easy (w/ their online vouchers) and we were able to score a $28 discount! They also went above and beyond by answering all the questions I had. Pura Vida! eh? is a one-of-a-kind tourist/traveler company. They made me feel appreciated throughout the whole process and even give back to the community! Pura vida!”

MF, Los Angeles, California, USA

“Our trip was fabulous!! We enjoyed everything about it- the food, the hotel, the activities, esp the people. Everyone was nice and accommodating. Thank you so much for your assistance and recommendations. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.”

SC, New City, New York, USA

“I had a pleasant experience with this company on my short stay in Costa Rica. It was difficult finding activities that were fun and adrenaline-packed but that fit our schedule and times. What I loved the most was the transportation-inclusive activities and how well coordinated they were. Our water rafting experience was superb and I would totally recommend this company to anyone planning their time in Costa Rica.”

KA, San Diego, California, USA

“Thanks for all of the great info on your website! You were the best resource in planning our trip– everything from tours, in country transportation and wonderful no-cost/low-cost options. We had a great week and you’re my “go-to” site for future trips.”

VB, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

“Thank you for all your help and support. Since this was my first time to Costa Rica, I really did not have any ideas for our adventures and used your websites for recommendations. After deciding on the best rafting trip for us I contacted you. You contacted me several times answering questions and making me feel at ease! You were so helpful and the rafting trip was truly the best! Thank you! I will recommend you to everyone that travels to Costa Rica! Pura Vida.”

SO, San Diego, Caifornia, USA

“Costa Rica is one of my favorite destinations, which is why I decided to take my three 10 & 11 year old daughters with me this year. Pura Vida! eh? Helped me book an awesome zip lining adventure on short notice, and it really made the trip for my family. All we had to do was show up, and they were already expecting us. Thank you so much for your quick responding, friendly attitude, and helping us save some cash along the way.”

RB, Satellite Beach, Florida, USA

“I just wanted to thank you and your team for arranging an amazing trip for us. We had a wonderful time in beautiful Costa Rica and cannot wait to go back. Thank you for your advice and help, we truly appreciated it. All of our activities, shuttle transfers and stay was seamless and perfect. We will definitely recommend you if any of our friends/family are planning a trip to Costa Rica.”

KB, London, UNITED KINGDOM

“Hi there Nikki, I just want to thank you for all of your help in making the reservations and for all of your input over the past couple of months!  My friend and I had an absolutely fantastic time in Costa Rica.  Everything worked out beautifully and smoothly! pura vida!!

SR, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

”Pura Vida eh? is the REAL DEAL!  I cannot believe we were able to pull off a vacation for 30 of my family members after I just finished planning a wedding!  None of this would have happened if it weren’t for Nikki and company.  They were so incredibly easy to work with and they were always available when I had questions or needed to change up the reservations.  I really thought that the company was either going to be #1 a scam or #2 they wouldn’t deliver what they had offered.  Like really, a company that helps plan your vacation, connects you to the right people for reservations, gets you HUGE DISCOUNTS on lodging and activities, doesn’t take any money from you and donate money back to philanthropic projects???  Doesn’t make any sense but IT IS REAL AND IT IS AWESOME!!!!  They have first hand experience with the country and they know where to go and where not to go!  Every place we stayed at was safe and clean and every activity we did was so much fun!  We were able to visit Rincon de la Vieja, Arenal and Monteverde and the whole time I did not have any worry or stress and that is because of Pura Vida eh?  Thank you so much for everything you have done for us!  You guys are the best and we are definitely going to contact you when we come back to Costa Rica!  Pura Vida!”

KC & CV, California, USA

“My husband, mom, cousin and I had a great trip in Costa Rica!  A big contributor to the success of our travels was Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.  We had an exciting Sky Trek zip-line adventure in the La Fortuna area overlooking the Arenal volcano and Lake Arenal.  Quite an adrenaline rush, while at the same time saving money that we spent on other parts of our trip.  We relaxed in the hot springs at The Springs Resort & Spa; which we wouldn’t even have known existed if not for the informative blog written by Nicole and her husband.  The hot springs were amazing and beautiful.  We had never before experienced such luxury in natural surroundings!  We greatly enjoyed the delicious meal that was included in our two day package.  Nicole was kind enough to make special arrangements for us to enjoy our meal the second day, rather than the first, because of our travel dates.  Overall we could not have been happier with Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.  Thank you for a great vacation!”

JW, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

“Thank You for saving extra money during our March trip to Costa Rica. We were very pleased with all services provided by your company and also quick responses to my emails. Planning the trip was a little nerve wracking-  you read about all scams and then You have to trust somebody. We decided to go with your company and it was excellent choice. We were not disappointed. My only complain is that we couldn’t use your services for purchasing more activities, just because our time was really limited.. But we used bunch of advice from your website, what a great source! Thank you again for providing us a lot of useful info and saving money for our family of four. Looking forward to coming back to Costa Rica as soon as we can. What a beautiful country!“

KG, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say how much my family and I (hubby and 11 1/2 y/o son) enjoyed our jaunt to Costa Rica over Spring break, March 9-14, 2015. We were able to experience thrilling river rafting on the Rio Pacuare, zipline over the gorgeous native flora and waterfall and horseback ride through a nature preserve and enjoy a lovely nature hike at the base of the Arenal volcano. We topped off this fantastic journey with a trip to the geothermal springs at Baldi Resort and Spa. All of this was made possible by great offers from Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated. Thank you so very much for all of your help and insight; it went a long way in ensuring a wonderful trip we’ll remember for years to come! :)”

SK, Allen, Texas, USA

“Do not hesitate to book your vacation through Pura Vida, Eh! After many years of hearing us dream about vacationing in Costa Rica, last spring as a combined Mother’s/Father’s Day gift, our children gave us a week-long trip there.  Yes, we know we are very fortunate.  Thanks kids!  Along with the gift they included two terrific travel guides, which we poured through for several months.  Never having been to Costa Rica, we found it daunting to sift through the sheer volume of information.  There are so many fabulous sites to see, activities to engage in, ways to get from here-to-there, types of accommodation from which to select, we felt lost.  One day our daughter told us about a friend who had visited Costa Rica and had planned their trip through a company, Pura Vida,Eh!  That evening, we sat down and explored their website and were totally impressed.  We loved the wide range of options offered, the fact that you can pick-and-choose what you do and don’t wish to do, their informative blog postings, as well as their business focus on giving something back to this wonderful country.  And once we contacted them, we were sure that we were on the right track, at last.  From that moment on, every step of the way, Nikki was right there for us, answering questions, making suggestions, patiently waiting for us to render decisions, guiding us.  Always energetic, up-beat, enthusiastic and professional, we couldn’t have asked for a better assistant.  And the end result was beyond our imaginings.  Truly a trip of a lifetime.  Traveling from place to place was a breeze.  Each accommodation was better than the last.  Our adventure tours were engaging, informative, varied and FUN!  We are so thankful for the assistance of Pura Vida, Eh! in making our dream vacation come true.”

WJ & KB, Tennessee, USA

“Just wanted to thank you again for your assistance with our trip planning and reservations.  We had a wonderful time and wished we had stayed there longer.  Guess it gives us more reason to go back for another visit.”

AW, New York, USA

“My wife and I recently spent a month in Costa Rica, partly on an organized birding trip but mostly visiting areas of interest such as Monteverde and Manuel Antonio.  We elected not to rent a car, which meant of course that we needed to rely on bus service to get around the country.  It can be quite daunting, even for season international travelers such as ourselves, to sort out the most efficient and cost effective transportation from hotel to hotel.  We turned to Pura Vida Eh Inc to help us sort this out.  Nikki was absolutely fantastic! She was professional, efficient, and tremendously responsive to our needs.  I was astounded at the amount of personal time that she spent guiding us through the complicated transportation process.  Perhaps now that we have been there we might be able to figure it out ourselves but I doubt it – we would definitely turn to Nikki in the future for ALL of our travel needs in Costa Rica.  I highly recommend Pura Vida Eh – they are awesome!”

MS & LS, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

“We had so much fun in Costa Rica! Thank you so much for helping us! Everything went very smoothly while we were there. We hope to visit Costa Rica again some day, and will definitely enlist your help again🙂 For the donations, I was wondering if we could give half to Kids Saving The Rainforest and the other half to Escuela de Futbol Tres Equis? Thank you again so much for all your help and advice. We will be referring you Pura Vida! eh? to our friends and family! Pura Vida!”

LH & CC, USA

“We’ve been taking the shuttle plus Pacuare river Rafting tour and it’s has been perfectly organized and a great tour. Especially the booking process was very good and your staff has been very helpful to get in contact with the tour operator- Big thanks and PURA VIDA!”

SH, Munich, GERMANY

“Thanks Nikki for recommending some great hotels and activities and booking them for us.  We enjoyed our stay at both Conchal Hotel in Brasilito and at Hotel la Pradera in La Fortuna, as well as the Desafio Tenorio River Float and airport transportation.  I like that you promote the activities that include transportation between destinations – this worked well for us. Your services were invaluable to us and we enjoyed the discounted rates too! Pura vida!”

RL, CANADA

“Thank you so much for all of you help, our trip was amazing!  Everything worked out so smoothly, and everyone was very nice. We can’t wait to go back again! Thank you again for putting together such a wonderful trip for us!”

JM, Idaho Falls, Idaho USA

“Hi Nikki, I have no understanding for what Pura Vida! eh?’s business strategy is and cannot figure out how you’re able to charge less than every other tour company. Because of that I was kind of skeptical of the company, but everything that PVE arranged for us worked out perfectly. Thanks for helping with some of the highlights of our vacation!”

YF, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

“Pura Vida! Eh? provided some excellent advice and was very responsive throughout our trip planning stage. Even though we ended up only using them for half of our bookings because of a change of plans, they still offered their help and support without fail. Their insight was invaluable.”

AC, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

“Nikki of Pura Vida! eh? did a fantastic job planning our Costa Rican adventure.  Our entire communication was via email which made it very easy to send our thoughts back and forth and tweak our itinerary until we were satisfied.  We provided Nikki with an idea of the things we wanted to do (e.g., suspension bridges, ziplining, whitewater rafting, ATV, nature hikes) and she came back with a couple suggested itineraries.  The tour groups that Nikki chose for us were uniformly excellent—on time, fun, and safe.  In fact, I checked them all on TripAdvisor after Nikki recommended them and all had received high marks.  What made working with Pura Vida! eh? particularly nice is that we were not part of an organized group tour.  All of our arrangements were made by Nikki, individually, with the tour operators.  Nikki also arranged all our transportation between the three regions where we stayed.  Our family had an amazing time in Costa Rica and I can confidently say that Nikki and Pura Vida! Eh? played a huge role.”

MM & EM, Pennsylvania, USA

“Recently, we travelled to Costa Rica and used Nikki’s PuraVidah blog to look for important activities and planning. We also contacted her to reserve for boat reservations near Manuel Antonio. She not only got us a discount but paid attention to details in my request and patiently helped thru my change in plans as well. Her email was prompt, informative and courteous. I would blown away with her philanthropic efforts as well. I would strongly recommend using her help for planning and reserving Costa Rica Vacation. Thanks Nikki!!”

VV, Sacramento, California, USA

“Thank you again for all you did for us. You were fantastic and I read some of your travel tips yesterday and they were very helpful. You do an amazing job and are so thorough. Well done.”

CD, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“We had the most wonderful vacation in Costa Rica thanks in large part to your help planning the vacation! It was an unforgettable experience. Our favorite place was Manual Antonio and La Masion Inn. You were absolutely right in booking LMI for us – what a wonderful, unique boutique hotel! The view from the Sky Lounge was stunning! I hung out there for an entire afternoon and could not get enough of it! Now I also understand why Manual Antonio is one of the top ten national parks in the world. How can you beat swimming in crystal clear blue warm water next to the abundant wild life! By the way, it was hilarious to us that the raccoons and monkeys would “patrol” the beach for food. In one instance, we were even warned that the bags would not be safe! I would definitely recommend you to all our family and friends who are going to Costa Rica. We fell in love with the country (and totally understood why you moved there!). We would love to keep you as a resource. This will not be the only time we visit :)”

CR, San Jose, California, USA

“Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making our trip to Costa Rica easier. We were very happy with your help and had a great time during our trip there. I commend you on your charitable initiatives – after reviewing the list of potential recipients, I would like to choose [organization name omitted]. Thank you! We will be sure to encourage the use of your site for our friends and family who are sure to be traveling to Costa Rica soon, especially after hearing our stories and seeing our photos!”

AS, USA

“I have only great things to say about Pura Vida! eh?  Nikki and the website were incredibly helpful.  So very thorough and great insight.  I wish I could find a site and company like this for all areas of travel.  I was so very please with Pura Vida! eh? that I have recommended them and the site to several friends.  Thank you for all of the help in making our trip to Costa Rica a great success!”

LC, Austin, Texas, USA

“Thanks to your help, we had the BEST time in Costa Rica. It was truly an unforgettable experience. I am so grateful to you and your company for helping me chose the right tours, as well as your spot on travel blog. We will have the memories and pictures of the perfect trip for years to come. (My boyfriend and I even got engaged while there!). Thank you so much for the $[amount removed] transfer of funds through PayPal, that makes it very easy for me. I love that just by booking with your help, $[amount removed] will be going to an organization in need. That is an awesome way to run a business. I will definitely be recommending your services to anyone I know traveling to Costa Rica. Thank you again for all your help!”

AB, USA

“We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and we appreciate you guys for helping us plan our vacation. Thank you so much for arranging tours for us. We will surely recommend Pura Vida! eh? to our friends.”

SK & VD, Los Angeles, CA, USA

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for the wonderful service you provided us during our trip in Costa Rica. The Pacuare rafting tour was absolutely amazing! My partner is an experienced rafter and he said that this was his second best rafting experience (after Uganda – a class IV-V) ever! We really appreciate a lot how you accommodated our needs with the pre-payment for the tour. Wish you all the best and greetings to beautiful Costa Rica from Slovakia :)”

VS, SLOVAKIA

“I found the Pura Vida! eh? from Costa Rica travel blog, which gave me extensive knowledge and tips for my trip to CR at the planning phase. I decided to reserve tours through Pura Vida! eh? since it helped me so much with my planning, and it saved me money also. The tours I booked through Pura Vida! eh? went through smoothly, I did not have any issues with them at all. The many emails I exchanged  with Nikki were always replied promptly, and any issues involved were taken care of. I am happy that at the end, after the trip, I was contacted by Nikki to help me donate some fund she promised to the charity I was able to choose. I am very glad I chose Pura Vida! eh? to guide me through the incredible trip our family had in CR. Pura Vida! eh? is indeed a very trustworthy resource a traveler can rely on when planning a trip to CR.  Thank you Nikki for all your help! We enjoyed CR tremendously!”

MY, Seattle, Washington, USA

“We loved Costa Rica and are already talking about another trip in the future. The excursions booked through Pura Vida not only met, but exceeded, our expectations and I really appreciate the assistance from Nikki with explaining the differences between different tour options so we were able to pick the right tour for us. Thanks for helping make our trip so memorable!”

AC, USA

“Not knowing anything about Costa Rica, I was overwhelmed with the task of planning how best to see the sites. I stumbled upon the Pura Vida website and   was impressed by both the amount of valuable information and the testimonials. I sent a query and Niki responded the next day with detailed answers to all of my questions. There were several additional clarifications I requested and she continued to provide a high level of service with quick and thorough replies. Niki was an absolute pleasure to work with. She assisted with booking the tour that matched our needs and simplified the process by coordinating all aspects with the tour guides. I would highly recommend Pura Vida!”

AS, USA

“We spent 8 weeks in Costa Rica this summer with our family of 8. No easy feat. The easiest and most enjoyable weekend was the one Nikki helped us plan. Nikki helped me narrow down our myriad of choices to those that would actually work for our large family. Her recommendations were perfect for our needs and desires. She sent timely and detailed emails that took the stress of planning, booking, and worrying right off my shoulders. I only wish I had gone to her sooner in our trip! I highly recommend Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated and Nikki if you ever find yourself traveling to Costa Rica. Pura vida!”

OP, USA

“Our vacation in Costa Rica would not have been possible without Pura Vida! Eh? Inc. You made it SO easy for us by setting up all of our activities, meals, and transportation. Our most memorable times there were soaking in the natural hot springs in La Fortuna and beach-bumming it at Montezuma Beach. Pura Vida! Eh? is no doubt thee BEST Costa Rican vacation travel agency. We look forward to returning to CR in the future. Thank you for your amazing service!”

CV, USA

“I worked with Nikki at Pura Vida to help us plan our vacation. Initially I was skeptical because I found them over internet search. But I must say that this is the best thing I did to make my vacation smooth and well planned. She worked with me in planning and suggesting and booking out tours. Service level was extraordinary. Nikki was very detailed and thorough. I couldn’t have expected a better customer service from them. Very accommodation to all my requests and last minute changes. I was traveling with a 7yr old. So they suggested what tours would work best for that age group and were able to accommodate us on rafting and zip lining tours with that age group. I would strongly recommend to go with Pura Vida [eh] Inc. Ofcourse, Costa Rica has amazing food, people and service. One of the best vacations we have had. Thanks all.”

KJ, USA

“We write two reviews a year if that, but simply have to recommend Pura Vida! Eh? We booked flights just a week before our trip so we were stressed – but Pura Vida! Eh? instantly felt like working with a good friend we can trust in Costa Rica, rather than a for-profit company trying to sell us anything. They helped us with a tour, a car, and even advice about things they didn’t book for us, like what hotel choices best met our needs. They spent an incredible amount of time immediately answering every question we had in great detail, so by the time we arrived we had everything covered. Our trip was amazing, and thanks to Pura Vida! Eh? there was not a single glitch. We highly recommend that anyone visiting Costa Rica make friends with Pura Vida! Eh? early in their planning – even it that is only a week before your flight!”

AZ & KZ, USA

“Our amazing Costa Rican trip thanks to Pura Vida! eh? Inc. I was absolutely confused about how to approach the planning for our first family Costa Rica trip until I ran across the Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated! website. Nikki was awesome in that I emailed her relatively last minute regarding car rental, tours, and general travel questions and she answered EVERY question. Her recommendations and advice regarding our car rental were spot on and she replied quickly (which helped so much in our last minute planning). I highly recommend their services AND reading their blogs.”

JH, USA

“Many, many thanks for your invaluable assistance in planning and making reservations for our trip to Costa Rica in May 2014. It was extremely helpful having you contact hotels, tour companies, and booking transportation for us, especially since we don’t speak Spanish and don’t have a clue about where to stay, what to do, and who to use. It also saved us from making expensive international calls. Most important are the connections you have and the information you provide as a result of your experience and actually living in Costa Rica. It’s very disturbing to have to deal with someone making your reservations when they have never been to that particular area. You were always quick to reply and answer the endless and detailed questions I had. Communicating via email worked really well. I had a complete record of our conversations that I could refer to. Your website is the best I’ve ever seen for Costa Rica. Anything I wanted to know about Costa Rica was easily found, as well as information I didn’t even know I needed! Your tips were invaluable and the descriptions of actual experiences you and your husband had were very informative and entertaining. Everything you planned for us went very smoothly without any hitches. Costa Rica was one of the best vacations our family ever had and a lot of this is a direct result of your expertise and competency. We will not hesitate to use your services again on our next vacation to Costa Rica!🙂Thanks again!”

CT, Clearwater, Florida, USA

“Just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for all your help and trip planning. Our trip was amazing and everything we booked through pura vida eh was a success. Highly recommend the Pacuare river rafting tour and Monteverde Villa lodge. Only wish we would have booked our entire trip through pura vida eh, but we plan to return and will definantly use your services again. Great discounts, hotels, tours, and transportation. Thanks again.”

JB, San Diego, California, USA

“Working with Nikki to plan our 10 day trip to Costa Rica proved to provide time savings, peace of mind, and a fabulous, unforgettable trip. We packed many activities into those 10 days. Nikki helped us in choosing our tours, hotels, and transfers from one city to the other. She was spot on in her depiction of the hotels and tours. She was quick to return our emails and to answer questions. The tour operators she suggested were timely, courteous, and exceeded our expectations. The hotels where we stayed were clean and well located.  They were also family owned, ant the families were very friendly and helpful. When I begin planning my next trip to Costa Rica, Nikki will be the first person I contact. Pura vida!”

SW, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

“I am SO glad I found your blog through Pinterest. My husband and I are coming to Costa Rica in three weeks and are extremely excited. We’ve never been to a foreign country before and are a bit nervous and your blog has helped ease many of those nerves. Thanks!”

TC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

“First of all, thank you so much for all your assistance — everything went quite smoothly and the accommodations and tours were all top notch. There was really nothing that we didn’t enjoy immensely, though I’ll commend in particular the accommodations at both Fonda Vela and Silencio del Campo, the people and service at Silencio, the Balsa River rafting trip, and our driver Pablo (De Safio) who brought us from Arenal to the airport. I’d also like to note, for your reference, that we were also extremely pleased with Esteban, the private guide we hired for Monteverde — a font of knowledge, great spotter, and simply a class act!”

BH & AH, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

“I tend to review hotels on Tripadvisor, but can’t often be bothered for tours etc; however due to some of the previous comments I have seen on TA about Pura Vida Eh, I feel it would be nice to express my gratitude to Nikki for her prompt and helpful service whilst I organised a trip to the region, and I can strongly recommend to other travellers thinking of using them. I booked 5 activities through them: Puerto Viejo to Fortuna with rafting in Rio Pacuare, Canyoneering in Fortuna, bus-boat-bus to Santa Elena, Selvetura near Monteverde and the onward travel to Quepos. For all except the bus-boat-bus, Pura Vida Eh provided the lowest cost, however I still booked the bus-boat-bus with them as it made my planning simpler and Nikki had been so helpful (plus we were only talking about 3$ extra, as opposed to the 15$ plus savings I made elsewhere). If I had booked the tours direct I would have paid more, plus not received the invaluable assistance Nikki provided which prevented me booking too many activities in one day, and making sure that we caught transport back at appropriate times. The booking process was quite simple, and online links were provided for the individual companies we booked with. It would have been easier just to pay the full amount to Pura Vida Eh and let them sort it out, but you cant have everything! We were also provided with some money off coupons which included places like Soda Viquez in Fortuna (highly recommended even without a discount (we ate there twice). Some discounts are cashback for a few dollars, and I am pleased to say that we received this via Paypal a few days after arriving back home. Very impressed as I was half expecting to have to chase this.”

TW, Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM

“We had a great trip in Costa Rica! Thank you for your expertise on our hotel reservations, they all worked out very well! Thanks again, it was a pleasure planning with you! Your prompt emails and detailed explanations were extremely helpful!”

NY, CANADA

“My wife and I had wanted to go to Costa Rica for quite some time, and when the opportunity came along to go, we realized we actually knew very little about what to do and where to go. After extensively searching the internet for suggestions and itineraries from various travel websites and tour operators, we were just as overwhelmed with the options as when we started. I compared many different tour companies’ itineraries, but none seemed to fit our style of travel or our budget. Then, I came across Pura Vida, Eh? Inc. Their website had exactly the information I needed to decide where we wanted to go and their suggested travel itinerary sounded awesome – but still not an exact fit. That’s where Nikki, the travel angel of Costa Rica, came in. After many back and forth chats, she was able create a custom trip that fit exactly what my wife and I wanted to see and do on our vacation. Her knowledge of each tour option and the best hotels really helped narrow down the many options for each area. I’ve never worked with a more helpful or knowledgeable travel agent in all my years of traveling! Thank you Nikki and Ricky for all you do to make visiting your country the best possible experience! As an added bonus, they even donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. Now that’s Pura Vida!”

RE, San Marcos, Texas, USA

“Hi! We loved Costa Rica! We had an amazing time! All the adventures planned were awesome and the people running them were friendly and professional. We felt safe knowing that you had recommended and reserved all of our transportation, activities, and accommodations. It was very reassuring traveling to a foreign country having a residents advice and perspective – much better than any travel agent! We met other tourists along the way and when we told them all of our activities, they were jealous – they didn’t even know about some of them! We mentioned your company every time and would highly recommend your company. It was a great experience! Thank you very much!”

MN, USA

“Sorry it’s taken me a couple of weeks to send this note. Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping us with our vacation plans! We had an absolutely perfect week in Arenal. All our tours were tremendously enjoyable and the weather was extremely cooperative. Our itinerary was really fantastic. In addition to the tours you helped us book (which kept us busy for a large fraction of the week), we managed to also do the chocolate tour, swim at the La Fortuna waterfall, attend Spanish mass on Palm Sunday, shop for souvenirs in downtown La Fortuna, relax in the hot springs at our hotel, etc. And thanks for your restaurant suggestions! We went to Soda Viquez, La Parada, Nene’s and Anchio, and had terrific meals at all of them. We have many many amazing memories of Costa Rica, and we definitely want to visit other parts of the country at some point in the next few years. So you may hear from me again in 2016 or thereabouts…🙂 Thanks again! Pura vida!”

MT, New York, USA

“My friend and I want to thank you for all your assistance in the planning and coordination of our trip to Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time!  Nearly everything went smoothly with all our hotel reservations, transport, and tours. My favorite day turned out to be our horseback trip to Monteverde… we found it amusing that the horse ride in the morning to Monteverde was far easier than the car ride back to La Fortuna!  We ended up having a private horse ride as we were the only two. The day went so smoothly, from car pickup on time, an exhilarating boat ride across the lake, a comfortable horse ride around the lake, a nice hike through the cloud forest reserve, a great dinner in town, some shopping, then the crazy car ride back. We recommend this option! It did not feel rushed and we felt we saw enough to feel satisfied with experiencing the higher elevation forest. We especially appreciated your hotel recommendation of Buena Vista on our last night…we had a nice suite with balcony, and that was a perfect place to sit and soak in the last bits of our journey while looking out over San Jose as the lights came on at dusk.  Far better than any old airport hotel! We thought the guide on our Arenal Hanging Bridges tour, Jairo, was exceptionally knowledgeable and gave the best tour of our trip. We will recommend your services to anyone we know who wants to have an organized, smooth travel experience in Costa Rica!”

SG, Cary, North Carolina, USA

“Pura Vida! We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica and we appreciate all the help and guidance you provided. Hotel in Alajuela was good, Desafio services were professional and Skytour activity was awesome. We liked the fresh fruits, eco friendly lifestyle of Costa Ricans and just the feeling that people are nice. We will definitely visit again for a longer period and have recommended our friends/colleagues to visit your beautiful country.”

SG, Miami, Florida, USA

“I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful dinner that was planned for us at the Springs Resort!  The “royal” treatment we received was beyond anything we could have imagined, and I can’t say enough good things about the staff at the Springs who took care of us. It was a very special night that was the highlight of our trip, and one that we will remember for many anniversaries to come! Once again, thank you.”

SB & HB, USA

“After doing extensive online research, and contacting various travel agencies in both Costa Rica and Canada, we decided on Pura Vida Eh! to plan our Costa Rican adventure. Nikki offers a level of professional, honest service that other organizations simply cannot match (and great discounts too!). She always went above and beyond in providing detailed information about our options, was very patient as we put together an itinerary, and simply wonderful even as we made last minute changes. We’d like to thank Nikki for helping make our trip to Costa Rica an amazing, unforgettable adventure that surpassed all our expectations. I highly recommend Pura Vida Eh! for anyone traveling to Costa Rica – whether you are a newbie traveler who has never put together a trip on your own, or an expert globe-trotter. Your experience in Costa Rica can only be enhanced by the “insider advice” that is Pura Vida Eh!’s advantage – they are a local, Costa Rican based company with great knowledge of the country’s tourism industry.”

SK, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“We got back to LA from Costa Rica. It was a wonderful trip with some great memories to cherish. Everything went as planned and that was so much of relief. Weather was really hot and humid and hiking drained our energy a bit. All tours went really well and I must tell you that you have a great name among tour operators. They spoke very high of your company and it was nice to hear. It was a great pleasure working with you and without you, I wouldnt have planned such a surprise trip for my wife for our honeymoon. I really wish you help me plan visit other countries as well like Costa Rica🙂🙂 Thanks again for all the efforts and I really appreciate your time and help. You are SUPER SWEET.”

VA, Los Angeles, California, USA

“Thank you for giving us a welcoming experience to Costa Rica. Highly recommended tour group to work with and will definitely refer you guys to all my friends. All the tours were amazing and fun. Nikki is amazing and helped us book the tours smooth and quick. Thank you!”

YC, San Francisco, California, USA

“Pura Vida! We LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. It was such a fantastic time and is quite probably one of the most beautiful places on earth. Everything that you set up for us was in perfect order and was first class. Mono Azul was our first hotel which we enjoyed very much. While in Manuel Antonio we ate at La Luna Restaurant in the Gaia hotel which was beyond outstanding and with remarkable service. The chef came out to ask how the food was and took a picture with us! We really enjoyed our tour of the MA park and the mangroves. My wife really got into the monkey business! Pablo was fantastic, he invited us and the others he had picked up for the mangrove tour into his home for lunch which was very kind of him. Aguila Tours was a top notch outfit and we would strongly recommend them to anyone. From Arenal we did the Pacuare river rafting tour with Exploradores Outdoors, which was a blast. The service was outstanding and the river was breathtaking. We also did the Cerro Chato Hike which was exhausting but great fun. The lagoon is beautiful. The La Pradera hotel was very nice and we enjoyed the staff there very much. From Monteverde we did a night hike which was so-so, we didn’t really see much but it wasnt that expensive for a spur of the moment thing. We then hiked the cloud forest the following morning which was a nice hike, there weren’t any clouds and we didn’t see much wild life, but i suppose that happens sometimes. We also enjoyed the monteverde country lodge and had a very nice experience there. In Conchal we stayed at the conchal hotel which was a very nice place and they greeted us with fresh smoothies! Here we spent all of our time on the beach, which was a fun beach with vendors, restaurants, horses, dogs, and a nice sunset. The summary of our trip is to say that we had a wonderful time, we only wish we were able to stay longer! Working with Pura Vida Eh? made arranging a great trip possible. While trying to plan this trip I was working 90 hours a week on the Orthopedic Trauma service and Nikki took care of everything for me making it such a breeze, and we are so very thankful! Thank you so so much for facilitating such an amazing vacation for us we truly had the time of our lives and it was made possible by your diligent efforts to plan this for us.”

DL, Dayton, Ohio, USA

“Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful trip thanks to you. Each trip worked out great. Hotels were good. Costa Rica is beautiful and the people are so courteous, happy and helpful. It was a pleasure working with your company.”

JN, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help with this trip. I was so stressed trying to plan everything but I found your blog and it helped so much. You guys have been so nice and helpful, really appreciate it. :)”

YD, USA

“We had a fabulous trip and although we didn’t book everything through you I feel our trip went as smoothly as it did primarily because of you!! I don’t even remember how I stumbled across your website one day, but I am so happy that I did. I was more than impressed with the knowledge and service you provided and with how many great blog posts you have to refer to. I knew once I emailed you that I would get a quick response and was always blown away by not only the quantity of information that would come back, but also the quality. You know your stuff!! You were a pleasure to work with, and I felt confident going on our trip knowing everything was already setup ahead of time and also knowing that if we hit any snags along the way you were only a short email away. It really seemed once people noticed we booked our hotels/activities through you they instantly had a bigger smile on their face and seemed confident that you had already figured out all the details ahead of time. Everyone who is associated with you really seems to enjoy you and appreciate you as well. I can’t say enough about you and Pura Vida! eh? I have already recommended you to someone else heading to Costa Rica and I will definitely be in contact with you again when we return to Costa Rica in the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do!”

CH, Manitoba, CANADA

“I did a lot of trip planning before I stumbled on your website and within a few hours of reading your blogs many of my questions were answered. Being locals, your advice has so much more weight than the “popular tours” offered by the other agencies. Even though your selection of pre-planned trips is narrow, I find them to be exactly the kind of trip I’m looking for at the price I’m looking for.  After hours of planning, I haven’t been able to balance the right itinerary with the right budget until I found you. So thank you!”

RE, Austin, Texas, USA

“We had a great time and loved Costa Rica, thanks very much for all your input. I will be recommending you to family / friends / colleagues looking to travel there. I think my parents may be contacting you soon! Thanks very much :-)))”

MG & RM, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“My wife and I worked with Nikki to plan a 10 day trip to Costa Rica (Arenal, Monteverde and Tamarindo). I never realized how much of a benefit it was to work with someone with Pura Vida! Our trip was seamlessly and meticulously planned, I enjoyed every minute of it and I believe that a lot of it had to with how personalized they make the trip for you. Our itinerary wasn’t canned, they took the time to figure out what we actually wanted to do and made everything work based on that. The best part of working with them is they aren’t pushing a particularly place, or service. If you don’t want to use and want to book the hotel on your own, no problem, they’ll still help you. I wasn’t expecting that type of service at all. Cheers to you guys at Pura Vida, thanks for helping us create a magical trip.”

AK, Orange, California, USA

“We were very pleased with Pura Vida’s help and guidance. They were excellent in listening to our issues that had to be factored into the planning & set us up with activities that worked well for our family. Our trust in them was rewarded bythe excellent service and hotels they recommended. I would recommend using them to anyone visiting Costa Rica.”

YJ, Richmond, Kentucky, USA

“Hi Nikki. You were so helpful with every aspect of our wonderful trip.  You answered every question with thoughtful details and kindness and helped to create a perfect itinerary that every member of my family enjoyed (me, my husband, my 21 year old son and 16 year old daughter. All the tours and guides were spectacular and gave us individual attention. Costa Rica was so, so beautiful- so green, so calm, amazing views, and animals.  We can’t wait to go back!”

DC, New York, USA

“Our trip to Costa Rica was simply amazing and probably one of the best vacations we have had, Thanks in no small part to the excellent advice and support you gave us throughout our trip, Your blog entries helped immensely in deciding on which activities we should partake in, You have been very patient and thoroughly detailed in all your communication in trying to accomodate all our requests and preferences no matter how last minute they may have been, Our trip would definitely not have been as smooth and enjoyable as it was had it not been for your help. The great discounts were just the perfect icing on the cake. I would whole heartedly recommend you first hand to all friends and acquaintainces who plan to visit Costa Rica. Pura Vida!”

SM, USA

“From my initial contact through the Pura Vida! Eh? website throughout my trip and after my return Nikki was attentive, friendly, and provided generously detailed suggestions! We are a twenty-something couple who were looking for a trip to Costa Rica to celebrate a recent accomplishment. Although I (the planner in this pair) am well-versed in Trip Advisor and can plan a fab trip based on my Google searches, Nikki and Pura Vida! Eh? offered a level of personal experience that is hard to find in a simple web search. Nikki helped me craft a vacation perfectly tailored to our wants and expectations. When she offered options, I requested pros&cons and was able to really determine which activity or lodging was likely to suit our travel style. The blog was also amazingly helpful at giving me ideas of where, when, and how to travel within Costa Rica. We booked one hotel, three transfers, and multiple activities in Manuel Antonio and Arenal through Pura Vida! Eh? and consistently noted better rates than those that we were offered upon arrival to CR. The highlights included the Cano Negro Boat Tour, the Arenal Combo Tour with Tabacon, and the lodging at Hotel Silencio del Campo. We also followed the recommendation to stay at Hotel Buena Vista, which we will pass along! When, not if, we return to Costa Rica, I will be happy to book again with Pura Vida! Eh?!!”

KJ, California, USA

“My wife and I LOVED our trip to Costa Rica and we are so grateful to Pura Vida! eh? for all the awesome help they provided in planning the whole thing. Nikki was our guiding light, so responsive and helpful with recommendations and detailed information every step of the way. I would say the experience was once-in-a-lifetime, but it was so amazing that we will be going back!”

GL, Winter Park, Florida, USA

“Thank you so much for making our Costa Rica safe, fun, and memorable. We couldn’t have done it without your help. Every tour we booked through Pura Vida! eh? Inc. was worth the value and time. We highly enjoyed the Mangrove and Manuel Antonio tour because it was all day and we got to see parts of Manuel Antonio we couldn’t have found on our own. Nikki, you did such an amazing job finding us the right tours and worked with me so closely to find the right times as well. The vouchers you sent back were all I needed when I arrived. Every little detail was included and it worked out perfectly. You really went above and beyond to help me. It was great having you as a trip consultant and Costa Rica expert. I also really liked your blog and being able to read good articles on how to tip and the different hanging bridges to explore. Thank you for introducing us to so many wonderful tour guides and places in Costa Rica. We will cherish our vacation memories forever! Pura Vida indeed!!”

VW, USA

“We cannot say enough about how much we credit Nikki at Pura Vida! Eh? for making our first trip to Costa Rica the most amazing trip we have ever been on!!! We, admittedly, threw a very tall order with a mediocre budget at Nikki and she didn’t flinch! We wanted an action packed two and a half week vacation (with about an average of 1 activity a day, and sometimes 2) completely planned for us as we didn’t have the time or energy to do all the research and booking of activities, transportation and accommodation ourselves (staying in 5 different places with transport required to and from each). Nikki was always in touch with us and we never had to wait more than a day for a response to any of our questions or requested changes to the itinerary. The information she provided us with and suggestions she made in terms of locations, activities and hotels were fantastic and we cannot thank her enough. While we were on the vacation, we actually spoke about how amazing Nikki is and what an absolutely phenomenal job she did to make our trip just perfect for us! We were 100% stress-free the entire time! Nikki went above and beyond when, after we had been in Costa Rica for over a week, and normally you would assume that her work with us is done at this point but… we contacted her as we had discovered an activity that we desperately wanted to do but, as we don’t speak Spanish and had no idea how to contact this particular centre while we were travelling, we immediately e-mailed Nikki and not only did she manage to get us booked in (including transportation to and from, of course!) but because we had other activities scheduled each day, she also contacted the other tours and was able to shift everything around in order for us to be able to squeeze this new activity into our already jam-packed itinerary!!! We can truly gush on and on about our genuinely wonderful experience in dealing with Nikki… “Thank you” doesn’t seem to be enough for our little dream you created. I wish we could use Pura Vida! Eh? for ALL of our travels, not just Costa Rica🙂 P.S. – since our return we have recommended Pura Vida to anyone we know that is planning a trip to Costa Rica!🙂 Thank you again, Nikki!”

AH & JN, Texas, USA

“My visit to costa rica was wonderful. Nikki was great at making sure all my needs were taken care of prior to my arrival. All of my accomodations were wonderfull and I had no problems with any of the reservations I made. As soon as I returned to Chicago, I sent an email out to all my friends and co-works letting them know not only to visit Costa Rica, but to make theri arrangements through Pura Vida! Eh? Incoporated. Thanks so much for everything!!!”

RB, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“I wish I had found Pura Vida, eh? before planning my trip. I found them days before we left, and Most of our excursions were booked by the time I discovered them. also, due to technological issues, I wasn’t able to take full advantage of their resources because many of their emails from the Canada site went to my spam (watch out for that). They booked our ATV tour in Manuel Antonio, which saved us some $. When you have 4 ATV tour companies or 5 zipline companies, its really hard to know which one is right for you from just a website. They were timely and very informative in their responses, and I received some of the best Costa Rica travel advice from them. What I loved most is following them on Pinterest because you can see pictures of all the places they’ve been and things they’ve done. I will recommend them to anyone traveling to Costa Rica!”

BW, USA

“Pura Vida Eh Inc was such a huge help to my boyfriend and I while we were planning our first trip to Costa Rica. I found out about them through a friend who had met the owners of the company while she was visiting CR a year earlier and said they were great people and said we should get in touch with them to ask questions and find good hotels. I went to their website and began looking through the options and sent an email with many questions. I heard back from Nikki within 2 days with all the answers to my questions plus some extra information. Over the next few weeks while we were planning out trip we went back and forth with Nikki through email planning our 10 day trip, staying in 3 different places (and 4 hotels in total). Nikki was always very honest about costs and which tours were better for what we were looking for. We completed planning our trip, Nikki booked everything we needed and sent us all our forms as well as discounts that we could use in many of the areas which we were visiting which was a bonus. Everything worked out perfectly and I was so happy we had gone with Pura Vida Eh!’s suggestions for our trip, we couldn’t have planned it better ourselves. Even when we ran into an issue with one of our shuttles (not Pura Vida Eh Inc’s fault), Nikki was on top of it right away and got it all figured out instantly for us and we even ended up having our own private shuttle, as well she ensured that the hotel we were heading too gave us extra good service (upgraded our room) when we arrived. They also made a donation to a charity of our choice (from a list to select from), Kids Saving the Rainforest, and donated a tree on our behalf in CR. This was a really nice gesture.  The whole experience was very lovely and an all around good experience! Thank you!”

AL, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“Nikki at Pura Vida eh? was a great help planning our wonderful Costa Rica vacation.  I asked a lot of questions and she always responded right back.  Seven of my family went and they loved every minute of it.  Nikki arranged hotels in three amazing places.  We decided not to drive and my husband said he got to relax and enjoy the scenery.  Nikki arranged the transportation between all of the locations and the airport.  She arranged tours on eight different days and all of those included transportation.  My family had no worries at all since it all worked out perfectly.  I liked that any deposits were paid directly to the hotel or tour and we got discounts.  I would love to visit Costa Rica again will be sure to use Nikki. Thanks so much!”

ES, Dallas, Texas, USA

“We had a great experience working with Pura Vida! eh?  We reached out to several different companies at the beginning of our trip-planning, and Pura Vida! eh? was the quickest to respond and supply us with thorough answers to our questions and helpful tips and information.  Nikki, who responded personally to all our emails, seemed to answer promptly whenever we wrote an email, even if it was during non-working hours.  The vouchers were simple enough to use.  At first, I thought it might be annoying to have to pay each individual company directly rather than one payment, but it wasn’t too difficult or complicated.  Everything went according to plan while we were in Costa Rica.  It was a great experience, and I felt confident knowing Pura Vida! eh? was there to back me if anything unexpected happened.  I will definitely be recommending Pura Vida! eh? to friends and family, and using you again when we visit Costa Rica in the future.  Thank you for your time and assistance!”

EZ & NZ, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

“We just returned from our trip and I wanted to send you a big THANK YOU!  Everything you set up for us was perfect – great tours and hotels, fantastic people, everything was on time and on schedule.  I’ll give you more feedback in a few days after I dig out of backed up work…but wanted you to know that we really appreciate your efforts!”

CS, Cary, North Carolina, USA

“Dear Traveler, I’m writing this letter to those out there wanting to travel to the beautiful Cost Rica, and to give you the best tool that helped me. REFERENCES!! Around six months ago I started organizing, reading books, and searching the internet about a trip to Costa Rica for my family. It was intense work just because I’d like to know that I got the best for my money and having to work with a budget I had to do a lot of homework, and I did. I already put on hold reservation for several hotels, activities and transportation when I stumbled on to Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated and a really devoted Nikki. If before I thought I got great prices and good services I was up to a wonderful and so helpful surprise. I have to admit at first I was really suspicious and unsure about working with someone that I just found online while doing my research. We just returned a few days ago from an amazing trip to Costa Rica; what an incredible place, what a memorable vacation and I have to say it’s all thanks to Nikki and her experience and devotion to her clients. I already told Nikki we are planning to go back to Cost Rica and soon will start working with her again on our next adventure. Nikki, from the bottom of my heart thank you for all your help!”

GM, USA

“I just wanted to say thank you so much Nikki!!! We just got back from our trip to Costa RIca and it was absolutely amazing. We would have had no clue where to go or what to do or it would have really stressed me out to plan this trip so we really appreciate everything you did. All of our activities came through without a hitch and all the hotels were nice and clean. I wish there were more companies like yours! Thank you again for everything!! (obviously I would highly recommend Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated).”

AB, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

“Puravideaeh was an AMAZINGLY helpful resource when we were planning our vacation.  They were super quick at replying to our many questions and went above and beyond answering questions, supplying information, and providing incredible discounts.  So glad we happened across them!  THANK YOU!!!!”

LK, Missouri, USA

“We were recommended to your services by a coworker who had just gotten back from Costa Rica. He had nothing but positive things to say about Pura Vida! eh? How professional it was dealing with you and the ease at which they booked their activities, even with a last minute changes to their itinerary. Everything went smoothly. So with that type of review we decided to contact you to assist with our travels. We were impressed with how quickly you responded to our emails and the suggestions on tweaking our itinerary. Costa Rica has so much to offer, do and see so having someone that knows the country and willing to give honest helpful advise was such a bonus. Nikki gave us wonderful suggestions for our 2 weeks in Costa Rica pack in a taste of the Jungle, Volcanos, 2 day River Rafting trip, canals of Tortuguero, transportation across the country even hotel bookings! Everything went so smoothly and on time! Eliminating worry and enabling us to enjoy our vacation. Every company they were affiliated with were professional, clean, friendly, courteous, and had great pride and knowledge in their country. We can’t say enough about how fantastic our vacation was. We would highly recommend the services of Pura Vida! eh? to anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica. Thanks to the wonderful advise and suggestions from Nikki it made our vacation something that will stay with us forever. Pura Vida”

SM & CM, USA

“Hi Nikki, Our shuttle from SJO to the Treehouses hotel was worth every penny.  As we exited the airport, we had a driver waiting for us and whisked us away quickly.  We got to our Treehouse ahead of schedule despite the rain and the dark.  The car we rented through you was also so easy.  They dropped off our car to us at the Treehouse on schedule and had everything ready for us to sign thanks to your correspondence with them.  It was much nicer than waiting in line at the rental agency.  We would definitely recommend you to all of our friends and family that travel to Costa Rica in the future.  We will definitely be back and we will be in touch to book services with you again.”

EOA, Barrie, Ontario, CANADA

“We had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica. Hard to believe, but it exceeded our expectations. The beauty of your country is only exceeded by the graciousness of the Costa Rican people. Your service was impeccable. I appreciate your thorough correspondence. The two excursions we booked through you were both top notch, and went very smoothly. What else could we say, great service and we saved money. Keep up the good work, and the ;B’ family cannot wait to return. We will certainly seek out your services when we do.”

BB, USA

“Nikki, Thank you so much! I have been wanting to send you an email and refer your company puravidaeh! because without you, our family would never had such a great experience! Your patience, recommendation, expertise and the tours were amazing and your discounted prices for the hotels and tours was greatly appreciated. We all had a great time and enjoyed Costa Rica. What a beautiful country and nice people everywhere we went! We experienced the natural wonders of the rainforest, volcanoes, rivers and beaches. Thank you for your kind generosity and donating to PETA on our behalf. Pura Vida!”

SR, Los Angeles, California, USA

“We had such a great time in Costa Rica. Your recommendations, advise, and experience with local companies made our trip truly a relaxing vacation. We will be recommending you highly to all of our family and friends, and are proud to sing your praises on the many travel sites we use. Our sincere thanks.”

GB & JG, New York, USA

“We are so happy we found Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated because they made planning our trip to Costa Rica very easy!  We were running short of time to plan all our activities in Costa Rica (across various areas) and we were more than happy to come across Nikki at Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated.  Nikki contacted all the tour operators and arranged transportation for us with a very quick turnaround time.  Nikki was very detail oriented and made sure that we understood everything we needed to know about the tours (what time we would be picked up, payment options, what to bring, etc).  Organization on the front end is great, but we also had a seamless trip – no confusion with tour operators, no missed connections or pick ups.  I think this is a testament to the great planning of Nikki and Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated.  We would definitely recommend using this company for any needs you have in planning your trip to Costa Rica. Thanks again for all your help!”

MM & JW, Virginia, USA

“Even though our rafting adventure was cancelled due to weather conditions we were so happy you recommended we head to La Fortuna a day early and thanks for being so amazingly proactive by giving us options on how to get there and by making a reservation for us to arrive a night early at the Arenal Springs resort – we loved it!  All of the staff were so friendly there and it felt like an absolute oasis. Desafio is a great company and we enjoyed both the rafting, canyoneering and transit with them and really appreciated the discounted rates you were able to offer for us with both the hotels and tours we did.  The combo tour with Canoa adventures was fantastic and Edson’s passion for nature and birds was quite infectious. My husband became quite the bird lover after this tour! Arriving in Monteverde during a rain storm wasn’t overly exciting for us, but being welcomed at Monteverde Villa lodge like we were part of the family was a wonderful experience.  I will be sure to go online and share my recommendation for this warm, friendly and comfortable lodge. We loved the ziplining with Sky Trek and we even had an opportunity to see the beautiful scenery of Monteverde by horseback in the afternoon.  We were hoping for some sun when we got down to Manuel Antonio but unfortunately it rained a lot. Regardless, it’s a beautiful place and we would recommend the Falls hotel (and it’s restaurant) to other travellers. If we ever return to CR to visit the places we didn’t have time to go to on this trip, or if we have any friends/family heading there, I’ll be sure to contact you again!  Thanks for being such a great resource and I really enjoyed all of our correspondence as you are always so thorough and quick in your email responses!!”

LM, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“We just got back from our vacation today. I wanted to thank you for planning such a wonderful time for us. We truly enjoyed ourselves. The itineraries and vouchers you provided were extremely helpful and convenient. I would without a doubt recommend your services to the next person I hear about going to Costa Rica. Thank you again. All the tours you planned were fabulous. I would not change anything about them. We loved the service providers and the overall experience. Nikki, again thanks again for all your efforts on this. This was my favourite vacation of all time. S and I had such a wonderful time and participated in activities (rafting, canyoning) that both of us experienced for the first time and absolutely loved. The service providers we came across were so warm and fun. Thank you again. Pura Vida!”

SZ, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“Thank you for planning for us such a wonderful trip and vacation. We enormously enjoyed our tour to your country.  The choice of hotels, tours and guides was very successful. All our guides were very knowledgable and attentive. The tours  we have chosen – like Tortuga  Cruise –  were great as well as the choice of the companies (for example the company  in  Monteverde  that performed  the canopy.) We loved the hotels we were staying in, especially Manatus  and Corin Royal, the location of the Presidente and the hotel itself was great. But all these details (like  tours, activities, hotels, guides and chauffeurs) as lovely as they are, yet, in my opinion  secondary  detail  to the main attraction – the country itself and it’s lovely people. Very often people ask me, in Israel as well as in Costa Rica, if it’s worthwhile to fly half the world in order to visit Costa Rica and my response, without any hesitation, is always the same:  YESSSS! Nikki we had a great time in Costa Rica and enjoyed very much working with you and your company, I would certainly recommend it  to other people.”

RN, ISRAEL

“I am glad that I have the opportunity to once again share with you how much we enjoyed our trip. It was spectacular and the events that you helped us plan and coordinate were fantastic. In fact, all three of my girls are begging to go back next summer so you will likely hear from me again in March as I begin planning our return visit in August. I have told everyone that I know that our trip was such a success due to the help we had from you! It is still hard to believe that your services were entirely free.”

TC, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

“Pura Vida! eh? – Highly Recommended for Travel to CR! I just returned from a fabulous 10 days in Costa Rica with my two kids (15/12) and used Pura Vida Eh? for much of my in-country travel planning. (The” Eh?” comes from the fact that one of the company’s owners is originally from Canada). I originally came across this company by accident and now, having dealt with them, I have no hesitation in giving Pura Vida Eh? my highest recommendation. Nikki Solano was a complete pleasure to deal with and provided me with an incredible amount of good, honest and accurate information throughout the process. She was always friendly and fast to respond to my numerous questions. When a brief hiccup occurred during the trip (that had nothing to do with Pura Vida, Eh?), Nikki was right on it and helped me during the trip. You don’t pay Pura Vida, Eh? directly. They simply issue vouchers that you can use with the providers of the lodging, tours, transportaion, etc. We used Pura Vida, Eh? to book lodging in Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio, in-country air travel, rental cars, lodging and tours. I booked some of the other things simply on my own. No problems or pressure whatsoever – everything was perfectly arranged – and we saved some money in the process. So will you. Pura Vida, Eh? – honestly – is like having a friend that lives locally in Costa Rica help you plan out your travels. If you are looking for some help – and you probably are or you wouldn’t be here :) – I highly recommend Pura Vida, Eh?!

JS, San Francisco, California, USA

“I just want to let all of you know, that if you are planning to travel to Costa Rica please use Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated! My wife and I planned our honeymoon through Pura Vida! eh? and we are extremely happy with the outcome of our trip. We provided Nikki with a rough idea of what type of activities we wanted to attend during our stay in Costa Rica. No only did Nikki create an itinerary for us, but also booked all of our reservations for hotels, tours, and activities. She answered all of our doubts and was very helpful along the whole trip. I must make it clear that PuraVida! eh? is absolutely FREE! There are no tricks and no extra charges. Like I said before, we had a blast in Costa Rica and we are very thankful to NIkki and Ricky for making our trip an unforgettable experience. So if you are planning your trip to Costa Rica, don’t waste any more time and contact PuraVida!eh?.. I promise you won’t regret it.”

AC, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated – Incredible Service! Thanks to Nikki and all her help for making our honeymoon a dream come true! We contacted Pura Vida! Eh? in Jan 2012 for our honeymoon in July 2012 and they were with us every step of the way. Nikki was amazingly detailed, gracious and insightful – she even gave us the awesome idea of a “Honeymoon Registry” instead of a typical “Gift registry”, where our guests could purchase various aspects of our itinerary for us She created the website for us and everything. . All our guests loved it, said how easy it was, and commented on Nikki’s fantastic service. From the moment we landed in Costa Rica, things were just perfect. Everything Nikki booked for us was on time, fun, safe, had great staff, very hospitable and gave us an incredible experience. She even recommended fantastic restaurants, and local spots for us. She provided us with discounts to the best hotels, spas, restaurants and gift shops – which saved us quite a bit. And organized every detailed allowing us to have an adventurous, relaxing AND romantic honeymoon. Best of all, their service is Free…that’s right..Free! And they make a donation on your behalf to some great organizations at the end your trip. We had a blast working with them, and highly recommend. Definitely check them out before going to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!”

SJ, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA

“Pura Vida eh? This FREE organization is amazing. When planning our trip to Costa Rica, I emailed Nikki, one of the owners, my ideas and thoughts and she always replied with multiple options. Once I made my selections, Pura Vida eh? completed the bookings for us. It was so easy and having an actual Costa Rican resident like Nikki providing us with the inside track was so helpful. We will be returning to Costa Rica next summer and I will be contacting Pura Vida eh? for certain.”

TC, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

“Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated. I recently returned from a trip to San Jose and Manuel Antonio. We had a great time and booked several tours through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated and was very happy with the service and the speedy repsonse time from Nikki. The tours were just as advertised and they were even cheaper than had we booked through the hotel or property manager. They also donate a percentage of what we book back to a charity in Costa Rica. Thank you very much Nikki and staff at Pura Vida!”

CT, USA

“We had an incredible time in Costa Rica and truly appreciate all the wonderful help from Pura Vida!  I would love to write a review on tripadvisor so that others are able to use your fantastic services and have a fabulous vacation the way we did.  Thanks for everything!”

BR, USA

“Using Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated to plan your trip! GREAT! I just wanted to throw out to those planning a trip to Costa Rica how amazing and helpful I found Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated! I somehow got it into my head that I was going to go on a solo trip to Costa Rica; I had no idea what I was doing or how to go about planning it. After a quick google search, I found Pura Vida Eh? Incorporated http://puravidaeh.ca// and after one email from Nikki, I was confident that I had found the right place. Nikki arranged and booked an outstanding itinerary – I went to Arenal and Manuel Antonio and each day was packed with adventures – white water rafting, ziplining, tours, etc with great companies, with stays in beautiful and affordable rooms. And she was able to get me great deals on everything! What makes this company truly remarkable is the excellent customer service. You can expect detailed and quick responses to any question – no matter how silly. They seem to go above and beyond to make sure their clients are having the best time ever – for example, the airline lost my luggage and I was stressing on how I was going to go white water rafting my first day in the country. Nikki actually offered me her own clothes so I would be able to go! Just amazing. This company will offer you assistance, advice, and help you plan – whether it is one trip or your whole vacation! I highly recommend them.”

EH, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

“Thank you for handling our zip wire canopy adventure in Arenal so efficiently. You were very responsive to all my emails and provided accurate and timely information whenever I had a question. Your service was much superior to most others. I would be happy to recommend you whenever I have the chance.”

IL, USA

“My wife and I just got back from our Costa Rican honeymoon a few days ago so I’m just getting around to writing reviews on our hotels, restaurants, and activities. For about half of our adventures I prebooked with Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated. I did my research ahead of time to make sure they were legit since they don’t charge any fees. On average I think I saved about 15% with them, which really helped. They were extremely helpful and quick to respond.”

JM, Billings, Montana, USA

“Pura Vida! Eh? Best customer service!!!! Unfortunately I didn’t find out about Pura Vida! eh? Until 2 days before we left for Costa Rica. I contacted them and within an hour I heard back from Nikki and she was working on setting things up for me! It was truly amazing what she all did for me…I felt like she was my personal travel advisor because she would always get back to me within minutes with answers to all my questions. She got all our tours for the Arenal volcano area set up for me within 24 hours!!! Besides the best customer service, the tours she got us on were discounted!! I can’t remember having better customer service ever! I really appreciate all she did to make it work for us. We had an amazing time in Costa Rica! Thank you!!”

SO, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

“Wonderful trip thanks to Pura Vida Eh! I went through Pura Vida Eh to book all of the tours during my Costa Rica trip. Nikki was a huge help in booking the tours and saving me a lot of money. We had a lot of fun and the trip went as planned. We booked a white water rafting tour, atv tour, hot springs with buffet, and rapelling tour. Each one was memorable, and we can’t wait to return. We would highly recommend Pura Vida Eh to assist in booking a trip to Costa Rica.”

CG, Woodland Hills, California, USA

“The greatest!!! These people are by far the greatest people to work and plan your Costa Rican vacation. Nikki really knew her stuff, my husband was really impressed by all her knowledge of Costa Rica and how detailed she was when we asked a question. Everything from start to finish was great and our trip was very affordable. We got to meet her husband Ricky “Shake-n-Bake” on our rafting tour and he took good care of us. If i could pay for their service I would have. An example of what we paid versus others were that we paid about $60 less than a couple who took the same tour as we did and we were told to not disclose this to them. When it came to transportation again we were told that we got a really cheap rate and to not disclose this to others on the shuttle, even the drivers were surprised about our special rate. All in all HANDS DOWN Pura Vida! eh? is awesome and great to work with.”

GA, Chula Vista, California, USA

“Pura Vida Eh? Inc. really know their stuff! Nikki did a great job helping us pan our trip and providing great advice on what we should do in Costa Rica and who the great companies are that we should book our events through. We had no problems and everything went off without a hitch! I would recommend them and use them again, thanks Nikki!”

RJ, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“Pura Vida eh! The single BEST TRAVEL FIND… EVER!!! Many, many hours went into planning this trip to Costa Rica and without any doubt, the BEST way to plan your trip is through Pura Vida eh!. Nikki is single handedly responsible for providing very knowledgable, entirely unbiased, completely honest advice. The service she provides is simply stated…OUTSTANDING!!! The travel experience was, by far, the BEST we have ever had!!! Nikki not only provided the best advice, but also arranged all tours and transfers with the best tour guides we have ever had the pleasure of… while offering discounts on virtually everything, saving us literally hundreds of dollars! EVERY DETAIL was looked after and outlined in the most concise package for our family of 5. My being disabled presented a series of additional challenges and I can only commend everyone involved for exceptional attention and service! As an example, one tour guide (Juan) stayed with me at the beach while another (Edgar) escorted the rest of our group through the National Park. You simply can’t beat that! NEVER, EVER A WORRY!!! Thanks in large part to Nikki, this trip went off without a hitch! NIKKI… Your help is invaluable and so very much appreciated. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!”

SD, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

“Without a doubt the best decision I made was utilizing there services. While planning my AWESOME vacation to Costa Rica I did a lot of research to try and get both the best pricing as well as the best excursions. Pura Vida! Eh? Just can’t be beat!!! They have the expertise as well as the personal contacts that get you the best pricing for exactly what you are looking for. Nikki was extremely knowledgeable in all the activities and super responsive to all my emails. Me and my girlfriend rented a 4×4 car, went caving, horseback riding, rappelling, whitewater rafting & zip lining all through Pura Vida! Eh? Not one hiccup on any of them and probably saved $300+ (at least $100 just on the car). Thanks Nikki!!!!!!!!!!!!”

DD, Albertson, New York, USA

“Pura Vida! eh? The BEST place to Plan your Costa Rica Trip. I am so grateful to Nikki from Pura Vida that I would say that this is BEST place to plan for your Costa Rica Trip. Look No further. I had read very good reviews from Trip Advisor and I just went with Pura Vida and I am really amazed the services this company offers. Very Honest, Detailed and will not force you to select a particular option. Reason I Like Pura vida are:
1. Very trustworthy and honest company.
2. Provided me best guidance for selecting the right tours.
3. Got us the right tour guys who very knowledabale and the experince I had with them was simply amazing. For the Money charged it all well worth.
Nikki is very good and very helpfull. Thanks to Nikki for the right Guidance.”

AM, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Thank you Puravida! Eh? I found Puravida! Eh? through Trip Advisor and I’m so glad I did. From the first moment I contact the company I can tell this is the right one ( I had been contact several tour companies before Purevida!eh). Nikki was very nice & friendly yet very professional. Her knowledge about the country is very good. She answered all my questions very fast, explain everything to me precisely and she saved me money too! I was so pleased with her and I’m very picky! Our trip went so smoothly and everything was perfect! We had a wonderful trip. Nikki was the best! If you want to plan a trip to Costa Rica and save times and money, PuraVida! Eh? is the perfect tour company for you. Highly recommended.”

GH, Florida, USA

“If planning a trip to Costa Rica do it through Nikki! I cannot say enough about Nikki and Pura Vida Eh! She planned all of my excursions and rental car. She saved me over $100 on a car! She also coordinated all of my excursions for me. Her emails were precise and accurate and very informative. She really helped me to make decisions about about which excursions to do in the Arenal and Manuel Antonio areas. If you think if would be difficult to plan everything through email…think again! I used email to communicate with Nikki only. I was flawless! Not only did Nikki cooridinate everything for me she saved me money on each activity. I even had email contact with her while I was there to help with directions and so on. She always responded to me promptly. If I go to Costa Rica again, which I want to already, I will use Pura Vida Eh and you should too. You will have your own