From: Tiffani Hackett
From: Tiffani Hackett
Date: Jun 14, 2007 4:37 PM
Subject: Thank you!!!
To: Rolf Hanson
Well we are back from our trip to Costa Rica and I have to tell you that we absolutely LOVED it. It was by far the best vacation any of us have ever had!!
I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and suggestions. The trip went so smoothly and everything was perfect. Seriously, I can't thank you enough for all you did. We loved Monteverde and loved Rafael!! He was so great!
I've attached a couple of pictures of us in Costa Rica. Enjoy!
Tiffani and friends enjoying the Aventura Canopy Tour
From: Jennifer Kiely
From: Jennifer Kiely
Date: Jun 11, 2007 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Web Site Message
To: Rolf Hanson
I apologize for not emailing you sooner! We had an absolutely wonderful time in Costa Rica. Tortuguero, Nosara and Monteverde were all fabulous. We were very fortunate to have lovely weather the entire time and the wildlife was spectacular and plentiful. The transportation you arranged for us was terrific. Our driver, Alberto, was very nice (and tolerant of my not-very-good Spanish) - he drove us from Nosara to Monteverde and then on to San Jose a few days later. Monteverde was beautiful - we loved the resplendent quetzals, the bell birds, etc. We really did see a lot of wildlife everywhere, despite good warnings that there's always a chance of not seeing anything. The highlight for our boys was the coral snake (!) in the rainforest at Tortuguero. Also, the crocodiles, caimans, poison dart frogs and howler monkeys, etc., etc.
The Hotel Montana was convenient and perfectly comfortable. Next time, I might choose a smaller, more interesting kind of hotel, but I have no complaints. The Monteverde reserve was crowded at the entrance, but they do a great job of keeping the groups small and spread out once you are in the reserve itself. We saw many quetzals there. The hummingbird garden was well worth the visit.
We did the bridges at Selvatura on our last morning and we were very glad that we did. It was a great way to get up in the canopy. In Santa Elena, we did not have time for the frogs but we did go to the snake exhibit where the tour was excellent and we got to hold some snakes at the end. The orchid garden was nice, but not so interesting for children. By far, the best exhibit we went to was the bats! The facility is very impressive and we learned a lot from the staff there.
Everywhere we went, we were very impressed by the knowledge of the many tour guides we met along the way. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful and it was surprisingly easy to get around the country (despite the road conditions in many areas).
Thank you, again, for all of your help. Your advice truly contributed to the success of our trip.
All the best,
From: Dawn Seay
Date: Jun 8, 2007 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: Transportation request :Jeep boat Jeep
To: monteverdeinfo at gmail.com
Thank you for this information. I will check with my mother on the transportation from Monteverde to Tamarindo and then decide what we will do. I have to tell you that your price for the private van is half less than what I was quoted by another company!! This makes me realize that I have to pay close attention to pricing in Costa Rica and make sure to get more than one quote!! We will definitely reserve with you for the trip to Tamarindo on Friday...I just need to confirm the time, etc.
From: Ellen McInnis
May 11, 2007
I want to thank you so much for making our travel arrangements while in Costa Rica. It was a once in a lifetime experience with wild life at every turn. Fanaticism! Your Rainbow Valley Lodge was also wonderful sitting right in the heart of the cloud forest and exotic birds just outside my window. We also enjoyed all the other lodgings you arranged for us at the Arenal Volcano and in Playa Coco.
The guided tours were absolutely like being in a national geographic special. The first at the Monteverde Reserve, the river trip to the Nicaraguan border in the Cano Negro Reserve and the night time rainforest tour. I want to give you just a sampling of what we saw at each. I am sure your other guests would like to know what is possible. Altogether, I personally identified 47 different birds and I am just an amateur. Our group, when all told, identified hundreds.
At the Monteverde Reserve we saw:
orange billed trogon
gray breasted wood wren
black face solitaire
golden crowned warbler
slate throated red start
chestnut capped brush finch
many, many hummingbirds
howler and spider monkeys
At Cano Negro we saw:
several different kingfishers, some very small
fiery billed arcari
black headed trogon
green faced heron
(on the drive there) cattle egrets
fasciated tiger heron
common slay turtle
albino howler monkey
jesus christ lizards
caiman (8 ft long)
At the Arenal Volcano we saw:
lava flow and eruptions at night
Birds: toucan (chestnut mandibled)
many howler monkeys
At the nightime rainforest tour we saw:
sleeping redstart bird
I know I am missing things but again please know, it was truly the trip of a lifetime.
All the best and please feel free to use this on your website all or in part.
From: Stephanie Jean
Stephanie Jean wrote:
I just wanted to let you know that we had such an AMAZING time in Monteverde, and you really made our trip wonderful!! In fact, we loved Rafa the tour guide so much, we'd like to put you in touch with some friends who will be in Monteverde next week, and see if they can also have a tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve with Rafa. My friend's name is Soma .
If you contact her, she can tell you more about what she'd like to do in Monteverde.
Thanks so much for your help!! And thanks again--everyone on our trip had a great time!
From: Jenny Ver Hulst
Date: Apr 14, 2007 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: reservations
To: Rolf hanson
The Aventura canopy tour was wonderful. The guides were friendly and we enjoyed our
time very much. Thank you.
From: Colleen Warren
From: Warren, Colleen
Date: Apr 11, 2007 8:30 AM
Subject: RE: Reservation Request
To: Rolf Hanson
We had such a great time ... the hotel was absolutely fabulous (hotel Montana). Such nice people, the location was great, the rooms were comfortable. We also had such great weather that each night we saw a beautiful sunset from the bar there. The tour of the reserve was one of the highlights of our trip and Rafa was such a great tour guide. He kept it fun and interesting. We also met another family that had booked through you and we were all singing your praises !!!! My brother and sister had such a great time on the canopies and we all loved the hanging bridges.
The one thing we added was the Don Juan coffee tour which was great ! Our tour guide was really friendly and just made it a fun, informative tour. We booked that through the hotel.
You really were so helpful in planning this trip and everything you helped with was just perfect. Thanks again for everything.
From: Bill Green
From: Green, Bill
Date: Apr 9, 2007 10:31 AM
To: Rolf Hanson
You run a 1st Class operation! My wife and I had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely recommend your tour to anyone visiting the area.
From: Chan Dal
From: Chan Dal
Date: Mar 20, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: Zip line Canopy
Hello from Canada,
This is just a quick note to thank the staff at Aventura. My daughter and I did your canopy tour on Friday, March 9 and loved it! The scenery was amazing and the experience was thrilling. Thank you to Mario, Brian and especially our guide Daniel, (with those beautiful brown eyes and great sense of humour). They helped to make our experience a lot of fun! We hope we are able to return someday.
Meanwhile, here in Canada it is -20 degrees Celsius! I miss Costa Rica already.
Chantal and Tanya
From: Dan Lee
Claro de luna was great, really enjoyed the food. I had a wonderful time on the Aventura canopy tour. Thanks for your help in setting this up.
From: Dave Chang
From: Dave Chang Date: Mar 27, 2007 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: March 11-14
To: Rolf Hanson
Thanks for everything. The trip was amazing and we had a blast. I fully expect to return in the future. The coffee tour was great, I just wish we had been there before the season was nearing its end. The canopy tour was a lot of fun too, even though it started raining a bit. The trip was a bit wetter than I'd hoped, but despite all that, it was still a great deal of fun. Thanks again for all your generous help and I hope to be back soon.
From: Dr. Keith Peterman
It was Pura Vida. The entire trip was great and I hope to repeat next year with the same itinerary. Coffee tour was excellent, guides were superb and well informed (I would be pleased to get these same guys next year), zip lines were a highlight especially since we zipped thorugh the clouds. I really appreciate all your help. Hopefully next year will be less work since we have a good itinerary.
Glad to hear that the coffee mugs are coming in handy. And, please tell Lucy that I look forward to one of her scrumptious omelets next February.
Still snow on the ground in York.
Thanks again for your help and to both of you for your hospitality,
From: Peter Derrick
From: Peter Derrick
Date: Feb 26, 2007 2:47 AM
Subject: RE: Private Transportation quote Costa Rica
To: Rolf Hanson
I've been meaning to E Mail you with a big 'Thanks' for all your help.
Your arrangements were perfect and drivers very good. We liked the jeep/boat/jeep to Montezuma particularly
This was one of our best holidays and hope to come back seeing the Carribean side and spending more time on Nicoya peninsular.
Apart from the delights of Arenal and Monteverde/Saint Elena our favourite spot was Montezuma. Manuel Antonio was nice but lacked the charm of Montezuma.
Wildlife spotting was a success with Rafa and all that we saw on our travels including an Iguana attacking my wife for her cheese roll!!!
Unfortunately the plane was 12 hours late taking off so had to reschedule connection in Madrid arriving home weary but in one piece!!!!
Many thanks again and where we have the opportunity, we will recommend you
Cheers for now
From: Alethea Sherman
Date: Nov 13, 2006 10:56 AM
Subject: You in Costa Rica
I find it fascinating that you up and moved to Costa Rica after visiting there! I've heard of people doing that kind of thing but never actually talked to one. How cool that you had the wherewithall to escape the rat race. And what a change from Minnesota weather!
I looked at your link of charitable activities. GOOD FOR YOU!! You are obviously making a difference where you are. I usually travel with just carry-on luggage and throw out clothes as I go (I only bring old clothes on trips) to make room for whatever I purchase. But nothing says I can't take a big suitcase and bring some extra clothing. I certainly have some extra jeans that could fit a stocky teenage girl (sizes 10 and 12). As you said, no heavy winter clothing but what about long-sleeve cotton shirts? I'll have to see what I can fit in.
Thanks for sharing about your fascinating life.
March seems like a long time from now, but I'm sure the time will fly.
Until later, Alethea
From: Lianne Pearson
Duane Pearson >
Date: Feb 12, 2007 12:09 PM
Subject: RE: Confirmation for Hotel Los Pinos Monteverde
To: Rolf Hanson
We are back home with lots of lovely memories of your beautiful country. Everything that you arranged worked out so well. We enjoyed our driver Alberto who promptly met us at the airport and then later drove us from Monteverde to Puerto Caldera. Our trip with Eagle tours to Cano Negro was a highlight. Roberto was a great guide, and we saw so many birds and animals. Thanks for that suggestion too. And then Rafa was super as a guide in Cloud Forest. The cruise was fun, but our land tours were the best. We spent 5 days on the Osa Peninsula which gave us lots more birding opportunities, but it certainly was toasty warm there. Thank you so much for your help. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone who is planning a trip to Costa Rica.
From: Kristine Brenner
yes we absolutely loved the Cano Negro trip and enjoyed every moment. The guide lent us his binoculors which helped us to see the animals much better. We had some group interaction with a family of howler monkeys. The biggest male was obviously protecting his family and was howling at us every time we started up the boat. We got some great pictures. I would definitely recommend that trip.
We got one of our suitcases delivered last night. The other one might still be in Costa Rica , since perhaps they could only put a few on flights at a time. Who knows, but they could at least have told us. They probably did not want a riot on board. Anyway the other case is mostly summer clothes and dirty wash, so we can manage OK. Say hi to Lucy, I think we saw her
very best wishes Kristine
From: Judy Davey
Date: Jan 19, 2007 1:50 AM
Subject: Re: Reservation confirmed!
To: Rolf Hanson
Good Morning Rolf - good to hear from you again!
The Hotel Delucia was excellent! the rooms were very clean - new towels daily which was nice - my only thought would be that none of the bedroom windows would open - it would have been lovely to have at least one window that had bug nets and would open so we could have lain in bed and listened to the night noises! the staff were charming - breakfast excellent - they even made good tea (as well as excellent coffee!). We ate in their restaurant one evening and that was also very good. We would certainly recommend it! we would also recommend the zip wiring - amazing experience!!
What impressed us most about Costa Rica - other than the wonderful countryside of course, was the efficient network of tourist buses and taxis which always arrived on time and were very reasonable. Also, all the guides we used were brilliant, and booking tours was simple and efficient wherever we went.
We took a private taxi from Monteverde to Arenal via the reservoir (where we stayed at the Arenal Springs Hotel - and actually managed to see the volcano one day when the clouds lifted!) - from there we went by private tourist bus & local boat to Tortugera where we stayed at Evergreen Lodge - probably my favourite place to stay! Our son & his girlfriend had been working at the Cano Palma research station which is in the most glorious part of the rain forest.
Then we flew from Tortugera back to San Jose - amazing flight which, again - arrived at 7.30am on the dot to pick us up from the strip of tarmac that acts as the airport there!
Even our flight home via Atlanta was on time.
All in all we had an amazing holiday in Costa Rica - exhausting but very rewarding - so many experiences. Thank you for all your help. Judy & Nick Davey
From: Tim, Carol and Soli
Date: Jan 14, 2007 12:36 PM
Subject: MUCHAS GRACIAS for our wonderful vacation.
We just wanted to thank you and the great staff for taking care of us on our vacation to your beautiful country.We were there the week before Christmas. The Vista Verde lodge is just perfect. Here are some pictures.
To see more of our pictures, click on this website; http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/104322.1db1bb57924
THANK YOU!!! Tim, Carol and Soli
From: Jeff Anderson
Date: Jan 11, 2007 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: Confirmation for Rainbow Valley Lodge
To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, Just wanted to thank you again for all you did for us during our
visit. Loved the Monteverde area! -Jeff and Skyler Anderson
From: Christine Johanson
I am sorry for not writing sooner. I have a lot of catching up to do
since I got home.
Most marvelous trip! Really magical....every detail planned by you was
I loved the place we stayed at in Monteverde.....The view in arenal was
spectacular WITH lava flowing! I loved the canopy tour! I loved
Manuel Antonio was striking and gorgeous.
Thank you so much for your help with planning our trip. You picked such
amazing places for us to stay at.
Can't believe we were able to see the lava too!
Mucho gusto y Feliz Ano Nuevo!!!!
From: Sarah Rasmussen
Date: Dec 20, 2006 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: Availability and rates To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf - We returned last night to the US. I wanted to let you know we had a fabulous time at Hotel Montana. It was a beautiful room, perfect size, gorgeous view, and a nice hike through the forest (though it was a bit hard to find the start of the trail!). The hotel is absolutely gorgeous - we would definitely stay there again, and will recommend you if asked. I would love to see it with more guests, though it was kind of neat to have it pretty much to ourselves. :) Thanks again so much for your prompt (and detailed) replies to my emails. We loved Costa Rica and had a fabulous time there. We hope to return and spend more time in Monteverde, and everywhere else! Also - Selvatura was awesome! The zip lines were so incredible!! We had so much fun, and it was absolutely beautiful. The swing was totally fun, too!! Thanks so much for the recommendation! Take care, Sarah Rasmussen
Date: Dec 6, 2006 12:19 PM
Subject: Re: reserve tour this January To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, Thank you very much! You have been a great help. I look forward to hearing from you closer to the date. -Rick
Date: Dec 5, 2006 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: Shirts Thanks so much for your response,
Rolf. Yes, my moniker is directamente from the Salsa Lizano you put on your gallo pinto (& I do, too, when I'm in CR eating the tasty gallo pinto, which I miss!). Thanks again for your help and for the information you sent to me. Dios le bendiga -- again, gracias por todo! Sinceramente, Liz Jones
From: CHRISTY SHROPSHIRE
Date: Nov 20, 2006 6:38 AM
Subject: Re: Dec. 28 tranportation
Hi Rolf, Wow, what a volume of information! Thank you. I think I will go ahead and book the jeep-boat-jeep with you for the afternoon of Dec. 30. There will be four of us and we'll be staying at the Cerro Chato Eco Lodge near La Fortuna. While in Monteverde, we're leaning towards the suspension bridges rather than zip lines. That's great to know about the cold fronts. We've done quite a bit of research for the trip, but I hadn't run across that information. Thanks! Christy
From: Jan Pauley
Date: Nov 15, 2006 7:21 AM
Subject: Re: Shuttle from Arenal to San Jose Sat Nov 25
Thanks, Rolf! We really appreciate all your help! Jan
Date: Nov 10, 2006 12:27 PM
Subject: Re: Availability in March
Hi Rolf: I thank God I found your web site and you! How do you find time to give such personal attention?! You explanations have really helped me understand so much. It's none of my business but how do you get compensated for running the web site and helping people out so much? You info on the weather is comforting. That again is sometimes hard to get specifics about even in the best tour books. You are making me feel better that my boss wouldn't let me go the first week of December for my 50th birthday, thus delaying the trip until our spring break (I work at a school). Sounds like the weather might have been more iffy then. How did you end up living in Costa Rica anyway? You are obviously a native English speaker. It's been such a pleasure to correspond with you the last few days. Alethea
From: Lethe Sherman
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006
Subject: Thanks for your web site To: firstname.lastname@example.org
I stumbled on your web site and found it very informative. Thank you for making it available to those of us planning a trip to Costa Rica. Do you have an opinion on which canopy tour is best? You mentioned Aventura, which I had never heard of. How does it compare to the Original Canopy Tour near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge where we will be staying? And while I'm asking if you know about the Canopy Tour near the Arenal Volcano, how does that compare? The tour makes us choose between the canopy tour or hanging bridges in Arenal so I'm trying to decide which one to do there and then which one to do on my own in Monteverde. So do you have an opinion about which suspension bridge system is the nicest or has the prettiest views? Any information you could share would be very helpful. It's so hard trying to make choices when there's only so much one can glean from books and web sites. Gratefully, Alethea Sherman near Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:59:55 -0600
Subject: Re: el Bosque or something in Monteverde To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf: The group had a wonderful time in Monteverde....you'll be our go to guy from now on. Trevor Poag
From: "Paul Sparks"
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 4:20 AM
To: rolf@ Subject: Re: El Bosque Hotel
Rolf..thank you, thank you, thank you! PJS
From: Ross Bryan
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 08:48:33 -0700
Subject: Re: Costa Rica honeymoon To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, thanks for all the help planning the honeymoon. Everything was fantastic. Sarah had a blast and I did too. Antonio is a great guy and he was so thoughtful and fun to travel with. Thanks again for all your help - we will definitely recommend you to our friends heading down to CR in the near future! Take care Pura Vida! Ross
From: "Munn, Fred" munn@ISP.com>
Subject: Costa Rica - Trudy To: "Schaeffer, Trudy" Cc: Rolf Hanson
Hi Trudy. Attached is the agenda that Leanne and I had followed. Loved it all with the exception of Montezuma. Found that place to be a bit of a surfer, pot smoking hang out, except nobody was surfing. LOL. I have cc'd a gentleman by the name of Rolf Hanson. He was of great assistance in planning our trip and saved us a few bucks here and there. I would highly recommend you chat with him regarding your trip, as his insight was invaluable. Fred
From: Carol Thomas
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:01:48 -0700 (PDT) To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, Thank you so much for all of your help. We returned from Costa Rica yesterday. We had a wonderful time. I went on the Aventura Canopy Tour. They were all so kind and helpful and considerate of my needs. Everything that you helped us with and the advice you gave was excellent. Thank you again!!
From: Jason Baumann baumann@ISP.com>
Thanks, Rolf. We appreciate all your help. Jason
From: Eileen Immethun
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 10:20:50 -0700 (PDT)
To: Rolf Hanson hi rolf, our trip couldn't have been better unless we would move here! i work too hard at home and could live, here so much easier. something to contemplate. jeep boat jeep went well as well as cano negro. the stop at the iguana place was way cool. we got a million photos and our guide was great. this was better for us than the rainforest hike which was too slow moving for the kids. the san jose hotel was great. i'd recommend it. we didn't get to eat there, but i got my coffe in the am. very clean and cheap!! Los Lagos is great for families. the pools are lots of fun and the horsebackriding was better than in monteverde.. 25 for kids, 35 for me and we could go more off trail than in mv. i even let the kids go in the am with the guy while i packed. i felt very safe with the people. i wouldnt change anything about our trip other than making it longer. some day id like to see cr beaches. thanks again for all your imput. you made my trip a smooth adventure. adios, eileen, olivia and kyle
From: dafna hopenstand
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006 11:53:00 -0700
Hello Rolf - I am going through my emails and wanted to thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions and offer advice, and to apologize that we were not able to stay at Los Pinos. Our trip to Costa Rica was very short and we were nto able to acomplish what we had hoped. I hope that on our next visit to Costa Rica we will make it to Monteverde and Los Pinos. Thank you again for your generosity. Dafna Hopenstand
From: Mike Wagoner mike.wagoner at mail.com
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 09:29:46 -0700
Subject: Re: Liberia to Monteverde To: Rolf Hanson
Thanks Rolf. Everything went very smoothly. Regards, Mike
From: Susan Prout
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 10:53 PM
Rolf - Thank you so much! It seems like all is set! I look forward to the trips, even if it rains - even my sons, when I tell them of the rains, tease me by saying things like -"Really, mom, it rains in the cloud/rain forest?" Anyway, thanks Your help has been invaluable to my trip - and my peace of mind! Susan
From: "Richkaren at home.nl"
Subject: Re: Information
To: Rolf Hanson
Thank you for the complete and structured information. Looking forward to meet you.. Greetings from a sunny Holland Best Regards Richard and Karin
From: Joy Chu joydive at ISP.com
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:59:15 +0800
Subject: Re: Hello from Monteverde Costa Rica To: Rolf Hanson
Hello Rolf, How are you doing? It's great to hear from you again, Yes, I absolutely enjoyed the canopy, esp the Tarzan swing (an experience not to be missed - though it can be quite scary). Thanks fro the student discount, I did not get to stay at the reserve cos, it look so quite and I don't realy fancy quiet place, So I move back to the hostel instead, and left very early in the morning to Manuel Antonio. The whole trip to Costa Rica had been a wonderful experience. I had been home since 6th May, and had been very busy, running places to meet up with friends and attending conference. Am also now helping my pastor to run a event for the nationwide pastor and leaders. As for what I would like to do next, I am very much interested in creating a internet base biz, am still exploring on this possiblities. It can be quite exciting and flexible as it all about virtual biz. Will let you know once I got the website set up. Talk soon, Joy
From: Jimyong Kim yongk at ISP.com
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 09:28:32 -0700 (PDT)
To: Rolf Hanson
Hi Rolf, As always, your service is impeccable. Thank you for all of the important information you've provided as well as the discounts! There are 3 students in our group so could you please revise the voucher to reflect this? I'm sure everything will go smoothly and I am really looking forward to seeing and experiencing Costa Rican life (from the tourists point of view of course) for the few days we'll spend there. Thanks again! Jim
From: hchilivetis hchilive at ISP.com
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 00:46:12 +0000
subject: Re: Arenal Lava flow To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, Thank you so much. This is exactly what I was looking for. Let's hope we get lucky and can see some lava!
From: GPizzirusso at ISP.com
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2006 09:31:05 -0400
Subject: hello To: hansonrolf
Rolf Hope you are well the rest of our vacation in CR went extemely well - After Monte verde We went to the Arenal Volcano and stayed 2 days - then we went to the Pacific coast and went to Playa Panama , El coco and hermosa beach - very beautiful - after that we went to "los Hornillas" and bathe in volcanic mud etc. - Then.... spent the day in San Jose I think we did alot and got to see everything we wanted to see - It was nice to adventure and not have any specific plans - We kind of ate when we got hungry and just found anyplace to sleep - It was quite the spiritual experience - WOW I cant say that I have had this much energy charge in my life.. SO...... now I am back to " Reality" and that is difficult but its good to face reality and now I need to begin to transform my reality into something that I look forward to and not something that I dont want to go back to. Now the work begins - But again Thank you for all of your help - It was very nice to meet the face behind the email address :) Lets keep in touch Regards Gina
From: Charles Huffine chuff at ISP.edu>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 23:47:09 -0700
Subject: Re: Good news for Map Hounds To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf You just continue to please! Thank you so much! Charley
From: JODI LIEN LIEN at ISP .COM
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 19:19:00 -0700
Subject: Re: Hello from Monteverde To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, Thank you so much for the excellent driving directions! We definitely want to do some canopy tours. Our kids are really interested in the zip line tours. I want to see a 3 toed sloth, and I've heard in the Monteverde area I'll have a good chance. We are planning on visiting the wildlife refuge you mentioned, also. Thanks for all of your help! Sincerely, Jodi Lien
From: karen & Ian hope hopkm at ISP.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 19:36:58 +0000
Subject: RE: Fwd: Transport To: hansonrolf
Rolf, I just wanted to say thank you very much for all your help with our recent trip. Everything went very well. Karen
From: mchiric at at ISP.ca
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:58:07 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: Casa Tranquilo - April 22 & 23
To: Rolf Hanson
Hi Rolf, Thanks so much for looking into all of this -- you're such a great help! We will absolutely try to make the direct bus at the airport. If we get held up we'll just have to head over to Alajuela. Yes we do want to take the Jeep-boat-jeep the morning of the 22nd. We are interested in the Aventura canopy tour on the 22nd. Do you know what time we'll arrive in Monteverde? I'm assuming we would have to do the later afternoon tour? We're open to whatever, so just let me know what time you think would be best. I think that we just want to do the canopy tour as we plan to spend the following day in the cloud forest. Did I miss anything? Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks so much! Maria
From: bonniechinsky at ISP.com
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 23:31:03 -0500
Subject: Hi To: hansonrolf
Hi Rolf, Chris and I got back late last night--we had a great time in Costa Rica! I got your message at Villas Sanchal--thank you so much for calling. We'd like to send you something for all your help as a small token of our appreciation. Is there anything we can send you from the USA that you can't easily get in Costa Rica or is cheaper in the USA than Costa Rica that you'd like? (A music CD, DVD, ....) Hope you had a good time with your parents, Bonnie
From: April Fisher - fisher at ISP.com
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 15:52:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Fw: Reservation
To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf, you have been so helpful. Really appreciate everything you have done. Kind regards, April.
From: Joni at ISP.com
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2006 17:24:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Well we made it back To: hansonrolf
Wanted to thank you again for all the info you provided us to have a great time in Costa Rica. We really enjoyed the serenity of Monteverde. The Canopy Tour was Awesome. Then we made out way to Crystal, had a delay for 3 hours due to a protest over a bridge.. and the electricity went out the next night at the hotel.. for about 6 hours... but we made the best of it, and it definitely was an adventure. Thanks again, and I will be sure to recommend you and Rafael's place to anyone interested in Costa Rica. Some day John and I will like to return to see more! Joni
From: Paul Burstein pburs at ISP.com
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2006 11:27:15 -0800
Subject: RE: Various transport/hot springs option To: hansonrolf
Rolf, We are good to go on all the items. You are awesome. Thanks, Paul
From: JSchieber at ISP.com
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 15:45:02 -0800
To: Rolf Hanson
Thanks so much for your help! I will talk to my friends today and we will figure this out tonight. Do you have a similar hotel in La Fortuna as well? We are planning on spending a few days there also. Thanks again for all your help!
From: Shelley Jodoin jodoin at ISP.net
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 14:37:54 -0500
Subject: Got to say thanks To: hansonrolf
Rolf, Several weeks ago, you were very helpful when my sister and I were in a pinch to schedule rooms for her honeymoon. When she returned, she commented that the rooms you selected were the best nights they had the entire trip. You helped me be a great sister and contributed to making their honeymoon something to remember. I have to say "Thanks", and would love to show my appreciation. Can I buy you and your family dinner somewhere in town or send you something you can't readily get there? Let me know. You're a star in my book. Thanks again, Shelley Jodoin
From: Michael Gries pidoc at ISP.net
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 21:07:46 -0500
Subject: Thanks, Rolf To: Rolf Hanson
Rolf; We thank you for all the arrangements you set up. Everything went perfectly well... even, no thanks to you, the weather. I chose the hotels, and found them perfect. San Bosco better than expected! Mirador Lodge was an experience, as expected. Bad: Mirador divides their cabins into two, and you can hear everything in the adjoining as if it's in your room. Our 2nd week on the Osa Peninsula also went very well. Sorry we never got to see you while at Claro de Luna. I'm sure you don't mind, but I mentioned your name, web site, & email on Frommer's forum web site as a valuable resource. There is a question about getting to & fro airport to arenal/monterverde and back. One thing I would do differently... not try to do an afternnoon/evening volcano including Tabacon with dinner. The hike was fantastic, but Tabacon was crowded and rushed with only an hour to change clothes enjoy the water. We were dropped off at 7:15, not helped with procedure, lines to sign in, not explained clothes changing & towel procedure, and assigned 8:15 dinner. Had to change for dinner, not allowing time to enjoy the grounds afterwards. Bus for La Fortuna at 10:00. Perhaps your suggestion of Baldi would have been better, but not sure... We do hope to come back to Costa Rica... I did not note one unfriendly incident, nor person. And we met alot of people... says much about your country. Ciao, Michael & Barbara Gries
Michael and Barbara Gries
From: "Ezekiel, Guy"
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 17:01:47 -0500
Dear Mr. Hanson. You have no idea how much I appreciate your help. You are really making it very easy for me. I think I will go with Sunkiss or Sunset. Can I also ask for one more favor: I will be arriving to Monteverde from Samara. Can you please send me driving directions or let me know if there is any web site that can offer me driving directions. Also, do I need a 4X4 vehicle, or is a normal car sufficient. Thank you so much ! Guy
From: pkruesel at ISP.com,
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:02:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Monteverde follow-up
Rolf: thanks so much for the follow-up. we were just looking at photos and saw that john had his jacket over his arm on the "night tour", and then we lost track of it until packing up in nosara. he thought he either left it on a bench outside the night tour, or over his chair at morphos. anyway, not the most serious deal, thanks for checking for us!! you are really over-the-top! i promised rafael from los pinos that i would send a recommendation to the lonely planet guide for them--and i will. they were so well-located, so friendly and it is just a beautiful place. we liked the privacy of the cabin, and it was well-equipped, very organized, just couldn't have been better! the restaurant we enjoyed was de lucia, which was just a quick walk from the hotel; my daughter had seen it mentioned in the lonely planet guide, and it was just beyond the grocery store, and we kind of stumbled onto it. the atmosphere was nice, the food was good, wait staff friendly, not excessive price-wise. morphos was nice for a beer and sandwich. the aventura canopy tour was just a huge hit. we all loved the staff--very friendly/personable/helpful. i don't know how they do it (not get sick of the tourists!) but it was great. the thing we wished we had done in monteverde was visit the craft place run by local women, i forget the acronym, something like CASEM? just ran out of time, and actually enjoyed sitting and reading, drinking a beer, etc., something we don't have time for at home in the afternoon. the jeep/boat/jeep was a great transfer also. what a road! we couldn't believe the steepness/rocks/dust/cows, etc. definitely picturesque and as efficient as it could be. loved that they dropped us right off at the hotel. the monteverde reserve tour: samuel was just perfect, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, spotted the quetzals immediately, and very personable. speaks english very well--we all liked him personally, and decided to take the night tour as well. however, we ended up being assigned to a different guide, who was naturally totally different, and it was a so-so tour. of course, you can never tell what nature is going to produce, but it was mostly repetitive of what we had seen, nothing of real strong interest. leaf-cutter ants, bugs, a couple of sleeping birds. afterward, we spoke w/samuel, and he gave us a lift to the restaurant morphos, and turns out his group saw a sloth, porcupine, etc. etc. so you never know (but i think he is particularly gifted in spotting things) but we did speak w/some other n. american families who enjoyed the night tour, saw tarantulas, etc., so it is probably a good option to recommend. the hummingbird area outside the reserve was just fantastic (and nice gift shop--also at the reserve; my daughters went "crazy" looking at t-shirts, etc.) we had arranged a "private" transfer from los pinos to nosara, which was the tourist bus with a fellow named rodriguo, exceptionally nice, and it was $140, which ended up being less for the 4 of us than the standard $39 each. we quickly discovered that the beach is delightful at 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or later (sunset for sure!) but in between 9-4:30, too hot to be outdoors. we decided to return one day early to san jose , and no one could stand the idea of a hot public bus ride for 7 hours, departure at noon! so we tried to line up another "private " transport, but here it was $185, really quite expensive, but nothing available in the $39. bus, so we were stuck and took it. the bummer was having the a/c die (alternator problems) half-way to SJ, and it was just unbelievably hot. if you ever have clients looking for reasonable lodging in SJ, i would really recommend the 2 hostels we used, one is called BEKUA, really lovely, and the other TORUMA, both $10 -12 per person per night, close to each another in the los yoses area. oh--arenal--the hotel we stayed at was okay, (fuego) but we had to move to an upstairs room as there was a heavy mold smell in the downstairs room. nice breakfast, $5 extra. (i thought kind of high) unfortunately there was cloud coverage and we could not see the volcano top 10% but still beautiful. we enjoyed baldi a lot! actually our time there was quite short, as my daughter's friend drove us all over the place that day and we arrived late, and left early. we did hear of people taking canopy tours in arenal who saw howler monkeys, etc. we didn't see those until they woke us up in nosara. wow! well, rolf--hope this helps. we were so happy with your advice! if there is anything i can do for you, please let me know. sincerely, judy kruesel
From: Deborah Flynn deborah at ISP.ca
Subject: Safely Home
To: Rolf Hanson
Hello my new friend, it was a pleasure meeting you. MF and I had a wonderful time and will not hesitate to return to Costa Rica and to recommend the country and of course, your services, to our friends. Thank you so very much for the bottle of wine! It was a special treat for me as we did not get to share it in CR so I got to take it home!! I will share it with another good friend and chat incessantly about our trip and of course, you. Oh, I must tell you. At the airport in Liberia the security people checked my luggage thoroughly (I obviously looked more like a smuggler than MF). The lady unpacking my luggage actually handled Hoppy. I was terrified that she was going to ask what it was! How was I going to explain this one, I was thinking!! If Rolf could only see this, perhaps they have heard that I was carrying the Hoppy...the dialogue in my head was halarious but I felt the need not to annoy these people by smirking to myself! We do indeed have a lot of snow. I will take a few photos and send them to you when I figure out how to download the pics from the camera. The friend I borrowed the camera from had a personal crises while I was gone (his Mom died, expectedly but still difficult) so I will not harass him for awhile to help me out. I will also send you our photos of CR just in case you can use them on your website. Some of them look amazing. Well Rolf, I must go to work.. .I was in a meeting yesterday within an hour of being home! My mind was still on my travels so I'm sure I sat there with a very silly grin on my face. Take care my friend, good luck with the business and be assured MF and I will sing your graces from at least western and central Canada. I will send the pics asap...till the next time. Over and out your Frosty Friend from Canada. D
From: Reet Chahal chahalreet at ISP.com
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 21:20:00 -0800
Subject: Back in California To: hansonrolf
Hi Rolf We wanted to thank you for your meticulous planning and all your help in making our stay in Costa Rica so enjoyable. We had a great stay, and truly appreciate all your suggestions and tips while we were there. It's a beautiful country, and we all especially enjoyed the Monte Verde Cloud Reserve and the canopy tour. We would gladly recommend you to any of our friends planning a visit to Costa Rica. Thanks again, Reet and Sudi