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A friend told us about Jerry and April at Vida Travel last year when we were getting ready to plan our first trip to Costa Rica. She had used Vida Travel for more than one trip and raved about them. We are grateful for her advice and so thrilled to have received their amazing and invaluable guidance!There are two main things that stand-out to us about Jerry & April: First, they REALLY KNOW (and love) Costa Rica! The depth and breadth of their firsthand knowledge and experience, and endless connections down there, are beyond impressive. Second, these guys really enjoy helping travelers find authentic experiences and connect with "real" people in genuine ways that you won't find with anyone else. They're a breeze to work with because they're so familiar with the country, and, because they seem to be able to tune into the types of places we wanted to go and the things we wanted to do. All of the details (down to turn-by-turn driving maps) were provided!We just got back from our second trip down to CR in May with extensive help from Vida and we already can't wait to go back again! Not only was it fun, but we always felt safe... and always felt like guests, not tourists.Both trips have been exactly what we wanted, very budget-friendly, and beyond expectations. Pura Vida! 5.0 star rating 7/25/2017
"As good as it gets": that is what I would say about Jerry Puda and Vida Travel Group. I have traveled in a variety of ways my entire life, but I must say that the day I decided to "go" with Jerry Puda was a lucky day, indeed. Jerry goes far more out of his way to help and ensure his clients get the best trip of their lives than anyone else I have ever encountered. He drives the trip (so to speak) with energy, experience, wisdom and creativity. When you think you don't need anyone representing you Jerry comes forth with ideas even I had not imagined. He truly cares about you and he shows it in his every day efforts to make your trip great. I highly recommend him and Vida Travel Group. 5.0 star rating 7/24/2017
We love Croatia too! Planning 3 weeks in Croatia and Slovenia with you is like revisiting yesterday. Part of our hearts remains in HR.
I can't thank Vida Travel team enough for helping me plan my trip to Costa Rica with my two kids (23 and 26 years old). He took a tremendous amount of time with back and forth emails and a lengthy phone call to explain all of the excursions I wanted to do with my kids. He customized them so that our days were full and that we saw much more than if we took traditional excursions offered by the airlines/hotels. He really came through and even emailed while we were in CR to see if all was was ok. Everything from the drivers he booked for us to the tour guides, who greeted us personally upon arrival, was top notch and we felt completely safe and well taken care of. The RIU Palace was a gas. Thank you Jerry! I will definitely recommend you and the Vida Travel team to fellow travellers. I'll be in touch when I travel next. :). Pura Vida from Ontario, Canada. Theresa and family.
We love our Canadian friends for their big hearts, kind and adventurous spirit; It was a pleasure to help build your family memories. The pictures, wow, those grins :) they should never fade. Thanks for sharing.
Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for the recommendation; we went to Nauyaca Falls today and had an amazing trip. We were able to jump off the falls and had a great meal and a pleasant horse ride. Thank you for the recommendation. I even have a video of the guide jumping off of a much higher point in a perfect swan dive, amazing!
We love to share special places... thanks for your comments Chris.
I've referred my friends to Vida Travel for Costa Rica plans and after some consulting, they zeroed in on the location, how to get there and made it all possible. They loved it so much, it was exactly the right place as described, that they ended up moving the whole family there. I can't wait for my next trip to take with them.
Without these guys my trip would have ended in resort towns and chain hotels found on internet travel sites. Maybe I'm not so internet savvy because they took me places I did not know existed. AMAZING!
Thanks Roger, we learn from spending time in country.
Vida team ensured that each member of the family was happy by arranging for various activities (including time for relaxation). They did an excellent job of communicating the plans and making our travel very easy. Thank you!
Terrie, it was a pleasure working with your family! Reviews and referrals are always welcome. Thanks again!