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Diego Blanco
General Lodge and Operations Manager

Diego was born on November 3, 1981 in the city of Ciudad Quesada; a rural town in the San Carlos region of Costa Rica. He grew up working on his fathers farms with his brothers and sisters.

His love of the outdoors led Diego to study Tropical Biology at the University of Costa Rica. "My backyard was full of birds, bugs and even snakes," he says: "As a kid I observed all these creatures with interest and developed a love of the outdoors and the wildlife of Costa Rica."

Diego began his career with Costa Rica Expeditions in 2006 leading Multisport and Natural History vacations. After four years of guiding, we asked him if he would be interested in using his talents in the position of General Manager for Costa Rica Expeditions Lodges, and he accepted. His perspective as guide has proven invaluable to Guest Delight at our lodges. So much so that he still guides one or two trips a year.

Diego is an avid mountain biker and after a decade with his home towns swim team he swam for the National Team for two years. Diego spent a year in Belgium as a high school exchange student and later worked in Florida for six months in 2003.

When he is not at work, Diego likes to read, ride his bike and he takes frequent visits to San Carlos to go visit his family.

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Mar 2, 2010.- We will happily recommend Costa Rica Expeditions and you to anyone who asks

March 2, 2010

Diego Blanco
Costa Rica Expeditions
Calle Central and Avenida 3

San Jose, Costa Rica 

Dear Diego,

It has been a month since we returned from our wonderful trip to Costa Rica, and I am still thinking about what a lovely time we had.  We enjoyed traveling with you and Alex.   We found you to be good company and felt like we were in good hands for the whole trip.  Alex was a very careful driver and we always felt safe on the road. 

I was grateful for your comprehensive knowledge of Costa Rica and your willingness to answer any question, and was especially impressed with your skills as a naturalist.  It was fun birding with you and I thank you for helping me see 50 new species for my list.  I know that the Painted Bunting was a new life bird for you, so I hope that you will enjoy the enclosed photograph taken by a Texas photographer, John English.

Both Terry and I and Anne and Ori were pleased with the trip, which was well planned and met all our expectations.  We also appreciate the flexibility that was possible when we all decided that adding another national park to the itinerary was a chance to see another type of habitat.

We will happily recommend Costa Rica Expeditions and you to anyone who asks.  Thanks again for a wonderful trip. 

Yours truly,

Jenny Cloudman

cc mskaye@expeditions.co.cr


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Mar 2, 2010.-
It has been a month since we returned from our wonderful trip to Costa Rica, and I am still thinking about what a lovely time we had. We enjoyed traveling with you and Alex. We found you to be good company and felt like we were in good hands for the whole trip. Alex was a very careful driver and we always felt safe on the road. I was grateful for your comprehensive knowledge of Costa Rica and your willingness to answer any question, and was especially impressed with your skills as a naturalist. It was fun birding with you and I thank you for helping me see 50 new species for my list. I know that the Painted Bunting was a new life bird for you, so I hope that you will enjoy the enclosed photograph taken by a Texas photographer, John English. Both Terry and I and Anne and Ori were pleased with the trip, which was well planned and met all our expectations. We also appreciate the flexibility that was possible when we all decided that adding another national park to the itinerary was a chance to see another type of habitat. We will happily recommend Costa Rica Expeditions and you to anyone who asks. Thanks again for a wonderful trip. Yours truly,
-Jenny Cloudman

Jun 29, 2009.- We are very grateful to you for the meticulous organization and planning.
We all had a truly wonderful vacation in Costa Rica and we are very grateful to you for the meticulous organization and planning. Every suggestion we made was responded to and as a result the trip was truly tailor-made to our needs. The vacation was made by our wonderful guide, Diego Blanco. He was great fun to be with, happily entering in to all our activities and even learning a new game of cards. He was clearly very knowledgeable about Costa Rica, the culture, the wildlife and country. He was fantastic. We would not hesitate to recommend both Costa Rica Expeditions and Diego.
-Liz Farwell

Jun 2, 2009.- I was ''shocked'' to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation.
Dear Luis: Indeed, times fly! Our trip was absolutely fantastic! Costa Ricans are so welcoming and friendly, and the wildlife is great (but the rain is wet...). We have only good things to say, and to thank you for so many good advices! I think that the biggest success was having Diego Blanco with us. He is a superb guide, and together with Randel the driver they made an excellent team. We (also our 4 kids) regretted not having Diego for the rest of the trip (we needed him especially in Corcovado). Comments regarding hotels from my perspective:
1. The Lost Iguana Hotel was an excellent recommendation for spoiled people like us! Just a marvelous place.
2. Punta Islita was also outstanding, especially having the 2 casas with the private pool. Please note that the main infinity pool is off limits for kids, please make sure to mention it to future travelers. The kids adored spending 4 days in Punta Islita, but my wife and I ended up regretting not spending a couple more days in the humid, air conditionless La Paloma in Drake instead of having the relaxed days in Punta Islita. The zip-lining is indeed very family-friendly, non-scary at all. People who look for more adrenalin rush (not me) should go somewhere else.
3. Monteverde Lodge - great restaurant, food and hotel garden.
4. Tortugero Lodge - exciting garden and trails, but I suggest emphasizing to travelers that the beach should be off limits as not only dangerous but extremely dirty.
5. Finca Rosa Blanca - another success, especially if you take the coffee tour.

Itinerary planning: I was "shocked" to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation. There was only one "glitch", and it was in our favour: instead of flying Drake - San Jose (and getting our bag with clean clothes) -Tortugero, we had a direct flight to Tortugero without realizing it until touching the ground. Luckily Nicole in La Paloma suggested to have our clothes washed and dried for a ridiculous fee (8$ per basket). Highly recommended!

The only disappointment that we had was Corcovado. Our guide wasn't so enthusiastic as the others. I was hoping to get in the deep secluded forest, but we were taken to the nearest official entrance. Although it was a half-a-day trip with provided lunch, it ended up to be the less exciting tour with almost no wildlife (but beautiful beaches). I would have much preferred touring the more remote (Southern?) entrance and spend a longer day in Corcovado. Luckily, the following day we had a great day snorkeling at Cano Island with Roy, who was a great guide. I will email you some pictures in a separate email (although you're probably tired of wildlife pictures).

Again, thank you for getting us such a great experience, and PLEASE tell Diego that our kids don't stop talking about him. Apparently he became a role model for them. Should one of you visit Canada, please email us prior your arrival.
-Yehuda

Dec 29, 2008.- We are very grateful to you for the meticulous organization and planning.
We all had a truly wonderful vacation in Costa Rica and we are very grateful to you for the meticulous organization and planning. Every suggestion we made was responded to and as a result the trip was truly tailor-made to our needs. The vacation was made by our wonderful guide, Diego Blanco. He was great fun to be with, happily entering in to all our activities and even learning a new game of cards. He was clearly very knowledgeable about Costa Rica, the culture, the wildlife and country. He was fantastic. We would not hesitate to recommend both Costa Rica Expeditions and Diego.
-Liz Farwell

Dec 2, 2008.- If the service that you gave us is typical of what Costa Rica Expeditions offers its clients, it is no wonder that your company has such a great reputation.
Dear Luis: Thank you for the luxurious surprise spa treatments at the Lost Iguana Hotel. They did a great job making us feel spoiled and rejuvenated. You were very kind to think of doing this for us. We had the most awesome time in Costa Rica. The welcome dinner was one of the big favorites for all of us. You were so nice to get everyone there together for that and to take us to La Casita Azul with such delicious food and atmosphere. Since Randy and I were part of a big company, we know how hard it is to add to your schedule the dinners and such that are fun but require additional time and energy.

Being with Diego Blanco every day was the very best part of the trip. He has a winning personality and the ability to share tons of information without ever lecturing! All of the plans you made worked really well and Diego's genuine love of the country kept us interested in everything. It is hard to believe that we saw so many amazing insects, birds, fish, plants, and other animals in one week. Our children were also very appreciative of having everything carefully arranged for our pleasure and convenience. Marco was probably the best driver I've ever seen and we never had any concerns about being in good hands.

Various family members will soon be sorting through their photos and sending them my way. Before long you'll have more than you want to see. The short video clips my older son Randall put together showing the "bug lady" night tour at La Paloma along with my son-in-law Marcus's interpretation are going to be something you and your company would have great fun viewing at your company's next team meeting. Everyone who watches it will have to be sworn to secrecy because it might look like we are making fun of the lady but we would not want the her to change anything about her interesting event. The video is so funny.

If the service that you gave us is typical of what Costa Rica Expeditions offers its clients, it is no wonder that your company has such a great reputation. We appreciate all that you did to make memories for a lifetime.
-Helen, Lafayette, LA

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