Costa Rica EZ Travel Adventures

Posted on May 17, 2009 with 75 Comments


Costa Rica EZ Travel Adventures prides itself to offer you the best private Costa Rican Tour Guides at Costa Rica National Parks, Private Reserves, Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Beach activities and pure adrenaline tours on the Pacific Golden Coast of Guanacaste.  A wide selection of activities is providing an excellent choice for your vacation in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.  Our team will create the perfect trip for you combined with wild life, nature & the real flavor of the culture for you, your family and friends.  Allow us help you to plan your stay in one the most attractive areas of Costa Rica, near by the main attractions and not so far from your new temporary home.

The team of Costa Rica EZ Travel Adventures has worked for the last nine years in Costa Rica tourism industry.   This extensive experience has given us the opportunity to learn the needs of our customers and become experts in providing the exact Costa Rican adventure that will satisfy even the savviest of travelers.  We are happy to go above and beyond for our clients.

Living in Guanacaste for over ten years makes it easy for us to show the newcomer the beauty of this country and help them with our Naturalist Guide service to have an unforgettable vacation.

We speak  three languages fluently:  Spanish, English and Norwegian. This makes a big difference when it comes to customer service.  Our goal is to provide you with a fast, reliable service and to find adventure of your life here at the: Pura Vida Land.

We hope you a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida

Javier Francisco Vargas Morales

Naturalist Guide
[email protected]
00 506 8837 15 31 cell
00 506 2654 45 86 office (leave message)

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Comments (75)


  1. Jeannie Ramsey says:

    Javier is quite simply, the best! We went on two tours with him and he arranged another. Hs is the best to go to Palo Verde with as is a naturalist and knows about all of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. He stopped the van a couple of times when he spied something of interest. He picked a cashew fruit for me!
    Our trip to Rincon de La Vieja was outstanding, and again, Javier was so knowledgeable and helpful
    One of the advantages we had was that Javier lives at the Villa Ferlito in Playa Flamingo which is where we were staying. It was super easy for us to book our trips.
    We will definitely use Javier again when we return to Costa Rica!

  2. Debbie Martin says:

    We had a wonderful excursion with Javier to Palo Verde. Javier is a very considerate, knowledgeable guide and lots of fun. I highly recommend his tours. You will learn amazing things about costa rica flora and fauna, the people, anything you ask about. Enjoy!

  3. Frank DelGuercio says:

    Javier is by far the best guide we have ever had. He is so knowledgeable about trees, flowers, fruits, and animals of Costa Rica. We went down the river and fed the white face monkeys. He even will help take pictures for you. After he took us to a remote local resturante for a wonderful meal. Please for your enjoyment and a great experience go with EZ Travel Adventures.

  4. Katie L says:

    I really enjoyed having Javier as our tour guide. Having Javier made each experience ten times better! He wants to make every adventure special and unique. If you don’t use him as your tour guide it won’t nearly be as fun as it should. Javier knows so much about the plants and animals that live in Costa Rica. If we every come back we will defiantly use Javier again.

  5. Shawn Griffin says:

    We stayed at the Westin and met Javiar by happenstance. There are many guides and many services but Javiar helps you not just SEE but FEEL a part of Costa Rica. We had two sets of parents each with an eighteen year old and a fourteen year old and all 8 want to return to Costa Rica because of Javiar. He started as our guide and after two excursions was a friend we will continue to keep in touch with and who we refer any and all visitors to use his tour services while in Costa Rica.

  6. Cameron says:

    My friend and I were lost in a city with motorbikes. We made so many circles around and coming to a dead end all the time. Javier saw that we were lost and went out of his way to give us directions to get back on track.

    Thanks Javier


  7. Greg Greening says:

    Our family has been to several countries on vacation and we are always apprehensive when it comes to tours. As luck had it we met Javier and had a fantastic time. He is very knowledgeable but more important he wants you to have a great time and appreciate his country. We plan to go back and see Javier and more of Costa Rica soon. When staying around the Westin make it a point to call Javier.

  8. Dan Medakovic says:

    We were recently introduced to Javier and his company’s services. We’ve now used him twice and he has been over the top fantastic!

    Javier is super friendly, extremely accommodating, and knowledgeable. His years of experience ensure that he knows the best places to go, the best places to avoid and he stick handles all the details. He also seems to know EVERYONE which can be a big help too.

    Bottom line is that we trust Javier and also have a great time touring with him. I highly recommend him to anyone visiting Guanacaste.

  9. Mark Goertz says:

    Javier is your man if you want to tour costa rica. He is simply THE BEST!!! We were always two steps ahead of the other tours. Javier will have you doing things the other tours will miss because he is there for you and he wants to create great memories! My friends are blown away when they see pics/videos of our times with Javier. You will love this guy guaranteed!!!

  10. Christine says:

    I absolutely recommend Javier for any of your travel needs. I used him for a transport to San Jose Airport and the trip was great. I don’t know my way around Costa very well but I know he took the most direct route to get us to the airport. The ride was several hours but with Javier it felt like a few minutes. He makes your travels safe and comfortable. He provided us with bottled water and gingerale in a comfortable, clean, airconditioned van. I have all good things to say about him! Although my encounter with him was short I know he is an extremely reliable person. Thank you Javier for a safe journey! I wish you all the best with your company! You can’t go wrong with him, I highly recommend Javier for any of your travel needs in Costa Rica! Pura vida!

  11. Shawn Gibson says:

    My husband and I spent our entire honeymoon with Javier and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Both of us are adventure seekers who need to be active on vacations and we definitely didn’t stop the whole time!
    We started off going straight to a volcano right from the airport, and there was never a dull moment from there. We spent two nights in Arenal – exploring, ziplining, visiting with our hotel’s jungle cat zoo and one night in Monteverde – hiking through the cloud rainforest, picking coffee berries and learning all there is to know about making coffee, chocolate, and sugarcane.
    We then made our way over to Javier’s hometown of Guancaste in which we stayed at a great all inclusive hotel – The Westin, but did not stop exploring. We got up a couple days very early in order not to miss wildlife spottings. My goal on the trip was to feed a monkey and Javier made that happen on the river in Palo Verde National Park – hands down, best experience of my life!! My husband was also pretty satisfied getting to watch crocs get fed. ;)
    My birthday was while we were in Costa Rica and Javier setup some lovely girls to give us massages right on the beach, so romantic! One of the last days was spent at the adventure park, canyoning, tubing, and enjoying the mudbath/hot springs. Javier was constantly snapping photos of us, which was so nice to not have to worry about, and we have some really great keepsakes :)
    Our last full day we spent snorkeling off a caterman during sunset – such a great way to end the trip! Thank you Javier for making our honeymoon unforgettable! We can’t wait to come back!!

  12. Dale & Adrian Ratke says:

    Hello Javier. We are arriving in Liberia on Jan. 29 2013 and staying at the Barcelo Langosta for 1 week, and the Hilton the 2nd week. We have another couple that we are travelling with us. Some of our friends have toured with you and they speak very highly of you! We would like to do some day trips while we are at both resorts. Please let us know if you are available. Thankyou

  13. Laura Gencarella says:

    Our trip experience with Javier was everything we thought it would be and more. We heard about his services through a friend and decided to book him for a weekend during our vacation to Costa Rica. Through the beginning of the booking process, he was beyond flexible and worked with us (e.g. coordinating a place to meet, etc.) to meet our expectations.

    We toured the Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja regions and stopped at various points along the way. He arranged zip lining, water rafting and spa experiences (volcanic mud baths and hot springs) at a local adventure park where he took photos and videos of us so we could enjoy the day and have keepsakes that will last a lifetime. I didn’t know this at the time, but Javier took the time to coordinate with my now fiance’ in terms of picking the most perfect spot to propose. He captured the entire proposal on video and also took a slew of photos, which are beyond priceless to us!

    What makes Javier great is not only his seemingly limitless knowledge of Costa Rica and its hidden gems, but his big heart that made us feel that we were with a friend rather than a hired guide. If you want a personable, safe and authentic Costa Rican experience, look no further- Javier is the guide for you. I promise you will have no regrets!

  14. Anne says:

    Our family had an incredible time with lovingcostarica! I cannot express how grateful we were to have Javier as our guide. He has incredible enthusiasm, knowledge, and a strong desire to make your day special. We are a family of four (including two teenagers) and Javier was able to communicate and bring out the excitement in us all despite our different needs. He is an ambassador for the country and willingly answered all our questions in great detail. I felt I was able to learn more from him in single day than from any other source. It is really special to have native Costa Rican talk with such love and kindness. We had a wonderful day in the volcanic region and in the Palo Verda park. Highly reccomeded!!

  15. The Koval Triplets (Age10) says:

    Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire Javi as your Guide

    10. Makes learning fun!

    9. Great at surprises.

    8. Knows a lot about wildlife.

    7. Loves demonstrations like turning leaves into different colors.

    6. Great adventures such as boat rides and volcano expeditions.

    5. Gets you away from the crowds!

    4. High quality van with comfy seats and good drinks.

    3. Great photographer, especially around waterfalls.

    2. Awesome personality (mom says ‘charming’)

    The Número UNO Reason to hire Javi . . .

    Speaks Spanish, English, Norwegian, and best of all,


  16. Patrick says:

    We were in costa rica for a week in dec 2012. We ended up with this company and Javier completely by accident, much to our good fortune. We went on the volcano trip and i never felt more comfortable and safe as i did with Javier. He knows all the local people and places. The tour was absolutely wonderful and Javier has a very intimite knowledge of his own counrty and enviornment. He is a complete gentleman and i would highly recommend using this company over any of the others as it is a small business that is run efficiently and competently.
    Patrick – New York City

  17. Daryl says:

    I called Javier at the last minute hoping to set up a boat tour with him but, unfotunately, he was booked. However, he still spent time on the phone with me recommending a hotel in Liberia to stay at, various tour options available in the park and the best ones for the time of year, and gave me the numbers of two other tour guides to try. He also said to call him back if I ran into any other problems.

    I have no doubt his tour would be fantastic. Pura Vida, Javier!

  18. Jeannie Ramsey says:

    Just got back from Palo Verde with friends who were going for their first time. Another fantastic experience. The lunch venue has grown from one table last year to a darling little establishment with excellent food! Javier and his boat driver provide a fantastic river tour with only your personal party…a boat that holds 40 with only five people aboard is perfect for attracting the white faced monkeys. The number of birds, iguanas and other wild life is amazing…and oc course, one of the hugest crocs, Solomon is an amazing specimen. Like I said in a previous post, Javier is the best!

  19. Edie simpson says:

    What an ubelievable experience!!!! We booked Javier for the first day and kept him all week or ar least what we could get of his time. His knowlege of everything about Costa Rica is amazing. He was so great with the kids. He even has a new President of his fan club. We went for a wedding and he was so accomodating to our group of 17. It really felt as if he went out of his way to make sure we experienced Costa Rica in only the way that we all fell in love with the country.mmthe is not enough we can say about Javier. You would be crazy not to book with him. And if he can not do your trip his recommendation will be almost as good as he is!

    Thank you thank you and Tres thanks you. Because of you, it made departing so hard but returning will be so easy!

    The kids missed you the second the plane took off. Your President Maeve said Javier is going to miss us. I miss him so much already!

  20. Melissa Reese says:

    I just got back from a trip to the Palo Verde National Park, Tempisque River Tour with Javier. He was an amazing guide (naturalist), extensive knowledge of wildlife, flora/fauna and Costa Rica in general. He brought everything to life for us, even stopping his vehicle enroute multiple times to show us things that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. After the river portion of our journey, we stopped at a secret local spot for an amazing meal in Guaitil, where we cleaned the plates of traditional foods and had a chance to see local pottery being made without being thrust into an area with 100 other tourists.

    I come from a background in the travel industry, having traveled to over 80 countries, with multiple visits to many wildlife areas including the Amazon, Alaska, Nepal, Australia, East Africa and Southern Africa and this was my 6th trip to Costa Rica, including my second trip to Palo Verdes NP. I know enough about animal behavior to know that animals are on the move in the morning… when they are hungry and when it’s not so hot. We were the ONLY boat on the river the entire morning, until we were pulling back up to the dock at the end and about 12 other vehicles were just arriving. Not only was it great to be able to see so much wildlife, but being on the river with no one else provided for a very peaceful experience in nature, without being drowned out by other boat motors and groups of people. So when Javier tells you that your trip is starting at the crack o’dawn, just know that he knows what he’s doing… and you will be thankful that you got up early! BTW… The last time I did the river trip was about 10 years ago… I went mid-day, with a boring guide… and I wanted to jump overboard with the crocs and swim back to shore just to save myself. If it was just me on this trip to CR, I would have never considered rebooking another river trip based on that prior experience… but since this was a multi-generational trip celebrating a 50th Anniversary, I thought it was a trip that could suit my 4yo daughter and parents in their 70s. Javier succeeded in winning me back to the river, and everyone in our group was successfully entertained and engaged the entire day!

    I am in no way “connected” to Javier… I only found him by reading the numerous reviews on Trip Advisor from other folks who have hired his services. Getting a good entertaining guide was very important to me (I didn’t want the family to be bored like my first experience), and getting on the river early in the morning was also important to me in choosing someone. He is exactly how others describe, just an incredible guide that you want to spend the rest of your trip with… and you instantly want to take him back home with you. His prices are much lower than others (especially the tour desks at hotels!), you book directly with Javier, he’s the one that communicates with you (and he’s very good at responding to any question, or a 100 in my case), and he is your guide/naturalist… there’s no other middle man in his operation that drives up the price. Trust me, I did enough research in planning this trip!

    Javier does not disappoint… just wish that every guide had the same knowledge, professionalism and passion that we experienced with him.

  21. Diane Bergander says:

    We did the Palo Verde River Tour with Javier. Hands down, he is the best travel guide ever! He is friendly, knowledgable, communicates with ease and has a great sense of humor. We went to Costa Rica as a family and he took all 9 of us on the tour. He was able to converse easily with all of us from age 5 to age 69! The tour goes by so quickly because he keeps everyone entertained with his informative talk and banter. His boat driver, Louis, is excellent with the crocodiles also! I highly recommend Javier. He is the best!

  22. Cheryl R. says:

    Wonderful river boat cruise! Many birds, crocodiles, monkeys eating out of our hands, all of it amazing!!! Javier is great—very knowledgeable, so nice and goes out of his way to make sure all questions are answered and everyone is comfortable. Really enjoyed the local lunch and tour, plus the parrot and coffee! Can’t recommend Javier and this tour enough!

  23. Louise G. says:

    We spent a week in Costa Rica in March 2015 and were put in touch with Javier by someone who sat beside one of our party on the plane. He said, “Javier’s the best,” and was he ever right. It was serendipity. Javier took 10 of us on a wildlife cruise on the Tempisque River. It was well worth the 5 a.m. departure time, because he knows when the wildlife is most active. Crocodiles, macaws, white faced monkeys. He is so knowledgeable, and his outgoing and gregarious personality make it fun. It was the highlight of our trip.

  24. Mike and Lesley says:

    Javier was wonderful. He is a very hard working one man band. He is a full service guide who can get you or show you whatever you want. We used his door to door service three times and every day was very enjoyable. I had recent knee replacements and he was able to tailor trips to my limitations. He is very knowledgeable about the animals and vegetation. As others have mentioned his 5am Palo Verde trip was a highlight of our trip. We had the entire river to ourselves with overwhelming wildlife experiences. We were done before the other tours arrived. He is very outgoing and a lot of fun to spend the day with. We even hired him to drive us to San Jose. You can’t go wrong if you choose Javier but book early as he is so popular that he will have few openings in season.

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