My love of different cultures and travel led me to study Spanish and Anthropology in the University and I first came to Costa Rica with a study abroad program in 1999. I immediately fell in love with this beautiful country and spent several years backpacking and exploring it. Over time, people began to contact me for help in planning their trips and the My Costa Rica project began. My personal goal is to promote sustainable tourism to our guests and to have a positive impact on this beautiful country which is now my home.
As a student of Spanish & Anthropology at University of Colorado I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Costa Rica in 1999. I used to joke that I wanted to be “Indiana Jones”, searching for hidden treasures and adventures. I immediately fell in love with the natural treasures that abound in Costa Rica and after finishing my studies, I taught English and backpacked through the region for several years. Over time, people began to contact me for travel advice and I found vacation planning to be really rewarding and I loved the feedback that I got after having helped people plan their vacations. The idea of started working in tourism came naturally over time and gave me the opportunity to share my experiences and all that this country has to offer with others.
In 2004 I began developing the online travel site for our Travel Agency My Costa Rica with hopes to provide people with an accurate resource to vacationing in this diverse and beautiful country I now call home. Out travel agency began marketing more upscale, luxury vacation packages but over time the focus has shifted to promoting more Sustainable Tourism to Costa Rica and cultural tours – while striving to guarantee the highest standards of quality in the providers that we recommend. Our hope is that through promoting responsible, environmentally friendly projects that are locally owned and that are contributing members in their communities we can help preserve the very things that attract people to Costa Rica in the first place and guarantee that they’ll be around for future visitors to enjoy.
My year abroad back in 1999 was about exploration and I remember how I had a map of Costa Rica on that wall that I studied religiously, eagerly planning every weekend between classes. I decorated the map with pins on all the places I had visited – wanted to see it all. I am happy to report that with nearly 13 years in the country, I still have not see all that Costa Rica has to offer! As a backpacker I traveled the country and into Panamá & Nicaragua by public bus, camping and staying at hostels. I loved to surf and would go nearly every weekend. Before I began working on the My Costa Rica project, I taught English for several years and I remember camping out one of my favorite beaches at the time, Mal País. Since I began to work in tourism, I began to see another side of the country and have had the opportunity to visit some of Costa Rica’s best resorts and accommodations and experience a lot of the tours personally. I really think I have the best job in the world and I’m always on the lookout for new destinations or adventures.
Some people think that it’s kind of ironic that I studied Anthropology and Spanish and ended up working in tourism, but I think they’re really related. Travel to a foreign country is a powerful cultural experience, an encounter between two different cultures. We strive to give our clients the opportunity to discover Costa Rican culture, that the people and traditions here are unique – not just an extension of Mexico. Vacations change lives. I think people are more open minded while traveling, more receptive to new ideas. I’d like to think that we can inspire people if we give them the opportunity to interact with another culture, while participating in responsible and sustainable tourism and perhaps have a profound effect on their lives.
I’m one of the travel coordinators at My Costa Rica and we love making people’s dream vacation to Costa Rica a reality. We specialised in custom vacation itineraries personalised just to satisfy the needs of our clients. When you think about Costa Rica, think about My Costa Rica because we just recommend the best – If you want the best, travel with us! 🙂
It is amazing to work with Jason, Lynn, and the great team at My Costa Rica. For several years they are giving me a job to provide confidence and affection for nice clients. These are people visiting my country and friends coming for their second visit. A friend and professional in tourism always awaits.
Web development and design have become one of the most important parts of my life. I started working in the field about nine years ago and every day I’m more passionate about the career I’ve chosen. My Costa Rica is the place where I have been able to link the passion I have for my country and nature with the career that I chose long ago. It has been and opportunity to truly get to know from a different perspective of Costa Rica’s natural attractions, that I have not had a chance to see. It is a privilege to belong to a dream come true as it is My Costa Rica. In which I put my best effort every day. I identify with the company goals and vision and am very proud to be part of the team.
Writing is a passion of mine. I have always loved it and strive to keep building on this skill. It has allowed me to pursue a great career and will always be building on skills in writing, editing and web page optimization. Also, I love to travel and learn about new places, this inspires a lot of what I do in life. Costa Rica has been apart of my life for the past five years and I’m proud to call it my home living here with my family.
I am part of this wonderful Agency in the reservations department and I like that the client feels good with the effort that each of the team of work makes for you to enjoy your visit in our beautiful country.
My name is Xinia Salas, I am Costa Rican and I have been in the accounting business for more than 15 years. I began working for My Costa Rica in October 2005 and have been taking care of the accounting ever since. During those years I helped the company and tried to collaborate with the purpose to provide the best service to the clients. In these 7 years together we shared a lot of experiences and we saw the improvement of the agency. Now we can clearly see only good things in our future. I hope to keep this excellent labor relationship for many more years and see My Costa Rica becoming the best Sustainable Travel Agency in the country.
Do you love to travel and know all about Costa Rica? Do have the skills and drive to work in the tourism industry? If so apply today!