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About Pura Vida! eh? Inc. (Costa Rica Travel Blog)

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on January 15th, 2018.


We’re Nikki and Ricky; a happily married, fun-loving, adventurous couple in our 30’s who lives, breathes, works, and enjoys beautiful Costa Rica. Owners of Pura Vida! eh? Inc., creators of the online community DIY Costa Rica, writers for the Costa Rica Travel Blog, publishers of Costa Rica Promotions, operators of the Costa Rica Blog Network, and philanthropists via our Reach Out Costa Rica Travel Philanthropy Project, when we’re not working, writing, and exploring Costa Rica, we practice our love of rafting, kayaking, birdwatching, and photography. We are friendly and always happy to help, so never hesitate to send your Costa Rica questions our way. Oh, and our names rhyme, which is a silly coincidence and one of many ways we as a couple embrace being different. Bienvenido and “pura vida” amigos!


Nikki is a Canadian with a passion for travel, tourism, and business, and a love for Costa Rica! Nikki first studied recreation and leisure at University, but switched to a law program in order to pursue her desire for justice. After graduating with her 4-Year Honours degree in Legal Studies, Nikki travelled to Central America for a vacation before enrolling in law school. During her trip, Nikki fell in love with Costa Rica–the people, the culture, and the “pura vida” lifestyle–and decided to devote her heart and work to helping others have life-changing experiences similar to her own. Upon returning from her trip, Nikki opted out of a path toward becoming a lawyer and instead enrolled in a Masters of Education program to learn more about opportunities to pursue her new dream. Today, with her Masters degree and background in law and education, Nikki is a freelance writer for hire, co-owner of Pura Vida! eh? Inc., executive editor, blogger, and copywriter for the Costa Rica Travel Blog, creator and author of DIY Costa Rica, and publisher for the Costa Rica Blog Network. She employs high standards of professionalism and ethicality throughout the successful operation of Pura Vida! eh?, uses her experience in education to teach others about safe, efficient, and budget-friendly travel, answers travelers’ questions about Costa Rica, and maintains an online community where fellow bloggers share their love of “pura vida”. Inspired by travel philanthropy, Nikki’s alter ego is the goodwillingmiss.


Ricky is a born-and-raised Tico (Costa Rican) who carries an enormous amount of pride in his beautiful country. Ricky has devoted many years to the tourism industry in Costa Rica as an internationally certified white water rafting guide. Ricky has also worked as a rescue kayaker and “paparazzi” (photographer) for white water rafting tour excursions. Ricky’s love for Costa Rica and his rapport with tourists are his greatest assets; both led to him winning a Tourism Award with a Costa Rican rafting company for exercising valued service–an award based significantly on travellers’ responses given in tour evaluations. Apart from his excellent service recognized not only by travel and tourism colleagues but most importantly by tourists themselves, Ricky’s positive attitude and friendly-nature (the ‘pura vida’ in him) sets him above others in the industry. Combined with his broad and detailed understanding of Costa Rica (including destinations, activities, and an impeccable knowledge of Costa Rican birds and wildlife), as well as his hands-on experience with tour companies, Ricky is the perfect associate to help you get what you want and need out of your trip to Costa Rica.


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