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Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries

Condé Nast Traveler
March 2015

Leigh Ann Cloutier, Rico Tours President, gives Condé Nast Traveler advice for tipping in Costa Rica.

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A Trio of Detours: Costa Rica

Recommend Magazine
March 2013

“Leigh Ann Cloutier, president of Rico Tours, agrees. “Part of the reason that Costa Rica is such a successful repeat travel destination is that superb new lodgings in lesser-visited corners of the country lure visitors back.” She gives as an example the Monte Azul Boutique Hotel that adds luxury at the gateway to Chirripo National Park in the south, as well as the recently opened Copa de Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort on Drake Bay. “Copa offers important features for our clients in the southern Pacific’s Osa Peninsula: air-conditioned accommodations, gourmet meals, easy access to a good beach, and well positioned for excursions to Cano Island and Corcovado National Park.”

– Carla Hunt

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Costa Rican Resort Embraces Its Environment and Community Service

Dallas Morning News
May 2011

“Costa Rica expert Leigh Ann Cloutier, president of Austin-based Rico Tours, was invaluable in helping me plan our visit beyond the embrace of the Four Seasons.”

– David Swanson

Leigh Ann was a source for this article.

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Exploring the New Nicaragua

Departures Magazine
February 2011

“For more adventurous travelers, Rico Tours in Austin, headed by Nicaragua-Costa Rica specialist Leigh Ann Cloutier helps create customized itineraries.”

– Christopher Dickey

Leigh Ann was a source for this article.

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Love + La Pura Vida

American Way Magazine
November 2010

“Leigh Ann Cloutier of Rico Tours, who’s been named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists every year since 2001, was more than happy to indulge our adventurous spirit, helping us plan an extraordinary trip that would allow us to taste the myriad flavors and rhythms of the country, from the rain forests to the Pacific coast, the cloud forests to the tiny beach towns.”

– Todd Aaron Jensen

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Wendy Perrin’s Rolodex of Travel Specialists

Condé Nast Traveler
January 2010

“Cloutier spends about six weeks a year in Costa Rica and is familiar with all the country’s landscapes, from its lush cloud forests to its rocky volcanoes. Though she particularly enjoys directing her clients to up-and-coming destinations such as Canto Ballena—a whale-birthing area Cloutier calls “the next great beach location”—she gets equal pleasure from scouting the best hotels, always in a variety of price ranges.”

– Wendy Perrin

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Nicaragua, Best Deal?

The Wall Street Journal
February 2005

“Leigh Ann Cloutier of Rico Tours in Austin, Texas, books travelers on joint jaunts to the Four Seasons in Costa Rica and then on to Morgan’s Rock; she hires cars and drivers for the roughly three-hour trip between the two resorts.”

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