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About Laurie

I am a travel agent who works busy families, and small groups helping them find astounding adventure in Costa Rica or Peru.  I take the stress & worry out of traveling by creating custom itineraries for your once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  As a Specialist for Costa Rica & Peru I will expertly coordinate every part of your trip, from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy – knowing I have taken care of every last detail for you!


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More About Me

I am a proud mother of 3 children who have grown into adults living their own lives.   Since part of my job was done as a mom I started searching for something more than just having a regular job.  What I found out was that I loved traveling, but not the kind where you sit on a beach sipping cocktails half the day.  My interest was the great adventure.  Meeting the people and learning how we could work together to make things inspiring for tourists.

This is why Pura Vida was founded.  To live life to the fullest but with a purpose to improve on our experiences where and how we travel.

I graduated from the Canadian Tourism College receiving certification as a Canadian Travel Counsellor.  I am certified with TICO (Tourism Industry Counsel of Ontario) so you can rest assured we have your back.

Some of my accomplishments through education with our travel partners:

  • Certified Cruise Counsellor
  • Costa Rica Specialist
  • Scotland Specialist
  • Malta Specialist
  • Peru Specialist
  • AM Master Agent (hotels)
  • Fort Lauderdale Specialist
  • RIU Specialist (hotel)
  • Collette (Tours)
  • 5 Star Academy (Celebrity Cruises)
  • G Adventures (Tours)

The education never stops when you are a travel agent.  There’s new products to learn about from travel partners, and the best is brainstorming ideas for tour activities.

Costa Rica Travel

I took my first vacation to Costa Rica in 2012. The experience was amazing so much so that I define home now between Canada & Costa Rica.  I love planning independent itineraries or FIT tours as known in the travel business.    I spend some of my time traveling in Costa Rica learning more about the culture, visiting hotels, eco-lodges, and tour companies so I can share this knowledge and expertise with you.  My passion for travel extends into help guiding local tours and shore excursions for groups and families.

Do you think we would be a good travel fit? Let’s find out so we can start planning your dream vacation.  Please fill out our Traveler Profile form and we’ll be in touch to discuss a complimentary consultation call.

Contact Laurie

(905)869-4846 or 1+(506) 7198-9674 WhatsApp


Adventure experience plan

Should we decide we are a perfect fit we will create a custom itinerary for your interests & budget.  We will then proceed to process all your travel arrangements with our travel industry partners,  prepare documents, keep you informed of any changes, and answers any questions you have along the way.

Our Services

A few of the values we provide for our services fees:

  • expertise
  • 24/7 support
  • value added perks & amenities
  • time saving research
  • destination travel tips
  • follow up
  • prepared itinerary

Building Relationships that last

Being part of our family at Pura Vida Vacations means we support and encourage clients to try something new.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Our family extends to the local companies we work with helping their communities prosper.  So when you’re thinking of planning your next adventure experiences why not consider a company like ours.  Small with personalized services.  Don’t limit yourself to choices based on price. Put yourself in the friendly hands of a travel agent with hands-on experience who can support you every step of the way.

*** In Memory of ***

Kristy was a true friend who supported our ideas to tell our story, edited some of our pages, and helped bring our vision of travel to light.  She left us at the age of 41, way too early for a kind sole.

Kristy Copeland “You are always in our hearts forever”