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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number: 27509001

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Wading a stream we entered this refuge not sure waht to expect. Maybe the stream was as hard as it got? Are we glad it wasn't! Through thick jungle bush, up and down mud covered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Kamloops, Canada
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Kamloops, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wading a stream we entered this refuge not sure waht to expect. Maybe the stream was as hard as it got? Are we glad it wasn't! Through thick jungle bush, up and down mud covered paths, sloths, monkeys, spiders, snakes and ants. Lots of ants. We came out at the sea side and our guide had both pineapple and cocnut... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Get yourself to Manzanillo and then go for a hike. Gorgeous beaches and views of the surfers. Beautiful jungle and its a neat part of the world.

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Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is one of the world's best nature hikes. We saw Caiman, Morpho butterfly's, many frogs and somany sloths including moms with their babies. Hire a Guide through the association. We hiked for Four hours and visited an isolated farm briefly. You don't need to be in top shape to do this one. You start on an ocean trail behind... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you want entertainment and a learning experience, Abel is your guy! He is so personable and fun and smart and will structure your tour around what you want. He took us through the refuge and also on the BriBri chocolate tour. We would highly recommend both tours. We would have done more tours with him but he wasn't available.... More 

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Nagold, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited the Manzanillo refuge with Abel and had an unforgettable experience! Abel has a stunning knowledge about the park and all the plants and animals! He's a fantastic, funny and competent guide who knows how to fascinate visitors with the stunning beauty of the refuge, which is his home since 15 years. We can only recommend anyone to go... More 

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Valence, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Our first day in Puerto Viejo we were recommended to take Abel as our guide while walking through Cahuita National Park, by Shawandha Lodge. He is a great guy with humor and passion for wildlife and nature, and eager to teach. He made us work as he would pick a 'special tree' and we would have to find what made... More 

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Victoria BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Abel Bustamante was our guide in the Manzanillo Gandoca reserve. He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about the sights and sounds of the forest. He speaks english very well and was very engaging. He took his time and I never felt rushed. We booked through ATEC, though you could book directly with him by calling... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

What a basically wonderful person and knowledgable guide. He showed us things we could have walked by without ever seeing. I took a bird tour with him and it was so good that I went back for a jungle tour with him and if I had had time I would have gone on more. He is humorous and knowledgable about... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Very good guides, 2 hours of entertainment, could even touch the monkeys and got pretty much info about all animals, activities rescue center do... Happy we went there and now we consider it as a must seen in this locality.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My husband and I returned this week from our vacation at Manzanillo, Costa Rica. We rented a beautiful little house just outside of town, with the intent of exploring the refuge and Bri Bri, also the hope of some horseback riding and perhaps snorkeling. After speaking with the person who manages the house we rented, Florentino "Tino" Grenald was recommend... More 

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