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Beautiful bay, sandy beach, village at the end of the road. Very laid back, friendly people. A place where you could completely relax :-)

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Gort, Ireland
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Russell Ontario
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had an interesting half day hike with a local guide. The rainforest is just bursting with life. We were lucky to see a sloth, a boa constrictor and a few golden eyelash vipers, as well as a tolomuco! If I were to do it over again I would combine the hike and boating trip to go out and see... More 

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Freeland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My wife and I were visiting Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge for second year in a row when we were robbed at gunpoint by three masked young men.My wife ended up biting the man with the gun as he dropped it my wife managed to throw the gun into the dense brush. They were still able to take a backpack with all... More 

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Gort, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Beautiful bay, sandy beach, village at the end of the road. Very laid back, friendly people. A place where you could completely relax :-)

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Vancouver Island
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We booked our tour through ATEC located in the center of Puerto Viejo. We chose ATEC because they support the community with many projects such as school fundraisers. Our guide was Florentino. We highly recommend him. He was enthusiastic, personable and very knowledgeable. He lent us gum boots and showed us around his garden before we started the hike. He... More 

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Philadelphia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My wife, daughter, and I were led through the Manzanillo wildlife refuge by Abel. His knowledge, humor, and experience made this a fantastic experience. If your going on a hike in the refuge, get a guid, and if you get a guid, get Abel!

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Toronto
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It was still free but they were building what looked like a large welcome centre so not sure if they will be charging an entrance fee soon. The first part of the trail is easy but soon the trail becomes hilly, muddy and slippery. We were in Manzanillo for 5 days and it rained 2 days (one day practically non... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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