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ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours

Avenida 71 | Next to the Casa de La Cultura, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2750 0398
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Owner description: ATEC The Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation,is Talamanca’s original ecotourism provider. Since 1989, ATEC— a non-profit, grassroots... more » Owner description: ATEC The Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation,is Talamanca’s original ecotourism provider. Since 1989, ATEC— a non-profit, grassroots organization—has been providing fun, unique, ecologically and socially responsible activities for visitors to our area. We also offer a communication center with internet and select local items useful for your travels. From our website and our shop in the center of Puerto Viejo, ATEC represents over 100 local tour guides in 16 communities in the South Caribbean. Whether it’s your first time leaving your home country or you’re an experienced traveler, we encourage you to stop into our busy little shop and let our 20 year’s of experience provide you with a special and exciting experience you’ll never forget. ATEC also works actively with many local conservation and community organizations. « less
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Hanover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This non-profit works with local guides to book excellent tours and support the community. We did a dolphin watch, an overnight at Casa Caleteas (a nature/eco-tourism lodge in the jungle), and a guided trip to Cahuita National Park. All were excellent experiences. You won't be disappointed.

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Atec E, Marcadeo y mantenimiento Web at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

muy amable por dar esa opinión de ATEC, siempre tratamos de que los clientes salgan enamorado de la zona de Talamanca al ver como una ONG que ha venido marcando diferencia ofrece Tores con Guias locales. very kind to that view of ATEC, we always try that customers love Talamanca area to see how an NGO that has marked difference... More

Barrington, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We booked the dolphin tour and the guided hike through Cahuita Nat Park. Both were great. Our local, barefoot guide to the park, Jose, took us through his own neighborhood first for over an hour to see birds as well as a couple of caiman. We saw toucans, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys with a baby, many sloths, yellow eyelash vipers,... More

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Atec E, Marcadeo y mantenimiento Web at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

Estamos agradecido por sus opiniones sobre nuestros guía locales y por compartir su experiencia vivida con el equipo de ATEC, gracias a personas como ustedes que apoyan nuestras iniciativas estamos aquí para serviles. We are grateful for your feedback on our local guide and share your experience with the ATEC team, thanks to people like you who support our initiatives... More

Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We booked a 2-day stay with the Yorkín, an indigenous tribe. It was really amazing, the family was friendly, the place was beautiful. And the whole trip was for a reasonable price, including transportation by boat.

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Hermosa Beach, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Friendly staff and a lot of tours for ok prices. We wanted to see the turtles nesting... they should have told us that the drive by night by ourselves was a bit long... I did not feel like driving all the way back during the middle of the night with all the people walking on the road... so we made... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is the best place to book tours in Puerto Viejo. They offer many tours in the area, and focus on using indigenous guides as much a possible. The staff is courteous and friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you, ATEC, for your excellent service, to me and to the Puerto Viejo community.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The BriBri tour and chocolate making demonstration was fun and informative. We learned about all kinds of different herbs and fruits and how they are natural medicines, and got to try different things such as the magic fruit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

When our itinerary was finalized, and we knew that we'd have a full day to explore the Puerto Viejo area, I began to research different options for guided tours. We found a small positive writeup about ATEC in the Lonely Planet Costa Rica book and started looking for information online. The offer many tours in the area, and focus on... More

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Atec E, Marcadeo y mantenimiento Web at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review
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Thank so much to share your experience and support & be part our ONG. Muchas gracias por compartir su experiencia... More

mel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

My partner and I went on the combo tour that had us hiking across to a waterfall, gave an insight into natural medicine plants and made chocolate with the Watsi indigenous tribe. Our guide Junior was the best we've come by to date. He had a great understanding and knowledge of the area, plants and wildlife and had a great... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

the zipline tour was AWESOME. I went on another zipline that just didn't compare to the enthusiastic, fun guides at Atec. However, it is not easy to go on a tour here, or anywhere else in Costa Rica while alone. I was traveling alone and unfortunately could not take a tour anywhere. :( But Raul at Atec offered to take... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

We (one couple with an almost 6-year old child) booked two tours with ATEC. We were very happy with their services. The young lady who helped us choose was of good advice and the guides were all part of the communities they were introducing us to. ATEC is definitely the way to go to discover all that Puerto Viejo has... More

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