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Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours

Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 2779-1189
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Owner description: I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. With...
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Owner description: I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest. I offer individualized tour services that can be customized ranging from a fun family vacation to a serious nature trek thru the stunning scenery of the Manuel Antonio park.

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Johan is full of knowledge about plants, birds, animals and history of the area. A passionate student of life and jungle, his guests are the fortunate beneficiaries. He amazed us with all he saw that we would have missed without him. Personable and friendly, the trip with Johan was the highlight of our trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

My girlfriend and I did a tour with Johan of Manuel Antonio Park. Within minutes of starting, Johan was already pointing out animals/insects that we would have completely missed. We ended up seeing monkeys, sloths, insects, lizards, crabs, and birds. He has a wealth of information and uses all sorts of neat equipment to help with the experience (e.g. playing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend two mornings birding with Johan in Manuel Antonio NP and at Esquipulas. Beyond his amazing bird ID abilities (and even more amazing that he hasn't been birding his whole life), he's an amazingly passionate young man when it comes to teaching folks about the natural history of CR, as well as... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Johan embodies the idea of 'if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life"...... he is so genuinely passionate and knowledgable, that you feel as though you are chatting to a friend - but you're learning at the same time! From the moment he picked us up he was energetic, thoughtful, and talkative, and let... More 

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Eden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The tour of Manuel Antonio with Johan was the highlight of our two week trip. We took several tours recommended by reviewers of TripAdvisor and Johan was the best! He started our tour even before reaching the park by showing us a sloth in a tree on the way. We had seen many sloths prior to this one but he... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Johan is a walking field guide. He was so knowledgeable and has such a good personality that you almost wish you can take him for a beer after the tour and pick his brain. He was, by far, the best guide we had in Costa Rica. We booked him for Manuel Antonio and planned to spend 3 hours with him.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Johan was an excellent guide for our day at the park. We were in a small group with a family of five, and he managed to engage with and entertain all of us. Johan has a wealth of information about all of the plants, animals, and birds in the area, and he will happily answer any questions about Costa Rica,... More 

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Amazing guide, very knowledgable. Great with our 3 kids. Took us on a tour of the park, an amazing education and adventure. We saw all 3 monkeys (howler, spider, white faced), sloths, insects, lizards, frogs, birds. Also gave us great tips (via email and in person) on places to eat and visit while in the Quepos area.

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My wife and I were in Costa Rica for the first time this September and experiencing the richness of its nature was on the top of our reasons for being there. The very best of those experiences came through the hours we spent with Johan Chavez. We have been fortunate to have travelled a great deal and never found a... More 

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looking4nature, Owner at Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much dear Ernie07 for your kind comment about me and my humble services. I am honored to heard that my guiding services cooperated to make part of your CR experience a memorable one, I thank you for letting me be part of your trip to my country. Pura vida! More 

Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We booked Johann for our trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and we were so impressed. Johan is so personable, friendly and loves what he does. He helped me take photos on my camera when I had difficulties and was so good to go at our own speed. We saw the most amazing birds, insects, plants, a howler monkey and... More 

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