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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 2779-1189
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Description: I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region...
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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fabulous, marvellous, amazing.....what a wonderful guide

Johan was by far the best guide we had during our 2 weeks touring Costa Rica. He is passionate, articulate, funny and it was an absolute pleasure to spend the morning with hin. On... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Johan was by far the best guide we had during our 2 weeks touring Costa Rica. He is passionate, articulate, funny and it was an absolute pleasure to spend the morning with hin. On top of this his rates are extremely reasonable and his english is fantastic.

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Elk Grove, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

While visiting Manuel Antonio and Dominical, our family booked a tour with Johan Chaves. Leading up to the trip, Johan exchanged a few emails, and he reached out to us the day before to set up our meeting place and time. We didn't even make it into the park, when we stopped the car along the roadside to watch a... More 

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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Out of all the nature tours we did on our 2 week trip on Costa Rica, Johan was by far the best guide and I would 100% recommend him to anyone! You will see lots of great animals including sloths, three types of monkey, snakes, iguanas, crabs, lizards, deer etc and Johan is so knowledgeable about their natural history, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I drove around Costa Rica for 10 days. We got Johan's number from another guide in Monteverde, and literally called him the day before the tour asking if he could fit us in. He was kind enough to take us out on a day tour on such short notice! The good: 1. Eagle eyes and infinite pool... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We birded with Johan in 2013 and again in mid February this year (2015). We hoped 2015 would be as good as 2013, we could not see how it could be any better. We were wrong. We spent two days with Johan, one in Carara and the surrounding area and one in Esquipulas, La Gallega, El Rey and area. Johan... More 

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Seabeck, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We chose Johan's tour based on the reviews we found here. But they just didn't say enough! He is beyond fluent in English, he could be a professor! His detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna was way beyond anything we could have hoped for! We expected to have a few animals pointed out, but before even entering the gates,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We did not pay for any other guide in Costa Rica and in the first 3min with Johan we saw more than we saw in our entire 17 days there! He has an amazing ability to twirl his telescope and find something where ever it lands. We also were very happy to find out that he could take photos with... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I had been to Manuel Antonio numerous times before on self guided walks, but this was my first guide tour. My mother, a birder, had looked up Johan before traveling to CR and we were not disappointed. I am very familiar with touring, naturalists and guides from my work. Johan has it all. He is very engaging with all clients... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Our family of 6 enjoyed a morning nature hike through Manuel Antonio Park with Johan Chaves. Johan was wonderful with my 11- and 7- year old kids, and his knowledge of jungle flora and fauna is staggering. The walking tour guides have a good collaborative relationship and when one of them sees something interesting along the trail, they share with... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Went out with Johan twice with grandkids. Back home in Canada, his tour was the highlight. Also went birding with him which was also a treat. Highly recommended

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