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Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours

Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
(506) 2779-1189
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's impossible (for me, at least!) to be around someone who so clearly loves what he does and not be affected by it. We had met a couple the day before while horseback riding, and they invited us to join them on the guided walk through Manuel Antonio National Park (which we were already planning to do) with Johan. It... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We recently had a tour set up with Johan for Manuel Antonio. He met us at a restaurant beforehand to coordinate and because of his knowledge he knew there would be some squirrel monkeys around. They're very rare to see and he found some for us. That started off the tour perfectly. He was extremely patient with us as we... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The tour was amazing. Johan is a very passionate and wonderful guide. He spent a great deal of time with our group and even took us on an extra hike (a little more intense) after the regular tour concluded. His knowledge of the area and love of nature is very moving. If you're at the park, this is a tour... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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51 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You can believe all of the compliments in the other reviews. Johan was the best nature guide I have ever used, and for an incredibly modest price. We used Johan for two tours -- a serious birding tour for my wife and I, and a family tour of Manuel Antonio Park. He was just great at both. For the bird... More

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Johan took us and two other families on a wonderful tour of Manuel Antonio park. Thanks to his expertise, we saw numerous mammals, reptiles, insects, birds and plants that we would never have seen on our own. He is extremely knowledgable about the animals' behaviors and environments as well as the history of Costa Rica. He was great with the... More

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rotherham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We booked Johan after reading reviews on here. We are so glad we did! He picked us up at 7am and started spotting wildlife before we entered the national park. Even though a lot of the trails were shut and under construction we spent the whole morning In the park and saw far more than we had with any of... More

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Willington, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Johan gave us an entire morning and most of the afternoon sharing his wonderful knowledge of the diverse flora, animals and topography of this wonderful park. He entertained all 12 of us from the 10 year old right up to the 70 year old. He had information that was great for each of us. What a great day. And to... More

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Dayville, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Johan made our tour of the Nat'l Park so very interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of nature at the park. He and his wife provided wonderful refreshments and gave us lots of time to enjoy the beach as well as the many white faced monkies, racoons, lizards and birds. He paid special attention to the 10 and... More

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Martinez, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Johan was absolutely amazing. If you want to see everything there is to see in the Manuel Antonio Park he is your guide. Many other tours and guides started after we did and all passed us along the trail because Johan took more time to show us the Plants, Animals and Birds that make Costa Rica so special. He is... More

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Northern CA
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I'm so glad I read the reviews on TripAdvisor & found out about Johan! He's a great person and so well informed on the plants, animals, and their environment. I was amazed at how well he could spot things and how much he knew about them. We learned so much from him and enjoyed the tour. I think our experience... More

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