We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours

Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
(506) 2779-1189
Website
Update attraction details
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Write a Review

134 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    134
    0
    0
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Aylmer, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was our first in Manuel Antonio and Johann Chaves was our guide for our tour in Manuel Antonio National Park. I had been following Johan on Facebook and had a sense a tour with him would be a good experience. His knowledge and passion for his work was so evident. He spent so much time with us. He had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is our second time in Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica, first time with our 3 kids (6-9-11 years old). We met Johan Chaves for the first time on our previous trip 2 years ago and contacted him again this time, because we really wanted to meet him again! Johan is very professionnal and passionate about his country, nature and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maine
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I corresponded with Johan several times before arriving at Manuel Antonio. He was prompt and helpful. I was fortunate to get to meet him the day before our trip and to confirm our plans. He picked me up at my lodging at 5:30am and we drove north to a spot near Hermosa Beach where we sighted nearly 30 species. Johan... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

What can I say? It's all true, Johan is the best nature guide I have ever had the pleasure of touring with. He's warm, enthusiastic, funny, dedicated, tireless, and above all, extremely knowledgable and skilled at finding and identifying wildlife. (And pointing them out too: the laser pointer he uses is a far better alternative to "okay, so you see... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seal Beach, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Spent my first day in Costa Rica with Johan at Manuel Antonio Park. Thought I would have to write tons of reminders to write a review as I still had 16 days to go. Nope! Johan was so wonderful and so knowledgeable and so passionate about the animals, park and Costa Rica that I contiunally referenced and quoted him to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My family of three had the pleasure of touring Manuel Antonio Park with Johan in early March and I can confidently say he is a superior guide. Our planning started about a year ago and Johan eagerly answered all my questions promptly regarding camera equipment, least busy times to visit, transportation, among many, many others. As if being a courteous,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hudson, Quebec
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We booked with Johan last July (2013). We're so glad we did. We have walked with many guides in different countries and situations, and Johan is quite simply the best guide we have ever met. Other reviews adequately describe Johan's knowledge and excellent English. They also describe his passion and very kind nature. It's all true! We toured a half... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
59 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Seriously the best decision we made while in Costa Rica! We got so lucky that Johan had an opening… highly recommend you book him before you get into town. The other couple that came with us booked him 3 months prior. Depending on the time of year it can be hard to get on his schedule. On to more important... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Hi! Your time with Johan Chaves starts way before you arrive at the park at the designated time for your tour. He is readily available for questions via email, even months before you arrive in Costa Rica. I emailed him so many times with questions and asking advice about the area and getting around in Quepos. He responded promptly every... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I spent a day birding with Johan in February. We started in Esquipulas and finished in El Rey, with a stop at the La Gallega River. We were joined by my wife and our six-year-old son for the afternoon at El Rey. I have worked as a nature tour guide and I know a little bit about the business, and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours also viewed

Manuel Antonio National Park, Province of Puntarenas
Manuel Antonio National Park, Province of Puntarenas
 
Manuel Antonio National Park, Province of Puntarenas
Manuel Antonio National Park, Province of Puntarenas
 

Been to Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing