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Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours

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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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An incredible guide

My husband, two sons (age 9 + 12) and I took a rainforest tour with Johan and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Manuel Antonio. Johan is so knowledgeable and his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband, two sons (age 9 + 12) and I took a rainforest tour with Johan and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Manuel Antonio. Johan is so knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for what he sees is infectious. From the first minute you are with him, you understand that he loves what he does, is still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Our tour with Johan Chaves at Manuel Antonio National Park was incredibly informative! We learned so much! We saw three-toed and two-toed sloths, many birds, snakes, frogs, white-faced capuchins, and many more. What we were most impressed with was his knowledge -- he really knows this world, wide and deep. We learned so many fascinating facts about what we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

After reading all the 5 STAR TripAdvisor reviews I was a bit worried that the reviews might be too good to be true - but had to see for myself so we booked a Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with naturalist guide Johan Chavez for August 14, 2015. As it turns out the reviews weren't too good to be true... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Johan Chaves is a legend among guides in Costa Rica — not only did everyone inside Manuel Antonio National Park seem to know him, but even our nature guides in other regions of the country knew him and considered him a friend. As a guide for our family of six (parents plus four kids ages 11-20) he was a great... More 

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MelbourneAustralia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Brilliant! ...emailed Johan and he go back to use quickly and booked us in the next day! Best day out! Johan was incredibly knowledgeable and shared all his knowledge with us. There were only four of on tour and he spent nearly 5 hours filling our brains with information about the wildlife. We found everything we were looking for and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our family of five (with 3 kids ages 4, 8, and 10) did a morning tour of the national park with Johan. This guy knows EVERYTHING! His English is excellent and it is obvious that he is well-studied in all aspects of the rain forest- the animals, birds, insects, plants- really, everything. He did a great job keeping my kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Johan great individual. If I came back tomorrow, I would do this again. Can't say enough about Johan, he takes a lot of pride in what he does. We saw so many animals, he's a great educator, he's a must have if u visit Manuel Antonio national park.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I met Johan while on vacation... not just mine but his as well. We were both birding in the Arenal area and Johan kept pointing out new species to me. I found myself following Johan and his wife around because he obviously knew every bird I was looking at and was very gracious with his knowledge. I finally asked him... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We toured Manuel Antonio Park a few days ago with Johan. We are a large family with many young adults so it was a private tour (9 people). Johan was professional and friendly from the start. His English is superb. He showed us so many interesting things and explained everything in the park - we saw spiders, sloths, 3 kinds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

If you plan on taking a guided tour through the park you must hire Johan! He is fabulous! Johan guided us through the park and we were amazed at all the animals he found. He could spot the tiniest of frogs, lizards and insects. He would then use his scope to zoom in for us all to see and then... More 

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