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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Our group of 4 had the best time in Manuel Antonio Park and the reason is Johan. He was excellent-really made the park a highlight of our trip to beautiful Costa Rica. He has an incredible knowledge of nature-and educated us in the most easy going, informative way. We saw so many things that I am sure many visitors missed... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's impossible to overstate how amazing a tour Johan gives. Our kids have not yet stopped talking about it! His honesty is also commendable: he charged us less than the quoted price, despite our tour lasting longer than it was supposed to - just because we didn't need a ride back to the condo!

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I'm not sure what we can say about Johan that hasn't been already said. Perhaps I should just say “ditto”. Johan is simply terrific. Over our 10-day vacation in CR, we had three or four guides at various locations. Johan was by far the best. Not only is he knowledgeable and informed, but he is kind, courteous and completely professional.... More

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Burlington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our family of 5 really enjoyed our day at the park thanks to Johan. It was raining pretty steadily the morning of our 7:30 am tour. Johan wanted us to get the most of our experience so came to our condo to ask if we wanted to go a little later. He came back at 9:00 when the weather had... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I enjoyed our tour with Johan so much. He is not only professional and friendly, but went out of his way to ensure we both enjoyed our time with him but also helped us get some great pictures of wildlife in the park. His knowledge of the park and wildlife was great and he provided us with... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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

Pura vida from Costa Rica! I want first of all to thank you for taking your precious time to write a review about my services. But above all, I want to thank you for letting me be part of your experience during your trip to my country, a country rich with diversity of nature, but with wonderful people as well.... More

Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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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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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
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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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