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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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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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Johan -- Best guide ever

Enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable, Johan guided our group of 6 biologists and totally amazed us. Jo's stories and anecdotes are based on science, which we really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Muskoka
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable, Johan guided our group of 6 biologists and totally amazed us. Jo's stories and anecdotes are based on science, which we really appreciated. His English is excellent.

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Lexington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Johan was one of the best guides we have ever had. He is very knowledgeable and found many birds and animals they we would have missed. Also he is an excellent source for getting those special wildlife photo ops. We enjoyed the tour immensely and would recommend hiring him with no reservations. He is excellent and obviously loves what he... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Johan was an absolute must-experience Manuel Antonio tour guide. We weren't sure what to expect coming into it, but he was a prompt communicator via email and a fantastic guide in the park. He knew EVERYTHING. And for those who say you don't need a guide- I disagree- you absolutely do need a guide to see and experience the splendor... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I felt fortunate to have had Johan for our tour guide at Manuel Antonio National Park. Johan was knowledgeable, could easily spot wildlife through sound, knowledge of habitats and the park, and cooperation with other guides. He had excellent equipment which enabled us to take photos of the wildlife that we saw with our phones and cameras. He had great... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I booked our tour of Manuel Antonio National Park through the condo we stayed at and felt very lucky and fortunate to have been given Johan as our guide. He was thorough, thoughtful, attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, and clearly has a passion for nature. Without him guiding us, we wouldn't have seen very much of the wildlife in... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Johan was such an amazing guide. His equipment was very nice and allowed us to see so many beautiful animals. He could spot insects, birds and animals that we would have never found on our own. He was patient and very informative. My husband and I were so impressed by his knowledge of every animal. His passion and love for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would you like to have an upclose and personal look at animals, birds, lizards and the plant life of Manuel Antonio? Then book Johan and spend a half day with him. Get up early in the morning, hit the park first thing - and Johan will get you up close through use of his scope - and even help you... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Johan was fantastic, and extremely professional and friendly from the very first email exchange that we had. Super easy to recommend! I have used guides all around the world, and Johan joins our top ranks of "Favorite Guides". If you are a "birder" (we're not) this is absolutely the guy for you as he and his wife are AVID birders... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

To get the most out of your tour of Manuel Antonio Park you should engage a tour guide and we absolutely recommend you choose Johan Chaves. His personal approach, background in biology, and love for his country, ensure your tour will be filled with amazing sightings accompanied by in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna you will encounter. You will... More 

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

Thank you very very much for taking the time to let the TA community know about your experience during my tour at Manuel Antonio. I it is a great honor to know that you enjoyed my tour and it will always a pleasure to have you and your wonderful family visit my office and my class room! the rain forest! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Johan is a Grade A nature guide, he is so in tune with the forest. There is no way that you should visit Manuel Antonio NP without him - you will not see neeeeearly the number and quality of animals as with his very in-depth knowledge of the area and high tech scope. He will help you take pictures that... More 

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