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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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Manuel Antonio Park Tour

The tour was great and every detail was looked after. On the tour John found several animals and insects in his spotter scope, then he photographed what was in the scope with our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Golden, Colorado
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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The tour was great and every detail was looked after. On the tour John found several animals and insects in his spotter scope, then he photographed what was in the scope with our iphones so we had these amazing photos as well as a first rate tour! John was right on time and suggested a great place for frozen fruit... More 

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Seriously35
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Perfect experience! There really is very little I can add that hasn't already been said - Subwayrider 13 especially sums up my feelings exactly. Johan was smart, funny, and kept my two boys - ages 12 and 13 - engaged and learning for three hours (no easy feat.) It was an absolute joy to watch. When we left, I told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We did a tour with Johan this morning of Manuel Antonio National Park. He has a perfect 5 out of 5 star rating for a reason - this guy is the real deal. He arrived on time and prepared with a professional scope and binoculars. Other tour guides along the trail would ask him for advice because he is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Johan brought the national park to life for us. It wouldn't have been half the experience if we hadn't gone with him. Even the other guides around at the same time we're telling us he was the best. And certainly seems to be - perfect guide. Such passion for the subject (both birding and zoology) was incredibly infectious. Every aspect... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Johan is what you hope all tour guides would be. He is knowledgeable, courteous, personable and extremely passionate about the subject matter that he is trying to convey to you. Manuel Antonio NP was the last port of call on our cruise and Johann left us with great memories of our 12 day vacation.You cannot find a better tour guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My husband and I took a tour of the Manuel Antonio park with Johan earlier this month and we were so impressed!! Johan was a great guide and spotted so many things that we would have never seen had we walked through on our own. We also got some great photos that he helped us take through his scope. I... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We visited Manuel Antonio Park in March 2015 and we extremely fortunate to have Johan as our guide. From the time Johan picked us up, he was showing us animals and sharing his knowledge with us in a way that had us all completely absorbed and amazed at his knowledge. He is extremely knowledgeable, kind, courteous and very well spoken.... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Johan was by far the best guide we had during our 2 weeks touring Costa Rica. He is passionate, articulate, funny and it was an absolute pleasure to spend the morning with hin. On top of this his rates are extremely reasonable and his english is fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

While visiting Manuel Antonio and Dominical, our family booked a tour with Johan Chaves. Leading up to the trip, Johan exchanged a few emails, and he reached out to us the day before to set up our meeting place and time. We didn't even make it into the park, when we stopped the car along the roadside to watch a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Out of all the nature tours we did on our 2 week trip on Costa Rica, Johan was by far the best guide and I would 100% recommend him to anyone! You will see lots of great animals including sloths, three types of monkey, snakes, iguanas, crabs, lizards, deer etc and Johan is so knowledgeable about their natural history, we... More 

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