Thanks to William, our host at the Riverbank Apartment, we found a wonderful local wildlife guide in La Fortuna. Giovanni is a very knowledgeable guide who grew up in La Fortuna. He was born in 1967, a year before the large Arenal eruption. Giovanni has taken the last 12 years to create a 60 acre forest in town. His dream is to have a wheelchair accessible trail through his forest and he is well on his way. Giovanni gives personal wildlife tours. He asks you what animals you want to see and tells you whether you can see them in the La Fortuna area. Then he takes you out and finds them for you! He especially likes looking for birds, can make many bird calls, and has the Costa Rica bird guide memorized by page!! We took a 2 hour night tour in his forest which was very cool. Our favorite animal that night was probably the red-eyed tree frog. He made us wait on the road (too many snakes at night) while he went into the bushes to find and bring out frogs for us to photograph. Then we hiked his trail and saw more frogs, lizards, birds, an armadillo (briefly). The next day we went out driving and walking all around the edges of La Fortuna at 6 am and found toucans, sloths, howler monkeys and more. Including a leisurely stop for breakfast at La Mesa de Mama in the middle we spent 5 hours with Giovanni that day. He also would have taken us out again if we wanted to. All this for $35/person. Can't beat that!
Giovanni - firstname.lastname@example.org, 8626-9348