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Arenal National Park Guide Useless

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Kentucky
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reviews: 18
Arenal National Park Guide Useless

The only time I felt ripped off on our recent trip to Costa Rica was when we paid $40 for the two of us to be shown part of the park.There were several guides , wearing what looked to be official shirts hanging out at the entrance to the park. They offer to show you a different part of the park which they say is not crowded and much more interesting and promise you will see much wildlife.You go past the main entrance to a section where a headquarters is located and walk a well marked trail that leads to the lake. The guide knew very little concerning local fauna and we saw practically no wildlife. We then returned and hiked on our own in the main park which was much more enjoyable and cost $10 per person.

Cahuita, Costa Rica
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for Cahuita
posts: 1,871
reviews: 7
1. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

What a shame! Most guides provide an informative and useful service in the country's national parks and show you way more wildlife than you would see alone. Perhaps others should consider asking their hotel for suggested guides to avoid disappointment.

Kentucky
posts: 21
reviews: 18
2. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

I'm sure you are correct about most guides, just don't hire the guides that are waiting by the entrance. I should have known better! We had an excellent guide when we did the Palo Verde boat trip.

Grecia, Costa Rica
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for Province of Alajuela
posts: 6,175
reviews: 36
3. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

All guides are not created equal, that's a fact. Sorry to hear you got a lemon.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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for Costa Rica
posts: 39,325
4. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

that is bad...so sorry to heard that...well for $ 20.00 a person thanks God was not much money...but agree with you one dollar or $ 20.00 with a bad service is a ripp off!

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Cahuita, Costa Rica
Destination Expert
for Cahuita
posts: 1,871
reviews: 7
5. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

Would say the same for Cahuita - don't get a guide from the entrance unless the park ranger at the ticket office can vouch for their knowledge.

Uvita, Costa Rica
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for Uvita, Ojochal
posts: 2,012
reviews: 26
6. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

Sorry to hear that... Unfortunately that goes for all locations do not hire the guides at the entrance of all National Parks, some may be good but anyone can stand infront with a badge and telescope and claim to be a guide - there is no way to tell them appart. Best to arrange via a hotel or referals.

7. Re: Arenal National Park Guide Useless

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