We were staying at another hotel in Liberia and looking for a tourist information center to see if we could arrange some day tours during a two-day layover there. The center city shop keepers sent us to Posada del Tope, located in the historic district (Calle Real) of the city. Dennis, the owner of the hotel was extremely generous with his time and expertise to us non-guests and located a 1/2 day tour with El Viejo tour company (highly recommended) at a reduced off-season rate (August 2013) that included a driver, English speaking guide, boat tour on the Tempisque River where we saw a large number of various birds, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys and anteaters. Alejandro, the guide, was university trained in Ecology/Tourism and gave us an informed and entertaining overview of the flora and fauna in Costa Rica. He held the attention of 3 children in another family that took the same boat tour for over 3 hours as we toured the Tempisque and discovered all the treasures of this beautiful country. They took us to La Casona, a restored historic hacienda, toured a sugar cane facility, and had a terrific lunch in the hacienda's restaurant. Both Posada del Tope (excellent experience) and El Viejo touring are highly recommended for reliable Pura Vida experiences in Costa Rica.
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