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Gecko Trail Adventures Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall Tour
at Multicentro, Puerto Viejo center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
506 2756 8412
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Owner description: The Jaguar Animal Rescue Center is already mentioned as one of the top attractions in Puerto Viejo but there's a great way to see this, get transportation and also see two other top sites in the area. The Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall tour includes: Entrance and tour of the Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre located near Playa Cocles. This centre serves as a refuge and rehabilitation center for many local animals including members of the cat family, sloths, monkeys, snakes and more. After spending around 2 hours at the rescue center you will visit to see organic indigenous chocolate being made — the whole process from the growing of the Cacao plant to the making of chocolate as well as lots of information about the indigenous culture. Last but not least you will do a short hike to a nice waterfall where you can have a swim. Transportation: pickup and drop-off at your Puerto Viejo hotel All for $55. This is a great deal and you can see so much. And a friendly driver/guide who comes along will make sure you are going to have a great time and makes the whole experience extra special.
New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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“Animal Rescue Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We didn't visit the Chocolate Lady or the Waterfall, but the Jaguar Rescue Center was a real treat. We saw baby sloths, played with baby monkeys and saw many other animals. This is not a zoo - all the animals are returned to the wild as soon as possible. If you like wildlife, this is a great place to go.

Visited March 2013
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Powhatan, Virginia
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“Only recommend the animal rescue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

While the other two pieces of the trip were interesting, I don't think they're worth the money to spend on all three activities.
The animal rescue was great, but the groups were too big and I had to fight for breathing room with rude europeans.
The chocolate lady, while some pieces were interesting, I would not recommend someone spending the money. I learned more about costa rican women having babies in the woods than I did about chocolate.
The waterfall was pretty much a joke. It was a small waterfall with a bunch of locals giving you dirty looks. I couldn't get a decent picture because all the local kids were jumping off the falls into the water. The last two activities wasted half a day in costa rica that I could have used enjoying something else.

Visited February 2013
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“Great tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We did this tour with Gecko Adventures... our guide was fantastic. He actually stayed longer than usual in certain places because we enjoyed it so much!

Visited February 2013
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“FUN FUN FUN”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Read Hotel Review for more. Jaguar Rescue is amazing. Chocolate Lady is insightful and delicious, and the waterfall is a clear beautiful paradise.

Visited January 2013
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“Absolutely worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We loved aspects of this trip, and would recommend it to anyone. The Animal Rescue Center is a wonderful place, and certainly, you're more up close and personal with animals than you would be in any zoo (though they are quick to make the distinction that it is NOT a zoo). It's hard not to leave here inspired and wanting to do more to help these creatures.
the Chocolate Lady was fascinating, taking you through the process of making chocolate as well as detailing aspects of Bribri Culture. And of course, the chocolate is delicious and we regret that we didn't buy much much more.
The only reason it's not 5 stars: we assumed (incorrectly and foolishly) that these would be far more intimate tours. The Animal Rescue Centre was very busy (though they worked hard to break down into smaller tour groups), and the Chocolate Lady...well, let's just say we were embarrassed that other members of the group didn't seem to understand that just because a culture is different from United States culture, it's not "weird," a word they continued to repeat. It did color our experience, and kept us from the waterfall (we cabbed it home). These activities were among our favorite of our Costa Rica trip, but we did wish we had prepared for a less intimate experience.

Visited December 2012
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