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“Great Park - Great Guide” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manuel Antonio Expeditions

Manuel Antonio Expeditions
Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 0043, Costa Rica
+506 8365 1057
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Owner description: We are a small company that loves to share nature and teach about our wildlife and natural resources. Our guides are all professional and billingual.We are proud to offer personalize service and work with our clients to make the best of their vacation. Let us know be part of your wonderfull trip to Costa Rica.
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Eugene, Or
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122 reviews 122 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great Park - Great Guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

You will see almost nothing interesting without a guide that knows where the interesting animals happen to be on a particular day, and without a telescope that they provide even if you know where they are - you won't see them. Our guide was great - my guess is they don't hire bad guides. Good English extremely knowledgable, personal and humorous. Highly recommend this.

Visited April 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Love Manuel Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My 2nd visit to Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio, but this time with children. It was great! Our guide was fabulous with my two small children 8 and 5) and helped keep them engaged and was very good at making sure they saw all the lovely animals. We saw two and three toed sloths, Jesus Christ Lizard, squirrel monkes and many other critters.

Visited April 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Manuel Antonio National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a great park, the animals were very cool and the beach was really beautiful. This park can't be missed; it’s the highlight of the area.

Visited February 2013
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Monterey, California
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“Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a WONDERFUL 3 hour tour with Juan. The animals were amazing (3 types of monkeys, 2 types of sloths, and much more). Juan is great - he loves sharing his wealth of knowledge (of which he has a vast amount) and he does it in a professional and humorous way. He is also a great photographer. He used our camera to take pictures through our scope and they are amazing. If you take this tour ask for Juan! You won't regret it!

Visited April 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Excellent Mangrove Boat Tour and Park Hike with Paul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We just returned from an incredible 10 day Costa Rica trip planned through Catalina at CR Referrals (highly recommended). She arranged two tours for us during our stay in Manuel Antonio: The Mangrove Boat tour and the Park Hike with guide.

Soon after our arrival at the lovely Falls Resort we had a phone call from Paul Gonsalves at Manuel Antonio Expeditions. Because it was Easter week he was concerned about the huge crowds in the MA National Park so he was wondering if we would mind switching the days on our tours. No problem for us and what a great difference this made for our experience.

It was fantastic to have Paul for both of the tours. It gave us an opportunity to really get to know him and enjoy his sense of humor and vast knowledge of so many things. He speaks perfect English and watch out because he is a huge fan of NCAA basketball and specifically Syracuse (sorry about their loss, Paul).

We didn't know what to expect on the Mangrove Boat tour and ended up enjoying it so much. It was fascinating to see and learn about the 4 types of mangroves that provide natural protection during hurricanes. Floating up the shaded estuary felt like the Jungle ride at Disneyland but this is the real thing! Saw lots of white faced monkeys, bats, crabs, birds. And a very unexpected highlight - after the boat trip we all went to dinner at Paul's home! His wife Wendy cooked delicious Mahi Mahi. Excellent!

The following day, Paul picked us up at our hotel at 8:10am for the MA Park hike. We had a nice number of 9 in our group with Paul and enjoyed seeing sloths, bats, iguanas, monkeys, birds in the forest. When we reached the spectacular beach we were given time to take a dip in the ocean. We were finished by noon and had a choice of taking the transport back to our hotel or staying on own. We stayed and enjoyed lunch at the Marlin restaurant across from the beach. We were able to walk back to The Falls Resort - took about half hour. There is also a public bus that runs frequently.

We highly recommend both of these tours and ask for Paul!

Visited March 2013
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