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“Unforgettable birding with Roy in Costa Rica!” 5 of 5 stars
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Nature Specialist Private Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 8881 5580
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Owner description: I am an artist and a self employed, free lance, certified nature guide with 15 years of experience working in Costa Rica base in Manuel Antonio. I am passionate about painting, birding, conservation and sharing Costa Rica's rich wild life and habitats with others. I am pleased to offer you a warm welcome to a country of peace and friendship.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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“Unforgettable birding with Roy in Costa Rica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We have just returned to New Zealand after a three week trip to Costa Rica. The attractions were many but the incredible biodiversity had to be at the top of our list. Having so little time and lacking any real experience of the neo tropics a guide was an absolute essential. We were very fortunate to have chosen Roy Orozco for our eight day birding trip.
We quickly realised that,for Roy, birding is so much more than a job, it is a passion.What does he do in his spare time? You've guessed it. He goes birding and travels widely throughout Costa Rica to do so. As a client you do get the benefit of this wide experience, gathered over a period of fourteen plus years.Roy has an impressive array of skills.With so many species to know, each with their own set of calls and sometimes quite minor differences in appearance, Knowing the avifauna is a major task. No problem for Roy, he recognises them all, and is able to locate them for you. In just a few seconds his scope is deployed and locked on. You begin to suspect that he has "special powers"! Technologically Roy is very savvy. We have some wonderful digiscope imagery of some rather special birds. His bird mimicry proved very useful in enticing birds out from the shadows and into the light so that we could see them. This skill was ably backed up by his extensive sound library of bird calls. Those elusive wrens proved particularly susceptible! We were additionally impressed by his ability to explain the significant identification points for each species.
Roy has the complete skill set when it comes to birding. He arranged a great itinerary and we stayed in some incredible locations. Our enduring memory however is of Roy's delightful sense of humour. He is a thoughtful and considerate companion, dedicated to his task and has total integrity. We based our entire visit to Costa Rica around this birding expedition and Roy even helped us to locate a place to stay at either end of the trip. That is a lot of faith to place in one man but it was not misdirected. Everything exceeded our expectations. We chose wisely and, as a special bonus, we have gained a new friend!

Visited August 2012
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naturespecialist, Propietario at Nature Specialist Private Tours, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Thanks, Ann. It was also a memorable experience hanging out with you. Both of you are nice people. As you said now you are friends who I will always remember with a lot affection. Take care.
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“More than a guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Roy is amazing. He made our vacation the trip of a life time. His knowledge of the wildlife and plants were extraordinary. I consider him more than a guide, he is now a family friend. If want a terrific naturalist as well as information on activities and the local flavor Roy is your guy!

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Montreal, Canada
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“GREAT !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The tour was excellent. Roy really knows what he's talking about and he was amazing in showing us and teaching us about the wildlife/plants of Manuel Antonio. Would highly recommend it.

Visited July 2012
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Weston, Florida
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“Roy is a MUST!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We are a family of 5 with children ages 8 to 17. Our first trip to Costa Rica we wanted to discover the natural beauty of this country. Roy was amazing and certainly helped us gain an appreciation of Manual Antonio State Park!!! The monkeys, snakes, lizards, deer,birds, spiders,plants to eat, smell and enjoy from a distance. A lovely snack at the beautiful beach. Roy is a wonderful and very talented individual!! We even bought one of his paintings to remind us of our lovely experience with him and Costa Rica!!

Visited May 2012
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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“Superb birding and nature guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Let me preface our positive review by stating that Sharon and I are avid birders, and that I have been a professional in the outdoor recreation field for over forty years. We just completed an eight day customized birding tour with Roy, including visits to Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva Biological Station, Tapanti National Park and the Savegre Mountain Reserve. Roy was with us the whole time, and wore many hats: birding guide, interpreter of both Costa Rican culture and the natural environment, and, as necessary, an interpreter/translator of the Spanish language. Roy was skillful in locating, identifying, and, if necessary, attracting birds; he was also extremely adept with his Swarovski scope. We were completely satisfied with the variety of terrains and birds we saw. Beyond the birding, however, Roy was personable, patient, and responsive in customizing the tour to meet our expressed needs and desires. Moreover, he was great fun to be with! All in all, we had a great tour and are looking forward to our next trip with Roy. I highly recommend his services!

Visited May 2012
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