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“Great Night Tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Si Como No Resort Wildlife Refuge Greentique Tours

Si Como No Resort Wildlife Refuge Greentique Tours
Manuel Antonio Road KM 4, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0850
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: The Nature Park is part of a 25-acre private wildlife refuge and protected corridor withthree primary nature exhibits, including Turtle Ponds, and several user-friendly“nature interpretive” trails located across from Si Como No Resort & Spa.The Nature Park features a unique Butterfly Atrium and Amphibian Botanical Gardens with guided “Jungle Night Walks”, plus one-of-kind Reptile Lagoons with Crocodiles,Caymans and Turtle habitats. The refuge includes a variety of Flora and Fauna, including a medicinal garden and natural habitats for three species of primates and variety of birdspecies.The primary mission of the project is to help conserve biodiversity by informing visitors ofthe importance of appreciating and in turn protecting our precious natural resources.The guided tours are in English and Spanish. Comfortable shoes & binoculars are recommended. Children under 6 are free with discounts for children 6 to 12. The six (6) tours offered are: 1) The Butterfly Botanical Gardens 2) Reptile Lagoons 3) The Butterfly Botanical Garden and Reptile lagoons 4) Combination Exhibitions and nature Walk 5) Nocturnal Jungle Walk and Tropical Aquatic Garden 6) Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge Birding Tour
Lethbridge, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Night Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is a great tour for anyone looking for nocturnal jungle inhabitants. The refuge is in a natural setting and inhabitants are not in glassed in enclosures. The crocodiles and cayman are in a fenced and locked enclosure for visitor safety. Andy was our guide on the night walk, and was very exhuberant, but it added to the tour and he had a good eye for finding things we would have never seen. Each visitor receives a flashlight for the night tour and no flash photography is permitted, however the flashlights project adequate light for photos. When we arrived, Andy was not at the refuge, but was at a hotel across from the refuge, rescuing a boa constrictor found on the hotel property. We were able to witness the release of the snake in the refuge during our tour. My goal for the tour was spotting the red-eyed leaf frog. Although this frog is pictured on postcards and much of the advertising of Costa Rica, it is not easy to find. After visiting other jungles and rainforests in Costa Rica the past 9 years with no luck, I was finally successful at Fincas Naturales. We also saw many other frog species,snakes, fireflies,Costa Rican jumping spiders, Basilisk or Jesus Christ Lizard,cayman and crocodiles. This night tour is well worth the money and includes entrance to the butterfly garden. Our group comprised eight people and would have been better if it was limited to six, so everyone had an equal chance for sightings and photos.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Montreal, Quebec
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The walk that we took was a guided one and it was outstanding thanks to the guide's eagle eyes and boundless enthusiasm.

Visited January 2013
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nebraska
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Best Night Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have been on several night hikes and this was by far the best. Of course since it is night time you see mostly frogs but we also saw sleeping birds, sloths and the most amazing fireflys ever! They were about 1 1/2in. long and the "blink" was like a sunset color and then the "landing lights" were bright green. We've never seen that before. They have a large Croc area populated by rescued crocs. Not really natural but in a nice environment. Our guide was Michael and he was very good. The cost is high (what tourist attraction isn't?) But you do get to come back in the daylight to visit the butterfly house for no additional cost. The family had an enjoyable time there from 5yrs-65yrs old.

Visited March 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Please spare us the fake enthusiasm.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Cost $70 for 2 people 8 people in the group. The walk is about an hour and a half. The guide (Andy) was really irritating shouting wow every few minutes when he found something to show the group like it was the first time he had seen something. He was also at times really ride to various members of the party. I was also not expecting to be taken into Crocodile cages not very Naturale.

Wow really expensive, wow really irritating guide, wow miss it

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fun Last Minute Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The rental home we stayed in was close to Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge and we decided to check it out on our last day in Manuel Antonio before leaving for La Fortuna. We went to the butterfly garden, serpentarium, and amphibian refuge. They have tours every hour on the hour during the day. It was informative, fun and we got some excellent pictures!

Visited February 2013
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