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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
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Abel Bustamante was our guide in the Manzanillo Gandoca reserve. He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about the sights and sounds of the forest. He speaks... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2014
Corvus47
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Victoria BC

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Victoria BC
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Abel Bustamante was our guide in the Manzanillo Gandoca reserve. He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about the sights and sounds of the forest. He speaks english very well and was very engaging. He took his time and I never felt rushed. We booked through ATEC, though you could book directly with him by calling... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 22, 2014

What a basically wonderful person and knowledgable guide. He showed us things we could have walked by without ever seeing. I took a bird tour with him and it was so good that I went back for a jungle tour with him and if I had had time I would have gone on more. He is humorous and knowledgable about... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Very good guides, 2 hours of entertainment, could even touch the monkeys and got pretty much info about all animals, activities rescue center do... Happy we went there and now we consider it as a must seen in this locality.

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1 Thank Lindulina2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

My husband and I returned this week from our vacation at Manzanillo, Costa Rica. We rented a beautiful little house just outside of town, with the intent of exploring the refuge and Bri Bri, also the hope of some horseback riding and perhaps snorkeling. After speaking with the person who manages the house we rented, Florentino "Tino" Grenald was recommend... More 

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We spent five hours hiking through Gandoca-Manzanillo Preserve and I strongly recommend it. But for safety's sake, if you have small kids, do take a guide to help ensure they don't touch something that could kill them! We all loved our guide, Michael Grenald, who met us at the restaurant in middle of town with the words "we have to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge was definitely a highlight of our trip in December 2013. We stayed with family in a vacation rental in Puerto Viejo and did a day tour to the Refuge. First off, I will say that it felt very undeveloped and uncrowded- for much of the time we hardly saw anyone but our group. What an amazing... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

I was very sad to read Cristina h's review about what happened to her and her partner during a hike in the Gandoca Refuge. Absolutely shocking but it is the first time I have heard about such a violent crime happening there. I have been travelling in Costa Rica for many years and have friends who live in Manzanillo. I... More 

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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge was one of my favorite areas of Costa Rica that we visited during our 4-week long trip in July 2013, second only to Corcovado. It’s beautiful, filled with wildlife, and the trails are suitable for just about anyone from kids to seniors. The trek takes about 4 hours to complete and is not too strenuous. While you’re... More 

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013

I am not here to scare you but to warn you...My boyfriend Dave and I were in the reserve at Gandoca-Manzanillo on the 8th of October 2013 taking a hike ...we did the trail that lead us to Punta Mona...on our return we had been robbed at gunpoint by one individual 28-30yr old male, 5'11" in height covering his head... More 

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Munich
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Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We booked our tour through the jungle directly at Abel a local tour guide. He really knows how to find birds and wildlife. He really is humorous, we had a lot of fun during the tour, saw tukans, woody woodpecker, the seldom otzelot, sloths, howler monkeys, red frogs, tarantulas. It was a great walk, worth every penny. And the best... More 

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