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ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours

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Address: Avenida 71 | Next to the Casa de La Cultura, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2750 0398
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Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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ATEC The Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation,is...

ATEC The Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation,is Talamanca’s original ecotourism provider. Since 1989, ATEC— a non-profit, grassroots organization—has been providing fun, unique, ecologically and socially responsible activities for visitors to our area. We also offer a communication center with internet and select local items useful for your travels. From our website and our shop in the center of Puerto Viejo, ATEC represents over 100 local tour guides in 16 communities in the South Caribbean. Whether it’s your first time leaving your home country or you’re an experienced traveler, we encourage you to stop into our busy little shop and let our 20 year’s of experience provide you with a special and exciting experience you’ll never forget. ATEC also works actively with many local conservation and community organizations.

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Hiking in Manzanillo Rainforest

Hiking in Manzanillo Rainforest is my third hiking in Costa Rica and the best. Thank you Tino for being such a maestro: you really showed us so much from the very small insect to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2016
Ann-Mari S
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Stockholm, Sweden

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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

Costa Rica = bird watching, right? So you need a local guide, right? Go elsewhere for your guide. We set up a tour for 5 people that meant getting up at 0430 and waiting out by the road. No one showed. We waited an hour. We went to get our money back later in the day and were met with... More 

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Thank Kathleen P
Atec E, Responsable réception at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

We apologize for the inconvenience and for the delay in our response. These are things which unfortunately arrive and we will be more rigorous in the future. Sorry that your journey ends well . With all our respect. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

Hiking in Manzanillo Rainforest is my third hiking in Costa Rica and the best. Thank you Tino for being such a maestro: you really showed us so much from the very small insect to the sloths and the monkeys in their trees. Every animal and plant Tino put in its context, connecting with other animals and plants, not only in... More 

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Thank Ann-Mari S
Atec E, Responsable réception at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. It is with pleasure that our guides share their knowledge. We are working for people not for profit ! More 

Santiago, Chile
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211 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We signed up for a Christmas Day trip. We also paid extra for a transfer to the park from Puerto Viejo. Omar was our guide and made the tour successful being charismatic, knowledgeable and fair to all on the tour. We were supposed to go on to do dolphin watching but the sea was too rough. We did leave it... More 

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Charleston, SC
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was a highlight of a week long trip which split time between Banana Azul outside Puerto Viejo and Nayara Gardens and Spa in Arenal. We did nearly daily tours and not only was Omar the most knowledgable, he was the most fun and passionate about his beautiful country. We saw more wildlife with him then all the other tours... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We spent 10 days in Puerto Viejo and wanted to go for a horse ride like we did in other parts of the country as well. Because recommended by " Lonely Planet" ( 2014) we chose to book over ATEC to support local and - as we thought devoted to nature- tourism. We asked before booking if the horses were... More 

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Atec E, Reservation and group coordinator at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

Hello Annelie, First I suprised that you wrote that we dont want to hear any critics and that we dont care cause we send you an email to have your opinion and ask you for fotos to see what was the problem. Furthermore the director respond you personally saying that the problem was serious and that we already spoke with... More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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133 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Perhaps the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica was this tour I took with ATEC. It included pick up in Cahuita; drive through the quaint town of Bribri; visit with a welcoming family on the Reserva Indigina complete with tour of vegetation, coffee production, and small souvenir shop; memorable waterfall dip; finished by a brief tour of Puerto Vieja... More 

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Atec E, Recepcionista at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to give you this great experience and thank you for sharing your experience with our guide, always we try to give the best best wishes from ATEC´Team More 

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We signed up to do the dolphin watching tour. The guide was super knowledgeable and kind. The views are absolutely stunning, though the guide didn't show us bottle-nosed dolphins as promised or take us snorkeling (this is a bit our fault, we acknowledge, since we didn't press him on that.) We stopped at a secluded beach for a bit where... More 

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Thank Adeel83
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Thanks for sharing your comments, and we apologize for the misunderstanding, usually pack comes with dolphin watching + walks or just dolphin watching but some time when customers ask make snorkel we call our guide for ask if possible,or there was no time to do it, we apologize best wishes from ATEC´s teams More 

La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Despite being a Costa Rican I realized I did not know the culture of my country. ATEC tours gave me the opportunity to do so, they are an excellent initiative to learn from Afro-Caribbean and indigenous culture and to be in contact with nature. They work with local people, very friendly and knowledgeable. I hope that many Costa Ricans and... More 

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1 Thank Daniel M
Atec E, Recepcionista at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review

First of all thank you for sharing comment, always are welcome people who want to learn and we are here to offer wonderful activities from our local guides we hope to see you soon in the Caribbean coast best wishes from ATEC´s teams More 

Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My daughter and I booked three tours with this company. We walked into their office in Puerto Viejo and were met with a lovely lady who spoke very good English (our Spanish being limited, we were grateful). We booked a horseback riding on the beach tour with Raul ($65.00 US per person) and had a lovely 2 hour walk along... More 

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Atec E, Recepcionista at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por a ver decidido realizar sus actividades con nuestra ONG, siempre que nuestros clientes están aprendiendo hablar español... More 

Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Last year, my wife and I went to Costa Rica for our Wedding travel and we met very pleasant people like Sherman and Veronica from ATEC. We were very pleased to share some moments and discover with their activities their way of living. Sherman introduced us to his friends, the dolfins, and we enjoyed ourselves talking with him and his... More 

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Atec E, Recepcionista at ATEC - Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation Day Tours, responded to this review
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Saludos Muy agradecidos por apoyar nuestra ONG y aun màs agradecido por brindar ese comentario al público en general, siempre... More 

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