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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 2779-1189
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I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region...

I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest. I offer individualized tour services that can be customized ranging from a fun family vacation to a serious nature trek thru the stunning scenery of the Manuel Antonio park.

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We hired 4 guides in different areas of Costa Rica and whilst all guides were great Johan stood out to us and was definitely the best guide we had during our travels. He is very... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We hired 4 guides in different areas of Costa Rica and whilst all guides were great Johan stood out to us and was definitely the best guide we had during our travels. He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about wildlife and taught us a great deal about the local area as well as answering our questions about other wildlife we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After much research on companies and things to do in Manuel Antonio, I stumbled across Johan Chaves. This was one of the best tours we did. There were 7 in our group (we were 4, then another group of 3). Private tours are offered as well. Johan's knowledge was so impressive. He is an educated man and every question he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After researching extensively on Trip advisor I had pre booked our morning tour with Johan. Lovely prompt e mail communication ahead of our trip and even on the morning Johan was available on the phone as we struggled to dodge the parking touts!! The tour started with releasing a tarantula that Johan had rescued from a grocery store!! We had... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reviews for Manuel Antonio recommend going with a capable guide, but after visiting the park, I can really understand why this makes such a big difference. Johan was recommended to us as the best guide around and he exceeded our expectations. His knowledge of wildlife is superb, and not just the local wildlife, but also the differences between what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

My son in law booked this tour for me with Johan. The three of us ventured into the jungle with excitement for what we would see. It was an amazing tour. I have done many tours in Costa Rica and the guide makes it or breaks it!!! Johan, by far, is the best tour guide I have encountered. He has... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

While on my trip to Costa Rica I went on many tours but Johan's tour was by far my favorite. Just by listening to different sounds he can pinpoint where to find certain monkeys and other animals. He's very knowledgeable about the surroundings and will tell you as little or as much as you want to know. If there is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

I can't imagine a better guide than Johan. I had read the reviews and it also turned out the place we were staying always booked tours through him. His kindness, knowledge, ability to connect with kids/teens, abilty to spot animals was amazing. He also brings a special tele/digscope that allows you to take photos with your Iphone. I would book... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

My family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children ages 14, 13, and 9) spent the morning of August 2, 2016 exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park with Johan Chaves. In a 10 day trip filled with beauty, excitement and adventure, our time with Johan stands out as a highlight of the entire trip. Our tour was exceptional in every possible... More 

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Cokato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

We were thankful for the personalized guidance that Johan gave our family! He was very knowledgeable, and he made a special effort to accommodate our wishes for photography. In addition to his skills as a guide, Johan also has a great deal of respect for the needs of the animals too. He positioned us in places that allowed for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Johan took us for an awesome tour through Manuel Antonio National Park. His knowledge of the animals and park was amazing. Johan's passion for his work is clear and it was so enjoyable to spend time with him. We got great pictures of all types of animals with his help. We HIGHLY recommend Johan!

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