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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
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+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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Johan Knows His Rain Forrest

What a great tour guide! Johan is a multimedia guide using his scope, personal pictures, and literature to introduce and explain the diverse wildlife of Manuel Antonio National... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Aaron H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great tour guide! Johan is a multimedia guide using his scope, personal pictures, and literature to introduce and explain the diverse wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Forrest. He expertly navigates the crowds and other guides to give his clients a truly exceptional experience. You will see some incredible wildlife touring with Johan. The walk is less than mile... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our recent tour at Manuel Antonio National Park was exemplified by our outstanding guide, Johan. He is a born natural at what he does, is knowledgeable about birds, plants, and animals beyond expectation, and is extremely kind and courteous to all. He was like a walking encyclopedia! Without hesitation, I highly recommend and will definitely book future tours with Johan.... More 

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to the Manuel Antonio Park area of Costa Rica took place in mid- December, 2016. Johan picked us up at our hotel at 5:30 am for an early start outside the Park. After seeing a wide variety of both birds and wildlife, we headed for the Park at its opening hour. Unfortunately a tree had come down during... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As seasoned birding travelers, we have high expectations when we hire a guide. Johan Chaves is simply one of the best. Not only did he work with us to see many of our target species in SW Costa Rica, he provided wonderful support for one of us in learning to use a new camera, with Spanish lessons thrown in for... More 

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I felt very lucky to have Johan as my guide in Manuel Antonio. He was kind, patient, incredibly informative, and an expert at finding the best spots for wildlife. He clearly plans his tours with care and I was very happy with the experience. The day after the MA tour, Johan took me and my boyfriend on a birding tour... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I felt very lucky to be able to join one of Johan's tours. In addition to being an extremely kind person, he was fantastic at finding wildlife, patient - giving us all the time we wanted to look at the animals, talented at taking pictures through his scope for us, and enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Many of the guides in the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Johan was a great guide. He took extra time with us and got some amazing pictures. He did it all with tons of knowledge and a great sense of humor. You won't be disappointed.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

We were part of a small group (Johan only takes small groups to provide personal attention). Johan picked us up early to ensure we missed the crowds and was able to spot all kinds of birds, mammals, insects and birds that we would never have seen without his help, he was also a dab hand with the smart phones to... More 

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Thank you so much dear Rod for taking the time to tell the TA community your experience with my service. I am so glad you enjoyed and had a good time on the tour and at my country! Thank you for using my service! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

We had such a wonderful tour with Johan. He was very very knowledgeable . He spotted everything in the park and made sure you saw it. He made sure everyone got terrific pictures as well . We even got to see a baby sloth with it momma. Won't want to take the tour with anyone else! My family and I... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Johan's knowledge of birds and animals - and his ability to spot them - are two of the qualities that make him a fabulous guide. My family walked with Johan through Manuel Antonio. He was amazing with our kids (6, 10 and 11) and with my parents. Everyone loved him and gained so much from his knowledge, curiosity and passion... More 

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