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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
50688504419
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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 is awesome!

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... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2017
Rod_Smith83
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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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looking4nature, Owner at Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours, responded to this review

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 

New York City, New York
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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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3 reviews
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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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

Johan guided me and my son on a half day birding outing to Esquipulas (area near Manuel Antonio). We spent two weeks birding in Costa Rica with several excellent guides, and Johan was our favorite of the trip. He is exceptionally patient, diligent, knowledgeable, and kind. I recommend him without reservation.

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Herndon, Virginia
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

My family of 4 (2 adults and 2 boys aged 14, 12) spent more than 3.5 hours with Johan exploring Manuel Antonio National Park. We spent 10 days in CR with beauty, adventure and also did guided tours in Monteverde, but Johan's tour and time spent with him was the highlight of our trip. My sons loved him for his... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 20, 2016

My girlfriend and I read about Johan Chavez in the Costa Rica Fodor's guide and we specifically sought out and pre-booked him out to be our guide at Manuel Antonio park and we're so glad we did! First of all, in addition to Johan being an amazing guide, he is also a beautiful and exceptional person and is completely fluent... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed December 12, 2016

At first glance don't try to compare pricing for other local tours because Johann is head and shoulders above the rest. Go for getting the most out of your time touring in Costa Rica. He is great company and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the brining, botany, zoology, etc. He is also a regional eBird reviewer, so you are... More 

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looking4nature, Propietario at Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you dear Ken for reviewing my services! It was such a pleasure to bird with you and miss Teri during both Private-Birding tours! I am honored to hear that you enjoyed my expertise and companion. I had worked extremely hard during my studies to provide a quality experience to visitors, whether they are advanced birders or novice nature enthusiasts.... More 

California
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Reviewed November 27, 2016

We booked a guided walk through MANP with Johan Chaves and we had an amazing experience with him. We were in a group of 12 with ages ranging from 2 to 76-years-old and Johan was able to connect with and cater to each person in our group. His knowledge about and passion for the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica... More 

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looking4nature, Propietario at Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so so much for taking the minute to review my tour and let the TA community about my service. I must say I am honored to be part of your trip to my country and hope our day at the park keeps bringing good memories of my country and forest's inhabitants! Pura vida! Johan More 

Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

Johan was our guide in Manuel Antonio National Park for our GAdventures tour group. He was highly recommended by our GAdventures guide and lived up to expectations and more. He is fantastic, very friendly and funny. He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wildlife and the park. We spotted a lot of monkeys, insects and birds with him. Having... More 

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Denver, CO
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Reviewed October 25, 2016

We have done a lot of travelling and he's got to be one of the best we've ever had anywhere. Our tour was just my wife and me and Johan spent 4 hours with us in the park. He only does one tour a day so he doesn't have to rush. Even the other guides were asking him where he... More 

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