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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
About TropicAves
TropicAves is an owner-operated company that offers guided, customized nature tours for an authentic adventure in tropical paradise. We offer the ULTIMATE guide and transportation package- completely dedicated to every detail of your trip, and committed to making your dreams a reality. Come and experience the magic that nature has to offer you! We offer short day hikes, full-day tours, AND customized, longer-term vacation packages for families and study abroad groups. Your bilingual naturalist guide Alexa Stickel has over 5 years of experience guiding and field instructing all over Costa Rica. She is passionate, knowledgeable, and fun! Also very versatile--she is an excellent facilitator and has guided people of all different age groups, physical conditions, abilities, and interests. This includes older retired couples, students from middle school to college age, and families with small children. TropicAves is based in Monteverde. Already in the area? Check out our all-inclusive Monteverde Day tour options. : All day trips include park entrance fees, bilingual naturalist guide, and transportation. 4 person minimum.
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I brought our 3 kids ages 18, 15, and 10 to Costa Rica for vacation. While in Monteverde we were recommended to hire Alexa for our guide through the Reserves. Boy were we glad we did. Alexa has such a pleasant friendly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jenny M
Alexa S, Owner at TropicAves, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2019

Thank you for your review Jenny! It was truly a pleasure to work with you and your family. Good luck on the rest of your travels in Costa Rica!

Reviewed April 13, 2017

Where to start, wow! My 8 year old son, who is a very well-informed nature enthusiast and budding scientist and I just returned from a truly magical trip to Costa Rica. The beauty, wildlife and great people of the country are there for all to...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank PapiMonitoMono
Alexa S, Owner at TropicAves, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2017

It was such a pleasure to work with you and Jake! We need young people who are passionate about science and nature now more than ever :)

Reviewed January 5, 2017

Alexa planned our family vacation for Christmas week 2016. There were 9 of us in total aged 13-76 and the trip was PERFECT. We stayed in Guayabo, Cahuita and Sarapiqui. It was wonderful going on walks with Alexa because we saw so many things and...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Rehana F
Reviewed April 5, 2016

TropicAves facilitated a college student trip focussing on the Challenges of Conserving Biodiversity. Alexa and Alex made the entire trip go smoothly. Planning began months before our group's arrival. Alexa was attentive to our goals and helpful in being sure we achieved them. She knows...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank 535DLB
Reviewed February 13, 2016

I traveled with TropicAves on a 17 day student trip focusing on conservation and biodiversity. Alexa, our guide, and Alex, our driver provided a wonderful experience. They are both friendly and put everyone at ease. Alexa is a true naturalist. Her enthusiasm for all things...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank KEL-on-the-road
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Alexia, an American resident of CR, advanced her Ornithology education in CR, exudes passion for the jungle, wildlife and culture. Overtime TropicAves has made intimate and exclusive inroads with CR's tourist providers, this got us best friends treatment rather than tourist treatment at the various...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank cw3lls
Reviewed December 22, 2015

In 2012 I visited CR on a faculty development seminar, pretty much in Monteverde. From that experience, I decided to work on a study abroad experience for university students and spent the next year working with the Monteverde Institute on a program - while I...More

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank r r
Reviewed December 13, 2015

We spent a day with TropicAves and it was not nearly enough! Alexa guided us through two less-traveled forests: Selvatura with suspension bridges, and Curi-Cancha where among other things, we saw the quetzal. Alexa showing us the differences between forests, and between the canopy and...More

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank artdreaming
Reviewed December 10, 2015

I traveled through Costa Rica with Alexa on three different summers. After the first summer (2013) I fell in love with CR as shown to me through Alexa's eyes. Went started in San Jose, then traveled to the lowland rainforest of Sarapiqui. We next ventured...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank kyle f
Reviewed December 9, 2015

While down in Costa Rica, I had the privilege of working with student groups led by Alexa. She is, without a doubt, one of the most competent people I have ever had to collaborate with as it relates to handling and educating large groups of...More

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank lxwrght
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