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Rancho Tropical

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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About Rancho Tropical
Rancho Tropical offers unique and memorable experiences in the nature exploring the tropical vegetation, the wildlife diversity and panoramic views. Activities are Horseback Riding, Hiking Excursions, Tree Climbing, Waterfall Rappelling and Night Walks.
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Mudget wrote a review Aug 2
14 contributions4 helpful votes
This tour surpassed our expectations. All of the kids in our group ages 5-10 were very engaged and entertained, we all learned a lot with our guide and even had a delicious lunch in their open kitchen, it was our best meal in Costa Rica!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from CindyBoulanger, Owner at Rancho Tropical
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your family activity with us! We hope to see you again for more adventures.
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Nico wrote a review Jul 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The Corcovado reserve was amazing, the housing at La Sirena was very comfortable (given the remoteness of the place), super clean, welcoming and the food was delicious. Communication with Rancho tropical was very efficient and helpful. They gave us a great advice, which is that staying one day at la Sirena allows you to see many more animals than what you see during the walk back and forth between Carate and la Sirena. It turned out to be very true ! Above all, Keller was a great guide: Very professional, friendly, who paid attention to everyone in our group, attentive to hazards and has a great eye for spotting animals. We saw many animals we would never have seen without him. This opinion is share by everyone in the party (i.e. my kids and I) and we all highly recommend him. One point that needs to be stressed though: the two 20KM walks to and from la Sirena were more strenuous than we anticipated, due to the temperature, extreme humidity and backpack weight. So pack light !
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from CindyBoulanger, Owner at Rancho Tropical
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your great review! We are happy that you enjoyed your tour in Corcovado with Keller and saw plenty of animals.
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Wendy W wrote a review Jul 2022
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica3 contributions3 helpful votes
I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I was with this excursion. Yes, you really do see many wild animals in a short period of time and no, it was not strenuous. As a 60+ year old solo traveler, I was skeptical about my ability to keep up, as well as my comfort and safety. I also didn’t believe the rave reviews about all the animals folks said they had seen. On both counts I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, Cindy is a gem. She planned out each step of my excursion, from my hotel to the boat to the park and back. Her attention to detail, fluency in Spanish, English and French and genuine concern for my well being put her head and shoulders above other tour operators, for the same price. At least a half dozen people had received calls from her to shepherd me along the way until I reached the capable hands of my guide, Melvin. Animal spotting began immediately after entering the park. Melvin set up his special scope, so that our group (I joined a group of four) could see monkeys and birds close up while he described in excellent English the intricacies of the individual animals and their relationship to the forest. Throughout the 2 days, we spotted dozens of species of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects, including 4 species of monkeys, peccaries, caimans and crocodiles, coatis, agoutis, and more rare birds than I can count. I was also interested in plants and fungi, so Melvin pointed out features of the flora with enthusiasm, though it was clear that he had a special love for birds. We got to see various ecosystems from river mouths and beaches to virgin jungle, where the sky was almost invisible. Not only were Melvin’s skills at spotting, describing and photographing wildlife exceptional, it turned out he could also speak French! Even though we seemed to stop very often to watch animals from spitting distance, going about their day as though we didn’t exist (Yes, I could keep up!), Melvin somehow got us to meals on time and onto the boat back to Puerto Jimenez. Sirena station featured crisp white sheets and mosquito netting on my bunk, very clean bathrooms/showers and delicious, plentiful varied meals. If you require privacy, can’t stand bugs or damp clothing, pick a different excursion; Otherwise, I highly recommend this trip!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from CindyBoulanger, Owner at Rancho Tropical
Responded Jul 4, 2022
Thank you for such a nice review Wendy! We are glad that you enjoyed your Corcovado overnight tour from beginning to the end. It was a pleasure for me to help you with the booking process and for Melvin to be your guide. We hope to see you back soon with your family. Enjoy the rest of your trip in the beautiful Osa Peninsula!
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Dylan wrote a review Jul 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Fernando was the absolute best guide I could imagine for this sort of extreme canyoning tour. I’m a heavy guy who was able to finish it but boy does it leave you winded because you’re rappelling, jumping into pools, swimming, hiking, the whole she-bang! Basically, it’s the best workout you’ll get all trip and the most exhilarating adventure you can find! Fernando never rushed me or made me feel scared, he was calm and supportive every step of the way. My only recommendation is to pack lite and bring sturdy shoes with a strong grip (NO water sandals/slip-ons, etc). Would STRONGLY recommend going again with Fernando.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from CindyBoulanger, Owner at Rancho Tropical
Responded Jul 2, 2022
Thank you Dylan for your review! We are so happy that you had a great time in your canyoning tour with Fernando. Let us know when you are ready for your next extreme adventure in the rain forest.
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Natalie R wrote a review May 2022
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We just came back from a 3 day tour in Corcovado NP, it was amazing thanks to our very experienced guide Carlos Madrigal and thanks to the abundance of wildlife that we encountered so close by. We stayed 2 nights in La Sirena Station in the middle of the jungle, everything was very well taken care of, including good meals. We saw (baby) caimans, 3 species of monkeys, ant eaters, coati's, tapirs, lots of beautiful birds and even tayra's. The 20 km hike to the station took at least 8 hours because of the rough parts, streams and some rivers that we needed to cross, we did get some blisters because our feet were soaking wet the whole time. Our guide Carlos was very helpful, caring and patient with us. Also he is very knowledgeable, we were very happy to have him as our guide!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from CindyBoulanger, Owner at Rancho Tropical
Responded Jun 1, 2022
Thank you Natalie for your great review! We are happy that you enjoyed your overnight Corcovado tour. We hope to see you again for more adventures.
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