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About Pacheco Tours
I offer high quality tours of discovery, expertly designed to fulfill the adventurous spirit in you. Reef and rainforest explorations are edifying and exhilarating - and often hands-on! Corcovado National Park is a breathtaking site no matter how many times you tour its vast unspoiled beauty. I am located in Drake Bay, near to Corcovado, right in the heart of one of Costa Rica's most untouched ecological wonders. The Osa Peninsula still holds many surprises for those seeking to see nature, all Corcovado area can only be described as "the most biologically intense place on Earth" (National Geographic).
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CR Sabbatical Fam wrote a review Jun 2020
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Review of: Floating Tour
Contact with the office (Erick) was prompt and professional. We were lucky to have Carlos, the founder of the Floating tour as our guide. Our kids (6, 8, 10), had a great time. The walk was interesting and educational, the float was super fun, and just the right level of excitement. I would recommend to anybody looking for a non-traditional tour of the Corcovado area. Monkey spotting and cliff diving on the same tour?!?
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Date of experience: June 2020
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593mikaelab wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Our stay at Pacheco's cabin was wonderful. It was located centrally in Drake Bay, was very clean and had a wonderful view over the bay and ocean. It was great value for money and I would love to come back. Erick Pacheco was very helpful and provided us with general Costa Rican travel information as well as specific details on the Osa Peninsula, what to do in the area and how to get there. He booked us both an overnight hike and trip to Corcovado National Park, a Cano Island dive trip, as well as the boat from Drake Bay. Our trip to Corcovado National Park was booked and arranged by Pacheco Tours. We were placed in a small group (four of us in total) with Carlos Pacheco as our guide. Carlos was incredibly knowledgeable about both the land and animals and took us to see a great range of wildlife as well as incredible plants and trees. I highly recommend both staying at their cabins as well as booking any of your tours through them.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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TravelingBreena wrote a review Feb 2020
Seattle, Washington13 contributions1 helpful vote
I chose this company because Lonely Planet recommended them. They respond quickly, allow you to pay with a credit card without additional charges and respond quickly to emails.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Philip M wrote a review Jan 2020
Long Beach, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I had a wonderful two weeks in Costa Rica, most of it on the Osa Peninsula. One of our highlights was taking the overnight to Sirena Ranger Station with our guide Carlos. Actually, Carlos is more than a guide, in his words he is best described as a Vaqueros, a local who leads travelers over the natural terrain. All the guides I am sure are very good, but a vaqueros like Carlos you get the added benefit of someone with life experience in this part of the world. He doesn't ride a horse, but he does trek through the jungle bare-footed - which says a lot, I think. The Costa Ricans have done a commendable job protecting this important lowland rainforest now known as Corcovado National Park. It is my understanding that Carlos has led biologist expeditions some thirty years ago and he knows the history and science of this incredible landscape, and in fact it seems to be a part of the man himself. He is well-traveled and passionate about what he does, so the benefit you will receive will be a sincere, knowledgeable and thought-provoking walk through interesting terrain. He has really interesting stories, and perspective on life, both in Osa and beyond. You will see and experience all kinds of things: flora, fauna, rivers, beaches, and fellow travelers who enjoy this kind of nature traveling. The Ranger Station lodging is interesting, dorm style beds, mosquito nets, large front deck area, communal dining with food from a local collective. It's clean and designed the way you'd expect a rainforest station to be. I enjoyed it. His son Erick runs the Cabinas in Agujitas and it's a very pleasant stay with clean cabins facing the ocean of Bahia Drake. Erick is very helpful and kind and will go out his way to help in any way. Agujitas is very small, without a lot of amenities, but just fine for a couple nights stay, and Pacheco cabinas are a great base into Corcovado. If flying or boating into the area is not your thing, it's pretty easy to drive from Rincon to Agujitas in the dry season, there is a bridge now over a couple of the bigger rivers. If you enjoy nature and wildlife, I highly recommend doing this tour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ramble wrote a review Jan 2020
Uvita, Costa Rica4 contributions1 helpful vote
We have visited Drake Bay twice with kids (6/8 yrs first time, 9/11 second visit). We have done Corcovado (twice), Cano Snorkeling (three times), the float trip and bio luminescence tours. Erick correctly judged the kids were too young to do the float trip the first time we visited but they got the nod this time after making sure we understood it was an adventure trip. Alvaro and his assistant made sure kids were safe and comfortable through the trickier sections of the hike and river. There are a couple steep / muddy sections on the hike that require scrambling while holding on to a rope and the float is down a river cut into rocky jungle so you may get a few bumps or bruises - don't go if that is not your thing. But our kids (and the adults) had no problem and loved it. The bio luminescence tour has you walk/swim beyond the breaking waves (in a life jacket). Then magic happens. We got caught by sneaker set coming back in that sent us all tumbling (and laughing five minutes later). But don't do it if getting knocked around by a wave is outside your comfort zone. We have planned vacations around snorkeling spots and the density of fish life at Cano is the best we have ever seen. Its not just a massive school of fish - the size of the fish in the school is amazing. Ask how the visibility has been - but even our worst visibility trip was worth it. The closer you stay to your guide in the water the more you will see - they are great at pointing things out and if the group stays together you will cover more distance = see more cool stuff. Our theory is they somehow pay the animals to be waiting by the beach at Corcovado for the park tour. On our best sighting day we saw four types of monkeys, caiman, tapir, anteater and then it was lunch time. If you get Mr. Pacheco (Carlos) you are very fortunate. He is an incredible guide and great with kids. We have not stayed in the cabins yet - they were finished after our first trip and already booked our second trip, but we peaked inside and the larger ones with bunk beds look perfect for a family of four - next time.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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