Pasion Costa Rica
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Not your run-of-the-mill tours! Personalized private and small group natural history tours in all of the cloud forest trails in the Monteverde area. We consider naturalist guiding a lifestyle, not just a job!
Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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Julia G
1 contribution
Apr 2023
Our Pasión tours included a morning Natural History tour (3 hours) with a focus on birding and a "snack" included, and a Night Walk (2 hours). Jorge was helpful and responsive in setting up the tours in advance and our guide, Felix, was very knowledgable, friendly, patient, and fun to spend time with. My husband said "I get the feeling that Felix would be out here doing this even if he wasn't getting paid," and it is true that his genuine passion for the environment and all of the incredible flora and fauna shine through.

We were a group of 4, two adults and two kids, and we loved having our own private, professional guide. We were able to see some spectacular birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, and Felix shared his eBird list with me to document all of the 40 bird species we saw that morning. Between the morning and night tours, we also saw a Capuchin monkey, two species of pit viper, blue morpho butterflies, leaf-cutter ants, agoutis, coatis, collared peccary, the rufous-eyed stream frog, tarantulas, stick insects, and more! The optical quality of Felix's scope was excellent (we learned just how good it was when we later took a tour in another region of the country and that guide's scope was just okay) and he helped us to get some incredible photos with an iPhone through the scope.

Now, to the "snack." The food was excellent and much more than we expected in both quantity and quality. We enjoyed a full, delicious lunch with leftovers to take with us, and were pleased to have Felix join us and patiently answer all of our questions about life in Costa Rica. We even spotted a few more birds (Blue-crowned motmot!) from the pleasant, shady deck where we were eating.

We unreservedly recommend booking a tour with Pasión Costa Rica! Thank you, Jorge and Felix!
Written April 14, 2023
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PasionCR
Amazing review, thank you so much! Jorge and Felix (and all of us here at Pasión Costa Rica) love what we do, and we're happy that this has shown through. Thank you again for coming with us on this tour!
Written September 20, 2023
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Diane T
2 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
The folks at PasionCostaRica, especially Susu the owner, were incredibly helpful in putting together a very idiosyncratic program for my twelve days in the country. They were actively engaged in making suggestions and recommendations and their help was vital in finalizing all reservations and requirements for travel. They were somewhat slow off the mark, but once Susu involved herself things sped up and moved quickly and effectively. I wholeheartedly recommend this agency.
Written June 13, 2022
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PasionCR
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with you. Thanks for sticking with us even after a bumpy start. We hope the memories made in Costa Rica this time around will cause you to come back again for yet another visit!
Written July 3, 2022
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lorianddavid2020
Lake Tahoe (California), CA1 contribution
Feb 2020
Marcos is an exceptional birding and nature guide! This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we wanted to learn about the plants and animals in the cloud forest. Because of Marcos' skills and knowledge, as well as another guide, Orlando, we saw many birds, including the special Resplendent Quetzal. We also saw Howler Monkeys, butterflies, and other animals, all of which are hard to see and identify in the jungle without a guide pointing them out. We had a lot of fun hiking with Marcos and Orlando, and highly recommend them. Our trip was planned and booked through Costa Rica Escapes and Exploration and they chose Marcos' company, Pasion Costa Rica, to be our guides in the Monteverde area. To experience an amazing trip in Costa Rica with the best guides, go with Costa Rica Escapes and Exploration and Pasion Costa Rica, and you'll have a trip of a lifetime. We did!!!
Written March 13, 2020
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Thank you for mentioning your guides Marcos and Orlando! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. Also: great choice of travel agency in CR Escapes!
Written May 2, 2020
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Jennie M
Oakland, CA16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We spent several days with our guides, Marcos and Susu, who are so friendly and so knowledgeable about the local area, history, and wildlife. The transport they offer is very comfortable, and they were both very reliable and accommodating to the needs of our group. We learned a lot and would be very happy to travel and tour with Pasion Costa Rica again.
Written November 18, 2023
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Tara M
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I cannot recommend Pasion Costa rice more highly! The entire experience was wonderful, stress free, and lots of fun! Marcos was the most flexible, knowledge, kind and engaged guide we had during our 8 days in Costa Rica. He engaged our daughters (8 and 11 yrs old), taught us about the Costa Rican history and natural surroundings, and gave our family many laughs.

Honestly, this group was amazing from start to finish. Thank you for the memories of a life time. :)
Written March 30, 2020
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We are so glad to have been a part of your memories. Come back again soon!
Written July 2, 2022
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Radko B
New York City, NY3 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We took a half day tour with our guide Marcos of the main Monteverde park. We appreciated the flexibility in choosing which park we wanted to visit. Marcos was an excellent guide (great English): he was knowledgeable about a variety of topics, ranging from Costa Rican history, rainforest fauna and local wildlife. As a bonus, we managed to spot the elusive Quetzal bird!
Written December 29, 2020
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PasionCR
Thanks for your review! We're glad the flexibility we offer made the tour that much better. And great that you saw the Quetzal!
Written July 3, 2022
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Luv2Explore7
Arroyo Grande, CA29 contributions
Mar 2020
Our party of six chose Pasion CR because of the reviews, and we were extremely pleased that our choice paid off! Marcos was amazing... knowledgeable, considerate, enthusiastic, passionate and very easy to understand. He did not hurry us along, and took the time to stop for coffee on our way back to town. We highly recommend this company!
Written April 20, 2020
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Thank you for your recommendation!
Written July 2, 2022
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lambchop97214
Portland, OR2 contributions
Feb 2020
Marcos falls into a class of tour guides occupied by few others. He's knowledgable, communicative and enthusiastic. He's a botanist, which might not excite you, until you spent a half day in his company. His knowledge of birds and animals is as good as his knowledge of plants, and his knowledge of plants is stunning. We did a combination afternoon and evening walk, with dinner in between, and it was perfect. Highly recommended.
Written March 31, 2020
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Thank you for your recommendation and for choosing us! Come back again soon.
Written July 2, 2022
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Meredith R
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We went on an personalized, cultural and nature tour in the NW of CR. Our driver and guides, Marcos and Susu were wonderful! In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable of the geography, history, flora and fauna, they were so patient, kind, and flexible with our group, which included several loud and rambunctious kids. Their van was so comfortable too! A living room on wheels.
Written November 17, 2023
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Nature B
3 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
We spent the day with Marcos and had an amazing time. He was very accommodating with my sons and made the tour exciting and fun. If you are interested in learning about plants and flora in addition to the birds, insects and animals this is the tour you want to take. I highly recommend this company From booking, transportation and the personalized tour. Everything was top notch and we felt so welcomed and cared for. The value for the price is also very good. Pura Vida!
Written November 29, 2020
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PasionCR
Thanks for your review! We definitely want to help with whatever we can, from tours to transport and more. Glad you enjoyed the time spent with us. Pura vida!!
Written July 3, 2022
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