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“Tremendous Local Guide”

Peregrinus Expeditions
Ranked #5 of 18 Tours in Turrialba
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Owner description: Peregrinus Expeditions is a tour operator located in Turrialba, Costa Rica that showcases the beauty of birds, frogs, and nature in general.
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I traveled throughout Costa for about 12 weeks from January thru March of 2013. I spent several weekends with Cristhian at a few different locations including Peñas Blancas de Cachí, Finca Monte Claro, and near Tucurrique. Cris is an extremely knowledgeable guide, and he has a very strong background in birding, herpetology, sustainable tourism, and ecologically friendly farming practices. I was fortunate enough to spend many days birding with Cris, doing night hikes to look for nocturnal wildlife, and learning about small scale local farms. I was able to see such a wonderful variety of organisms with Cris, some of the highlights were a jaguarundi, toucans, a cat-eyed snake, many frogs and lizards, and a lek of green hermits. He shared with me a lot of information about how all of the species are connected and dependent upon one another, as well as his knowledge about how people are working to interact and coexist more sustainably within these ecosystems.

I would highly recommend Peregrinus Tours to anyone who is looking to learn about the wildlife of Costa Rica, how we can protect it and ensure it continues to thrive in this beautiful country, and how we can live more sustainably so that we don't need to exploit the natural world around us and negatively affect it's survival and well-being. Cris is a very friendly and patient person, he has a strong grasp of the English language, and he is always good for a laugh. He has an incredible ability to mimic almost any bird call, and it is always fun and educational to spend time with him!

5  Thank Lee K
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

My wife and I made our third trip to Costa Rica in June 2013. Working through ACTUAR, an organization that helps promote community based tourism organizations, we booked a visit to El Copal Reserve, an amazing location in Cartago province where over 400 different bird species have been seen.
We asked ACTUAR if they had a bilingual bird guide who could travel to El Copal for 1/2 day to help us to find and identify birds. They arranged with Peregrinus Tours, located not far away from El Copal, to provide Cristhian Ureña for this purpose.
Not only was he extremely knowledgeable of the birds in this area, He knew their English names and communicated well with us. During the time he was with us, we saw or heard over 80 different species of birds. And while I was focused on birds, he knew about other flora and fauna in this area very well and described how all of them fit together to make this such a special place.
Christhian is very passionate about El Copal and is genuinely pleased when people learn about it and visit.
He needed to leave for San Jose to meet a group that he was taking on an expedition to Cerro Chirripo (the highest mountain in Costa Rica), but took the time to go through all of the birds that we'd seen and put together a detailed list that I could study and refer to later. This was a very big help to me.
If you are travelling to this part of Costa Rica (Turrialba and locations nearby), he knows this area VERY well and I recommend Peregrinus Tours' services highly. Although I have not used their services elsewhere, I would not hesitate to use them based on our experience at El Copal.

4  Thank David S
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