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!
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