Javier Vargas of lovingcostaric.com provided us with the best experience of our stay in Costa Rica. Javi picked us up at our accommodations early in the am for Palo Verde National Park on a private guided tour. Here we took a motorboat cruise along the Tempisque river. We saw a great variety of wildlife and especially birds, including a sighting of a very rare, nearly extinct bird [I can't recall the name of it]. My favorite animals were the capuchin monkeys who came right up on our boat and ate bananas from my hand. Such a wonderful experience and great pics as well. Javier took pics of both my husband and me whenever a good opportunity arose. We also saw a lot of crocodiles up close and personal!! [My husband got close...me...not so much!]
In the afternoon, after a lovely typical tico meal in Liberia, we drove to Miravalles volcano and hot springs\mud bath and took a hike into the rainforest. Javier provided a very personalized service as well as answering any and all questions we had about the area.
Javiere speaks excellent English and is extremely knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and geography of his region, the Guanacaste.
One of the things that impressed us before we even booked with him was the fact that Javier came to meet us and choose what we wanted with no commitment from us till we chose our excursions. We have never experienced this type of service before. As a matter of fact we have often been put off by the rather sketchy, pushy types that we have had to deal with on other trips. With Javi, you feel like you are talking to a friend very soon after meeting him. He came extremely well recommended from other travelers and now we know why. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
You might expect to pay an exorbitant amount for this kind of service but we were very pleased with his prices, especially when we consider what we got in return for only a bit more than a big bus tour. We got to stop whenever we wanted and take as much time as needed to enjoy the day.
Jeannine M. Riverview NB Canada
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.