I have traveled in 88 countries in private tours designed by local guides and sometimes with or without a separate driver. Manuel is the best kind of tour guide anyone could have. I am a grandmother, traveling with my granddaughter and husband to Costa Rica. Manuel not only planned a trip packed with fun, (zip lining, white water rafting, tubing, etc.), but he also zeroed in on my granddaughters special interests, such as horseback riding and found an unusual place to horseback ride on the beach where she could gallop along the water's edge with a private guide. He also heard she was interested in other animals so he found a rarely visited shelter for abused and rescued animals, such as pumas, ocelots, birds, monkeys, etc. which all had different reasons for being there and broadened her insights into animal life. He also recommended terrific hotels for us, including an unusual jungle lodge and spa, and paced the trip appropriately to our needs. His extensive local knowledge and contacts resulted in a rare night at a bull riding fiesta, grilled lobster ($l0) and dancing on the beach to Spanish music with a spirited costa rican woman . Manuel also taught my granddaughter patiently improving her speaking spanish skills with great sense of humor, and drawing on his own family experience (as he has 3 children who we met). You can find other packaged tours but none as well planned and spontaneously adapted as Manuel 's.
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