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“Manuel Duarte is a miracle guide and tour planner”

Guanacaste Viajes & Tours
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$140.00*
and up
The Canyon Adventure Combo Tour
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$112.50*
and up
Round Trip Transportation to RIU Guanacaste Hotel
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$110.00*
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Rincon de la Vieja Hiking Adventure with Lunch
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Guanacaste Express is a local Family run business, with over 8 years working in the tourism industry in Costa Rica, we offer to our clients personalized trips with a professional service. Our dedication and responsibility made of Guanacaste Viajes a truly option in Costa Rica. We operate in our own fleet of comfortable air-conditioned mini-vans and mini-busses with a capacity of from 1 to up of 28 passengers. Our main office is based just 15 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR), and we provide Airport Shuttle and Private Transportation
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 29, 2012

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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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We booked private round trip airport transfers through Guanacaste Viajes during our recent visit to Costa Rica. Manuel sent a very prompt response to my booking inquiry and the price was far less than the Westin quoted for round trip transfers. Our driver Herman was right there in the arrivals hall and shared a few friendly tips about the region on the way to our hotel. On the return, Hugo arrived at the hotel 15 minutes early and also provided great, friendly service. His English was limited, but we chatted in Spanish and he talked a lot about holiday customs and the towns that we passed through. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We used Guanacaste Viajes for our airport transfer service both ways. Our drivers were early and on time, personable and accommodating. The driver who picked us up, Herman had ice cold waters waiting for us in the van and then stopped so we could pick up some cold beer too.
The roads are not the easiest to navigate in this area and we appreciated being able to sit back and relax both coming and going. Walter took us back the following weekend and delivered us safely and quickly to our airport drop. Would use them again in a heartbeat.

2  Thank MicheleatSeva
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Walter is the best drivers. He took us on a day long trip to Monteverde and half a day trip to volcano. We fealt very safe on narrow mountain roads.
Vans were clean and in great condition. The owner personally called and made sure all our need were met.
Great experience.

1  Thank Regina Y
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Our family just got back from a week in Guanacaste, and we used Guanacaste Viajes for our airport shuttles and for two tours in the area: to Palo Verde National Park and to Tamarindo. Walter was an excellent and very sociable driver, open to telling us all sorts of interesting stories about the country and his life. Juan Carlos was the guide at Palo Verde and he was very professional and took care of all our needs. And my experiences with Manuel were positive from start to finish, as he responded to our email messages quickly and always answered whenever we needed to call to make arrangements. I strongly recommend this company for anyone needing shuttle service or taking a tour in Guanacaste!

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