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“Manuel Antonio National Park”

Manuel Antonio Expeditions
Ranked #16 of 66 Tours in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are a small company that loves to share nature and teach about our wildlife and natural resources. Our guides are all professional and billingual.We are proud to offer personalize service and work with our clients to make the best of their vacation. Let us know be part of your wonderfull trip to Costa Rica.
Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Manuel Antonio National Park”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a great park, the animals were very cool and the beach was really beautiful. This park can't be missed; it’s the highlight of the area.

Visited February 2013
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Monterey, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great Experience!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a WONDERFUL 3 hour tour with Juan. The animals were amazing (3 types of monkeys, 2 types of sloths, and much more). Juan is great - he loves sharing his wealth of knowledge (of which he has a vast amount) and he does it in a professional and humorous way. He is also a great photographer. He used our camera to take pictures through our scope and they are amazing. If you take this tour ask for Juan! You won't regret it!

Visited April 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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“Excellent Mangrove Boat Tour and Park Hike with Paul”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We just returned from an incredible 10 day Costa Rica trip planned through Catalina at CR Referrals (highly recommended). She arranged two tours for us during our stay in Manuel Antonio: The Mangrove Boat tour and the Park Hike with guide.

Soon after our arrival at the lovely Falls Resort we had a phone call from Paul Gonsalves at Manuel Antonio Expeditions. Because it was Easter week he was concerned about the huge crowds in the MA National Park so he was wondering if we would mind switching the days on our tours. No problem for us and what a great difference this made for our experience.

It was fantastic to have Paul for both of the tours. It gave us an opportunity to really get to know him and enjoy his sense of humor and vast knowledge of so many things. He speaks perfect English and watch out because he is a huge fan of NCAA basketball and specifically Syracuse (sorry about their loss, Paul).

We didn't know what to expect on the Mangrove Boat tour and ended up enjoying it so much. It was fascinating to see and learn about the 4 types of mangroves that provide natural protection during hurricanes. Floating up the shaded estuary felt like the Jungle ride at Disneyland but this is the real thing! Saw lots of white faced monkeys, bats, crabs, birds. And a very unexpected highlight - after the boat trip we all went to dinner at Paul's home! His wife Wendy cooked delicious Mahi Mahi. Excellent!

The following day, Paul picked us up at our hotel at 8:10am for the MA Park hike. We had a nice number of 9 in our group with Paul and enjoyed seeing sloths, bats, iguanas, monkeys, birds in the forest. When we reached the spectacular beach we were given time to take a dip in the ocean. We were finished by noon and had a choice of taking the transport back to our hotel or staying on own. We stayed and enjoyed lunch at the Marlin restaurant across from the beach. We were able to walk back to The Falls Resort - took about half hour. There is also a public bus that runs frequently.

We highly recommend both of these tours and ask for Paul!

Visited March 2013
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12 reviews
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“Outstanding tour of Manuel Antonio National Park!”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We recently went on a tour of Manuel Antonio National park with Edgar as our tour guide. The tour was fantastic! Edgar's knowledge and ability to spot wildlife was outstanding. How he saw some of the animals was beyond me. We saw monkeys, a toucan, lizards, frogs, sloths and much more. I can't imagine trying to tour the park without a guide and actually being able to see or find anything as it really takes someone who knows what they are looking for to spot some of the things we saw.

Edgar's knowledge and ability to explain what we were seeing was tremendous. He really took the time to make sure everyone in our group got to see each animal or item that he spotted. His sense of humor was great! We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (ages 13 and 9). Our children loved the tour as well - Edgar really took the time to make sure he explained things to them and included them on everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour and if possible, request Edgar as your guide!

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 5, 2013

If you like to hike, enjoy nice beaches and experience the sights and sounds of a rainforest than this is the perfect day trip. Did not hire a guide but still saw a bunch of animals.

Visited February 2013
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