My girlfriend and I went on a Damas mangrove boat tour. Our guide was Pablo and it was just us and one family of four. Pablo was very friendly and welcoming, as well as very knowledgable about all of the different kinds of birds, snakes, monkeys, trees, bats, and anteaters that we saw. He and the boat driver (a quiet local) had a great eye for spotting rare animals in the mangrove. When stopping to look closer, Pablo made sure that everyone got to see the animal in question before moving on. We saw a bunch of monkeys and thankfully I had two bananas in my bag so we could feed them out of our hands (which you're by supposed to do but oh well). Pablo got the monkeys to come over to us...some of them stood on our heads and shoulders and they all ate right out of our hands!! Feeding a monkey as it sat on my back was the highlight of my Costa Rica trip.
After our 2 hour boat tour, Pablo drove us all back to his house where his wife served us a homemade dinner of fresh, local mahi mahi, beans, rice, seared plaintains and avocado salad. I hate seafood but I ended up eating everything on my plate because it was so good!
On another note, Juan, the company owner, is very prompt and quick to respond to emails about booking tours and will also give you good recommendations for other local tours/ tour guides for cheaper prices. For example, I asked him about night hikes in the area and he immediately responded with an offer for the same night hike done by everyone in the area (across from the Si Como No hotel), but for $40 per person instead of the $65 pp that the hotels and other tour companies charge.
This company is friendly, helpful, reliable, and definitely worth your time and money!
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