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“Great guide, very informative”
Review of Aguila Tours

Aguila Tours
Ranked #45 of 68 Tours in Manuel Antonio
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Owner description: Manuel Antonio National Park, Mangrove boat or kayak tours, country birdwatching tours. Here at Aguila Tours we enjoy to share our country nature wonders and teach others about conservation. Juan Luis Brenes
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We took the tour of Manuel Antonio National Park and we learned so much about all of the wildlife and plants. We got to see monkeys, sloths, various insects and birds. Most of them I would have never seen if it had not been for our guide. Our guide was Edgar and he was great! I would recommend this tour if you want to see all the wildlife and learn about Manuel Antonio.

Thank Alison B
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

My boyfriend and I went outside our hotel to book this tour because it had the best reviews -- and we're so glad we did! The experience surpassed our expectations.

I really can't recommend Juan highly enough. We were lucky to be the only ones on our tour, but I can imagine that even with a full boat, Juan would give everyone the same level of personal attention. He was interested in hearing about us, knowing what we wanted to see, and making sure our tour was the best it could be. We saw sloths*, monkeys, armadillos, snakes, and incredible birdlife. Juan cracked jokes and made friendly conversation the whole ride -- we really had the best time!

After the tour, Juan invited us into his beautiful home and cooked us the most delicious meal. He was so hospitable and charming; we feel really lucky to have met him!

Juan also gives tours of the National Park. We didn't have enough time to do one, but I would recommend it wholeheartedly anyway. Juan knows his stuff, loves his job, and will give you a fantastic experience, regardless of which excursion you choose.

Don't miss out on learning about Costa Rican wildlife with Juan!

*The sloths can't live in the mangroves because the trees are toxic, but when we told Juan we were hoping to see some, he kept his eyes peeled, and we pulled over on our way to the mangroves to spot some in the trees next to the road!

1  Thank lua520
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

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!

1  Thank Tina M
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We did a kayaking tour through the mangroves with Juan and really enjoyed ourselves. Juan is very casual, which made me nervous at first considering we were about to kayak in an area where there may have been crocodiles... After a short time it became clear Juan really knows what he is doing. He was very informative, and treated us more like friends than tourists. He has a wealth of knowledge but doesn't lecture, he keeps it all very interesting. That casual nature ended up being my favorite thing about him and our tour! Our lunch after the tour was wonderful as well. Highly recommend Aguila Tours.

Thank dream0714
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Four mature ladies joined Juan, with another family of 4 on an enlightening and fun walk through the park. Juan's ability to sight wildlife, get it into perfect focus within his telescope, and then take National Geographic quality photos through the telescope with our cameras was amazing. He creates a story to go with the flora and fauna sightings so you remember what you saw. He knew when to slow down and when to move ahead. And he helped other visitors who missed their guides. Juan speaks excellent English and it was evident that he is respected by other guides. We found Juan on a Google search that hit the TripAdvisor site and we are glad we did! He also recommended a guide, Victor Mora Chaves for Carera Park the next day. Another excellent tour.

Thank VintageJourneys
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