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“Excellent tour guide who really loves birds!”

Johan Chaves - Guided Day Tours
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Owner description: I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest. I offer individualized tour services that can be customized ranging from a fun family vacation to a serious nature trek thru the stunning scenery of the Manuel Antonio park.
Reviewed September 8, 2012

My husband and I spent some time in Manuel Antonio last week and we had such an amazing experience. We spent one entire day with Johan. He is very flexible in terms of scheduling a trip with him.

On our morning tour he not only spotted a variety of animals which we could never have seen by ourselves and took awesome pictures for us through his digital scope, he's also very knowledgable in explaining the habitats of different species and helped us appreciate what the nature there offers. What impressed us most is he's such a genuine person, always able to predict what we need without us asking and strived to maximize our experience.

We had a very nice lunch together at a beach-side restaurant Johan recommended before setting out for the afternoon tour. Due to weather, he's flexible enough to change plan on the spot and led us to more places to see water birds and other exotic species.

According to a list he sent to us after the tour, we saw altogether 54 kinds of birds in that afternoon! It was our first birding tour ever and so memorable!

Johan is one of those people who can always stretch himself to excel your expectation and he takes pride and joy in what he does. We will definitely recommend him to our family members and friends who would like to visit beautiful Costa Rica!

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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Our family did a private tour with Johan at Manuel Antonio in June. When planning our vacation, I had read that it was worth it to hire a private guide, and that was definitely true. Johan was a wonderful guide...very professional, fun, and knowledgeable. I highly highly recommend him!

Thank tal23
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Our family of three recently did a private guided tour with Johan Chaves at Manuel Antonio National Park. Johan was a wonderful guide! He was friendly and courteous and clearly loves his job!

We would not have seen a quarter of what we were able to see if not for Johan. He had such a good eye and pointed out the smallest of creatures. It was truly amazing, Thanks to him we got some fabulous photos.

I would highly recommend calling him for a tour. It is a wonderful park and the beaches are fantastic. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and snacks and you cannot purcahse food or drink at the park.

Thanks Johan for an extremely informative tour. We were so happy we called you. You were an absolute pleasure to deal with.

Thank Oceanic66
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Johan transformed our visit to Manuel Antonio from a basic hike into a extraordinary experience that helped us appreciate the natural wonders that make up the park. Johan loves nature, and loves helping his guests understand and appreciate the amazing things that happen under our nose, and that we would have completely missed without his guidance. Who knew that the air temperature surrounding incubating lizard eggs helped influence the sex of the lizard? With Johan every turn in the trail became a new adventure. Personally, he is a delightful person who is completely generous with his time, answering all our questions and then some. And the fresh fruit snack we enjoyed on the beach was a delicious and welcome break! Johan is the best guide we've ever had, you are missing out on the Manuel Antonio experience if you don't use him.

Thank Chattgoodfood
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Johan was our family's guide for Manual Antonio National Park. It was one of the best tours we did during our 8 day trip. He showed us things we would have never seen going on our own. Johan is friendly and very accommodating. He takes great pride in his role and is excellent at it. We were amazed at all the animals, reptiles, and insects we saw! Even our teenage boys enjoyed the education he provided us about the wildlife, his country and their culture. He went above and beyond!
We were so glad we chose Johan and his tour for our first day of activities - he gave us great advice on local food and other activities. He continued to impress us with a follow up email thanking us for taking a tour with him. He is a true professional and is evident through his work he enjoys what he does. We highly recommended him to everybody.

Thank Kim_J0320
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