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“Amazing Red-eyed Tree Frogs!”

Greentique Costa Rica Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Nature Park is part of a 25-acre private wildlife refuge and protected corridor with three primary nature exhibits, including Turtle Ponds, and several user-friendly“nature interpretive” trails located across from Si Como No Resort & Spa.The Nature Park features a unique Butterfly Atrium and Amphibian Botanical Gardens with guided “Jungle Night Walks”, plus one-of-kind Reptile Lagoons with Crocodiles,Caymans and Turtle habitats. The refuge includes a variety of Flora and Fauna, including a medicinal garden and natural habitats for three species of primates and variety of birdspecies.The primary mission of the project is to help conserve biodiversity by informing visitors ofthe importance of appreciating and in turn protecting our precious natural resources.The guided tours are in English and Spanish. Comfortable shoes & binoculars are recommended. Children under 6 are free with discounts for children 6 to 12. The six (6) tours offered are: 1) The Butterfly Botanical Gardens 2) Reptile Lagoons 3) The Butterfly Botanical Garden and Reptile lagoons 4) Combination Exhibitions and nature Walk 5) Nocturnal Jungle Walk and Tropical Aquatic Garden 6) Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge Birding Tour
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 28, 2012

My husband and I booked the 27 May Fincas Naturales night walk and were the only people on the tour. The preserve (aka Manuel Antonio Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge) is across from the Si Como No Hotel. We saw eight species of frogs including: dusty glass frog, gladiator frog, common rain frog, masked tree frog, red eye tree frog, long snouted tree frog, bull frog, and hourglass tree frog. There were red eye tree frogs all over the preserve. We also saw an eyelash pit viper, tarantulas, cane toad and a kinkajou. Our guide, Johnny, was one of the best and enthusiastic tour guides we had in Costa Rica. Would highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed April 20, 2012

We did this on our last night in Manuel Antonio and we're glad we did. We a lot of frogs, mostly Gladiator and Green tree frogs as well as some toads. The insects that were out were pretty amazing, several Walking Sticks, Katydids and even a tarantula. The crocodiles and caimans were interesting but we had seen both in the wild near Tortuguero which was much cooler. We were in a small group, 7 of us including the guide and as a result there was plenty of opportunity to interact with the guide and ask questions. It was fun and a very safe and educational way to see the jungle at night.

Thank RLMskier
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We arrived to be one of 3 groups moving through this rather contrived jungle setting alongside one of the busiest, noisiest road in the area. The facility ,bathrooms are not maintained very well......looks like not much had been done for 20 years.
We did see a few tree frogs, 2 small snakes in a bamboo grove and pond area.
they also have created several concrete ponds which house captive caymans, and crocodiles which are supposed to be re released to the wild. doubtful, they have been there for quite a while. We have seen much more wildlife and frogs etc during a night hike in Monteverede........or adjacent to where we are staying.

It has some educational value for those who really have never experienced nocturnal habitats at all in a tropic setting. However the $40 peer person admission was really a waste......would have rather donated the money to preserving habitat.

guide was somewhat knowledgeable about names and species....but really only had knowledge to answer the most superficial questions.

Thank traveldreamer55
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Greentique Costa Rica Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

Thank you for the wake up call! After so many positive comments over the years, we appreciate the fact that over the peak weeks of the Easter Holidays we slipped this time. Too many tours commencing at once compromised the quality and experience we normally deliver. We will make schedule changes for the next holidays accordingly to assure tour quality. We have been so busy this season that we've put off some maintenance that will commence in May. However we were surprised that you did not find the Flora and Fauna of our popular Refuge Night Tour as impressive as it's track record for matching and often exceeding similar tours. Sometimes Mother Nature, when we don't operate an exhibit with captive subjects in cages or confined areas, is on "holiday", but I can assure you the knowledge and quality of our tours has been rated #1 for so many years because we use only highly experienced Nature Interpreters as part of our philosophy of sustaining exceptional experiences in all the products we offer. We hope you will return again to "experience" what so many others have appreciated as nature lovers from around the world as our guest, compliments of the refuge.

Again our apologies,

Johnny Hernandez
The Manuel Antonio Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Pretty sure this was the place where we took a nighttime jungle tour to see frogs and bugs. Not everyone's cup of tea, but super interesting with knowledgeable guides (Emilio!). It was fun to see the jungle from a different perspective.

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Reviewed March 24, 2012

Loved this tour and our guide Emilio. Emilio was very informative and the sounds of all those frogs at night was awesome. You are given a flash light to hunt along the path for different frogs and snakes with your guide leading the way. We saw 9 different species of frog, a snake, spiders, lizards, a kinkajou (sp?), turtles, crocs and caimans. The latter are in large penned habitats but the reserve backs on to the National Park so the frogs, lizards - and kinkajous - can come and go as they please. A great night adventure for kids (and parents!). The staff are all very nice and will call you a cab at the end of the tour. Emilio even waited with us at the road for the cab to come.

Thank RQH123
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