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Review of Surcos Tours

Surcos Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hello dear friends, thanks for reading our reviews written by tourists and now our friends who have booked tours with us. Surcos Tours is a tour operator specialized in hiking Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula. Our main goal is to make the stay of tourists in the park an unforgettable experience. Thanks for supporting local businesses. PURA VIDA Nito and Estela
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We went for 3 days to Corcovado Park in January 2013 with Natu from Surcos Tours. The day before we started we met Natu in Puerto Jiménez to talk about what to expect, what to bring (or leave at home!)

From beginning till end we enjoyed Corcovado Park a lot! (even the road between Puerto Jiménez and Carate :-) ) No wonder why National Geographic calls it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity”. In those 3 days we walked more or less 50 km over beaches, rocks, through little rivers and ofcourse mainly through the tropical rainforest and saw a lot of animals!

Natu is an excellent guide. His passion and knowledge about the animals and plants are great and besides that, he is a nice person to be with. During the entire walk he made sure we were doing fine and also at the ranger station he is there for every question you have. The last day we started at 03.00 am from the Sirena station and around 06.00 we sat front row at the beach for a magical sunrise. We could ‘check’ a lot of animals from the list, but not yet the puma. Just a good reason to come back one day!

Thank Erik K
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was our 5th week in Costa Rica and by far the best. We found Nito from an online trip report and he certainly didn't let us down - he was by far the best guide, and there were many that seemed really good. From him putting mattress covers and mosquito nets on our bunks at Sirena to his unique knowledge and understanding of animal behavior he made our 3 day hike an exceptional experience.

Thank TwoGoGlobal
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We spent a wonderful three days in Corcovado with an awesome guide named Nito. He has been doing tours around Osa Peninsula for many years and Surcos Tours is made up of guides who have all known each other for a long time. So you can be sure that any guide from Surcos will be good.

We saw a lot of wildlife in Corcovado and we would have missed a lot of it without a guide. The birds, sloths, and poison dart frogs are especially difficult to find if you don't have a guide who knows where to look. All of the guides in Corcovado exchange information when they pass by each other so that they all know where to look for interesting things to see. We saw lots of monkeys, tapirs, wild peccaries, anteaters, coati, and even pumas, which is rare and not something you should expect to see.

Spending three days in Corcovado is definitely recommended, if you want enough time to be able to see as much as possible. If you're looking for a great guide, contact Surcos Tours!

2  Thank Lawrence L
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

It was an amazing adventure thanks to Nito, a wonderful and knowledgable guide.
We visited Corcovado for 3 days/2 nights and during the visit saw many wild animals. Nito is very gifted in spotting animals, things that we would have never spotted on our own. When comparing it to the rest of our trip, Corcovado was definitely the highlight, and Nito had a huge part in it.

Nadav and Inbal

2  Thank nadavlevynl
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We booked the trip with Surcos tours after looking at many trip advisor reviews, and I’m glad we did. My husband and I visited Corcovado (3 days/2 nights) as part of our honeymoon to Costa Rica, and we would definitely recommend hiring a guide.

Booking through Surcos tours is easy and prompt email replies from Ute made the planning process smooth. Since this was our first time doing a hike like this, we had lots of questions about the type of gear to bring, our shoes, the terrain etc. and she was excellent in answering all of our questions. When we arrived in Puerto Jimenez, we were greeted by Nito (our guide) at our accommodations. Nito spoke excellent English, and he walked through with us what to expect for the next three days, as well as confirming the meeting times for our hike out. Bring water, pack as light as you can, and bring lots of bug spray and anti-itch cream.

We DEFINITELY RECOMMEND BRINGING A GUIDE on the hikes in Corcovado. There are NO signs on the trails, and in the rainy season, it is easy for trails to be washed out, or for fallen trees to cover up the trails. On our hike in to Sirena via Carate during the rainy season, it started raining very hard and we ended up crossing the Rio Claro when water levels were chest height. We are very glad that Nito was there with us, helping us across, showing us the best way to cross the river. This is definitely NOT something we would have done by ourselves.

The guides are also essential if you want to spot wildlife. Nito was very skilled in pointing out wildlife we would’ve missed otherwise. Poison dart frogs, anteaters, tapirs, bats, monkeys, crocodiles and tons of birds were just some of the wildlife we spotted on our trip. Nito was also equipped with a spotting scope (not all guides have one) and we were able to get some amazing pictures through his scope! It was definitely easier to see the wildlife Nito was describing through the scope, instead of trying to find birds and animals through binoculars.

Nito’s passion for the environment was evident through the trek. We had a wonderful and educational experience, and would recommend the services of Surcos Tours to all of our friends!

2  Thank Amelia W
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