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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 February 14, 2013

By accident we got in touch with the owner, Nito. We were looking for a day hike into Corcovado. Unfortunately he didn't have time, since he was fully booked - but he called a fellow guide and a pilot to see if he could arrange something. In the end we flew from Puerto Jimenez into Corcovado - Sirena, and hiked the 16km back to Carate. It was an extraordinary trip, and we had a wonderful guide (Louis Daniel). I suggest you call Nito a couple of days before you head out to this area.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We used Surcos tours for our early December trip through Corcovado. We booked with Surcos based upon the good reviews, and we were not disappointed. Estelle set up our trip for us, and she was very helpful with the planning aspect. She answered e-mails very quickly, and provided us with all of the information we needed. Our guide was Steven, and he was awesome. He’s a local who has lived in Puerto Jimenez for many years, and his English was perfect. He met us at our hotel the night before our trip and went over some last minute details. He told us that he keeps several mosquito nets at La Sirena, and we were glad to be able to leave ours behind and have a little extra space in our packs (we just brought daypacks since we had paid for 2 of 3 meals each day at Sirena). We had initially planned to hike from Los Patos to La Sirena, and then out to Carate. However, Steven suggested we got the opposite way due to the amount of rain that fell the previous days, which affected the water level of the rivers as well as the trail conditions. This worked out really well. Steven arranged for a taxi to take us to Carate and pick us up near Los Patos, so all we had to do was pack our backpacks and meet them outside our hotel the next morning.

Our Corcovado experience would not have been as good without a guide as good as Steven. Our sole purpose in hiring a guide was to be able to see as much wildlife as possible. Steven’s ability to find various species of animals was remarkable. Nobody can guarantee any sightings of a particular animal, but if an animal was in the same area that we were, Steven was sure to find it. He used his knowledge about the animals’ behaviors and habits as well as visual, audio, and olfactory clues in order to show us an amazing amount and variety of wildlife. The highlight of the trip for us was the two pumas we saw. The pumas were hidden under some thick bushes and we would have just walked right past without knowing they were there, but Steven used his knowledge of monkey behavior (a group was screaming, which Steven said was their “danger” call, and determined that the danger was a current and/or very recent danger) and went looking for potential predators. Within a few minutes he found two pumas dining on a monkey that they had recently caught. Because the pumas were occupied with their lunch, we were able to stand and watch them for a long time. Steven explained that they were brother and sister, and fairly young pumas. He kept an eye out for us in case mama was nearby! There were several other guides on the trail that day, but we were the only group that saw the pumas! Another highlight of the trip was seeing two tapirs right around sunset. Again, Steven had to really search for the tapirs, as we had seen several tapir tracks that day but no tapirs. Steven knew all of the spots that the tapirs liked to frequent, and eventually he brought us to a spot where we saw two tapirs. He also showed us a ton of other animals, including a tamandua, coati, tayras, owls, capybaras, crocs (baby and adult), lizards, a fer-de-lance, a sea turtle nest & eggshells, and various species of birds and insects. We even saw a jaguar track on the Los Patos trail, which I thought was really cool seeing as how rare an actual jaguar sighting is. Steven carried his scope around all day on the second day, which allowed us to get a great view of some of the animals. Steven also had a lot of knowledge about the plants in the park, although we were slightly less interested in the plants than the wildlife.

We wanted to do a quick hike out on the Los Patos trail, as we left fairly late since we waited to eat breakfast at La Sirena and were also concerned about not having enough water (we carried about 5L for two of us). Steven respected our wish and led us on a fast hike out, which was much appreciated. Steven had talked to the taxi driver the night before and our timing was perfect, as we reached the pickup spot just as the taxi was arriving. Steven had arranged for the driver to bring us ice-cold sodas and a couple of sandwiches, which were a nice surprise (after hiking all day, those sandwiches were some of the best I have ever tasted!). Our taxi driver was great, too- besides being nice enough to bring some snacks and ice cold drinks for us, he was kind enough to return to our hotel and return a water bottle that we had forgotten to take with us!

We were really happy that we had booked Surcos for our trip. They were really helpful during the planning stages of our trip, and provided a knowledgeable, friendly guide for us. I also thought their prices were really reasonable for the guiding services. We had an amazing Corcovado experience thanks to Surcos!

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We spent two days just outside Corcovado National Park at La Tarde with Nito from Surcos Tours. Our focus was birds and Nito did not disappoint as an excellent birding guide. We identified over 120 species in two days with Nito's help. He also provided us a list of birds we should be on the lookout during the five days we spent in the National Park.

Highlights include orange-collared manakins at a lek, laughing falcon over a beautiful lagoon, crested owl on a night hike, and slate-tailed trogons. If you are a birder looking for an excellent guide on the Osa Peninsula, look no further than Nito!

Thank Erin M
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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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