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“Johnny is the dude :)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Johnny Villegas

Johnny Villegas
Ranked #18 of 20 things to do in Santa Elena
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Owner description: Your personal guide to Monteverde and the highlands of Costa Rica Monteverde and the highlands of Costa Rica attract scientists, bird watchers, and wildlife lovers from all over the world. Its biodiversity covers: virgin cloud forests and multi-century old strangler fig trees, the continental divide where you can see both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts, reserves that offer views of Arenal Volcano and provide the few remaining homes of the endangered resplendent Quetzal. canopy tours, zip lining, night tours, bird watching tours, butterfly gardens, hanging bridges, buggy driving, horse-back riding... the list is almost endless. So much to do in so little time. In order to make the most of your stay, you require the services of a personal guide who can show you the very best the area has to offer - without having to spend a fortune! My name is Johnny and not only have I lived in the area for most of my life, I am incredibly fortunate that I have realised my childhood dreams; to become a naturalist guide to the most bio diverse forests and unique & fragile ecosystems that the world has to offer.Contact me in order to discuss how I can best help you to make the most of this stunning location.Wishing you a great trip! Johnny Villegas
Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Johnny is the dude :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Johnny is the best guide we have ever had because he knows all the hidden treasures in and around Monteverde, he took us to stay in the jungle with Maximus, an ex bullfighter, who drives an ATV through mental terrain. Johnny also took us to a natural hotspring overlooking a river, he made us laugh all the way there and back. The children loved him too, my son even named his teddy sloth after johnny the dude.

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Chico, California
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4 reviews
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“Amazing Guide, Awesome Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Johnny was amazing from the first minute we met him. He took care of our every need with a smile. Johnny was so much fun to be around, his knowledge of the area, animals, plants, and history was extensive. Our entire experience was fantastic from start to finish. Johnny's family took amazing care of us at their family owned Hotel Manikan, which is simple, quaint, and perfect for the wary backpacker. Comfortable beds (probably the most comfortable of our entire 2 week trip), great view of the rain forest, fridge, TV, Wifi, patio, free breakfast, and more! Johnny took us on a night hike were we got to see lots of different animals, insects, and exotic plants. He arranged for an awesome buggy tour with his father as a tour guide, we got to drive around Monteverde and saw some of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen, not to mention zipping around in a well maintained buggy that I got to drive!. Johnny also arranged for us a zip line tour in the cloud forest which was an amazing adventure in itself. When we were finished, he already had our bags at the bus stop and was holding the bus that was supposed to depart a few minutes earlier. He arranged our next nights hotel in Jaco, and even had a friend that drives taxis pick us up from the bus stop and take us to our hotel! When we were with Johnny EVERYTHING was taken care of, we worried about nothing, and had an amazing time. He is a great guy with an awesome sense of humor and speaks perfect English. Johnny and the experiences we had with him were the highlight of our entire trip. I felt like I had known him as a friend for years within a few minutes! Don't hesitate call Johnny for an awesome adventure! Thanks Johnny!

Visited August 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A local guide with a world of knowledge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Johnny is a prefect guide for anyone who wants to experience the real Costa Rica. He combines his extensive knowledge of nature with inside information about everything from accommodation, tours, transport and even the best places to eat. He speaks both Spanish and English fluently and is a pleasure to have around - my children absolutely adored him! We all thoroughly recommend his services.

Visited June 2012
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