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“Andres is passionate about nature!”
Review of Forest Alive

Forest Alive
Ranked #1 of 51 Tours in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In a Natural History Private Tours you will be in the Nature Documentary yourself. Learn about the Cloud forest with your Naturalist Guide who will help spot unique wildlife and plant species. The forest has a unique language, let our guide from the Forest Alive Naturalist-Team translate it for you! Day tours and Night tours in all different Reserves and Parks in Monteverde and adjacent areas. Why a Private Tour? Go away from the crowds. Perfect for families. Experience the forest according to your own goals and interested. The right pace and focus for photographers(beginners, amateur and professionals equally). For people that want to have a deeper experience in understanding the different forest types of Monteverde. For Scientists like Biologist, Botanists, Ornithologist, Teachers and more...
Reviewed June 4, 2013

My husband and I hired Andres to guide us through the Selvatura hanging bridges for 4 hours. He came very well prepared with extra binoculars for both of us and cameras, scopes, laser pointers, etc... everything we would need to track down animals! Andres is incredibly passionate about animals, nature, wildlife and Costa Rica in general. He is also really nice and very easy to spend time with. He gave us detailed explanations about all different types of plant and animal life in the rainforest. We were able to spot a quetzal, monkeys and many other birds. Had we done the hanging bridges without him, we would have not have seen any of these animals! After the tour, he joined us for lunch and we had a great time sharing stories :) Hiring Andres should be an easy decision- he will not disappoint!

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We absolutely loved our experience with Andrés! Our day and night walks made our visit to Monteverde a complete success, and could not have hoped for a better guide, thanks to Andrés's deep and broad understanding of plants, animals, and the complex, beautiful system they work together to form! His ability to explain the current state of scientific understanding (not to mention the rate at which old knowledge is shown false!) adds a rich layer of appreciation to the sights of the amazing creatures of the forest. He is an excellent teacher, warm, and friendly, and able to target our interests- definitely highly recommended! #1 in Monte Verde :)

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

My daughter and I visited Curi Cancha in March of 2013. We hired Andres Alvarado because all of our research indicated that the best way to see the cloud forest was with a guide. It was the right decision. Not only is Andres incredibly knowledgeable, but he was pleasant, fun and kind. There were several times when he was showing us something, that other people would stop to ask him questions, ask to look through his telescope and even ask him to take photos (he's an excellent photographer too!). Not once did he point out he was a guide for hire, but graciously explained what we were looking at and shared with them what he was sharing with us. We saw so many animals - a sloth, a howler monkey, a coati, toucans - and the best prize ever - THREE Quetzals, and many more interesting plants animals and insects. There is absolutely no doubt we would have missed them had he not been with us. His enthusiasm and passion for what he does is contagious. All and all it was a great experience. I would encourage anyone who has any interest in maximizing there CR experience to hire him!

Thank Sillylili
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I had no idea just how busy the forest is at night until I did this tour! I can't recommend Andres highly enough, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience, an easy manner, and a true passion for what he is doing. Highlight was seeing 2 foxes, beautiful.

Thank owl_36
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Andres took us on a guided night hike in Santa Elena. We found him to be an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide with fantastic photography skills. Not only did we see a huge variety of wildlife but we also learnt a number of new techniques for taking photos close up at night. Andres is very affable and an easy going person who put us at ease despite our fear of insects. We highly recommend doing a guided hike with him.

Thank Jess_Clay
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