If you are a bird lover then you must book with Andres Alvareo's Forest Alive company. I cannot recommend Andres highly enough. We had one full day in Monteverde and he made our experience there a fantastic one.
We booked a morning bird tour with him and before we met he tailored the morning to our likes in that he found out what birds we were most interested in seeing. He organised a taxi for us and brought high quality binoculars for us to use. He had a bird book that he constantly referred to and nothing was too much trouble.
His passion for his job was clearly evident as he oozed excitement for everything we saw - not just birds. We had a great morning - we saw not only birds but monkeys, a red brocket deer, squirrels and a sloth. His knowledge was not limited to birds, either! He knew a great deal about all these other animals. We went over time in the end because we kept finding animals and then, even though we were over time, he still took us the long way out of the National Park so we could see the areas we hadn't seen, before inviting us down the road where we all had lunch together.
He was so good that we booked a night tour with him and that, too was fabulous. He knew so much about insects and spiders and we were able to see sleeping toucans, a skunk, and the rare oil bird amongst many other animals. We were the last to leave the park and even walking down the road back to the taxi he was still looking with the torch for other animals for us to see.
We have done many, many wildlife tours, and have encountered some very poor guides, but Andres has been, by far the best. We would definitely go with him again!
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