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“Andres Alvarado - amazing Monteverde naturalist guide!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Forest Alive

Forest Alive
Ranked #2 of 49 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...
Napa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Andres Alvarado - amazing Monteverde naturalist guide!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We're just back from 10 days in Costa Rica - last 4 in Monteverde Cloud Forest area. I cannot recommend Andy Alvarado highly enough! We were a multigenerational family of 10, from 7 yrs to 77 yrs. Andy managed to capture and keep everyone's attention with his vast knowledge of the area, plants, animals, insects, etc. We did a full day - morning in Monteverde and afternoon at Selvatura hanging bridges. Next day Selvatura ziplining & night tour. I found Andy on TripAdvisor, read the reviews and decided to book him... far exceeded our expectations as he went above and beyond to make sure our time in Monteverde was terrific

Visited January 2014
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“"All you could ever wish to know about the forest"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Andres and Javier were excellent from the beginning to end of our trip. Andres took us to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and was instantly chatting and super friendly, it felt much more personal to have our own guide and talk not just about the forest, but find out much more about the history and politics of Costa Rica. There's so much you miss by not talking to local people, so this was a real insight. Andres knows all you'll ever need to know about the forest, making it really easy to understand even if you're not a botanist! Without a doubt it's worth to go with a guide, you'd miss so much otherwise. We stayed at El Sol, an incredible place in the mountains away from the tourist centre of Monteverde, highly recommended.

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Andres and crew are AMAZING! Must do!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

I went on three different tours with Andres and his group (specifically Jorge and Javier) and all were absolutely incredible experiences. First, we went through the Cloud Forest on the ground, then the next day on the bridges and that evening on the night walk. All were absolutely amazing. Andres and the guys are all so passionate and excited about what they do that you can't help but also be excited even by weird little bugs. I cannot say enough good things about these various hikes we did, you must just experience it for yourself.

Visited December 2013
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Discovery Bay, California
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“Six stars for Andres! Must do in Monteverde!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

Our family did the half day (and wished we had done the full day!). We went where Andres led and saw everything we desired to see and more: Quetzal. Motmot, toucanets, and dozens of other birds. Like so many of his five star reviews have said, he has incredible knowledge and experience, he is very well educated, he is extremely passionate about what he does and is fun. He is worth every penny and more, if you can only do one guided tour go with Andres and Forest Alive, the PROS of Monteverde.

Visited December 2013
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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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“I will never see the forest in the same way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

I have walked in different types of forests and with different guides and experts, and normally for me is very difficult to understand nature in simple words.

Nature is complex but Andrés is a real interpreter and he understands very good the language of birds, plants, mammals and every part of that amazing ecosystem. I think few people have the ability to see the forest from the perspective of a plant or animal. A short walk with Andrés and all his passion for Ecology is an experience that has completely changed my persepción of nature and i'll never see the forest in the same way again.

This is an great company and I am sure is the best option if you want to take a tour in Monteverde.

Visited July 2013
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