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Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

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Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

I am a 28 female and traveling to Puerto Viejo and La Fourtuna with my younger sister. We both love nature. Our bucket list includes a day of snorkeling, visiting the turtles, jungle hiking and visiting the jaguar reserve, birding, hot springs and suspension bridges.

We are traveling from March 23-29. We have 4 days in P.V. and 3 days in La Fourtuna.

Does anyone have an amazing tour(s) the can recommend in Puerto Viejo and/or La Foutuna?

We are looking at tours in the $50 range

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1. Re: Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

Do-it-yourself in Puerto Viejo: Cahuita NP (bus fare + donation as entry fee); Jaguar Rescue Centre: bus fare + 10US$; birding early morning along the road between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. For a hike in Gandoca-Manzanillo hire one of the local guides (Abel Bustamante, Omar Cook, … ).

Arenal do-it-yourself: walk down to La Fortuna waterfall 10 US$; hike the well maintained trails of Arenal Volcano NP: bus or taxi fare + 10US$. For excellent paid tour I recommend Cano Negro Boat Tour; many providers so browse around.

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2. Re: Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

Here is list of tours available in the area, http://geckotrail.com/en/tours/, you might also check with,

http://www.ateccr.org/index.php/tours/ they have some excellent tour and tour guides also.

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3. Re: Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

Just a correction on the entrance fee for the animal rescue centre, it is now $15 p/p

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4. Re: Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

In Arenal check with the folks from Desafio. It is worth doing a tour with them, either the Canyoning or Rafting. They do an excellent job on both: http://www.desafiocostarica.com/ They also offer a comob with visiting the NP and Hot Springs though you can also just spend an afternoon or evening at one of the hot springs and visit the NP yourself.

In Puerto Viejo area, the Cahuita NP you can definitely visit on your own. Easy to spot animals and a nice walk on a good path. If you plan to go to the Manzanillo-Gandoca reserve, I recommend to go with a guide. You will see more as he can take you deeper into the jungle than on your own. Turtle watching is starting whithin this days, I recommend to take the tour including transportation and with a local guide from Gandoca. The Rescue Center is always worth a visit and offers tours at 9.30am and 11.30 for $15/person.

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5. Re: Recommendatio for guided tours in Puerto Viejo and La Fourta

Around Puerto Viejo...try to find and deal with Abel Bustamante...a real local ...nice decent person that loves Costa Rica...and he knows the área better htan any body...

Avoid middle people they most of the time are just looking for your commisión...deal direct with Travel Service providers they need you!!

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Edited: 12 March 2014, 19:07
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If you want to get a hold of Abel Bustamante, send him a email at this link, www.manzanillo-caribe.com/abel/abel.html . He is a certified tour guide and very knowledgeable about the area, he lives in Manzanillo, but works the whole zone.

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