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“"Crazy Alex" = "Awesome Tour Guide"”
Review of Crazy Alex CR

Crazy Alex CR
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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17 reviews
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“"Crazy Alex" = "Awesome Tour Guide"”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We booked the Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour for 11 people from Erick near Riu Guanacaste on Playa Matapalo and was introduced to "Crazy Alex" as a tour guide. He was AWESOME! He took us around in a nice little van that can fit up to 13 people. He starts off the tour with some interactive history and information about the local area which got everyone involved. We started learning about some Costa Rican folklore to also explain the history and information. He listens to your requests and stops the upon your request. We are big on trying exotic fruits and Alex was great about stopping that day for us to get Rhambutan and Dragon Fruit from locals. He was also great about spotting wildlife and explaining about each. All the locals knows him and he was able to get us VIP treatment during the tour. He also did a great job of planning the activities once we got to Buena Vista to maximize our time there. He also served as our photographer and was able to get a lot of shots of us instead of one of our people having to take the pictures. He knew where all the good places to stand to take pictures. If you want someone who can maximize your excursion, ask for Crazy Alex. You can google "Crazy Alex Costa Rica" and it will give you his website.

Visited July 2014
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california
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Alex is the Best!!!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We booked two private excursions with Alex. He picked us up at 6 a.m. from the RIU Guanacaste hotel for the River Tour. I thought it was kind of early but when we were the first ones on the river I was happy that we started so early. Alex took over the camera duties and shot great pictures of all the birds, crocodiles, and white faced monkeys. We saw a large group of the monkeys in one tree and two of them had babies on their backs. It was so cool. He also took some special photos of us. Lunch was at a nice local restaurant that cooked over a wood stove. Everything was made from scratch and was delicious. Coffee tasting came next and then a visit to the town of Playa de Coco. He is a fountain of information about the history of the area and spent a lot of time teaching us names of trees, towns, local plants and their medicinal uses.
Day 2 also started at 6 a.m. He took us to Borinquen Resort and Spa for ATV, Horseback riding, mud baths, natural sauna, massage, and lunch. What a gorgeous property. We rode the atv's thru the forest to a beautiful waterfall, then a natural rock slide. I've been to many spas but never one with a natural sauna that actually sits over bubbling hot springs water for the steam. The lunch was perfect. Everything was freshly made and natural, including the tea. Alex surprised me with a special birthday cake at the restaurant. That was way over and beyond tour guide duties.
We love you Alex and thanks again for the "black honey".

Visited July 2014
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Caldwell, Idaho
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“"Pura Vida" with Crazy Alex!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Our groups of six adults took two different day trips with Alex. For our first trip we went on the Pala Verde River and saw crocodiles, white-faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, huge iguanas, and lots of birds. It was a great day and I didn't think it could be topped. I was wrong! Our second day-trip we were busy all day. We rode horses up into the mountains, then zip lined through the jungle canopy, had a fabulous lunch, followed by a volcanic mud treatment with sauna and hot tubs, to wrap it up on the way back to our hotel we stopped and hiked to an amazing waterfall. Every place we went was spectacular. Alex is a wealth of information about animals, plants, and the culture and communities of Costa Rica. He is so much fun to be around and makes your experience so enjoyable. I highly recommend you go on an excursion with "Crazy Alex."

Visited July 2014
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Boise, Idaho
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“Crazy Alex Rocks!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I highly recommend Crazy Alex for tours/excursions on the Northwest coast of Costa Rica. He is the best tour guide I have ever had. He personalizes each tour with his "crazy" personality and warm touch. Alex can spot wildlife (especially toucans). We got to see several toucans on our daylong ziplining excursion with Alex while several other groups in the same area didn't see any. You gotta know how to spot 'em, and Alex does. We also took a jungle cruise tour with Alex and we were able to get up close and personal with several crocodiles and capuchin monkeys. Alex goes out of his way to ensure your day and your tour are the best possible. He is open to modifying the itinerary of your tour to fit the mood of your group or the weather or his "crazy personality". We had an awesome time and it was because of Alex's in-depth local knowledge and experience, and most importantly his warm and caring personality.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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“My Family Had A Great Time!”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Alex took my wife, son (7yrs.) on a full day excursion that was incomparable to anything I could have imagined before I got up that morning. Very unique and accommodating guide and company altogether. I highly recommend Alex for any of your excursions. You will get to see an extraordinary culture and country.

P.S> Thanks again Alex!
Ryan, Jordan, & Arika

Visited June 2014
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