Our first trip with Rancho Los Tucanes was a horseback ride to a waterfall. We had ridden on our previous trip to CR, and we were expecting a similar experience. This time, however, it was a longer ride than we anticipated and the path was steep at times. At the end of the first half of the journey (out there and back), the waterfall was pretty but not breathtaking, and we knew we had a long ride home. If you take this tour, you should really love riding in order for it to be worth spending the whole morning (it takes 40 minutes to get out to the starting point from where the hotels are).
Having said this, what made the day worthwhile was Geiner - our guide. He is a charming, warm man who kept us engaged with pictures of animals he has seen on his tours and amusing stories from his experiences. He definitely kept the day from being more of a drag for us (we are not big riders).
We were delighted the next day when Geiner was our tour guide for the national park. He was patient, funny, and full of interesting information about the animals and insects we saw. He was terrific with our teenagers, too.
We went kayaking and snorkeling with Los Tucanes. Our guide for that was someone else (his name escapes me). He was not as talkative and friendly as Geiner or guides we had on our previous CR trip. It was a bit of a swim (in life jackets) to get from where he anchored the kayaks to where the fish were. We were warned that snorkeling in CR isn't as good as in other places, and we agree, but we enjoyed it.
If you are choosing between companies for horseback riding or tours of the national park, choose Los Tucanes and make sure you get Geiner. We even booked a night tour of a park with a different company for which he works and asked them to make sure he guided our group (which he very kindly did, even though it was his night off). Don't miss Manuel Antonio, and don't miss Geiner!
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