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“Johan is a superb guide!”

Johan Chaves - Nature and birding Tours
Ranked #7 of 66 Tours in Manuel Antonio
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Owner description: I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. Besides my professional training, the passion for the natural world, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this 13 years in my profession had been key in gathering the knowledge required to lead professional tours. I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest. I offer individualized tour services that can be customized, ranging from a fun family vacation to a serious nature history walks thru the stunning scenery of the Manuel Antonio park, or even advanced birding outings locally or throughout the country.
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Johan took us and two other families on a wonderful tour of Manuel Antonio park. Thanks to his expertise, we saw numerous mammals, reptiles, insects, birds and plants that we would never have seen on our own. He is extremely knowledgable about the animals' behaviors and environments as well as the history of Costa Rica. He was great with the kids as well, assigning them each an animal to find. He was well organized, responsive to email, and the transportation was great. We would do another tour with him in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We booked Johan after reading reviews on here. We are so glad we did! He picked us up at 7am and started spotting wildlife before we entered the national park. Even though a lot of the trails were shut and under construction we spent the whole morning In the park and saw far more than we had with any of the other guides throughout our Costa Rica holiday. He is very knowledgeable and clearly loves his job and country.

Highly recommended but book early!

Thank Rebina
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Johan gave us an entire morning and most of the afternoon sharing his wonderful knowledge of the diverse flora, animals and topography of this wonderful park. He entertained all 12 of us from the 10 year old right up to the 70 year old. He had information that was great for each of us. What a great day. And to top that off, Costa Rica was playing England in the World Cup on the day and time of our tour. Johan was never distracted or irritated that he was touring during this exciting time. We will be rouing for them all. Go Costa Rica!

Thank ladyfalcons
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Johan made our tour of the Nat'l Park so very interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of nature at the park. He and his wife provided wonderful refreshments and gave us lots of time to enjoy the beach as well as the many white faced monkies, racoons, lizards and birds. He paid special attention to the 10 and 11 year olds in our group...patiently answering their many questions...happy to share his knowledge with all 12 of us!! Highly recommend...you won't be disappointed.

Thank Lois L
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Johan was absolutely amazing. If you want to see everything there is to see in the Manuel Antonio Park he is your guide. Many other tours and guides started after we did and all passed us along the trail because Johan took more time to show us the Plants, Animals and Birds that make Costa Rica so special. He is truly a master of his work and really enjoys showing his world to others. Johan not only provides binoculars but also brings a spotting scope, bird book and ipad so that he can share particular bird calls with the group.

For anyone that has ever been on a guided trip weather it is a cruise or vacation is used to the guides usually cutting the trip short of there scheduled time. Johan is different, when we arrived at the scheduled end of the hike, at the beach, Johan offered to take the group further on an additional 30 min hike to make sure we had seen all we wanted to.

Another great feature that Johan offered was to send us all the of the pictures that he took on his camera during our hike. Most other services would charge for these photos but not Johan, this was just part of what he does to make sure you have a Great time.

I would recommend anyone looking to see all the Flora and Fauna in the Manuel Antonio area (Monkeys, sloths, birds, lizards, spiders and plants) to book Johan, you won't forget the experience!!

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