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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2779 1189
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I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region...

I am Johan Chaves, a local naturalist guide who has lived in the region since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this 8 years in my profession, 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 trek thru the stunning scenery of the Manuel Antonio park.

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Amazing -- the high point of our entire trip

My family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children ages 14, 13, and 9) spent the morning of August 2, 2016 exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park with Johan Chaves. In a 10 day trip filled... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
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Naperville, Illinois

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

My family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children ages 14, 13, and 9) spent the morning of August 2, 2016 exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park with Johan Chaves. In a 10 day trip filled with beauty, excitement and adventure, our time with Johan stands out as a highlight of the entire trip. Our tour was exceptional in every possible... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were thankful for the personalized guidance that Johan gave our family! He was very knowledgeable, and he made a special effort to accommodate our wishes for photography. In addition to his skills as a guide, Johan also has a great deal of respect for the needs of the animals too. He positioned us in places that allowed for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Johan took us for an awesome tour through Manuel Antonio National Park. His knowledge of the animals and park was amazing. Johan's passion for his work is clear and it was so enjoyable to spend time with him. We got great pictures of all types of animals with his help. We HIGHLY recommend Johan!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

For our first visit to Costa Rica we followed the recommendation from a travel book for a Manuel Antonio State Park guide, Johan Chaves. We were so glad we did. Johan was extremely knowledgable about the park and its inhabitants. He was passionate about teaching us it and excited to answer our questions. He made sure everyone in our small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We are a family of five and Johan took us to the national park for the morning. We loved his enthusiasm, knowledge and passion. Plus he was so good with our kids making sure they were learning too and would speak in Spanish with our kids as well. He would get so excited too at seeing the wildlife and never... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We hired Johan for a private guided hike through Manuel Antonio National park. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! He is an incredible guide, definitely the best one we had during our two weeks in Costa Rica. His knowledge of the animals and the environment was top notch. We would not have seen half the wildlife... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Birding Manuel Antonio area should really be done with a guide, and there's no reason to look beyond anyone but Johan. The national park itself has very little to offer if you are a serious birder. With Johan guiding, one can get into much more productive habitat outside the park boundary, but within 20 minutes of most hotels. Johan will... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We almost considered doing Manuel Antonio without a guide and we're so glad we changed our minds and took the tour with the lovely Johan! Johan is so knowledgeable and passionate about the park and his ability to spot animals is incredible, he could have his telescope pointed right at something and I'd still be trying to work out where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We hired Johan for a 5 hour private guided hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in July of 2016. Johan is an incredible guide. We have used multiple guide services both in Costa Rica and in the United States, and Johan ranks among the best (if not the best) we have ever had. Not only did our guided trip allow... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

The private tour of Manuel Antonio with Johan was a fantastic adventure, his knowledge and passion for all the animals and area was exceptional. I couldn't imagine booking with anyone else.

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