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Local guides

Chicago, Illinois
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Local guides

Hi, my girlfriend and I will be going to puerto viejo August 11-24. We were wondering if anyone had a local guide they trust to take us to the waterfall in bribri and would also like to go to the cahuita National Park and or gandoca manzanillo wildlife refuge. If anyone has contact information for a tour or guide we would really appreciate the help!

Thanks

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Slovenia
Destination Expert
for Costa Rica
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19,193 posts
62 reviews
1. Re: Local guides

Check out Omar Cook. He is working with Conbo Bongo out of Manzanillo.

Brooklyn, New York
Destination Expert
for Sarapiqui
Level Contributor
7,421 posts
149 reviews
2. Re: Local guides

Abel Bustamante.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

If you want his email, go ahead and PM me. He's really great.

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3. Re: Local guides

Xelas, glad to know that! We’ll be at CB in a couple of weeks!

Puerto Viejo de...
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for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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2,368 posts
9 reviews
4. Re: Local guides

It depends on what you want from your guide. If you want a real nature guide then yes, Omar is good and so is Abel Bustamante

https:/…365529370216655

For the waterfall you don't need a specialised guide and you could try Junior Palmer, who also does caribbean cooking classes https://www.facebook.com/JuniorToursCR/

Just to make sure, you can do Cahuita by yourselves but don't do the Candoga/Manzanillo refuge without a guide.

Ontario, Canada
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9,470 posts
70 reviews
5. Re: Local guides

@3, Enjoy! We stayed in CB the previous summer. Unique place. The sloth photo in my profile is from the terrrace of our house there. Bring repellent.

To the OP: IMHO, you do not need a guide that much inside Cahuita NP, as it is an easy hiking trail of 8.5 km, partially going along the beach. We went there a few times and always saw wildlife, though some days were more luck than others, even if the weather seemed similar. Except for when it was raining hard and the animals were hiding. See my review of the park, if interested: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g… . We have returned to Cahuita and visited the park since then, too, but I did not post another review, as little had changed in that year...

The only thing that requires visitors to be with a guide is snorkelling inside Cahuita NP. It is done from a boat, fairly close to the shore, for US$25-35 pp. We found the water visibility very poor when swimming at the same beach, so did not snorkel.

In contrast, going farther into the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge is recommended only with a guide. There have been reports of safety concerns. See the reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review… . We hiked there with the local guide mentioned in Post 2 above. We have mixed impressions. You can find his reviews on TA, too.

We visited the G-M Refuge without a guide, but only the first portion - to the observation deck/Manzanillo Point, when there were other ppl around. Beautiful spot for taking photos. After the rain, the hilly, clay trails of the Refuge might be slippery, with deep standing water in places. The guide wore rubber boots. We got wet, including the "waterproof" hiking shoes. We also felt we needed to reapply repellent a few times during the hike, so have a small spray bottle you can carry with you.

Edited: 12 June 2018, 03:29
Puerto Viejo de...
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6. Re: Local guides

I would, for safety reasons not even do the first portion of the refuge in Manzanillo. It does not happen often but there were and will be more cases of people being robbed.

Ontario, Canada
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70 reviews
7. Re: Local guides

Sad. 😢

Toronto, Canada
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155 reviews
8. Re: Local guides

Thank you again Geckos Lodge. Someone with invested interest in CR telling the truth.

Puerto Viejo de...
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for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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2,368 posts
9 reviews
9. Re: Local guides

Well lesab33 it makes sense doesn't it. I believe businesses that don't want to mention crime are shooting themselves in the foot, bad news always comes out eventually.

Brooklyn, New York
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for Sarapiqui
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7,421 posts
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10. Re: Local guides

Most of the reports of crime seem to happen to people who weren't properly warned about situations to avoid. Sometimes there's no avoiding a bad situation, and certainly don't want to engage in victim-blaming, but in general those who worry the most beforehand wind up with the least to worry about afterwards.

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