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Santamaria Night Tour

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Address: Carretera Monteverde a Tilaran, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2645 6548
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Average Tour But Fun Overall

First off, the person who came to pick us up at the hotel left without us so we started 30 minutes late, but it kind of ended up working out because then we were with our own... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 June 2016
Kristine E
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a perfect choice. We saw so many things, including a mother sloth and her baby...! Our guide was amazing and the whole experience was something I would highly recommend.

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Thank britt824
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

My husband and I had an awesome tour. We booked our's directly with Esteban (Esteban Daily Guided Tours on TripAdvisor) and got to see some amazing stuff. There were multiple tours with different guides going on simltaneously, which seems like the norm for the reserves in Monteverde-- so if you go, expect to run into other groups. However, this ends... More 

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Thank Crystal C
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Hector was our guide, and he made the walk GREAT. We saw lots of animals, including a sloth, birds, and a frog. If you can call ahead and get Hector as your guide, I highly recommend that you take this tour. Hector was friendly, knowledgeable, passionate, experienced, and very helpful with getting good photos!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We went to the night tour and were very disappointed. So many groups walking in the trails to see a random animal. We saw 2 snakes, one sloth and one tarantula, probably the same animals they show all groups every night. After visiting Tortuguero, Cahuita and Arenal it was funny chasing do few animals. The most prevalent animal was Homo... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Shame about the guide....he really lacked enthusiasm! He made little effort to communicate and had no patience with the group... waste of money ..all the other groups had leaders that told them loads about the animals...ours didn't care....he just wanted his paycheck and an expensive breakfast in the coffee shop the next morning at our expense! Want a refund!!!!

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Thank Joanne T
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Me and my mom went and had an amazing time! Saw birds, sloths, monkeys and a kinkajou! The guide was awesome and provided us with flashlights and binoculars. Well worth it!

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Thank hannahfalci
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

First off, the person who came to pick us up at the hotel left without us so we started 30 minutes late, but it kind of ended up working out because then we were with our own experienced guide instead of in the huge group we would have been with instead. Being in the smaller group really added to our... More 

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Thank Kristine E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

We booked the Santamaria tour because of a personal connection to the family, and we weren't disappointed. Our tour group was small (4 people + guide), so we didn't make a lot of noise - good for spotting animals. I wouldn't go into a night tour with expectations of what you'll see, because the guides can't predict the animals that... More 

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Thank Emily S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I chose this over Kinkajou because I heard the guides were less frantic. We went with Antonio who was not just knowledgable about the area, but funny and engaging as well. He had a keen eye and we spotted: sloth, three frogs, sleeping toucan, worker ants, tarantulas and a viper. He even went a bit over time to accommodate our... More 

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Thank Reema M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

The Santamaria's are loving people who know very much about their surroundings. The family is very welcoming, and I was able to see a lot of sloths, ocelots, and armadillos.

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