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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

Beautiful bay, sandy beach, village at the end of the road. Very laid back, friendly people. A place where you could completely relax :-)

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Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

We booked our tour through ATEC located in the center of Puerto Viejo. We chose ATEC because they support the community with many projects such as school fundraisers. Our guide was Florentino. We highly recommend him. He was enthusiastic, personable and very knowledgeable. He lent us gum boots and showed us around his garden before we started the hike. He made sure we were all safe and comfortable during the hike and gave us options as to difficulty and length of the tour. We saw and heard many birds, bugs and animals including a close up encounter with a sloth. Other interesting critters included poison arrow frogs, eyelash pit vipers, toucans, green parrots and monkeys. We are glad we booked this tour early on in our stay as it helped us to find and identify interesting flora and fauna in other spots when we were on our own. We knew what to look and listen for. We also booked a waterfall and chocolate tour with Tino that was equally fabulous.

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Reviewed 13 March 2015

My wife, daughter, and I were led through the Manzanillo wildlife refuge by Abel. His knowledge, humor, and experience made this a fantastic experience. If your going on a hike in the refuge, get a guid, and if you get a guid, get Abel!

3  Thank brego7
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

It was still free but they were building what looked like a large welcome centre so not sure if they will be charging an entrance fee soon. The first part of the trail is easy but soon the trail becomes hilly, muddy and slippery. We were in Manzanillo for 5 days and it rained 2 days (one day practically non stop). We did not see as much wildlife in the park as in Cahuita. We saw a hawk flying with his prey and eating it, butterflies, a scorpion with prey, woodpeckers, toucans, lots of oropendolas (with their beautiful exotic call) and 20-30 of their hanging basket-like nests, agoutis, howler monkeys, weird crabs and in one area a lot of strawberry poison-dart frogs. Also a rocket frog. The beaches are beautiful, the waves huge and we watched people surfing.

3  Thank SoniaToronto
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Reviewed 7 February 2015

Wading a stream we entered this refuge not sure waht to expect. Maybe the stream was as hard as it got? Are we glad it wasn't! Through thick jungle bush, up and down mud covered paths, sloths, monkeys, spiders, snakes and ants. Lots of ants.
We came out at the sea side and our guide had both pineapple and cocnut hidden in his backpack along with bottled water. Fresh fruit cut exactly when we needed it the most!
We returned covered in mud, exhausted and thrilled. A wonderfull workout!
Not for the faint hearted but highly recommended!

Thank MASIAI
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