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A great experience for all the family!


Crafted for birders of all experience levels!


Advanced or beginners, a tour for all levels!

* Esquipulas bird photography tour.
* Carara NP bird photography tour.
* Manuel Antonio NP Wildlife photography.
*Macro photography.
* More.


"Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future".
- Sally Mann. 

Johan Chaves Nature & birding has been recommended in the following sites:

Top rated in TipAdvisor since 2013!

Johan chaves LA times manuel antonio birding


Reader recommendation: Costa Rica park guide Johan Chaves is a natural


APRIL 4, 2015 8 AM PT

"I 100% recommend Johan Chaves to show you the wildlife and nature in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Without him, we would have missed all of the sloths, snakes and monkeys around us. We returned to the park a few days later and ran into him as he was finishing a tour, and he took the time to show us one of the country’s most dangerous creatures: the fer-de-lance pit viper."

Johan Chaves,

Priya Mony

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Tour Operators

Manuel Antonio's list of outdoor activities is almost endless. Tours generally range from $40 to $100 per person and can be booked through your hotel's reception desk or directly through the outfitter. During the rainy season, some outdoor options might lose their appeal, but clouds usually let loose in the afternoon, so take advantage of sunny mornings. Most nature-themed activities go on rain or shine.

"...Johan Chaves Nature and Birding Tours. Raised in Manuel Antonio, Johan Chaves provides three-hour guided tours of the national park that start bright and early at 7:30. Johan’s true passion for wildlife and nature make him one of the most sought-after guides in the region, so reserve (by email) well in advance. In addition to being an expert birder, he is extremely knowledgeable about animal behavior and Costa Rica's history. He has a talent for keeping children intrigued on the trail and for spotting wildlife around every turn. Bring water, sunscreen, walking shoes, bug spray, a camera, and swimsuit if you plan to linger at the beach following the tour." 

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