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Walking through the forest with a great naturalist guide is akin to experiencing a work of art, even if you don't see one single beast. There is drama, there is suspense, you laugh, you cry, you learn things. Yet if you ask most people before their trip what are the most important factors they use in deciding what to do on vacation, guides would be pretty far down the list. After the trip, I have asked hundreds of people what was the single most important factor that determined the quality of their trip. Almost invariably they say, "The guide."

Guides take the hassle out of travel. They provide education, insight into the host culture and, most important in many cases, friendship. Travelers who have decided to go it alone often end up wishing they had a guide. Click on the links in each of the following guide groups to learn more about the fine men and women who dedicate their working lives to providing "Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories®" to our guests.

River Guides
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The best (and best paid) in Costa Rica and among the best in the world. Our River Guides take full responsibility for the quality of the entire operation and continuously deliver a uniquely satisfying, safe, white water experience. Here's what Lonely Planet says: "River running companies are not regulated in Costa Rica so, for your own safety, go with an outfitter with experienced guides...Single and multi-day river trips are offered by Costa Rica Expeditions, the oldest and best-known company." (Lonely Planet Costa Rica 2000) Meet our River Guides.

We feel so strongly that a guide is the single most important element of a successful trip that we'll give you your money back if you do not agree. Read more about our Guide Guarantee.

One of our clients once referred to these guides as having "broken the mold." In addition to being highly experienced bilingual naturalists and biologists, they are also delightful human beings and exceptional guides. Years of practice leading natural history trips has given them an interpretive ability which distinguishes them as "master craftsmen" or "master naturalists." Meet our Master Naturalists.

Highly experienced biologists and bilingual naturalists who accompany our natural history excursions. These guides often have developed an area of specialization such as birds, botany, herpetology, etc. Those who do not have formal training have a life time of experience in the field, studying natural history. All are trained in guiding techniques. Meet our Naturalist Guides.

Most of our Tortuguero Guides were born and raised in Tortuguero and hired by Tortuga Lodge to drive the boats and help guests spot wildlife and/or fish. While bilingual, they are not overly talkative. Guests should take the initiative to ask questions. Keep in mind that when it comes to spotting local wildlife or taking you to where the fish are biting, no one can outdo them. Meet our Tortuguero Guides.

Bilingual guides who escort our guests on itineraries that do not include a naturalist accompaniment. Often they are naturalists-in-training and have considerable knowledge of plants and animals. All have a general knowledge about Costa Rica and a sincere desire to share it with their guests. Meet our Service Guides.


Keep a list of favorite trips by clicking the link, "Add to My Favorites" found on all itineraries.

Creating a My favoriteS LIST

As you search for your ideal trip in the custom itineraries section of our web site, you may wish to create a list of favorite trips. To do so, click on the link above each itinerary, “Add to My Favorites.” Each itinerary you chose will be added to a personalized list of trips. You can add as many trips as you want to your list and refer back to them by clicking on the link, "See My Favorites," which will appear in the right column once you have selected a favorite.

Your list of favorites will follow you as you surf the site, allowing you to refer back to selected itineraries at any time. On your next visit to our web site, the list will reappear by clicking the link, “See My Favorites.”


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