My sister and I also had a great time with our tour guide from Guana Trans (John Deyvi Soto M.). We met him while he was with another tour at Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Tours near Rincon de la Vieja National Park. He asked us what we were doing the next day and we didn't have a specific plan yet but were heading to Playa Hermosa for a few days at the beach. He asked if we'd seen any great wildlife yet on our trip, and when we said we'd seen some but not as much as we'd hoped, he said he had just the trip for us: Palo Verde National Park. HE WAS RIGHT! He picked us up at our hotel in Playa Hermosa and took us to Palo Verde where we would take a boat ride to see some incredible wildlife. For $80 each we got more than a half-day excursion which included pickup and return from our hotel, boat ride in Palo Verde, and lunch (delicious local food) at a small soda (restaurant) near the park.
John was amazing - very knowledgeable, very personable and thanks to him we had one of the most amazing days of our entire Costa Rican adventure. Many of the tour guides we encountered in Costa Rica spoke english, but John was the most fluent. He also helped us select a beautiful hotel in Playa Hermosa, Villas Del Sueno.
I am very grateful we encountered John on our trip, and would recommend him to anyone. I agree with the previous poster that John is an outstanding tour guide and very well liked and well connected to a number of the local tourist attractions.
Thanks John! From the adventure girls,
Glynnis & Murray