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Manuel Antonio Herping (Reptile & Amphibian) Research Adventure provided by Manuel's Tours

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Manuel Antonio Herping (Reptile & Amphibian) Research Adventure

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 30/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 30/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Costa Rica is home to around 144 species of snakes and nearly as many species of frogs and toads, Costa Rica is an incredible and popular destination for herping enthusiasts. More than a quarter of the country's land has been designated protected national parks and nature reserves helping to keep wild populations of animals healthier and more diverse than anywhere else in Central America. Designed for very exclusive small groups in mind (6 people max), we will spend full time searching strictly for all herpetological creatures, our experience is the perfect activity for nature and wildlife photographers, herpetology or tropical biology students and professors, or any eco-friendly​ traveler. We will educate you on what makes these nocturnal animals so unique. We encourage any and all questions you have throughout the tour. Our job is for you to have a fun, educational tour of one of the most distinct habitats in the world.
Important Information
Departure Point
Hotel Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio Park road, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica El Avion, Puntarenas Province, Aguirre, Costa Rica
2–3 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private Certified Naturalist Tour Guide
  • Bottled water for the hike
  • Manuel Antonio & Quepos Hotels Roundtrip Transportation included
  • Rubber boots provided during rainy season (If you choose to go with our rubber boots, it is important to pack socks that reach above the top of the boot)
  • When we meet for the tour, we will have powerful flashlight available for everyone
  • All pictures and videos taken during the tour with our ATX Swarovski Spotting Scopes
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from outside Quepos-Manuel Antonio local areas.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A light cotton T-shirt and pants are ideal for the tour. Comfortable clothes are recommended (Long sleeve shirts are not necessary)
  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots) are required to participate on the tour. (Please, no sandals or Tevas)
  • Important Pickup Information: Our meeting point will be right at your hotel lobby or front desk (Sharp Time please, NOT Costa Rican Sloth Time) Whether you are booking a group or private activity, please be an ethical traveler, it's not respectful make other enthusiastic participants wait in the car or van, if you are having a delay situation (breakfast, electrical, mechanical, etc) Do not hesitate contacting us, we will be more than happy to help you and make sure you have the most pleasant and satisfactory experience with our company.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Anindita B wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
We have traveled the world and experienced many wildlife tours with local naturalists. Manuel's organization rivals the best of them. Knowledgable, accessible, and wonderful with communication and planning, they really take care of you while sharing a degree of knowledge that is
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Date of experience: December 2019
melanie21586 wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions
We just finished a night tour with our guide Carlos and it was excellent! We both love reptiles and we were able to spot 6 snakes on our tour, including two Fer-de-lance (one of our goals to see this trip)! We enjoyed every minute and would highly recommend this tour to anyone
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Date of experience: January 2020
erika6980 wrote a review Dec 2019
Seminole, Florida13 contributions1 helpful vote
My brother came to visit me here in Costa Rica and I was looking for a unique belated birthday gift. For years, he’s dreamed of seeing a fer-de-Lance (terciopelo) in the wild. After a lot of research, I decided to take a chance on Manuel’s Tours after reading so many good
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Manuelstours, Owner at Manuel Antonio Herping (Reptile & Amphibian) Research Adventure
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Muchas gracias dear Erika6980, I am going to cataloged your review with 5 stars, and I am going to personally say you are a 1 000 000 stars customer... I am so happy to know you enjoyed my tour so much, what a great Herping Adventure together with your brother, I love the Fer-de-lance viper... probably one of my favorite snake in Costa Rica. Thank you for your fantastic words and thrust me, you are super invited to tour with us anytime you wish! Pura Vida! Manuel Cabalceta M. Manuel's Tours, Costa Rica.
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Cameo D wrote a review Apr 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We really enjoyed our Herping Research Adventure. The guides were well informed and willing to work with our interests. It ended up being just me and my 10 year old son on this adventure, and the guides helped us find many interesting things we would never find on our own. My
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from Manuelstours, Owner at Manuel Antonio Herping (Reptile & Amphibian) Research Adventure
Responded 1 Apr 2019
Thank you very much dear Cameo D, Your opinion is extremely important to us, we take good care to all our customers special request or animals wish list to see. Every tour we develop, we always do the best we can to show you that specific animal or animals that maybe motivate you visiting Costa Rica. We are very content your boy loved our experience... hope to see him as a great herpetologist back in Costa Rica some day in the future..... Once again, Muchas Gracias! Pura Vida... Manuel Cabalceta M.
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About the operator

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Diana K
Book this tour- Manuel is the best!
We have been with several tour guides through Manuel Antonio (this is our 8th trip), and Manuel was by far the best
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Excellent tour with Manuel
Manuel punctually picked us up at our airb&b location. We saw many animals! Frogs, snakes, spiders, tarantulas, tad
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Manuel was an amazing guide who went out of his way to provide the best service. Extremely kind and knowledgeable,
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Manuel gave us an excellent two day adventure in two different parks. He is incredibly knowledgable, passionate, an
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Corcovoda/Manuel Antonio/Night Walk
I cannot express how much I loved each and every one of the 3 tours we took with Manuel's Tours. With the exception
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Fantastic Experience
We did 2 different private tours. The night walk and the Manual Antonio park tour. Both of guides were amazing and
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Great experience, lots of animals
We highly recommend booking a tour. Our tour guide, Manuel, was great. He was really good at finding animals and we
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Life changing experience!
We did an early morning tour with Mop! We were picked up right on time from our hotel and taken to the park where w
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Beverly S
Excellent tour
My husband and I were very impressed with this tour. Had we not hired a guide, we would have just walked around the
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Manuel Antonio & Mangrove Tours
GET A GUIDE AND REQUEST MOP WITH MANUEL'S TOUR!!! We would not have seen anything if we had visited the park on ou
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Great tour, excellent guide
Our family had a private tour with Andres. Andres was so excited when he found something he wanted to share with us
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Exceptional guide
We actually ended up with "Mop" instead of Manuel. He is a veteran guide of 20 years! He was absolutely amazing! He
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Wonderful Experience
Our guide, Carlos, made our tour very enjoyable. He was knowledgeable about wildlife biology and concerned about ou
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Wonderful guide and tour
My husband and I booked a semi private tour, but got lucky enough to be on our own! Manuel was amazing! He had tons
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Wonderful night tour
The night tour with Manuel was an amazing experience. I booked at the last minute but Manuel contacted me straight
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Key Details
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Duration: 2–3 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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