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Gecko Trail Adventures Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall Tour

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2756 8159
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Great Day in Costa Rica

Travelling with my wife and 11 year-old daughter, we had a blast on this tour. First stop at the... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Todd K
Chicago, Illinois
Really great day - totally worth the trip!

The baby sloths at the Rescue Center are adorable - made the day immediately! This place does... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
Melissa C
Hobe Sound, Florida
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The Jaguar Animal Rescue Center is already mentioned as one of the top attractions in Puerto Viejo but there's a great way to see this, get transportation and also see two other top sites in the area. The Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall tour includes: Entrance and tour of the Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre located near Playa Cocles. This centre serves as a refuge and rehabilitation center for many local animals including members of the cat family, sloths, monkeys, snakes and more. After spending around 2 hours at the rescue center you will visit to see organic indigenous chocolate being made — the whole process from the growing of the Cacao plant to the making of chocolate as well as lots of information about the indigenous culture. Last but not least you will do a short hike to a nice waterfall where you can have a swim. Transportation: pickup and drop-off at your Puerto Viejo hotel All for $55. This is a great deal and you can see so much. And a friendly driver/guide who comes along will make sure you are going to have a great time and makes the whole experience extra special.
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+506 2756 8159
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Travelling with my wife and 11 year-old daughter, we had a blast on this tour. First stop at the Animal Rescue Center was very informative and was a great way to learn about the local wildlife. Of course my daughter loved the baby sloths and...More

1  Thank Todd K
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The baby sloths at the Rescue Center are adorable - made the day immediately! This place does great work. Only drawback when we were there is there were no jaguars. Chocolate lady was very interesting and we left with some tasty treats. Waterfall was beautiful!!!!!...More

1  Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

This Animal Rescue Center is a must-do on your trip to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Not only is it fascinating to see the animals up close but their non-profit volunteering helps to ultimately release the animals back into the wild once healthy. This is a...More

Thank nancyn193
Reviewed 6 January 2015

This was a really nice day trip. Manuel our driver took good care of us. The animal rescue center is inspiring since they are rescuing animals that are injured, abandoned and abused with the intention of releasing back to the wild not keeping them indefinitely....More

Thank concettah667
Reviewed 3 January 2015

The Chocolate Lady explained processing chocolate from the Coca tree. Animal reserve shelters injured animals. Seen monkeys, snakes, and a variety of birds Waterfall tour ended with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Got to swim in the ice cold waters. Stopped on the way back and had...More

Thank wilsonbf
Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile

Our guide was full of information and an absolutely delightful person to hang out with for a whole afternoon. It is obvious that her connection with the local Bri Bri people is close and personable. We learned how these people use the nature for survival:...More

1  Thank Marymarymayberry
Reviewed 20 September 2014

The animal rescue center is a must. Our Dutch guide (who spoke perfect English) at the center was very knowledgeable. The birds, the frogs, and of course the monkeys were so cool. After the center, our tour guide took us to the chocolate lady. Wow!...More

Thank Sherry P
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We started early with the rescue center and beat the crowds. The guide was very knowledgeable and we saw all kinds of creature. Playing with the monkeys was very cool. The Chocolate lady was my favorite. She went through the whole process of chocolate making...More

Thank Jea S
Reviewed 14 June 2014

All of the tours were great with the exception of the chocolate tour. It was mosquito infested, and the tour through the muddy and buggy rainforest to look at Cacao was unnecessary. We were told the tour would last 1.5 hours, and we ended up...More

Thank Chefstevef
Reviewed 19 September 2013

I wrote a separate review for the Animal Rescue Center, so this review is just for the other two. If I'm being frank, this tour was underwhelming. The Chocolate Lady tour was incredibly brief- she didn't really show us how to make chocolate, she did...More

3  Thank Beck2013
GeckoTrail, Owner at Gecko Trail Adventures Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback. This is always welcomed, especially if something was not the way it should have been. To get to know about mistakes is the only way we can improve our product. As for the Chocolate Lady, it is correct,...More

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Questions & Answers
5 May 2016|
Response from GeckoTrail | Property representative |
Hello. The Jaguar Rescue Center, which is the center we visit during this tour, does not allow that the sloths or monkeys are hold due to various reasons. In the past it was possible to hold the monkeys but they no longer... More
2 January 2015|
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Response from GeckoTrail | Property representative |
Dear Eve Thank you very much for contacting us. I just tried the link to our website and it worked well. Maybe it was just a temporary down. May I confirm the port of your cruise ship. You are writing that it is Colon... More