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There is a listing of 26 "official tour guide" companies on the TortugueroVillage.com web site

How do we choose which one?

Costa Rica
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1. Re: Guides

I would just ask at your lodging. All the lodges or small hotels in Tortuguero work with one or more guides and they will provide one for you.

Cahuita, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Guides

Exactly what I was going to say! I would definitely take a recommendation over guess work. A good guide makes such a difference to your tour. If you need someone English speaking, do specify this when inquiring.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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3. Re: Guides

Good answer Hattie,...most register guides are great guides...


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5. Re: Guides

WildGinger: Your claims about the Guides Association are pretty drastic. Do you have anything to back this up? If you are new to Costa Rica, are you aware of the strict libel/slander laws?

If I were a tourist, I would not worry about the good/bad of the Guides Association. I would just ask at my lodging for them to arrange a guide and leave it up to to them to decide who would be the best person to do this. They each work with guides all the time and will be familiar with the situation.

Tortuguero, Costa...
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Hattie, I have removed my post, because you are right, that the tourists shouldn't have to worry about these things, just if the tour was satisfactory or not.

But I am not a newcomer to Costa Rica, and I wouldn't have written anything if I had not received numerous reports from several independent sources. I just get upset when people try to trick tourists into purchasing services.

I would agree that asking at the place of lodging is good advice and I'll recommend again that the guides that work with Casa Marbella are excellent, especially Roberto (and the owner Darryl, if he's in town!).

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