I located the services of Randall Ortea Chaves through the Tripadvisor website. We initially hired him for a 4 day expedition to two wildlife sites recommended by him on learning of our interests and requirements. He organised the accommodation at both sites and provided the transport and guiding. He proved to be an expert guide matching our own expertise to the activities.
He not only located species of birds we may have overlooked but sought out species we wished to see. He was capable of utilising his vocal mimicry and expert knowledge to actually attract birds to us. Alongside this he was well informed about Costa Rica's conservation policies and practices.
After our intial experience we hired him for more days on a daily basis operating out of San Jose where we were booked to stay for the remainder of our visit. By the end of the 10 day stay in Costa Rica we were good friends enjoying the company in addition to the birding which was our focus. Over the 8 days he accompanied us we saw over 300 species of birds including many of the 'main attractions', mammals such as monkeys, coaties and peccaries, several reptiles and many insects. Fortunately Randall provided us with a species record for each location so we could review the days and keep track.
To quote Darwin: Randall provided us with "a chaos of delights" which will live in our memories for, I hope, ever.
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