While each of our guides have unique talents and knowledge and each is naturally the kind of person we enjoy spending time with, for your comfort and safety there are a number of key professional credentials that they have in common;
- All are native Spanish speakers who are fluent in English
- All have completed the Costa Rica Institute of Tourism’s training course and been certified as a guide.
- All attend our annual two day in-house training program. The objective is to maintain the safety of our clients (we provide first aid refresher courses, sessions on adventure tour equipment, etc), and from there it’s on to volcanology, botany and other natural history specialties. Last year we brought in a professional photographer to train our guides on ways to help our guests bring home higher quality photos!
We require our drivers to have basic English language proficiency and a minimum of 5 years driving experience, though typically they have between 10 and 15 years.
Alex is a passionate outdoorsman and has led nature tours for nearly 15 years all over Costa Rica.
His specialty is leading Photography trips and Adventure tours: mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, canyoning and rappelling. He has competed with adventure teams in Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, and has led friends up to the peak of Chirripo-the highest peak in Costa Rica-several times.
Families with children love him for his enthusiasm and caring personality!
We are proud to have such an active and passionate tour leader on our team!
Marco’s friends call him “Tex”, and he is full of energy and has a contagious sense of humor.
With over 20 years of experience in the tourism field in Costa Rica, Marco knows his home country well. Combined with his vast experience in the field, Marco continues to study about Costa Rica and in the off-season he has taken many courses including studies in ornithology, ecology, history etc., and recently nature photography.
His travels in the United States include the Grand Tetons, Minnesota, Sedona, and Michigan, and this has helped him to better understand temperate climate ecology and the USA culture.
With his ready laugh and caring manner, it is no wonder Marco is one of our most popular tour leaders!
Jimmy has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and through this he has acquired a strong understanding of other cultures.
In addition he is fluent in English, Italian, French and his native Spanish.
Jimmy is a perfectionist and always “two steps” ahead during his travels with guests.
He has an exceptional sense of humor and an excellent and cultured manner of explaining interesting information to his guests. He has led guests of many different nationalities and is truly one of the top Costa Rican tour leaders.
Guests traveling with Jimmy have often stated their tours with him end too soon!
Hello friends, my name is Dauren Hidalgo Torres, the place I live is surrounded by nature and volcanos, lakes, and wildlife, I share all of this with my wife Guadalupe, and my two sons Fabian and Matias. I would like to tell that some of my hobbies are hiking, running, biking, bird watching and one of them is my job! Guiding around our little piece of heaven in earth: Costa Rica. I have done this more than 22 years and I believe it always will amaze me, in each new thing we see and in each of the activities we do. Although I haven’t travel much around, only to Nicaragua, Panama and Mexico, the way I like to know and travel these countries is always with a local guide. Who can shows us the authentic behavior of the people, the way they live, eat and dream, and take us to all the places they normally visit “as locals”! The mix of experiences while traveling makes me a better tourist and a better person. That is why I try to be authentic “costarricense” when I am working as a guide with my guests from abroad, and proud of my country, show them all the small and also the huge things we have. So, come to Costa Rica, join us in a tour, and let us share with you and your family how is it to be a “costarricense” and live pura vida!
Esterling Alfaro, was born in Alajuela Province, coming from a family of four, two sisters and two brothers, he is the second oldest. He is married with Sandra, and has one child name Lucas. While in hi-school he had the opportunity to visit the Chicago to practice he English language and learn from the culture, a trip that he considers was a transformative experience. Esterling as a child was interested in nature and soon after school he enters the University to follow English as a second carreer and later he went to the National Institute of Learning to become a nature guide. He has been trained in botany and ornithology, also in history and culture and geography of Costa Rica. He started guide tours professionally in 2004 to be even closer to people and nature. He has travel also to Nicaragua and Panama. In his free time he likes hiking, bird watching and gardening.
Jackie Garcia is a 9 years’ experienced Naturalist Guide in Costa Rica, with a vast knowledge leading international groups also in Nicaragua and Panama. She is interested in working with and for people. Dedicated and patience, with an eye for details and open minded. Highly interested in culture, people and nature. For her being able to show and to teach the magic of her country to her travelers is one of the best things of been a guide.
She has been always in loved with the outdoors, she likes hiking, trail running and water sports. That’s why she had practiced different sports since she was a child such as volleyball, running, surfing and biking and now she has over 2 years practicing Crossfit on her free time, something that push her out of her comfort zone. She also loves to travel, she has been already in different sites of the USA and Europe, and keep thinking in adding more new places to her list.
Julio´s more than 20 years in the field gave him great and positive results while guiding his groups in Costa Rica! A man native to rural area and coming from a family of farmers, learned as an early age how to understand the natural world around him. After completing high school in his home town, he moved to the capital city of San José to attend the University, where he spent four years studying Microbiology. While trekking through forests in many habitats the observation of all sources of wildlife keeps his interest alive, then -when guiding visitors- he incorporate this knowledge of describing all creatures and their strategies to exist. The ropes climbing training to access the canopy world, assisting in filming documentaries, collector of samples for different science projects, collector of data for specialized bio-acoustic scientists, among other jobs give Julio a great knowledge to share. He loves to be in good shape, that’s why Julio´s main hobbies are the outdoors activities like running, biking, but also he enjoys reading all articles and books related to nature.
Pav, as he is also known, is a Costa Rican biologist whose emphasis is on trees. He used to be a Biology Teacher and he has been guiding for more than ten years: families, students, naturalists and incentive groups. He combines professional guiding and dancing. He was a dance teacher for ten years. Pav has travelled extensively, always interested on the nature and the culture of the countries he visits. In some places he has been participating in Dance Festivals. Among the visited places: many Central America and Caribbean Countries, México and USA (where he lived for a while). In South America: Ecuador and Brazil. In Europe: Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic. In Asia: Turkey, China, India and Nepal. Pav is also involved in cultural politics and he likes playing Latin percussion, reading, listening to music and watching movies. He loves sharing his time and knowledge with his tourist groups, having conversations and learning about history and the culture of the places the tourists come from. He is fluent in English and Portuguese.
When Rocío decided to become a Certified Naturalist Tour Guide 10 years ago, she did not know what the future will bring. So she launches herself in to the wild of the forest of Costa Rica and she survived and loves her work. The fascination of nature, the unexpected surprises of natural behaviour and the constant transformation of the environment where she guides are the passion of her work as a Tour Guide… Energetic and charismatic, she combines her multifaceted experience to share all the surroundings of this tropical land, making the journey an enriching experience and full of great memories. Through time she has been able to travel to different countries in the old and new world. Her travelings helped her to understand even more the importance of sharing Costa Rica’s culture, people and wonders with visitors. On her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and spend time cooking for her family and friends.
Roy has been a passionate nature interpreter and birdwatcher who has worked in nature-based tourism as a certified professional guide for 10 years. A committed advocate for the protection of Costa Rica’s tropical forests, he has developed an extensive knowledge regarding environmental conservation. Roy is also well-versed in pre- Columbian cultures, history, and research. On trips he leads, he loves teaching travelers about the little details hidden within the flora and fauna, involving them in the discovery and excitement of life in the various bio regions. He makes each visitor’s experience in the tropics unique and memorable by involving travelers in the customs and culture of the local people.
In his free time, Roy can be found hiking with his wife and friends in national parks and other forested areas, and bird watching up and down the country adding new species to his personal list. This passion for birds pushed him to travel to Panama, Guatemala and to the exuberant Cocos Island, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
In 2016, Roy began designing and building furniture using recycled materials, such as wood pallets, something that has become an extremely fulfilling hobby for him. Among his other hobbies are reading, wildlife photography, and volunteering time to work with law enforcement teams to reduce poaching in protected areas in Costa Rica.