What's your favourite National Park in Costa Rica and why?
Corcovado National Park, according to National Geographic, is the most biologically intense place on earth. It is a place full of energy! It’s on the branches, under rocks, on the creeks... it is everywhere! Every single corner is incredible - vibrant and full of life! This is why Corcovado National Park is my favourite!
Tell me about a funny wildlife encounter you once had?
Ok! Here, we have two different kinds of peccaries; the white-lipped (known for been very aggressive) and the collared peccary (a smaller and supposedly friendlier cousin). In 2010, I was assigned to a tour in one of the largest private reserves in the country. My boss sends me to scout the area before the group’s arrival. So, here I am on a trail, by myself, in the middle of the forest. Ahead of me, I see two collared peccaries. In the moment, I remained calm and enjoyed the encounter, with what I believed to be the friendlier of the species. Suddenly, the two individuals galloped away from me, and then… silence. They had disappeared into the distance.
Five seconds of false security passed, when the ground started to rumble… the whole pack was coming for me! I don’t think I have ever climbed a tree so fast in my life!
They never got me, but all of those years climbing mango trees as a child definitely helped! According to most locals, nature specialists and wildlife enthusiasts, they are not known for been aggressive, but I was not willing to put that to the test!
What future developments do you hope for to help improve ecotourism in COsta Rica?
The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), is constantly trying to teach the benefits of ecotourism to as many locals as possible. There are programs that emphasise the development of the areas visited by travellers. I hope with the years, every child gets to have access to a more specialised education. Not just in terms of the regular curriculum subjects, but also to learn the importance of conservation and sustainability so we can prove to the world that it is not just possible to develop a society in harmony with nature, but also to enable it to become a standard synchronicity for everyone in this country.