How long have you been guiding for?
I have been in the tourism industry for more than 16 years, starting out as a taxi driver at the San Jose International Airport in 2001. When I realised how much I enjoyed interacting with people from all over the world, I decided to prepare myself to become a guide. Over the last 13 years, I have been privileged to have the opportunity to share our beautiful country with guests. Today, I still love it as much as I did on day one.
How would you best describe Costa Rica?
If you like nature, adventure, friendly people and sunshine, Costa Rica is for you! It’s fun. It’s safe. And it offers experiences that you really won’t find anywhere else. Having 4% of the worlds’ biodiversity concentrated in just 51,100 square kilometres, Costa Rica is truly a paradise for those who love wildlife. Costa Rica is Pura Vida!
What do you most love about being a guide?
I get my reward in that moment when I watch a client’s face light up as they discover something new. Something that blows their mind! A taste, a smell, a texture – when they realise they are experiencing something they have never lived before.
What's your favourite animal?
Ah, this is a difficult question! Every creature, great and small has something special! It could be a minor adaptation or a feature that makes them unique. When you think about how specific the evolutionary process is and how hard species try to stay in the competition to live, it is impossible to have a favourite. They are all amazing!