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EXPLORE WITH A CERTIFIED TOUR GUIDE

Co-Director Johel is a nationally certificated guide with a rural tourism and naturalist focus. He is the perfect resource for excursions where you want a more in-depth look at the nature and community around you.

In addition to his guiding certification from INA (Instituto Nacional del Aprendizaje), Johel has taken on projects and multiple courses on specific flora and fauna of the region, including herpetology, amphibians, and turtles.
 

SHARING A TRUE LOVE OF NATURE

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Come let Johel be your guide and share with you what is the incredible biodiversity that makes up Costa Rica

If you ask Johel about his childhood, most likely he’ll reflect on some wild story where he went traipsing through jungles near his house barefoot (not recommended!), climbed trees to eat fresh water apples (manzanas de agua) until he had a bellyache, or explored local rivers at age seven to fish with friends. 

Once he had his own family, his own wife would often jokingly chastise him for taking family strolls without taking a single picture of his kids, but 100 pictures of plants, fungi and birds!

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His genuine appreciation and love of nature, Costa Rican wildlife, and the geography of this region go way back to the memories he has of being a child with the freedom to fall in love with the nature around him. The frogs, insects, sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and birds that he remembers being fascinated with as a child are now what he loves to identify, learn about, and share with visitors today.

JOHEL'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION (HUETAR NORTE)

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Hike the incredible variety of mountain waterfalls of the Cordillera Central

Explore a biological reserve at sunrise and watch the awakening of the jungle from a fire tower

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Take a horseback ride through a biological corridor in San Juan La Selva

Get to know a rural community and the benefits of local fauna through local residents

See more about where Johel can take you and all you can explore on his instagram: senderos_js

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