Born in Costa Rica in 1967, “Mau”—as he’s known to his friends—got his feet wet in the travel industry as a partner of an inbound tour company in 1991, which he later helped to successfully position it as one of Costa Rica's leading tour companies. All these years of practical experience provided Mau with the perfect vehicle to share his great love of travel, passion for gastronomy and wine, and a growing interest in culture. His contact with travelers from around the world, coupled with his own vast travel experience, allowed Mau to lend a unique global perspective to his role as travel expert allowing him to share and showcase the beauty of his country and its people, and to put his years of experience and know-how at the service of his clients.
I was born and raised in the small town off Turrialba and then moved to Alajuela City to continue my education. After getting my Business Administration degree with emphasis in tourism I started working at a hotel in the north Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. But after being there for a while I realized that office work was not for me. That is when I went back to school to get my naturalist tour guide certification. After 22 years on the road I can say that one of the greatest motivations working as tour guide is to see that our visitors take home a good perspective of my country and great memories of their trip, as I believe life is all about experiencing and discovering new things. About myself I can say I love life, my family, good food, and traveling.
After being a tour guide for over 25 years I consider myself very lucky as I have the job I always wanted. Since I was in high school I realized that I wanted to work in the outdoors, that is why after getting my business college degree I bought my first minivan and started working as an English speaking driver. After a few years driving around the country and as I have always been passionate about wildlife and nature, I decided that I wanted to become a certified naturalist tour guide. So I started taking courses at InBio (National Biodiversity Institute) about different subjects like volcanoes, geography, natural history, history, guiding and customer service until I got my certification. But being a naturalist tour guide demands to be in constant training, that is why every time I can I sign up for courses to stay up to date. I am also a sponsor of the Costar Rican Ornithologist Association and I have been an avid birdwatcher since 1995! Other activities I enjoy are whitewater rafting, sea kayaking & snorkeling, hiking and horseback riding.