our staff

Costa Rica Nature Adventures is a division of Aventuras Naturales which is licensed by the Costa Rica Tourism Bureau - Registry Nº 3830

Our Staff

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Pacuare Lodge Staff


Willman Solano
Resident Manger

Born and raised in a small town near Turrialba, Willman’s passion for nature lead him to study Ecological Tourism at the Universidad de Costa Rica, where he eventually earned his degree. Three years as the resident manager at the Pacuare Lodge have only strengthened Willman’s love for the outdoors, so much so, that when time permits you will often see him double as a naturalist guide, leading guests on the Pacuare Canopy Adventure tour and morning bird watching tour. He is highly regarded by his staff for his kind and dedicated manner.


Andrés Vargas

Andres  is the operations and tour manager and he is the person who tales over for Willman,  on his free days and vacation. Andres is from Turrialba and boasts fourteen  years with our company, making him one of our most senior and experienced employee. He  has guided river tours seasonally in Italy, France and Greece and  began his career as a guide and is now responsible for the operation of all our tours. Andres  is a special person who loves his work and who shows great pride in forging a professional and unified team.


Maintenance & Landscaping

Roberto is a native of the Cabecar tribe, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica.
He lives in the Nairi Awari indigenous reserve, located in the rainforest covered mountains that surround the Pacuare Lodge.  From his thatched home deep in the forest, Roberto hikes an hour every morning to the lodge, and then another hour home in the early evening. Roberto overseas the maintenance and upkeep of the main lodge as well as that of the surrounding gardens. He and his brother Siberiano are also in charge of safekeeping our Culture and Traditions area located in the old main lodge. Roberto has been a part of our Pacuare Lodge staff for over ten years.



As with Gerardo, Calín also hails from the hamlet of El Bajo del Tigre where he gets up bright and early every day to make the long hike to the lodge. He works in maintenance and also as our in-house cowboy, leading guests on horseback tours. He has worked with the Pacuare Lodge for over fourteen years and he is our main liaison with the various community projects we participate in.


Pastry Chef

Mother of two children, Guiselle also makes the forty-five minute hike everyday from El Bajo del Tigre to the lodge. Desserts are her specialty, and she continually impresses guests and staff alike with her baked goodies. She learns new skills quickly, loves her job and is welcoming and friendly with everyone she comes into contact with. Guiselle has worked at the lodge for two years.



As a proud member of the El Bajo del Tigre community, Geovanny is easily recognizable by his quick and ready smile, as well as by his boundless enthusiasm and friendly nature. His curiosity and desire to learn have led him to become part of our maintenance staff as well as a frequent guide on the Pacuare Adventure Canopy tour. Geovanny has been with the lodge for over three years.




Our Guides



Carlos "Pichón"

Carlos has worked with us for over twelve years and has a great attitude and work ethic. He is one of Costa Rica’s top oarboat guides (these are the well-conditioned guides who transport your luggage and equipment to and from the lodge) and a skilled zipline guide. He lives in Turrialba with his family. 



With over fifteen year’s experience, Max is one of our most experienced guides. His exploits as a river guide are legendary, and his skills have enabled him to become a top member of Costa Rica’s national rafting team. His passion for the ecology and birdlife of this region are a real plus, making him a regular guide on the birdwatching tour, as well as the Pacuare Canopy Adventure tour and rainforest hikes. Max lives in Turrialba with his family.



Luis "Achoy"

Tiny Luis, as he is affectionately called by his co-workers, is a bundle of muscles and one of our most experienced guides. He boasts fourteen years leading river rafting tours, and is an accomplished zipline and hiking guide. He lives in Turrialba with his family.  




One of Costa Rica’s top kayaking guides, Christian is an experienced safety kayaker and has been a part of our team for over ten years. He lives in Turrialba with his family.


Jose Luis "Pokas"

Jose Luis is no ordinary guide. As a safety kayaker, his job is to rescue rafters who may have fallen in the swift-moving waters of the Pacuare River. He is one of the top kayakers in Costa Rica, and has been a valuable member of our team for over ten years. He lives in Turrialba with his family.