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Guide Biography:

Rocio Madrigal in Costa Rica

Rocio is a Certified Naturalist Tour guide form the Institute of Biodiversity INBIO in Costa Rica. 7 years ago she decided to pursue her passion and decided to make agendas with nature. Since she was little her favorite place and playground was being surrounded by forest and rivers. Through time she has been able to travel to different countries that have helped her to understand that her country is part of this beautiful world, allowing her to share Costa Rica’s culture, people and wonders. Energetic and charismatic, Rocio combines her multifaceted experience to share all the surroundings of this tropical land, making the journey an enriching experience and full of great memories. She is a mother of three.

Rocio's Guide Survey:

My favorite destination? Tortuguero

What destination would you like to visit? Peninsula de Osa

What's your favorite bike ride? Around Lake Arenal

What is your favorite hike? Chirripo

What's your favorite historical site, castle, museum, etc? Out of CR: Machu Picchu- in Costa Rica: Guayabo.

What's your favorite trip to guide? I love guiding in Costa Rica because it is so diverse and each part of the territory offers so much, you can never get bored. It is always changing!!! I look forward every time to seeing something different.

What do you do that makes a guest's vacation special? I love nature and Costa Rica offers so much. I find that as a tour guide I can share and show my country, our customs and culture. And most important, I enjoy doing it : )

Describe the most amazing experience you've had while traveling: One time when I was with a family inside the forest, I was explaining about a behavior of the red poison dart frog. Oophaga pumilio, when the males fight to protect their territory with another male, was explained by a herpetologist in a book and I remembered that he mentioned it took them several days to see in person that type of wrestling fight among those male frogs. All of the sudden I spotted several red poison dart frogs and while observing them two of them started fighting just how I explained to my group and how I read in the book. It was so impressive we stayed looking at them for 15 minutes. It was one of those lucky times I felt like I just found a hidden treasure in the jungle and my group did too :)

Favorite Movie: I have many but Forest Gump was the first to come to mind.

Favorite Book: The Bible - As a Woman Thinks, Don Quixote, and many more

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Running and walks in the forest.

What are your hobbies? Reading, karaoke, gardening, and cooking.

When did you first catch the travel bug? When I had to introduce a new group in Costa Rica as a Tour Director 7 years ago.

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