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Meet Your Naturalist Guides

Born and raised in Monteverde, the Lodge guides are part of Monteverde's history, they are descendants of the original Costa Rican settlers of this mountain range and they spend each day exploring the forests of the region. They will insure that you see the "hidden Monteverde" because they all live here, study it, know it so well and are totally dedicated to your experience of a lifetime.

Watch the clouds rolling over the Continental Divide and learn about the dwarf forests that you will see in this region, observe a new bird in the spotting scope, get a good look at its eye ring and chest feathers, stand back and listen carefully as your guide calls your bird out of the forest imitating his call, feel the thrill when it finally perches on a branch singing that special melody.

Carlos, Samuel and Elier know which birds and animals are being seen at each of the Reserves and on a daily basis they will recommend the best places to explore for daytime and nighttime hikes in the Cloud Forests of Monteverde.

Your time in Monteverde would not be fully experienced without a guided experience. Private and shared (no more than 9 guests) experiences are available.


Carlos Vazquez

Carlos was born in the city of Quepos, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. His love of the outdoors was transmitted to him by his parents. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of looking for crab and shrimp the forests of Mangrove forests of Quepos and then back at home, his mother's delicious soup. Carlos' father was a truck driver and for a time Carlos thought he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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"…We LOVED Carlos Vazquez. He is one of the very best guides we have ever had. It was so special to spend time with him in Monteverde. We saw 36 species of birds, including the Quetzal! His knowledge and passion are unparalleled. We loved our group tour at the Santa Elena reserve…"
Suzanne Garrow, February 2011
"…Carlos is a walking encyclopedia and quite an asset on a hike. We loved him. Our trip to the Bat Jungle was very informative. The guide/proprietor was very passionate about his field. We learned a lot about bats from him. We had no idea how important bats are to reforestation in the tropics. We were blessed with sunny weather for our entire stay in this area. We saw the most hummingbirds at Monteverde Reserve…"
Cathy and Jim Huckins, March 2011

Elier Zuñiga

Born on May 10th 1979, in the city of Puntarenas, Elier is one of four brothers and sisters.

As a little boy, it was his dream to work outdoors, he was sure that he didn't want to work in an office. Elier was one of those boys that his mother asked to empty his pockets at the back door because she knew that insects, reptiles and seeds were sure to be stashed there. He didn't walk around whistling, he walked around imitating bird calls.

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"…The following guides from Monteverde were great, friendly, and knowledgeable: Elier Zuniga, Samuel Arguedas…"
Jesse Rubenstein, February 2013

Samuel Arguedas

Born in the port city of Puntarenas on September 25, 1968, Samuel grew up in the Monteverde region. He is the last of 14 brothers and sisters.

Samuel's is a descendant of one of the oldest Monteverde Families. His father, Don Felipe, was a farmer and grew beans and vegetables and then he sold them to a Chinese Restaurant in the Las Juntas de Abangares. At that time, the trip from Monteverde to Las Juntas took 3 days.

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"…Our guide for the Monteverde Reserve (Samuel) was so good… I heartily approve of using him as a guide. I don't see how you could do any better. We saw 4 Quetzals!..."
Kathy Lepp & Karen Matheson, April 2011
"…We'd like to mention specifically our guide Samuel Arguedas in Monte Verde. He was excellent! He knew where to look for the quetzal or the bell bird and persevered until he found them. He has a very sharp eye and ear…"
Nico & Mona Van Opstal, June 2011

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In Monteverde after passing World of Insects on your left, take the right fork in the road, drive 500 meters to the entrance of the lodge on your right.
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