Carlos Vazquez

Carlos was born in the city of Quepos on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. His love for the outdoors came from his parents. Some of his earliest childhood memories involve looking for crabs and shrimp in the Mangrove forests of Quepos. He also fondly remembers how his mother prepared delicious soups. 

Carlos' father was a truck driver. So for a time, Carlos thought he wanted to follow in his footsteps. Then he considered becoming a doctor, but as an adult he finally realized that his true passion would always be conservation. Even without a formal degree, Carlos has 18 years of experience as a naturalist guide and countless hours in the forests of Costa Rica. Besides his family, his greatest love is conservation and nature. 

Guiding has given Carlos the opportunity to get to know guests from across the world and through all walks of life. Not only does he enjoy interpreting the forest, tracking creatures and explaining the environmental phenomena that the planet faces today, but he also likes to hear of guests’ lives in other parts of the globe. He wants to learn about their interests, what they do and what made them decide to visit Monteverde. 

When he's not delighting guests on the trails of Monteverde, Carlos loves playing soccer and spending time with his wife Martha and their daughter Jimena. 

"…I've saved my personal favorite for last: Carlos "Charlie" called out "Hola, Abril!" to me each time he saw me, with a big smile. :) He was our guide both for our introductory walk through the lodge gardens and also on a night hike. He asked us what we wanted to see, and then made sure to show us a colorful rainbow-billed toucan and a three-toed sloth, as well as a green pit viper, grey fox, and a toucanet. Thank you so much, Carlos, and all of the staff of Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, for helping us enjoy our time there! …" 

April Y, April 30/2016 

"…We went for exploring wildlife with Carlos our guide in the preserves and found him to be knowledgeable, personable and an awesome emissary for the Costa Rica…" 

Bill G, Feb. 26/2016 

"…We did a couple of trips to Santa Elena and Monteverde National Parks where we saw and orange bellied trogon and the rare resplendent quetzal! our guide was Carlos and he was excellent at spotting birds and creatures in the forest and making sure we saw them too!…" 

Jenny W, Feb. 08/2016