Rodiber, the second of seven siblings in a family of farmers, was born in 1987 and along the cattle ranch area of Guanacaste. When Rodiber was eight years old, his family moved to the region of Sarapiquí in the province of Heredia. This area of lush tropical forests with abundant wildlife is where young Rodiber developed his fascination and interest in nature and its biodiversity.
At fifteen years old, he started to work in an organic pineapple farm, a very arduous job, which made him realize the importance of studying how to grow professionally. While working during the day and taking classes at a night school, he developed an interest in learning the English language. This knowledge, combined with his experience in pineapple production, led him to explore tourism. As a result, Rodiber began guiding organic pineapple tours. Then he decided to continue his tourism studies and worked in various activities related to the lodging industry.
In November 2014, Rodiber joined Costa Rica Expeditions and expressed the following: " Costa Rica Expeditions received me as a friend, and since then I started one of the best adventures of my life, with a lot of personal and professional growth, plus I have been able to know some of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Costa Rica. With the help of the Naturalist colleagues who work in the company, I have been able to improve my knowledge in Natural History and guided techniques."
Rodiber is characterized by his affable spirit, where he always remains positive and willing to help at any time. One of his greatest strengths is working with families that have children. He has been a resident guide at our hotel in Tortuguero, Tortuga Lodge, and is currently our resident guide at Monteverde Lodge, our hotel in Monteverde.
"…One of the highlights of this place is the fact that you have access to the guides that work for the lodge. We had Rodiber, and what a remarkable kid friendly naturalist guide! Our kids got to spot quetzals learn so much from him, in a very patient easy-going style. Can't say enough good things about him and the service…"
"…We thoroughly enjoyed our private Cloud Forest tour with Rodiber who was full of knowledge and tried so hard - and yes he found a female Quetzal for us! Hope we can return one day!…"
"…Our guide Rodiber Martinez was absolutely fantastic. We had two private tours (monteverde reserve and curi cancha) and a shared tour (el Refugio night tour) with him, all of which exceeded our (very high!) expectations. His knowledge and passion for wildlife (particularly birds) was second to none and his warm and friendly manner was a joy to be around. He made a huge effort to find us as much wildlife as he could, delighting us with a wonderful quetzal sighting and staying beyond our official time when we found some fantastic birds in curi cancha. He even sat down with us after the tour to make a list of all the animals we saw. His friendly nature extended to everyone we met on our trips, helping other tourists catch a glimpse of the quetzal when they were struggling to see what all the fuss was about and informing other guides of his sightings. On the night tour, he found a palm pit viper (amazing to see) and ensured we could all watch it in a safe way. He was very careful to check if anyone in the group had phobias before we began and made you feel in very safe and competent hands. If hotel management are reading this- be sure to pass on our thanks once again!…"