Carlos first came to Hacienda Baru as an intern from the, Colegio Universitario de Cartago, this is a University that is known for its bachelors degree in tourism. While he was an intern Carlos did an exceptional job and helped out with tours, in the restaurant and in the office. His eagerness to learn and his proactive attitude were key to his success. When it was time to go home, we told him that if he improved his English he was welcome to come back for a permanent job.
Two years later, Carlos gave us a call, he had worked on his English, he first worked in the office, but it was obvious that his real calling were the trails and canopy experiences in the Reserve. Carlos has now been leading tours on the Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge for a year. You are likely to find him on the Flight of the Toucan Canopy Zip Line, telling stories around a camp fire for the Night in the Jungle or explaining a symbiotic relationship on the Rainforest Experience.
Carlos is the 13th of 14 brothers and sisters; he is originally from the region of Los Santos located in the highest mountain range in Costa Rica. His passion is Environmental Education and Sustainability. He is in charge of Hacienda Baru’s Sea Turtle release project with the local community schools and is also responsible for the Bandera Azul or Blue Flag status that we have on our 3 KM of beach. In other words, he makes sure that this beach is clean! His strength in the forest is general rainforest ecology but he has a soft spot for sloths, we have both the two and three-toed at Hacienda Baru and for the Coatimundi.
When he’s not teaching school children about the environment or working on our sustainability plan, Carlos likes to spend time with his girlfriend and his family.