In the whole of the Osa Peninsula a lot of work and income revolves around tourism. Now that the rainy season is over, high season has started and tour guides are busier than ever and hostels and hotels are fully booked. So what is it like to be an actual tour guide? In this interview with Corcovado guides Maikol and Cristhian we’ll give you a sneak peek into the life of a guide!
How long have you been a tour guide?
Maikol: ´I have been guiding tours through the forests for a very long time. I have been a guide in the national park for the past 2 years.´
Christian: ´I have been a tour guide for the past 7 years.´
Why did you decide to become a guide?
Maikol: ´I decided to be a tour guide because I love nature and want to share this with tourists. I also feel like this is a very honest and clean job.´
Christian: ´It is a way to share our nature, but overall, getting to know the rest of the world and the different cultures.´
What do you love most about your job?
Maikol: ´What I like most about my job is the incredible animals and that tourists come to realise how endangering and special these animals are, which draws attention to conservation work.´
How would you describe Corcovado National Park?
Maikol: ´The everyday nature of Corcovado is a perfect example of what makes our country so beautiful.´
What is your favourite memory from one of the tours?
Christian: ´The faces of the tourists when they get to see a puma in real life.´
Maikol: ´One of the best memories I have from my tours is when I found a puma and a tapir with babies! There are no words to describe these moments.´
Are you planning on continuing working as a guide?
Cristhian: ´For as long as I can.´
Maikol: ´I would love to be a guide for the rest of my life because it is one of the best jobs in the world!´
What is the hardest part about your job?
Maikol: ´The difficult thing about my work is that I am responsible for the tourists and that I have to be professional every day.´
Cristhian: ´Often I run into people who disrespect nature, which is very hard to deal with because we have been working hard on protecting it throughout generations.´
By Melanie Kouters - Field Communications Officer
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