Meet The guides

Paul and Amanda Laurent are expert naturalists who have keen eyes for spotting all kinds of wildlife. Their specialties include bird watching and herpetology. In addition to their nature expertise, the husband and wife team have been exploring Costa Rica & Central America for years, and have found some of the most spectacular hidden spots far away from big tour buses. When the two are not leading trips to Costa Rica, you will find them leading kayak eco tours for their family's business, Black River Outdoors, based in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Paul and Amanda also enjoy cooking together, rock climbing, and playing musical instruments.

Paul and Amanda at the peak of Cerro de la Muerte. Savegre Valley, San Gerardo de Dota

Amanda has an almost supernatural ability to find all sorts of animals (especially sloths, which is her favorite animal!) She combines her knowledge and love of all animals with a degree in Psychology and an MBA from Coastal Carolina University, to provide guests with an adventurous and organized excursion. Not to mention her remarkable ability to keep Paul from getting sidetracked and distracted! Amanda's warm, caring personality, and fine attention to detail, make traveling across Costa Rica feel as easy and natural as if you were back home. 

Paul is a natural born nature tour guide who has an extensive knowledge of wildlife, history, and culture. Paul has a history degree from Gettysburg College but has always loved being outdoors. He keeps our trips entertaining with his witty (and punny) sense of humor. Paul is not afraid to leap out into the thick of the jungle catch a snake, frog, or spider to show everyone. Sometimes he gets a little carried away but his excitement for nature is contagious and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the trip.

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