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PEOPLE OF PAPAGAYO

The Team Goes The Distance

Meet a few of the people who bring the peninsula to life. Each shares a passion for helping our community connect and grow through tailored adventure-driven experiences celebrating local culture and the natural world. Known for their creativity and innovation, these explorers extraordinaire continually find new ways to delight in unexpected discoveries.

Meet the Team

Ersel Aguilar Villalobos

OPERATIONS MANAGER, PAPAGAYO EXPLORERS

Birthplace:

Alajuela, Costa Rica


Domain:

In the jungle or on the river


Claim to fame:

Nature tour guide and designer, Trip Advisor #1 best tours in the area, Ministry of Culture award winner 


Magic power:

Connecting people with nature and pura vida


Fun fact:

Creator of YouTube channel, Ersel Costa Rica┬á


Epic moment:

Rescued and handled a baby sloth that was lost on the ground, baby sloth hugged him and stopped crying, then Ersel helped find its mother


Favorite spot in Guanacaste:

Santa Elena Bay


Motto:

Every day is a great day


Team Member Spotlight

Francesca Poddie

DIRECTOR, MEMBER SERVICES

Miguel Sánchez

GENERAL MANAGER
PAPAGAYO EXPLORERS

Alex Tetzner

GENERAL MANAGER
CLUBHOUSE AT PRIETA BEACH

Gabriel Chac├│n

PRO BIKE GUIDE
PAPAGAYO EXPLORERS