My name is Alejandra and I am a licensed General Guide of Costa Rica based in Esterillos Oeste. I am passionate about conservation and like to take advantage of every opportunity to share my love for nature whether it is during my guided adventures at local and nearby attractions or free time spent with friends and family.
During my youth, living in Guanacaste I split my free time between volunteering for the Costa Rica Red Cross and building a treasured butterfly collection of over 1,000 specimens under the supervision of an esteemed biologist at the Area de Conservación Guanacaste (1997-2002). Some species, such as the Panacea procilla, had not even been formally reported in the area until after being added to my collection.
Jim Cordoba Founder and Director of Insectopia, Ph.D. Daniel Janzen and Ph.D. Winnie Hallwachs founders and researchers of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste with Ale.
I started with small educational campaigns in Esterillos Oeste, then actively volunteered in local projects such as the Blue Flag program (Esterillos Oeste 2016, 2017, Bejuco 2017) organized beach cleanups, assisted with the establishment of the turtle hatchery and different reforestation campaigns. I then continued to prepare to dedicate myself to bring the conservation message, with the ideal to make the world a better place through my profession. I grew up listening to the forest, smelling, watching, feeling it, with all my senses, the forest grew in me and I love it, I can’t look the other way.
During 2019, I collaborated with the Insectopia Museum project in the Osa Peninsula (the most biologically intense place on Earth) as the Collection Manager and Curator of a collection of more than 4,000 specimens of insects and butterflies collected from Corcovado National Park and surrounding areas. While there, I also assisted creating educational classes for international students.
Since acquiring my General Guide license I have committed to designing local guided adventures in Esterillos Oeste and nearby locations to share the wonders of Costa Rica and educate visitors and locals alike with the history of the area and the importance of protecting the natural beauty that we all depend on.