CRR FIELD TEAM & GUIDES

We like to call our staff the dream team. We are made up of locals and foreigners who have been in the tourism industry for years. Our office and reservation staff has the same knowledge of the country as our drivers and guides. All guides have been certified by Costa Rica Board of Tourism as naturalists in order to give the most complete and ACCURATE information on Costa Rica. All of our guides are certified with rescue and first aid courses.

Our adventure guides in rafting, rappeling, hiking, and ziplining have all been certified with years of experience. We take pride in our staff. They are the ones that make this experience truly memorable.

TOM RANIERI

OWNER

  • 11 years of Experience as Raft Guide in Costa Rica
  • WEMT, Vertical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, WFA, WFR
  • Dog Lover
  • Environmentalist
  • Slow Runner
  • Global Warming Activist
  • Son & Brother
  • Former Car Owner
  • Story-Teller & Writer (at times boring)
  • Public Transportation Guru
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Coffee drinker
  • Horrible dancer but not afraid to try
  • List of Forbe's 500 people to never pick up the magazine of Forbe's

Topics of Interest: Tropical Ecology, Global Warming, Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture Farming, Biomimicry, Curing Kids of Nature-Deficit Disorder.

MARLON BUSTOS

RAFTING HEAD-GUIDE

  • 14 years River Guiding
  • Member of Costa Rica National Rafting Team
  • Mountain Rescue, Whitewater Rescue, WFA
  • Father & Son
  • Nature Activist
  • One-Time Visitor to Manhattan
  • Hates to Fly
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Lives in Sitio de Mata

Topics of Interest: Rafting Safety, Teaching and Instructing River courses, Rafting Competitively, Sustainable Agriculture, Aquatic Birds, Soccer.

DIEGO QUESADA

NATURALIST GUIDE

  • Biologist
  • Degree in Natural Resource Management
  • Executive Director of The National Park Arenal
  • 8 years experience as Naturalist Guide
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Funny
  • Prankster
  • The guide everyone wants to bring home
  • Diego is not for SALE!

Topics of Interest: Evolutionary Biology, Volcanology, Sustainable living, Upkeep of National Parks and Goals for Conservation, Movies, playing guitar.

JHEUDY CARBALLO

NATURALIST GUIDE

  • 14 years experience as Naturalist Guide
  • Degree in Agro-ecologico Turismo
  • Consultant for Sustainable Business Practices
  • A wiki-pedia of information & then some
  • Father
  • Hiker
  • Fast Reader in English & Spanish
  • Full country guide
  • Did we mention Jheudy knows more about Costa Rica than the President
  • Passionate & Natural Teacher
  • Lives in front of Active Arenal Volcano
  • Represented CRR at a Teacher Conference in Miami, saw two Heat games and is now a huge FAN!

Topics of Interest: Tropical Ecology, History of Costa Rica, Large Company affects on Central America (United Fruit Company), Global Warming, Sustainable farming and business practices, Alternative Energy Solutions, Presidents of Costa Rica, Birding

ERICK AGUILA

NATURALIST GUIDE

  • Degree in Turismo Naturalist Guide
  • Smart
  • Funny
  • 8 years of Experience
  • Lives in Turrialba Mountains
  • Relentless Hiker
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Loves to Scream during big rapids!
  • Good Dancer

Topics of Interest: Tropical Ecology, Insects, mammals, ferns, Caribbean Costa Rica, Affects of mono-culture on Costa Rica economy and environment.

LUIGI (LUIS) RASTA

TURRIALBA COSTA RICA

  • Puts the "flawless" in raft guiding
  • Best Guacamole in Las Americas
  • Professional Videographer
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Bi-Lingual English / Spanish
  • 10 years working in Tourism
  • Father of "Ella" cutest kid alive
  • Husband to "Vivi" an Expert in Rural Tourism and Super Mom!
  • Nature Lover, Simple Liver, & walks the talk!!!

Topics of Interest: Rafting, Videos, Tourism Projects, Reggae Music!!!!!!!!!, Learning, Saving the Planet for "Ella", & Puerto Rico (That is where Vivi is from)

DANIEL BUSTOS

HEREDIA (INSANE KAYAKER)

  • Kayaker
  • Rafter
  • Street Dancer
  • Ju-Jitzu
  • Excellent cook
  • Highly Energetic
  • Father of cutest little girl possible
  • Nature Lover
  • Sitio de Mata Turrialba Native

FRESSY ARAYA

SITIO DE MATA PROJECT MANAGER

  • 10 years working in Raft Warehouses
  • 6 years working for CRR full-time
  • Mother, grandmother, & great
  • Recycler, composter, Sustainable Advocate
  • Manager of Local Dance groups & Activities
  • A Patron Saint of Rural Eco-tourism Project
  • Hard worker
  • Prefers the Simple Life
  • Mother of 3 river guides and never been rafting
  • Craft maker

Topics of Interest: Rural development, Recycling, reusing everything, maintaining local culture, providing local cuisine, and sustainable agriculture

RAFT GUIDES

TURRIALBA

  • National Team Guides
  • Years of Experience
  • 100% Stress Free Lives
  • Happy
  • Funny
  • Tan
  • & Ripped!!!

Topics of Interest: Currents & Rivers along with getting home at a reasonable hour to get up for work on time.

MARY RANIERI

OFFICE ASSISTANT

  • Dog Lover
  • 10 employees in one body
  • Wife & Mother of 3 boys (2 Conservationist Adventure Junkies and 1 FBI Agent)
  • Dog Lover (Max, Bruno, & Tuk)
  • Public Transportation Deamon
  • Lives in Rural Costa Rica Mountain village
  • CRR Meal Provider & Cook
  • Owner of Office Space for CRR
  • Has rafted Pacuare 6 times
  • Lifetime Educator
  • Relentness Composter, Recycler, & Herb grower
  • Rappeler of 3 different Costa Rican Waterfalls which happen to be off the grid falls (Not Commercial)

Topics of Interest: Dogs, cooking, her family, being a host to guests, adventure company operator, wedding planner, Mother Teresa, Holiday Greeting Card writer, birthday reminder.

REGINA LOPEZ

MARKETING

  • 15 years in Corporate America in Chase Bank; Stole one from the Corporate world
  • Resides in Costa Rica but markets in the USA
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • World Traveler
  • Degree in Business Marketing
  • Yoga Instuctor
  • One time rafter
  • Smoothest & Fastest to pass out a CRR business card

Topics of Interest: Marketing, International cusine, yoga, Costa Rica living, Costa Rica real estate market, Economy of Costa Rica

JIM RANIERI

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST

  • 15 years of guidance counseling in the USA
  • 35 marathons & counting (I know we ask the same question, WHY?!)
  • Trekker, rafter, & conservationist
  • White Nile Rafter (Class Gazillion Rapids)
  • 7th grade basketball Most Improved Player
  • Cirriculum Planner
  • Eco-Tourism schmoozer (TIES member & Attendee of all conferences)
  • Surfer (Really not that good)
  • Prefers the Simple Life
  • Travels with practically nothing
  • CRR's version of No-Impact-Man

Topics of Interest: Running, Adventure Sports, Education, National Standards between different nations, How what we consume affect the poorest of the poor abroad, Planet Earth, Africa, Uganda, Sustainable Farming

VILADYS RIVERA

  • 10 Years working in Tourism
  • CRR Manager
  • Masters Degree in Tourism and Environmental Management
  • Mama de Ella (Cutest 6 year old in all of Costa Rica)
  • Environmentalist and Activist
  • Genius of Community Service Pojects
  • Passion for CRR that all benefit from!
  • Wife of Luigi!