our Resident Experts at selva verde
We are very fortunate at Selva Verde to have two excellent naturalist guides, who share their knowledge and appreciation of the flora and fauna of the rainforest with our guests to provide a true connection with Costa Rican nature and culture. We would like to present our local resident naturalists, Ronald and Iván.
Ronald G. Jimenez
My name is Ronald G. Jimenez Saborio, I am 27 years old, I love nature to work as a naturalist tour guide is thrilling, I like to teach and show to the visitors our beautiful flora and fauna that Selva Verde has to enjoy and watch. I speak Spanish and English. I have just one year being a guide. My father was a hunter and now he is not; so, my mission is to educate the tourists about nature and how we can protect it. I started working at La Fortuna (Volcan Arenal) as a Canopy tour guide then doing different activities such as hikes, ATV tours, ect. Actually I work at Selva Verde and It is a really good place to do it. In my free time I like to take pictures, play footboll, run, read books and walk.
Jose Ivan Castillo Gomez
José Iván Castillo Gomez grew up in Río Frío de Sarapiquí in Costa Rica's Heredia province, where he attended school surrounded by a banana plantation. After completing high school, in 2003 he trained as a bartender and waiter while also learning English. This course was key for Iván in starting his career in ecotourism; that same year, he began working in Selva Verde's Selvita bar. Five years later, he started working toward his degree in Sustainable Tourism Management. At that time birding was already his favorite hobby, so much so that he was chosen for the naturalist guide training program offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies La Selva Biological Station, where he learned a great deal about the rainforest's natural history. Thanks to this course and his love for nature, he became a member of the freelance guide staffs at La Selva, Tirimbina Biological Station, and Selva Verde.
While working in the Selvita bar, Iván had the opportunity to further his knowledge by engaging with professional naturalists and taking additional natural history courses. In January 2013, he was appointed the head of Selva Verde's naturalist guides. Now he enjoys what he does even more, and learns something new in the forest every day. His pastimes include birding with his wife and friends, nature photography, reading natural history and mountain biking.