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Our Team in Costa Rica


Ricardo Romero

Costa Rica Country Director

Ricardo joined Rustic Pathways in 2005 after working in Costa Rica’s rafting industry for a decade. Ricardo has worn many hats on our team, from community service coordinator to sales representative and everything in between. An avid outdoorsman with extensive experience as a river guide, his commitment to safety in the tourism sector and degree in business from the University of Costa Rica make him the ideal director of our Costa Rica operations.

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Wainer Ocampo

Costa Rica Country Manager

Since he joined Rustic Pathways in 2008, Wainer’s patience and constant smile have won him a special place in the hearts of our students. A Costa Rica native, Wainer has also spent time in the U.S., where he completed a cultural exchange at Hiram College in Ohio. Always the first person on the dance floor, he can often be found teaching salsa to our students. the Costa Rica team.

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Andrés Zúñiga

Costa Rica Program Manager

Andres puts his master’s degree in environmental management and eco-tourism to use managing our Intro to Service program. He started working with Rustic Pathways in 2013 as a Program Manager and his passion and pioneering spirit have made him an invaluable member of our Costa Rica team. When not managing our base house or getting involved in environmental initiatives, Andres enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, playing soccer, fishing and traveling.

Marianela Garcia

Costa Rica Office Administrator

A native of the small coastal town of Pérez Zeledón, Nela brings her calming presence and kindness to our administrative team. After receiving her MBA from the University of Costa Rica, Nela’s bilingual skills and sense of organization keep our Costa Rica office running smoothly. Nela has been ensuring successful operations within our team since 2012.

Pamela Quesada

Costa Rica Program Manager

Pame is an environmental lawyer who believes in the powerful and positive impact of volunteering to our community and to the rest of the world. She always has an optimistic and charismatic positive vibe surrounding her. With her endless energy and enthusiasm in the most overwhelming moments she is a great team-player. You can either find her running or exploring in the backcountry or in the kitchen preparing and decorating some healthy dishes. Share a dance, a song, or a cup of coffee with her and you will surely have an enriching time.

Felipe Hernandez

Program Manager

Felipe has a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Tourism Management. He joined RP in 2017 as a program leader, but his experience as vice president of a non-governmental environmental organization in Costa Rica made him a great fit to manage our Turtle Conservation programs. He has worked on projects with protected wild refuges and in rural areas in different parts of Costa Rica. In addition to that, he has been part of different wildlife issues commissions and projects. If not working he can be found enjoying his two main passions nature and wildlife.