Stephanie Sheehy. General Manager
I was born in Escazú, Costa Rica. I grew up in the tourism industry as my grandfather was a pilot for the only airline of Costa Rica called LACSA. As a child, my family traveled a lot together. I met my husband, Emilio, while we both worked for a local ground operator. We love this country and appreciate the opportunity to showcase it to people from around the world. Of course, our lives changed when we became parents of two, lovely children. Our family has personally tested and traveled with all the suppliers that we use. We’ve selected them based on our real-life family experience so that you can travel with confidence.
Emilio Zúñiga. Operations Manager
I was born in Liberia Guanacaste, where tourism surrounded me. During my childhood, my father had a travel agency, then a boutique hostel. I started my own horseback riding tours on my father’s farm, worked as a guide on a canopy, and ended up studying to be a certified guide. Then I came to San Jose to the University to study Business Management. When I finished my Bachelor, I began working at a local ground operator and that was when I met Stephanie, my wife.
Natalia Vindas. Local Expert
My love for traveling runs in my veins. My grandparents travelled a lot around the world and they took us with them several times, having amazing family trips at many places since I was a kid. As a wheelchair user, I have solo travelled many countries and I enjoy sharing those experiences. I love my work at Il Viaggio Travel, designing amazing experiences for people with disabilities in Costa Rica. Our country has many natural and exciting activities to offer.
Juvenal Acuña. Certified Guide
I remember taking amazing trips with my grandfather, mom and siblings. My grandfather, who was an agronomist, taught me about trees and plants and cultivated my love of nature. In 1997, I became a guide, sharing everything that I know about my beautiful country. As a father of three children, I know how to help families experience the real Costa Rica.
Luis Diego Soto. Certified Guide
I was born in Cartago, the first capital city of Costa Rica. Since I was little, I have loved to travel. I remember when my father used to take my family to the beaches and mountains of Costa Rica. These adventures fueled my love for this country. That is why I became a tourist guide in 1990, and I’ve been guiding ever since. As the father of three girls, I now consider myself a local family expert. It’s my hope to instill my love of nature, conservation and this country in them and in you.
Alexis Alvarado. Certified Guide
As a child, I enjoyed climbing trees of guavas and jocotes, fishing in a nearby river and swimming. I lived close to my grandmother who taught me how to harvest coffee and extract honey. I studied at an agricultural boarding school in San Carlos and finished studying agronomy at the university. While in school, I worked at my father’s leather business. In 1985, I married and soon had my first child. Now with my second wife, I have three children. Being a father is a great challenge and responsibility but also the greatest experience of my life. With the decline of the leather business in 1995, I transitioned to tourism. Since then, I’ve dedicated my life to showing my beautiful country to others as a naturalist and certified guide, mainly working with families.