Let's Meet Ale, a Naturalist in Costa Rica!


To give you a better idea of what it's like to live and work in Costa Rica, I'm excited to introduce you to my new friend, Ale. Ale is a naturalist here in Costa Rica, which means that she studies and observes all the natural beauty around her. We met on Facebook while I was searching for guides in Esterillos, and we have since toured several times with her and gotten to know her very well. Here's Ale!

What is your full name?:

Alejandra Pérez Retana.

Where do you live? What is your house like?:

I live in Esterillos, Costa Rica. I actually just moved out of my home--it was a concrete building in a community on a hill about 500 meters from the beach. Now I live in a smaller home closer to the beach. It's nice to live near the beach, and a lot of the tours I lead explore the beach near my home, especially at night when you can see lots of kinkajous and sloths.

What is your family like?:

My family lives in Guanacaste, which is the region to the north. They are wonderful, but do not have a lot of money and we don't get to see each other very often. They are very proud of me for becoming successful.

How do you get around?:

I drive my 4x4 SUV. It's brand new and I love it!