Let me tell you a little about me and my partner Sarah Joy Staude and
how Boyero Tours was born to give you a better idea of who we are.
The business began in March of 2005, but the dream has been forged in
our two minds for the past couple of years.
Another of the characteristics that Sarah Joy & I share is the sense
of responsibility to preserve the natural world that we love and admire
so much. In our extensive travels as backpackers and on private tours
we have learned to see the delicate line between truly socially and
ecologically responsible travel and travel that has negative social
and ecological impacts. Because of this, between our passion for travel,
the fact that we love to help other people have authentic cultural experiences
during their vacations and our environmental passion, the birth of Boyero
Tours was simply inevitable.
ecotourism can be defined as a type of tourism where the environment,
local community and visitor all benefit. In practice, the term ‘ecotourism'
is often used by tour operators as a marketing tool to promote any form
of tourism that is related to nature. We take it as a personal challenge
to facilitate the best and most meaningful vacations by practicing true
provide a personalized experience that creates unforgettable memories,
while at the same time generating a change in the form of tourism; integrating
the conservation of natural resources and helping small community organizations
that have found an alternative to deforestation and illegal hunting
We strive to have our tours be a laboratory of culture, history, and
politics so that we share points of view, learn from the places we visit
and from the wisdom of the local people. We try to keep away from overly
touristic places where the activities are based more on making money
from tourists than on sharing culture with visitors.
One of the first characteristics that Sarah Joy and I found that we
shared is the passion for discovering new destinations and meeting the
people that live there.. Now as a couple we share the necessity
of continuing to travel and explore as much as possible, experiencing
the culture, food and daily life in each new place. Our
friends know us as true adventurers and consult us to help them plan
both their local and international trips. This is how we realized
that we have the tools and the experience to be able to help many other
people (our future friends!) have unforgettable travel experiences and
at the same time learn from the places they visit.
I met Sarah Joy two years ago when we were both leading a group of 23
high school aged volunteers in various rural communities in Costa Rica
for AFS Intercultural Programs. Sarah Joy was born and raised
in the northwest of the USA (Washington & Oregon) and her university
program in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies at Lewis and
Clark College took her to various countries for foreign exchange.
Regarding myself, I am a graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Costa
Rica in Tropical Biology. Over the years I have worked in research
and conservation, especially in the field of ecology. As
a student I also had the opportunity to travel outside of Costa
Rica with other universities. I have always loved sharing the
marvels of the natural world that I have discovered in my academic and
touristic adventures with other people, and therefore I began little
by little to work in ecotourism to help me with my studies.
personal travel experience:
Before Sarah Joy and I met, we both had dedicated a large part of our
free time to traveling both within our respective countries as well
as internationally. Sarah Joy has traveled in Ecuador, Mexico,
Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Colombia,
and Panama. Due to her major being Hispanic Studies, she naturally had
the intellectual desire to have a greater understanding of the places
she lived and visited and to have more interpersonal contact with the
inhabitants of those regions.
For my part, I have always also had a great intellectual desire to discover
all the incredible corners of my beloved Costa Rica. As a student of
biology and later as a professional I had the wonderful opportunity
to travel through the country in its entirety (although I must admit
that it helps a lot that it is such as small country!) Later I
dedicated myself to exploring the Central American countries (Panama,
Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and on my trips to the
United States I have reserved a good part of my time to visit the national
parks and wild spaces. In 2000 I had the opportunity to visit
various destinations in the northeast and in 2005 in the northwest.
know is to love":
said: “You can only protect what you love and you only love what
you know”. This is the higher calling that we have adopted
with Boyero Tours - to help you reach out and touch the heart of Costa
Rica. Through this experience we have the hunch that you too will learn
to love it and desire to protect it. By supporting sustainable and ecological
tourism, we can all help to protect the cultural and natural riches
of this extraordinary country.
tours & trip planning:
We have put together tour packages to show the most amazing sights in Costa Rica. We also know that
people have a huge range of diverse interests, and because of this we
have a diverse range of contacts so that we can tailor a trip just for
you (see custom tours.) We tell our
clients when we work on their personalized trips “ Just tell us
what would you like to experience on your vacation and we'll take care
of the rest!” For the more independent travelers we provide a
wide variety of day trips, lodging reservation services, activity reservations,
and transfers between locations to take the hassle out of your vacation!
hope that this small taste of our personal history helps you to know
us better. We look forward to help you with your vacation!
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