Meet Our Staff & Guides

Tom Ranieri

Owner

11 years of Experience as Raft Guide in Costa Rica
WEMT, Vertical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, WFA, WFR
Dog Lover
Environmentalist
Slow Runner
Global Warming Activist
Son & Brother
Former Car Owner
Story-Teller & Writer (at times boring)
Public Transportation Guru
Bilingual English/Spanish
Coffee drinker
Horrible dancer but not afraid to try
List of Forbe's 500 people to never pick up the magazine of Forbe's

Tropical Ecology, Global Warming, Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture Farming, Biomimicry, Curing Kids of Nature-Deficit Disorder

Viladys Rivera

Office Manager

14 years working in Tourism
Graduated with a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism Development
Passionate about CRR & did thesis on our Homestay Project
Expert in Empowering Women
Self Taught Guru in Costa Rica Tourism Rules & Regulations
Practices Mix Martial Arts
Conservationist
Lover of all things Local
Legend in Birthday Party Planning
Legal Expert in Permits & Land Issues







Marlon Bustos

Rafting Head-Guide

14 years River Guiding
Member of Costa Rica National Rafting Team
Mountain Rescue, Whitewater Rescue, WFA
Father & Son
Nature Activist
One-Time Visitor to Manhattan
Hates to Fly
Bilingual English/Spanish
Lives in Sitio de Mata
Rafting Safety, Teaching and Instructing River courses, Rafting Competitively, Sustainable Agriculture, Aquatic Birds, Soccer

Diego Quesada

Naturalist Guide

Biologist
Degree in Natural Resource Management
Executive Director of The National Park Arenal
8 years experience as Naturalist Guide
Bilingual English/Spanish
Funny
Prankster
The guide everyone wants to bring home
Diego is not for SALE!
Evolutionary Biology, Volcanology, Sustainable living, Upkeep of National Parks and Goals for Conservation, Movies, playing guitar

Luigi Sanchez

Naturalist Guide / Raft Guide

Professional Photographer
Smart
Funny
12 years of Experience as a Raft Guide 6 as Naturalist
Lives at base of Turrialba Volcano
Relentless Hiker
Bilingual English/Spanish
Snowboards
Surfs
Listens to Reggae music
Wears mostly locally made Clothes

Edgar Brenes

Naturalist Guide

Degree in Turismo Naturalist Guide
Smart
Funny
8 years of Experience
Lives in Arenal
Relentless Hiker
Bilingual English/Spanish
Loves to Scream during big rapids!
Good Dancer (Broken Leg 1 & 2)
Reads a lot
Has own clothing line named Edgalombia

Marvin Araya Salas

Naturalist Guide

Grew up on hanging bridges
Learned Excellent Service at the Four Seasons
Lives at the Arenal Volcano
Avid Birder
Classic Rock Fan
Young and Energetic
Has Guided All of Central America!





Fressy Araya

Sitio de Mata Project Manager

10 years working in Raft Warehouses
6 years working for CRR full-time
Mother, grandmother, & great
Recycler, composter, Sustainable Advocate
Manager of Local Dance groups & Activities
A Patron Saint of Rural Eco-tourism Project
Hard worker
Prefers the Simple Life
Mother of 3 river guides and never been rafting
Craft maker
Rural development, Recycling, reusing everything, maintaining local culture, providing local cuisine, and sustainable agriculture

Regina López

Marketing

15 years in Corporate America in Chase Bank (We saved one at least)
Resides in Costa Rica but markets in the USA
Bilingual Spanish/English
World Traveler (Should we count it if it was for the Corporate world?)
Degree in Business Marketing
Yoga Instuctor
One time rafter
Smoothest & Fastest to pass out a CRR business card
Marketing, International cusine, yoga, Costa Rica living, Costa Rica real estate market, Economy of Costa Rica






Mary Ranieri

Office Assistant

Dog Lover
10 employees in one body
Wife & Mother of 3 boys (2 Conservationist Adventure Junkies and 1 FBI Agent)
Dog Lover (Max, Bruno, & Tuk)
Public Transportation Deamon
Lives in Rural Costa Rica Mountain village
CRR Meal Provider & Cook
Owner of Office Space for CRR
Has rafted Pacuare 6 times
Lifetime Educator
Relentness Composter, Recycler, & Herb grower
Rappeler of 3 different Costa Rican Waterfalls which happen to be off the grid falls (Not Commercial)
Dogs, cooking, her family, being a host to guests, adventure company operator, wedding planner, Mother Teresa, Holiday Greeting Card writer, birthday reminder

Jim Ranieri

Educational Specialist

15 years of guidance counseling in the USA
35 marathons & counting (I know we ask the same question, WHY?!)
Trekker, rafter, & conservationist
White Nile Rafter (Class Gazillion Rapids)
7th grade basketball Most Improved Player
Cirriculum Planner
Eco-Tourism schmoozer (TIES member & Attendee of all conferences)
Surfer (Really not that good)
Prefers the Simple Life
Travels with practically nothing
CRR's version of No-Impact-Man
Running, Adventure Sports, Education, National Standards between different nations, How what we consume affect the poorest of the poor abroad, Planet Earth, Africa, Uganda, Sustainable Farming