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Alexander Arias

Originally educated as a computer scientist, Alex’s love for the outdoors eventually lured him into his current career as a professional naturalist guide. Since 1995, he has been introducing guests to the natural splendors of his homeland of Costa Rica and has received certifications from the Costa Rica Tourism Institute and the National Institute of Biodiversity. Today, he is one of Nat Hab's top naturalist guides as well as our Costa Rica Photo Expedition Leader.

Alex's passion for nature and desire to share his local knowledge have aligned in his complementary vocation as an accomplished wildlife photographer. For more than a decade,  Alex has been shooting animals and birds in the varied habitats of Costa Rica and beyond. He enjoys sharing his expertise with his guests, to help them get the best possible nature photos during their travel adventures. In his free time, he can be found birding, biking, kayaking, exploring new trails or rappelling down waterfalls. You'll also find him capturing and processing wildlife images for his photography website. Alex is also involved with various conservation projects in his homeland, improving restorations of natural habitats following unsustainable farming practices.


Upcoming Adventures with Alex:
Natural Jewels of Costa Rica
Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer
Family Costa Rica Adventure
Photographing Wild Costa Rica
Tropical Discovery: Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

H. Epstein
“Alex was knowledgable, personable, and has a great sense of humor. He engaged every individual in our family and on the trip, paying to attention to everyone’s needs, likes and dislikes, level of energy every day, etc. He knew an amazing amount about Costa Rican history, geography, economy, and of course flora and fauna.”

B. Fortney
"Alex was a wonderful guide. He showed much patience with certain circumstances. He was so informed about everything and tried so hard to find the most amazing things. A trip to never forget because of him."

T. Kepford
"The blend of Alex's expertise, charm, and love for his country made our 1st Nat Hab trip an experience we won't forget. He is a real treasure and ambassador for the preservation of our natural world."

C. Sheffield
“Wonderful guide! Always willing to give of his time. Easy-going, friendly and really knows his birds.”

A. Elliot
"I cannot say enough good things about Alex. He was so knowledgeable and so patient with us-even when we asked the same question many times. His own enthusiasm about the birds, beasts, and conservation matters was fun and inspirational to see and hear! He was also efficient organizing his herd of charges--seeing that we were on time and in the right places; at the same time he managed to be laid back and allow latitude when appropriate."

R. Kinstler
"Alex is an excellent guide, very aware of our interests and willing to make changes to meet our needs. His sense of humor and good nature added greatly to my enjoyment of the trip."

J. Mazzone
"We loved Alex. He was very patient with all of us . I felt he gave each of us the individual attention and help that we asked for. Alex had a great sense of humor, and his knowledge of birds, plants, geology, history and the local culture was amazing. I felt like he tailored the trip to each of us."

B. Gent
"Alex was an excellent Expedition Leader who deserves top marks in all the categories. No task was beneath him and he was always kind, courteous, considerate and respectful. He consulted the group as required, presented options for choice, but was able to make decisions not only by consensus but on occasions directly as the circumstances warranted. He is another NatHab asset."

J. Bruckman
"Alex is a true asset for Natural Habitat. He has every aspect that makes a great leader. I felt he was the best from the first meeting. He became our friend during the trip, and is truly an outstanding person."

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