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Nancy Madrigal

A chance to show visitors the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park lured Nancy away from her position as a university student pursuing an advertising degree and into a career as a naturalist guide. This native of San Jose wasn’t surprised that her professional path circled back to her childhood dream of working in nature. After that shift in 1987, she has been guiding groups in Costa Rica and abroad since. She is licensed by the Costa Rica Tourist Board and has extensive additional training in natural history with some of the country’s premier botanists, ornithologists and archaeologists. Nancy enjoys nature walks, bird watching, nature photography, language studies, music and cooking. She is also an avid global traveller and has lived in Quebec and Washington state.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

L. Didier
“Nancy was above expectations. Warm. Caring. Intelligent. Helpful. Best Ever. She handled all of us with equal consideration, presence, and understanding. Tremendously warm personality not only with her guests, but also with all her co-workers; e.g. her wonderful driver and fellow guides."

R. Thaler
“Nancy did an excellent job. Her knowledge was prodigious and her enthusiasm infectious. I wasn't particularly interested in birds before the trip, but now I've returned to Santa Monica with the desire to learn about my local birds - this is due to Nancy. She did a good job of keeping us informed and keeping us together as a group - not an easy job. we think Nancy is great and would recommend her to our friends who might want to travel with your company."

J. Hooyman
“Nancy was extremely knowledgeable in all areas - birds, plants, trees, Costa Rica history, etc. - and imparted that knowledge in a way that wasn't boring. She was very attentive to everyone's needs and abilities on the trip and went the extra mile to make sure everyone had a good time. She was very fun to travel with and we thoroughly enjoyed having her as our "leader." I would want Nancy as my trip leader again!"

R. Hagan
“Nancy was a wealth of information about the wildlife and plants of Costa Rica. She was also a very pleasant person to travel with and always trying to be helpful (I'm not used to having so much done for me - it's great though) She has a very good realationship with the hotel managers and staff, which is always nice to see. I truly enjoyed the trip more because of her professionalism and care."

T. Bennett
“Nancy was a fantastic leader. She was very knowledgeable about the animals and plant life of her native country. She worked tirelessly to make everybody's trip the very best possible. I don't think it could have been possible to have a better leader."

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