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Marco Zarate

I believe that every place we visit is an opportunity, and tourism involves much more than just accommodations and attractions; that's why I am always looking for the most authentic local experiences that allow us to discover people, culture, gastronomy and all those secrets hidden behind in every destination.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I've always been interested in ecotourism and traveling with a purpose, that's why I have very good recommendations of local experiences and volunteering programs; but I am also very keen about adventure activities, birdwatching trips and everything related with wildlife and nature observation."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been working in tourism for more than 15 years now and it has become my passion. I started working in the hotel industry and that taught me a lot about customer service; but since I've been working in the tour operator side, I've learned a lot about travelers needs and expectations...a great experience!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Every travel experience is unique! Visiting secluded destinations in Costa Rica is always fascinating, and one of my favorites places in the country is the Osa Peninsula...every time I visit this area it surprises me!"

Marco is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents
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