While the reputation of great boating is what attracts boaters to Costa Rica and Ecuador, it is the reputation of the Endless River Adventures’ guides that brings people to us–and back again so many times. In the words of a repeat guest/friend, “Friendly help, camaraderie, and a long-standing future relationship is the chemistry that makes a trip with Endless River Adventures a bonding experience between trip leaders and paddling clientele”.
When you ask anyone who has spent time with us in Costa Rica, it takes no time before you hear about Miguel–driver, translator, intermediary, and friend.
Miguel has been leading up our trips for 21 years. Miguel opens up his home to our groups every Sunday when we invade his backyard for boat outfitting, fresh coffee compliments of Lucre-his wife, and trip preparation. Many of our guests have known Miguel since his now-grown children were in diapers. Miguel has driven many miles with us exploring and paddling the rivers of Costa Rica. And his Toyota van has tackled many roads that would scare off a lesser guide!
In Ecuador our “Miguel” is Angel. He and Miguel could be brothers the way they take pride in their work, and in making sure their kayaking friends enjoy their time in country.
Over the past fifteen years, many have learned the “giggle” of Craig Parks. It usually comes out when someone rolls up, finishes a great surf, or makes a good move through a rapid.
Craig [águilita–little eagle, here in Costa Rica] is the ultimate guide–an incredible boater, intimately familiar with the rivers after this many years, and a lot of fun on and off the river!!
And Craig has been instrumental in bringing new talent into our group of guides.
Joe Ravenna quickly gained the name “rookie” here in Costa Rica. But third season down and Joe is now heading up the Costa Rica team when Craig is not here.
And this year we welcome a new guide to our Costa Rica team – Daniel Young.
If you ask a paddler in the south who they respect out on the river, Daniel’s name is on the top of the list. As comfortable R-1ing Class V in a raft or shredder as he is in a kayak, it is hard to apply the nickname “rookie” to Daniel even in his first season here in Costa Rica.
And our trips would not be complete without at least one of the familiar faces of Ken and Juliet heading up the team.
It is a bonding experience between guides and river friends–as the ERA team of guides are more than just the kayakers that shows people down the river, but instructors, friends, and the kind of folks that are just fun to hang out with–especially in a gorgeous setting such as Costa Rica or Ecuador!