Bursting with wildlife and breath-taking tropical landscapes, few countries captivate the essence of adventure and nature like Costa Rica. Central America’s beating heart continues to keep captivating travellers, but is there a different way to get up close to Costa Rica’s treasures? How can you discover everything it has to offer without beating the same tourist trail? From animals to activities, landscapes to local cultures, Costa Rica promises plenty for travellers, so join our panel as we take a look at the best ways at getting the most of this inspiring destination.
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Tom is Pura Aventura‘s co-founder, setting up the specialist tour operator 18 years ago. His inspiration behind the company was his travels across Central and South America in the early 90s, which saw him opening a cafe in Mexico and working for the UN in Santiago, before turning his attention to Costa Rica, a firm favourite of his.
Having previously been an adviser to the Costa Rican government, Wilhelm is now director of a travel agency focusing on environmentally responsible adventures in Costa Rica. A native Costa Rican, he has a wealth of experience of travelling his country on his beloved motorbike, and has plenty of advice for those looking to get off the beaten track.
Mark is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller, having travelled to over 130 different countries. His travels have taken him from driving across the Sahara to seeking out the world’s largest butterfly in Papua New Guinea. A real lover of nature, his love for Costa Rica took him from coast to coast in the Latin American country, relying solely on human power. @MarkofDartmoor
With over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, Claire has worked across the the industry, from sales and contracting to product management. She has also worked as the secretary for the Latin American Tourism Association (LATA) and has written and updated travel guides for the region. She is now the managing director of Hemisphere Marketing, representing a number of companies in Latin America. hemisphere.marketing
Maria is the editorial director of National Geographic Traveller and will be presiding over our panel, adding her own personal tips and tales throughout the evening.
When: Where: wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.