Our Team

Israel Mesen
Founder and Director

Growing up in a small town surrounded by tropical rain forest, Israel Mesen became very interested in biodiversity and conservation. Since he was a teenager, he has assisted students and professors conducting research in Costa Rica.


The thought of having a job where he could spend time in the rainforest and help preserve it at the same time inspired him to study eco-tourism. As well as being one of the guides, Israel is the founder of Tayra Travel.

Israel received his Naturalist Guide certification from INBio in 2003, an English degree from Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in 2009 and his Guia de Turismo General Degree (General Tourism Guide) from INA in 2010.

Alexis Torres
Tour guide and Naturalist

Alexis Torres is a naturalist, tour guide, and conservationist with over 20 years of experience in eco-tourism. He became a tour guide because of his love of nature, and a desire to share that love, along with his knowledge and experience, with others traveling in Costa Rica.


He is committed to representing his country well with his enthusiasm and respect, as well as a passion for Costa Rican culture.

Pedro Meza
Tour guide

Pedro is a life enthusiast who enjoys sharing the Costa Rican beauties and culture with others. He started working in ecoturism 8 years ago, offering his services as a naturalist guide, bringing visitors closer to Costa Rica's natural resources and culture.


He loves folclore, traditions and many more cultural expressions. He has been involved in several conservation projects, as a voluntary worker in different National Parks, and other communitary reforestation programs to estimulate the fauna of certain areas.


Among his passions, he counts birdwatching, preparing typical dishes, riding motorcycles and photography.  He is also a keen traveler, having explored natural and cultural landscapes in México, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Perú, Argentina and Brasil. "I will be happy to show you what this amazing land has to offer".

Hazell Villagra
Tour guide

Hazel studied English in Bound Brook High School in New Jersey, USA and at the centro cultural Costarricense Nortemericano in Costa Rica. She is now a tourist guide with great attitude and excellent communications skills to provide outstanding service. She is very passionate about nature and loves meeting new people and share her Costarican culture as well as get to know new cultures.
“See you in Costa Rica”