Wayner (aka Wayne) and Noilyn are two young entrepreneurs passionate about life and the natural environment that encompasses Bahia Ballena. As explorers and adventurers, they meet on an excursion to Cano Island and immediately learn they have many things in common, starting with the fact that they grew up in neighboring rural towns outside San Isidro. Six months after the two met, they jump in feet-first and start dating and working together in the development of their first project: Costa Rica Culture Tours.
Noilyn Ramirez Arias
Noilyn is a nature lover. She’s been an advocate for the environment for as long as she can remember, always in awe and dedicated to protecting the natural resources that make up her beautiful country. In her free time, Noilyn enjoys traveling and sitting down for a good conversation, particularly when there are community elders willing to share their knowledge and life stories. Her main duties include handling reservations for Costa Rica Culture Tours and the villas, welcoming guests at the villas, coordinating tour logistics, and as one of the guides for the Community Walking Tour.
Wayne is a devoted adventurer. Regardless of where he’s living, he’s always actively involved with the community and conjuring up new ways of doing things. He always has a smile on his face and is ready to lend a helping hand. As a certified guide by the National Tourism Institute (Instituto Nacional de Turismo), Wayne is the one who will lead you to every corner of our community, ensuring you have a memorable time learning about the culture, history, and magic of this natural paradise. As a life-long explorer, Wayne has many a story which he is always willing to share with our guests at Villas Lomas del Pacifico over a cup of coffee.
Both Wayne and Noilyn are dedicated community volunteers that are always participating in community projects that have a socio-environmental focus. For more information about community projects you can visit www.geoporter.net
Costa Rica Culture Tours
Costa Rica Culture Tours was founded in 2013 by Wayne and Noilyn as a local initiative focused on diversifying the tourist services available in the area. By reclaiming Bahia Ballena’s history and culture and sharing it with visitors, these two young entrepreneurs look to ensure the history and traditions of the community endure the changes of modernization.
Through their tourism-based initiative, Noilyn and Wayne, strive to help other local entrepreneurs and producers while preserving the natural environment. One example of this is don Guelo’s Farm Tour, which is a completely unique service that takes place on the only farm located within Bahia Ballena and gives visitors the opportunity to interact with a local family and learn about their traditions and life on a Costa Rican farm.
We are located in the tranquil town of Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, a 10-minute walk from the Marino Ballena National Park, and with access to a number of other important protected areas such as the Corcovado National Park, the Terraba Sierpe Mangroves, and the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Diversify complementary activities in the area of Bahia Ballena to help support small local producers that are focused on sustainability and reclaiming local cultural values.
Become part of the network of rural community tourism projects across the country.
Causes we support
- Conservation of local culture
- Marine conservation
- Environmental education
- Wildlife protection
- Development of entrepreneurial ideas
- Youth empowerment