Outdoor Adventure Belize Tours: Our guides are top professionals - commonly with 10 years experience or more. All are expert sport instructors who are also knowledgeable about the geology, tourism in Belize, history, and ecology, and they are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise.
Staff photo (above) taken in January of 2014, on an Adventure Island at Glover's Reef trip. Left to right, back row: Mark Hopkins (trip manager), Mark Hyde (lead boat captain), Marcy Noralez (cook), Meg Griffiths (trip manager), Ivor Villafranco (island guide), Magdaleno "MJ" Yacab (trip manager); middle row: Lavern Garcia (cook), Sarah Lineger (guide trainee), Martin Ramirez (groundskeeper), Emily Casaretto (guide trainee); front row: Neri Chi (Belize Adventure Week trip manager and guide), Jasmine Ardeshiri (kitesurf instructor), Laia Lanaquera (kitesurf instructor), Apolitico Salam (island caretaker), Carlos Guerra (island guide), Regan Murillo (boat captain), Cully Erdman, (Slickrock owner).
Our Belizean staff provide valuable insight into the local culture and environment. Getting to know them is a highlight of every trip! Most importantly, all of our guides are simply great people and fun to be with. Find out for yourself why our guests tell us our staff is the best they have met on any adventure kayaking tour. In photo above, left to right: Carlos Guerra, Magdaleno Yacab, Apolitico Salam, and Martin Ramirez.
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As founder of our company, Cully has extensive experience leading kayak trips with an emphasis on instruction and participation. An avid adventurer, he has led numerous expeditions and has been featured in shows on ABC, ESPN, TBS and Discovery. With 42 years of guiding experience, and 29 years offering Belize guided tours, he has extensive knowledge to share. Cully was named one of the "Top 100 Paddlers of the Century" by Paddler magazine in their year-end 2000 issue.
Cully spends every summer at The Gorge and often instructs in our windsurfing school.
Lucy joined the company in 1986. As Vice-President and office manager, Lucy was involved with the development of our Belize programs from their inception. She guides at Glover's Reef and is responsible for our renowned menu. An avid backpacker, she spends her spare time hiking the desert terrain near Moab, Utah.
Charlie is both a manager and a guide for us. He spends most of his year in Idaho. He works as a geologist, community college teacher, outdoor educator, and outdoor adventure guide. He also designs and installs renewable energy power systems-- solar, wind and hydro--through his own business. He discovered sea kayaking and warm-whitewater on a trip to New Zealand in 1990. This is Charlie's 17th year of guiding for us in Belize.
A native Mayan, Neri has been guiding inland with us for 17 years. He is a U.S. trained river guide, having worked for Bill Dvorak during the summer of 2001, guiding on the Arkansas and Dolores Rivers in Colorado and the Green River in Utah. He specializes in the natural and environmental interpretation of the jungle and is an expert in Mayan history. He manages our Belize Adventure Week program.
Mary is our Belize City manager. She does everything! A Belize City native, she is the perfect person to locate all of the hard-to-find items we need for the island. Everyone who visits us meets Mary, she runs our home base where our boat is docked. This is her 13th season with Slickrock.
Mark Hopkins has been guiding since 1988 and started out leading sailing and canoeing trips in Maine. Since then he has worked as a guide and instructor in Jackson Hole, New Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska - where he also worked as a commercial fisherman. Now based out of Oregon, he spends part of the summer running sea kayak trips in the San Juans and has another career running his own graphic design business. This will be Mark's 16th winter working for Slickrock in Belize and enjoys putting Marie Sharpe's hot sauce on every meal he eats while there, and slaying bonefish during his off-time.
This is MJ's 8th season with us. He is an experienced river guide, having worked for several years for Mopan River Resort, Belizean Sun Tours, and Duplooy's Resort, all in Belize. He's a fabulous addition to our team; we are very happy he has joined us. He is from the village of Benque Viejo in Western Belize.
Matt is now in his 6th season with us. Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire with an Environmental Science degree in 2006, he has pursued unique opportunities to work and play in the natural environment. A passion for sea kayaking and water sports developed through travel experiences at home and abroad. He thoroughly enjoys getting trashed playing in the waves, or going what feels like 30 mph on a windsurfer. A sea kayak guide in the San Juan Islands and a ski afficiando (bum) whenever he can, his worst fear is being landlocked in Kansas.
Meg started out as our kiteboard instructor and she is now a trip manager. She is from North Wales in the UK, and spends about half of each year traveling and kiting all over the globe. She has been teaching sailing, kiteboarding, and windsurfing for over 11 years, having worked and kited in Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey. She won the UK amateur freestyle for 2009 and will compete in the pro tour in the future. We are excited to have her on our team for her 5th season!
Carlos is now in his 5th season with us as island guide, and boy is he good at it! Carlos lives in western Belize and also in Guatemala. He has extensive experience as a tour guide in Belize. Carlos loves the sea and has quickly gained a great knowledge of the reef ecology and fish identification, and it is a wonderful experience to snorkel with him as he has developed a keen eye in finding all sorts of marine life. Gregarious and friendly, Carlos has been a super addition to our team on the island.
Luis’ family moved to Belize from El Salvador when he was four. He got involved in the tourist industry early, working at several different lodges in the Cayo area where he still lives. Several years ago a friend took him out to St. Georges Caye where he discovered his aptitude for water sports, especially snorkeling and diving. When he first came out to our island we quickly learned that he had a lot to teach us about the underwater world of Belizean waters! This is his 3rd season with Slickrock and we are thrilled that he has joined us.
Jose assists Neri on our Belize Adventure Week itinerary, serviing as both driver and assistant river guide. He has been working with Slickrock for the past 6 years, and lives in the foothills of the Maya Mts. deep in the rainforest. He is a long time expert guide with extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and we always learn new things from him on our excursions through the jungle and caves on our adventures. And not only that, he is the mayor of his small village in Belize: Armenia, located right on the Hummingbird Highway.
Laia is from Spain with a background in Marine Science, having studied at the Canary Islands, and currently teaches marine biology. She is an avid water sports enthusiast, having started sailing at 12 years old, and is also a scuba diver. Laia started kiteboarding in 2007 and has taught in Egypt, Zanzibar, and Spain. She loves to travel, and is excited to join our staff as a new kite instructor last December.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jasmine grew up with the ocean as her backyard. Having spent most of her youth as a competitive gymnast, sports are a huge part of Jasmine’s life. She first discovered kiteboarding on the beaches of Normandie, France and was hooked automatically. Becoming a kitesurfing instructor allowed her to combine her love of travel and passion for kitesurfing. When she isn’t kiting, you will often find her surfing, or snowboarding in the off-season. Jasmine’s other hobbies include studying foreign languages, photography and most recently, scuba diving! Jasmine was our kiteboard instructor for last February.
Alexandra, from Germany, is joining our team of kite instructors this season for the month of March. She has a degree in engineering and has been kiteboarding and sailing since she was a teenager, and has been a certified kite instructor for 3 years, teaching in Germany. Already a seasoned traveler, Alex has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. She was our kite instructor for last March.
This is Apolitico's 18th season with us, he originally came out to help with the rebuilding after Hurricane Mitch, and he was such a fantastic addition to our island family that we wouldn't let him leave. A Mayan from the community of Silk Grass, Apolitico is our groundskeeper and caretaker. We truly could not do what we do without his help. All of our guests enjoy trying to beat him on the volleyball court!
Aurora joined us 17 years ago, and is now our head cook. She is incredible! We love having her out on the island with us. She is from Dangriga, Belize. When not on the island, she spends her time raising her family. She loves working for Slickrock and plans to spend many more years working with us and she hopes all the guests love the food.
Laverne has worked with us out on the island for 13 years. You will love her cooking! She comes from Hopkins Village, a Garinagu community. She speaks Garifuna, Creole, and English.
Marcy is now on her 11th year with us. She does a fantastic job helping Aurora and Laverne in our dining hall. Marcy is of Garifuna, and from Dangriga, Belize. When not on the island she enjoys helping her friends with new hair styles and experimenting with new recipes.
Martin originally came to work with us 10 years ago to stand in when Apolitico took a rare week off. He takes such good care of the island grounds, that we get him out to the island as much as we can. Martin is of Mayan descent, and from Silk Grass, Belize.
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