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 March of 2015, on an Adventure Island at Glover's Reef trip. Left to right, back row: Laura Diaz (kitesurf instructor), Kyle Lowis (guide trainee), Magdaleno "MJ" Yacab (trip manager); Mark Hopkins (trip manager), middle row: Geno Leslie ( boat captain), Carlos Guerra (island guide), Charlie Woodward (island manager), Emily Casaretto (lead guide trainee), Lavern Garcia (cook), Lucy Wallingford (Slickrock owner). Aurora Roches (head cook), front row: Neri Chi (Belize Adventure Week trip manager and guide), Apolitico Salam (island caretaker), Luis Gonzalez (island guide), Martin Ramirez (groundskeeper), Jasmine Ardeshiri (kitesurf instructor and lead guide trainee).
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 44 years of guiding experience, and 31 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 19th year of guiding for us in Belize.
A native Mayan, Neri has been guiding inland with us for 19 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 15th 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 18th 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 10th 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.
Carlos is now in his 7th 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. His picture is from his first trip to the US this summer, on the ferry to Skagway in Alaska.
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 5th 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 8 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.
Our newest guide, Shane came down last winter and he is such a good fit we are having him come back down for the full season. Post college graduation, Shane has fully embraced the nomadic wanderer lifestyle. Starting out his career as an environmental engineer, he found himself knee deep in unfinished reports and thought to himself, "is this really it?". Since then, Shane has lived in 12 states and 3 different countries over the last 10 years. He's found the only thing consistent in his life is his passion for kayaking and teaching others this wonderful sport. Originally coming from Texas, he just can't be bothered with cold weather. So it goes without saying he's excited to be spending the winter on the island with Slickrock teaching kayaking and basking in the warm Belizean sun.
This is Laura's 3rd season. Originally from Spain, she is currently working in Eqypt teaching kitesurfing. Spanish is her mother tongue, but she also speaks English, French, Portuguese and Italian! And she is a also a scuba instructor. She is a perfect fit for us! We are excited to have her return to the island this year.
This is Apolitico's 20th 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 19 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 15 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 13th year with us. She does a fantastic job helping Aurora and Laverne in our dining hall. Marcy is 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 12 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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