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Private Belize Guides – Expert Sport Instructors

Belize Guides

Our Staff in Belize

Our Slickrock family are professional and friendly people. They are passionate about their jobs and giving you a memorable trip to the island and their country. With several years’ experience, our team is knowledgeable about the sports on offer, geology, history, wildlife, ecology and cultures of Belize. Getting to know them and sharing the experience with them is a highlight of every trip.

Staff photo taken in January of 2019, on an Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef trip. Back Row, Left to Right: Martin Ramirez (groundskeeper), Luis Gonzalez (trip manager), Marcy Norales (cook), Lucy Wallingford (founding Slickrock owner), Cully Erdman (founding Slickrock owner), Phil Dowsett (Slickrock CEO), Triina Trei (kitesurf instructor);  Front Row, Left to Right: Magdaleno “MJ” Yacab (trip manager); German Prado (island guide), Zac Ical (island guide), Neri Chi (Belize Adventure Week trip manager and guide).

Cully Erdman

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 47 years of guiding experience, and 34 years offering Belize guided tours, he has extensive knowledge. Cully was named one of the “Top 100 Paddlers of the Century” by Paddler magazine in their year-end 2000 issue.

Cully remains with Slickrock on a consultancy basis and spends every summer at The Gorge.

Lucy Wallingford

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.

Lucy remains with Slickrock as a consultant. An avid backpacker, she spends her spare time hiking the desert terrain near Moab, Utah.

Charlie Woodward

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 22nd year of guiding for us in Belize.

Neri Chi

Neri has been guiding inland with us for 22 years and is from San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District. 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 is manager of our Belize Adventure Week program and often a trip manager on the island. His huge experience, patience and knowledge will make you feel safe and sound.

Mary Avila

Mary is our General Manager in Belize City and an experienced tour guide. From accounts and logistics, to food and drinks, she keeps the show on the road behind the scenes. Growing up in Belize City, Belize District, she is the perfect person to locate all of the hard-to-find items we need for the island from in and around the former capital. Everyone who visits us meets Mary, she runs our home base where our boat is docked. This is her 18th season with Slickrock and you will likely see Mary and her warm smile before and after your trip.

Magdaleno “MJ” Yacab

Magdaleno is from the village of Benque Viejo del Carmen (“Benque”) in the Cayo District. Prior to becoming a guide, his career initially started out as a zookeeper at Belize Zoo and he has developed an expert knowledge of wildlife. Wildlife eco-tourism followed and he has a highly experienced guiding background, having worked for Mopan River Resort, Belizean Sun Tours, amongst others. This is his 13th season with Slickrock and he is now trip manager on the island. From his encouragement instructing the sporting activities to his friendly persona, he will make you feel at home.

Luis Gonzalez

Luis’ family moved to Belize from El Salvador when he was four and he now lives in San Ignacio, Cayo District. He became involved in the tourist industry early, working at several different lodges in the Cayo area. Several years ago a friend took him out to St. George’s 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 vast knowledge of the Belizean waters, which he is more than happy to share with you. This is his 8th season with Slickrock and he is now trip manager on the island.

Jose Garcia

Jose is assistant manager to Neri on our Belize Adventure Week itinerary, serving as lead guide, driver and assistant river guide. Jose is also a guide on the island, when not running the jungle tours. He has been working with Slickrock for the past 11 years and lives in Armenia, Cayo District, by the foothills of the Maya Mountains. He is an 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. In addition to being a firm part of the Slickrock family, he is the mayor of his village.

German Prado

This his third year with us. German has lived all over Belize. Raised on Ambergris Caye, lived for many years in the town of San Ignacio, Cayo District and now lives in Patchacan, Corozal District in Northern Belize. He is very adventurous, loves the sea, and has guided for many years. Originally working at Jaguar Paw in the jungle ziplining and Belize river tubing, he got deeper into learning jungle plants, animals, and birds. His extensive knowledge of nature and Maya history is a huge asset. He is always willing to answer your questions and go the extra mile to be helpful. His enthusiasm is infectious and you’ll often hear him sing and play the guitar.

Triina Trei

The most recent addition to our team, Triina is our kiteboarding instructor for December and January. She comes from Estonia, from a small village Häädemeeste. She began kiteboarding as soon as it came to her country, and gained the Estonian Championship 3 times. She enjoys everything from surfing to snowboarding.

Apolitico “Pol” Salam

This is Apolitico’s 23rd 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 asked him to stay. Pol is Mopan Maya and originally from Middlesex, Stann Creek District, but now lives in Silk Grass, also in Stann Creek. Pol is our groundskeeper and caretaker with an extensive knowledge of the island and a skilled volleyball player.

Aurora Roches

Aurora joined us 22 years ago and is a talented chef in our island kitchen, where guests love her Belize cuisine. She is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and is of Garinagu heritage. We really admire her dedication and friendliness, as you’ll notice when you visit. Fresh rice, made from the coconuts picked the very same day is just one delicious part of the menu.

Lavern Garcia

Lavern has worked as a chef out on the island for 18 years and has great cooking skills. She comes from Hopkins, Stann Creek District and is of Garinagu heritage. As with our entire team of chefs, you will notice the hard work they do behind the scenes on your visit; from baking fresh bread for breakfast every morning whilst you’re fast asleep in the early hours, to making lunch and dinner whilst you’re busy on a kayak.

Marcy Norales

Marcy is now on her 16th year as a chef with Slickrock. She is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and as with Aurora and Lavern, Marcy is of Garinagu heritage. She is a dedicated and hardworking chef, serving up delicious meals throughout your stay on the island. Keep an eye out for the hand-made key lime pie on Friday night.

Martin Ramirez

Martin originally came to the island to help with the construction and thatching of the cabanas during the off-season. Due to his work ethic and friendly manner, he was invited to work with us 15 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 Maya descent and originally from Guatemala, but has lived in Belize for nearly three decades and resides in Silk Grass, Stann Creek District. You will likely see Martin expertly cut open fresh coconuts with a machete throughout your stay.