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gerardo murillo
Born in San Jose on October 15, 1964, Gerardo, also known as "Siau," has been guiding whitewater rafting expeditions since 1986. He grew up on his father’s farm in Turrialba where he spent most of his time outdoors riding horses and playing in the rivers and fields.

His river career started by coincidence, when 17 years ago, he decided to go for a morning run and a pickup truck drove by with a raft on the roof. They stopped and asked him if he would go to the river with them, as they needed another paddler that day. He agreed to go, and he’s been on the river ever since. Siau has participated and organized a number of rafting expeditions and competitions starting in 1991, when he was a member of the Costa Rican team for the world championship, Project Raft. Since then, he has been team captain for the Camel White Water Challenge team and the Foto Linda Rafting National Championship.

When not on the river, which isn’t very often, Siau spends his time working on his photography, horseback riding, camping in the mountains and reading. He is an accomplished cook.


Dec. 15, 2005 River guides were “absolutely fantastic…your teams pulled it all together.”
We want you to know that we were COMPLETELY satisfied with our trip, in fact, far more than satisfied. We have told all of our friends who like this sort of thing about what a great place you are to hook up for an adventure in CR.

Our main host was Mauricio Quiros Jimenez, and he was wonderful! His assistant, who was in training, was Vernon Campos Quiros; he was also very nice and informative. In fact, there was not a single person associated with your organization who was not nice, or not helpful. Although the travel sometimes does get "rugged," as you know (see pictures), your staff manages to find a way around EVERYTHING. We realize this is very labor-intensive work, and we marveled at how your teams pulled it all together.

We definitely plan to be back (probably in two years) for your other major tour (the slightly longer one, including the volcano and the turtles).

I no longer remember all the people's names, but the guides for the river rafting trip (Gerardo, aka "Siau," etc.) were absolutely fantastic. Everything was great about the trip, but this stood out above all. The river was gorgeous and the evening meal was the single best one we ate. Those guys can cook!! (All meals were surprisingly good; we didn't have high expectations based on Frommer's description of CR food in general, so we were pleasantly surprised all along throughout the trip).

I attach some photos. We don't have most of ours back yet, but as you will see, we needed "rescuing" after a tiny stream turned into a high-current river after a downpour during an all-day hike.

You're doing a great job; we're so glad we found you! Please congratulate and thank all the staff involved with our trip on our behalf.
- Sara Rynes & Paul Weller


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