If you’ve made it to this page, that means you are for one reason or another interested in seeing the faces behind Quetzaltrekkers (and I can’t blame you). All current, past, and future guides volunteer for a minimum of three months- and no one is paid a centavo! We’ve been functioning this way for over twenty years now, and we think most would agree that this is pretty incredible. Read on to get to know us all a little!
An experienced rock climber, runner, hiker and costume wearer, Brin’s expertise and speed is unmatched, as our current longest serving guide. Don’t be fooled by her kind voice and sweet demeanor, she will give you a run for your money. (Seriously though, try beating her up record hill.) She is a traveler of the world, visiting Europe and Latin America, having picked up Spanish and great stories. She’s patient, professional and reliable on the trail. Brin’s a busy guide, spending most of her time leading the Xela-Atitlan trek, but you might just catch a glimpse of her running across Xela, doing yoga or baking her famous banana bread.
Known to us as Gaby, she’s a Belgian girl with a Dutch surname. She has a natural intuition for helping others, and always brings a calming, uplifting energy to even the most exhausted of hikers. But don’t let her quiet kindness fool you, she is a BEAST on the trail. She’ll hike whenever she has the chance, and will jump in place for 30 minutes whenever she doesn’t…and then perform several more hours of exercise. Good thing, because just as much as she likes her sport, she likes to consume her Belgian chocolates. (Don’t get her started on chocolate.) And after all the jumping and chocolate, our sweet Belgian usually needs a nap. So if you’re ever around the office, you’ll probably find her down for a snooze. But don’t be afraid to wake her- she wants to go hiking!!
Paulus, known around here as “Pablito,” or “P-money,” is our dedicated financial coordinator. Recognizable by his skin-tight pants, QT’s favorite fashionista is always ready for a dance off and he’s not afraid to use his sexiest dance moves- just ask. A BIG fan of Dutch house music, his Spotify account keeps our office alert and productive throughout all hours of the day and night. When he’s not hiking or busy in the office, he keeps his fellow guides well fed with pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes), and well-educated about Dutch culture, demonstrating everything from the “Dutch oven,” to the “Dutch rudder.” When you’re lucky enough to go on a hike with him, he will make sure you have a great time.
Our very own Guatemalan-American guide, Mel is our go-to gal for knowledge about Guatemalan history and culture. She’s leading a one-woman crusade for making our office cleaner and more habitable, teaching us how to use a pila (the local version of a sink) correctly. A Spanish speaker from childhood, she has used her Spanish to visit most of Central America and guide in Nicaragua. Every Wednesday night she slays it on the soccer field with the Hogar kids, and is the best player on our team. And she’s crafty too- she’ll poke ya with a prison tat if you want (we all did). Don’t be fooled by her small size, she will lead you like a champ on any hike.
Rianne is our tall, blonde Dutch girl. She tells great jokes, if you’re not offended easily. Don’t be afraid of her strong and direct voice, she’s actually pretty nice and has a heart of gold. She loves puppies and marshmallows-that sums it up. She came to us with guiding experience from down in Nicaragua, and it shows. She’s a great guide and will lead you and support you through any difficulties. BUT PLEASE don’t follow her example- you can’t hike in flip-flops.