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 all our super sexy guides!
He’s not just another dutch guide at QT, Ben is a one-of-a-kind human cyborg. He has no off-button, we consistently have to ask him to take a break. Maybe he learned his hard-working values and winning smile while in the boyscouts. Or maybe he’s a robot, we aren’t sure. Either way, Ben will be the first one to protect you from a pack of hungry dogs, light a fire in the rain for you, or just simply help you up record hill (But ladies, watch out! He already got 17 girlfriends).
“Hannah we are nothing without you” (this is apparently a Dutch song). She’s our long-legged super model from Germany, who also happens to be an amazing guide. She knows all the trails very well, like she’s been hiking them for years. Hannah is a very adventurous traveler who has seen many countries. She also loves to run and will beat you every time if you want to compete with her. The only thing you might be able to beat her at is soccer. Don’t be to hard on her though, she’s a vegan, her life already sucks! (sorry, Hannah, we still love you)
Eeva/Emmu/Muffie: our one of a kind Finnish elf-guide with a direct line to the Mayan spirits. She´s funny and smart and strong, but what we love most about Eeva is that she´s un poco loco! She´s raced up Santa Maria, she´s a machine with a machete and she´s constantly pulling crazy faces. When she isn´t hiking or sleeping, you can find her practicing her yoga, attending cacao ceremonies or doing her breathing exercises. She´ll ask you to repeat yourself ten times, but she also somehow manages to read your thoughts no matter how hard you try to hide them. She has zero cooking skills and is always demanding a massage, but we love her to bits. She´s a Finnish girl, but her heart and her soul belongs here. Oh, and by the way… “PLOP”.
Even when he’s covered in glitter (which is often) Charlie’s personality still glows even brighter. You won’t be having a quiet moment around Charlie. His loud French-Canadian accent can be heard miles away. He’s always making sure people are happy and well entertained both on and off the hikes. Painting nails, pulling of hamburger pants, giving massages and providing everyone with fruit and high-quality coffee and wine – he has all the qualities a true team player needs. He is our party master and always up for a new fling. Oh, and he makes a mean bread.
The party starter of the group, Jellis is our Belgian guitar-playing spirit-lifting dude. He is our Nebaj specialist with a lot of interesting information to share about Guatemalan history. Even though he used to be a super smart engineer he is now loosening up and becoming our own dancing QT hobo. If you are lucky enough to hike with him you can expect lots of entertaining stories, life coaching and encouragement. There is never a dull moment with Jellis around. The only moment we have seen him sad was when he lost his comb in the chicken bus, and his hair has never been the same since.
Allison picked our most challenging hike for her first trip with us. It was clear from the start that she is not one to mess with so be careful not to cross this no-nonsense girl if you don´t fancy a serious talking to! But underneath her tough exterior she´s a super cool guide and you´ll love hiking with her. A ballet dancer at heart, her quads power her through the walks. Allison is a our marketing-savvy guide who swapped her corporate stilettos for hiking boots, but if you´re lucky you might see her out on the town in Xela in her princess dress. One mystery remains about Allison: we are still yet to figure out where she comes from. She calls herself an Australian but has no trace of an accent; instead she sounds like a Canadian…confusing right?! Needless to say investigations as to her true heritage are under way by the rest of the QT guides and we will keep you updated with the latest information as it is uncovered.
Graciela is our badass curly-haired guide hailing all the way from New Zealand. She likes cheesy rom-coms and Disney, but she´s tough as nails. We think we know her pretty well, but one can never be sure what she´s saying in that Kiwi accent… We´re pretty sure that she was a lawyer but decided to chuck it all in to see the world. We think she really enjoys banana bread, and not banana brid. We think there are six clients on tomorrow´s hike, and not…
If you have the good fortune of having her as your guide, you may be lucky enough to see her perform the famous Haka and if you´re super lucky you may even score a kiss…