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!
Kendall Ahern (September 2016)
If you’ve ever heard of Akron, you know it’s been called “The Quetzaltenango of Northeast Ohio.” So it’s no surprise that Kendall is back at QT for her SECOND time. While a back injury currently prevents Kendall from hiking up Guatemala’s volcanoes, she is the true spine of QT’s administrative arm as our Office Coordinator. Kendall keeps our finances (and our guides) in order, and it’s been said that she has never let even a single quetzal slip out of sight. So don’t try skimping us, or Kendall will have her way with you. Akron’s loss is Xela’s gain.
Barbara Bareiss (April 2018)
With a laugh that will get everyone smiling, Barbara is a women of dedication and pride! When you hear her talk about how much she loves reaching places on foot, you’d be surprised she didn’t hike to Guatemala from her native Bavaria. Her background in art therapy and general peaceful demeanor will ensure a positive atmosphere on trek, making sure you, “have a great experience with us while supporting children of Guatemala, helping to break the cycle of poverty while making great memories with new friends from all over the world!” Our #1 Guacamole maker, enjoy the spread at lunch whilst Barbara tells you about the history of Guatemala and all about the environment around you. We’re grateful for her spontaneous drawing sessions at the office and the niños love her art classes too (even if more paint ends up on people than the paper).
Job Rosmalen (April 2018)
With a smile you can see from across the Sierra Madres mountain range, you will instantly feel comfortable and happy to have this fella as your guide! And if he looks familiar, you may have even seen him as an extra in that one Bollywood movie. Coming with full resume of trekking to Everest basecamp, Machu Picchu, and Salcantay- the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Peruvian Andes- you could say he loves trekking almost as much as he loves food. Don’t be mistaken, this guy can eat up all your leftover trek foods and then some! Always eager to help others, a background in medicine, and super reliable he’s just the man for the “job” for your next trek through the Guatemalan Highlands. We’re happy to have this very determined, driven, and Dutch guy as a member of the QT family!
Franklin Solares (April 2018)
As the designated jokester around here, you can always find him making someone laugh or cooking up a kick ass meal in the staff kitchen. As a native Guatemalan, Frank can tell you everything there is to know about the Land of Trees on your way to Todos Santos! With a wide knowledge ranging from facts about the Guatemalan Civil War to the best traditional meals and of course which beer is the best, he’s got all your answers and more. Frank got into trekking at a young age, hiking with his father in the 80’s as a Boy Scout, which is remarks as “the beginning of my tree hugging days!” Since then, he’s crossed off his to-do list by summiting Mount Elbrus in Russia and conquering Orizaba in Mexico. He really does love everything about Guatemala and is enjoying every moment of being back home after 24 years of living in the States, and we sure are glad he’s here!