About Our Staff
Meet the people behind our multi-sport holidays!
Trish is a passionate outdoor enthusiast with over 20 years' of experience as a world traveller. Her first overseas trip was a 5 year stint where she worked her way around the world. She's lived in Thailand, Australia, Costa Rica, and the US, and has traveled and guided extensively in North, South and Central America, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia. In those years living abroad, Trish lived directly with the locals, learning and experiencing their distinctive cultures first-hand. She studied tourism management and fitness leadership. Some of her jobs included a sea kayak guide in Thailand, fitness instructor in Canada, Costa Rica and Guatemala, Sales and Marketing director for a tall ship in Toronto, tour leader throughout almost every South and Central American destination and even a cook on a fishing boat in Australia. She has guided and helped to develop every one of our multi sport holidays. In her spare time, Trish is usually outdoors either mountain biking, hiking, sea kayaking, trail running or climbing. Trish has a passion for the world and all of the amazing cultures that inhabit it and does her best to immerse herself directly into their distinctive lifestyles.
Meghan Burton has been working at BikeHike Adventures as the Director of Operations for the past eight years. Her passion for travel was passed on to her by her parents, who always took her to exotic destinations as a child such as Hungary, Croatia and Newfoundland. When she graduated from high school, her parents encouraged her to travel around Europe for 4 months where she gained a better appreciation for world history, art, red wine and cheese. After completing a University degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, she decided to delay working in the "real world" and backpacked for 2 years around Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Upon returning to Toronto, she then went back to school for Adventure Travel Management where one of the requirements was to complete a school placement. During this placement, she worked with us here at BikeHike Adventures and has been assisting multi sport holidays ever since. Some of her favourite countries include Vietnam, Costa Rica, Turkey, Brazil and the Czech Republic.
Darcy is BikeHike’s online marketing specialist. An active outdoor enthusiast, he spends his leisure time hiking the local mountains of British Columbia. After graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in social sciences, Darcy attended BCIT Business School for marketing communications with a strong focus on web development, online advertising, writing, and digital measurement. Darcy has travelled to over 30 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travel highlights include the Croatian waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, caving underneath Budapest, and mountain biking in Costa Rica. He is also an amateur musician continuously crafting a unique sound with a variety of instruments.
Juan "Wonka" Carlos
Guide – Costa Rica
Juan Carlos has been guiding multi sport holidays with BikeHike Adventures pretty much from the very beginning. He is one of our top guides. He started in the warehouse maintaining bikes and gear and shopping and packing for our trips. He then trained for his swift water rescue certification and is now one of the best river guides in the country. He is also qualified in Wilderness First Responder. He was born on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica but moved to San Jose as a child. He is an extremely responsible guide with a wife and two children. At one time he had the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps and possibly become a professional soccer player, but thankfully for BikeHike, he decided that his heart lay in adventure tourism where he has the opportunity to excel at a variety of sporting activities.
Maurice "Mau" Motte
Guide – Costa Rica
Maurice was born in Lima Peru and is of Italian/French decent. At the age of seven his family moved to Costa Rica where his love of nature and adventure began. His was initiated with kayaking on the Pacuare River. Once this skill was mastered he trained as an all-round river guide. In 1999 he joined BikeHike Adventures and started leading multi-activity adventures. Apart from full-time guiding, he competes in the Adventure Racing Series in Costa Rica and internationally at the Camdex Adventure Race in Mexico and the Eco Challenge in Fiji.
Guide – Morocco
Charlie is originally from England, but has been living in Morocco for the past 4 years with his wife and son. He has a long history in the adventure travel industry, working in tourism sales, marketing, management and operations. He's very well travelled and has an unquenchable thirst for discovering new places. He spent two years of extensive research exploring mountain bike routes and hiking trails throughout Morocco. Now he spends much of his time leading groups, enjoying the chance to indulge his passion for adventure sports.
Guide – Thailand
A native of Thailand's Surin province, in the northeastern part of Thailand, Nee moved to Bangkok in 1993 with her young daughter in search of a better life. A rice farmer with a primary school education she knew knowledge was the key to a more prosperous life. She spent her first two years working as a house maid then in a garment factory for four years. During this time she studied on Sundays to get her high school diploma, then enrolled at a computer school and moved on to University where she studied Tourism and Hotel Management. With her degree in-hand she attained a tourism guide license and got a job leading tours throughout Thailand. An accomplished athlete, Nee regularly runs half marathons and leads biking trips.
Guide – Brazil
After fleeing the London rat race and a career in sales and marketing Belfast born Michael travelled extensively up and down the Brazilian coastline before eventually settling in Paraty in 2002. After a difficult first encounter with kayaks (his mum forced him to go when growing up on Guernsey) Michael never looked back and has been a keen paddler ever since. This is just one of the many great attractions Paraty holds for him. Over the years Michael has criss-crossed the region by land, sea and air and in the process developed the unique travel itinerary you will experience. An experienced guide, Michael gets to do what he enjoys best – showing visitors the very best Paraty has to offer (with time for the odd ice cold beer along the way).
Guide – Ecuador
Jorgen has been living and guiding in Ecuador for the past 10 years. He was born in Sweden in the town of Kiruna, but decided to swap the Arctic Circle for the Equator 15 years ago. Before guiding he had various professions including a mechanical engineer, commercial fisherman, foreign aid worker and mountain ranger. However following his true passion of the outdoors and mountain biking, he decided to start guiding active trips through Ecuador. He knows Ecuador as well as the locals and is always happy to show off the country to fellow travellers. We always receive rave reviews from our clients about Jorgen.
Guide – Venezuela
Albaro was born in the Andean Highlands of Venezuela. He's been interested in the outdoors, nature and extreme sports ever since he was a young boy. He studied Tourism Management at school 15 years ago and has been leading adventure trips and bird-watching expeditions ever since. He loves to show off his country and explore new routes through the mountains and remote jungles. During his spare time, he volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team in Merida and help's his family farm potatoes and carrots. Albaro is also an avid paraglider, trekker and biker.
Guide – Croatia
Domogoj was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. When he is not guiding trips, he’s back in Zagreb studying law. His grandfather once told him that he swam across his first river at the tender age of two. True or not, he’s been a water enthusiast ever since. He spent eight years as a rower before venturing into sea and whitewater kayaking. He’s been guiding trips for the past 10 years, speaks English, French, and German and offers "free legal advice on the water.
Guide – Slovenia
Marko was born in the Gorenjska region of Slovenia. Since his childhood, Marko loves spending time in the outdoors and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing and biking. He's been guiding adventure trips for many years and loves to share his passion for nature and the outdoors with visitors to Slovenia. Marko guides with the perfect balance of fun and safety and is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of his home country.
Guide – Romania
Born in the beautiful village of Moldavia, Ramona spent her youth hiking the Carpathian Mountains and learning the legends that surround them. After obtaining a literature and tourism degree and travelling the world, she has now devoted her life to showing travellers her country, from the magnificent views of the Transylvanian Alps to the rudimentary agriculture of rural Romania. Ramona believes that the great richness of Romania is found in the humble locals. A kind soul and an experienced adventure guide, she has successfully fused her love for trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding with her ability to foster cultural experiences. Join Ramona on a journey through medieval landscapes, horse drawn wagons and thatch roofed houses as she reveals the beauty of her well-hidden country.
Guide – Vietnam
Hoa was born in the Yen Bai province in Vietnam. In 1999, he visited the town of Sapa in the North of Vietnam and fell in love with the place. He decided to stay in Sapa, improve his English and pursue a career in Tourism. After teaching English for a bit, he decided tourism was his calling and has been guiding multi sport holidays ever since. He likes to spend his spare time hiking in the mountains, mountain biking on the historical Ho Chi Minh Trails and sea kayaking in Halong Bay. Hoa loves to show off his country and will make sure you get immersed in the local culture and try as much Vietnamese food as possible.
Guide - Peru
Miguel was born in the beautiful Andean city of Cusco where he learned to speak Quechua at the age of three. He now also speaks English and Spanish fluently. Miguel graduated from the university of Cusco with a degree in tourism and has been leading BikeHike Peru trips since 2006. He loves adventure activities and is keen on hiking, biking and bird watching throughout the Peruvian mountains and highland communities.
Guide – Nepal
Man Bhahdur is one of our veteran Nepali guides from the Solu region of Nepal. He's in his late 30's, very energetic and strong and has been climbing for many years. He's summited many trekking peaks all over Nepal. He's a certified mountain guide, trained to take trekkers to high altitude with first aid experience.
Guide – Scotland
Rebecca started travelling and exploring the world with her family at the age of three and has never stopped. She loves the outdoors and is passionate about Scotland and its wild places. An experienced coach and guide, she has sailed or kayaked to every Island on the West Coast of Scotland. Her knowledge, wealth of experience and bubbly personality make her the ideal companion in the mountains or on the sea. She is a volunteer search and rescue worker in her spare time. Her ethos is sharing the passion, the love and the enjoyment of exploring and journeying.