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the team





Tara launched Viva Adventures in 2012 after two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala, volunteering in Sustainable Community Tourism. During her service, family and friends traveled to visit her and they all were amazed at the richness of the experience they felt when they traveled to far away places, outside the realm of a Google search. Tara took them to places only discovered after living and working in the country.  

After such positive reviews, the idea for a business was born. Tara made business cards and started traveling around Central America on a shoestring budget, via the local buses with just a small backpack and surfboard. Her goal was to see as many places as possible and check out a variety of hotels and activities firsthand so that she could design packages so that other people could enjoy such an experience but in a more comfortable manner.  


Now, ten years later, after a ton of adventures with clients, the company is alive and well. Tara still lives in Central America and continues to design top-notch travel experiences for a variety of clients.  When not out guiding or scouting, you can find Tara out surfing or open water swimming and planning her next adventure. 


Sales Coordinator


Kolby is a lover of nature and all things active and travel related. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Yoga Studies. Kolby fell in love with Costa Rica first as a student on a study abroad trip and continues to return with family and friends. When not at Viva Adventures, you can find Kolby teaching yoga and fitness as well.


Marketing & Design


Luz is a Peruvian creative designer & marketing strategist based in Costa Rica who likes to create coherent brand experiences to help businesses build better relations with their stakeholders. Her background in communications, journalism and media studies, gives her a perfect blend of these passions. She currently works with clients in the USA, Perú, and Costa Rica.


Travel Associate


Bill first fell in love with travel while on a work away program in New Zealand. Since then, he has lived in Madagascar, Tanzania, China, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica. He is passionate about experiential education, sustainable tourism, surfing, and the outdoors. With over 12 years of living in Central and South America, Bill is excited to use his knowledge to help clients experience all that the region offers.

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