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  • 14 References 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese; learning German, Romanian, Spanish
  • 52, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • I am one of the owners of an Ecotourism Agency
  • B.A. History - School of Hard Knocks
  • From Bolton, Massachusetts USA
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About Me




It all started when I was born...
This is important! I am rewriting this, just in case the original version wasn't clear to anyone. I love traveling. I have enjoyed traveling all my life. I traveled with my family when I was young. I traveled to the UK alone at 13 years of age for a month, and I went on my first Arctic Expedition at the age of 18, and began leading such Expeditions at 21. In researching the first Arctic trip, I discovered that I had already checked out every book in the local library already before the age of 12. As well as organizing numerous canoe trips at my College Outing Club. I organized these trips as a VOLUNTEER. I never accepted Money or considered it at a profession. After running several businesses in Construction and Computing for many years that left me without time to travel, I sold everything and moved to Brazil where I actually still need to WORK. I don’t have the patience to be an English teacher, so I decided to do something I know and love. I opened a tour business: Pantanal . I don’t put this here to advertise, I put it here so that it is clear to everyone that I work in ecotourism.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I learned about Couch Surfing from some Belgians that were participating in an experimental new route with me. I thought it was cool, so I joined. Several years passed, and eventually a few foreigners asked me to host them and I accepted. Some of the people we host do a tour with our company, and many don’t. We host people. That is mostly what my wife and I do in Couch Surfing, and we enjoy it. I also give advice in forums, and I also have small financial to couch surfing, and encourage you to do the same.
House Rules:
Rule 1- We try not to make rules unless we find a need for it.
Rule 2 – If you break something fix it. It may look like it was almost broken anyway, but it was probably that way for a very long time. If you can afford to travel around the world, you can probably afford to repair that old thing you broke.
Rule 3 – If you are going to leave your bags here and take off for a few days, let us know when you are going, or leave a note. Please, no more missing persons reports!

Please understand that we can´t offer free tours of the Pantanal. Tours require significant quantities of diesel fuel, motorboat fuel, maintenance expenses are grueling, we have to pay our guides, or if I guide then there is no one in the office to do tour sales and we lose money and put our equipment and livelihood at risk. I know, because I have done it.


Birdwatching, Ecotourism, Nature,

  • books
  • running
  • clubbing
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • canoeing
  • surfing
  • business
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • volunteering
  • tours
  • ecotourism

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I am not sure if two or three moments are so important.

Teach, Learn, Share

Our backyard is a kind of Botanical garden and pharmacy. The next step is to put some labels on the plants.

I very much like to learn anything I can in any other language. My wife is trying to learn English, and I am a terrible teacher. A lot of people come here speaking using Spanish to communicate in place of Portuguese. If you are not a Spanish native speaker, and you speak English, please try to communicate with her in English or Portuguese, as you can both learn this way.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Unfortunately, I am not at a phase in my life where I have a lot of time to travel for leisure. When I arrive in a city in Brazil, I am usually there to work and while I want to meet the locals and have local insight, I probably have a pretty full agenda, which doesn't make for the best guest.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, United States

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