John Liley

Barge Owners

The 'Luciole' is owned by John and Penny Liley who, between them have fifty years experience of hotel barging! Previously, John was editor of a leading British yachting magazine, while books he has written include France-the Quiet Way, an exploration of the entire canal and river system of France. These early journeys inspired him to select the Nivernais cruising area and establish the present hotel-barge business in 1976. This was with another barge, 'Secunda', fore-runner to 'Luciole'. Continually updating the fittings and furnishings on board, Penny and John, with Captain Stephane Pignard, ensure the smooth-running of each cruise. Penny first worked on the 'Luciole' as a chef in 1986, and has since played a major role in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere on 'Luciole', where a feeling of calm and attention to detail is apparent as soon as one steps aboard.

Croatian Adventure Travel Guide

Ivana Grzetic

Dubrovnik City Guide

Ivana was born and raised in Dubrovnik in a "crazy about the sea" family of scuba divers and sea kayakers. She is a graduate of ACMT (American College of Management and Technology) in Dubrovnik. As Miss Universe Croatia 1998 and a fashion model, Ivana traveled all over the world, including Hawaii, California, Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Europe. She now looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of the Dubrovnik region and the sea with our guests.

Alper Ertubey

Turkey Yacht Guide

Alper was a member of one of the first graduating classes of Turkey's professional guide training program in addition to his degree in Engineering. His open, warm personality, stories, singing and endless energy make Alper a favorite among our guests. When he is not leading tours he spends his time investigating new sites and local establishments, traveling throughout Turkey, as well as training other guides. He winters in Istanbul and visits the US frequently.
Baja kayak guide

José Sergio Navarro

Sea Kayak Guide

Sergio grew up in Puerto San Carlos. He often fished with his father as a kid, and enjoyed the water growing up. While he has only been a guide with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures for four seasons now, he has been guiding for over 16 years, since he was just 16 years old. He got started with kayaking in 1997 while he was working on a natural history course with RARE, an organization for tropical conservation. During the course, they offered the students the opportunity to learn kayaking skills. At the time, Sergio was working as a hotel manager, and never thought he would be a kayaker. However, since he grew up in a fishing family he always like to be close to the sea. One day, a close friend asked him if would like to be sea kayaking guide. Sergio interviewed for the position and accepted the offer.

Sixteen years later he is still a kayaking guide in Baja, and still loves it! Sergio enjoys meeting people from other countries, and sharing his knowledge about Baja California and his love of nature. His favorite places in the world are those with beautiful clear water; luckily Baja has a lot of that! Sergio also loves the cuisine in Baja. His favorite ROW Sea Kayak Adventures meals are the chicken mole, and anything with fish. When Sergio isn't guiding, he enjoys spending time with his family. They love to go fishing, camping and kayaking together. Some friends tell Sergio they "think he is a little crazy because he spends so much time kayaking!" Maybe so, but we understand his love for kayaking and the beauty of Baja!

female sea kayak guide

Monica Sanchez

Naturalist and Sea Kayak Guide

Now in her fifth season with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in Baja, Monica loves the water, and everything surrounding it. She is especially passionate about whales and dolphins. Monica always dreamt of being a wilderness explorer like the journalists in National Geographer magazine. Due to her love for both the ocean and marine mammals, she decided to work at an aquarium in the Caribbean where she worked as a dolphin and sea lion trainer for a couple of years.

While she loved being so close to the animals, she realized she would rather see them in the wild, in their natural habitat. Monica discovered Sea Kayak Adventures was looking to hire a naturalist for their Baja whale watching tours, and applied. The day she was hired was "one of the best days of my life; my dream came true. I will be in the wilderness, observing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat."

Monica loves that every day as a guide is a new adventure, a new experience, and a surprise, where the unexpected is the norm. She loves sharing her excitement and passion for nature with guests, as well as hearing about their stories. She loves knowing that the time she shared with them in nature gave them something special that they will remember for the rest of their life.  When she's not guiding, Monica likes to hike, explore, and travel. She also loves reading about marine life and nature, and discovering new places where she can practice stand-up paddle boarding. In the off-season, Monica works as a reporter.

Adventure travel guide

Sebastian Jurado

Adventure Guide

After growing up in a small town in a valley of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador near the city of Quito, Sebastian decided to travel to Santiago de Chile to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Administration. His eagerness for travel took him on a backpacking adventure through Canada and United States for 9 months. Having perfected his English, he started guiding in Ecuador in 1998. 

As a young nature-lover interested in natural history and ecology, nature filming, photography, alternative energy, ecotourism development, and outdoor sports his career took an interesting path on the exciting soft-adventure world. In order guarantee travelers’ safety, Sebastian has been Wilderness Advanced First Aid certified for more than a decade. 

Adventure Travel Guide

Alejandra Mosquera

Adventure Guide

Alejandra was born and raised in Quito. She believes that there is nothing better than opening her eyes and seeing the beauty of the marvelous Andes, their colors, wildlife, and scenery. Even though she never thought about becoming a guide, she realized this activity would be her future during her first trip in the university. She has been sharing her passion and love for Ecuador since 2006, and obtained her Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate four years ago. In her free time, she likes to explore Ecuador with her four-year-old daughter, Manuela, who shares the same passion for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as her mother. She also enjoys outdoor sports including kayaking and stand-up paddling.

Adventure travel guide

Marco Castro

Adventure Guide

Marco was born and grew up in the highlands near Quito within a farmer family. This brought him close to nature; riding horses, hiking mountains, and chasing feral cattle. This lifestyle as a child made him an outdoor man that learned to enjoy nature and open air. He studied tourism administration to be a tour guide which allowed him work in the outdoors and show people his passion for the wonders of Ecuador. Hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and kayaking make Marco feel at home away from home. After 20 years of working as a guide, he has learned to enjoy sharing his knowledge with people. accepting them the way they are, and understanding their needs. He is proud to be able to understand how to make travelers feel safe while visiting this small but awesome country called Ecuador. Due to importance of safety for travelers, Marco obtained Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate in 2011.

Adventure Travel Guide

Ignacio Anhalzer

Adventure Guide

Ignacio, also known as Nacho, was born and raised in Ecuador. Has practiced all sorts of outdoor sports since an early age, from mountaineering to sea kayaking. This experience motivated him to obtain a degree in Sports Management from Bond University in Queensland Australia. He is currently a NOLS Instructor, WEMT and LNT Master Educator. Nacho has paddled in New Zealand, Patagonia, Denmark and tons in Ecuador. Nacho is WAFA certified since 2015. When he is not guiding, he is taking care of his own outdoor education company in mainland Ecuador.

Corsica travel guide

Claudia Cristofari

Adventure Guide

Claudia was born in Corsica and did her studies at the University of Corsica. She always liked the English language and culture, so she started with an English degree. As the university is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, it was during her time there that she realized how much she loved the island, its cultural and historical wealth and the diversity of its nature. As such, becoming a licensed guide was a very natural decision. 

Claudia's year of training allowed her to study various topics such as the history of the Mediterranean, art history, the Corsican culture, traditions and language, the island's fauna, flora and geology among other things. Her studies stimulated her curiosity and encouraged her to travel. 

Following her studies Claudia spent nearly a year in England improving her English before coming back to Corsica to start to work as a guide. Claudia has been guiding tours for over three years now and has found the work of being a tour guide is not only a job but also a passion. She loves sharing her passion and excitement for Corsica with all of our Guests.