"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
CANCER, WATER SIGN, MOONSTONE/PEARL
Founder and lead guide at TuCamino, Nena Belen Ocampo has a long history with both Mexico and Costa Rica. Originally from Texas, Nena has always been proud of her Mexican-American heritage. Her father is from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico and much of Nena's extended family still lives there. It wasn't until the age of 23, though, that Nena was able to travel to Mexico to meet them, and ultimately, connect with her culture and heritage.
While in Mexico, Nena visited the town of Sayulita and fell instantly in love. What was originally to be a four-day stay turned into two weeks, and later, three months. Nena loves Sayulita, and the SayuVida as she calls it, particularly for its strong sense of tradition. Everything from the food to the language to the music and dress is rich in traditional Mexican culture. In addition, Sayulita is a popular destination for yoga and surf, two passions of Nena's.
At 18, Nena studied abroad and fell in love with Costa Rica, which has been her home for the past two years. It is there, in the Caribbean of Costa Rica that she first discovered surfing and fell in love with the water. Costa Rica introduced her to the concept of pura vida, "the pure life," and she found that it was the perfect place to connect with nature and escape from the hectic lifestyle she was accustomed to in the US.
Be it in Mexico or Costa Rica, Nena is truly at home in Central America and loves sharing these magical places with new travelers. Her experiences and the memories she has created in both countries were the inspiration for TuCamino, and she can't wait to guide you on your own adventures!