Biologist Tracie Stice, also known as “The Bug Lady,” has been exploring the rainforest
of the Osa Peninsula for over seventeen years. She runs the Night Tour in Drake Bay, Costa Rica with her husband, Costa Rican naturalist and nature photographer, Gianfranco Gómez. Together they lead groups through Drake Bay’s forest in search of the region’s elusive nocturnal creatures. The Night Tour has been hailed by Lonely Planet, Frommers, and Fodors as one of the most fascinating excursions in Drake Bay. Tracie has been featured in numerous books, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as television. In 2012 Tracie and Gian collaborated on the BBC series “The Dark”.
Prior to relocating to Drake Bay, Gian guided adventure tours in the rainforest canopy of Rincon de La Vieja. Although he is a lifelong nature lover, Gian’s main interest focuses on tropical herpetology. His photography and articles have been included in Costa Rica Travel Guide books, magazines and other nature publications. Gian’s recently released books: Encounters: An Introduction to the Insects and Arachnids of Drake Bay, Costa Rica and Encounters Volume II: Nocturnal Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of the Osa Peninsula are now available in printed and ibook versions.
Gian and Tracie were married in 2005. Together, they continue to work on documenting
the nocturnal wildlife of Costa Rica, as well as guiding The Night Tour.
Gian and Tracie live in a secluded spot in the rainforest, along the Agujitas River. They share their home with cats – Gala, Roxy and Kitty Boy – and their Golden Retriever, Pup Dog.