About Us

Biologist Tracie Stice, also known as “The Bug Lady,”  has been  exploring the rainforest

Tracie “The Bug Lady” Stice

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”.

Gianfranco Gómez

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

Gala and Roxy

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.

Pup Dog

Kitty Boy

6 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I am so so excited with the possibility of going to Drake Bay this year that I can’t hold myself.
    I do macro of insects and I also have a lens for birds and other creatures.
    I come from Argentina but now I live in Canada, summer is full of insects but winter is dead, I miss looking at bugs so Costa Rica will bring me that possibility.Looking forward to meet you guys

  2. Hello Tracie and John,
    Darin and I really enjoyed our tour with you on April 7th. As lifelong animal lovers we were delighted to share your expertise and passion, not to mention the extreme delight in seeing the (……) anteater!
    The following day we rented a kayak and paddled by your home, we saw a fairly large crocodile and a caiman, many fish and birds. You truly live in a wonderful area, we are enriched and inspired by our visit and I wish that I could take a weekly educational walk with you. We hope to visit with you in the future and look forward to following your adventures via your blog,
    Sincerely, Julie and Darin.

    • Hi Julie and Darin, thanks so much for your kind comment. We’re so happy we could share our first encounter with the Silky Anteater with you! It was fantastic. Let us know if you would like a complete list of what we saw that night and we’ll be happy to get that out to you.

      Drake Bay is home to so many wonderful creatures and it is a blessing not only for us who live here, but also for everyone who visits. We look forward to seeing you back someday in the not too distant future.

      Until then, we would also like to extend an invitation to join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TheNightTour?ref=hl . Like us on Facebook and keep up with the latest, most intriguing stories from The Night Tour and the Natural World. We think you will enjoy the daily posts and photographs.

      Thanks so much again!

      Gian and Tracie

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