Ecoturístico La Tarde is owned and operated by Carlos Eduardo Castro Rojas (called Eduardo), who has been living on the Osa Peninsula for more than 36 years. Initially, Eduardo and his family survived mainly through agriculture, gold digging and hunting. These were common activities for all the farmers, or campesinos, who lived on the Osa.
But over the course of time things changed, and strict new regulations prohibited certain activities. Gold digging became more and more difficult as the gold reserves of the rivers were exhausted. Agriculture depleted the rainforest and caused problems with the wildlife. Hunting was banned. These were all positive consequences of growing conservation programs, but it became almost impossible for the *campesinos *to make a living. Many people left the area looking for a better life elsewhere.
Eduardo decided to stay and now makes his living by sharing the beauty of the forest with travelers. He recalls a day when he was looking for gold in a small river:
“A friend came and told me about a job in a hotel in Drake Bay. I decided to leave my family behind and begin a new work experience. I met people from all over the world, some of whom were very nice. Although it was fun for them, it was difficult for me in the beginning. But after two or three months I started to enjoy being with tourists and looking for animals to show them. *This was a big change in my life!*I began to love animals and nature. I realized that taking care of nature and protecting it for the future is very important .