THE ORIGEN TEAM
We are a passionate team of travel experts, yes, but before that, we are a group of friends who know first hand how new experiences can slow down time. That removing oneself from the every day and placing oneself in the line of beauty, touching nature, witnessing wildlife, getting lost in adventure, and connecting with people, can literally transform lives. We know because we all have our own unique stories of our own very rooted experiences through travel and this wild life adventure ride.
We all have a shared vision and desire to bring to others what experience, adventure, travel and finally this beautiful country Costa Rica, has brought to each of us. The essence of Pura Vida.
It is the people that you come across, not by chance, that bring joy to your journey. Charm, empathy and knowledge are the qualities of the people on the Origen team who will help you discover the magic of Costa Rica.
VP Operations & Co-founder
(Nickname: Felo, Filo, Kinder)
On land or at sea, Felipe is at home in some of the world’s most extreme environments: whether he’s rock climbing cliffs in South America or holding his breath for four minutes while exploring the ocean floor. As a “water-man,” Felipe is a dive & surf instructor, spear fisherman and free diver. He also spent several years commuting to work on the rough seas via canoe. The wildest thing he’s ever done: jumping in the ocean to watch killer whales hunting a school of devil rays. On land, Felipe has found his stride as a explorer, covering nearly every corner of Costa Rica, including a memorable stint as the house guest of an indigenous shaman. Felipe dreams of living sustainably off-the-grid with his wife and daughter and loves to spend time alone in nature just to listen and learn. Achieving inner peace is Felipe’s idea of success and he’s always seeking to bring a dash of wellness into the wilderness.
VP Administration & Co-founder
(Nickname: Wife and daughter call him Chilito)
Costa Rica native, Sisinio Alvarado, is an underwater pioneer, having spent four years discovering, naming, and promoting some of the country’s most remote diving destinations. As one of 10 brothers and sisters, Sisinio knows what it takes to manage a large crew, which made the transition to life aboard ship an easy one. He spent the better half of a decade working on dive boats and leading elite expeditions. While he relishes time in the ocean, Sisinio admits he most identifies with the land-bound puma – versatile, smart and quick on his feet. And over the years those feet have covered much territory. His travel log is filled with adventures including swimming with spinner dolphins in the Pacific and skiing down the Sierra Nevada in Spain. But he can also be found snorkeling off the coast with his two children or watching a game of futbol with his family. Sisinio believes all travelers should pack a sense of adventure and never forget: it’s all about the journey.
As one of the world’s few deep sea submersible pilot’s and earth explorer, Ofer has experienced the world from every angle while visiting over 40 countries and all seven continents and oceans. His adventures include documentary filmmaking, helicopter aerial cinematography, circumnavigating the globe aboard a super-yacht, and working as a private travel designer. Other highlights include – landing with a Gulfstream jet on the ice in Antarctica, visiting Vostok Station ,the coldest place on earth, and reaching the South Pole! One of Ofer’s wildest exploits involves solo-piloting a submersible into a flooded volcanic crater in the Galapagos Islands. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, Ofer dedicated his entire career to organizing exotic expeditions to some of the earth’s most uncharted reaches. Still on his to do list: learn how to fly a helicopter. While exploring is in his DNA, Ofer finds happiness on Sunday mornings spent at the beach with his family. He’d loved to be remembered as the guy who did everything he was told could not be done and fulfilling his dreams without breaking his principals.
(Nickname: Gingi – Redhead!)
Gingi is a man on a mission. After 8 years as Captain of an Israeli Defence Force special artillery unit, he circumnavigated the globe hitchhiking on land and at sea. Seeing the magnificent power of nature, exploring new cultures and meeting amazing people around the world made him decide to turn his hobby into a profession.
Gingi transformed into an Executive Producer working on top reality TV shows and series, documentary films and commercials. To name a few of the special ones – Amazonas by Keshet International (5 months in the Amazon Jungles of Ecuador…), Couch Diaries by HOT TV, Beauty and the Geek! by Channel 10, Trinny and Susanna and much more…
Gingi broke the sky as the limit when he joined Live Nation and Madonna for 4 world tours with the Queen of Pop! Gingi was involved in every detail from the personal security of the artist and her family to tour production.
Born in Pamplona, Spain after 23 years Ivan Lasheras left his beloved city to answer the calling of his Navarre ancestors that whispered, “go see the world”. His explorations took him through Nancy (France), Glasgow (Scotland), Stuttgart (Germany), Barcelona and, finally, his new home, Costa Rica.
Though Ivan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Law, in his heart of hearts he always knew he would never be a lawyer, his creative mind was bursting with too many ideas and so he went on to study multimedia and graphic design in Barcelona and has worked passionately in this field for the last 14 years.
Ivan is a doer, a ukulelist, a dreamer, a hustler, lover of cinema, typography aficionado and an international man of mystery saving the world from one bad design at a time and, of course he is a Guru of all things clichè who spends time producing art at the crossroads of simplicity and computer science to express his brilliant ideas through design, both online and in real life. He creates not just a brand, but also a feeling.
Ivan helps Origen craft experiences that go beyond design through a thoughtful and compelling brand narrative.
When he’s not doing any of these things you can almost always find him hiking or sitting on the beach with his three dogs, watching time pass as the sun sets, contemplating life.
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