Meet the Team

Miguel Azevedo e Castro
CEO, General Instructor, Guide

Hello! My name is Miguel Castro (MAC) and I am the manager of INTERTIDAL West Coast Discovery – Nature & Adventure in Foz do Arelho.
I have always been a frequent practitioner of outdoor activities, so it was a natural evolution to make them my profession.

I’ve studied marine biology, worked in scientific research projects, computer programmer. I also worked as a life guardian, done underwater archeology, diving, underwater fishing, martial arts, trekking, mountain biking, bushcraft and kayaking. I am a certified rambling & trekking guide.

Although I lived in several places during my life, I am “local” of Foz do Arelho, so I grew up here, which allowed me to accumulate local experiences and knowledge that will make your experiences with us, unique.

Américo A Santos, “Meko”
Survival Instructor, Guide

57 years old, Born in Mozambique Instructor in the French army.
I have been developing and training Survival techniques, I have learned nature-based and nature-based survival treatments.
In love with nature and Africa..
SED – Survival Emotions and Discoveries

João António, “Jan”
Bushcraft Instructor, Guide

I’ve aquired the taste by the outdoors and adventure in my youth with the Scouts, where I am still a trainer. I am an amateur dive practitioner, MTB orienteering, with expert level skills in rope maneuvering. Currently I am more dedicated to bushcraft and survival techniques, being the organizer of “Perduros”, one of the reference events promoted within this concept.

Rui de Sousa “Farrobeira”
Bushcraft & Survival Instructor, Guide

From a young age, an apprentice and promoter of all kinds of skills that enable an integrated experience in nature, sustained by the use of its resources. I am a geologist by profession, but I consider myself a naturalist who is mainly in love with ethnobotany and primitive technologies. Founder of the Portuguese Bushcraft forum and the first youtube channel on this topic in Portugal. Instructor of survival techniques and trekking guide since 2008. Frequent attendant as instructor and student of survival courses in Portugal, Scotland and Spain, and with various training and experience in Canyoning, Speleology, Canoeing, Autonomy Trekking, Backpacking Travel, and Vertical works.

Valter Vaz
Equipment & Logistics, Survival Instructor, Guide

Valter Vaz is a professional sports and adventure professional with experience of more than 25 years in various areas, including scouting, ocean swimming, military, humanitarian missions in Africa, expeditions on various continents in motorcycle and All Terrain Vehicles, kayak, mountaineering , caving, survival instruction and 4×4 off-road instruction.
EPDA – Equipment for Sports and Adventure

Marcos Mesquita, MD
Expedition Medical Doctor, First Aid Instrutor

I am a simple person whose ultimate goal is to fight for life, for happiness, for Good.
I have a master’s degree in Medicine, courses in Advanced cardiovascular (ACLS) and trauma Life Support (ITLS Adv.), Basic Surgery and other areas. I practiced Internal Medicine from 2016 to 2018 and currently am specializing in General Practice and Family Medicine, by far the most attuned for practicing Wilderness Medicine.
I am a lover of Nature and enthusiast and practitioner of self-defense, archery, shooting, adventure (natural and urban exploring) and survival.