Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, Jose has 16 years of experience working as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica, and he is recognized as an expert birder on Costa Rica’s Central and South Pacific Coast. Although Costa Rica is a small country, it is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country.
His gentleness and sense of humor makes him one of our most popular guides. Jose has guided extensively in Panama and is a certified naturalist with Costa Rica’s National Learning Institute (INA). Aside from birding, Jose has led general natural history trips for leading conservation and wildlife organizations, and has recently gained experience leading soft adventure and multi-sport trips for young adults and students. Recently, Jose particularly enjoyed leading a group of student volunteers working in a rural community. In the off-season, he works as a graphic designer and pursues his passion for wildlife photography. He is a proud father of a teenage son named Esteban.
He received his Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop. Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped him develop additional insight and skills necessary to help you better understand your camera and the basics of composition — to better capture the moments at the heart of your expedition.