José Pérez was born in Panama City and grew up in the province of Coclé in the small town of El Valle de Anton, a picturesque village located in the caldera of the world's second largest volcano. From a young age he felt a deep affinity for nature, joining his grandfather and father for long walks to their farm where they would identify plants, insects, and animals.
José obtained his Bachelor of Accounting, but his interest in traveling and love for nature led him to launch a career in tourism. He currently has 12 years of experience as a tour guide, including five years as a birding guide. Besides being an expert birdwatcher he has an extensive knowledge of natural history.
José leads expeditions in different protected areas throughout Panama, as well as Panama City and along the Panama Canal.