Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions


Over the decades of exploring Costa Rica, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, together with National Geographic, there are no better Costa Rica tour guides anywhere.

The most robust expedition team in Costa Rica
Explore with one staff member on board for every eight guests—the most robust team working in Costa Rica. Every expedition sails with an eight-person team including a veteran expedition leader and four naturalists. Other members of the team include an undersea specialist, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and a video chronicler. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

More specialties and personalities
With more naturalists per guest than any other company in Costa Rica, you’re ensured a healthy diversity of naturalist specialties—marine and terrestrial biology, botany, ornithology, geology, and more—and personalities. You are never directed into groups. You’re free to gravitate to the naturalists whose interests mirror your own. And our team will make each day of your expedition deeply rewarding.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Carlos Calvo Obando

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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  • Catherine Pesavent

    Wellness Specialist
    Catherine began her journey in the wellness field in 2011. She grew up in the Midwest and went on to study massage and esthiology with The Aveda Institute of Minneapolis, craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute, and then travel the world, learning from the best teachers in yoga, reiki, and meditation. She’s combined her love for wellness, travel, and the outdoors to help her clients across the globe. Catherine’s intention as a massage therapist and yoga instructor is to find a noninvasive way for the body to enter its natural healing state.

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  • Daniel Baldwin

    Undersea Specialist
    An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in helping others explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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  • Frank Simms

    Naturalist
    Frank is a naturalist guide with a long career path involving his beloved Costa Rica. He grew up in Escazu, a small town surrounded by blue and green mountains in the Central Valley. His admiration for nature and wildlife turned him into an autodidact photographer, and he feels most comfortable, relaxed and happy when sharing his knowledge with visitors.

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  • Gustavo Abarca

    Expedition Leader
    Gustavo was born in 1970 in San Jose, the youngest of three children. After finishing high school, he became interested in sciences and languages and enrolled at the University of Costa Rica, where he studied basic studies of biosciences (1988-1990), modern languages (1990-1992) and some courses in natural resources management at UNED. During this time Gustavo became fluent in both English and Italian. His work experience started at age 10 when he was a host of a television program for children (1981-1982). During this time he also harvested coffee in a small rural town during school vacations. 

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  • Kimberly Baldwin

    Naturalist
    Family vacations to the Jersey shore engendered a deep love affair between the ocean and Kimberly Baldwin. But growing up in landlocked Pennsylvania proved challenging for a hopeful marine biologist. College afforded the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Marine Biology, work for a marine consortium in Virginia, and marine institutes in the Florida Keys and Catalina Island, California. This was followed by a master’s degree in education while stationed in Mallorca, Spain. Other employment was equally colorful. Early on, Kimberly worked for a summer in Denali National Park washing buses and backpacking 3 nights a week in the tundra and forests. She guided guests on bird and whale trips in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and taught fourth graders in American Samoa. For the past 15 years Kimberly instructed science courses at a private high school in Costa Rica; teaching: A.P. environmental science, physics, chemistry and leading marine biology students on worm digs, conchology studies, tidal pool explorations and snorkel trips. There are a few more marine biology students in college these days thanks to her classes. She is now with you and ready to share her knowledge of the briny environment.

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  • Mark Coger

    Video Chronicler
    Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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  • Ronaldo Calvo

    Naturalist
    Ronald Calvo grew up in the province of Cartago in Costa Rica.  He earned degrees in geography and ecotourism at the University of Costa Rica.  He has done consulting work for the non-profit Fundación Neotropica on a management plan for Palo Verde and Barra Honda National Parks, and advised on water resources for several communities in the Turrubares, Central Pacific region of Costa Rica.

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