Costa Rica & Panama Expedition Team

Share the adventure with dedicated experts


Over the 40+ years of our expedition history, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. Together with National Geographic, there is no better team anywhere.

team member, photographerThe team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a hand-picked team of naturalists. Each naturalist is deeply knowledgeable about Costa Rica and Panama and is dedicated to sharing their passion for the region with you. Other key members of the team include: a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and sometimes a National Geographic expert. Together our Panama and Costa Rica travel guides will provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation of this exceptional place. Since some Costa Rica and Panama departures are Photo Expeditions, we encourage you to read about this unique opportunity.

More specialties and personalities
You are always part of a small group, with a ratio of one naturalist to every 12 guests. Our excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures a healthy diversity of naturalist specialties—marine biology, botany, cetaceans, primates, ornithology, and more—and personalities. You are never directed into groups. You’re free to gravitate to the naturalists whose interests mirror your own. Our Costa Rica and Panama travel guides are dedicated to making each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.

Featured Costa Rica & Panama Team Members

  • Beau Sylte

    Video Chronicler

    Beau has been producing professional videos and films since 2007 and has been to 29 countries with Lindblad Expeditions. Originally from Seattle, Beau now lives in Southeast Alaska after falling in love with the place while working in the Inside Passage as a video chronicler with Lindblad between 2008 and 2012. Recently Beau has done full-time video marketing work for companies like REI and has started a video production and advertising company in Juneau called Alaska in Motion. When not working on video and marketing consultation, Beau is training to be a volunteer firefighter with Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau.

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  • Cristian Moreno

    Undersea Specialist

    Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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  • Isabel Salas Vindas

    Naturalist

    Isa Salas is a Costa Rica born biologist, who loves her country and teaching about it.  Known for her professionalism and experience in the field of animal behavior, Isa earned her master's degree in biology from the University of Costa Rica, where she also engaged in research for the chemistry and biology departments. Isa has carried out specialized projects on mantled howler monkeys for Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), and is one of the country’s experts on howler monkey sexual and social behavior. 

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  • José Calvo

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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  • Laura McQueen

    Wellness Specialist

    Lola was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and has been an enthusiastic traveler since childhood. She grew up dancing, biking, camping, and swimming, and has kept active ever since. Cycling is her favorite form of transportation and after graduating with a degree in history from the University of Illinois, she biked across the United States, from NYC to San Francisco, cycling over 4,500 miles through 19 states. Upon her return to the Midwest, she started experiencing lower back pain which lead her to search out different therapies to find relief. That’s when she got her first massage...and she was hooked!

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  • Max Vindas

    Expedition Leader

    Known for his passion for nature and dedication to conservation and ecotourism, Max Vindas has been guiding natural history trips in Costa Rica since 1993. On his first trip to the rainforest at age eight, Max realized his love for the outdoors and wildlife observation. Since then, he spends as much time as he can in the forest, sharing his knowledge with visitors to his country.

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