Amazon Expedition Team

Travel with enthusiastic, expert guides


Over 100 years ago, the National Geographic Society conducted expeditions to the Peruvian rain forest when huge swaths of the Amazon basin were still considered “unknown.” Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first “citizen explorers” expedition up the Amazon 40 years ago. And the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance provides travelers with 150 years of collective expedition experience.

The team composition 
A seasoned Lindblad expedition leader and an experienced team of Peruvian naturalists accompany this voyage. Most of the naturalists were born in towns along the riverbanks and educated in schools in Iquitos. Each has worked with foreign research teams or at eco-friendly rain forest lodges before joining the Lindblad Amazon expedition team. All are fluent in English, and their personal knowledge, gained from village elders, along with their scientific training makes for a fascinating narrative, as authentic as it is well informed.

More specialties and personalities
One naturalist for every ten guests and a spectrum of specialties—biology, ornithology, ichthyology, and lepidoptery—ensures a daily diversity of interest and personalities for you. Some of our expedition leaders are also Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, trained to help you with your camera and how to best capture images of the rain forest and its inhabitants.

 

Featured Amazon Team Members

  • Carlos Romero

    Expedition Leader
    Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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  • Christian Saa

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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  • Jonathan Irish

    National Geographic Photographer
    During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan is on a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks.

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