South American West Coast Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions

In the 40+ years of our expedition history, the quality of our veteran staff is the reason theLindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, now that we are aligned with National Geographic, there is no better team anywhere.

The team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a team of eight naturalists with a variety of specialties: zoology, biology, ornithology, geology, history, and more. Other members of the 15-person team include a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist, and a video chronicler. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional geography.

More specialties and personalities
Our better than 1-to-15 staff-to-guest ratio ensures you the benefits of diverse backgrounds, and the freedom to head out on activities with the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. You are never assigned to a specific group, and our team can custom-tailor activities to match your activity level—to make each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.

Featured South American West Coast Team Members

  • Alejandro Wolff

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Alejandro Wolff served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 2010 to 2013 working on a number of important initiatives between these two countries that enjoy a strong bond. Under his term Chile was included in the U.S.-Visa Waiver Program, and the launch of the Youth Ambassadors program, which brings high school age students from around Chile to study in the U.S. He has also worked for the Department of State in Algeria, Cyprus, and served as executive assistant to Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

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  • Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is an NPR international correspondent covering South America. Her stories span culture, politics, corruption, crime, sports, and much more. Before relocating to South America, she served as NPR’s Bagdad Bureau chief and as a correspondent based in Israel. She covered post-September 11th events from Afghanistan in 2002 and was one of the first journalists to report from Libya in 2011 after the Arab Spring uprising.

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