Expedition Leaders

Our expedition leaders forge teams dedicated to crafting enriching experiences

Our expedition leaders are veteran leaders in the field. Many have advanced degrees and have conducted research or taught for years. They have achieved expedition leader status because they possess the skills, experience and the depth of knowledge necessary to continually craft the best expedition possible for our guests.

We place enormous trust and responsibility in our expedition leaders and provide them with the personnel, resources, and opportunities to ensure remarkable expedition experiences. Because our expedition leaders have been with us for years, many for over three decades, they have an institutional knowledge virtually impossible to match. When wind or weather might preclude a certain landing, they're using their local knowledge and collaboration with the captain to reach a more protected spot where you can go ashore safely—to actively explore. And, because an expedition depends on flexibility and the ability to take advantage of unexpected moments, you can rely on your expedition leader to stop the ship and enable observation and photo ops—whether it’s a 40-ton humpback whale suddenly surfacing nearby, bow-riding dolphins, or a pod of narwhals.

The caliber of our expedition leaders and their teams is the reason our name is respected in the travel industry, and our guests continually entrust their safety, valuable time, and intelligent curiosity to us.  

Featured Expedition Leaders

Lucho Verdesoto

Expedition Leader
Arctic, 07 July 2021
Born and raised in the tropical country of Ecuador, Lucho is a passionate naturalist that has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1998. With a marine biology background, he started as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands in 1994. Since then, he has filled numerous roles with Lindblad-National Geographic, such as naturalist, undersea specialist and expedition leader in the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, and Baja California.

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