Isabel Salas Vindas


Known for her professionalism and experience in the field of animal behavior, Isa Salas 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 foremost experts on howler monkey sexual and social behavior.

Always eager to share her vast knowledge about tropical nature and local culture, Isa has been an onboard naturalist and expedition leader for small cruise ships since 1997.  Isa has also led nature-based land programs for affinity groups from leading universities and museums, as well as family programs.

When not guiding, Isa has taught tropical biology courses for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, Iowa State University’s International Fieldtrips in Biology, and California’s Cabrillo College, as well as the University of Costa Rica.

In her free time, Isa enjoys training her border collie, Facundo, for agility competitions and reading authors with a focus on natural history.  Isa is fluent in English, as well as her native Spanish, and has traveled extensively through Europe and Latin America.

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