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Guides of Amazonia Expeditions


The most important part of your Amazon Rainforest experience will be the quality of your personal guide. Amazonia Expeditions has the highest credentialed and most professional staff in the Amazon, and regularly updates their knowledge with special training seminars.

 

Nelly Priscilla Pinedo Alvarado grew up in various remote jungle villages as her mother was a teacher who moved around from one remote village to another. This gave Nelly a broader understanding of native cultures of the Amazon. As a young adult Nelly graduated from SENATI Institute with a degree in English and later worked as a translator for Doctors without Borders and then as a guide in another jungle lodge. She started with Amazonia as a trainee in 2011 and was promoted to head guide in 2012. Nelly has field research experience assisting with Rose Hores' study of uakari monkeys. When not guiding she assists Dolly in her work for Angels of the Amazon www.angelsoftheamazon.com. In her third year as head guide Nelly has never had less than a 5 star review.

Alfredo Dosantos Santillán graduated from the National University (UNAP) with a degree in biological sciences in 2002. He then did research for the Wildlife Conservation Society, with 7 scientific papers published and attending many scientific conventions. As our Facebook friends know, he is also a talented nature photographer. Alfredo came to work for Amazonia Expeditions in 2009 as site manager of our scientific program. He also guides our university groups and research expedition groups, trains our student interns and subject to availability, guides individuals who have an interest in science or nature photography. Alfredo also is group leader and photographer of our foreign trip program, leading groups on safari in Africa, Asia and to other sites in South America, such as Galapagos and Patagonia.

Donaldo Navarro Zamora studied English, tourism and biology in the Institute "El Milagro" in Iquitos city and graduated with certification as Official Guide of Biodiversity. He has worked as field research assistant to Rose Hores  study of uakari monkeys and Fredrik Tegnér  study of parental behavior in poison dart frogs. Donaldo worked as a trainee guide in 2012 and was promoted to head guide in 2013. He has been doing an outstanding job for us.

Dustin Pinedo Gonzales was born in Chino Village and as a child the forests of the Tahuayo were his playground. He went to elementary school in Chino, then finished high school in Iquitos city, before specializing in English studies in institutes in Iquitos and Lima. Dustin worked for several years as a research field assistant for scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society before finally coming to Amazonia Expeditions as a guide in 2009. His specialties as guide include wildlife tracking, birding and adventurous treks that include camping and/or jungle survival training

 

Llagner Manihuari, nickname Llacko (Jacko) received training in English, Italian and tourism at a technical institute before starting work as a tour guide in 1999. He has worked for several jungle lodges and has worked part time for Amazonia since 2003. Llacko has also worked with film crews which have done documentaries for CBS, Discovery Channel and Panamerican TV. He has led jungle survival trips for the US DEA. He is our most talented artist and we've often commissioned him for special artistic projects. Llacko is a very kind man with a jovial personality and so is often assigned to families with young children. He has been regularly employed by us over the past 11 months and so this month was offered a full time permanent position.


 

Weninger Pinedo Flores was born in Diamante Village, located far up the Rio Blanco, a tributary of the Tahuayo River. He went to high school in Iquitos and then to the National University in Iquitos (UNAP). Weninger came to work with Amazonia in 2000 and became a head guide in 2005. He is the most accomplished arborist on staff, capable of free climbing any tree in the forest and has the responsibility of maintaining our canopy platforms and ziplines. Weninger has assisted in extensive research work with Amherst College research associate Bart Bouricius and University of Nevada ethnologist Barbara Land. He is often assigned to guests with an interest in trees, culture, or wilderness camping

 

Nataly Ramirez has completed higher education courses in English and tourism at the prestigious Universidad Cientifica Del Peru. She started as an apprentice with us in 2005 and was promoted to head guide in 2006. Nataly is quick to smile, quick to laugh and our visitors enjoy her engaging personality.

Christian Silva completed English studies at the National University (UNAP) and then worked at several other lodges in the Iquitos region before coming to work for Amazonia in 2005. His depth of knowledge on the culture and nature of the region as well as his friendly manner has made him a top guide, especially good with families with young children.

 

Alain Garcia did advanced studies in computer programming, English and tourism at the C.E.T. Pro. Maynas institute and had 7 years of experience working in a couple of jungle lodges when we invited him to work in a temporary position last July during our high season. He did such a fabulous job that we offered Alain a full time guiding position. He has continued his great work, earning all 5 star reviews. This July he will receive advanced training on our trail grid primate population research.


Cesar Hidalgo Huaniri attended an institute for English study. He has been working on and off for Amazonia since 2003, so he knows the Tahuayo basin well. Cesar plays very well the guitar and flute and leads our in house musical group. This month we offered him a full time guiding position. Welcome to the full time staff Cesar!

Orlando Pinedo Was born in Chino Village. He attended elementary school in Chino, high school in Iquitos and then studied English in a private institute. Orlando worked as field research assistant to biologist Richard Bodmer for 3 years, then as field research assistant to primatologist Suzi Leonard for 4 years. It was from this research that Dr. Leonard first published that the Tahuayo region had the highest diversity of species of monkeys ever recorded from a single site. Orlando started work with Amazonia in 2001 as a boat driver and assistant guide and became head guide in 2007. He is an excellent wildlife tracker, wilderness camper and jungle survival instructor. Through the years I've noticed that families who were with Orlando were constantly laughing and so he frequently gets assigned to visitors with children.