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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.

Manuel Huayllahua was born in Chino Village and studied at Los Andes Peruvian University. He has worked for several years with Amazonia and has two years field experience as a field assistant to primatologist Rose Hores as well as several summers as field assistant researching saki monkeys for primatologist Janice Chism. Manuel may be our best wildlife tracker and is skilled at wilderness camping and jungle survival training.

 

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.


 

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

Avi Taricuarima, more commonly known as Celeste, is of native Cocama ancestry. She studied at the Superior Education Institute El Milagro in Iquitos city. As part of her training as a guide Celeste worked as field research assistant to Fredrik Tegner in his study of poison dart frogs and to for Ludvig Orsen in his study of harlequin toads. She has a special fondness for herpetology.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Amazonia Expeditions was the first tourism company in Iquitos to provide equal opportunity to both men and women in training and employment (we were told by other tour operators in the early 1980’s that it was a “crazy idea that would never be accepted by Peruvian men”). The high morale and dedicated work ethic that people note among our staff is a result of the owners’ commitment to have a respectful, pleasant, professional and productive working environment for the staff. We do not tolerate any ill treatment among the staff based on gender, age, experience (in most tourism companies more experienced staff haze newcomers), position (staff who clean toilets, wash dishes and clean sheets are just as important for a pleasant tourist experience as guides and managers), strength, education, skin color (in much of Peru light skinned Peruvians enjoy privileges over dark skinned Peruvians), sexual preference, ethnicity (in much of Peru having Amerindian facial features or surnames is a basis for discrimination), or religious preference (we have Evangelical Christians, Catholics, believers in jungle mother spirits and atheists working respectfully together). New staff members are quickly taught the company’s ethic of treating everyone with respect.