Expedition Leader Jorge Salas is a star among IE guests, having led small-ship cruises to the Amazon, Orinoco, Antarctica, Patagonia and Papua New Guinea. With his contagious enthusiasm and knowledge of wildlife, history, photography and tribal customs, you are bound to have fun and learn any time you travel with Jorge!

Q1: If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A harpy eagle.

So you can terrorize sloths?

Harpy eagles can see everything from above, and live without the fear of other predators. If you can choose to be anything, you want to be a harpy. Plus, there are lots of sloths, so I wouldn't ever be hungry.

Q2: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

Hard to say, but Papua New Guinea stands out as the most interesting and impressive place I've been because of its intricate culture and unique natural history. Patagonia is the most naturally beautiful place, but the Amazon is where I love to go the most.

Q3: What book are you reading right now?

Two actually, The Mapmaker's Wife and Collapse (for the third time).

Q4: Is there a past vacation or place you've visited that got you "hooked" on travel?

That is too hard to narrow down. Maybe seeing the condors at Colca Canyon? Next question!

Q5: Where to next?

This year I hope to make it to Uganda. South Georgia Island is at the top of my list and Ethiopia is also getting closer to reality.