Renzo Zeppilliamazon river travel guide renzo zeppilli

Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

A passionate birder since his early years, Renzo has trained guides all over Peru in advanced birding techniques. He is one of the five members of the Birds of Peru registry committee, having added himself new species to the list. Renzo has earned degrees in hotel and tourism management, with a masters degree in environmental education. His passion for wildlife and attention to details make him an excellent traveling companion.


Dennis Osorioamazon river travel guide dennis osorio

Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

An avid birder, Dennis Osorio holds a master degree in hotel and tourism management with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism. After completing guide training in South Africa, his passion for travel and wildlife led him back home to Peru to seek a position in the Amazon, and in IE he found the perfect match to his commitment to conservation and the environment. Dennis is a guarantee of success to any expedition in the Amazon.



Angel Cardenasamazon river travel guide angel cardenas

Amazon Cruise Expedition Leader

Cusco native Angel Cardenas has spent the past 11 years leading small-group expeditions in Peru after earning his degree in tourism. Although Angel is adept at spotting birdlife, his true passion is for teaching IE guests about Peru’s extraordinary culture and history. Adding to his depth of natural history knowledge is a true dedication to guests, which is why Angel is earning rave reviews!


Johnny Balarezo

Amazon Cruise Naturalist

Johnny Balarezo Malatesta was born and raised in the Amazon rainforests of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. His interest in nature and wildlife started at the age of just six years old, and he continued to be so intrigued by his rainforest surroundings that Johnny earned a degree in Ecotourism from the University of San Antonio Abad del Cuzco. After earning his degree, Johnny did field work with scientists deep in the jungle. Johnny has more than 14 years of experience as a naturalist guide and expedition leader, and brings to each trip a passion for all Amazonian life, especially the birds and wonderful children of the Ribereno culture.


Segundo Mesia

Amazon Cruise Naturalist

Segundo Mesia Coral grew up along the Momón River in a tiny village of just 20 families. After finishing elementary school at the age of 11, Segundo was “adopted” by a family of Belgian anthropologists who had come to do research in his village. The Belgian family supported Segundo’s education and he made the difficult decision to leave his family and pursue higher education in Iquitos. After earning his degree, Segundo began working in the tourism industry at a hotel in Iquitos and working in the rainforest with biologists doing research. Segundo later studied to become a naturalist and has spent more than 20 years working as a naturalist guide.

Usiel Vasquez

Amazon Cruise Naturalist

Before migrating to Iquitos with his family in search of a better education, Usiel had already began his life-long love affair with the rainforest, fishing in lakes, gathering wild fruits and learning about the surrounding jungle. While attending high school in Iquitos, he would venture to the main square on weekends, determined to practice his English while mingling with tourists. For more than two decades, Usiel has worked as a rainforest guide, and has assisted researchers and scientists while deepening his knowledge of biology and botany.

Freddy AvalosFreddy Avalos

Expedition Leader
Cusco-native Freddy Avalos first began working with International Expeditions’ groups in 1998, when he was an assistant guide on our Machu Picchu journeys. Prior to guiding in Machu Picchu, a love of the outdoors led him to guide treks on the famed Inka Trail in the mid-1990s. Freddy earned a degree in Tourism Studies, but his work with IE groups sparked an additional interest in wildlife. After graduation, he volunteered as a ranger in Peru’s Manu National Park, learning about both wildlife and the importance of preserving his country’s natural heritage. Freddy now has more than 18 years of experience in tourism. Freddy’s interests include spending time with his family and taking his bike, backpack, binoculars and camera into the mountains to both photograph and observe wildlife. 


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