Richard was born in Panama City to American parents. He is a seasoned naturalist guide as well as an extraordinary expedition leader. Educated in Business Administration, he pioneered the development of organized ecotourism in Panama more than 15 years ago. His passion for learning, his attention to detail, his enthusiasm and his ability for sharing his vast knowledge on varied subjects of the natural sciences, history and culture, have led Richard to become one of Panama's top guides. With ample knowledge of the Panama Canal watershed gained by over 400 nature tours of the area, multiple ocean to ocean Trans Darien Expeditions and Camino Real Treks, he still finds time to scuba dive in the bountiful waters of Panama's Caribbean Sea and to search for splendid avian rarities in the cloudforests of Chiriquí. Richard's experience transcends his native land and he can be found guiding on trails in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. Richard is one of the co-founders of Ancon Expeditions of Panama and when he is not in the field leading tours, he his busy inspecting potential destinations and developing new trips for the company.
Search for the definition of a worldly citizen and you’ll find Ivan. Born and raised in Panama, Ivan attended high school in New York City, college in Europe and went to graduate school in Seattle Washington. Ivan eagerly returned to his native Panama and began his work in the field of nature tourism, where he quickly became one of Panama's most recognized naturalist guides. He leads tours throughout the whole country and has also led several expeditions in the Darien region of Panama. Accompanying his passion for Panama's natural beauty is an addiction to travel, which has taken him around the globe to 60 countries in 6 continents. Some of his most memorable experiences have been trekking for gorillas in Uganda’s cloud forests, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro and navigating into the heart of Borneo in search of orangutans. Ivan’s eclectic bag of interests and hobbies include urban planning, architecture, eating tropical fruits and learning of their origins, photography and mountain biking. More recently, he has participated in several environmental movements through local watchdog groups and community organizations. Ivan is an extremely enthusiastic, charismatic and well-traveled naturalist who specializes in natural history and bird-watching!