Leading your Colombia tour is Greg Homel, an ornithologist, award-winning international nature photojournalist, documentary film producer and lecturer. He lives and works from his home within the Los Padres National Forest, home of the California Condor). and from his second home at Río Lagartos, surrounded by the Ría Lagartos National Park and Biosphere Reserve at the north tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
A birder-naturalist since childhood, Greg founded Natural Elements Productions in 1986 and began leading birding tours shortly thereafter. Now he travels the globe on a full-time basis in search of rare and little-known birds and other wildlife. Greg shares his enthusiasm through excursions for small groups worldwide, and with a wider audience through state-of-the-art digital lectures, television and wide variety of publications and video productions.
Since 1990, Greg has guided, educated, and inspired travelers in over 80 countries throughout the world. His travels on all seven continents, from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic, have allowed him to see more than half of the planet's roughly 9,800 bird species in their natural habitats. In fact, Greg was the first to film documentation of the lekking display of Peru’s critically endangered marvelous spatuletail
His early work appeared regularly in books and magazines, including Wildbird Magazine, The Audubon Society Field Guides to Eastern Birds and The Audubon Society Field Guides to Western Birds, Time, Birder's World, Tucson Lifestyle, and Texas Monthly. Since the "digital revolution," Greg has moved into television, video production, and lecturing aboard expedition ships with the hope of "giving a voice to his truest love, which is the natural world and its inhabitants, especially birds!"
Jorge is a favorite among International Expeditions guests, having led expeditions to the Amazon, Orinoco, Patagonia and Papua New Guinea. Jorge has been leading groups for more than 19 years, and brings with him a contagious enthusiasm. In addition to his interest in natural history, Jorge is an avid photographer, with one of the most complete wildlife (he's photographed more than 1,200 species!) and travel stock portfolios of South America. Jorge is a true "foodie" who has published stories on high-altitude cooking, writes restaurant reviews for the Lima, Peru media, and has even researched the Andean herbs used in pre-Inca cooking. A huge fan of hiking, Jorge has led 33 journeys on the Inca Trail and 22 circuits of Torres del Paine in Chile, among many other adventure expeditions. Jorge's research and photography has been published in history books, and he has worked extensively with the Smithsonian, World Wildlife Fund and National Wildlife Federation.