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!"
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 is half Colombian and visits his family there every year. He knows the country, the wildlife and the culture well. His wordly experience, skills as a naturalist, first-hand knowledge of Colombia's culture and wildlife, and his wonderful personality make him the perfect leader for our Colombia tour. 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 wildlife.