Patagonia Expedition Leader Claudio Vidal is a native Chilean who is one of the leading field naturalists and ornithologists in South America. Living in Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan has helped foster his interest in the pelagic birdlife and marine mammals of Patagonia. A birdwatcher since the age of twelve, Claudio has co-authored many books, including Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Antarctic Peninsula and Torres del Paine - Wildlife & Landscapes. He continues to develop resource books for Chile’s most important natural areas. Claudio has been leading birdwatching and natural history journeys in Chile for years, and has become a favorite of IE guests on our many past Patagonia expeditions.
Jaime Maynard, a native of Punta Arenas, Chile, is the descendant of British and French pioneers who settled in Patagonia more than a century ago. After more than a decade of work as a naturalist guide, Jaime is a favorite natural history and cultural guide to the southernmost region of the Americas. Jaime is a true connoisseur of Patagonia, and his main interests are wildlife, history and geology. Guests on IE’s Patagonia tour will enjoy Jaime’s enthusiasm and attention to detail, as well as of his thorough field knowledge of this land he proudly calls home.