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.
Cristofer was born in Santiago, but he grew up in the city of Punta Arenas. A veterinarian by training, he has always been strongly interested in nature and wildlife, participating in multiple research projects on birds and control of introduced species in the Magallanes region and a research project on minke whales in Iceland. This in-depth research helped Cristofer develop deep insight into environmental issues. Cristofer is passionate about bird watching and falconry. A nomadic spirit has led Cristofer from the Atacama Desert to Antarctica, and he spent many years guiding Patagonia cruises and landings at Cape Horn. , never leaving aside the Patagonia base camp. Cristofer still resides in Punta Arenas and participates in wildlife research studies in Torres del Paine National Park.