OUR TEAM

We count with an outstanding team of biologists, professional and local guides, always willing to share their knowledge and experience with our clients. Their human virtues and our operational excellence, assure you marvelous experiences in the wild Colombia.

Juan Carlos Obando-Ch

CEO and Wildlife Biologist.

Juan Carlos is a biologist and certified tourism guide born in Manizales, Colombia. At the age of 12, he began his first birding excursions visiting the ecosystems around his hometown, exploring the cloud forests, the páramos and the coffee region in the heart of the Central Andes, where he met for the first time the toucans, trogons, quetzals, tanagers, antpittas and tons of hummingbirds who powered his passion and love for nature. During his studies he worked in parallel as a tour guide in Los Nevados National Park and the Coffee Cultural Landscape, he has investigated about mutualistic interactions between birds and plants, identification of key species in ecosystems and its relation with production of environmental services. After completing his undergraduate studies, he obtained the first place at the Colombian Ornithology Congress 2013 in the category oral presentation and recently he achieved the first position to the best research presentation at the Colombian Ecology Congress 2016. Juan Carlos has continued his postgraduate studies on Environmental Impact Assessment of Projects and he has worked as environmental consultant for some universities, engineering companies and NGOs like the Bogotan Onithological Assotiation (in which he is an active member), developing strategies to promote bird and nature conservation and social development in Colombia. Some of his latest contributions are the “Guide to Good Birdwatching Tourism Practices in Colombia”
http://www.mincit.gov.co/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=6fbeacf3-355c-4206-94cf-b968d5218f35
and the book “Hummingbirds of Cundinamarca”
http://www.cundinamarca.gov.co/wcm/connect/5559a61a-574d-4234-a873-cae05abb046e/Libro+Colibr%C3%ADes+de+Cundinamarca.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=my64crv&fbclid=IwAR2A4d7m5RQw3B5DAqYrmbTTvLop6aTk2IrS2BWNosqP8VJhuBScSJS-4V8

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Manuela Calderón

Administrative director biologist

Manuela is a biologist from the University of Caldas and M.Sc candidate in biological sciences at the National University of Colombia, passionate about nature she began her first studies with birds and plants eight years ago, participating in several research about seed dispersal and fruit production in tropical forests of the Cauca Valley and the cloud forests in Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, nowadays a real mecca for world-class birding in Central Andes. During the last four years she has been a researcher and currently leader of the Seed Conservation Department at the Bogota Botanical Garden, allowing her not only to work for conservation of Colombian ecosystems, but also to strengthen her administrative and logistical skills. Manuela is co-founder of Go Birding Colombia and she directs the company as the perfect connection between tourism, biological research and nature conservation in Colombia.

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Hector Fabio Arias

Wildlife Biologist

Hector is a biologist and certified tourism guide of the SENA (National Learning Service of Colombia) with more than 15 years of experience in nature tourism and photography tours of fauna and flora. He has worked as a researcher at the Museum of Natural History, the Botanical Garden of the University of Caldas and the Coffee Ecological Foundation, developing different research programs about conservation of fauna and flora, specially amphibians and threatened reptiles of the Andes. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in biological sciences, evaluating the current status of puma populations in the buffer zone of Los Nevados National Natural Park and the conflict between felines and local communities. Hector is an excellent guide and is always willing to share his knowledge, he is honest, friendly and passionate about nature photography, field in which he has received several recognitions.

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Paola Sepúlveda

Wildlife Biologist

Paola is a biologist and certified tourism guide focused in nature and bird watching, with 14 years of experience as a nature guide and high mountain in Los Nevados National Park, home of the Buffy Helmetcrest. Five years ago she fell in love with birds and these wonderful beings became a fundamental part of her life. During this time, she has participated as a birding guide in the Bird Watching Congress of Manizales and the 8th South American Bird Fair in 2018, currently she is an active member of the Caldas Ornithological Society and the Ornithological Research Group of the University of Caldas. She has worked on different environmental projects in the eco-parks of Manizales and also in the research ``Current state of knowledge of birds in Caldas`` in 2018, as well in several researches with amphibians and reptiles of the Andes. Her skills and personality make her stand out in the guild as a responsible person, enthusiastic and passionate for her work.

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