Our Tour Leaders

Arturo Palomino

Arturo has a degree in tourism and one in biology and loves learning about the rich culture and history of Peru. He likes taking his guests off the beaten path show the different types of food, natural healing herbs, and local crafts or exotic shops. He is passionate about the people and history of Peru. He has a great & profound understanding of the impressive and fascinating architecture, history, astronomy, botanic, music, gastronomy as well as the deeper mysteries of Peruvian culture. Arturo has worked extensively on eco-tourism and conservation projects and studied in the Tambopata / Candamo National Park in Peru, specifically as an ornithologist. He worked in conservation and planning in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and on environmental issues within.He has and does work as a wildlife guide in the Manu National Park with 20 years of expertise . When he is not leading rainforest tours, he is a research fellow at the Cusco University, a member of the Neo-tropical Bird Club and enjoys being out in the field, participating in research projects, and showing visitors to Peru the natural wonders and wildlife Peru has to offer.

David Fuerte

David 40 years old was born in Lima but has lived almost all his life in Cusco. After studying at the Andean University in Cusco he worked in a Manu rainforest lodge and later started working as a field assistant on Giant Otter and Macaw projects as field assistant for Dr. Charles Munn Phd. From 1992 David started working as Rainforest guide in Manu and for the last 15 years and has been leading natural history tours exclusively to Manu. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable guides in Manu with an in depth knowledge of rainforest ecosystems.

Danny Vargas

Danny was born in the peruvian highlands at over 3550 meters above sea leve, where the Andes meets the Rainforest between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. He spent his life between all these hábitats that this area comprises with both indigenous groups and forest rangers. He is an accredited, very versatile guide, well versed and trained in natural history, archaeology, history, anthropology and Peruvian culture . He has worked several years as a wildlife and nature guide in Manu National Park and has excellent language skills. Danny has travelled extensively to over 15 countries sampling other cultures and wildlife and in Manu has worked on the Blue-headed Macaw conservation project. He enjoys showing the wonders of the rain forests to visitors from other countries.

Gustavo Bautista

Gustavo Bautista was born and raised in Lima but has been living in Cusco since 2010. He is a birder with a passion for nature, with a background as a tour leader, specialized in ecotourism and birding. Gustavo’s interest in birds began at the age of thirteen when he traveled for the first time to the Peruvian Amazon where was amazed by the extraordinary beauty of nature in the Tambopata National Park, Peru. Since then his interest in nature and birding grew and he decided to follow studies in ecotourism. He started birding at the age of nineteen at the Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge in Lima, where he undertook his first research concerning nocturnal bird vocalizations. After finishing his studies he moved to Tampopata, where he started leading bird tours for Rainforest Expeditions. He also began performing volunteer field work for several studies such as Macaw Researching, Bird Census’ in Lima and Cusco and a project about nocturnal bird behavior according to the moon phase, at the Explorer’s Inn Lodge in Tambopata. Gustavo has worked in Colombia for the NGO Proaves, and leads bird tours in Colombia and Peru.