OUR GUIDES

Our local guides are experts in finding and identifying Colombia's birds. They have years of experience in guiding and are passionate about conserving Colombia's flora and fauna. Read on to learn more about our guides!

Johnnier Arango

JOHNNIER ARANGO
BERMÚDEZ

The Serranía de los Paraguas beyond Colombia's Western Andes is the place where Johnnier has been cultivating his passion for birds and nature conservancy. This region is also the base for the local NGO Serraniagua: a community farmer's association where he learned about nature conservation strategies, agroecology, environmental education, sustainable use of natural resources, and of course, birds! He complements his job as a birding guide with biologic research activities, photography, graphic design and social initiatives as a volunteer in Serraniagua. Johnnier has been guiding for over eight years since his beginning as a local guide in the Serranía de los Paraguas. He has become a nationally-known guide with a focus in the Central and Western Andes, where has worked as a field ornithologist in researching projects.

GIOVANI ORTIZ

Giovani has been wearing many different hats lately, taking a lead sales and marketing role on his new Icaro Birding venture while learning as much as he can about the world of birding and the people involved. These days, you will most likely find him birding with the local group in New Orleans. Giovani holds an MBA from Eastern Michigan University and has six years of experience in supporting entrepreneurial initiatives and programs in the state of Michigan.

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Giovani Ortiz

Juan Manuel Cardona

JUAN MANUEL
CARDONA

Juan is a birding guide who lives in Pereira City in the Central Andes of Colombia. In school, Juan was a member of a local birding group in La Florida, a small village near the Otún River. It was there that he first got involved in the stunning world of birds. In 2008, he started working as a local nature and birding guide at Otún Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary. At the same time, he studied tourism and heritage administration at UNISARC and music at the Technological University of Pereira. In 2013 he began studying avian biology, and became interested in bird communication and migration. Juan is a co-founder of the Yarumo Blanco Community Association, whose missions include support and promotion of The Nature Conservancy along with education and tourism in the Otún River basin. Now, he is expanding birding routes in the Amazonia and Orinoquia regions of Colombia to offer a diverse and high-quality experience for visitors.

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