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Renzo Zeppilli

From an early age, Renzo developed a deep love for the natural side of his native Peru, which he enjoys sharing with Nat Hab guests as an Expedition Leader on our Amazon River voyages. Renzo was born and raised between Peru’s capital of Lima and the nearby Andes Mountains. Nature – especially birds – had attracted his attention as a child. Eventually deciding to pursue a career that would allow him to spend and share time in nature, he studied nature tourism business management, became a licensed guide, and then went on to attain a master’s degree in environmental education, preparing him further for the field. Renzo worked first in southeast Peru amid the intense biodiversity of the upper Amazon rain forests. He then traveled extensively through South America, working as a researcher on conservation projects and as a naturalist/bird guide in places like Brazil’s Pantanal, the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the Ecuadorian cloud forest, and also in Cuba. He is a board member of the Perú Bird Records Committee (PRBC) and has seen more than 1,500 bird species in his native country.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

E. Newsom
"Over the last 20 years, we have taken about 60 tours with a variety of tour operators. We have had 3 favorite expedition leaders. We now have 4. In every way, Renzo is a pro."

D. Schneiderman
"Renzo is one of the best trip leaders we have ever had. His enthusiasm, for Cuba's beutay and the adventures planned for us, is immediately apparent, and his personal warmth is a tremendous asset."

C. Staie
"Renzo is an excellent leader. He did a good job trying to balance the needs of everyone on the trip. He also was willing to share his knowledge about the places we visited and the things we saw."

A. Young
"Renzo was terrific in every way and a really nice and well-educated person also! He not only kept the group happy but also seemed to keep all the various vendors happy - restaurant proprietors & wait staff, our bus driver, our Cuban guide, hotel staff, extra guides at various stops, etc."

S. Griffing
"Renzo was outstanding in all these areas. In addition he did an excellent job modifying the itinerary whenever it became necessary."

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