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Cassiano (Zapa) Zaparoli

Zapa grew up on his grandparents’ farm in the interior of Brazil, where he developed a deep love for nature and wildlife. As a teen he loved to camp and fished in the tropical forests and rivers around his home. Zapa received a degree in Tourism Administration from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul State, located where the Pantanal begins. Immediately following he was hired as a naturalist guide at one of Brazil’s best eco-lodges, where he further developed his knowledge of his country’s incredible nature and his skills as a wildlife photographer. Since then he has worked in various biomes in Brazil such as the cerrado grasslands, coastal rainforest and Pantanal, and also in other biomes of South America. Each year Zapa undertakes a personal photographic journey around South America, where he has captured more than 35,000 photos of the continent’s nature, culture and wildlife. These experiences have allowed him to lend his expertise in the Galapagos on our photo tours, as well as in Patagonia as a naturalist Expedition Leader.

Praise from Natural Habitat Travelers:

L. Dee
"I can't say enough about Zapa. We were always his number one priority no matter what the situation. Perfect english and outstanding knowledge regarding the area and photography. Always willing to help, very patient and courteous. His enthusiasm for everything Patagonia kept us interested and excited no matter what the circumstances, even rain. Got to know each one of us individually and made sure we each had a wonderful adventure."

E. Hagius
"Zapa is one of the best, if not The Best guides we have every had. He goes above and beyond to take care of his guest and he is very very knowledgeable about all the areas that we traveled. He is also alot of fun and his english was top notch. And he has a wonderful fun personality. We are going to try and plan more trips with Zapa as our Expedition Leader. "

M. Graham
"We've traveled with several companies and made several privately arranged tours as well, and of them Zapa is among the very few, very best guides. In addition to the above qualities, he was fun and funny, charming, and seemed to genuinely enjoy his job and our group. We were all sad to leave Zapa in El Calafate...and we all will discuss doing another trip with him."

C. Brockmeyer
"We want to do another trip with Zapa! We can't say enough about how good he is as a guide and how much fun we had with him. He went above and beyond to address any and all concerns and conveyed a love and knowledge for the region and all it has to offer to all in our group. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and miss him already. Nathab should do all it can to retain his services indefinitely."

N. Coffin
"My husband and I have traveled quite a bit over the last 15 years, having many trips with reputable companies, as well as a Nat Hab trip to Churchill, Manitoba, so we feel well versed traveling in a group with a guide. In our experience, Zapa is by far the most outstanding guide we've ever had. He was generous with his knowledge of photography, an excellent guide to the areas we traveled in, humorous, kind, open to new information, and above all, very watchful of and helpful to everyone in the group. In the future we will try to choose our next Nat Hab trip based on one that he leads."

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