Peru mountains Ruins at Machu Picchu
The World Heritage site of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & the Galápagos

Discover Peru's enigmatic Machu Picchu and Darwin’s “living laboratory” of the Galápagos
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Bob Szaro
Apr 26 - May 10, 2014; Sep 20 - Oct 4, 2014
Bob Szaro grew up fascinated by nature and started bird-watching while in grade school. His love of birds has led to travels and research around the world including many trips to Central and South America. His passion for different cultures, natural history and photography has led to his exploring the variety of landscapes found in Costa Rica starting in 1982 from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the dry forests of Guanacaste. Bob retired in 2008 as Chief Scientist for Biology for the US Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Bob received a Dual Bachelors Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Texas A&M University (1970), a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Florida (1972), and a Doctoral Degree in Ecology from Northern Arizona University (1976). He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University (1993). Bob currently serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution on biodiversity, climate change, and tiger conservation.

Patricia Hostiuck
Jun 28 - Jul 12, 2014; Nov 8 - 22, 2014
Patty Hostiuck is a popular and respected naturalist who began her career in Alaska as a ranger. Since then she has criss-crossed the state, exploring Alaska from Ketchikan to Attu to Nome for the past 19 years, working as a freelance naturalist and lecturer on numerous expedition ships. Patty’s high-latitude work has also taken her to every northerly nation from the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and Iceland to Svalbard, Norway and Russia. Over 20 trips to Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, and Patagonia make for a nearly pole-to-pole career! Well-versed in tropical as well as polar ecosystems, Patty also leads trips throughout the year to the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Honduras, the Caribbean, Baja California, northern Australia, and Borneo. She has led over 50 trips with Smithsonian Journeys. Fun to travel with, she has shared her expertise in mammals, birds, insects, and plants with thousands of fellow explorers in dozens of remote areas. Patty will lead the May, August, and November 2013 departures as well as the July and November 2014 departures.

Pepper Trail
Aug 16 - 30, 2014
Pepper Trail has traveled around the world in the course of his studies on the ecology, behavior and conservation of birds. After receiving his Ph. D. from Cornell University, Pepper did post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the California Academy of Sciences. An expert photographer and writer, his work has appeared in publications ranging from National Geographic and American Birds to Science, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Pepper has led natural history tours in Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Amazon, and his enthusiasm and sense of humor always convert a few ‘non-birders’ to ‘birder’s every trip. He is the ornithologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon. Pepper will be leading the August 2014 departure.

Wayne Ranney
Geologist, Lecturer, and Author
Nov 15 - 29, 2014
Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel and has lectured on, and journeyed to all seven of the Earth’s continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth’s outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries.

Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others, to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.

Kirt Kempter
Mar 7 - 21, 2015
Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA’s 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993 Kirt has led numerous educational tours for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.

David Clapp
Jun 27 - Jul 11, 2015
David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journey adventures for about thirty years.

His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than 30 years and has led tours throughout the world.

Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular study leader and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.