Joining Indigo was hands down the best choice of my life. After a year of suffering as a dishwasher, these past two weeks have been indescribable. I have learned more information by walking through the jungle with Rowland than the past 18 years of me reading books and sitting in a classroom.

Easily one of the greatest and most memorable moments of my life was finding a baby Bothrops eating, which is something you can’t experiment in a classroom. The people I have met and gotten to know during those time are some of the amazing and joyful people ever, and I wish them the best of luck in becoming herpetologists. Thank you for everything Indigo.

Reymond Miyajima

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2017

Having been fortunate enough to travel widely and do some serious herping I went to CCFC with an open mind. The organisation of the trip was first class and this particular destination was fantastic. There may be other places where the species count will be higher but it’s all about the experience. Rowland is a top guy and Guatemala a top place. Will I go again? You better believe it!

Graeme Skinner

Research Assistant, Xucaneb Amphibian Project

Thanks Rowland for a wicked time! It has been a fantastic adventure from start to finish and has lived up to all my (very high!) expectations. You haven’t been making it up about Las Guacamayas or El Peten – it really is a special place.

I hope this trip has helped set the Project in the right direction and that it can carry on from here. This is important work and I wish you every success with it – and will help in the future wherever I can. It’s also been a great laugh with a cool bunch of people! Cheers mate.


Gary Powell

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

A fantastic experience. I have personally learned a lot from this project & our team leader, Rowland has organised a great expedition. Health & Safety protocols have been the priority throughout. I would love to return and help out with the future research as I feel I have gained a scientific knowledge of species identification. Thanks Rowland for all of your hard work!!

Adam Radovanovic

Research Assistant, 2013

Freakin’ awesome trip with this bunch of weirdos Great to have the opportunity to experience this habitat and a different country. Learnt a lot practical wise and great to be able to get involved with handling and the science side of surveying. Would love to come back again and help out with future research, especially with Rowland’s excellent leading & hardwork.

Karen Langley

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

Rowland & Adela,

This experience for me was a blessing in all ways.

From the first moment we stepped in I was surprised with the place, entering through a Guatemalan coffee plantation and all the way to the tropical and cloud forest of Coban. The house has such a wonderful design that integrates with nature and had good services…..

Being able to integrate your team and explore nature with the caring of this wonderful hosts of Rubel Chaim was an honour.

I learn to keep my eyes trying to spot reptiles in many different angles and focus… that helped me be inside the forest with a special attention that makes me feel all the benefits of nature.

I also learned to respect nature more than I had, and to respect reptiles because of the importance that they have for the environment..

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explore and learn from you. And to meet wonderful Guatemalans and foreigners that make such a wonderful and good impact to our country.. we respect and thank you very much.

God bless you, Tigre


Research Assistant, Xucaneb Amphibian Project 2016

The Community Cloud Forest Conservation expedition with Indigo Expeditions was another experience I will remember for years to come, just like my earlier expedition to Las Guacamayas.

I came hoping to see plenty of new herps, and I wasn’t disappointed; so many fantastic species were found, including some critically endangered and scientifically significant ones that I felt very privileged to see.

There was also the opportunity to see some truly beautiful scenery in the Guatemalan highlands, from a variety of altitudes! 

Richard Southworth

Research Assistant, Xucaneb Amphibian Project

It’s been a fantastic trip. Seen so many amazing herps and other animals and I’ve learned so much about capturing and recording snakes – an aim of mine. Las Guacamayas is a little gem with so much to offer, I look forward to seeing how the Project progresses in the future it would be a pleasure to remain part of it. Great team, I will miss the banter! Good job guys and well done Rowland.

Lauren Lochrie

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

I was lucky enough to spend four weeks with Indigo Expeditions in the Las Guacamayas research station. The area, wildlife and atmosphere of the expedition did not disappoint. The expedition is run in a very unique way to previous experiences I have had, with a research objective in mind, yet an unrivalled respect for both fauna and flora of the area.

It was refreshing to be surrounded with such amazing wildlife, with company that shares the same level of passion for everything encountered. Indigo Expeditions offers a chance to explore a relatively undisturbed area of natural Guatemalan humid forest, whilst maintaining a relaxed yet professional experience. I would highly recommend the expeditions and hope to get back out there soon myself!

Max Jones

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future

Thankyou Rowland and Adela for opening a door from my heart to learning more about reptiles.
This trip was full of firsts, it always replenishes my soul to explore with such wonderful people, to be able to share, explore and learn.
Rowland is always a patient, kind and generous teacher. He shares his knowledge passionately.
The setting is wonderful, the hosts are warm. I was able to enjoy a mindful and wonderful few days!

Research Assistant, Xucaneb Amphibian Project 2016

What a trip! I’ve been on many similar trips, all over the world and I have to say, this one was one of the best!! Great location, amazing species (and lots of them!) a fantastic team and top class facilities! I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in this Project and with Rowland’s skills and enthusiasm, it can only succeed.

James Hennessy

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future

The Project has been an amazing experience for me. I have learnt so much and have gained an amazing respect for snakes and fallen more in love with frogs! Las Guacamayas is a beautiful forest and lovely people. Rowland this trip has surpassed my expectations and I will be going home full of knowledge and passion (oh-er!). Thankyou!

Gemma Harding

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

WOW! What an amazing trip, I am pleased to have been given the chance to learn and gain new skills. The highlight of my time here was to spot my first wild Bothrops, an experience that will last a lifetime. Thanks for a great trip and all your hard work Rowland.

Chris Charles

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

Rowland thanks for an awesome time! The Project and the stay at Las Guacamayas has provided an amazing insight into the herpetofauna of the region, much different to that back home. I came here hoping to improve my knowledge of reptiles and amphibians and have definitely achieved this, it has been great to work with yourself and other professionals.

Best of luck with all your future research, hope to work with you again – let us know if you need volunteers!

Leigh Deutscher

Research Assistant, Herping for the Future 2013

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