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Bruce Barron

 Bruce Barron is a professional explorer, expedition guide and adventure photographer. As a young 15 year old mountain guide, he led groups up the California mountains backpacking and mountaineering. He has led explorations to the remote jungles, mountains, forests and deserts around the globe and explored uncharted areas in the Andes, Himalayas, Amazon Basin, and Western New Guinea.

      Following a lifelong interest with the lives of indigenous peoples and their connection with the natural world, he has spent time and lived with many tribal groups around the world. Huaorani and Kitchua of Ecuador’s Amazon; Dani, Lani, Sentani and Korowai tribes of West Papua, New Guinea; Gurung, Tamang, Newar and Sherpa of Nepal; Dzonkha and Laya of Bhutan; Ladakhi and Tibetan of Northern India; Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania; Berber of Morocco; Quechua and Ese Ejja of Peru and Bolivia; Maya and Lacandon of Central America.

      He organized and led the 1996 Barron Pickard Heath River Expedition His exploration team discovered the source of the Heath River which defines the border of Peru and Bolivia for 350 kilometers in the remote Amazon Basin. The expedition's objective was to follow South American Explorer Colonel P. H. Fawcett's 1910 expedition route. Fawcett traveled up the Heath from it's mouth to the headwaters, but was unable to discover the source. Barron's party roughly followed Fawcett's route and then went on to discover the unknown source of the Heath and make the first river descent. Barron worked with the Royal Geographical Society in London and in Peru with biologist, as well as anthropologists, the Ese’eja Native tribe, the Peruvian government and many other sources. The expedition discovered new plant and animal species.

      He established Barron Adventures, an expedition and adventure travel guiding company in 1985. Bruce also designed and implemented Adventure leadership and team training programs for organizations in the United States and internationally, including a leadership program for several years in the early 1990’s for the Russian Federation Education Committee with Dr. Evgeny Velikhov, the chief science advisor for the Russian Federation. This program provided leadership training to educators throughout the country and is in use today.


Bruce continues to guide expeditions and adventure travel to remote and untraveled places around the globe.

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Barron’s is an accomplished adventure photographer and has been published in Esquire and Reader’s Digest.



See some short videos of Bruce's recent New Guinea expedition and others on Misc Videos and Press page.


Barron's photo documentary book, HUAORANI An Amazon Tribe in the 21st Century, about the Huaorani tribal people of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin was published in 2013 and is available at:


AMAZONIA: a Perilous Journey, A feature length documentary film of the Barron Pickard Heath River Expedition was released in 2012 and is available on and Hulu.


Bruce Barron's book about the Barron Pickard Heath River Expedition is planned to be released in 2021:

SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE: Discovering the origin of Colonel Fawcett’s Heath River

Barron Pickard Heath River Expedition!bruce-barron/citr 

Barron West Papua Korowai Expedition 2014, New Guinea

Barron West Papua Dani Expedition 2014, New Guinea

Great Web of Percy Fawcett

Rio Heath-Sonene Expedition          


Discovery of the Source of the Heath (bruce barron)!1996-heath-river-expedition/c506


Huaorani: an Amazon Tribe in the 21st Century

Bruce Barron’s book on Ecuador’s remote Huaorani tribal people in the 21st Century


Amazonia: A Perilous Journey

2012 documentary on Barron’s expedition to discover the Source of the Heath River


Colonel P. H. Fawcett


Colonel P. H. Fawcett (


Heath River


Ese' Ejja!ese-ejja/c24cr

Expedition gear from Liberty Mountain Sports.







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