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Felipe Wittmer

Felipe’s connection with the Galapagos Archipelago dates back to his great grandparents, who came to the islands in the 1930s. The Wittmer family moved to the island of Floreana and were one of the first families to settle in the Galapagos. Felipe’s grandfather, Rolf Wittmer, was the first registered birth in the archipelago and was also a pioneer in the Ecuadorian tourism industry. Felipe is the part of the third generation of Wittmers in Galapagos and was born on the island of Santa Cruz.

He was raised surrounded by nature and as such developed a deep passion and appreciation for wildlife, which is why he chose to study Biology. He moved to the mainland for his further education and did his bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Universidad San Francisco de Quito. His thesis focused on the genetics of the red spiny lobster in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. This information is vital for the design of a network of marine protected areas.

Felipe enjoys traveling to get to know other cultures and geographies, in particular island countries and protected areas. He feels that this helps him contrast and compare other realities in other archipelagos and National Parks of the world. He particularly likes to combine this with his favorite sport, surf, which is a popular hobby in the Galapagos communities and a great platform from which to educate people about the ocean.

In 2017 he got the opportunity to train with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and become a Galapagos Naturalist Guide, which was a lifelong dream for him due to his family business. The job has allowed him to meet people from all over the world as well as to help with the protection and management of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.

My upcoming expeditions

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II + Peru's Land of the Inca

Sep 20 2024
Sep 27 2024
Nov 1 2024
Nov 8 2024
Dec 6 2024
Dec 13 2024
May 24 2024
May 31 2024
Jul 5 2024
Jul 12 2024

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Sep 27 2024
Nov 1 2024
Nov 8 2024
Dec 6 2024
Dec 13 2024
May 24 2024
May 31 2024
Jun 28 2024
Jul 5 2024
Jul 12 2024
Sep 20 2024

Wild Galápagos Escape (8-Day)

Apr 25 2024
May 4 2024
May 9 2024
Aug 10 2024

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Apr 26 2024
Aug 2 2024
Aug 16 2024
Aug 30 2024

Wild Galápagos Escape (7-Day)

Apr 30 2024
Aug 6 2024
Aug 20 2024
Sep 3 2024