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Ixora Berdonces

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

After getting her bachelor's degree in Marine Ecology, she was appointed by the Ecuadorian government to lead the National Marine Ecosystem Cleaning Project. She later returned to her “Enchanted Islands” to work at the Charles Darwin Station on the Marine Invasive Species Project. 

These experiences impressed on Ixora just how vulnerable marine ecosystems are to external forces. Now, she is part of the Lindblad-National Geographic family and is eager to share her experience and knowledge. She is excited by the opportunity to guide new visitors and watch as these incredible islands inspire in them the same love and respect for nature that they have instilled in her. 

My upcoming expeditions

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

Sep 6 2024
Dec 13 2024
Dec 20 2024
Apr 19 2024
May 17 2024
May 24 2024
May 31 2024
Jun 21 2024

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Sep 6 2024
Sep 13 2024
Dec 13 2024
Dec 20 2024
Apr 19 2024
May 17 2024
May 24 2024
May 31 2024
Jun 21 2024
Jun 28 2024
Jul 19 2024
Jul 26 2024

Wild Galápagos Escape (8-Day)

Dec 14 2024
Aug 24 2024