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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

  • Jan 21 2022
  • Feb 18 2022
  • Feb 25 2022
  • Jun 10 2022
  • Jun 17 2022
  • Aug 19 2022
  • Sep 16 2022
  • Sep 23 2022
  • Sep 30 2022
  • Oct 28 2022
  • Dec 9 2022
  • Dec 16 2022

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

  • Mar 18 2022
  • Apr 1 2022
  • Apr 29 2022
  • Jul 22 2022

Wild Galápagos Escape

  • Mar 17 2022
  • Mar 26 2022
  • Mar 31 2022
  • Apr 28 2022
  • May 7 2022
  • May 12 2022
  • Jul 16 2022
  • Jul 21 2022

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Jan 21 2022
  • Feb 18 2022
  • Feb 25 2022
  • Jun 10 2022
  • Jun 17 2022
  • Aug 19 2022
  • Sep 16 2022
  • Sep 23 2022
  • Sep 30 2022
  • Oct 28 2022
  • Dec 9 2022
  • Dec 16 2022