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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

  • Jul 2 2021
  • Jul 9 2021
  • Aug 6 2021
  • Aug 13 2021
  • Aug 20 2021
  • Aug 27 2021
  • Nov 26 2021
  • Dec 3 2021
  • Dec 10 2021
  • Dec 17 2021

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

  • Aug 6 2021
  • Aug 13 2021
  • Aug 20 2021
  • Aug 27 2021
  • Dec 3 2021
  • Dec 10 2021
  • Dec 17 2021

Wild Galápagos Escape

  • Sep 25 2021
  • Sep 30 2021
  • Oct 9 2021
  • Oct 14 2021
  • Oct 23 2021
  • Oct 28 2021

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

  • Oct 1 2021
  • Oct 15 2021