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Juan Carlos Avila

Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature.

In high school, Juan Carlos began helping non-governmental organizations associated with Japanese and American high schools to organize fund-raising campaigns to clean the public beaches on Santa Cruz.  Oceanic oil spills have damaged the unique plants and animals of the Galápagos, and Juan Carlos helped spearhead efforts to protect the islands' complex ecosystem.  It was through these efforts that Juan Carlos become a naturalist and rescue diver for the Galápagos National Park.  He studied physics and mathematics for two years, and today he studies environmental sciences.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.

He received his Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop. Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped him develop additional insight and skills necessary to help you better understand your camera and the basics of composition—to better capture the moments at the heart of your expedition.

My upcoming expeditions

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Feb 4 2022
  • Mar 18 2022
  • Mar 25 2022
  • Nov 11 2022
  • Nov 18 2022
  • Nov 25 2022

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

  • Feb 4 2022
  • Mar 18 2022
  • Mar 25 2022
  • Nov 11 2022
  • Nov 18 2022
  • Nov 25 2022

Wild Galápagos Escape

  • Apr 9 2022
  • Apr 14 2022
  • May 7 2022
  • May 12 2022
  • May 21 2022
  • May 26 2022
  • Jun 18 2022
  • Jul 2 2022
  • Aug 27 2022
  • Sep 1 2022
  • Sep 10 2022
  • Oct 8 2022
  • Oct 13 2022
  • Dec 17 2022
  • Dec 22 2022

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II

  • Sep 17 2022
  • Sep 24 2022
  • Oct 1 2022

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

  • Apr 15 2022
  • May 13 2022
  • Jun 24 2022
  • Aug 19 2022
  • Sep 2 2022
  • Sep 30 2022
  • Oct 14 2022
  • Dec 9 2022
  • Dec 23 2022