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Patricio Maldonado

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

Pato underwent all his primary and secondary studies in local schools on Santa Cruz, and after graduation he moved to Quito to attend college, where he studied hotel management. This was an adventure that lasted for only two years, since city life was too hectic for Pato, who missed his idyllic islands. He learned that the Galápagos National Park was opening a guide course and looking for new, fresh-minded applicants. He passed the entrance requirements and the intensive three-month course, and now finds himself in his dream job of leading visitors along the trails of the islands. He has taken such joy in this line of work that he is continuously striving to improve his understanding of the Galápagos Archipelago, to better share it with others. He is now continuing his studies, taking a new direction – a distance learning course in ecology.  Pato loves music, especially Andean music, and the first time he set foot aboard a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic vessel it was actually as a musician with a local band!

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 25 2022
  • Mar 4 2022
  • Mar 11 2022

Wild Galápagos Escape

  • Jan 29 2022
  • Feb 3 2022
  • Apr 9 2022
  • Apr 14 2022
  • Apr 23 2022
  • Jul 2 2022
  • Jul 7 2022
  • Aug 4 2022
  • Aug 27 2022
  • Sep 1 2022
  • Sep 29 2022
  • Nov 19 2022
  • Nov 24 2022

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

  • Apr 15 2022
  • Jun 24 2022
  • Aug 5 2022
  • Sep 30 2022
  • Nov 25 2022
  • Dec 23 2022