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Socrates Tomala

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

Since an early age, Socrates has been involved in science, from tagging Pacific Green Sea Turtles to putting transmitters in sharks to track their migration around the Eastern Tropical Pacific. He was one of the few teens selected from the local schools to participate in the most successful Biological Control Agent Introduction project in the Galapagos conducted by the Entomology Department of the Charles Darwin research Station.

He studied Biology at the School of Environmental Sciences at Universidad de Guayaquil and later decided to pursue his passion for nature by becoming a licensed Naturalist guide in the Galapagos, working and living there since. Socrates has been documenting the Galapagos wildlife and his extensive travels to wild places with his camera to create awareness about our planet to citizens of the world.

He received his Photo Instructor certificate 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

  • Jun 24 2022
  • Jul 1 2022
  • Jul 8 2022
  • Oct 28 2022
  • Nov 25 2022
  • Dec 2 2022
  • Dec 9 2022
  • Dec 16 2022

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

  • Jun 24 2022
  • Jul 1 2022
  • Jul 8 2022
  • Oct 28 2022
  • Nov 25 2022
  • Dec 2 2022
  • Dec 9 2022
  • Dec 16 2022

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

  • Apr 29 2022
  • May 27 2022
  • Aug 5 2022
  • Aug 19 2022
  • Sep 30 2022

Wild Galápagos Escape

  • Apr 23 2022
  • Apr 28 2022
  • May 7 2022
  • May 26 2022
  • Jun 4 2022
  • Jun 9 2022
  • Aug 4 2022
  • Aug 13 2022
  • Aug 18 2022
  • Sep 10 2022
  • Sep 24 2022
  • Sep 29 2022
  • Oct 8 2022

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II

  • Feb 19 2022
  • Feb 26 2022
  • Mar 26 2022
  • Apr 2 2022
  • Apr 9 2022