Gustavo was born in the Ecuadorean Andes, in the city of Ambato, nicknamed the City of the Flowers and Fruits. His family then moved to the large, bustling port city of Guayaquil when he was a child, where he completed his studies. In 1992, Gustavo first went to the Galápagos Islands, when he visited his older brother Patricio on Santa Cruz Island. Patricio was working as a naturalist in the Galápagos National Park and invited Gustavo to participate on one of his trips. Gustavo’s life would never be the same, as he fell completely in love with the islands and started dreaming of following in his brother’s footsteps. He moved there immediately, back when the Galápagos had few cars, limited electricity, no phones and no TV—a dramatic change from Guayaquil which was a unique experience and inspired in him a love and appreciation for nature and taught him about the importance of respecting and taking care of Mother Earth.