Galápagos Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions

Over the nearly 50 years of our history in Galápagos, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And now that we are aligned with National Geographic, there is no better Galápagos adventure travel team anywhere.

The team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a hand-picked team of naturalists. Each naturalist is deeply knowledgeable about Galápagos geography and history, and dedicated to sharing their passion for the islands with you. Other members of the team include an undersea specialist and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

Extra staff when young explorers travel most
During the summer months—when kids are off school and families travel most—an additional naturalist joins our team in Galápagos. This naturalist leads special kids-only outings enabling smaller groups, more personal attention, and special activities like scavenger hunts, journaling, and smartphone photography instruction. You’ll see young explorers discover hidden talents and gain confidence while having the adventure of their lives!

More specialties and personalities
Our excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures a healthy diversity of naturalist specialties—marine biology, evolutionary biology, ornithology, and more—and personalities. You are never directed into groups or assigned. You’re free to gravitate to the naturalists whose interests mirror your own. Select from the many activities available to make each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.


Featured Galápagos Team Members

  • Aura Banda Cruz
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Aura’s connection with the islands dates generations as her grandparents had moved to the Galápagos in the 1930s. Her mother was born on Floreana Island and Aura fondly remembers childhood memories of family visits during summer vacations. Who knew those little black birds she observed so naively as a child were the world famous Darwin finches? Or that the lava lizards she was so scared of were unique in the world? Read More

  • Cindy Manning
    Expedition Leader

    Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa.  Read More

  • Jason Heilmann
    Expedition Leader

    Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands. Read More

  • Paula Tagle
    Expedition Leader

    Paula grew up in Guayaquil where she obtained an undergraduate degree in geology from the Polytechnic University of Guayaquil. She enjoyed many field trips all around Ecuador and during her vacations traveled in Central and South America in the hope of learning more about her people and culture. The last year of her studies she worked at a mine looking for a more ecologically responsible way of recovering gold. Interested more in volcanoes than in raw materials, she came to Galápagos, a mecca for geologists, in 1992. She was bewitched by the other wonders of the islands and became a naturalist guide for the Galápagos National Park. Read More

Complete Galápagos Team Directory

Galápagos Itineraries

Galápagos: National Geographic Endeavour II

10 days
Expeditions in: Year Round

Galápagos: Aboard National Geographic Islander

10 days
Expeditions in: Year Round

Epic Galápagos Photo Expedition

17 days
Expeditions in: Nov, Dec

Special Offers
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from Miami on all departures Aug. 25-Nov. 17, 2017 on National Geographic Endeavour II and Sep. 16-Dec. 16, 2017 on National Geographic Islander, plus select departures on both ships throughout 2017. Upgrade to Business Class for $500 on select departures, limited availability.  Call for details.


We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.

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Galápagos Weather

LOW TEMP 65-70°F 65-70°F
HIGH TEMP 85-90°F 75-90°F
WATER TEMP 75-82°F 62-68°F

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