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 Galápagos tour guides 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

  • Beau Sylte

    Video Chronicler
    Beau has been producing professional videos and films since 2007 and has been to 29 countries with Lindblad Expeditions. Originally from Seattle, Beau now lives in Southeast Alaska after falling in love with the place while working in the Inside Passage as a video chronicler with Lindblad between 2008 and 2012. Recently Beau has done full-time video marketing work for companies like REI and has started a video production and advertising company in Juneau called Alaska in Motion. When not working on video and marketing consultation, Beau is training to be a volunteer firefighter with Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau.

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  • 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. 

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  • Gaby Bohorquez

    Naturalist
    Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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  • James Napoli

    Video Chronicler
    Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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  • Juan Carlos Avila

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    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.

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  • Michael Murphy

    Video Chronicler
    Born and raised in California, Michael was bitten by the travel bug at an early age. He has been to 92 countries and had many adventures including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef; and playing rugby in New Zealand. Michael turned his passion for travel into his vocation by attending 911 Media Arts Center and self-producing hundreds of shorts on Cuba, Thailand, Turkey, Nepal, and Brazil to name just a few. He has produced work for Lonely Planet, Trip Films, World Cup Rally, Lindblad Expeditions, Nothin But Shorts, and the Travel Channel. Over the last several years Michael has been producing videos for multiple outdoor adventure races such as Wild Racers, the Mongolia Bike Challenge, the 4 Desert Races, the Race to the Rock, and many more.

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  • 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.

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  • Rodrigo Moterani

    Video Chronicler
    Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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  • Vanessa Gallo

    Naturalist
    Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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