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. 

After Africa, Cindy spent time exploring the remarkable landscapes of Peru and Ecuador. These journeys turned into permanent residency in Ecuador. Cindy spent her first two years working with a local company as a naturalist in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she first became intensely involved with the fascinating ecology of rainforests — awed by the biodiversity, the color, and the interdependence of the creatures that live in these remarkable places. Later, Cindy had the opportunity to transfer to the Galápagos Islands, a place she now calls home.

Cindy joined the ranks of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 1997 with the National Geographic Polaris in the islands. Since then, her work as Expedition Leader, Naturalist and Undersea Specialist allows her to dedicate time to all of her passions: exploration, island ecosystems, the oceans, and rainforests, both tropical and temperate.

In 2011, she joined the Charles Darwin Foundation as one of the Governing Members where she hopes to contribute to the wellbeing of the islands for many years to come. She received her Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop.  Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped her 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.

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Sep 20, 2019
  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Oct 04, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Nov 01, 2019
  • Dec 13, 2019
  • Feb 07, 2020
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • Feb 21, 2020
  • Apr 10, 2020
  • May 15, 2020
  • May 22, 2020
  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Jun 19, 2020
  • Sep 11, 2020
  • Oct 09, 2020
  • Oct 16, 2020
  • Dec 04, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Dec 18, 2020
  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Nov 01, 2019
  • Feb 07, 2020
  • Feb 21, 2020
  • May 15, 2020
  • May 22, 2020
  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Oct 09, 2020
  • Oct 16, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Mar 15, 2020

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