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

  • Feb 13, 2019
  • Feb 18, 2019
  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Mar 05, 2019
  • Feb 13, 2019
  • Feb 18, 2019
  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Mar 05, 2019
  • Jul 14, 2019
  • Jul 21, 2019
  • Jul 28, 2019
  • Aug 04, 2019
  • Aug 11, 2019
  • Oct 26, 2018
  • Nov 02, 2018
  • Nov 16, 2018
  • Nov 23, 2018
  • Nov 30, 2018
  • May 10, 2019
  • May 17, 2019
  • Jun 07, 2019
  • Jun 14, 2019
  • Sep 27, 2019
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  • Oct 25, 2019
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  • Dec 13, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • Oct 26, 2018
  • Nov 02, 2018
  • Nov 16, 2018
  • May 10, 2019
  • Jun 07, 2019
  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Nov 01, 2019
  • Dec 06, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Jan 19, 2019
  • Jan 26, 2019
  • Apr 13, 2019
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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Jan 26, 2019
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