Madalena was born and raised in Portugal. Her childhood was spent in Belem, surrounded by Portuguese maritime monuments and history, always dreaming about exploring the oceans. Her love for nature has led her to study biology and later a Master’s in management of natural resources, specialized in ecotourism. She has lived on Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, working with local communities on a responsible tourism project. She is inspired by the principles of ecotourism and is always looking for the best ways to contribute and leave a positive footprint everywhere.
To travel around the world is her biggest passion, connecting with different cultures, exploring the wilderness and having a taste of the local genuine experiences. Following this passion has allowed her to extensively explore Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and even the Arctic. Her knowledge and enthusiastic storyteller talks have taken her to several universities lecturing about ecotourism, sustainable tourism and nature conservation. When she is not exploring the world, she dedicates her time to Ocean literacy and environmental education working with a variety of audiences raising awareness on Ocean conservation as a naturalist/marine educator at Oceanário de Lisboa.
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