Maria was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 1989 her father moved to the Galápagos Islands to work, he spent a great deal of time there getting to know the archipelago. She visited for the first time in 1995, but continued to visit her father every year and enjoyed visiting the different sites in the islands.
She received her degree in physical therapy at the University of Guayaquil. After receiving her degree, she worked at a number of medical centers in Ecuador. For a short time, she also lived and worked in the city of Playas, on the Ecuadorian coast. While there she worked on a University sponsored community development project.
In 2010, she started working in the Galápagos and recently joined the Lindblad-National Geographic Team as a Wellness Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys studying English in Guayaquil and learning and experiencing all that the Islas Encantadas have to offer. Maria has a variety of options to help you tap into your own notion of wellness, in whatever way you choose. Whether it’s a morning stretching session or a massage treatment, Maria will help you experience wellness at your own pace.
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