Pablo was born in Quito, capital of one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and has been captivated by nature for as long as he can remember. His mother showed him his first giant tortoise when he was 5 years old and that image remained engraved in his mind. At age 7, his father gave him a special gift: a map of the Galapagos with drawings of penguins, sea lions, tortoises, pelicans and more. Those images inspired him at an early age and led him to study Biology at Guayaquil University. While at university, Pablo worked as a guide for Environmental Education Camps in the mountains of Ecuador. Upon completing his degree, he travelled to Puerto Villamil, the small human settlement on Isabela Island to work as a volunteer with the Galapagos National Park Service’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for 6 months. During his free time, he also got involved with the Environmental Education Program run by the Charles Darwin Foundation Ecological Club, where he helped run outdoors, nature-based activities with the local children. This combination of a passion for nature and working with the young eventually led to a full-time job with the Isabela branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation, where he worked for 8 years in different programs supporting Galápagos Conservation. It was during this time that he first learned about Lindblad Expeditions, as he would bring kids from the local ecological clubs on board the National Geographic Islander to perform theatrical pieces about Galapagos conservation issues that they had prepared specifically!
When the opportunity came up, Pablo took the Galapagos National Park Naturalist guide’s course, as has been working as a naturalist throughout the archipelago since 2007, including work with several film groups making nature documentaries about the Galapagos Archipelago. The magical nature of the Galápagos never ceases to surprise and inspire him. He feels it a huge responsibility to spreading and share the message of love and respect for the natural world around us with all visitors to his home islands.
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