Paulina grew up in the Andean city of Quito, capital of Ecuador, but has always had a deep connection to Galápagos through her grandmother who emigrated to the archipelago in the 1930s and her mother who was born on Isabela Island. Growing up, Paulina and her family traveled to Galápagos at every chance to spend time with their many family members who lived there permanently.
Paulina earned a university degree in early childhood education, but her life took a dramatic turn one summer break when she befriended the crew of a private yacht from New Zealand that needed additional crew members. They invited her to join them to sail around the Pacific where she discovered a passion for travel, exploration, and the seas. She ended up working in the yachting industry for more than six years.
During that time, Paulina resided a while in New Zealand, where she studied gourmet cooking. She returned eventually to her beloved Galápagos to become a National Park Guide.
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