Meet Your Silver Galapagos Expedition Leaders

Silver Galapagos cruise includes carefully selected team of experts to guide you on your off-shore excursions and onboard lectures. Their mix of impeccable language, visual art, and leadership skills along with their many years of working with the Galapagos make them the perfect Guides!

Veronica Naranjo

Veronica was born in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and a bustling port town. She traveled to Galápagos when she was just seven years old, and she had the privilege to spend her childhood living on the islands. Her secondary studies took place in Guayaquil City, and once she turned 18 years old, she traveled to Austria to study German and public relations at Wien Central University.

Veronica is fluent in English, German, and Spanish. She returned to her beloved islands to work for the Galápagos National Park Service and Charles Darwin Research Station as a fundraiser and public relations expert for nearly seven years.

Israel Mata Zavala

As part of the fifth generation of a traditional Galapageno family from San Cristobal Island, Israel’s heart belongs to Galapagos and is keen to convey the importance of conservation in this exceptional area. His hobbies include hiking and astronomy.

Xavier Garcia

Since 2009, Xavier Garcia has been a Naturalist guide for the Galapagos National Park, where he also creates memorable photographs of the Islands.

“I worked for up to 5 years for the Galapagos National Park managing the media team and also in charge of the International Film Projects Division on the institution, this gave me the right approach, experience and expertise to work with some documentaries filmed in The Galapagos as Galapagos 3D – David Attenborough, NatGeo Pristine Seas to name few.”

Dries Degel       

Dries Degel was born of a Belgian father and an Ecuadorian mother in the large Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. He undertook most of his studies in this city, focusing first on science and then on fine arts, in which his greater talents lay. His paintings and murals can be found throughout the town of Puerto Ayora in Galápagos.

“I have been working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands for 11 years.
I have also worked in several conservation projects in the Galapagos Islands.
I am currently finishing my career as a distance psychologist.
I speak Spanish, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese, I am currently learning German, and Kichwa.”

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