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HARRY JIMENEZ

HARRY JIMENEZ

Harry is both a level III Naturalist and Guide, certified by the Galapagos National Park Service. Born and raised in the Galapagos Islands, Harry is loaded with bountiful information about the flora and fauna of these amazing Islands having graduated with a specialization in Tourism Management at the Colegio Técnico Experimental “Ignacio de Hernandez”. Not to mention completion of other courses and certifications like English, Environmental Implementation and Master Dive courses. Harry’s experience involves freelance work writing about the Galapagos and many years of working on numerous yachts in the Galapagos. His knowledge covers everything from the geology, oceanography, marine life, evolution, human history, reptiles, mammals and birds of the Galapagos Islands.

WASHINGTON JAVIER CANDO TAPIA

WASHINGTON JAVIER CANDO TAPIA

Washington Cando is a Santa Cruz Island native and a certified Naturalist Guide in the Galapagos Islands, in addition to being a Dive Master. He works as a freelance guide for various tour operators and is fluent in English. He has completed many specialty courses, including Environmental Implementation, Galapagos Marine Reserve Guide and the Naturalist Guide course II and III. He graduated with a specialization in Physics and Mathematics.

JORGE GEOVANNI GARCIA GONZALEZ

JORGE GEOVANNI GARCIA GONZALEZ

Jorge Garcia was born on San Cristobal Island and is a category III naturalist guide in the Galapagos National Park as well as a certified Dive Master. He is interested in protecting and maintaining the natural areas within the Galapagos National Park and is fluent in English. He studied Environmental Studies at the University Técnica Particular de Loja in Santa Cruz and Tourism at the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He has served in various public positions within the Islands, serving as President of the Association of Guides in Galapagos for two years, Provincial Counselor of Galapagos from 1998-2002, and was Deputy of the Galapagos Province from 2002 to 2006. He supports conservation work within the islands, working jointly with the Charles Darwin Station and National Geographic to monitor the Galapagos Sharks. Garcia has experience working aboard various cruise ships and small vessels in the Galapagos since 1988.

MORRIS GARCIA

MORRIS GARCIA

A born and raised native of the Galapagos Islands, Morris graduated high school in the Galapagos and went on to complete numerous degrees in Socio-economic Development and Environment, Biology, Applied Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Management Development and Environmental Management at the San Francisco University of Quito. Morris has been guiding since 1999 and also holds many qualifications such as English certifications from the British Council, Dive Master PADI, Mountain Rescue, Emergency First Response and many others regarding safety and guiding.  

GUSTAVO CASTRO

GUSTAVO CASTRO

Born in the highlands of Ecuador in a very small village, La Esperanza, Gustavo went on to study tourism at a public university in Galapagos before becoming a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide in 1996. In 2000, he had his first experience with OAT travelers in the Galapagos as a Naturalist Guide. Since then Gustavo has been fulfilling his guiding career as an OAT Trip Leader, leading groups in Lima and Cusco, Peru, as well as Quito and Galapagos in Ecuador. Additional education includes studying tourism at a private superior institute for three years in Cusco, Peru before becoming a certified official Tour Guide in 2008. Gustavo believes that having grown up in a place where there were no cars, electricity, phones or television, it helped him learn the importance of respecting and taking care of Mother Earth. “As a permanent resident of Earth, our goal is to provide the best examples of conservation we can as an example for the rest of the world.”