Galapagos Naturalists undergo an intensive training program provided by the Galapagos National Park.
They guide visitors from all over the world to discover the wonders and magic of the Galapagos Islands.
Being a Galapagos Naturalist Guide is much more than simply guiding.
It is an intense dedication and love for one of the most natural and pristine ecosystems in the planet and a responsibility towards the visitor.
To become a Naturalist Guide in the Galapagos is a challenging profession and a very enriching one.
During the course, the naturalist acquires the information that, with time and experience, evolves into very strong and solid knowledge.
Being the Galapagos, a laboratory of evolution, with a high rate of endemism and diversity on species, education is a constant, every day practice. It is like being in the right place and time with the proper tools to learn!
Galapagos natural and human history deserves attention from many different aspects and it is the job of the Galapagos naturalists to transmit to the visitors all the wonders of this natural paradise.
Apart from their talent and knowledge, one of the most important attributes of a naturalist guide, is the human touch.
Galapagos Naturalists Guides are confined to a reduced physical space (the cabin of the assigned vessel), is away from home for long periods and in contact with people from all over the world.
This contact demands a good relationship with the visitors, the community and co-workers.
The naturalist guide can be considered the ambassador of Ecuador and the Galapagos.
The experience of the visitor in the Galapagos Islands owes much to the social interaction with the Naturalist Guide.
Among the many responsibilities of a naturalist guide is to watch over the natural treasures of the Galapagos National Park its flora and fauna.
They have to take care of the ecosystems of the Islands, to interpret the different aspects for the visitors and to make sure their experience is unforgettable.
Environmental education–focused in a simple and amusing way is really a unique attribute that is developed over time.
A special gift is to turn a Galapagos visitor into a responsible explorer, who respects and appreciates the natural setting and its resources, so that when he returns home, his experiences have filled his expectations.
A day in the life of Galapagos Naturalists is very dynamic and fully enjoyed, the hikes, swimming and snorkeling activities, talks and lectures make this profession a very pleasant and interesting one.
Galapagos is simply special and it is a privilege to work there and to feel the work as part of one's life. It is a great place to enjoy and to make others enjoy it in the same way.
The social and conservation compromise of a naturalist guide is sincere and heartfelt.
The relationship with the community is good and the environmental footprint left on the Galapagos Islands must be without a trace.
This is what makes the job of Galapagos Naturalists challenging, pleasant and rewarding.
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!
There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.
Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.
Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.
But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.
Small, well-priced, and reliable!
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.
This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!