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Jessica Cornejo

Galapagos Islands Trip Leader

Jessica, like her brother Pepo, was born and raised in the Galapagos, on the island of San Cristobal - making her a true 'Galapagueto'. She has said, "Since I was a little girl my dream was to work as a naturalist guide to share and explain to people how the Galapaguetos live here, spending day after day with this unique flora and fauna." After completing her university training in Cuba, she returned to Galapagos in 2002 to fulfil her dream by completing the Naturalist Guide Course and entering the tourism world. Jessica's love of the flora, fauna and amazing animals of Galapagos shines when she explains about the behaviour of giant breeching whales or the tiny workings of sally light foot crabs. Jessica lives in San Cristobal with her family.


What is it about the Galapagos Islands that you really love?
A life without stress, friendly people, wildlife and snorkelling in the rich waters of the Galapagos.

What hobbies do you have?
I love playing ping-pong and dancing!

What is your most memorable moment guiding?
I absolutely love big marine animals, so my most memorable moments have been swimming next to sharks, dolphins and manta ray. And next time whales :)


  • “Jessica was awesome. She made us feel like a family. She accommodated a very diverse group well and remained patient. Was very personable and entertaining as well as knowledgeable. Very sincere.”
    Alyson Phillips (St. Paul, Minnesota, United States) July, 2013
  • “Jessica was awesome! Incredibly knowledgeable, friendly...the best guide ever! She ensured that this was our greatest trip ever!”
    Jitesh Soares (Washington, DC, United States) May 2013
  • “Jessica was SO knowledgeable! OMG. Very well educated about everything in her field so it seemed. Very pleasant as well and super helpful. She is fantastic at what she does. Way to go Jessica!”
    Florence Dixon (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) April, 2013
  • “Jessica was the perfect guide. She was totally educated as to everything on the islands; her vocabulary was extensive; she was calm and organized and handled the whole group as her family.”
    Judith Miller (Burbank, California, United States) October, 2012
  • “Jessica was an fantastic guide! She is so knowledgeable about the Galapagos & was very eager to share that knowledge with us. She always made sure we were well prepared for our days activities and despite the fact that we were "off the beaten path", everything seemed to run like clockwork with her. And most important, she was fun to be with!”
    Danielle Fay (Snohomish, Washington, United States), Jeremy Fay (Snohomish, Washington, United States) October, 2012

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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