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Pablo Valladares

Galapagos Islands Guide

Pablo has gained a reputation within the local community of the Galapagos Islands for his infectious enthusiasm and passion for wildlife and conservation. After studying biology and natural sciences at the University of Guayaquil, he came to the Galapagos Islands as part a six month volunteer program for the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park. As he worked with the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre of Isabella Island, his interest in outdoor activities and eco-tourism grew and led him to another project that he would devote the next eight years of his life to. He continued with the Charles Darwin Research Station working in education, communication and participation of the local community. This experience further strengthened his passion for the islands, the human aspect and impact, and for Isabella Island in particular where he has lived since 1998. "In May 2006, I left the station and started to work as a guide on Sierra Negra Volcano, sharing with curious visitors my experience and love for nature." Pablo continues to guide today and lives on the island of Isabella with his family. In his spare time he surfs regularly and helps to run local competitions, to encourage the younger generations into the sport.

Pablo snorkelling

"Galapagos is life, is death, is understanding and discovery and is origin and end. Galapagos is a trip beyond borderlines, it is a constant change and challenge for all kind of beings that arrived here, including us. I love it all" - Pablo

Surfing, reading, horse backriding, walking the beach and the highlands, martial arts. 

Most memorable moment?
There are so many! Once, two clients and me were on the bridge of the boat and I said, just imagine if a whale came out right now just to look at us! And... Less than 6 seconds later a whale came out on the left side of the boat and we all saw it!

Another time we almost crashed against a blue whale that was with her baby! It was 08:10am on the 12th of June, my birthday!

The big hug, smile and thanks that I get from people in their 70's that have never snorkelled before and to see that spark of happiness in their eyes when they were looking at a turtle or a shark!

On another of my birthdays I met Sir David Attenborough! And it was the first of five awesome days sharing nature with him. I could keep telling stories of special moments all day long...


  • “Oh my gosh... most excellent guide ever. I have had guides in London, Spain, Italy, Greece, New Zealand and none have come close to Pablo's enthusiastic delivery, depth and breadth of knowledge and emotional connection to his subject. Just amazing.”
    Loretta Cruz (Lafayette, Colorado, United States) August, 2013
  • “Pablo was amazing. Seriously I think the best guide I've ever had. His enthusiasm for nature and the Galapagos shined through. I also loved that he took an interest in the photo side as well..”
    Tanya Miller (Colbert, Washington, United States) May 2013
  • “We could not have asked for more in our guide, Pablo. His knowledge of the Galapagos was extensive, and we loved being able to meet his family. He is truly an asset to Active.”
    Kathleen Brackett (Indialantic, Florida, United States) May 2013
  • “Pablo was stupendous. His knowledge and enthusiasm was terrific and his presence really added to the overall trip experience. It was a privilege to meet him.”
    Eleanor Hemming (Marsden, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom) March, 2013
  • “Pablo has to be the best guide. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of the Galapagos was expansive. We learned so much from him and he knew just where to take us to find animals in action. We enjoyed his stories and explanations, and we loved meeting and spending some time with his lovely family. His side kick, Karli (intern), was fun and so helpful. She also did a great job of taking care of all of us and making sure we were all comfortable. Please say "hello" to them from the 'familia Perez'. We are very grateful to them since they were a great part of the success of our Galapagos adventure.”
    Beatriz Perez (Titusville, Florida, United States) May, 2012
  • “Pablo is amazing. He is the best tour guide we have ever had. He went beyond what I would expect from a guide. You gotta keep that guy!”
    Gordon Payne (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) February, 2012

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