Jose Luis 'Pepo'

Galapagos Islands Guide

Pepo has been working as a Naturalist Guide for many years now. He began volunteering at the Charles Darwin Research Station after finishing high school. During his two years as a volunteer, he completed his Dive Master Certification and Galapagos Marine Reserve Dive Guide course. He went on to work in a dive centre and was able to spend four years exploring the underwater world of the Galapagos. Following in the footsteps of his sister Jessica (another of our guides), he completed the Naturalist Guide Course in 2005 and has worked on boat and land based tours since. Pepo is always ready to get in the water in search of his favourite sea animal, the manta ray and is known for his sharp eye at spotting underwater wildlife.


Where did you grow up?
I was born here on San Cristobal Island and have been here ever since!

What’s your favourite sport or activity?
Surfing is definitely my favourite sport and San Cristobal Island has very good breaks. Ping Pong would be my second option!

Your dream destination?
Africa, for its culture and wildlife.

How would you describe yourself?
Easy-going, I like to K.I.S.S. and show my family, friends and visitors how beautiful life is in the Galapagos Islands.

Most delicious meal that you can cook?
Ecuadorian ceviche (marinated seafood)

One tip for our travellers?
Get ready to have an unforgettable adventure in the Galapagos and get ready to love our world even more! 

Your most memorable moment guiding?
Scuba diving with orcas and snorkelling with whale sharks!


“Pepo was THE BEST. He made the whole trip enjoyable and worthwhile. Each day and evening, he briefed us on everything we needed to know for the upcoming day’s activities. He took care of the dietary needs of individuals in our group and gave a heads up about possibilities of sea sickness. He was able to answer almost every obscure question that we asked about the islands and if he didn’t know an answer, he was quick to find out. He had an excellent sense of humor and by the end of the trip, became a friend. ”
- Julianna Strickland (Pearland, Texas, United States), Tortuga June 2018

“Pepe was he best guide we have ever had.”
- Dee Kittner (Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States), Tortuga December 2017

“Pepo was the best guide I have experienced. His passion and knowledge were second to none. The trip wouldn't have been the same without his super plans and attention to detail. ”
- Rema Lolas (New South Wales, Australia), Tortuga November 2016

Trip Reviews

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    Condor - incredible Patagonia with great guides

    Patagonia, both Chile and Argentina are absolutely breathtaking. The itinierary of the trip ensured that we saw all the major sights, and experienced the hiking, food and culture of both countries. Our main guide Jait, was very knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone on the trip were included, whilst keeping the mood light, and everyone's spirits high. This is the way to see and experience Patagonia with Active Adventures it is an excellent trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Condor, January 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5048 reviews)

    The Best Way to Spend my 30th Birthday!

    Going to New Zealand has been at the very top of my bucket list for quite a long time and I finally decided to scratch it off when I turned 30. Active Adventures was, from the beginning, the only tour group I would consider travelling with. They were the only group that not only had everything I wanted to do in New Zealand, but also had the highest level of professionalism and ratings that made me trust them.
    From the moment they picked us up at the airport I was certain I’d judged them correctly. Tess was simply an amazing tour guide (we called her mum because that’s exactly how we felt about her) not only was she fun, she took care of us, fed us, and kept us organized. Andy supplemented the tour with such interesting history and facts that I felt like I was on a school trip (in a good way!).
    All in all it was an amazing vacation, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
    Thank you Active Adventures for making my 30th the year to remember!
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    – Florida, United States
    Rimu, November 2017
  •   4.64 out of 5 (from 565 reviews)

    Winter Rimu to Remember

    Coming from a small island which is tropical year around, I didn't expect to have a wonderful winter experience. We had amazing adventures all around the southern island from hikes, kayaking, and food. Everything was well planned out. Even when obstacles with the weather occurred, their alternate plans were just as amazing! Mel and Gary were our guides. These two are the best in each their own. They both displayed great hospitality and patience. I've learned so much about New Zealand while trekking with a great company. Overall, I would return to New Zealand to do more adventures.
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    – GUAM, Guam
    Winter Rimu, August 2016
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1357 reviews)

    Great guide

    Jessica was wonderful and so was the intern Jessica. Loved the people on the trip. Nice size group - 13!
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    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, August 2016
  •   4.24 out of 5 (from 281 reviews)

    Superb Ecuador - don't miss this tropical paradise

    Ecuador is a gem, and should not be missed. The Active Adventures Tapir trip ensures that you experience many of the highlights of this gorgeous country. From the outset you will experience new adventures like cycling down Mt Cotopaxi from 4,500m, walking around beautiful countryside and heading upriver to an EcoLodge. This beautiful, multi-day activities are thoroughly enjoyable, and your guide Mauro Chavez is exceptional, highly professional, capable and engaging, definately one of the best guides I've had the pleasure to meet.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Tapir, January 2018



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