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Zambo

Galapagos Islands Guide

Where did you grow up?
I was born here on Santa Cruz Island and this is also where I grew up, surrounded by the most unique wildlife on earth.

What’s your favourite sport or activity?
My love for sports such as surfing, skateboarding, snorkelling with sharks, mountain biking and everything related with the outdoors has helped me to keep in touch with the amazing national park we have here.

Your dream destination?
I´d love to go to South Africa to learn the culture and enjoy the wildlife, which is my passion…

One sentence that sums you up?
I am extremely fond of nature, which is why I love what I do.

Most delicious meal that you can cook?
I´m good at cooking seafood… especially seafood ceviche.

One tip for our travellers?
Once you get here, you will realize the animals are not tame but still harmless and friendly. You will have the chance to take with you the memories of your experience and you will feel the power of the Islands that change the world… 

Zambo, Pepo and two clients

Testimonials

  • "Our guide, Zambo, would always tell us well in advance what we would be doing on the next day, what we had to bring, what we should wear etc. The food was always organised for us; they would always ask us beforehand what we wanted to eat. Everywhere we went they were expecting us and everything went smoothly. Zambo was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable, he had an answer for everything and he was very patient with our kids."
    Pirko Hamer (Sai Kung, Hong Kong) February 2017
    "Our guide, Zambo, was amazing - he shared a huge depth of knowledge and did it all with a smile. Couldn't ask for more"
    Vanessa Thomas (New South Wales, Australia) May 2014

    “Zambo is a truly superb guide. His knowledge of the islands and wildlife is of the highest standard and his enthusiasm for guiding us around his home was infectious. I particularly respected his awareness of safety at all times and his professionalism in dealing with difficulties wherever they arose. Zambo was very helpful whenever I had a problem (e.g. finding a working ATM) and went out of his way to solve problems for other participants.”
    Abigail Fox (Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand) November, 2012
  • “THE BEST! Give that kid a raise. I'm serious, he cares so much about his job. I loved that he had his camera with him and really was knowledgeable about EVERYTHING. We had some really difficult personalities in our group and he handled it with STYLE and professionalism.”
    Julia Wright (Brooklyn, New York, United States) April, 2011

Trip Reviews

  4.52 out of 5 (from 15471 reviews)

I wasn't ready for the trip to end!

I don't even know where to begin...so let's start at the beginning. I spent the last year dreaming about going to New Zealand, trying to talk just one friend into going with me, and finally, with some encouragement from family, booking this trip as a first time solo traveler. And let me be clear- that was the best decision I could have made! I enjoyed every single minute of my trip and wouldn't change the experience of traveling solo for anything. From the moment I met Gary and Mel, I knew that I had made the right decision. They were welcoming, to all, from the moment they met us. Right away I knew I had nothing to worry about, and worry I did prior to the start of the trip. I could not have asked for a better group of travel mates; it was as if you had hand-picked who should be on the trip together. They were amazing! The experiences on the trip would not have been nearly as amazing if it wasn't for these awesome people with whom I had the good fortune to travel.
Gary and Mel were kind, patient, and so easy to be around. They answered every question a novice like myself asked, without ever making me feel like an idiot. Gary was witty, kept us going, and a super safe driver! ( I am not a big fan of mountain roads with cliffs on the edge that lead to instant death and not once did I fear for my life.) Mel's cooking...holy smokes was it good; so much so that the pounds I was so sure I would lose on the trip didn't happen. She has even inspired me to try to cook a couple of her dishes this winter. She made it look so easy, even with the varied diets of the group. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had chatting with both Gary and Mel wherever we were: on the bus, hiking, eating or playing cards. They brought us all together.
Now, for the adventures! Every day was different from the day prior. I saw and experienced so many new things that I can't stop talking about it. I loved the really challenging hikes (Sealy Tarns and Alex Knob) and the slower paced treks through the rain forest and valleys. The night sky at Mt. Aspiring Hut is indescribable! While we were unable to go on the second overnight hike due to weather, Gary and Mel didn't miss a beat. We were so busy and had so much fun, even in the rain, that you would never have known that we were doing almost 3 days of alternate activities. Major kudos to them for this! I could keep going on how much I enjoyed every aspect of my trip. This was the first vacation I have been on where I didn't want it to end and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to book my next trip with Active Adventures!
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– California, United States
Winter Rimu, August 2016
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