Call (800) 543-8917
In this Section

Luis Rodriguez

Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1970, Luis credits his parents with fostering his long-held love of nature. With mountain climbers and mariners in his family heritage, Luis adopted a passion for Ecuador’s biodiversity early on.

He received a bi-national education at Lycée La Condamine, a French-Ecuadorian elementary and high school, and spent a year in the US as an exchange student where he learned English and first began to explore environmental studies.

On returning to Ecuador, Luis worked with teams in the Upper Amazon rain forest studying the impact of oil exploration. In that setting, he opted to pursue a naturalist guide training course that would qualify him to work at ecolodges on the Napo River in the Limoncocha Reserve. In 1990 he became certified as a Galápagos National Park naturalist guide, qualifying him to work aboard tourist vessels, and shortly thereafter earned his scuba diver certification as well.

In 1995 Luis moved to Lyons, France, to indulge a passion for traveling through Western Europe, but Ecuador called him home in 1998 when he returned to work as a guide in the Galapagos, this time with the aim of diving professionally at the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Two tears later, his job included underwater photo, videography, and scuba diving instruction.

Luis’s varied guiding experience includes natural history, scuba diving, kayaking, and school/university course trips. A Pacific crossing by the largest high-performance sloop in the world, on board which Luis traveled as a scuba guide, launched a series of guiding stints aboard visiting private mega-yachts.

Music, playing guitar and reading about human and natural history are Luis’s main interests, while his favorite activities are surfing, swimming, kayaking and of course scuba diving.

Luis and his wife Cristina have two young sons, Emilio and Adrián. The family lives just Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos.

Learn About the World of Nature Adventures!

Sign up for our eNewsletters – we'll keep you up to date on new trips, special offers & more!
Required
Please send me a free 130-page catalog of the World's Greatest Nature Journeys
Required
Optional
Required
Required
Required

Thank You

eNews Signup

Our weekly e-newsletter highlights exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography hints and more. Use the form below to submit your name and email address.
Required
Required
Required

Thank You