Born and raised in Mexico City, Fernando moved to Puerto Vallarta in 1999 to study marine biology and pursue his love of nature. During his studies he collaborated in different research projects including humpback whale and bottlenose dolphin photo-identification and conservation of Bluefooted boobies. His thesis was the first study done in the area about marine mammals. He has been a member of the Mexican Society for the Study of Marine Mammals since 2000. He splits his busy schedule between his two passions: research and guiding. Currently he is working in the humpback whale photo-identification catalog of Banderas Bay and guiding Monarch butterfly and humpback whale trips.
Upcoming Adventures with Fernando:
Kingdom of the Monarchs
Monarch Butterfly Photo Adventure
Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks
Mexico Sea Turtle Odyssey
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
“Fernando was awesome!!!! He has a great personality, professionalism, and he made the trip wonderful! He has a great knowledge of the monarchs as well as birds. I enjoyed listening about his research on the whales and his passion for nature. He is in a class of his own!”
"Fernando was the most helpful, hilarious and caring expedition leader! He understood my dietary restrictions during the trip, and made sure that all the food I would be getting was cooked with those restrictions in mind. He also helped me get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 on the way home at Mexico City airport-if he hadn't, I wouldn't have known where to go at all! Between him and the rest of the people on the trip, I couldn't stop laughing- I couldn't have asked for a better leader!"
“Fernando in particular went to every length to ensure that everyone was enjoying themselves and happy. What a great guy!”
"Fernando was fantastic! Very professional and kind (he bought me cough drops when he noticed I had a bad cough). He was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the natural and cultural habitats we encountered. He never got tired of answering the same questions over and over again and nobody felt left out. Communication was clear and concise and it was hard to believe he has only spoken English for a short time. He was considerate of each traveler's needs and safety. He is a treasure. If I only had one word to describe Fernando it would be 'joyful'."
“Thoughtful, polite, funny, charming, extremely knowledgeable, competent – excellent!”
“Fernando was terrific. He went out of his way to make sure we were all comfortable, having a good time, seeing whales, and understanding everything about their activity. He was a terrific conversationalist on the tour and at meals. And he went out of his way personally to take us to a release of leatherback turtles into the ocean. We have nothing but the highest regard for him.”
"Can't even say enough about how Fernando made this trip absolutely amazing. Professional, helpful, humorous, open, genuine, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and kind beyond measure. We learned so much about turtles and ocean life, experienced the local culture, laughed until it hurt, and were challenged to make a difference. What a great guy. I would be honored to travel with him again."
"We loved Fernando. He was an awesome expedition leader who went out of his way to make sure everyone had the best time possible. The quality of the expedition leaders at Nat Hab is extraordinary. We hope we get to travel with Fernando again."
"Fernando was great!!! He catered to special food needs I have, immediately found out any information he did not know when asked (which was not much), shows excitement and passion for his work, he's kind, honest and deals well with unexpected things that come up on trip."