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Veronica Maruri

Veronica was born and raised in Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador. When she was 12, she spent a year in Massachusetts, learning English and broadening her view of the world. She completed high school at the Inter-American Academy in Ecuador, returning to the U.S. to attend college. Her first two-week temporary job was indeed a dream come true when she was hired as a science assistant at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, a life-changing experience that prompted her to pursue certification as a Galapagos guide. She had told her family that she would be going to the islands for two weeks, but she stayed for 20 years! In 2002 Veronica and her family moved to the Ecuador mainland to enhance her children's education, but she has since returned to the Galapagos as an Expedition Leader for Nat Hab. Veronica knows it is a privilege to have the Galapagos Islands as her front yard, but that's not enough: every trip gives her the opportunity to delight in sharing with visitors  its vast array of animals, plants and geology that they have never encountered before, which is a thrill for her. Her favorite part of guiding is taking visitors snorkeling, especially if it is their first time. As someone who loves to travel the world, Veronica likewise appreciates when people take the time to visit this wonderful paradise which is a World Heritage Site as well as her home.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

K. Eckhart
"I could not begin to say enough about her. Veronica was wonderful and incredibly knowledgable. For her to know the name of the species and genus (?) is amazing. The facts she had at her fingertips was like looking it up on the internet!"

M. Swenson
"I instantly fell in love her - she was warm, welcoming. knowledgeable, and attentive. I consider her to be new friend."

C. Flis
"Veronica was pleasant, patient, helpful; she answered any questions we had, even if we had asked it before! She was always concerned for our safety. A wonderful guide!"

E. Davidson
“As with our NatHab experience before, she was great! Very well informed and helpful.”

E. Stephens
“Best guide imaginable.”

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