Jeffo Marquez was born and raised in the Galapagos Islands. A native “Isleño” who has moved about the archipelago since childhood, he was inspired by his father’s job as a Galapagos herpetologist. Growing up, Jeffo gained hands-on inspiration through many opportunities to accompany his father on field expeditions studying Galapagos reptiles. Today, as a Nat Hab Expedition Leader, Jeffo is passionate about the art of interpretation and sharing his homeland with our guests.
Jeffo began his professional life as a restaurant administrator before starting a second career in environmental management. The focus of his studies included management of protected areas and wildlife,
and tropical dendrology in Costa Rica. He is a standing member of the National Association for Interpretation as an international interpretive guide. His passion for the Galapagos landscape is on display every time he joins our guests in the field to talk about wildlife and nature. His mission is to make people fall as deeply in love with the Galapagos Islands’ natural history as he has—and the pathway to that goal is knowledge and education.
Throughout his career as a Galapagos naturalist, Jeffo has also honed his skills as a professional photography instructor. In addition to the Galapagos, he has also guided in Costa Rica and the Upper Amazon, with a focus on locations where wildlife is on display in particular splendor.
Upcoming Adventures with Roberto:
Classic Galapagos Adventure
Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure
Praise from Nat Hab Travelers:
"Jeffo should be called 'Professor.'
His knowledge of all things nature is amazing. He lectures with passion, and his enthusiasm for his work inspired me. His laugh is contagious and brings a smile to all. He is also kind and respectful and is a great team player as evidenced by his comradery with the other guide
. Jeffo made me feel welcome, comfortable, safe and well cared for. He is a tremendous assets
to your organization."
"Jeffo was exceptional. Not only did he lead
a great tour and was very knowledgeable on his subject matter, but he was fun to hang out with after the days
"Jeffo and Andres were so knowledgeable and personable! Both were very passionate about their work. They were ALWAYS aware of safety. We saw every species we wanted to see, and at such a close distance!"
"Jeffo was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the animals, the area and the history of the islands. His enthusiasm for the wildlife and the Galapagos was contagious. He is a true asset to Nat Hab!"
"We couldn't have asked for more knowledgeable, interesting and fun-to-be-around Expedition Leaders.
They were fantastic! Jeffo was a delight and full of interesting stories, and he had a depth of knowledge that he always enjoyed sharing with us. We hated for our adventure to end and saying goodbye to these wonderful people. We feel very blessed to have met them and to have shared this magical time with them in the Galapagos."