Jeffo Marquez was born and raised in the Galapagos Islands. A native “Isleño” who has moved about the archipelago ever 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 to work with 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. His focus of 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 landscape is laid bare 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 is—and his astute pathway is knowledge and education.
Throughout his career as Galapagos naturalist, Jeffo has also honed his skills as a professional photography instructor. In addition to the Galapagos, he has guided in Costa Rica and the Upper Amazon, with a focus on locations where wildlife is displayed in particular splendor.
Upcoming Adventures with Roberto:
Classic Galapagos Adventure
Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure
Praise from Natural Habitat 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 Gianicarlo. 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 helead a great tour and was very knowledgeable on his subject matter, but he was fun to hang out with after the days activities too."
"Jeffo was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable of the animals, the area and the history of the islands. His enthusiasm for the wildlife and the islands was contagious. He is a true asset to Natural Habitat!"
"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 a depth of knowledge that he always enjoyed sharing with us. We hated for our adventure to end and having to say good-bye to these wonderful people. We feel very blessed to have met them and to have shared this magical time with them in the Galapagos."