Juan Manuel Salcedo

We’re headed to the Galapagos – a place that helped Darwin come to the conclusion that the environment shapes the creatures that live there, sometimes causing them to evolve into new species.

Juan Manuel Salcedo is a creature of the Galapagos.  He was born on the islands and learned as much on his father’s boat exploring the islands as he did in school.  He learned the ways of the animals and the differences among the islands from personal experience.  He learned to walk and swim among the animals without disturbing them.  His formative years on the Galapagos archipelago shaped him much differently than if he’d grown up on the mainland or in North America.

As a young man, he went to the mainland and to Los Angeles to complete his education.  He comes back to the Galapagos with a degree in Applied Ecology and minors in Biology and Geology.  He studied sailing and navigation and came home certified as a Skipper. His time on the mainland and abroad refined his abilities as a communicator.

Juan came back to the Galapagos with a unique set of education, life experiences, and skills that make him one of the best natural history guides we have encountered.  He has a gifted manner of helping people see beyond the creatures around them to the forces of nature and the circumstances of time that have shaped what they are looking at. 

Juan is also passionate about his love for the islands and his determination that people, especially those visitors he is guiding, minimize impacts in their visits to the Galapagos.  He provides insightful orientations so that visitors know why certain rules apply – but is always ready to strictly enforce those rules.  Both the safety of the visitor and the future of the islands are at stake.

Juan feels that “his” photographic visitors have traveled, often halfway around the planet, to experience the Galapagos.  To that end, he works to get them ashore when the light is magic and when natural events are occurring.  He’s passionate about his and our time on the trails – and we tend to stay longer and learn more than those from other boats.