Fausto Arellano has been a naturalist guide and divemaster in the Galápagos for over 25 years. A high school graduation gift launched this Quito native on his first exploration of the islands. Captivated by their beauty, Fausto pursued his degree in Biology at the Argentine Catholic University of Buenos Aires, then went on to earn the prestigious Galápagos National Park official guide certification, specializing in diving and photography. Fausto has led Galápagos natural history adventures ever since, and loves the “magic carpet” experience of a live-aboard boat, but also the peaceful quality of exploring the islands each day. “When we are in the Galápagos, we are able to forget about being busy and experience the wildlife in a very personal way,” he says. Fausto was selected to be a guest speaker at Darwin's 200th birthday celebration at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia, and is currently studying solar technology with the goal of bringing renewable energy sources to the Galápagos.
It was wonderful to have such a knowledgable guide on this trip, as he was able to give us scientific as well as historical information.
Fausto was excellent in every respect—extremely knowledgeable, very personable, and very effective with guests and with the boat crew.
Fausto is a fantastic guide that helped us understand the history, environment, and human impact on the Galapagos.
Fausto is a force of nature, a natural trip leader, and an amazing ambassador to the Galápagos Islands. He is personable, passionate, and promotes a positive point of view. His energetic humor is contagious and the full scope of his Galápagos knowledge is inspiring.
Fausto was incredibly passionate and knowledgable about the Galapagos. His camera hints let us get incredible photos of the animals.
Fausto is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable leader who seems genuinely interested in sharing his love of the area with others.
Fausto is an outstanding Trip Leader. He knows how to strike the right blend of friendliness and professionalism for each group member. His deep knowledge of Ecuador and the Galapagos, experience in diving and snorkeling, and strong interpersonal skills made our trip unforgettable.
It was fun getting to know Fausto. He is extremely knowledgeable and very proud of his home country.
Fausto Arrellano did a fantastic job of making things run smoothly. He was inventive and flexible in his approach.
Fausto was magnificent!
Fausto made the trip. I felt extremely fortunate to have him as our trip leader. His knowledge was outstanding.
Fausto is the consummate professional. His passion for nature and the animals was exceptional.
Fausto sets the standard. He knows how to set and maintain a positive tone and relates well to all.
His passion for the Galapagos is evident, and we benefitted from it.
Fausto added very positively to this thoroughly memorable trip.
Fausto was above and beyond what we expected. We really felt taken care of.
Fausto is the perfect trip leader. His knowledge is outstanding.
Fausto has a wonderful ability to make sure each person gets what they want out of the trip.
Fausto Arellano’s relaxed but professional attitude was the perfect style for our group.